December 27, 2011

Handmade Gifts 2011

Every Chirstmas I always try to come up with some handmade items to give, and I thought I'd share what I made this year!

Infused Tequilas: I made both Jalapeno & Thyme and Lemongrass & Ginger. The Jalapeno & Thyme came out powerful - knock your socks off spicy! Next time less seeds and only 1 day. The Lemongrass & Ginger came out very subtle, but tasty. I used the SLOM bottles from Ikea and typed the message on some old air mail labels I had saved. Infusing liquor is super easy - I have so many ideas I'd like to try! Cucumber, Sage, Coconut.......

The eat make read blog and this article were helpful for recipes.

Embroidered Handkerchiefs: I thought I might try to use more hankies and less tissues this winter, and also thought they'd make nice gifts. Embroidery is bother harder and easier than I thought - making the stitches is fun and easy, but hiding your knots is not. I think I'll stick with it though.

Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread site was enormously helpful - awesome video tutorials.

Coconut Milk Caramels: My first foray into candy making! These came out great in the end, but the first batch was a disaster. Definitely test your thermometer first, because mine was way off and resulted in a horrible oily/leathery goo mess. Second round came out great though! - If you use the Food52 recipe, the only comment I have is on step #4 - add the creamy mixture SLOWLY, like a few tablespoons/quarter cup at a time and STIR like crazy. I learned that any radical change in temp will cause the mix to separate.

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December 22, 2011

Off for the Holiday!

Our tiny fake gold tree! (which I adore!)

I'm headed over to Albany today for Christmas, and will be back to blogging next week! I hope that everyone has a lovely holiday and here's looking to an awesome 2012!

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December 5, 2011

New Arrows

I've just added seven new hardwood arrows to the shop, and have three more on the way. The next three will be the white/spiral hitched version with colorful  stitching.

I'm also thrilled to be part of the December Poppytalk Handmade Market, a curated online market showcasing the most amazing handmade goods! A great place for holiday shopping!!!!!

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November 30, 2011

November 23, 2011

Cha-Cha-Cha Changes

Hey y'all,  Last night I decided to overhaul my blog a bit, freshen things up and simplify, simplify. I'm still tweaking some things so bear with me.

I also changed the name! It's sort of been evolving for a while and "The Red Jet" just feels right for me now. Plus - I'm the new owner of - so I'll be changing my url once I figure that out!

Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

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November 22, 2011

L.A. Salt Chair Project: Done!

In September I posted about reader LA. Salt working on a chair refinishing project of her own, and she's finished! I think it came out great - the white is leather crisp but soft and comfy looking.

She's posted progress shots and information about each step - including how to sew leather by hand using a sewing awl! (which I now need to find and learn how to use)

Awesome job!

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November 18, 2011

Instagram/Teux Deux

So I am very late to the iphone bandwagon, and everyone already knows everything about their iphones, and all the awesome apps - but how fun is instagram!  super-good!

instagram by me

I am also a constant list maker, and I love this app/website Teux Deux designed by blogger swissmiss - it's so super design-y and simple. I love that it moves what you done't get done to the next day, and that there's also a "Someday" list.

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November 17, 2011

Marimekko Kaivo Throw/Quilt Finished!

Remember this piece of Marimekko fabric I found for, like a dollar?

Well, I finally got around to making it into a throw blanket! I picked up some dark grey mottled cotton for the back, cotton batting, some double-fold black bias tape and got to work. It came out pretty well - honestly I kind of rushed through it, I'm not sure blanket-making is my thing. Plus, the Marimekko picks up lint like crazy, but it's warm!

Special thanks to Red Pepper Quilts for having lots of nice tutorials!

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November 16, 2011

Poppytalk Holiday Gift Guide: Quivver

Super happy to have a Quivver arrow included in a "Home Sweet Home" Holiday Gift Guide over on the Poppytalk blog. Jan has been sharing some super awesome gifts, and has amazing taste!

I'm very excited to be participating in next month's Poppytalk handmade market. I'm planning a new addition to my shop, but need to test it out first........

Check out the gallery/shop where those sweet white dipped spoons are from - Ashes & Milk!

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November 15, 2011

My Dollhouse: Rescued!

While I was at my Dad's last weekend I rescued my childhood dollhouse! Inspired by the "I'm a Giant Challenge" going on (a group of bloggers are decorating dollhouses together) and also by my guilt of leaving this in a garage for years - I dragged it back to Boston. Boy was it dirty, and there's some damage to repair, but considering where it was stored – not too bad. It's much bigger than I remember - 3 feet wide!

My grandfather was a carpenter, and my grandmother was crazy handy as well. He built the frame, and my grandmother finished it. The floors are tongue depressors that were stained and sealed, with the ends used for roof shingles! The patterned floors are wallpaper, and some of the light fixtures are jewelry. The fireplace is made from stones from her yard, mortared in plac , and it’s exactly like the real fireplaces in her house.

I plan on repairing and renovating a little bit, but I’ve decided to stay with her 50s/60s style, but maybe get a little kitschy/campy. She made a lot of the furniture and accessories with thread spools, toothpaste caps and things - it's totally cute, but I'm missing a lot of pieces - which I am super psyched to try to make! I plan on documenting the renovation.

Look at the phone and paper towel holder!
Look at that hardwood gleam!
Attic under the roof with furniture!

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November 14, 2011

Weekend at the Lake

Last weekend I headed home to visit my dad who has a small house on Sacandaga Lake - I hadn't seen my dad in a while and it was nice to get out of Boston. Plus my dad cooks amazing mega-calorie breakfasts!

We took a small hike to Tennant Falls outside of Northville, NY. It was a perfect hike day - not too cold and only one other group on the trail!

Bigger in person! I swear!

It was almost a full moon Saturday night, and the moonlight was so beautiful on the lake - this pic doesn't quite capture it, but I tried. So many stars......

We also had dinner at this amazing little restaurant "Dick & Peg's Northward Inn" outside of Gloversville, NY - every square inch is covered with antiques, memorabilia, junk, lights, photos, etc. My dark iphone photos don't do it any justice - it's truly amazing.  It's like having dinner in the middle of a cozy flea market. (Not in that fake/cheesy TGI Friday's kind of way - this place has been there for 40+ years, so it's authentically covered in crap)

They also had a pianist come in to play during dinner! Our meal was great too, so it's our new favorite place for dinner. I highly recommend it if you're ever in the area:

Dick & Peg's Northward Inn
(518) 725-6440
2260 State Hwy 29A
Gloversville, NY 12078

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November 3, 2011

Designtex Outlet: Cheap Upholstery Fabric

I just had a recent comment about my Selig chair  - the commenter mentioned that they didn't want to use leather for their re-do projects. I replied that there are now a lot of very nice, durable, and "green" vinyls out there, and that I purchased mine from Designtex through my job. I also looked up Designtex on the web, and discovered they have an online outlet store! including some vinyl for only $6 a yard (I paid way more than that).

The site is a bit tough to navigate, but worth it to score professional grade upholstery fabric for cheap!

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November 1, 2011

Some Press: Quivver

I've been lucky enough to get a little press for Quivver:

I'm included in a shopping section of Hemstilat Magazine, a new Swedish interior design magazine. I really wish there was a simple way to get my hands on some of these amazing new foreign magazines! (with some kind of magical translation service included, haha)

You can preview the issue on Qiozk - use the slider.

I was also fortunate to have some arrows included in a "peter pantastic" themed nursery round up over on lay baby lay.  Joni puts together some AMAZING round-ups for the wee ones. Oh - and she also makes custom wedding signs over at Chocolate Butterbean!

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October 25, 2011

Homespun Parties + Events Studio

You can now buy Quivver arrows in a brick and mortar shop! I'm super happy to announce my arrows can be purchased at the Homespun Parties + Events StudioWhoo-Hoo!

They have an amazing looking space that's "an inspiring place to come read our books, drink tea, use our FREE wifi, learn a new crafty something, rent our photobooth or our space, and shop local + handmade for that special gift."  Oh, I wish I could drop in and check it out in person. I really love that it's not just a store, but multi-purpose creative space!

Homespun Studio
1110 Market Street, Suite 121
Chattanooga, TN 37402

(Images courtesy of Homespun)

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October 19, 2011

Old World Primitives

Are you ever completely bewildered when you find yourself liking something so completely out of your normally accepted style range?

I can't even remember what I was looking for on Etsy when I discovered these ornaments by Old World Primitives. I find them so compelling for reasons I can't explain! They make me giggle!

Let's buy some!

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October 12, 2011


Erin from operation paper cut and Houzz just pointed me in the direction of society6, another great place to buy art inexpensively!

I particularly like "Voyage Home" by Joe Carr

and "Wild Dog" by Corinne Reid

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