Sunday, November 29, 2009

etsy finds

I like sending out mail and of course receiving it is nice too. Here are a few suggestions for you if you'll be mailing holiday cards.

Letterpress Peace Card by inkandiron $15 (set of 6)

Let it Snow Screenprinted Card by LaurieCoyleDesigns $10 (set of 8)

Martini Holiday Card by SilhouetteBlue $12 (set of 12)

Bold and Beautiful by ThePaperAddict $8 (set of 6)
Penguin Holiday Cards by JennSki $7 (set of 4)

Merry Christmas Trees by thebeautifulproject $3.75 ea

Have a Sweet Holiday by DutchDoor $16 (set of 6)

Good Tidings Letterpress by lizardpress $12 (set of 6)

a little press

I got an email this morning from someone who is interested in working with ciuccio. Turns out she saw this very lovely write-up.

ate too much

I hope you all had a nice long weekend. I enjoyed a nice visit from most of the family. And the food was amazing.

Monday, November 23, 2009

a walk at the beach

Not to brag, but the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.

Friday, November 20, 2009

fall crafts

The girls all seem to love craft projects as much as I do, so we've doing working on lots of them. It can be tricky to find things that 2 1/2 year olds can manage. Here are a few that came out nicely.

jams tags

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

buy it

My weekends have been full of canning, both for our own pantry and for Renegade. Here are a few of the goods you'll be able to buy.

Quince Jelly and Pear Butter.

planning ahead

I know it seems like a long way away (or does it?) but the holidays are pretty much here. The Heated and this humble abode ( sometimes also known as ciuccio) are putting together some fun things to sell at the Renegade Fair. Don't toffee and a dishtowel sound like a good match? Please come shop.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Free towel!

The Heated is having a giveaway, designed especially for Thanksgiving. Leave a comment about someone you are grateful for, and they'll receive the towel. A great way to say "thanks!"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

mtv, here we come

You can now add music video "stylist" to the long list of strange things I've done in my life.

Friday, November 13, 2009

say cheese!

I take a lot of pictures of the kids. I have to because a) they grow and change rapidly and b) most of the pictures are terrible. Kids never sit still, and if they do, they are probably going to make some dumb face.

latest quilt

A close friend of mine purchased a ciuccio gift certificate for a friend of hers. This is the quilt I made using a print she had already chosen for the nursery.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


ciuccio was featured in a treasury today.


It's such a strange thing to desperately want, but look at this amazing new line of jars made by Ball. They are more expensive than the classic shape, but I am about to suck it up and order some.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I made it to the market after a few weeks. Things have changed! Citrus has made a debut and pears are gone for the most part. I bought some lovely mushrooms and a few fuyu persimmons for salad.

A new favorite snack. Radishes sliced thinly and doused with fresh lime juice, salt and chopped cilantro if you have it.

20 pounds of apples are turned into 13 pints of apple butter

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

death march

On our walk today...

etsy finds

Is anyone else starting to think about the holidays? For the first time ever, we bought our plane tickets way back in September. I think that might have gotten me started on the whole Christmas gift giving thought process extra early. Every year feels like I have to keep it simple for budgetary reasons, and this year probably more so than ever before. For me, this means planning ahead and shopping smart. It's about finding the exact right gift.

The Chair dipper by pinkkiss $12

Round Board by NATUREDESIGN $18

The Icky Bag by PETUNIAS $23.00

Hand Embroidered Pincushion by SeaPinks $20

iPhone/iPod Docking Station by woodtec $78

Diagram Placemat Set by girlscantell $28

Retro Wooden Bowling Set by littlesaplingtoys $18

Bugs and Butterflies Letterpress Notes by DingbatPress $15 (set of 5)

Porcelain Containers by clayswan $39