Handmade & Vintage Treasures

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Cozy Sak Made The Top 10

I found a easy way to get others opinions of my items and it is using Handmade Top 10 for Etsy sellers. 

There will be a few open categories at a time and you can enter more than one item or category. Just click on the category you want to enter and provide your item # in the box to the right. Each voting category can be promoted with links to social media sites such as Twitter and FB. 

As you vote for items, you automatically see the percentage of other votes. No one knows what or how you voted.

One of my Cozy Sak made #8 in Top 10. I just entered one of my cosmetic purses in Red category. Follow the link to vote.

Take a few minutes to vote and/or add some of your items to a list.

Happy voting!

Wienie Adventures: Bath Day

I love dogs, but the one thing I don't like is that stinky doggie smell.  So, for the indoor doggies, every Saturday is bath day. I prepare the bathroom by getting out two large towels and my grooming tray which includes: Fresh-n-Clean shampoo (the best, long-lasting shampoo), ear cleaner, teeth cleaner, eye stain cleaner, brush, scissors, nail clippers, blood stop (just in case I cut too close), and Q-tips. 
After setup, I call the Wienies. They come running down the hallway until they realize we are headed into the bathroom. Their steps slow considerably.
Next I flip them on their backs to trim their nails and trip the hair between their pads. I have to cover Toby's head because he can be a bit nippy.
Both are relieved that is over. Next they go into the bathtub.
This part they like...shampoo and scrub.
I clean Dinky's tear stain on his white side. Then the dreaded teeth cleaning with lots of licking and shaking of the heads.
Now time to clean the ears. I use Q-tips to gently wipe the outer ear. Be careful not to go too deep.
Another of their favorite parts...towel drying. You can see Toby is living it up.
A relaxing brush down...ahhh.
Weeee...the bath is over and we're clean!

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Peek at the New Hoglets

This past Monday, Spike and Lucy became the proud parents of three hoglets. This is their first time with little babies. I know we are to not disturb Lucy because the could be hazardous to the little hoglets, but I find myself checking on them. They squeak all the time and I wonder if she is squashing them or poking them with her spikes. The few views I've had of them, they are always all right. I finally got a few pictures of the little guys as Lucy was heading out to take a potty and lunch break. I hope you enjoy these. Check back at they grow into adorable little hedgies.

      Lucy is not very happy about me taking her picture

     I see a little pink nose.   

      This baby pops as mom's nose touches him/her.

      Snuggling up for warmth while mom is out.

     A face only a mother can love...

Best Ever Banana Nut Cake

My first taste of this awesome cake was several years ago at a NPGA show. My friend, Chastity, brought it for our potluck lunch. Of course, she shared her recipe and I have made it many times for several functions, always getting request for the recipe. I also like to make it into loaves without the icing. This way makes a great breakfast bread.

Banana Nut Cake

2 1/2 cups plain flour (make a healthier version with whole wheat flour)
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
3 ripe bananas

In a medium to large bowl sift your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate, smaller bowl combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and bananas.

Combine all ingredients and mix well with a blender.

Pour into greased and lightly floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (depends on your pan) or until center is not sticking and top is golden brown. I'm using this large baking sheet, so I baked it for 20 minutes.

After cooling, I cut the cake into desired pieces. I like to do this before icing so it drains in between the layers.

1 stick butter or margarine
1lb box powdered sugar
1 ripe banana
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup nuts (optional)
1 Tablespoon water (if needed)

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in banana, lemon juice, and nuts till blended together. Do not boil.

Remove from heat and then add sugar; blending until smooth with no lumps. If it is too dry, add water
Drizzle icing over top, adding as much or as little that you want. I like to cover the whole thing
 Let me know what you think about this delicious cake.

Favorite 5 Friday: Kitty Korner

One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Etsy. It's not only a wonderful way to find a fabulous gift or to get inspiration, but also to mingle with like-minded individuals.
I will be promoting (blog, Etsy, Twitter) my "Favorite 5" every Friday, so contact me if you would like me to check out your items. Tell me what you think about these items or share some of your favorites...
Find something you want, just click on the name. Please take time to visit these shops to see all their awesome items.

This weeks finds are in honor of this weeks My Precious Pet Series: Junior the Kitten . I hope you find something you can't live without.

You all know I love glass beads, especially those in the form of animals. This white kitty is one of my favorite. I can see him hanging on a necklace with coordinating blue and green beads on each side.
Lazy Cat Bead
Made to order Margo lampwork beads one eye blue one eye green arch cat

This the cutest cat toy. I would like to have one just to display. I may not be able to keep the cats off my
Roly Poly Catnip Toy
Catnip Toy - Pink /Black Felt Roly Poly Organic Catnip Toy

I love cattails by the pond. This print gives us another view of cattails by the pond. I love the beautiful shading in the cats hair, it makes them look so soft. Their eyes are very striking.
Cattails Print
Cattails - 8x10 archival giclee print

There are a lot of cat collars to choose from, but this one really appeals to me.
Cat Collar
Urban Flowers Cat Collar

This cat toy makes me laugh. It is made from recycled materials and homegrown catnip.
Buttie Catnip Toy
Catnip toy: Buttie