Favorite Food Blogs


{images via Raspberri Cupcakes & Minimalist Baker}

I find that if I am spending a lot of my creative energy in one place (ahem, boolah baguette…), then I have a hard time also being creative in some other areas. Cooking especially falls by the wayside. Now that my major sale for this Spring in complete, I am looking forward to eating some good food again, and even more, I’m excited to put in the time to make it. I thought I would share a few of my favorite food blogs for some inspiration…

* Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – I have turned to this blog a lot for great recipes, and I love how the recipes are laid out and easy to find. My favorites include the Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake (which I have made several variations of, all delicious), and the San Francisco Chops (because I love recipes for the slow cooker). Also, the Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderlion is amazing. I never wanted much to do with cooking different cuts of pork, but I really feel like this blog is a great resource for the how-to.

*Raspberri Cupcakes – This is my favorite for desserts. They are all so interesting and the photography is lovely – Even if I never make a single recipe, I want to eat everything she makes.

*Mint Green Apron – I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle, who runs this blog, this past summer. Besides the fact that she is the nicest person ever, her food blog is full of healthy, delicious looking recipes. I like that she talks about her life and how the recipes came to her. I’m excited to try these cookies!

*Minimalist Baker – I love their philosophy and simple approach to recipes and cooking. And c’mon, best food styling around!


Did you make it through that very linky list? Happy cooking and baking!

home:made – display shelf

I love Schleich animals. I’m not quite sure where it started, maybe with a little set we got for my daughter’s birthday – but as far as little toy animals go, these are the cutest and have the best weight to them (which is, you know, important…). So every once in a while I spend some hard earned pennies at the toy store and pick out a new animal. And yes, I turn thirty this year. But, disclaimer, I’m not a huge fan of collections, so it’s nice that these are functional as well – my kids are totally allowed to play with the animals, and we certainly consider them toys. I noticed they were getting a bit beat up just being thrown into a toy bucket at the end of the day, so combine this with an urge to learn how to build something…with wood and tools, and we have this little shelf.

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As far as building things goes, it’s nothing special, but this was, I believe, my first woodworking (if you can call it that) project since high school. I chose the wood, cut it with the saw, and screwed it together. With an actual drill, which is a big deal for me. I definitely had help from my super patient husband (who build things from wood for his job, so…), and in the end I have a display shelf and slightly less fear of power tools. Double win!

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It’s fun to see this in my kitchen everyday (oh, please excuse these very lightbulb-lit photos), and reminds me of the feeling I got right after finishing it, which was ‘I wanna make EVERYTHING!’

Perhaps there is a little project that is itching to be made or skill you want to learn…It might not turn out to be amazing, but you’ve gotta get your ideas out. Even if they are so. very. silly.

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Recently I discovered Reginald – which is a competition for soft portraits put on by the Center for Adult Education in Melbourne, Australia (Hi Sue! And can I just say, sign me up for every single class you offer, please!). This is so up my alley – I always feel like I got into portrait plush quite by accident (or, because it’s possible that in any medium you will find that people eventually request something specific, often to look like them), so it’s always nice to know that so many other artists love working this way. The contest was only open to Australian residents and is closed now – but check out the portrait gallery for some really amazing, beautifully detailed pieces. Such a great way for plush artists to be showcased!



Inspiring People: Donna Wilson

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I’ve been in love with the designs of Donna Wilson for years now – drawn to it initially by the plush dolls (of course), but also loving the housewares and especially the ceramics. I love seeing how designs for plush are transformed into knit creatures, and the amazing styling that she puts out in her shop season after season.  It seems that Donna’s business grew very organically from a creative place, and she learned as she went about running an actual business – She was so young when things really took off.  Everything she’s doing is working of course, since her goods are very well known – What is especially nice to hear is how much of her process she is able to keep local, supporting her own community and employing like minded people. Also, she just seems like the loveliest human being. There is a video interview by Uppercase here – and please, someone stop me from jumping into that studio…

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{images via Donna’s Blog , Happy Interiors Blog}



The Great British Sewing Bee

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Oh my goodness, I do love this show a lot. If you’ve gotten into Project Runway over the last many years, and Under The Gunn more recently, you might just like this too. Well, I would say that if you like those shows but tend to cringe at some of the editing and the drama, then you might really like this. The Great British Sewing Bee is the anti-drama. What I like about it, besides that everyone is so humble and nice (and that Patrick Grant is handsome), is that the sewers actually need to know construction skills, since the garments are looked at very closely when they are finished. It is about design and fabric and timing and careful work, plus they show you the steps that go into what they are making. Make happy the home sewer in you and go check it out!

Flock and Gather Springtime Market!

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At certain times of the year, my mind is full to the brim with thoughts about our upcoming Handmade Market. And yes, right now is one of those times. As well as being a member of Flock and Gather (also known as, an organizer of this show), I also have a table there with dolls-a-plenty. It is double the crazy, but in a good, doing what I love kind of way. This show is, I think, unique in Saskatoon – we have a cozy venue that we pack with amazing talented makers, and then pack further with a couple thousand of the loveliest shoppers in this city. For anyone looking for a way to purchase goods directly from their makers, and to find one of a kind items that you wouldn’t see anywhere else, this is the perfect event. Plus, music, food, drinks, and free candy! For the rest of April we showcase all of our vendors on the Flock and Gather Blog, and our Facebook page – it’s fun to follow along and get excited about where you’ll spend your hard earned pennies. See you there!

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{Photos of our Winter Wonders 2013 Sale, thanks to Maki Fotos. Poster design by fellow Flock and Gather member Shauna Buck. And this lovely lady standing next to me above is Carole Epp of ceramic blog Musing about Mud}


Easter Printables

Of all the Holidays, Easter has to be the most…lovely. It’s the rabbits and pastels for me, of course. I love finding free printable themed goodies for my daughter E to color, or cut out, or use as decoration – here are a few of my favorites…

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{by sarah jane studios}


{by emma trithart}

happy cutting and pasting!

Inspiring People: Beci Orpin

beciorpinIt’s likely that if you are into design trends, you have come across Beci Orpin in the last few years. She is an Australian artist (and mom!) whose work is so bold, it’s hard not to love it. I love it in that good kind of way that makes you jealous and inspired at the same time, you know? I first saw her work through a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, and then came across her first book by accident — and oh these books are so lovely. I don’t normally go for the type of craft book with prescriptive projects, but these feel like so much more of a story than that. Plus, I really want to make every.single.project (like those painted chairs that I just so happen to have in my basement — not because I’m cool, but because they’re from Ikea…). Definitely look into these if you swoon over color and pattern, vintage and whimsy. I hear she is working on a third book, can’t wait!

books{images via Melbourne’s GPO}