Thursday, December 6, 2012

Vending at Handmade Arcade on December 8, 2012

I am thrilled to announce that I will be a vendor at Handmade Arcade, this Saturday. Now in its ninth year, this event brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 8, 2012 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace.

The Steel Town Etsy Team is one of the sponsors of Handmade Arcade and will have a team table at the event. Stop by, sign up for their newsletter, or any number of Etsy newsletters, and receive a FREE raffle ticket for your chance to win one of two (2) $50.00 Etsy gift certificates or twenty five (25) $25.00 Etsy gift certificates. They can be redeemed online at any Etsy shop that accepts gift certificates. While you're at their table you can also pick up some free swag from Etsy and purchase raffle tickets to win their basket filled with handmade goodies made by the members of our team. Proceeds from the gift basket will benefit the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) and the basket will include a gift certificate for PCCR as well. You can also meet some members of the team, talk to them about Etsy, and purchase handmade items directly from them.
This event provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network, and share their artistic practice.

With last year's event, Handmade Arcade found a new eco-friendly home at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center which allows them to continue their commitment to the environment through the convention center's green practices ( This new home also provides space for more vendors than ever before (150+), the addition of new areas to feature demonstration artists, DJs, and musicians. The central downtown location is accessible via car, bus, T, bike, and foot and there is extensive on- and off-site parking.

Situated on-site, near the vendors, their welcoming Hands-on Handmade area features a variety of drop-in, short, and day-long interactive programs — including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions, and art installations — all designed to bridge the gap between consumers and creators.

Don't miss your chance to support local artists and purchase unique handmade holiday gifts for those on your list at this year's event. Remember, you're not only supporting local artists, but your local economy as well. According to The 3/50 Project, a national small business advocacy group, for every $100.00 that is spent at a small, local business, $68.00 will return to the community. (Info from "5 Benefits to Shopping on Small Business Saturday" FORBESWOMAN, November 11, 2011)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Falling into Autumn...

While I love something about every season, Fall has a special place in my heart.

There's so much to look forward to this time of year as the leaves change with the season and we start preparing for the winter and all the holiday festivities that come with it.

Perhaps it's because in each of the months that remain we have a holiday celebration to look forward to - Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Perhaps it's just the chill in the air that gives me an extra excuse to snuggle with my loved ones.

Possibly, it's just the excitement of looking forward to extra opportunites to get together with friends or family.

No matter what the reasons are, I'm happy it's Fall.

I have even created a board on Pinterest in honor of the season, as well as not one, but two Halloween boards.

All of the pictures above were taken in October 2010, at Greenwood Cemetary, during a trip to New York.  I hope you enjoyed them.

What's your favorite part of the season?

Monday, April 23, 2012

County Fair Elephant Ears

Each Fall, when I was growing up, we eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Central Washington State Fair, held each September in Yakima, WA.  No visit to the fair was complete without eating at least one Elephant Ear. 

Last summer my boys and I went to the flea market in Rogers, OH and I was excited to see a food stand selling Elephant Ears.  Sadly, they were drastically different than the ones I'd come to know and love when visiting the fair.

Finally, I decided to try making my own and am happy to report great success.  I modified the recipe I found here.  They were fairly quick, easy, and my boys gave them rave reviews.  Here's my recipe:

3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. shortening
1 packet quick rise dry yeast
2 cups flour
Oil for frying
Cinnamon/sugar mix (approximately 1/2 cup sugar & 1 Tbsp. cinnamon)

1)  Heat milk, salt, sugar, and shortening until shortening is melted, but do not boil. 

2)  Cool to lukewarm.  The mixture needs to be between 110-115 degrees.

3)  Add yeast and stir until dissolved.

4)  Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.

5)  Put dough into a greased bowl.

6)  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in size.

7)  Dust hands with flour.  Pinch off pieces of dough, about the size of a golf ball.  Stretch dough into a 6-8 inch circle.

8)  Add enough oil to skillet to come up over the top of each piece of dough.  Fry until pieces rise, turn with tongs, a fry until light brown.

9)  Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Note:  I made mine the size of large cookies and the batch made about 8.


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