May 15, 2011

CraftLife Episode Five – Creating On A Budget

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I have been absolutely spoiled these past two weeks.  Right after completing episode four, Adam took me out on a catamaran for a dinner cruise to celebrate my birthday!  (…which was back in January, but who wants to be out on a boat in the middle of winter??)  Then, on Mother’s Day weekend, he surprised both me and his mother with a day of pampering at a spa.  Like I said, I am completely spoiled sometimes, but after weekends like these, where does a girl find the funds for crafting?  Well, that’s why “Thrifty” is the name of the game in this CraftLife episode.

If you visited Mayfest in Fort Worth, TX, you had the opportunity to see Tim Decker (aka: Painter Tim).  If you didn’t make it to Mayfest, check out his facebook page and watch the video of Painter Tim at work.

Looking for some inexpensive craft supply alternatives? How about Kool Aid Dyeing, Tee Shirt Yarn, recycling yarn from old or thrifted garments, making use of newspaper end rolls, or home made play-dough.

Interested in trying you hand at tea bag folding? Here’s a website to help you get stared. A quick google search for printable tea bag folding papers will furnish you with plenty of pretty patterns to choose from.

If you’d rather cut paper than fold it, how about some nice silhouette portraits? If your model doesn’t have the time (or “fidget” control) to sit still for you to trace his or her shadow, you can achieve similar results with a photograph and tracing paper, or go a little more high-tech with this Photoshop method.

Still need a few thrifty crafty websites to get you inspired?  Check out,, and


June 4, 2010

It’s Not Just All About Crafts…

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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

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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 4, 2010

Treacle = Molasses

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:58 pm by treacleandinketsy

Treacle and Ink, for those of you who don’t know, is a reference to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To be a bit more specific, it actually comes from Through the Looking-Glass.

One of my favorite movies when I was a child was the 1985 two-part made for TV version, of both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, that my parents managed to capture on VHS .  If you’ve never seen this version, try to find it.  The cast is a who’s who of great performers of the time, many of whom have since passed away, like Sammy Davis Jr., Donald O’Connor, Sid Caesar and Red Buttons.  This movie was also my introduction to Carol Channing, whom I had the great fortune to see perform live about three years ago.  I had such a vivid imagination, the I almost really thought that if I wished hard enough, I might spot the white rabbit and be able to go on such an incredible adventure.

The first time I read Alice in Wonderland was one summer, a few years later, at Girl Scout camp.  There was a one-room cabin near our campground that contained a small collection of books, among other things.  I spent our afternoon rest times each day sitting in the window of the cabin flying through the pages of that magical book.

Fast forward a few years to college.  By now, I have become a fan of all things tea.  The first pieces of china I wanted to collect were the tea pot, sugar bowl, and creamer, and I loved pulling them out, along with my tiered tray, and having tea parties.  Yes, actual grown-up tea parties.  It was also during this time that my good friend Jane and I went on a wonderful adventure to the magical land of New York City, where we, too, met all manner of zany and quirky creatures, and where we also stumbled upon Alice’s Tea Cup.  This quickly became my favorite spot, and we have both since made return trips.  I highly recommend Alice’s if you ever find yourself in New York City.  The tea is wonderful, and the scones are the best I’ve ever had… even better than mine.

When I was trying to come up with a name for my Etsy shop, I went through a number of ideas before finally deciding on Treacle and Ink.  But, after considering what I was selling – items for the table – and recalling that one of my favorite times to sit at a beautiful table is for tea, my mind landed on this song.  Of course, it’s from my favorite 1985 version, when Alice has just become Queen Alice, and is hosting her first banquet for all of her friends:

*note: This clip goes a good bit past the song, so for those of you who are faint of heart, stop watching before Alice opens the present, or BEWARE THE JABBORWOCKY! 😉

“To the Looking-Glass world it was Alice that said,

‘I’ve a sceptre in hand, I’ve a crown on my head;

Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be,

Come dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen and me!’

Then fill up the glasses as quick as you can,

And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:

Put cats in the coffee and mice in the tea –

And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!

‘O Looking-Glass creatures,’ quoth Alice, ‘draw near!

‘Tis an honor to see me, a favor to hear:

‘Tis a privilege high to have dinner and tea

Along with the Red Queen, the White Queen and me!’

Then fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,

Or anything else that is pleasant to drink;

Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine –

And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!”

~ Lewis Carroll, 1871

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