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Easy Peasy Little Treat!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Hello to all my new readers out there! I couldn't be more pleased that the weekend is here. It's Labor Day Weekend which means saying goodbye to summer and long days at the pool. Fall is my absolute favorite season (maybe I'm bias)! I love cozy sweaters, boots, and camping. This quick little treat is perfect when your relaxing by the fire or cozy under the covers! It takes about five minutes to make, and it's pretty good if you ask me. It is no gourmet chocolate cake, but it will hit your sweet tooth, and fulfill your chocolate craving!

What You'll Need:
4 tbs Flour
4 tbs Sugar
2 tbs Cocoa Powder
1/8 tsp Baking Powder
A Pinch of Salt
1 Egg
3 tbs Milk
3 tbs Oil
2-3 drops of vanilla extract

Grease your mug (please don't forget, it's terrible to try and get out if you don't)! Add all of your dry ingredients together and give them a good stir.

Whisk together your egg and milk in a small bowl, and add it to your dry ingredients.
Now it's time for oil and vanilla, put those in there!
Mix it all together, make sure you get down in there so all of the dry stuff is moist. You don't want a big old pocket of flour in there!
Just showing off my mug because it's my favorite! I love jelly fish!

Microwave your mug cake for two and a half to three minutes and you're cake is ready to go. Be careful, it might be pretty hot! Top with a little dusting of powdered sugar and some chocolate chips and enjoy!
You can find the original recipe here! 
and a Pinterest variation here!

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Color Palette!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I have such an obsession with mid century wood wall art! I always love the clean designs that usually consist of vases, glassware, and musical instruments. These beauties are fantastic and in beautiful condition!
I love the colors of this mini collection!Not to mention, this is one of the best ideas I have ever seen on Etsy! Brilliant!
This felt wall hanging is so cute! I love the message, and it would be amazing in an old frame as part of a gallery wall!
I think I died and went to heaven! This
 is in amazing mint condition, and I'm sure its a hard to find piece! I need this in my home, but the price tag, ouchie!
I just love this industrial fan, such a gorgeous display piece!
I have so many pairs of wall sconces, but I cannot help but think these would look great somewhere in my home (if I can find any wall space!).



Oh so Lovely!


@ohsolovelystef's instagram is a look into her little mid century life. Her home is like a blast from the past, a time capsule. I love the color scheme and all the beautiful pieces of mid century modern furniture! I die every time a peek of her home comes across my feed! She also writes a fantastic blog! Go check her out! 

Thrifty!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Almost every single Sunday I make a trip to the flea market close to the town I live in. Even though its quite small, I always leave with gorgeous vintage items. I've gotten to know a lot of the sellers there, so often they give me some really great deals on their stuff. Nothing is better than that! Here are a few of the items I picked up today on my trip!

First off, a big thank you to jeanholly on Etsy for this little tea set, so darling! 
I'm really thrilled that I found this fondu pot today! It had the original paperwork, and it was still in its wrapping, brand new! I paid a whopping $4.00 for it!
Here is a little closer picture of the pattern on the pot, so cute! I love pretty much anything with mushrooms on it!

I also got a little serving set for $7.00 that is so beautiful! I love the flower detail, and it still has the original plastic spoons. This is going to be really cute for a dinner party! 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

Dont forget to pop on over to my Etsy shop and use coupon code GYPSY for 20% off your order until tomorrow! Get it at a deal before its gone!

Guest Bloggin

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Today I did a guest post over at RedRoseVintage all about editing photos for Instagram! Ever wonder what apps I use to edit? Look no further! Go check it out

I met Sandra of RedRose on Instagram and we just clicked. She is an awesome blogger with a passion for thrifting, just like me. We've recently become pen pals, and I'm so excited to send the first package! If you aren't already, follow her on Instagram!
 
 I haven't done an Instagram post in awhile, so I figured today is the day, it goes well with my guest post today! I hope you guys enjoy!








also, here are a few of my favorite IGers this week!


Hope you have a lovely weekend! Tomorrow I will be headed to the flea market, keep your eye out for new items in the shop!

Barware!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  Today's kitsch krazy is all about fun bar glasses, tumblers, and other drinking accessories that make throwing a retro cocktail party so much fun! I have a passion for retro glasses, it is one of the biggest collections I own.  Nothing is better than drinking from an adorable glass! Above are some pieces from my own collection, and below are some of my favorite finds on Etsy!



Artist Spotlight!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today's artist spotlight is a crafty little lady living in California named Cristina or @mcareyano! I started following her on instagram awhile back, and fell in love with her vintage themed feed! Then she started posting photographs of brightly colored wreaths and I needed to know how I could get my hands on one of these babies. I recently purchased one from her as a gift to my sister-in-law on her wedding day. Cristina has such a unique thing going, and she is so personable and works with you from start to finish with your order! She is a great communicator and it has been such a pleasure working with her. Im so addicted to these wreaths, and I see many more purchases in the future. 
Cristina took the time to answer some questions for me about her business, so just in case your curious
 (I know I was!)

Why did you start making wreaths?
I started making wreaths about 3 years ago. The first yarn wreath I made was two years ago. I made it as decor for the apartment that my honey and I moved into. 

What's your creative process like?
I usually start with the figurine, since they are the centerpiece of the wreath. When I find one I like, I choose yarn, felt and other objects I feel would look best. It is totally organic and sometimes I start with a idea that changes into something else. I have a few wreaths that I have specific plans for like my Alice in Wonderland Wreath. The process for the planned wreaths take a little longer because they are so specific.

How do you come up with the themes for your wreaths?
I usually let the little guy or gal tell me what they want. Sometimes they want to be a French skunk. Other times they want to be a tribute to the 80's. It is all about the figurine. They determine the theme. 

Which wreath has been your favorite project?
The wreath that I love the most is Mustard and Moo. When I found that little calf I fell in love. I instantly thought of butter and that is why I placed her on a wreath wrapped with mustard yarn. I am also very excited about the wreath necklaces I've been working on lately.

Here are some of my very favorites!


 This is the wreath I purchased for my sister-in-law! She was so perfect for the occasion!

 This is my recent favorite, i love the theme, and the colors are fantastic!

Mustard and Moo, Cristina's favorite!

If you are interested in purchasing a wreath from Cristina, email her at  mcareyano@gmail.com!

 To view her current stock of wreaths follow her on instagram, click here!
 Go check her out!
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