September 17, 2011

CraftLife Episode 13 – No Place Like Home

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:57 pm by treacleandinketsy

As I was putting together this week’s episode, I started to notice a not-so-craft-related theme emerging. Home. Not necessarily my home of today, but the familiar territory of my youth, and place where most of my family still resides. When I go there for a visit, I am “going home for a visit” – hence, this week’s title.  I hope you enjoy!

Monkey Bread

3 cans biscuits

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 cup light brown sugar

1 stick butter

    1. Cut biscuits into quarters with scissors.
    2. Shake biscuits quarters in a bag with sugar and cinnamon.
    3. Layer cinnamon/sugar coated biscuit quarters in a greased tube pan and sprinkle chopped nuts, raisins, or both between layers if desired.
    4. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, and let it boil for 1 minute
    5. Pour butter and brown sugar mixture over the biscuits.
    6. Bake at 325 degrees fahrenheit (163 celsius) for 35 minutes. Let it stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.
    7. To serve, just pinch off a piece and eat with fingers.

(Recipe by Ophelia M. Leitzsey from the “Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Newberry, South Carolina” cookbook)

I had a great time talking to Stephanie about her artwork.  If you’d like to get in contact with her, just shoot an email to and put “STEPHANIE” in the subject line.  And, if you want to take a peek at her paintings, they will be available during the month of October in the Treacle And Ink Etsy shop.  Want to learn more about that Christmas tree farm she mentioned?  Head over to Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees.  That’s my mom and dad!

Congratulations to Redsknits for winning the iMake giveaway!  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Martine’s podcast and blog, iMake.

My Ishbel has been completed! (And with much pride, I might add.)  They say that pride comes before a fall, but I hope that is not the case since I am currently working the stockinette section of the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilks. And if you’d like to get a first-hand look at her inspiration, head to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Got any extra fiber?  As if “extra fiber” wasn’t an oxymoron.  I’m looking for something to put on my drop spindle.  The majority of my meagre stash is up for grabs, if you’re looking for a trade. I’m adding more things bit-by-bit, so if you don’t see anything you like, try back later.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Part of your World” form Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
Part Of My Stash
Look at this stash,
Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl,
The girl who has too much yarn?
Look at this store,
Treasures untold.
How many fibers can one yarn shop hold?
Looking around here you’d think
It’s got everything!
I’ve got acrylic yarn skeins aplenty.
I’ve aluminum needles galore.
(And my 10” size 5s?
Well,they’re a bit bendy…)
Does the trick
But, I want more.
 I want a hank of Blue Moon Fiber Arts.
I want to play with a ball of Knit Picks.
Walking around, I see…
(What’s that over there?)  Ooooo, Noro.
Knitting with Red Heart only gets you so far.
I’m ready to move on to something nicer.
Strolling these aisles I spy,
(What’s on that shelf there?) Malabrigo!
I find Madeline Tosh,
And Debbie Bliss.
Is there anything better in the world than this?
All around me,
Wish it could be
Part of my stash.
What would I give
If I could knit
All day with cashmere?
What would I pay
To get to play
With some qiviut?
What would it take
To get to make
A project with Rowan Kidsilk Haze?
Cabled sweater
What could be better?
I’d love to find out!
I know there’s a shelf of indie hand-dyed yarn
Somewhere around here,
I’ve got to find it.
All of this fiber calling out to me,
What can I do?
A hopeless case
In the face
Of all of this yarn-y goodness I see
All around me
Wish it could be
Part of my stash.

May 1, 2011

CraftLife Episode Four – Hacking The Craft

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , at 7:36 pm by treacleandinketsy

Hey, hey all you hackers out there! This one’s for you!

WARNING! Before you precede any further, please familiarize yourself with that hacker genius, MacGyver.

If you’re looking for inspiration from other crafty hackers, check out the works of Rachel Betty Case and Hye Jin Lee .

And if you’d like to do a little more reading about hacking in general, take a peek into “The New Hacker’s Dictionary”.

So you still want to try your hand at cow tipping?? This how-to video provides step-by-step instructions.

Indy Mogul offers up some great inspiration and DIY goodness. Their Backyard FX series is full of incredibly good how-tos. You can watch their Fallout fan Film, Nuka Break, and then see the episode about how some of their props were constructed.

About that yarn swift that Mr. E. Bunny told me about… check it out for yourself here.

I have managed to cast on and complete the Waterfall Scarf since the last episode… though it may get frogged and re-knit.

March 20, 2011

CraftLife Episode One – And So It Begins

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , at 10:21 am by treacleandinketsy

As I have been strangely absent quite a bit the past few months, you may have been asking, “What the heck is up?”  Well, this is it!  I’m so excited to bring you the first episode of my new podcast, CraftLife.  The topics covered in this podcast will hopefully be as varied as my creative interests can take me.  I would love to hear what you think about the show!  Leave me a comment at the bottom of the page. 🙂

Check out Amy Finlay’s awesome knitting techniques videos.

Pemberley would like you to read about her namesake in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen…

…while Catti-brie would prefer you to read about her fiery warrior-maiden namesake in any of The Legend of Drizzt books, by R.A. Salvatore.

*A note about grits as whole grains.  Not all grits are whole grain, in particular instant/quick grits.  Most grits that are “stone-ground” are whole grain, but as always, check the label.

Looking for a knitting project?  Try Amy King’s Boogie Vest, or, if you’re a Dr. Who fan, the knitted Tardis Stuffed Plush by Penwiper.

Magda Sayeg, yarn-bomber extraordinaire, was interviewed on “The Story”, March 17th episode.

Curious about hand spinning?  Marti at La Tea Da Designs can set you up with an awesome drop spindle starter kit!

CraftLife is now on iTunes!

February 4, 2011

Let it Snow!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:45 pm by treacleandinketsy


This is me, shamelessly showing off my dogs. They love the snow almost as much as I do!

Ahhhhh, Texas in the wintertime!

You know, they tell me it’s not the norm here, but for the past two years, we have been hit with some serious winter weather in February.

Now, there are some who would scoff at my excitement to see a few inches of this beautiful white stuff.  You know the people I’m talking about – the ones who reside in areas in which they daily shovel their sidewalks before walking to work (up-hill, both ways…in short sleeves), who join “Polar Bear” clubs, and who eat snow cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  These people probably smirk at the way the whole of Dallas shuts down from a few days of ice and snow, and react to yet another day of snow the same way I react to yet another day of rain.

Needle Felting kit, Needle Felted Snowman - by bearcreekdesign

But, oh, the magic of snow still exists for me!  Whether it’s getting outside and making snowmen and snow angels, staying inside and succumbing to my sudden urge to bake, or enjoying the view from my cozy living room, curled up with some knitting or a good book, I love a snow day.

If the idea of snow cream for, well, at least one meal out of the day sounds good, and you’ve never tried it before, here’s a quick recipe to get you started.


What you’ll need:

Snow – Place a bowl outside to catch some while it’s still coming down. [Toss out the snow and start over again if it has “yellowed” ;)]

Milk or Cream


Vanilla Extract

Snow Cream - Vanilla Fudge - Southern Style - by VeesWear

Once your bowl has filled with snow, bring it inside and add just a little milk or cream.  Too much will make the snow too slushy, and remember, you can always add more.  Add a teaspoon or two of vanilla, and sugar to taste.  Voila!  If you don’t eat it all the first time around, snow cream can store pretty well in the freezer for the rest of the day.

Have you tried snow cream before?  Do you just love it, or is it something you could totally live without?  Leave me a comment below and tell me about it!

October 18, 2010

The Dog Ate My Crochet… No, Really, She Did

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:43 pm by treacleandinketsy

I have been working on a child sized version of my “Did You Ever See A Lassie” hat and scarf.  Mostly, during the week, I do my crafting when my sweet little charge is down for a nap.  This past Friday, I was doing just that, when she woke up a bit sooner than expected.  I sat down my crocheting in the middle of the table, and pushed everything else on the table closer to the center as well, before heading to her bedroom.  After rocking her for a few minutes, and then changing her diaper after realizing she wasn’t going to fall back asleep, I walked out of her room and discovered this:

The youngest dog had taken advantage of my absence, somehow managed to get up on the table, and pilfered my crocheting!  She had run up and down the hall about four or five times, unraveling and unrolling yarn as she went, and then chewed through a few outside rows of my hat!

Oh well.  Back to square one. 🙂

June 24, 2010

Just Checking In

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 12:19 pm by treacleandinketsy

I just wanted to pop in here and catch you up on the goings-on.  I have been a bit slack on posting this past week, but I have not been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  Here’s the quick run-down to get you caught up.  I’ll be posting more relevant things in the days to come.

This past Sunday I made my first appearance in the choir.  It went wonderfully!  What a blessing. 🙂

I spent the better part of last week and the beginning of this week scrambling around getting my transcripts faxed and digitized so that I could complete an incredibly lengthy teaching job application, only to find the post had been taken down the afternoon I was to complete the process.  Grrr.

Catti-brie overdosed on flea and tick medication after stealing half of Pemberley’s pill that she had dropped on the floor.  Two days of observation and sixty more bucks at the vet later, she’s going to be just fine.

Today, my husband and I are going to officially become members of the iPhone club.  He’s probably picking up our new iPhone 4s as I type.

I attempted to make an iPhone case out of glittery black felt.  Fail.  It wound up just being too thick.

I attempted to make a no-pattern summery dress from bits of scrap material that I had laying around.  Success!  I’ll post some pics as soon as I can.

That’s about it for now.  I’m eagerly getting ready for a visit with my family.  Yay!!  I haven’t seen my parents since Christmas, but I will this Saturday.  Hooray!

June 4, 2010

It’s Not Just All About Crafts…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 4:27 pm by treacleandinketsy

The main theme of this blog, from the beginning, has always been Etsy and crafting.  Of course I have veered off the straight path here and there, because I am more than a crafter.

I’m a wife,

Leaving the reception.

a daughter,

Mom and Dad!

a sister,

Julee, me, and Stephanie.

a musician (and BFF!),

Me and The Marvelous Maven.

an actor,

Saying "goodbye" to Beth.

a cook,

My totally-from-scratch Thanksgiving gingerbread church from '08. I know it was a little while ago, but I'm still so darn proud of it!

a traveler,

I like a cruise... but I"m definitely up for something a little more off the beaten path.

an amateur photographer,

Somewhere in Asheville, NC, I believe.

a tea lover,

Tea at Biltmore. Ahhhhh.

dog lover,

Jan Austen fanatic,

video gamer,

fantasy football master,


…And so much more.  More than likely, all of these different aspects of me will show up here in my blog, so please feel free to read what interests you and skip over what doesn’t.

Now, what about you??  I know there is more to you than our shared interest in Etsy and crafty goodness.  (Or maybe, like The Marvelous Maven, you’re not not so much into the crafts, you just like me for me.)  I want to hear what else makes up you. What other skills/talents/passions do you have?  What do you just LOVE…and what could you totally live without?  Leave me come comments below!

June 1, 2010

Great Finds This Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:36 pm by treacleandinketsy

This past weekend, Adam and I headed out of town to spend the holiday weekend with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Adam’s twin.  We had a great time, and even managed to make it all the way home today without Pemberley getting sick at all!  Poor baby, she just gets so car sick.

One of the things I look forward to when we head south, in addition to spending time with my hubby’s side of the family, is doing some treasure hunting for more fun pieces to add to my shop, and hopefully some very happy customer’s table.  Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of listings that will be making their way into my shop very soon!

This awesome luncheon/snack plate reminds me of an artist's palette. I have four plates, and the cups to match!

I was so excited about these pretty pine cones. Full tea service for six, anyone?

February 15, 2010

Snow Day 2010

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 9:34 pm by treacleandinketsy

As I awoke last Thursday morning, the first thing my husband said to me was, “Did you dream about something white last night?”

“What?” I asked groggily. “No.”

Then he said, “Look outside.”

I peeked through the blinds, and what should meet my eyes but a sparkling winter wonderland!  Everything was covered in snow, and big fat flakes were still coming down.  What an awesome way to wake up in the morning!

I was antsy all day at work, just waiting to get home and play in the show.  Around four o’clock that afternoon, I got a call from my hubby.

“When are you coming home so we can play in the show?”

“Regular time, I guess,” I sighed.

“Well, I’m going to go out and build a snowman.”

“No you are not!!” I practically shouted.  “You have to wait for me.”

“Well,” he said, “can I just build a snowdog?”

“Yes, you can build a snowdog.”

And that’s just what he did.

The snow continued non-stop for the rest of the day, and by the next morning, we had between 12″ and 14″ at our house.  A new record was set for the most snow in Dallas EVER in a 24 hour period in recorded weather history.  I had enough of my wits about me to put a large bowl out that morning to collect snow for snow cream.  What an awesome treat that was!

We did manage to build our snowman, with caramel candy eyes, a carrot nose, and blueberry mouth, and the dogs had a blast playing outside.  It was their first experience with snow, and they slept so soundly that night.

My talented husband juggled snowballs, and I got soaking wet making a snow angel.

I know that so much of the country is tired of the snow by now, but I was just grateful that we got to have our little share.

February 1, 2010

Spa Day

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 2:43 pm by treacleandinketsy

I have to get a bit off of the Etsy path for a moment this morning and turn a little attention to my doggies.  We have two – Pemberley, who is two years old, and Catti-brie, who is six months old.   It is generally accepted as truth that Pemberley is one of the sweetest, softest, cuddliest, and prettiest dogs that a person will ever meet.

Catti-brie, on the other hand…

Well, let’s just say that Catti-brie went from being a tiny brown bundle of puppy cuteness…

…to a scraggly grayish brownish combination of an old mountain man and Andy Warhol.

So, this weekend, I bundled the both of them off to PetSmart for a rare day of pampering and beautification, with strict instructions from my husband that Pemberley be returned with a bandanna, and Catti-brie with bows.  I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results!

What do you think?  Is Catti-brie giving Pemberley a run for her money in the cute department now?

Back on the Etsy path, I’d like to send a shout out to metamorphic,who has just featured my Sophia styled Tea Towel in her latest treasury, Winter Blues…{Treasury Game}!  Be sure to stop by and check it out, click and comment.  How awesome it would be to be featured in a treasury that makes it to Etsy’s front page!

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