Friday, April 29, 2011

Maps, maps, maps

Some fun new finds! A large vintage map from a school would brighten up a room, beautiful glass paper weights with vintage map illustrations on them, and jewel-tipped pins for your corkboard or craft!

Bright and White

Since it has been so gray and dreary lately, I decided to lighten up the front of the store a bit. Lots of white, eiffel towers, jeweled frames, vintage photos, and beautiful glassware...hopefully the sun will come out soon and cheer us all up!

Solar Powered Mason Jars

These are so cool! They are mason jar lids that have a solar powered light in the lid, so as soon as it gets dark enough they come on and glow all night until first light! They do not take direct light to charge, in fact, I have one in my house, which has no windows in the main part just a skylight, and it comes on and stays on all night until dawn! They have an internal battery that they charge all day with minimal light and then it powers the light all night. If you get one, make sure to peel the plastic cover off the solar panel and take the plastic off the inside battery...

In the Company of Saints

In the Company of Saints was started by a company with a passion for saints and their stories. These unique statues and plaques are ready for your garden and come with a card telling you about that particular saint. They also have cat and dog memorial plaques which you can send away for a little brass plaque with your pet's name engraved on it to set into the plaque. Would make a great gift for the avid gardener!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Caramel Brownies!

If you haven't tried Annie B's Caramels, which have a permanent home on the left side of our counter, boy are you in for a new addiction! We have people get very...VERY...angry with us when we run out, so we like to stock up! I was recently looking at the chocolate flavored caramels the other day and realized I have tried every other flavor but this one! Then I remembered a recipe I thought looked amazing, and guess what, it calls for caramel! These brownies are amazing, and I think they were oh so much better with Annie B's chocolate I just need to try this with their cappuccino caramels and some espresso in the batter!!

Caramel Brownies
Yield: 24+ brownies
For the brownies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
1½ cups pecan, coarsely chopped (optional)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
For the caramel filling:
14 oz. caramel candies, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil and grease the foil well with butter or cooking spray. Combine the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth. (Alternatively, microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted.) Remove the bowl from the heat. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Stir in the flour and salt just until combined. Spread about half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, maintaining the oven temperature, and let cool for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, add the chopped pecans (if using) to a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and light golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside. To make the caramel filling, combine the caramel candies and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Stir in half of the pecans. Immediately spread the caramel mixture over the bottom brownie layer. Pour the remaining brownie batter over the caramel layer, taking care to pour and spread it evenly otherwise it will be difficult to spread evenly over the caramel layer. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and the remaining pecans on top of the final brownie layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing and serving. (To speed cooling, chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.) Lift the brownies from the pan using the edges of the foil. Remove the foil and cut the brownies into individual squares. Store in an airtight container.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New goodies

We got in a whole collection of new goodies! It has been so crazy around here I've only managed to grab a few pics of some of the new stuff, but hopefully it will hold you over till more arrive! New flower lights, daffodils and azaleas, are in and are beautiful! We got in a bunch of vintage inspired new stuff, like the above ice pack in a cute rose print! What a cute gift for someone feeling under the weather!

Mamba Nets!

New arrivals! Beautiful, gauzy mamba nets look charming above your bed, chair, or just hanging free! New pink cherry blossom picks and spring inspired flowers will cheer you up during this wet, gray part of spring... Charming rose wreathes in pinks and whites will warm up a wall or greet guests on the front door... antique inspired collage pictures create an instant vintage vibe for your room...

Friday, April 8, 2011

More Fairy Gardens!

The fairy gardens just keep walking out the door, so we keep coming up with more! I love the first one pictured, with blue star creeper trailing up the arbor and a charming little pink sedum that looks like mini roses! The next one is fantastic too! We are calling it our English fairy garden with a rock wall full of moss, and a lovely gravel walk through the is just awaiting an English manor home that should arrive with a new order of fences, arbors, and gazebos in the next day or two!

New Furniture!

We found this beauty a few days ago, and after the cupboard had a little cleaning up it inspired a vintage birdie theme! It houses great bird prints on old sheet music, antique photographs, glass cloches, nests, woodsy mirrors, handmade vintage postcard banners, and a beautiful, mossy bird nest left abandoned in some blackberries, now turned into an art piece!

Emma Bridgewater

We have carried Emma Bridgewater's beautiful line of mugs in the past, but never so many designs as now! All handmade in Stoke-on-Trent in England, Emma uses the same slip that made Wedgewood Pottery famous. Feel the quality and delight in the wonderful designs! Quality is seldom cheap, but these will last you a lifetime! Also, how could you resist the charming radish wreath in the display!?

Masquerade Ball!

Wonderful Mary has done it again! She ordered in some colorful, feathery, beautiful masquerade masks, which I of course asked what for and she said she just felt like it...well it turns out the High School's prom theme is a masquerade ball! These have been very popular with the ladies, matching them to their dresses, but also the kids who always love dressing up! Come grab one for a showstopping halloween outfit this year before they are all gone!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Third Chick Order + Ducklings!

Here is our third chick order which we will hopefully see around May 6th:

  • 25 Gold Wyandotte Pullets

  • 25 White Leghorn Pullets

  • 10 Brown Leghorn Pullets

  • 25 Golden Sex Link Pullets

  • 25 Barred Rock Pullets

  • 25 Ameraucana Pullets

  • 25 Speckled Sussex Pullets

  • 10 Standard Siver Laced Cochin Pullets

  • 10 Crested Special Straight Run

  • 10 Silver Laced Polish Straight Run

  • 10 Assortment Silkie Bantam Straight Run

  • 10 Khaki Campbell Duck Straight Run

  • 10 Black & White Magpie Duck Straight Run

  • 10 Rouen Duck Straight Run