What’s New in the Shop? (February 2 edition)

It’s Groundhog Day! Though judging how late it got to be cold here on Long Island, I’m not surprised that six more weeks of winter is predicted. (Not that it all matters anyway, but it’s still fun to follow!) Either way, next weekend I will be traveling to Nola (aka New Orleans) so I hope to get some time in the sun! And also pig out on some authentic Creole eats with good friends and family.

Shop-wise, you might have seen a certain character pop up on my Instagram feed recently. Work has finally winded down a wee bit, and I was able to churn out more prints for Spoonflower! So far Soldier:76 is ready for duty. Tastes like victory!

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In My Sights (bluegrey)

The tiles came out a little larger than I expected, but it is a happy accident. I think the sizing works perfectly for its possibilities! Definitely not small enough for my usual zip pouches for smaller accessories and handhelds, but they would look fantastic on lounge pants, pillowcases, and tablet/laptop cases.

Later this month after my trip, this next number will also be available:

I’m super excited to finalize the Reaper fabrics here for purchase! He doesn’t have as many motifs and decals like the other heroes, so I went for a minimalist/graphic look here and it’s to die for! (Haha! Die…Reaper….oh puns) This tiling looks to be similar size to D.Va’s and Mei’s, so smaller projects will still look fine.

Since the ‘Overwatch’ train isn’t slowing down anytime soon, one of my next ideas will definitely be Pachimari, the little onion guy who randomly is in the spawn rooms as a plushie. Eventually, I will tackle all the heroes, though (I myself love to play as Junkrat and Symmetra, among others.)

On the vintage front, I haven’t spotted anything yet to raise from the dead, but I also would like to continue more original designs as well at some point. Until my muse strikes up something in that department, enjoy this little innocent fella.

 

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I’m still not sure who on Blizzard’s creative board thought of this…but I hope they got a nice raise because it’s so CUTE!

 

Delicious Winter Chili (and some epic choco-chip cookies!)

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope your holiday season was well too. Since I bake/cook more often for holiday potlucks and my annual cookie run, I decided to also post one of my recipes I made recently for it! My friends at Otaku Recipes featured my beloved chocolate chip cookies (I was a previous collaborator).

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Click for the cookie recipe! (Thanks Kar for the photo!)

Lately I’ve been putting together a recipe box featuring the best of my recipes, as well as family recipes from my mom and my grandmothers. I used the cards from here but next time I plan to enlarge them, since they kind of run small.

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Magic is in this box :)…

Now finally, onto the dang chili!

Delicious Winter Chili (4-qt. slow cooker)

Yield: 10 to 12 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans red or kidney beans, washed and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 large red peppers, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup beer (use whatever you like to drink)
  • 2 hot chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (depending on the crowd I use jalapeños or habaneros)
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp. ground sage
  • 3/4 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Put all ingredients except the ground beef in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef until cooked. Drain the fat and add the beef to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and set on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Do not lift the cover! 
  4. Serve warm with cheese, rice, and/or tortilla chips, eggs, etc!
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Gosh, I can just smell it from here.

What are your favorite things to cook or bake in winter?

Updates for holiday orders and freebie pdf!

The holiday season is well under way! As a reminder, if you’re looking to put an order in and want your item to arrive by late December (Christmas/Hanukkah), domestic US orders must be placed by December 14 for Standard Ground shipping; December 20 for Express or Priority Mail. Anything after that, or for international orders, will not arrive in time for your deadline. I use USPS for all of my orders, so please refer to the USPS page here for more information. Thanks!

Also, an update on one of my previous posts regarding one of my freebies. After experimenting with the cosplay list printables I made, I disliked the A5 one, so I decided to fix it! Please go to the post here for the new pdf!

What’s New in the Shop? (November 22 edition)

I meant to post about this ages ago but life got in the way again! With the holidays coming up, there are no signs of slowing down either so let’s get to it :).

Check out the custom Mei zipper pouch here!

By popular demand, the zipper pouch on my Etsy featuring the D.Va fabric is now available in Mei! I just relisted it back in stock too after an order was put in place, so depending on how many end up flying off the shelf I will have to start setting up multiple quantities in the listings. I hope to also set up other versions of my other fabrics, so the non-Overwatch folks can have their fun too!

Click to see the hashtooth fabric in red or blue.

My batch of Spoonflower designs is almost at its end for now, with the last of the Animal Crossing line released the other day, inspired by the cleverly named Sharp Tee. So far red and blue hashtooth are available but if you’d like a different color variation please let me know and I’d be more than happy to set up a custom design for you!

With the holidays approaching, a coupon code will be available for the holiday Etsy sale again this year! I will release it on Black Friday and it will be valid through December 31, so keep an eye out. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!