Monday, March 29, 2010

Cheesecake Pops!

Around our house we call my husband Randy "Chef Jones" because he does all the cooking! One of our favorites is a recipe he adapted from the cookbook Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O'Connor. Our niece's baby shower was yesterday, and she requested these yummy little bites dusted with sparkling pink sanding sugar. They are so scrumptious and pretty too! You can use your favorite cheesecake recipe to make these. Just make it without the crust, scoop out the balls with an ice cream scoop, freeze them overnight, and then dip them in melted chocolate and your choice of sprinkles. Randy recommends beating the mixture for a couple of minutes longer than cited in the recipe, so you get an extra creamy consistency with no lumps. Here's a link to a printable recipe from Tartelette and lots of great pictures of the process from Bakerella.  Check out the yummy looking cake pops on Bakerella's blog while you're there!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Happy Chance

People often ask me why I chose the name Serendipity for my business. Was it from the movie? Did I name it after the famous Serendipity 3 ice cream parlor in New York? Both great guesses, but neither is correct. I actually got the name from a reading textbook I had in the 5th grade! I remember how enchanted I was when the teacher passed out the shiny new books and I heard the word Serendipity for the first time. It seemed so whimsical, melodious, and happy. One definition for the word, "a happy chance" perfectly described what I wished to achieve for my little shop, and now my booth at the antique mall: a happy place where fortunate discoveries are made.
On a whim, I decided to do a search for the reader on amazon.com, and there it was! Only $5.99, and eligible for free shipping. I quickly placed my order, and the book arrived on my doorstop yesterday afternoon.

So many books like this old textbook end up in landfills, but I am a great believer in upcyling them into something useful and beautiful. I'm going to use this special gem for an art journal and I can't wait to see what happens by a happy chance in its pages! Every Sunday I'll share a page or two here on my blog, so tune in next week to see what I do with the covers!



Saturday, March 27, 2010

Anticipating Spring


Ta da! My first ever slideshow created in mere minutes with the magic of Picknik! I took these pictures yesterday along the downtown riverfront and in the park. Picknik has a basic service that's free, but I upgraded to the premium service so I could use the fancy frames and other fun effects! I love to use the computer as a tool for creativity, and Picknik makes it so simple. Click on the link beneath the show to try it for yourself.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Serendipitous Crafting {aka crafting with what you have}

Last Saturday I found myself with a free afternoon and a burning desire to craft, but no crafting supplies in sight! I recently relocated my business, and just about everything is still in boxes. But a girl in the grip of a papercrafting frenzy will not be stopped! I scrounged around my house and to my delight found lots of goodies stashed here and there. A few ink pads, some glitter, adhesives, and a forgotten cache of rubberstamps - what riches! Throw in a jumble of vintage bits and pieces and I was ready to roll. It was fun to be creating again, and surprisingly freeing to have a somewhat limited selection.

I decided to make a little mini book using library pockets and cards. I call this concotion a Honeycomb Memory Keeper, because when you pull the cards open, they look like the cells of a honeycomb. These handy little pockets are perfect for housing old photos, postcards, tags, ephemera, and all the other flotsam & jetsam that I love to gather. Or use the pockets to create a scrapbook using personal snapshots, journalling, and memorabilia. The Antique Memories stamp I used is from one of my favorite stores in the whole wide world, Red Lead. This place is mixed-media heaven! It's small, but absolutely brimming with artsy crafty goodness and tons of gorgeous samples! The Scrapbook stamp is from the Creativity Clear Stamp Set by Anna Griffin. HSN lured me in with an entire hour devoted to Anna, and I had to bite!
I didn't have any punches to use for this project, but I found little hand stamped manilla circles tossed in with a bag of antique store junque! I just turned one over, stamped it with "antique memories" and that's all she wrote! Funny how inventive you can be when you are crafting serendipitously!
Wait a minute, didn't I mention glitter among my finds? Yes I did! But I used it for another project that I'll post about another day. In the meantime, enjoy crafting with what you have!