Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fiber Sculpture: Needlefelt Critters on Etsy

Handpicked on Etsy
Miniature critters found on Etsy's search pages today range from sweetly whimsical to poignantly realistic portraits of beloved pets. These artists represent some of the uncommon talent available in Etsy stores, some of which is undiscovered and deserving of more attention. Click on the photos for a closer look at these remarkable creations, ranging in price from $20.00 to $200.00.
From top left to bottom right, today's featured artists include: Gerry, twolefthands, fibreheart, VirginiaMopFair, BarbaraPageKnits, sendsunshine, arrowroot, LoveableTreasured

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dreaming of Summer on Etsy

Handpicked on Etsy by Artkitech
This morning I awoke to pleasant news from Artkitech saying I was included in her treasury. Flattered and very taken with her color palette, I decided to post her picks in this showcase of warm, sun-kissed creations that most definitely evoke the summer feeling of Artkitech's theme. She wrote this: "Al fresco dining, a glass of chilled prosecco, summer breezes drifting through wheat fields, refreshing scents of herbs and blossoms -- fleeting dreamy images in eager anticipation of summertime for those of us who dwell in the northerly hemisphere." 'Nuff said - she tells the story with this beautifully curated showcase of unique Etsy creations. Click on the pictures to go directly to these listing. Prices range from $4.50 to $495.00.
From top left to bottom right, today's featured artisans include: TwoSecrets, Piacere, fullmoonmilk, yorktownroad, trendyknitting, ottobone, iheartfink, sammi84, moderneradesign, yystudio, charmdesign

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mulligatawny Soup: Bon Appetit with Etsy foodies and artisans

Handpicked on Etsy
My favorite meal-in-a-bowl is mulligatawny soup, the hearty 18th Century British concoction created by Indian cooks who served in English colonial homes. Below is my favorite, truly scrumptious recipe -- get out your your shopping list, special spices, tureen, bowls and ladle, all found today on Etsy's search pages in prices ranging from $3.00 to $150.00.
From top left to bottom right, today's featured sellers include: purposedesign, StarAniseRecipes. willowspiceco, TwoStrandsSoapWorks, waverleykitchens, sweetpaperart, craftsbykate, earthfired, AliceLasky, jblairpottery
East Indian Mulligatawny Soup
1.5 lbs skinless chicken thighs (preferably bone-in)
Flour and cooking oil
4 tsp. Curry Powder (hot or mild, depending on your taste)
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup each chopped carrots, celery, turnip, parsnip, tart apple
2 cups diced onion
3 or 4 cloves minced garlic
2 cups (or 1 can) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Finish with:
2-3 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or Italian Parsely
Optional: Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Directions: Dredge chicken in flour. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add chicken and all the spices to the skillet and cook 5-7 minutes, turning the chicken to brown it. Transfer these ingredients to a slow cooker or heavy soup pot. Deglaze the skillet with one cup of the stock, and transfer that the the pot. Add the fresh vegetables, apple, garlic, beans and remianing stock to the pot, and mix gently to combine. Place a piece of foil lightly atop the ingredients, then cover the pot tightly. If using your slow cooker, cook on low for 5-6 hours. On the stove, cook on lowest flame for 3 - 4 hours.
At serving time, add some salt and pepper to taste if needed, and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and cilantro or parsely. NOTE: If you prefer a vegan version, add more garbanzo beans and veggies in place of the chicken