Etsy Crush: Wonder Woman

Inspired by my new lipstick, a gift from my mom-in-law, today’s Etsy Crush is all about WONDER WOMAN! That’s right, MAC just came out with a new line of Wonder Woman makeup, which, in my opinion, is sheer genius. She’s a super hero and a feminist icon – who wouldn’t wear makeup ‘sponsored’ by her? πŸ˜‰

Wonder Woman Comic Wonder Woman Lipstick

Etsy is full of fun Wonder Woman items, from vintage to handmade to a little of both. Here are some of the fun products I found!

A vintage wallpaper tissue box cover (Fondue) – it has Batman on it, too! β™₯DC Comics Super Friends 1970's Vintage Wallpaper Tissue Box Cover

Wonder Woman cuff links (QA Create) to shine up any outfit:Wonder Woman DC Comic Super Hero Cufflinks

Wonder Woman to cover your sketches (Crab Apple Designs):Vintage Wonder Woman Comic Book Sketchbook

Feel like a superhero in these Wonder Woman knickers (Knickerocker):Wonder Woman knickers

Drink your coffee in style with this Wonder Woman mug (LennyMud):Mug with Wonder Woman in Bright Red

A glass tile pendant (Snarky and Sweet) with your favorite warrior on it:Wonder Woman (WWD6) - glass tile pendant

A hand painted Wonder Woman peg doll (pegged) to carry with you:Wonder Woman - Hand Painted Wood Peg

And finally, a Wonder Woman apron (Modern Vintage Designs) – conquer your dinner!WONDER Woman's Super Hero Apron

Wow, I feel oddly powerful now, like I’m ready to take on the world! πŸ˜€

Happy Tuesday! Go, fight, win!

3 Things Friday

This week:
The good: I’ve finished 8 gifts this week, and I’m on a roll!
The not-so-good: The Post Office lost a package of supplies (for gift making) :(
The best: I tried my hand at both knitting and crocheting hats, and made some really cute ones! I’m so glad I tried a new project and am really happy with the results πŸ˜€

Dixie DIY

Today I’m on to sewing projects! I’ve got hair accessories, home accessories, and a giant pillow to make :) Here’s to a great start for the weekend!

How was your week?

Decorated Gift Boxes

Here are a couple quick ideas to make regular gift boxes look grand!

Starry Box

Add a shiny ribbon and embellish with glittery, stick-on stars (I found these at Hobby Lobby). It’ll glisten under the tree!

Ric Rac Gift Box

Give your box a little flair with brightly colored ric rac and/or lace. Layer in different ways for fun textures.

Trim Gift Box

Add some vintage fun with vintage trim in festive colors. Wrap it crossed or in layers and include a candy cane as an extra treat!

Now just add a great gift tag and you’re ready to go. Remember, the simplest touches make all the difference in the world!

Handmade Gifts: Ideas

Here are some ideas for gifts to make and give this holiday season :) [Click the photo to go to the tutorial!]

Holiday baked goods: Cookies, brownies, bread…it’s all golden! Just make sure to package it beautifully :) [I’ll be uploading a delicious holiday bread recipe later today!]
Easy Gingerbread Friends Recipe
Mixes in a jar. Layer dry ingredients for cookies, soups, bread, etc. in a Mason jar. Attach the recipe with a ribbon and a handmade card. Add a wooden spoon or measuring spoon for an extra touch. It’s a great, old-fashioned gift!
Cowgirl Cookies
Terrariums in vintage containers (or ornaments!). A little plant brightens up any room :)
terrarium party favorsterrarium ornaments
Reusable fabric shopping bags. Everyone goes grocery shopping – why not spread the environmentally-friendly love? Choose interesting fabrics, or upcycle old cloth into useful bags!
Quick fix grocery bag :: a tutorial
Accessories. A girl can always use an extra headband, bracelet, scarf, or ring. (At least I think so ;)) Whip up a little cutie for each of your friends!tutorial: fabric flower ring

Peppermint Marshmallows

Ever seen those fancy square marshmallows in a little boutique? They look fabulously delicious, but it’s hard to swallow the $20 price tag for one mug’s worth. So we decided to make our own :)

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

…It was a bizarre experience. My friend Mary (chef extraordinaire) and I modified the Toasted Coconut Marshmallow recipe found on the Food Network to make these awesome peppermint marshmallows!

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Β½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ΒΌ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup ground peppermint candies
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Tools:

  • Electric mixer with whisk attachment
  • Candy thermometer
  • 8×12″ non-metal pan
  • Food processor (you can do this by hand, but it’s harder that way)
  • Measuring cups, mixing bowl, saucepan, mixing utensils

Grind peppermint candiesPour syrup into gelatinMix on high until thick and fluffy!"Pour" into pan

Instructions:

  1. Finely grind peppermint candies in a food processor. Then line an 8×12″ pan with parchment paper and grease. (Or you can do this during step 3.)
  2. Combine gelatin and Β½ cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Allow to sit while you make the syrup.
  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240˚F on a candy thermometer (will take several minutes). Remove from heat.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 8-10 minutes (really neat to watch!). Add the peppermint extract and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour* the marshmallow batter into the pan and smooth. Sprinkle the peppermint candy on top. Allow to dry uncovered at room temperature overnight.
  6. Remove the marshmallows on the parchment paper from the pan. Use kitchen shears to cut into squares (I suggest cutting through the parchment paper, then peeling off). Roll the sides of each piece carefully in confectioners’ sugar.
  7. Add to a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy with friends! :)

Marhsmallows is sticky stuffsSprinkle peppermintMarshmallow CuttingCoat in powdered sugar

*I don’t know how other people do it, but for us the “pour the marshmallow batter” step did not go smoothly. That stuff is sticky! However, it was really fun, and I recommend it if you don’t mind getting a little messy!

Keep checking all day for more tutorials on my Handmade Holiday Blogathon!

Handmade Holiday Blogathon

And so begins my Handmade Holiday Blogathon! I’ve already written a couple posts (1, 2, 3) about why I think we should strive for handmade holidays, despite the reasons against it. Today it’s all about making a handmade holiday πŸ˜€ Stay tuned all day for tutorials, recipes, pretty photos, and more!

And now for some eye candy to get you in the handmade holiday spirit!

(as always, click on the photo to go to the source)

Felt Gingerbread StarssnowboyChristmas Tree Table CenterpieceMy true love gave to me...Petit Four Yarn Wreathdog w/antler ornamentcrocheted valentine garlandUnveiled: 180 pop-up cards

Coming later today: ribbon stockings, homemade peppermint marshmallows, printable gift tags, ready-to-mail holiday bread, gift wrapping ideas and more!