January 28, 2010

Be back in a few!

Sorry for the lack of posting this week. I've got an ear infection and will be back as soon as I am better!

Vintage Valentine

It's still a little ways off, but here are a few sweet things to get you in the loving mood...

xo, Caroline

January 27, 2010

*clutching head*

omg, ow.

from top left to bottom right:
Kathryn Beals, Elegant Rose Boutique, brilliant!, Warm Hugs (alt)
Termite's Campsite, jelene, bedbugs, dance sippy, dance! (alt)
Aztek 721, theplushiefoundry, loaded hips press, doodlebug's fun fabrics (alt)
The Om Intention, good gosh!, portland general store, Love-Me-Knot Creations (alt)

you aren't gonna yell of i make those names into links tomorrow, are you?
i'm gonna go lay down now.

i'm feeling much better today, so the links are all active now. ^.^-b
*hugs to all*

January 22, 2010

Daily Snapshot: haveitconfections

Flickr Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm seeing lots of florals in the flickr group this week. Is spring coming sooner this year?

1. Bahama., 2. Pink Chrysanthemum Flowers-Silver Plated Adjustable Ring AND Earrings, 3. N12_1, 4. we're not in kansas anymore earrings

January 21, 2010

Daily Snapshot: lulubugjewelry

Stay Warm, Go Green

It's still pretty warm 'round these parts, but I know plenty of you are suffering through the cold of winter. In a season where everything tends to turn grey, it's nice to wear something reminiscent of warmer times. Enter this grouping of vintage coats - warm enough to keep you toasty whilst slogging your way through the slush, but with pretty green hues to remind you that spring will make its way back around eventually.

January 20, 2010

Putting on the Maroon and the Black

just because i like the colors. ^.^

from top left to bottom right:
Kit Lane, Red Riding Hood, Heathen's Hearth, Ling Glass (alt)
fab gabs, lily's offering, tee gee, solstice scents (alt)
Tocadora Leather, we and the bean, wall decors, queen's spoof (alt)
yatsu, H.M.S. latex, Tangerine Flamingo, wall decors (alt)

have a good day! :D

Daily Snapshot: thefuzzymonkey

January 19, 2010

Daily Snapshot: minniemiller

January 18, 2010

Tsk Tsk..

Shame on me. I've been super exhausted this weekend and I totally forgot to announce the Paper Pudding Giveaway winner. So who's the lucky one this week? #6 Nancy. Congrats! You should get an email from Esther soon!

Want to relieve some stress?

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies by BeesKneesBakery.

Take a whack at some hazelnuts. I love hazelnuts. They are fantastic to eat as is or to use in baking but they are nearly impossible to crack with a nut cracker. Instead we put a couple in a ziplock bag and smash them with a hammer and then dump them on a tray to weed out all the bits of shell and skin we don't want. It's kind of fun :)

Daily Snapshot: wrappedingems

January 15, 2010

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January 14, 2010


I bet you've never seen a knot like this before! It's laser cut from mylar and hand formed by Jenna of jftesser.

Daily Snapshot: RobsVintique

January 13, 2010

gimme some greenery, please!

the snow is driving me insane!
--admittedly, not a difficult task, as i'm about halfway there anyway, but still--

from top left to bottom right:
aj1801aj, Ureshii, thelittlereddoor, gothicreations (alt)
BikeCozy, ElegantSnobbery, NovaofSweden, pamwishbow (alt)
minifolk, VintageChevelle, ladramaqueen, MonsterMadam (alt)
AtelierKanawa, thePhotoZoo, pattydrake, yoboseiyo (alt)

*needing greenies*

Daily Snapshot: studiocactus

January 12, 2010

Paper Pudding Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday morning :D

I've got a super adorable giveaway from Esther of paperpudding on Etsy (even her shop name is super cute)!  Esther (the mastermind behind paperpudding), uses fine paper and her handy dandy shears to make some marvelous cards and clips. She's giving you a chance to win a set of her 3 robot cards and a set of moustache clips!

To Enter:
Take a trip to the paperpudding shop and leave a comment below about your favorite item. Don't forget your email  address so we can contact you! The giveaway will run until Jan 17th and then I will announce a winner!

For bonus entries, tweet, blog or post about this giveaway on facebook! 1 additional entry for each one that you do. Just post a comment below.

Good luck!

Daily Snapshot: dkgeneralstore

January 11, 2010

My love for caramel continues.

Unfortunately, it doesn't always end up in sweet success. About a week and a half ago I saw this caramel popcorn post on Smitten Kitchen. I was totally drooling the second I saw it! I gave it a try last week and it was a complete failure. I'm not sure what went wrong... It would have been helpful if there was a temperature to heat up the caramel to but there wasn't and I ended up with these clumps of popcorn that tasted kind of stale and looked like I dropped them in butter and rolled them in brown sugar. It was a sweet mess.

Besides caramel popcorn, I love kettle corn and when I posted about the Smitten Kitchen recipe on my fan page, one of my Facebook fans shared one of her favorite kettle corn recipies with me. It looked so simple I thought there had to be something wrong with the recipe but it had over 8,000 positive reviews! I gave it a try yesterday and it turned out fantastic! My family gobbled it all up before I could take a photo! I think next time I might add a bit more sugar though.

Daily Snapshot: Hindsvik

January 8, 2010

Flickr Friday

Yay! It's finally Friday! Here are some picks that would be great for Valentine's Day!

1. Hand-stictched love note, 2. 4 Pretty Patterned Heart Bottle Cap Magnets with Hand-Sewn Gift Pouch, 3. Alice big heart pendant, 4. Anyone can fall in love, 5. pinkroundcupcake1, 6. pillow detail

Daily Snapshot: KUKLAstudio

January 7, 2010

♫in the rubber room.....

is where i belong..... ♫

from top left to bottom right:
hand-picked necklaces, Little Houses, kelly farrow, sewandsew14 (alt)
yy studio, Jagged Rose, attila design, yy studio (alt)
attila design, ninu, Little Houses, Loretari (alt)
ManyH8800, sand maiden, Alexandra Anderson, ileaiye (alt)


p.s., yes, i realise it's a day late. funnily enough, i had one planned all about calendars and timekeeping and going to class in winter. and then i forgot it was wednesday yesterday until i was on the way home today. and then i was in the car for an HOUR in the snow on the highway. so i need a straight jacket now. ^^;-b next week i'll try for more on-time-ness, yes?

Daily Snapshot : finchandforeacre

January Design Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!

I'm not sure if any of you follow my Tiny Fig Blog but I wanted to let you all in on a little design challenge I am running this month. I hope you'll all participate in it! It will be fun to see what everyone comes up with. :)

Here are the details:
Go to the new Freebies section of my website and download the box template I just uploaded. The file contains 3 pages: an instruction page, a blank template and a printable orange and pink heart box template (my gift to you) as shown above. Your challenge is to design a Valentine's Day themed box using the blank template provided. That's it. You can use any materials you want (fabric, glitter, glue, paper, pipe cleaners, etc...) and you can design it in a graphics program if you like then print it out and assemble. When you're done, just email me at thetinyfig@hotmail.com with a photo of it using the subject line: "January Design Challenge". You may submit one design per person and anyone can enter so tell your friends or make it a weekend project with the kids! You have until January 31st to email me a submission. On Feb 1st I will sort through the entries, pick my favorite and announce the winner on my blog. The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for my shop.

If you have any questions go to my original post and leave me a comment.

January 6, 2010

Daily Snapshot: cotylee

January 5, 2010

Chicken Spaghetti in a creamy Bechamel Sauce

Chicken Spaghetti in a creamy Bechamel Sauce topped with some cheese.

I love to eat pasta and I love Bechamel sauce because it's so versatile. It's perfect for when you want something that's fancy but without all the effort and you can make it with ingredients you already have on hand!

For those of you who do not know, Bechamel is a white sauce that can be used alone but is more commonly used as a base for other sauces. It is formed by making a roux (mixing equal parts of butter and flour) in a saucepan and whisking in milk until it thickens.

Chicken Spaghetti in a creamy Bechamel Sauce in 30 mins or less!

1 1/2  cups cooked chicken, cubed (leftovers work great)
1/2 small onion diced
2 tbsps butter
2 tbsps flour
2 cups of milk or half and half
salt and pepper to taste
enough pasta for 4 - 6 people

1. In a large pot, cook your pasta until al dente. Remember to season with lots of salt. I always hear people saying that your water should smell and taste like the sea. Adding a 2 teaspoons of veggie oil to the pot will help prevent clumping and sticking to the bottom of your pot.
2. While the pasta is cooking, dice up your onion and cube your chicken.
3. In a sauce pan melt the butter and saute your onions. Let it sweat for about 5 mins and then stir in your flour. Do not brown the flour!
4. Turn the heat down to medium low and start whisking in your milk or half and half.
5. Slowly bring the milk up to a boil making sure you are stirring constantly (otherwise the sauce will stick to the bottom of the pot). It starts boiling, you can turn the heat back down to medium low. I do this because I'm scared it will burn.
6. Keep stirring until you have a nice thick creamy sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Stir in the chicken until it is thoroughly heated. If you want to add frozen veggies or something now would be the time to do it.
8. When your pasta is done drain it and serve it topped with your yummy sauce.


Daily Snapshot : RedLightStudio

January 4, 2010

Mad About Patchwork Giveaway Winners!

Special thanks to Pam from Mad About Patchwork fo sponsoring a lovely giveaway! Congrats to lucky #19 Emily B. for winning fabric bundle 1 and #126 Meet the Browns for winning prize bundle 2. You should receive an email from Pam shortly regarding where to send your prizes.

(Sorry I placed the pictures in the wrong order but wrote the winners correctly)

Daily Snapshot: stephanieteague

January 1, 2010

Daily Snapshot: solsticehome