Sunday, August 31, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Kiser Krafts

Our featured shop has been introduced once before (read the first feature here), but we want to show you how Kiser Krafts is growing and changing. I also encourage everyone to read Kelly's inspiring story on Daft Crafts "The Miracle of Crafting."

Hi! I am Kelly, the krazy maker of Kiser Krafts! I am a SAHM, who crafts to stay sane. Kiser Krafts came to be to help me stay home to raise our two children, help with my creative addiction, and help put milk on the table. Kiser Krafts has added Woodland sock creations of a foxes and owls!! And more new things are in the works!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday week 34

Happy Week 34 of Creative Daily! Which prompt has been your favorite so far?

new color from manic panic, "their" hair dye is awesome
snuggling dogs, "they're" so cute
"picture" of my new hair
can't "lose" when all the thrift store finds are
on sale
today's outfit of the day is model-less since she
kept getting "loose"
i've "lost" lots of lip balm, so now I keep it in a holder from Yo Sew Designs

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Handmade #77 favorites

Happy Handmade is one of the best link ups around to find amazing handmade products. My favorites for week #77 are all animal related.

Aww Nuts hoop art by Squshies

Fox-a-saurus Rex by Kiser Krafts
Woodland Animal stickers from Adore by Nat
Gabriella the Owl from Unique Creations by Tracy

What is your favorite animal?

Happy Handmade is a weekly linkup on Daft Crafts for makers to share their handmade products. Its also a great place to discover other businesses and do some shopping! Share yours each week starting on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Stitches & Sparkle

A new week means and new featured shop! I'm happy to introduce this week's shop Stitches & Sparkle, and creator Linda.

I decided to start my business and open my Etsy shop after I was laid off from my corporate job. I am a high energy person and needed to be busy while I searched for another job. The "other" job never came along allowing me to spend all of my time developing my Etsy shop which has changed quite a bit as I've grown as an independent business owner.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 33

Week 33 of #CreativeDaily is complete! Have you been sticking with the challenge? You can join at any time. See the list of prompts for August here.

"new routine" of cooking dinner together
"new clothes" from Penelope's Eclectic Closet
"new books" and a Bookworm print from ScrawnyGirl
"school" stickers from ScrawnyGirl
happy to "accept" fermented tomatoes from my dad
wanted to change my hair, "except" I wasn't sure how, until now!
"there" the first step is done- blonde hair!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Handmade #76 favorites

My picks for this week of Happy Handmade are all items I would give as gifts as a pick me up to a loved one.

First, I'd send the Miss Your Face card from Scrawny Girl.

With the card I would include the relaxing Moon and Stars aromatherapy eye pillow from Winter Solstice Dreams.

And as a cute gift for a coffee lover, I would send the Coffee Addiction handmade bracelet from Crystal Tangerine.

Which item from this week's linkup would you send to a friend?

Happy Handmade is a weekly linkup on Daft Crafts for makers to share their handmade products. Its also a great place to discover other businesses and do some shopping! Share yours each week starting on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- S&K Crafty Creations

Our featured shop this week is S&K Crafty Creations, and owner Susan.

I mainly make hand tied rag wreaths, but I also paint gourd bird houses, wall hangings and have recently ventured into burlap wreaths, hair bows and deco mesh wreaths.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Peach Zucchini Cobbler Recipe

Are you experiencing an over-abundance of zucchini like many other gardeners this summer? Tired of grilled zucchini and zucchini bread? My answer to those questions is YES! Luckily, I discovered an amazing way to hide zucchini in an amazing dessert, and stretch my stash of fresh peaches-- Peach Zucchini Cobbler. 

Zucchini has a light flavor that is adaptable to many applications. At first, you don't think dessert, but it lends a wonderful apple-like texture to the cobbler.

For a 9x13 cobbler you will need:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
4 cup fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
2 cup zucchini, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tbs lemon juice
1 cup plus 3 tbs white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350*
Start by cooking cubed zucchini, sprinkled with a little sugar, in a saucepan over medium heat for at 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. In a bowl, toss peaches and drained zucchini with 3 tbs sugar and lemon juice. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, salt, soda, flour, spices, and milk. Stir until combined.

Pour melted butter and coconut oil in your 9x13 baking dish. Next, spread the peach zucchini mixture evenly in the dish. Top with the batter, and sprinkle chopped pecans on top, if desired.

Bake 45min at 350* until the top is golden brown.

 Allow the cobbler to cool, and serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, ice cream, or whipped cream. The cobbler makes a great breakfast too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 32

Week 32 of #CreativeDaily has passed, and here is our photo round up. See the list of August prompts to join the fun!
"process" garden veggies for salsa
"mellow yellow"
"grey" shot of GipsonWands working
"white" orchid
this cactus bloom will fade "too soon"

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Handmade #75 favorites

Happy 75th week of #HappyHandmade linkup! Its exciting that Daft Crafts is celebrating this milestone. Additionally, Daft Crafts is a great resource for small business owners.

My favorites from the linkup this week all make me think of fall home decor.

Hickory Wooden Spoon by Polder's Old World Market
Papercut Art by Typeshop
Fall Rag Garland by Rustic Romance Crafts

Happy Handmade is a weekly linkup on Daft Crafts for makers to share their handmade products. Its also a great place to discover other businesses and do some shopping! Share yours each week starting on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Decadent Decay Accessories

Meet our featured shop Decadent Decay Accessories, and the creator/owner Kristina.

Beautiful handcrafted items that are unique, long lasting and easy on your budget. Many of my items are one of a kind. Gothic yet beautiful designs. Who said gothic can't be PINK?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Sponsors

August has arrived, and I'd like to introduce our blog sponsors. Check out their shops and connect with them on social media.
Winter Solstice Dreams is Creative Aromatherapy, offering handmade linen sachets, aromatherapy eye pillows, whimsical zombies, and other home d├ęcor. You can find Winter Solstice Dreams on Facebook, Etsy, blog, Twitter, and their website.
AmiMia is a blog written by Amanda, a media student and proud owner of AmiMia crafts. The blog follows her observations about life, as well as showcasing her amigurumi work. Find AmiMia on Facebook, Twitter, blog, and Etsy.
Zipper Shop features YKK metal zippers, handbag, dress and invisible zippers wholesale. They also offer wooden buttons, coconut shell buttons, metal buttons, swivel clasps, and zipper pulls.You can find Zipper Shop on Facebook, Etsy, blog, Pinterest, & Twitter.
Unique Creations by Tracy makes all things crochet. Her signature are adorable crocheted owls. Her line has expanded to include animals, dolls, loveys, headbands, garlands, hats, appliques, toy monsters & more. You can find Unique Creations by Tracy on Facebook, Storenvy, blog, Instagram,& Twitter.'s features handmade hair bows and crocheted heirloom baby hats and booties and eco-friendly fabric sandwich bags and wraps. You can find Hamburke's Hair Bows online at Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, & Twitter. 
Plum Papaya's mission is to bring joy and smiles to you and the ones you love with her handmade quilts, critters and creatures. You can find Plum Papaya on Facebook, Storenvy, Website, Twitter, Instagram and through The Whimsy Willows Congo on hyena cart.
Everybody Needs a Little Sugar is a blog showcasing "A little bit of sweet in this sometimes sour world." Written by Tina who loves to laugh, wishes she was tidy, and lives for her family. Every Monday is for Gratitude post is a great read. You can connect with Everybody Needs a Little Sugar on Facebook, Twitter, blog, Flickr, and Instagram.

Would you like to have your shop displayed on our blog, and shared on our social media? See our Sponsorship opportunities.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 31

Welcome August, and a new month of photography challenge prompts! I hope you enjoy the #CreativeDaily project created by Lu & Ed as much as I am. Here's the past week in photos.

"friends" enjoying surprise free cookies courtesy of a nice fireman
soon i'll be able to say "i'm done" with this hoop
time to cook dinner, "but first" a margarita
"not once, but twice" we ordered pizza in the last 8 days
"trio" of bird theme swag from Strawberry Swing
new set of "wheels"
"day in the life"

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