Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Food Blogs

I really can't wait for Spring.
I took these photos last week.
The view though one of the upstairs windows.

The icicles look like prison bars...
I think I still have a bit of a wait before Spring arrives.
In the meantime, I've been busy cleaning, organizing, and destashing.
Doing a little crafting.
Ordering new goodies for the shop.
And, reading lots of food blogs.

I loooove cooking and baking.
The winter is such a good time to try new recipes.
And a cold, icky day is great for browsing food blogs.
I've become quite addicted to them over the last few months.

Here are a few of my favorite yummy blogs:
Farm Chicks
Skinny Taste
Simply Recipes
Annie's Eats
Our Best Bites
For the Love of Cooking
Smitten Kitchen
Pioneer Woman

Do you have a food blog or know of one that I should visit?
Feel free to post links in the comments!

Monday, February 14, 2011


Some pretty pink roses from my Sweetie...

And some yummy cookies made by my Little Sweeties.
(Extra sprinkles? Yes, please!)

Hope you are having a lovely day with your Sweeties!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Petite Inspiration Swap - Flea Market Edition

***Edit - This swap is now full. We have over 60 players! Soooo fun. Groups have been emailed.***

As promised, here are the details of my next Petite Inspiration Box Swap!!!

1. You will be placed in groups of 3 players. You will need to make a "Petite Inspiration Box" for each of the other players in your group (2), and you will receive one back from each of the players in your group (2).

2. The base of the box should be a sliding match box. I found mine at my grocery store in a package of 3 for about $2. These are the larger boxes that measure about 5x2x1, not the teeny-tiny ones. Decorate the outside of each box, and fill them with artsy goodies for your swap partners.

3. The items in your boxes should be vintage or vintage-inspired. The theme of this swap is Flea Market Finds ~ it is very open-ended, but please keep with the vintage style. Find out your partners' likes and dislikes, collections, favorite crafts, etc. Here are some ideas of what to include: Old buttons, millinery, lace, ribbon, trims, jewelry findings, ephemera, images, charms, cupcake toppers, old game pieces, skeleton keys, old sewing supplies, doll pieces, small doilies, hankies, etc. These boxes are fairly small, so they should be easy to fill up... just be sure to send quality, usable items that you would love to receive yourself. You can see some photos of the boxes from previous swaps here.

4. You will need to mail your boxes directly to your partners by February 28th. PLEASE only sign-up for this swap if you are able to have your swap items created and mailed by this date. As with any swap, it is reallllly important to follow-up with your promise to make quality items and send them on time.

5. To sign up for this swap, please email me at info{at}speckled-egg.com , be sure to send the following: ***Sorry, this swap is now full.***
*Please select which best describes your "Flea Market Style":
(a) Neutrals, whites, aged, chippy, rusty
(b) Victorian, pastels, florals, foof, cottage
(c) Bright, bold, kitsch, retro, funky
(d) Anything goes!
*Email address
*Blog address, Website, Flickr, or Etsy Shop
*The country that you live in
*If you are willing to ship internationally

6. I will send a confirmation email when I receive your info. I will close sign-ups on Friday evening or at 50 players, whichever comes first. You will receive your group info by Feb. 8th. Feel free to grab the button above to add to your own blog.

Hope you can join the fun!!!