Two for Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a great start to your week!  I have to admit that this week has been filled with all kinds of emotions for me…I’m not sure if it has to do with my birthday being right around the corner, the fact that we put an offer on a house and didn’t get it,  I’m really missing my family (more than usual), or just the stress of starting a family, buying a house, looking for a job, and all of the other everyday stresses we have.  Anyways, my outlet for stressful situations has always been to work on craft projects and I have a big list of items to add to add to my Etsy shop, so it’s been a great distraction!

After all the rain we had last week, the weather finally cleared up towards the end of the week and most of the flooding subsided…by the way, I have always read about floods and seen them on TV, but never really experienced them.  We went to the normal park we take Dewey, our wiemaraner,  to for a walk and it was blocked off because the water from the creek had overflowed and was running across the walkways.  The walkways were probably a good foot under water, which is something that I had never really experienced before…Texas has brought many new things to my awareness!  However, we went to the park yesterday and luckily everything has dried up, but there is still the “flood” smell…hoping that goes away soon!

Looking for a new place to take Dewey for a walk this weekend, we stumbled upon Zilker Park.  Since we have been here, we have heard about “Zilker,” but there are always events there with a lot of traffic, so we have tried to avoid that area….BIG MISTAKE!  We went on Saturday as we are trying to go downtown more on the weekend and it was gorgeous!  It is essentially a preserved park in the middle of the city with an additional swimming area monitored by life guards called Barton Creek.  Below is a picture on one of the bridges through the park looking into the city…you can also tell that we weren’t the only ones looking to take advantage of a beautiful day! 🙂

So, here is what you have been waiting for…my Two for Tuesday:

  1. Prosciutto Eggs:  Since I haven’t been working, I have made an effort to be more creative with breakfast and dinner meals for the hubs and I.  That being said, we usually eat some sort of eggs 3-4 times a week, but even with all the variations you can do, it still gets old over time.  On one of my Pinterest searches one day, I stumbled across this “Whole 30” recipe (which I do not know enough information about to support, but like the initial ideas I have read about it) for prosciutto eggs.  Who wouldn’t like the sound of that….prosciutto and eggs…YUM! I used a variation of this recipe:
    1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
    2. Spray all the tins on a regular muffin tin with a coconut oil spray (I found this at Traders and it’s awesome…AND make sure you do this step, cleaning the pan was not fun afterwards).
    3. Line each of the egg cups with 1 piece of prosciutto.
    4. Fill each tin with 1 egg. You can crack it right in (which is what I did) or scramble your eggs, then add them.  For an even healthier option, you could add only the egg whites.
    5. I like to sprinkle fresh pepper and fancy salt (I didn’t add salt because the prosciutto is salty enough for me, but add for your liking) on top of the egg.
    6. Bake your egg cups for 13-16 minutes or until the eggs look pretty solid. Eat right away!                       eggs

2. Baby Month Numbers:  These have been quite popular items over the past couple of years, they are typically stickers that you can put on your baby when they reach a certain monthly milestone after they are born.  After the pictures are taken for 12 months straight until the baby is a year old, it fun to put the pictures together in a frame or collage to see how much the baby has grown since she/he has been born at their first birthday party.  However, it’s hard to remember to take the picture every month on the exact day (unless as a busy mom you make an appointment on your calendar to remind you!), the baby is something too “wiggly” to put the sticker on, or the numbers get lost in the piles of “things” and forgotten about.  So, I ran across this idea that I thought would be fun to try and a little different than the sticker idea… it’s number patches!  So, instead of stickers, you have monthly numbers that are made out of fabric (super reusable, too!) that you put ribbon through and can be used on anything you can tie something to (i.e., a stuffed animal next to the baby, a pillow next to the baby, they could be loosely tied around the baby, the ideas are endless!)  They are still a work in progress because I must admit they were definitely more time consuming then I thought, but hopefully worth the effort…one day!months

Well folks, that’s all for this week! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week 🙂

 

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Two for Tuesday

Hello!  I hope you are having a good week so far and enjoying the Spring-like weather. Here in Texas, we are having more rain than we are used to.  It’s been nice because it has kept me inside focusing on items for my Etsy site and thankful that we don’t live in Houston…my heart goes out to you folks!

So, here’s my Two for Tuesday:

Coconut Oil “Soap”: Over the last year, I have found that I break out when I use certain soaps and have been on the lookout for the perfect soap ever since.  I have used everything from Olay bars of soap (because they smell so good) to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil soap and everything in between.  However, on my kick to try to eliminate as many processed things as possible, I recently tried making my own soap.  After looking up a few different ways to make it, I was overwhelmed with the wood boxes you need to make and old pans you need to use…I wanted something quick, easy, and simple.  So, I ran across a recipe for coconut oil soap that looked like it contained everything I knew about in it and was easy to make.

The recipe I used is: Equal parts coconut oil and beeswax (I used the balls that you can find at your local natural grocery store…and they are pretty cheap!) and 15 drops of oil (any scent you like…I used lemongrass, but would imagine the eucalyptus or mint would be very refreshing). Melt the coconut oil and beeswax, add the drops and you should have a nice clear liquid.  Pour the liquid into molds (I used silicon ice cube molds from IKEA) and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to harden.

After a few uses, I found that these make you feel pretty oily in the shower, but after reading some additional information, I found that these are best used right after you get out of the shower to lock in moisture.  Once I realized that little caveat, I use these little gems for everything from my after shower lotion to lip gloss and have noticed quite an improvement in my skin!

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Puppy:  When my niece was born, a friend of my sisters made a puppy stuffed animal out of fleece…it was so cute and so soft!  Needless to say, “puppy” has become my niece’s favorite toy to cuddle with.  When my sister was visiting a few weeks ago, she asked if I could make her another one because she is afraid what will happen when “puppy” needs to be washed or isn’t close by (No one wants to deal with tantrums!).  During the rain we had this past weekend, I hunkered down and got to sewing a new “puppy.” Admittedly, I felt a little grandma-ish sewing it because it brought back memories of going to craft fairs with my mom and grandma and there was always that table with the old lady that sold stuffed animals with fabric from different NFL teams.  Does anyone else remember that?!?!?  Luckily, this one is much cuter and softer!  Anyways, a picture of puppy is below and is also listed on my Etsy site in case you would like one for your little one too!

 

Well, that wraps of Two for Tuesday this week.  Thank you for reading and if you haven’t had a chance, please visit my Etsy site where I am adding new items everyday!  You can also follow me on Danbury’s Nest on Facebook for new posts of items I have made and “friends and family” discounts.  I also have an Instagram account where new items and coupons are posted on a regular basis.

 

 

Two for Tuesday

Hello All!  So, here is my two….er one for Tuesday.  I have been very busy over the past couple weeks getting items together for my Etsy site.  So, although I have been trying new things in the kitchen like making coconut oil and beeswax soap, I will update you on them later. But now, it’s official, Danbury’s Nest is on Etsy!

Admittedly, this is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time.  I had no idea it would take as much as it has to put together, but anything worth doing and worth doing well!  As I have been researching Etsy companies, Instagram accounts, Facebook accounts, marketing tools, etc. I have learned a lot and also gained a new respect for people starting their own small businesses.  I realize that everyone can go to their big box stores and get items for a very reasonable price, but in the bigger picture, that money is often contributing to CEO’s buying their fourth Mercedes and third vacation home.  I ran across this quote the other day and it really resonated with me:

When you buy from a mom or pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.

You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college.

Our customers are our shareholders and they are the ones we strive to make happy.

Thank you for supporting small businesses!

About a week ago, my sister was visiting and was so excited to show me some knit pants she had purchased off of Etsy for my niece.  The pants were very cute and definitely not something you would find at Carter’s or Old Navy…but, then she mentioned that she paid $15 for them.  I said, “What? I don’t even buy $15 pants for myself!” But I had to bite my tongue and step back a little bit because I have no idea how much time and effort this person put into making these pants, along with the cost of the materials, etc. Once I thought about it a little longer and remembered the quote above, I realized that $15 was actually very reasonable for unique pants!

That’s all for today folks!  I will continue updating my Etsy site with new items and appreciate you checking it out. Hope you have a good week!

 

Two for Tuesday

My oh my, it has been a busy week!  We had some visitors for an extended weekend and it was very nice spending quality time with my mom, sister, and niece…and having people that we really know close by!  Over the past 3 months my husband and I have been very busy learning all about Austin and looking for a home to buy. It was nice to finally take a weekend off with my family touring the city and seeing all of the things we love about it.

Even though I was extremely busy with planning their weekend and getting our house ready for guests, I still had time to dedicate to launching my Etsy site and creating some fun items for my visitors.

  1. Branding: First, I would like to officially unveil the branding for Danbury’s Nest.  As I noted in my first post, the name “Danbury’s Nest” has a lot of meaning to me and I wanted that represented in my logo.  Also, I wanted to incorporate a fresh and classic look because the items in the shop will be for the baby and the home. I worked with Uniquely J Designs to create this logo…who I found off of Etsy and if you are ever in need of a graphic designer, I would highly recommend working with her!  So, drum roll please…logo
  2. Placemats and hand towels:  Both my mom and my sister are huge supporters of the embroidery work that I do.  So, for their visit, I wanted to make something for them to take back with them.  I decided to make something that I had seen a lot of samples of online, but was honestly too afraid to try.  Anyhow, I bit the bullet and did it when I found some linen placemats on sale and am quite impressed with how they turned out!  I also made some hand towels to compliment the placemats, but knew that my sister would not be using them in the same place, so it was ok that the green color was a little off! (Also, I will be selling the linen placemats in my Etsy shop in all white, all brown, all black, white with a green border (like the ones pictured below), and white with a teal border…they will be $30 for a set of 4.  Please let me know if you are interested in ordering some.)

     

    Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week!