On my previous post, I mentioned adding more original designs into my Spoonflower library. I started with a few (on a whim, really) to see how they turned out. So far I am waiting to swatch some of them, but one came out really good if you saw my IG, and is now available for purchase!
So far I seem to be gravitating towards either nature designs or shapes/geometry. You’ll see on the shop that I made 2 new collections based on those, and organized previous designs into them as well. I’ll be slowly adding more as inspiration strikes! So far I plan to use the dot grid as some fun gift wrap (especially for my future planners), and the pastel linen will become a shawl or wide summery wrap for the poolside!
Btw I am still working on those spring green denim pants! I’ll be helping my CTCon crew with their cosplays tomorrow, so I’ll try to get photos of our projects (and my sewing machine rig for funsies). I’ll be bringing the denim project if I’m able to work on it, otherwise you’ll likely see my pleather thigh-high bootcovers for P3 Dancing’s Mitsuru! #darkhourmorelikedancinghour
Not so much shop-related, but I began entering Minted’s Design Challenges recently (thanks Jess for giving me the info!), My full designer profile is now live, though unlike something like Spoonflower, Minted’s selected winners’ designs are the only ones that’ll be available to purchase for the public. However, voting is public! So once things start getting tallied up, if you guys can help upvote my designs that would be amazing! The deadlines haven’t come up yet though, so I’ll post again when voting opens up. The prizes sound amazing and there are a variety of opportunities to win something at least, so I hope I can make it to the winners’ circle someday :)!
Wow, I did not mean to neglect this blog! Sorry about that! Work and the holidays has kept me away from WordPress longer than I thought. On the upside, I have never seen a holiday season this busy already here for both my shops ever! It still baffles me that this time 2 years ago, I had to buckle down and put the store on Vacation for most of the year (and didn’t even know if I’d still even decide to reopen)! I want to take the time and thank everyone for their support – many of the purchases I’ve seen or been inquired about have been for gifts or supplies for other indie makers and fans like myself, and that just amazes me! I hope everyone’s projects and gifts turn out fantastic!
That said, just a reminder that our printer/sister shop platform, Spoonflower, released their holiday order deadlines – this also affects the Etsy, btw!
It might look a little confusing, but the breakdown is that as long as you place your order in by these dates (according to your location), it will arrive in time for Christmas! A good rule of thumb is that since the 6th is tomorrow as of this writing, if you need your supplies or gift on time, please consider upgrading your shipping to Guarantee/Rush (basically the equivalent of my Priority Mail pricing).
Please make sure to check your shipping information when you’re ordering, and if you’re not sure and want to confirm, you can always ask me! Note: For Etsy orders, I always place in your order through Spoonflower the same day of purchase (depending on when I receive it it may not be same business day though).
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).
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.
Now finally, onto the dang chili!
Delicious Winter Chili (4-qt. slow cooker)
Yield: 10 to 12 people
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
Put all ingredients except the ground beef in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
In a large skillet, brown the beef until cooked. Drain the fat and add the beef to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
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!
Serve warm with cheese, rice, and/or tortilla chips, eggs, etc!
What are your favorite things to cook or bake in winter?
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!
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!
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!