Pantone Fall 2013

Here are the latest and greatest colors from Pantone’s Fall 2013 palette! I’ve interpreted these colors into double wrap bracelets, and they’re all available in my shop now! Check them out before they’re gone!

pantoneFall2013

Homemade Pizza Dough!

For me, pizza is just one of the greatest meals around! It really is so very simple to make yourself. I started making my own pizza dough just because its so easy and tastes so much better than even store bought dough! I started out using this recipe and I’ve pretty much stuck with it ever since. It has never done me wrong!

Pizza Dough

Here’s what you’ll need for enough dough for 2 pizzas:

1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey {I used sugar this time but I normally like to use honey}
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 cups bread flour

pizza dough

In a large mixing bowl, pour in all of the yeast and the honey or sugar. Pour in the warm water and give the yeast and sugar a good little stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it starts to foam.

pizza dough
yeast immediately after the water has been poured in
pizza dough
yeast a few minutes later
pizza dough
yeast 5 minutes later

The yeast foaming process is so fascinating to me that I made a video about it.

After yeast has foamed, pour in salt, oil and 1 cup of the flour. I like to start with a whisk and then switch to a stiff plastic spatula to scrape the bowl clean.

incorporating flour
After 1 cup of the flour is added and mixed
incorporating flour
after an additional 1 cup of flour is added and mixed
incorporating flour
after another 1 cup of flour is added and mixed

Once the dough is dry enough to handle without completely sticking to my hands, I like to use my hands to knead/mix it while still incorporating more flour if it gets too sticky.

kneading dough

You can use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and kneading the dough in the bowl will pick up all those scraped off bits. Once the dough is nicely tacky knead it for about 5 more minutes.

pizza dough

Lightly oil your dough and put plastic wrap over it.

I let my dough rise for about an hour and then I punch it down and let it rise again.

pizza dough

Once you are ready to start making pizzas, lightly flour a cutting board and gently press the dough flat from the inside out. When your dough is room temperature, you won’t need a rolling pin to roll it out. I press the dough out, and then lift it up to stretch it in certain places. It takes some practice but more practice means more pizza!!

pizza dough

Good luck, and let me know how your pizza making goes!

Bar Art

Getting engaged has immediately made me focus on making our house look more like a real house and less like a bachelor pad. I have been focusing my decorating attention on our “bar area” and while I am not yet ready to unveil the entire area to you, I would like to share one little part of it: the artwork.

I had this blank chalkboard that I had made for my Crafted booth (using this amazing DIY chalkboard idea), that was sitting in the bar area, staring blankly at me, wanting to be full of some sort of drawing, or drinking quote, or something like that. So I took it upon myself to fill it up. First I looked up some inspiration:

inspiration

1. Geometric Triangles Art Print by ColourscapePrints // 2. Geometric Quilt Print by AlmostSundayInc // 3. On the Grid Abstract Art Print by twoems

I started with a simple word, “CHEERS” to keep it simple and then got going with my design.

diy sign

I had a box of Crayola chalk on hand, so I just went to town using every single color. I’m not really picky about color.

After I was done with the design I used my fingers to blend in the chalk. And Voila! My very own, sign to make me happy as I sip cocktails.

DIY Chalk Art

Our DIY Engagement Photoshoot

I’m getting married!! And being a person who loves to do things myself, I’m trying to make our wedding as “me” as possible. That means a lot of DIY, but only for things that are absolutely necessary. We needed some updated photos of us for our wedding website (which I also DIYed for free using wix.com) and our Save the Date’s, so we did it the easiest way possible.

diy engagement photoshoot

What you’ll need:

  • 1 nice camera. I have a Canon T2i which I purchased for my business. You’ll need a camera that has white balance settings at least. Optional camera accessories include a nice lens.
  • 1 tripod, to avoid the shaky blurriness factor.
  • 1 well lit, but not directly in the sun, outdoor area.
  • 1 large white board, or sheet, or anything else for the backdrop.
  • Props. We used our dog, Chester.
  • 1 camera operator. I normally am a control freak about taking pictures, and I had actually considered purchasing a wireless remote for my camera, but time being of the essence I decided to go with the next best thing: my willing and able younger sister.

Directions:
Take a butt-load of pictures. When I normally do photo shoots of myself for my etsy shop I will sometimes end up with 400 pictures, and maybe 20 of each item I am shooting. Why so many you ask? Well if you’ve ever done a photoshoot of yourself you would know. Once you see the pictures on the computer it becomes blatantly clear that you might not like every picture of yourself, or some are blurry, or you blinked, etc.

Optional: If you have any photo editing software (i.e. photoshop) and you know how to use it, I would suggest using it. You can add some contrast, boost colors, remove bloodshot eyes and blemishes… it’s like magic.

diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot
diy engagement photoshoot

Pantone Spring 2013

Pantone spring 2013

Every season Pantone comes out with a Fashion Color Report to reflect the ‘colors of the season’. I am always inspired by the new colors, so here are the bracelets for this season! You can now find all of these bracelets in my shop. Happy 2013!

October First Wednesday – Community Socal

This past wednesday I attended Community’s October First Wednesday event in Anaheim! “Community offers retail spaces for the eco, social and design conscious.” A few of my fellow Crafted vendors were there selling their handmade goods, and I went to support them and snap some pics! Check some of them out below, or view the whole album HERE.

Plushies by DesireeB
DesireeB

Bullet Necklaces by Mitsymoto Designs
Mitsymoto Designs

Crocheted Cowls with Handmade Buttons by Oxford Accessories
Oxford Accessories

Sweet Treats by Cake Bar
Cake Bar

Recycled Goods by Kelso Doesn't Dance
Kelso Doesn't Dance

Community Socal
Community Socal

CRAFTED Grand Opening Weekend

My booth Friday morning
My booth Friday morning

WOAH! The CRAFTED Grand Opening weekend was such a success!! There were literally thousands of people who showed up to see what was happening inside the huge warehouses in San Pedro this past weekend. This being my first ever craft-fair type situation, I had no idea what to expect. But it was indeed a success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported all the handmade vendors who spent 3 very long 9-hour days showing off and selling their products.
My booth Sunday evening
My booth Sunday evening

My customer chalkboard
My customer chalkboard

My chalkboard definitely filled up from new and old It’s me Mary fans! Thanks everyone! It will be erased for next weekend so come over July 6-8 to write a note or draw a picture and peruse around “the largest indoor year-round craft marketplace“.

You’re Invited!

Yay! CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is opening soon! You are invited to “A Showcase for Handmade Crafts of All Kinds”! CRAFTED will be open year-round every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and It’s me Mary will be there! Now you can find your favorite handmade items in person, and meet me at the same time! RSVP for the Grand Opening here, and don’t forget to like CRAFTED’s facebook page to stay on top of all the news!