Archive for September, 2009


The weather is turning and the mornings are getting a little chilly.  It’s beginning to be the perfect time of year for oatmeal!

I made this terrific recipe the other day and was thrilled with the results, so I thought I would share!  It’s a simple, yummy, healthy idea if you’re having company or hosting a breakfast.

overnight oatmeal
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
3 1/2 cups skim milk
your favorite toppings: golden raisens, brown sugar, honey, cinamon, pecans, walnuts, fruit, or any other topping you may choose to put on your oatmeal (dried apricots, golden raisins, and toasted walnuts pictured)

1.  Before you hit the hay, toss the milk and oats into a crock pot and give them a little stir. Cover and set the crock pot to low. Assemble a mixture of your favorite toppings before you turn in for the night if you’re always running late in the morning like I am.

2.  Go to bed. :)

3.  Wake up to creamy, yummy oatmeal!

4.  Top with your favorite toppings and Enjoy!

This recipe will serve four generously.

I served this to a group of ladies, and put an assortment of toppings out so that each could individualize their oatmeal.  It was a hit!  I found this recipe on this lovely blog.



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littlehouseI’ve been drooling over these lovelies from little house for awhile now.  The texture and design of these fabulous jackets and sweaters have me really excited for cooler weather.   All of the clothing in the little house line is handmade from sketch to pattern to garment – I am a little jealous of such talent!


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Allow me to introduce you to Crystal of Capow. Crystal is a graphic designer and a creator of many things whocurrently resides inf Albany, NY. In her shop, you’ll find photographs, hand-sewn clutches and tote bags, paintings, and more.  You can also find a few vintage items!

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by so much. There are so many great artists everywhere, and it seems like every time I click around Etsy I find so many more inspiring artists. I definitely find other people’s work lights a fire in me that makes me want to create my own.

Share with us a little about your creative process.
When it comes to photography, I try to carry my camera wherever I go and shoot any and everything that catches my eye. My paintings and photography are very closely connected. All of my paintings are based on photos that I have taken. As far as my sewing, I like to create beautiful unique items that are also useful in every day life. When I sew I usually layout my fabrics and pick some that I like together, then get started cutting the pattern.

il_430xN.88821600il_430xN.79593488il_430xN.86305790How did you get started in your craft?
When I was little my mom taught me how to sew and crochet, she enrolled me in 4-H where I sharpened my sewing skills and learned how to bake. I started with photography in high school, though I had always loved taking snapshots when younger. I learned how to work in a black and white darkroom, and later on moved to digital cameras and digital darkroom. I just recently started painting, I’ve only been painting for about 3 years, and it started because I wanted to make a painting of a photo I took of my dog.

il_430xN.71449680How did you come up with your shop name?
CAPow is derived from my first two initials (CA) and the first three letters of my last name (Pow). It is also the name of a slot machine that my boyfriend has won hundreds of dollars on :)

Do you have a “day job”? If so, what do you do?
I work a full time job and a part time job in addition to running my etsy shop. My full time job is in internet marketing, and my part time job is working as a groomers assistant at a dog grooming salon in a national chain store.

il_430xN.88164823Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?

Gossip Girl. I am obsessed. It definitely feels like a guilty pleasure when I pop in the DVD and watch an episode.

If money and time were not an issue, where would you travel and what would you do while you’re there?
I love beaches, so I would like to travel to the world’s most beautiful beaches. All I would want to do while there is relax, lay on the beach, drink cocktails, and take a TON of photos.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned within the past year?

Persistence and self promotion will get you EVERYwhere! Tell people about what you’re doing, they will be interested and they will talk about it to other people in turn. Don’t get discouraged!

How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
I would like to be remembered for my photography and other art work. As long as one person appreciated and remebered my work, I would be very happy.


Thank you Crystal for giving us a little peak into your life and your craft!  You can find Crystal in her etsy shop, on her blog, and on her website!

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“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.”
~Fulton Sheen

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“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

DSCF6340Well, it has been a month since I posted the last challenge… but I have been fruitfully working towards accomplishing it!

The last challenge was to set up my creative space.   With a little help from my husband, I was able to set up a metalsmithing studio in a shed in our back yard.  My handy husband installed a ventilation fan and lighting and helped me move in and set up my workbench.  Everything is now up, organized, and in working order!  Though it took a little longer than planned, it was well worth the wait!  The photo to the right is my first project completed in my new creative space!

I am still working on the finishing touches – little details to make the space an environment that inspires creativity!  I think this will always be a work in progress – and I plan to enjoy the journey!

Word Art. I have a large affection for words.  I devour books and am very attuned to the lyrics of songs.  This week, I plan to make art out of words (or a word).  I’ve been inspired by this blog post and this photo.  I can’t wait to get started!

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Well, my new studio is up and running!  It’s been a few weeks in the making, and I still have a little bit of organizing to do, but I am quite excited about my new workspace and my new metalsmithing equipment.

Here are my first few designs created in the new studio.  I’m still getting familiar with my new soldering equipment, and I’m having a blast experimenting with it!  More to come……

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Feeling Fall



We have had the most refreshing weather for the past few days!  The cooler temperatures are getting me in the mood for fall.  I just love autumn – the crisp weather, the turning colors, candy corn, college football… There is so much to look forward to with the coming season!

With this cooler weather, it has been easy to get in the mood for some autumn-inspired jewelry.  I love the rich earthy colors and cuts in the new designs above!  I am thrilled with the hammered texture of the squares in the first design and the rough cut facets and flecks of gold in the rutilated quartz spears in the second.  I’ve got plenty more fall designs in store!


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