Archive for June, 2010

DIY: Attention All Quilters (or wannabes)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Permalink

Bear Paw Quilt, image courtesy of the Moda Bake Shop

We’ve had the privilege of providing our label services to some fantastic quilters.  While quilts can be stunning and many become heirlooms, the labor behind creating one is not for those looking to complete a DIY project on a Saturday afternoon.

But I felt I needed to post this for several reasons.  One, because if you’ve never talked to a quilter, you should.  They are some of the nicest and most helpful people I’ve ever encountered.  And some of the designs and work that are possible today with the use of software and sewing machines can transform a simple quilt into a piece of art.  But the main reason I decided to post this is because if you like what you see (and have used a sewing machine before), you can actually make this quilt… really.

Bear Paw Quilt, image courtesy of the Moda Bake Shop

Angela Yosten, of the Moda Bake Shop, was kind enough to give, literally, step by step instructions on how to create this beautiful quilt.  For full tutorial, see here.


Monday, June 14th, 2010 | Permalink

Sample of Semi-Custom Woven Labels

2fifty.  Two50.  2hundred&50.  Two hundred and fifty.  However you choose to say it, 250 labels can be an overwhelming commitment.  It can be the difference between having labels and not paying the car insurance this month, or having labels and not having a social life for two weeks.

We’re not saying that having your own start-up isn’t an act of sacrifice laced with blood, sweat, and tears.  Whether you’ve got chest full of medals to show your valor in business or you’re just thinking about diving in, your list of priorities is your life line.

How can you afford woven labels for your new, small business and still buy groceries this week (we mean groceries, not canned beans and ramen noodles)?

There is hope!   Have we met?  We’re the company offering you 50 semi-custom, boutique, or border labels for $75.  That’s seventy5.  7-5.  That’s your grandma’s age and she’s the hippest lady you know.  That’s the age of your two kids put side by side (bet you’re busy).

We’d love to help you with your woven label needs, whether you’re sewing garments in your kitchen or have a handful of factories at your disposal.  Check out all our label options here.

(Yes, this was a business plug!)

Friday Eats: BYOF

Friday, June 11th, 2010 | Permalink

Outdoor Parties, image courtesy of Martha Stewart

Well it’s no surprise that the weather has warmed up quite a bit.  It’s been luring people out to parks and club houses and porches.  Parties that were once held indoors are now held by swimming pools and sandy beaches and in backyards under thrown frisbees.

A lot of invites for these occasions go something like this: “Yay!  We’re having a party.  We can’t wait for you to show up.  By the way, bring your own covered dish/ entree/ snack/ side dish/ dessert/ drink, etc.”  In most instances, it’s perfectly all right (and even fun) to bring something to a party.  It helps foster a sharing attitude, and also relieves some of the pressure from the event organizer or host.

But, what do you bring?  Not everyone has a famous bacon and cheese dip recipe that they got from their Aunt Debbie.  Not everyone can make the melt-away bars of the century late on a Friday night for a Saturday get together.

Fear not!  Consider us the party brigade, and we’ve rounded up just a few recipes you might choose to put into action for a little party this coming weekend.

First off, Savory Baked Ricotta from one of my new favorite blogs, Seven Spoons.  Any recipe with cheese, especially if it’s a dip, gets bonus points with me.

Second, a quick and super easy Shrimp Dip.  Using pretty basic ingredients, you can create a savory, tasty dip that won’t require any heating up.  Add crackers and you’re good to go.

Buttermilk Bacon Pralines, image courtesy of Ezra Pound Cake

Third, something for a sweet tooth, Ezra Pound Cake (we love her, too!) delivers Buttermilk Bacon Pralines.  It doesn’t even seem right that such a thing should exist, but it does, and we are forever thankful.  Seriously, it seems that bacon has made its way around to every arena of food these days.  No longer just for breakfast, or BLT’s, or even a hearty potato soup, now we see bacon in ice cream, in mayonnaise, on donuts, and there is probably a bacon cocktail lying and waiting somewhere.  Maybe it’s just that we’re Southern folks down here, but pralines can’t be passed up at a party.  Sweet, crunchy, and small enough for handfuls so there’s no evidence of how many you’ve consumed (unlike cupcake wrappers), these are great to prepare ahead of time for your next party.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and begin enjoying the warm weather, friends, and good food that’s headed your way this summer.


DIY: Origami Gift Boxes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | Permalink

Some of you may be thinking, “why would I make boxes when I could buy them?”  I know.  It feels like there’s less and less time these days, so we have to find shortcuts and faster ways of doing things.  But sometimes, I think it’s nice to slow down for a minute and make something, even if it’s small.

Origami Gift Boxes, image courtesy of Prudent Baby

Today’s DIY post is courtesy of the good people over at Prudent Baby.  I love the idea of these boxes because while we may not have the time or resources to make someone an actual gift, we can place the gift in one of these boxes.  I always find it nice to give a gift with an extra little something made by me.  Whoever you’re gifting to, you can cater this project to any interests or themes, using practically every kind of paper to create these boxes.

They’re perfect for Father’s Day gifts or even for favors at showers and weddings.  And for kids, these are great keepsakes to make with their friends or give away when camp is over this summer.

For easy, step by step instructions on how to make these cute and fun boxes, click here.  And thanks again to Jacinda and Jaime over at Prudent Baby for the great post.

Friday Eats: Pie for anytime, anywhere

Friday, June 4th, 2010 | Permalink

Pies in jars, image courtesy of Our Best Bites

Some of you may have been thinking: why on earth are you talking about food on this blog?  While this is a valid question, let me explain.  People work.  People get hungry.  And working people especially get hungry–even us label-making, gift-personalizing, email-writing people need to eat.  So, we love to eat and share good recipes that you can bookmark for later or try out this weekend.

I recently stumbled on Our Best Bites blog, run by two very charming ladies, Sara and Kate.  With busy schedules and a hunger for tasty food, they’ve been posting great recipes and ideas for the past two years, including today’s recipe for single serving pie in a jar.

Imagine the possibilities.  Pie in the car.  Pie on the camping trip.  Pie at the laundry mat.  Pie in the movie theater!

Cherry pie in a jar, image courtesy of Our Best Bites

And not only are these perfect to eat all by yourself (note: we are not responsible if your pants don’t fit tomorrow morning), but they make great gifts as well.  Adding just a touch of personalized ribbon can make these ideal for friends, family, or anyone.

To see the step-by-step recipe for creating these awesome pies, check it out here.

And a big thank you to Kate and Sara for the recipe and images!

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