Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sundries & Haberdasher

I just launched a new Etsy shop called Sundries & Haberdasher.
You may remember how I offered a  few vintage items on Calico Petals blog.
Realizing how much time it takes to list new items every week, I decided the least time consuming venue would be Etsy!
Seriously, who doesn't like Etsy?
Sundries & Haberdasher will offer unique one of a kind items such as packaging, merchandise pieces, sundries and haberdasher notions.
Most items offered were or used in my shop.
Since I've been a shop owner for over fourteen years, I have a large loot!

If you're interested in something particular, drop me a line. Most likely I have what you're looking for within my collection.

00 Jill

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweet Applesauce

I remember growing up watching my grandma Lola make homemade applesauce. I'm certain if my grandmother were still around she'd have already picked her plump juicy apples in anticipation of making a large bowl of the sweet Autumn treat. 
I also remember right after she cooked and prepared the apples and added the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar to the naturally sweet fruit she would spoon me a bowl of the delicious warm treat. 
Sometimes she would add a few drops of red coloring and make it pink.
The pink applesauce always seemed to taste better than the plain colored one!

Grandma Lola owned a cafe for many years in small town America. Lola's Cafe.
Although I was too young to remember those restaurant days friends and family stories have been kindly passed down as well as pictures of my dad as a young boy sitting at the counter with his best friend. My grandma and grandpa are in the background.

grandma Lola and Grandpa Homer
my dad and his best friend

Homemade Applesauce
a recipe from the internet
I would increase apples. Doesn't seem that this would make too much.


4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1.In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.


Monday, September 19, 2011

painted floors

Have you ever considered painting your wood floors or linoleum? Maybe they're in less than perfect condition and you would like a cost effective way to spruce them up. I would suggest painting them!
It takes little time, more prep work than anything, and the finished result should have you smiling.
 First you need to decide on whether you want an all over color or a specific design.

Designs take a bit more time, but worth it. All over floor painting can go pretty quick.
Start with an enamel paint. Depending on the color you choose, you may need to apply more than one coat of paint. Allow the freshly painted floor to dry completely, usually 24 hours is recommended and then apply 3 to 4 coats of varnish. If you want a shiny floor like the picture above you will need to apply a high gloss varnish. If you prefer a more satin finish then you need to cover with a satin or matte varnish.
After you've applied the varnish, allow to dry for another 24 hours.
Place a fan on the completed floor to speed up the process.

Painting old wood floor white is one of my favorites.
If done correctly, they will last for many years to come.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Calico Kitchen

Someday in addition to the calico cookbook I'd like to publish a "Calico Kitchen" idee book. The books pages would be filled with charming calico's and gingham's like the picture above. A different take on the norm you see nowadays in all the magazines. An original Calico Kitchen.
Color pallets of pink, green and blue would suffice with floral touches here and there.

White washed wood floors and floral motif wall covering would fit the bill.
Vintage appliances similar to this one.

When I dream of my Calico Kitchen those thoughts come to mind.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Autumn Packaging

I've had a recent obsession lately with faux wood idees.
Recently I stumbled upon a nifty crafty blog that had the cutest gift wrap idee.

I'm making every attempt in between soap production and open house preperation to get ahead of the seasons and share some of the great tutorials and autumn recipes recently discovered.

Check out Bugs & Fishes and check out the wonderful tuturorial on how to achieve the faux wood packaging.

Jill 00


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