Flint City Handmade Spring Market is this weekend!
I will be vending, along with all of these lovelies:
Made With Luv
Always the Forest
Lunch Lady Land
Jewelry Storm/Radically Random
Wei’s Open Secret
The Yarntoad Collective
The Living Thread
Barrel of Monkeys
Whimsical Works by Jen Sikora
art by amandaNsimons.com
Art by Gary Sierdarski
It’s A Scream Productions
Cradle of Critters
Alexandria’s Soap Garden
Chicaloo Photography & More
Runaway Fashion House
Also, there is an awesome raffle table with items donated from all the vendors.
Hope you can make it!
Once in a while, I get in a baking mood, and I have to make something. Last week, while I was off, I decided on making some muffins for breakfast. I always keep on hand, a couple different varieties of Jiffy Mix. Not only do they make yummy mixes which are 58 cents a box (crazy!), it’s a Michigan based company. I remember touring the production plant when I was in the fourth grade, donned with a paper “chef’s hat”, shoe protectors (like doctors wear in the OR) and a hair net!
I decided on baking Raspberry muffins, mmm…
Muffins are fairly easy to make in general, but the mix is fool proof!
Even if you lack skill in the baking department, these are easy to make. I couldn’t wait until they cooled down to eat them.
Also, with every box of Jiffy Mix, they include another recipe on the box for another use for the mix. The muffin mix had a recipe for Raspberry Bars, which I made for an Easter brunch with my family, and they were AWESOME! Here is the recipe:
1 package Jiffy Raspberry Muffin Mix
5 Tbsp. margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup of quick oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup of raspberry jam or preserves (filling)
Makes 12-16 bars
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 inch square pan. Combine first four ingredients. Mix with a fork until crumbly. Reserve and set aside 1/4 cup of crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of pan. Spread 1/2 cup of filling on top of crumb mixture to 1/2 inch from the edge of the pan. Bake 24-28 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and cut.
I used almost an entire pint sized jar of my mom’s homemade raspberry jam in mine (more than a 1/2 cup), and baked mine for 22 minutes.
Yum! Hope you give the recipe a try.
This weekend people!!! Get thee in the car and go!
You can see photos of all the wonderful raffle items at Flint City Handmade MySpace page
So, its official! Enamor items can now be bought in a store! I’m soooo excited!!!
I took an hour road trip to White Lake, Michigan today to take some things to Gazelle’s House of Handmades. The driveway was welcoming with colorful signs and decorations. I met with Tammy, the owner, soon after being greeted by her dog upon entering the shop.
I walked around the house-turned-craft shop and took many photos! There were some amazing things! Jewelry, artwork, pillows, COOKIES, baby items, CHOCOLATE, housewares, COFFEE, and holiday items are just a variety of what you can find at Gazelle’s. This is truly a unique place for gifts… and maybe stuff to buy for yourself too!
I found myself walking around many times, each time finding something I didn’t see the first time. So fun! Tammy said she has around 100 different artists selling at her shop right now, after only being open since this summer. I feel honored to be part of her shop too!
If you live in Michigan, this is a must see shop, well worth the travel to get there. Gazelle’s is closed on Sunday’s and Monday’s, but is open the rest of the week. The shop is located at 6680 Grass Lake Rd, in White Lake. Please visit the Gazelle’s website for more information.
Friday night was the grand opening gala at the Armory Arts, where I currently live and do crafty things. All of the tenants are artists, which is cool because it’s inspiring being surrounded by creative people. The armory itself is the old Jackson prison, which was newly renovated and updated into brand new modern apartments and galleries. About 500 people came to the gala. We had a couple politicians come and speak, along with the Detroit Pistons drum-line, and a cool tap group from Detroit perform throughout the evening.
I had the privilege of helping the armory’s curator, Jane, hang most of the pieces in the main gallery on Tuesday. I have always sort of wanted to work in an art museum (not full time though!), so its cool to have one downstairs from my apartment. I had 4 paintings hanging in the gallery, along with a few of my photographs.
Art Van also brought in some furniture to set up a VIP Lounge area in the main gallery. I had to try the sofas out the day before the gala…they were so comfy!
Fellow Etsy-an, Clairigami, also lives at the Armory, and had a very cool display room of her 3-D paper sculptures. Some of the artists opened up their apartments so people could tour through them. I went and visited 8 open apartments, and each one was so uniquely decorated. Some people had their studios open so you could see work in progress.
I had made a new bird painting specially for the gala, and I was excited I would get to put it on Etsy afterward… about halfway through the evening, I found out a couple wanted to buy my firebird painting! I met and chatted with the couple in the gallery and sold it on the spot. I plan on doing some more like it soon!
I’m hoping to try and use the gallery space in the future to house an indie craft show. For more information on the Armory Arts, please see theirwebsite
Stay tuned for my Sampler Favorites!