According to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), “March is National Craft Month. And with 63 million households crafting each year, there’s a lot to celebrate!” With that in mind, hats off to the talented EtsyTwitter Team members who are not only fabulous artists and artisans in their own genres (SAT word!), but also share their knowledge and expertise by providing instruction to others:
Welcome to the February 15th, 2010 Edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival. Team members had the opportunity to blog about one of the following topics:
1) February 14th is Valentine’s Day. What is your best childhood memory of Valentine’s Day, or what childhood tradition do you now carry out with your children?
2) February is Heart Health Month. What is your best heart healthy recipe? What do you do to stay heart healthy? How do you promote heart health?
Following are the links to the EtsyBloggers’ posts on one of these topics, along with the links to their fabulous blogs.
gilliauna presents Heart Healthy… with Chocolate? – A Rare Post By Leal posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper.
BunnyKissd presents Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too: Valentine’s Day Traditions posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.
Mary presents Heart Health Month Recipe: Tuna and Red Onion Spiedini posted at Misobel: Handmade Hooligan with a Mystic Touch.
GO RED for Women!
February is National Heart Month. The Go Red for Women movement celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and the cause of one in every three female deaths. African American and Hispanic women are even more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases due to higher rates of excessive weight, diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. They are also less likely than white women to know that they may have major risk factors.
The perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease” must be changed. By teaching more and more women how to talk to their doctors about heart disease, thousands of lives can be saved each year because the good news is that heart disease is often preventable!
To learn more about heart disease in women and the choices you can make to live heart healthy, visit GoRedforWomen.org, and sign up for the movement. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter to keep you motivated to make healthy choices and a red dress pin, the symbol of the heart disease in women movement to wear proudly as a supporter.
From the World ORT website: Chanukah (also spelled Hanukah and Hanukkah), the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.
Following their victory, the Maccabees, who led the Jews in their revolt against the Syrian overlords, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem defiled by the Syrian invaders, cleansed it and dedicated it anew to the service of God. Then, in memory of their victory, the Maccabees celebrated the first Chanukah. (Chanukah is the Hebrew term for dedication).
The Talmud, the body of Jewish oral law, relates how the Judean heroes, led by Judah Maccabee, were making ready to rededicate the Temple and were unable to find enough undefiled oil to light the lamps. However, in one of the Temple chambers, they came upon a small cruse of oil which, under normal circumstances, would have lasted only one evening. Miraculously, this small amount of oil kept the Temple lights burning, not for one night, but for all the eight nights until new oil fit for use in the Temple could be obtained. This is the miracle commemorated by the kindling of the Chanukah lights on the Menorah, a nine-branch candelabrum. On each night, one more light is kindled, beginning with one candle on the first night of Chanukah and ending with eight on the final evening. The ninth branch is reserved for the shamash, the servant light, which is lit first and used to kindle the other lights of the Menorah The lighting is accompanied by the chanting of appropriate blessings and the singing of songs.
Chanukah is a joyful family festival. Gifts are exchanged, parties are given, children play games and latkes (potato pancakes) are served. These are delicacies made with oil, long associated with Chanukah.
The children play dreidel, a game of luck. The dreidel has four sides, each bearing a Hebrew letter – nun, gimel, hey, and shin – the initials of “Ness Gadol Haya Sham” meaning “a great miracle took place there.”
And should you want to send a Chanukah “cod,” look no further!
Back to School brings on the heightened anticipation of football weekends, tailgating and cheering on your favorite professional sports team, college or high school team. Here in Georgia, there’s a whole lifestyle around attending the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons home games, including dressing in the team colors of red and black for the games. Of course, if you are in Kentucky, it’s all about the Louisville Cardinals. If you live in North Carolina and aren’t decked out in Duke Blue Devil Blue or Carolina blue, you might just be wearing the red and black of the North Carolina Wolfpack. Texas Tech Red Raiders also wear the red and black, as do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a tribute to whomever you are cheering on, here’s a preview of Foxy G.’s brand new Game Day Collection in red and black.
You’ll be ultra game chic in this rich and luxuriously soft red and black stripe scarf. With its ample length, you can tie it, wrap it, wear it long or toss one end over your shoulder.
Add some pizzazz to your game day accessory wardrobe with this eye-catching, one-of-a-kind, extra long, red and black sassy wrap.
On a chilly day, there will be no need to sacrifice style for comfort when you wrap yourself in this ruby red, reversible scarf. The open design keeps the scarf lightweight while keeping you warm. And tiny flecks of jewel-tone ribbon run through deliciously soft, gem-inspired yarn.
Flirty, fun and fashionable, Red Hot and Ruffled can be twirled, twisted, flipped, looped or tied.
Add a “twist” to your game day wardrobe with this eye-catching, one-of-a-kind, red and black shawl wrap. Dress it up, dress it down. Tie this versatile shawl in front or off to the side. Go glam and toss one end over your shoulder. Accessorize with a chic chopstick or fabulous pin!
You are saucy and sassy, sultry and sexy, stylish, smart and oh, so sophisticated. Just showing up in this elegantly simple, femininely tailored scarf makes words unnecessary. You will mesmerize anyone within eye shot at the game or the after-parties.
To view the entire Collection: http://bit.ly/qX8xt
From August 25th to September 7th, the Etsy Twitter Team is going Back to School, and you’re invited to come along! There will be unique, handcrafted items, great deals and discounts galore for students of every age, as well their families. The team, which uses Twitter to expand its reach to a global audience, also thinks that buying handmade can be an important part of a larger lesson during Back to School time.
“We really want to show consumers that there are high quality, creative handcrafted products available that aren’t expensive or time-consuming to find. Events like this help to educate people about buying responsibly and choosing items that support the small business entrepreneurs and artisans in their own communities,” says Vickie Porter, the team’s leader and the artist/owner behind the recycled domino jewelry of InMyHeadStudios For more information on which shops are participating in the Back to School event, please visit the EtsyTwitter Team blog. Between now and September 7th, Foxy G. Knits will be offering 10% off all Game Day Section items. See shop announcement for details.
I ♥ Noodle Kugel
Noodle kugel or pudding, is a traditional Jewish side dish. It is often a mainstay of festive meals, particularly on the Jewish Sabbath and other Jewish holidays. (The “u” is pronounced like the “ou” in “could.” Some pronounce it koogel, as in “food,” but what do they know!)
Every time my sons came home from college, I fixed them kugel. Usually, it never made it to the table, as witnessed by the following photo taken in 1995 when Kugel Boy was on holiday from U-Penn:
In addition to noodles, kugel contains butter, sugar, cinnamon, eggs and raisins, along with optional cottage cheese. The only food group it doesn’t contain is chocolate – and I’m working on that. It is baked in the oven and can be served hot or at room temperature. Personally, I like it hot, at room temperature or even cold. Here is my recipe:
3 eggs, beaten
3 T. sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
8 oz. broad or medium noodles, cooked and drained
4 T. butter, melted
½ C. raisins
Cottage cheese to taste
Lots of ♥
Combine eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add to the noodles. Add melted butter, raisins and cottage cheese. Mix thoroughly. Place in a liberally buttered 1 ½ quart casserole, and bake @400° until lightly browned (about 45 minutes). Serves 6
And I must issue a caveat on this recipe serving six people. That would be six people with the appetites of gnats. I usually double the recipe or make a recipe and ½. If you are entertaining, this recipe can be prepared the night before, covered with tin foil or plastic wrap, stored in the refrigerator overnight and baked the following day.
Should you happen to live in Metro Atlanta and want to try kugel – and don’t happen to be invited to my home that evening – you can get amazing kugel at The Brickery Grill and Bar on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Try it with the brisket sandwich or grilled chicken sandwich. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Bruce and Sally Alterman are fabulous hosts; tell them Foxy G. sent you.
One of my fondest summer memories growing up as a child was my dad taking the four of us kids out for sherbet cones at Prince Castle after a family dinner. On the ride over, my mouth would water just thinking about the icy cold fruit flavors that would soon be mine. Today there is sorbet, Italian ice and gelato. But nothing can even come close to replacing that special three-sherbet Jumbo Cone from years ago.
Take a walk with me now down memory, as we enjoy the wonderful world of sherbet on etsy:
One of my most favorite items is Sherbert the Llama Hand Puppet. According to Sherbert’s creator, Kaida: Sherbert likes ice cream, painting, and making people laugh. He dislikes gloves and is afraid of the dark… give Sherbert’s mouth a squeeze and he’ll squeak.
My other most favorite item is sundazed’s Sherbet Rainbow Monkey who just happens to be holding an ice cream cone:
How cute is this fuzzy orange-raspberry sherbet cupcake hat with red cherry by Artology?
And how about this orange and raspberry sherbet craft show vendor apron with zipper pouch. downthestreet’s listing reads in part: This is a great, functional apron that can meet all your needs for selling at a craft show, flea market, garage sale, or any other venue… I can easily machine embroider your shop name just above the large pocket to personalize.
Didn’t oneifbyhand take great photos of this delicious treat? My mouth began to water when I saw this raspberry sherbet with copper necklace.
Speaking of looking good enough to eat, how about this orange sherbet whipped bath mousse? You almost need a spoon rather than a bath poof for this creamy whipped bath confection by naiad!
Should you like “bursts of lemons, limes and oranges,” here is a citrus sherbet kiddie scoop. CraftsMeow describes kiddie scoops as follows: 100-yard skeins, perfect for baby items or contrasting heels/toes on adult socks.
From InkspotWorkshop, strawberry, orange and kiwi sherbet dot thank you notes:
And finally, GracieDesigns makes it possible for you to cuddle your ice cream [in lime or raspberry sherbet]. Wait – let her explain: You love ice cream, but not the frosty fingers. Well, I happen to agree. I was eating my favorite flavor the other day (cherry and chocolate flavor named after the late and great Jerry Garcia *hint hint*), and I always wrap a piece of paper towel around it so my fingers don’t get cold. Then I thought of the ice cream cuddler; I already make ’em for coffee. [way to go, Gracie]
Heralding the Summer Solstice
Having a November birthday and a “winter” color chart, as well as growing up in the Midwest, it is no wonder that I am not a big fan of summer. So, it took some thought on my part as to how I might combat the summertime blues and rejoice in the heat and humidity of Hotlanta. And voilá – heralding the summer solstice did just that – because it will be cold again in only six short months…
From about.com and religioustolerance.org: The solstice occurs twice in each circuit of the earth around the sun. A circuit of the sun is a year, so there are two solstices a year, winter and summer. The summer solstice is in late June in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice is in late December. In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstices are reversed.
The word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol,” meaning sun, and “sister,” to stand still. The summer solstice occurs when the sun appears to be at its greatest and the day is at its longest. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.” In 2009, the summer solstice will occur on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.
The following are a few more of my favorite summer solstice items found on etsy:
I just returned from Chicago where I helped my mom celebrate her 90th birthday. Personally, I consider that a feat (not helping her celebrate, but making it to 90). At first, Lady C. – that’s not her real name; it’s Sarah – and her best friend, Trixie – not her real name either; it’s Bernice – wanted a pizza and pajama party. At 90, you can have whatever you want, but it was hard to imagine how we were going to pull off a pajama party at their independent living facility. Fortunately, we dodged the bullet, and the pizza and pajama party morphed into a pizza and blue jeans party with oldies music. All this planning got me thinking what the world was like in 1919 when Sarah was born:
- Cincinnati defeated Chicago White Sox (5-3) in the World Series
- Cost of a first-class stamp went to $0.03
- The unemployment rate was 1.4%
- Federal spending was $18.49 billion
- The Pulitzer Prize in fiction was awarded to Booth Tarkington for The Magnificent Ambersons.
- Charlie Chaplain, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford established United Artists in an attempt to control their own work.
- The Green Bay Packers NFL team was founded
- The pop-up toaster was invented by Charles Strite
- The short-wave radio was invented
- Dial telephones were introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Sarah is the youngest of three children. She and her two older brothers are all college-educated, which is a real testament to my grandparents. Sarah was graduated from high school at 16 years of age and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago in 1939 at the age of 20. She married at 21, had four children and has spent a good part of her life volunteering for various organizations. Today, she knits for various organizations including the Lake Forest Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.
I have never seen my mom happier than while she was greeting friends and family and enjoying reminiscing over the photos we compiled and the DVD of her life that we prepared. I could not have wished for a more perfect gift. So, here’s to you, Mom. Happy Birthday, and many more.