Thursday, February 16, 2012

I want to make my hallway into a gallery.

With the natural lighting of the skylight along with the light that comes through the window in the door, and the two little night lamps on the wall, this space would make a beautiful art gallery.

The wall space is huge, and I could fill in all of that white space with original artwork and prints.

I can collect artwork from Deviant Art, Etsy, and from my own work, and I can find frames at dollar stores and thrift shops.

It would be a great conversation piece at get-togethers, and it would feel so nice, inspiring, and fresh to walk down the art covered hallway.

Hubby and I have lived in this house for 6 months, and drab blank walls are no longer acceptable.

I can't wait to get started. I'll definitely post pictures as I start to add art to the walls. Do you have a gallery in your house? I'd love to see a picture of it. Please feel free to post links to your pictures in the comments.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vegan and Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

So delicious the inlaws said it tasted just like their recipe. I cruised the internet looking for a simple peanut butter cookie recipe that did not contain dairy, and after some tweaking I finally found one that my picky hubby will eat!

Vegan and Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


2 cups natural cane sugar
1 jar organic peanut butter
(I used the green Private Selection brand)
2/3 cup apple sauce
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp ground flax seed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients in bowl until well blended. (Due to the nature of the ingredients it's best to refrigerate the dough until it's cool. Otherwise the dough is too sticky to roll into a ball so you can make drop cookies instead, which is what I did.) Place (and flatten) your balls or dropped dough blobs onto a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until golden brown.

These cookies are so moist they need a moment to cool on the sheet or they will break apart. Even after they cool they do tend to break a little, so if I find a solution I'll be sure to update this. I'm thinking more flax seed.

Some random tidbits of info:

* 1/3 cup applesauce is a great substitute for 1 egg.
* consume ground flax seed otherwise you don't get the same nutrients
* the cookies will taste the best if you use a very simple peanut butter. The one I used has the ingredients listed as: organic peanuts, organic palm oil, natural cane sugar, and sea salt.
* use parchment paper for easy removal of baked goods and super easy clean up

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you try this out and enjoy.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New website is up!

After some technical difficulties and an endless amount of mind-changing, I'm excited to say that my new website is open for business! As I continue to add inventory to the site you will have the option to pick and choose which color and size options you want without having to wade through a lot of similar listings, as it currently is in my Etsy shop. You can also purchase an item without having to register for an account with the option of paying via PayPal or Google Checkout!

For my blog readers please use the coupon below to get Free Shipping at this includes my International readers too.


I can't wait to get back into my studio to make many more (and new!) designs. I am currently taking custom orders in case you want to get a personalized/custom piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one. Click here for more info.


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