Saturday, November 27, 2010

it's a keeper

i am a sucker for interesting linens. normally i scour for them and cut them up to make things out of, but not with this one. i found a rectangle table cloth with brown and aqua and little birds on it, and i am not cutting it up! it's all mine. i used it for thanksgiving and not a drop of cranberry sauce stained it.

[i totally backdated this post! it's been busy.]

Monday, November 22, 2010

DUCF preview #2: pardon my pleats

preparation for the detroit urban craft fair, which is less than TWO WEEKS away (dec. 4-5 at the fillmore), it is in full swing around here. every room in my house is scattered with fabric and bits of thread are stuck to everything it can get a grip on. i love this point of preparing for a big event where a lot needs done beforehand and many lists need made to keep it all straight. a sort of craft-insanity takes place as you're making coffee at midnight and dancing around in your PJs as you cut out interfacing and talk to yourself while planning a crafty hibernation to make it all happen in time. it makes me quite happy and insane to do so. after spending the entire weekend hitting "that crazy spot" i am pleased with where things are headed. here's a glimpse of a bit of what you'll find there:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

argyle sighting: michigan notecards!

these fabulous michigan geography map papercut notecards, by paper artist ashley pahl, knocked me off my feet this morning! they have dang argyle written all over them. i was checking out recent treasuries that dang argyle has been included in, and i saw a midwest is best one that includes our michigan mittens notecards and these lovely argyle michigan cards. well done, i LOVE them.

Friday, November 12, 2010

DUCF preview #1

only 3 weeks until DUCF! (i.e. the biggest, funnest craft fair 5th anniversary party ever.) it's our first show of the holiday season, and we are busy up in here- prepping up some lovelies to bring to the fillmore. here is a peak at a new design; a pencil case pouch. these ones feature outcast screen prints by the ever-talented marcy of all things grow.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

polenta rancheros

november is the vegan month of food, known as Vegan MoFo. it was started on PPK, to coincide with NaNoWriMO. so you can cook and write! namely, vegan food bloggers sign up and blog about vegan food. there are over 700 bloggers signed up! that's a lot of recipes! so if you're looking for some new things to try out... check it out. you can also RSS the posts for ease and pleasure.
i am not participating in Vegan MoFo (or NaNoWriMO), and this is not an entry. yesterday i made vegan brunch's polenta rancheros for the second time, and it is so so good, so i had to share. you know how sometimes when you're eating something you say mmmm mmmm mmm and your eyes roll back with every bite because it's so good? that's this recipe for me. i was alone in the office during lunch while eating it today so i had the chance to be vocal.


for ranchero sauce
2 t cumin seeds
2 t coriander seeds
2 T oil
1 large yellow onion diced
2 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 t salt
1 t maple syrup
2 15 oz cans black beans

for soft polenta5 C vegetable broth
1/2 t salt
1 C polenta cornmeal
2 T olive oil

chopped green onions
avocado diced
cherry tomatoes

dry toast seeds in iron skillet on medium heat for 2 minutes, add oil, then onion, peppers and garlic and saute until onion browns- about 10 minutes. add tomato sauce, salt, and syrup and cook for 5 minutes. transfer mixture to blender and blend till smooth, return to pan and add beans and heat. do this concurrent with making polenta- polenta takes longer!

for polenta, bring broth to boil and salt. add polenta slowly while whisking in. add olive oil and lower heat to simmer for 12 minutes, stirring often. remove from heat, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

put ranchero beans in a bowl, top with polenta and garnish- such as sour cream, guacamole, red onions, or chopped tomatoes.

voila! ENJOY!

* i made it w/o any peppers, and used a dash of crushed red pepper.
* an immersion blender works great for blending the tomato sauce, etc.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

wintery michigan craft fairs for you

well, i guess we can say it's *almost* holiday shopping season? the craft shows start in a week and are every weekend until christmas!

there are a variety of craft fairs happening in the next few months in SE michigan. shopping handmade for the holidays is the way to go, why not do it local. make a connection, meet the person who made the cool gift you're buying! here you go:

nov. 13: art in the park, ypsi senior center, ypsilanti, mi

dec. 4-5: detroit urban craft fair, the fillmore theater, detroit, mi ****

dec. 4-5: youtique, detroit, mi

dec. 5: whip stitch art & craft fair, corner brewery, ypsilanti, mi

dec. 11: DIYpsi handmade holiday Fair, woodruff's, ypsilanti, mi ****

dec. 11: tiny expo, braun circle, ann arbor, mi

dec. 17: baar bazaar, majestic theater, detroit, mi

dec. 17-18: winter mittenMADE, blue house, ann arbor, mi

this is just a list i've gathered and wanted to mention. it's not all inclusive, and it doesn't mean vendor apps are still live, or that they have been live yet. for some the vendors have been chosen already and the vendor lists are up! check it out, and stay tuned to their websites for details and updates!

**** dang argyle will be vending at DUCF and DIYpsi. hooray!