Monday, December 17, 2012

Grandma Party, 2012!




Every year, on the Sunday before Christmas, Stardust hosts a really fun event, where local crafters get together to sell their art and crafts, play music, eat good food, and see friends.  It's a great place to find unique handmade gifts, see some unusual and inspiring art, or even get a hair cut for cheap, from Alchemy, the best salon in town.The curators, Christina and Ashley did a great job this year. I usually sell paintings, or some other kind of art but, as I am in the middle of a series that isn't complete, I sold cookie and pancake mixes. For the pancake mix, I used my own recipe (it's on the blog). For the cookie mix, I used a recipe from Post Punk Kitchen, which is also where I got this idea. To decorate the top, I cut out different colorful circles of card stock, and put them in between the lid of the mason jar. Brett found some cheap spoons for me at a dollar store (50 cents each), and I tied one on each jar, along with the directions, using different ribbons, and yarn. Wish I had a picture of how cool the jar looks when you can see all the layers, but you can check that out at post punk kitchen.

I thought these made a great gift for the my kids' teachers
Here's the recipe:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp ground flax seeds
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips
sugar cubes, if your jar is a little too big, like mine


Put in the jar in this order, using a funnel (I made mine out of paper):
flour, baking soda, salt, and flax (mix together first)
pecans, use a spoon to push them towards the side so they'll show
sugar
chocolate
chocolate chips
sugar cubes, if you like

And then, make a little card with directions:
Mix contents of the jar with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup soy milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Roll into one inch balls and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten to 1 1/2 inch discs and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 20 cookies.
Because my jars were a little too big and I was afraid the ingredients would get mixed up, I added sugar cubes to keep everything intact. I also mentioned in the directions, that they should be used for something else.



Camilla made and sold her 3-D origami. She did quite well. If anyone ever wants to order one, you can do so through this website...


I really love the lady bug on the top shelf!


We borrowed a button maker from Brett's sister, Sabrina, and Brielle had the best time making buttons, and helping customers make buttons. We had loads of magazines from which you could find an image.


We also had peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, and rice krispie treats, which sold really well. It was so fun to see people get excited when they stumbled upon a booth that sold vegan treats. A lot of people really appreciated that we were donating 10% to Mercy For Animals. Camilla chose to give her donation to the ASPCF.



Camilla made a kissing booth for one of our dogs, who is a big licker. She did pretty well, and Zowee sure had fun getting so much attention.


 This is a hat Camilla bought for herself, so adorable.

These earrings were pretty cool: they came in fours, each different but of the same theme
This is Emily from Orenda, great teas, really nice girl
John, who has been walking to stardust since day one, every day, and he picks up trash on his way to and from, I call him the Prince of Audubon
cute idea, these are magnets 
loved this girl's stuff
and don't forget to get a hug from Doug, 


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