Creative Doings July 19, 2010


The Basil in my garden is doing so well that I can steal from it all summer long.
There are many pestos available on the supermarket shelves, but nothing compares to the taste and aroma of homemade pesto.


Here is a fresh & healthy pesto recipe that is quick and simple to make.
It will add so much flavour to so many dishes. My recipe is slighly different as I add toasted walnuts in place of pine nuts. It has a warm nutty flavor.

Basil Pesto


Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil, tightly packed
¼ cup parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves minced
dash of salt
3 tablespoons toasted walnuts

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender.

Add walnuts last to allow for a crunchy texture.

Creative Doings July 12, 2010

This is an amazingly refreshing soup. The key is to use the freshest fruit you can find.


Cold Fruit Soup

Ingredients:


½ cup sugar

½ cup water

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

3 cups watermelon, seeded and cut in large chunks

¼ cup fresh mint

1 pint blueberries

1 pint strawberries, diced

1 pint cherries, pitted and halved

2 cups seedless grapes, halved

½ pint red raspberries

2 tbs. Brandy

Directions:

Combine sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside. Puree watermelon and mint in a blender and set aside. Add ½ of each prepared berry in a blender and puree. In a large bowl combine watermelon puree, fruit puree, syrup mixture, remaining prepared fruit and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight. Serve in chilled bowls with crème fresh.

Creative Doings July 09, 2010


The Creative Doings Traveler Bag

This is a great bag for holding those minimal essentials when you're traveling, or shopping.
Made of a fun and modern fabric with a matching lining.
My best seller...and the best value!

The bag measures 6.5" wide and 9" high.
There is a 5" pocket on the front and back.
A coordinating zipper secures everything safely inside.
The key fob acts as a pull and a neat place to hang those pesky keys safely.
The strap measures 58" long. Perfect for wearing across your body. Want it shorter? Tie a knot in it.
For additonal information see my Etsy Shop.


Creative Doings July 07, 2010

Okay my fellow bloggers. I know you dont want to think about snow and jingle bells when the temperatures are reaching 95 degrees here on the East Coast, but let's do it!


I will be hosting my first Christmas in July Extravaganza July 18th-25th.


I will be offering Free Shipping to all shoppers, a Free Gift with purchases over $50 and a Giveaway for a Free Creative Doings Tote filled with Goodies! Wow!


So stay tuned for future postings on this wonderful event.


MERRY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!

Creative Doings July 04, 2010


Happy Birthday America!
Today we celebrate our freedom, and most importantly our equality and unalienable rights!

To quote my favorite line from our Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th 1776;
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

I am proud to be an American and I celebrate this day with pride and reverance!
Happy Birthday America!

Creative Doings June 25, 2010


This is the perfect Summer bag!

Beautiful purple linen fabric with a simple cotton lining.
The matching flower pin brings a little whimsy to this charming purse.
Includes a matching change purse!!!

Details:
Exterior fabric is made from 100% linen cotton with silk embroidery.
The interior is made of 100% cotton.
Interior pockets.
18" straps.
Magnetic snap closure.
Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions:
14"W x 10"H x 4"D

For additional information on this bag please visit my Etsy Store.

Creative Doings June 13, 2010

Where do you find your Inspiration?
This morning I discovered there was so much color in my own backyard.

 
ClematisPetunia
Coreopsis & Sweet William

Take a camera and go for a walk. Its amazing how much inspiration surrounds us.
Whatever your medium, nature is an amazing source of inspiration.

Creative Doings June 04, 2010

This little clutch is the perfect accessory for those formal occasions...and even those informal occasions when you want to make a statement.

A great idea for your bridemaids!
I can work with you to create a grouping of these bags.
Each bag is accessorized with a vintage pin or embelishment to make it stand out. Do you have a keepsake that you'd like me to work into the design? Something borrowed, something blue perhaps?
The bag measures 11" x 4.5" x 3"
A magnetic snap securely holds all of your items inside.

For more information please visit my Etsy Store.

Creative Doings


This recipe started out as a quick bread.
Sadly, our summer months are way too hot for me to run the oven so I save this for special occasions.
This recipe is very adaptable to alterations and substitutions.
I add mini chocolate chips and substitute brown sugar in the topping.
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Rhubarb Nut Muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Brown sugar
2/3 cup Vegetable oil
1 Egg, beaten
1 cup Buttermilk
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Rhubarb, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped

Topping:

1 tablespoon Butter
1/3 cup Sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine brown sugar, oil and beaten egg. In a small bowl mix together milk, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Add milk mixture to sugar mixture alternately with flour, beating well after each addition. Fold in rhubarb and nuts. Turn into muffin pans that have been greased and floured. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of each muffin. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Creative Doings May 23, 2010

Okay these chips are amazing!!!!
They go very well with fresh strawberry salsa.

Baked Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 flour tortillas
3 tbsp. butter, melted

In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush tortillas with melted butter. Then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar mixture. Cut each tortilla in 8 triangles. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tortillas sugar side up on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until crisp.

I will be posting Fresh food recipes all summer long.

Creative Doings May 21, 2010

For me Summertime just wouldnt be complete without strawberries.
This salsa is the perfect way to jazz up burgers and on top of fish and chicken.
YUM!


Strawberry Salsa
1 cup diced strawberries
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 finely diced jalapeno
Juice & zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon of fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro, chopped
 Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Toss lightly and chill.

Creative Doings

This sage sling bag is big enough to hold all of your daily essentials and cute enough to glam up your outfit.


Details:

Exterior fabric is made from 100% cotton linen fabric with silver embroidery.

The interior is made of 100% cotton.

Interior zipper pocket.

39" strap

Magnetic snap closure.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions:

15"W x 12"H x 5"D

For additional information or how to purchase this bag please see my Etsy store.

Creative Doings May 14, 2010

This beach inspired handbag is the perfect bag to Glam up your new summer outfit.

This is definitely a smart looking accessory.

Details:

Exterior fabric is made from 100% cotton.

The interior is made of 100% cotton.

Interior pockets.

17" straps made from cotton rope.

Magnetic snap closure.

Real sand dollar pin.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions:

14"W x 10"H x 4"D

For information on how to purchase this bag please see my etsy shop.

Creative Doings May 13, 2010

Everyone can get into a creative slump. Here are ten ways to stimulate your creative juices and generate fresh inspiration.

Create art in a new place
Grab your sketchbook and head to a part of town you usually don't visit and plop down on a curb, bench or car hood and start to draw what you see.

Try something new
Do you usually paint in oils? Try pastels. Draw anime? Try drawing flowers. Do you work with leather? try cotton or burlap.

Read
Try reading something totally different from what you usually do, even if it is just a magazine article on an unusual subject. Keep doing this at least once for several days. The new and different information will get your mind thinking about new subjects, unlocking new avenues for creativity.

Go back to your roots
Think about what you used to draw or create as a child. Try your hand at it again, using crayons, of course. This exercise moves your mind from the strain of "adult art" and allows it to be more creative in the process. All the while you are still creating art that may be used as preliminary sketches for something more grand.

Go Radical
Don't just try a different medium, try a virtual medium! If you've never dabbled in computer art of any kind, now is the time to give it a try. You don't need to buy fancy software.

Teach
We artists are so into learning new techniques that sometimes we forget it is also important to switch gears and teach. This will put your mind on a totally new track for a while. I'm not saying you have to go out and teach to a classroom of students. There are many sites on the internet with forums where artists can share their ideas and takes on techniques.

Get Chatty
Creating can be a lonely, solitary job sometimes. Get out and talk with others about your craft or join an online chat group. Your brain may be crying out for conversation

Rewind
Instead of trying to make something new, look at something old. Go through your old sketchbooks, portfolio, and finished art pieces. Maybe revisit and old piece and re-do it.

Take a mental break
Do something other than obsess about your creative block. Go for a walk, go eat lunch, get some errands done. The important point is to get your mind on something else to give your subconscious time to work on the problem. You may find an idea just comes to you while you're doing something else.


Give yourself a blank slate
Cleanse your mind by cleansing your mistakes. Erase a botched drawing. Paint over a fouled oil. Rip out and toss a fizzled sketch, tear apart that botched blouse.

Creative Doings May 09, 2010

The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, though also celebrated in March in some countries, as a day to honour mothers and motherhood. In the UK and Ireland it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday, celebrated in March.
In Europe there were several long standing traditions where a specific Sunday was set aside to honor motherhood and mothers such as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday celebrations are part of the liturgical calendar in several Christian denominations, including Anglicans, and in the Catholic calendar is marked as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the Virgin Mary and your "mother" church (the main church of the area). Historians think that children who served in houses were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place them on the church or to give them to their mothers as gifts.

International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time in 28 February 1909, in the US, by which time Anna Jarvis had already begun her national campaign in the US. It is now celebrated in many countries on March 8.

The "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.


Although Mother's day has become widely commercial and probably the biggest day for restaurants in the US, it also continues to be a day to celebrate life and the women that gave it to us.

Today I celebrate the gift of creativity, sensitivity and Love. These are three things that I learned from my mother and grandmother. You forced me to go to church and now God is my sanctuary. You forced me to walk a day in someone elses shoes and now I think before I react. You taught me to Love even when Im standing in the middle of despair. You taught me to be original and never apologize for being myself.

Hamilton W. Mabie said it best when he said;
"The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best."

Happy Mother's Day!

Creative Doings April 09, 2010

Bring on those Summer Days at the beach or a day of shopping. This lovely CapeCod inspired bag has enough space to hold all of your daily essentials and extra room for that baguette or bottle of wine.


Beautiful polka dots are accented on this sturdy canvas fabric with a lovely corresponding lining.

All of the seams have been topstitched for an extra sturdy construction. Rectangle metal rings bring a modern look to this bag while offering strong support to the straps.

Details:

Exterior and interior fabric are made from 100% cotton.

Multiple interior pockets to hold pens, cell phone and etc.

Two 18" straps with 1.5" metal rings.

Magnetic snap closure.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.


Dimensions:

14"W x 10"H x 4"D



For information on how to purchase this bag please see my Etsy shop!

Creative Doings March 19, 2010

I have a lot of fun mixing textiles. The blue suede cloth against the rich print of this beautiful cotton fabric was hard to resist.

A simple off white lining keeps the style sophisticated yet fresh. This is definitely a smart looking accessory.

Details:

Exterior fabric is made from upholstery suede and 100% cotton fabric.

The interior is made of 100% cotton.

Interior pockets.

17" straps.

Magnetic snap closure.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions: 14"W x 9"H x 4"D

For more information on how to purchase this bag please see my Etsy shop.

Creative Doings March 12, 2010

The purse organizer is a great way to organize all of the things in your purse or tote!

Excellent for easily switching bags!

Simply remove the organizer and slip it into your other bag.

Measures 8" x 6" x 3"

There are 10 pockets to hold items such as keys, phones, pens, sunglasses, lipsticks and much more!

The middle area is large enough to hold your wallet and checkbook!

An attached key ring to use for removing your organizer or to attach those pesky keys.

For pricing please visit my Etsy shop.

Creative Doings March 09, 2010

This is part II of my jouney to find the next Creative Doings Model. (link to the original post)
In my original post I noted the Vintage Chic look of the J.R. Bauman dress form.
The J.R. Bauman was used as early as the late 1930's.
Being an old soul, I am intrigued by the many fashions that were conceived on these lovely forms.
Sadly, they are very hard to come by. So far my journey has only lead me to photographs.
Pictured below are some photo's of an old Ebay auction. Note the detail of the neck stenciling and the skirt cage. Where are you dear lady?




Creative Doings March 05, 2010

This little clutch is the perfect accessory for those formal occasions...and even those informal occasions when you want to make a statement.

A great idea for your bridemaids!

I can work with you to create a grouping of these bags.

Each bag is accessorized with a vintage pin or embelishment to make it stand out.

Do you have a keepsake that you'd like me to work into the design? Something borrowed, something blue perhaps?

The bag measures 11" x 4.5" x 3"

A magnetic snap securely holds all of your items inside.

For more information on how to purchase this bag please see my offerings at: http://www.creativedoings.etsy.com/

Creative Doings March 02, 2010

I have designed a new line of suede handbags for women who desire Fabulous & Affordable.


The Cabaret

The combination of suede cloth and cotton is so hot!
Lined with a simple off-white cotton and full of serious Glam!
You can see additional images and get pricing information here:



The Creative Doings Grommet Bag

This bag speaks for itself. Aren't those grommets fun?
The simple sophistication of this bag is so appealing.
You can see additional images and get pricing information here:

Creative Doings February 25, 2010

I first published this post in December 2008. With the temperatures dropping and snow falling today, I thought it would be a great idea to share it again.


This is a fun and easy project to work on when its cold and blustery outside. I keep one in my studio at all times during the winter. It helps relieve those aches & pains that come with hovering over a sewing table.


Wheat Sack Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine and thread
Fabric - at least a fat quarter
Wheat berries - 3 1/2 cups per sack
Essential oil - a nice calming scent


Step 1: Pick the fabric you like. You can create a pattern using paper for future/multiple use or just measure your piece and cut. Cut the fabric to be 14 x10 inches.


Step 2: Fold your fabric, right sides together so your piece will now measure about 7x10. Sew down 2 sides together leaving one of the short ends open. Trim the corners.


Step 3: Turn your fabric inside out so the right side of the fabric is showing. Give it a quick press with a hot iron to press out your seams. Turn under the top (open) edge about a 1/2 inch and press.


Step 4: Pour your wheat into a large bowl. (this can be purchased in the bulk section of your grocery store for very cheap) Add a few drops of essential oil (optional). This creates a nice aroma as the wheat is heated up. Some of the favorites are lavendar, vanilla, lilac, etc. Stir the wheat to help distribute the oil.


Step 5: Fill your sack with wheat.


Step 6: Pin the edge you turned under and sew closed.


Step 7: Include a small note with directions. The wheat sack should be heated in the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. The pack can also be stored in a freezer bag and placed in the freezer to be used as a cold pack.


Enjoy!

Creative Doings February 21, 2010


I come from a very strong background of tradition.
When I started creating formal clutches like the one I highlighted on Accessory Friday, I emphasized a very old English tradition of adding something borrowed or something blue. The actual phrase goes like this;

"Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe."


Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Creative Doings February 19, 2010



This little clutch is the perfect accessory for those formal occasions...and even those informal occasions when you want to make a statement.

A great idea for your bridemaids!
I can work with you to create a grouping of these bags.

Each bag is accessorized with a vintage pin or embelishment to make it stand out.

Do you have a keepsake that you'd like me to work into the design? Something borrowed, something blue perhaps?
The bag measures 11" x 4.5" x 3"


A magnetic snap securely holds all of your items inside.


For more information on how to purchase this bag please see my offerings at: http://www.creativedoings.etsy.com/

Creative Doings February 09, 2010


This is my next purchase. I have wanted a vintage J.R. Bauman dress form since I first began sewing. If this form could speak it would tell many tales. Stay tuned as I blog on my journey to find the next Creative Doings Model.

Creative Doings February 05, 2010

I purchased some kiss frames several months ago and just got around to creating a pattern for them. What was I thinking? Please visit my Etsy shop for my new line of Kiss Pouches.