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How to Wrap a Gift Like a Boss December 16 2016, 0 Comments

Wrapping gifts can be fun!

Or it can be a nightmare with tape and weird corners that never look right and end up getting covered with a bow or shoved behind the tree in an effort to hide your lack of wrapping skills. So here are a couple of ways to make a gift awesome without the paper cuts. 

Wrap your gift with a kitchen towel! 

1. Grab the thing to wrap.

2. Get awesome kitchen towel from The Coin Laundry.

3. Fold it around object. This can be done a few ways but make sure you get the print on the front for maximum cuteness. Don't worry if you can see some of the gift peeking through the top or bottom.

4. Tie a pretty ribbon or bakers twine around it. 

5. Gift giving magic achieved.

 

Here's another fun way to make your gifts stand out - pipe cleaner gift tags! This is super fun and can be done while binge watching Netflix and drinking hot toddies (which is how nature intended us to gift wrap). Follow these easy steps and watch the short video below to see it action!

1. Grab some pipe cleaners at your local craft emporium.

2. Bend and twist them into names, shapes, swear words whatever you like. You may need to add another pipe cleaner on for longer words. You can do this by twisting the ends together. Make sure to twist them around a few times so it stays secure. The best part about this is that if you mess up you can straighten it out and start over. I like to write the word out on a piece of paper so I can see how the lettering needs to look. Cursive letters are easiest since they all loop together nicely.

3. Put it on a box! These are so cute you don't even need wrapping paper! Just a plain old box and maybe some ribbon or yarn! Add a little extra tail to your word or shape so you can twist it around the ribbon so the pipe cleaners stay on your gift. 

4. Watch as they marvel at your amazing pipe cleaner skills! They can even keep it as an ornament! 

Pipe Cleaner Gift Tags from jennifer blake on Vimeo.

 

Now get out there and give the best gifts ever!  


Simple Shortbread Recipe October 26 2016, 0 Comments

I LOVE shortbread. It's buttery, simple and versatile. This easy recipe is only a few ingredients and since it's a sturdy cookie it's perfect for gift giving. The secret to this shortbread is lots of butter and a little elbow grease (it helps to have some aggressions to work out). 

Ingredients

1 cup Flour

1 stick (8 tbsp) salted butter

1/3 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325. Stir together the flour and pinch of salt in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl mash the butter with a fork until creamy (do not warm the butter to soften it!!). Once the butter is creamy add the sugar and mix well. Next add the flour mixture a little at a time until it is completely mixed in. Turn out the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead, knead, knead for about 6 or 7 minutes (the longer you knead it the better!) Grease the inside of a small round or square cake pan with butter. Press the dough into the pan evenly on all sides. Use a knife to score pieces but don't cut all the way through. Use a fork to create a pattern on the edges and poke little holes on the top. I like to have a little fun with a cookie cutter here too. Just make sure you don't go all way through the dough. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cut while still warm and let them cool in the pan. Enjoy!

Drizzle melted chocolate on top or serve with fruit and ice cream. Add chopped crystalized ginger in during the kneading process for a warm gingery flavor. You can also use this dough for tarts. Just press into tart tins, bake and add your favorite ingredients (I like bake in sliced apples with cinnamon and sugar and top with whipped cream!)


The Super Salad Recipe April 29 2016, 0 Comments

It's not always easy to eat your veggies. This easy salad is delicious, healthy and filling and can be made ahead of time and kept for a few days. 

It's super salad!

1 bunch kale chopped
1 package shredded cabbage

1 shredded carrot

1 small package blueberries

1 C roasted cashews (or raw if you prefer)

1 C roasted sunflower seeds (or raw if you prefer)

2 C shelled edamame

1/2 red onion chopped

dressing:

1/4 C apple cider vinegar

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

1 C acai juice (I also tried this with Odwalla blueberry juice which was tasty too)

2 cloves crushed garlic

salt

pepper

pinch of cayenne (optional, but awesome if you want a little extra flavor)

Throw it all in a big bowl and eat! It stays crunchy and delicious for days so it's perfect to make ahead for the week. You can switch up the ingredients based on what you have around too. Substituting slivered almonds, dried cranberries, raisins and raspberries are some variations we've liked. Enjoy!


Birthdays are the best! January 13 2016, 0 Comments

Remember how fun birthdays were when you were a kid? I had countdowns until my next birthday and would inform total strangers of the impeding celebration. It's easy to blow off your birthday when you get older. You think about what you had hoped to accomplish by the time you were this age and wonder where that wrinkle between eyebrows came from (seriously, did that sprout overnight?!) I think it's time to bring back the excitement of birthdays no matter what your age. Theme parties, balloons, prize bags and pinatas. And let's proudly declare our age because if you've made it this far you're doing something right. I'm 37 and 1/3 and proud of it!

Hello there... July 18 2013, 0 Comments

I like making stuff mostly because I never matured past the 6 year old covered in glitter and macaroni stage. I grew up in an old haunted house on Cape Cod, full of antiques so my appreciation for craftsmanship and vintage style came early.
I design and hand screen print each item using water based inks and all natural solvents so each one is unique and environmentally friendly. I can't pinpoint the one thing that inspires me although it might be my pillow since that's where I have most of my good ideas. I feel extremely lucky to be doing this for a living. It's an awesome feeling to see something you made on a little baby or in someone you just met's kitchen. I had one customer tell me her son actually cried when he got his shirt because he was so happy. It's things like that that keep me working at 1 am.