The Pies the Limit!

My favorite and cherished pie making tools. They were my grandma's. One of several pie dishes, her rolling pin, and her pastry wheel. We spent so many moments together making pie. My favorite was always blueberry. We'd pick blueberries, freeze and also can them. When we made pie she'd tell me to go down in the basement and get a bottle of 7Up, then she'd pour the blueberry juice in it and together we'd make pie and drink our blueberry pop. Every time I make a pie I think of her and the time we spent together in her kitchen. Pie is more than just a dessert, its full of sentiment and stories.

Here are 2 mini pies made in vintage pie tins. One for me and one for the freezer. They freeze really well and you can have a freshly baked homemade treat on the spur of the moment!

A delicious blueberry rhubarb pie, I call it blue-barb pie, made with a lattice top pie cutter from the 50s. It’s like a giant cookie cutter, you just press and voila, lattice top pie!

Check out this lattice top! I picked up this awesome vintage pie cutter at an antique store a few weeks back. It's a quarter pie big so you just move it around until you have completed the circle and have a beautiful top crust!

And lastly, nothing like a good quiche. This one is spinach, mushroom, ham, swiss, and some nice fresh feta. Great for any meal!

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color of the month- Winter Blues

The holidays are over and the wait for Spring is on. If you are gonna have the winter blues have them this way! There’s just something about this color and the snow that makes it even more crisp and clean and refreshing than it already is! Plus it gives me a chance to bring out some of my favorite blue items from my personal collection, like the tea pot salt and pepper shaker holder and the budget balancer box! And just look at that elephant tea pot by Shawnee! SO cute, and available soon!!! I’m telling you, melmac is a gift. The easiest way to change a table out, besides the obvious tablecloth, is to have a stash of melmac for all seasons! Easy to stow away in a box without having to worry about breakage and available in so many colors and designs!  You can snag these and other items on the table in my vintage shop http://www.vintagegoodies.etsy.com . Plus you can search my shop using the word blue to find other great winter blues items! And last, but certainly not least, my artgoodies ring towel shines on in this table setting!  Don’t you just love a monochromatic setting, so easy to mix and match all kinds of items together!!!
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vintage holiday extravaganza and SALE!

It's getting a little crowded in Christmasland!

Normally at this time I would be showing you a shot of the color of the month, but it’s the holidays and my side table get’s a festive treat instead! Here’s part of my personal collection, as well as some items available in my vintage shop! My personal favorites are my Rare blue pieces! As you can see,  it’s getting a little crowded in Christmasland! Below are some of my faves available in shop AND I’ve just started a BUY 2 get 1 FREE SALE on items in my vintage holiday category!  Most of these treasures are from Japan. http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagegoodies?section_id=6470643 See shop announcement for details and don’t dilly dally, there are some great finds! Happy Holidays!

adorable vintage snowman with

adorable vintage snowman ornament, darling on or off the tree!

 
Mid century modern holiday glassware! This set of 4 is a must have for any vintage holiday table setting!

Mid century modern holiday glassware! This set of 4 is a must have for any vintage holiday table setting!

Gorgeous vintage silvery snowman corsage! Wouldnt it be great on a holiday dress or coat!

Gorgeous vintage silvery snowman corsage! Wouldn't it be great on a holiday dress or coat!

 
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The Holidays are HERE!

I am super excited that artgoodies has gotten some super great holiday press this year! The cupcake towel made Food Network Magazines holiday gift guide, the chickadee and quail can be found in Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Gift guide in the magazine, and the six pack is in their online holiday gift guide! Plus the squirrel towel and owl stuffie are in Do It Yourself Magazines best of handmade article!!!!

I am super excited that artgoodies has gotten some super great holiday press this year! The cupcake towel made Food Network Magazines holiday gift guide, the chickadee and quail can be found in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Holiday Gift guide, and the six pack of towels is in their online holiday gift guide! Plus the squirrel towel and owl stuffie are in Do It Yourself Magazines best of handmade article!!!!

It also became clear the holidays were around the corner last week when Winter arrived with a sudden snowstorm. It was like someone flipped a switch and voila! snow! We are in the midst of another winter storm warning right now. I sure am glad to be done with my last show of the season, and now I can stay cozy and safe working in my studio.DSCN1987         Here’s a quick snapshot of my yard after the very first snowfall of the year!
Last Thursday Kitchen Design Inc here in Grand Rapids hosted me during the annual Uptown Holiday Shop Hop. It was fun to get out and do an event locally since I'm always on the go to shows elsewhere. I spread out across there showroom but just look at how great artgoodies goes with these great colored cabinets!
Last Thursday Kitchen Design Inc here in Grand Rapids hosted me during the annual Uptown Holiday Shop Hop. It was fun to get out and do an event locally since I’m always on the go to shows elsewhere. I spread out across their showroom but just look at how great artgoodies goes with these awesome colored cabinets!
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artgoodies stuffies! 150 stuffies from my newest account! Available soon at Kate's Paperie along with my towels!!! Oh and those sweet paint by numbers were done by my grandma and dad!

artgoodies stuffies! I've been super busy in the studio working on holiday orders and this order of 150 stuffies from my newest account! Oh and those sweet paint by numbers were done by my grandma and dad! artgoodies stuffies look like they could have just jumped right out of them!

A peek into the studio. There's my awesome Conrad adjustable etching press, made right here in Michigan. Towels and stuffie pieces drying in the background. I've got room to dry over 400 towels at once, you can't see all the racks in this pic but they are pretty much full! I pulled 700 prints in 7 days. I've been busy busy, sewing, packing orders and of course printing! I'm resting tonight and will be back to the print marathon in the morning! My parents have been totally amazing as usual, helping me pack, iron, and dad even sewing in tags!
A peek into the studio. There’s my awesome Conrad adjustable etching press, made right here in Michigan. Towels and stuffie pieces drying in the background, you can’t see all the racks in this pic but there’s another whole wall like this back around the left hand corner, plus what I call emergency racks placed around the studio. I pulled 700 prints in 7 days. I’ve been busy busy, sewing, packing orders and of course printing! I’m resting tonight and will be back to the print marathon in the morning! My parents have been totally amazing helping me pack orders, iron, and dad even sewing in tags! I’m so lucky to have such support and love from them, it makes a huge difference especially when you work independently! Go team artgoodies!
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Color of the Month- Goodbye Green

It's that time of year when all the leaves and plants are going away and so this month it's ode to green! I have a little green vintage bottle collection perfect for little bouquets around the house. Plus you can find a bunch of the other pieces in my vintage shop!

It's that time of year when all the leaves and plants are going away and so this month it's ode to green! I have a little green vintage bottle collection perfect for little bouquets around the house. Plus you can find a bunch of the other pieces in my vintage shop!

Get the look with my artgoodies woodthrush towel and more items below! Plus check out more items in my vintage shop by searching there for green!
Get the look with my artgoodies woodthrush towel and more items below! Plus check out more items in my vintage shop by searching there for green!
This awesome pyrex bowl is perfect for mixin it up or for serving salads and sidedishes!
This awesome pyrex bowl is perfect for mixin it up or for serving salads and sidedishes!
This vintage dress it totally gorgeous! Great for all year and lovely for fall with a cute sweater!
This vintage dress it totally gorgeous! Great for all year and lovely for fall with a cute sweater!
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Southern Living

Last weekend I was in beautiful Savannah, GA for my dear friends wedding. It was a gorgeous elegant event and I had a blast and was honored to be a bridesmaid. The moss covered tree were something to see! I snagged this pic on my way in. It was a fun and busy weekend but I managed to squeeze a couple store visits and a riverboat ride on the Georgia Queen in.

Last weekend I was in beautiful Savannah, GA for my dear friends wedding. It was a gorgeous elegant event, I had a blast, and I was honored to be a bridesmaid. The moss covered trees were something to see! I snagged this pic on my way in. It was a super fun and super busy weekend but I managed to squeeze a couple of store visits in and a riverboat ride on the Georgia Queen!

My favorite stop this trip was Jekyll Island, GA. Absolutely gorgeous! I saw some creatures below, and also some great birds and even a dolphin! It was so quiet and serene.  I explored over 200 miles of the coast this trip meandering my way from beach to thrift store. Other stops included Tybee Island just east of Savannah, Flagler Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Anastasia State Park, a brief visit to the Kennedy Space center which ended since a rocket just got sent into space and the beach was closed (a rocket) that doesn't happen every day! I also spent the night oceanside at Daytona Beach and my last day I spent the day soakin up the rays at Cocoa Beach.
My favorite stop this trip was Jekyll Island, GA. Absolutely gorgeous! I saw some creatures below, and also some great birds and even a dolphin! It was so quiet and serene. I explored over 200 miles of the coast this trip, mostly FL, meandering my way from beach to thrift store. Other stops included Tybee Island just east of Savannah, Flagler Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Anastasia State Park, a brief visit to the Kennedy Space center which ended since a rocket just got sent into space and the beach was closed (a rocket!) that doesn’t happen every day! I also spent the night oceanside at Daytona Beach and my last day I spent soakin up the rays at Cocoa Beach.
Along one of the beaches at Jekyl Island, there were tons of horshoe crabs to be seen along the beach, more than I have ever scene and they were all huge! I took a ton of picks and ran around checking em out. So awesome, mysterious, and beautiful! What a sight! This is one of my fave pics!
Along one of the beaches at Jekyll Island, there were tons of horseshoe crabs to be seen along the beach, more than I have ever seen in any one place and they were all huge! I took a ton of pics and ran around checking em out. So awesome, mysterious, and beautiful! What a sight! This is one of my faves!
Another Jekyll Island creature sighting! A pinky stingray!!! I love how you can see the imprint again and the bird footprints comin to check out the scene!
Another Jekyll Island creature sighting! A pinky stingray!!! I love how you can see the imprint again and the bird footprints comin to check out the scene!
A gorgeous view as the sun starts to set at Jekyll Island, GA
A gorgeous view as the sun starts to set at Jekyll Island, GA
Like all good things, my trip came to an end and I arrived back home this afternoon with loads of artgoodies work ahead. Full speed ahead tomorrow!
Like all good things, my trip came to an end and I arrived back home this afternoon with loads of artgoodies work awaiting me. I managed to read a whole book while away- which I never have time to do, find some sweet vintage goodies available soon on my store, and soak up some much needed vitamin D for the hard Michigan winter ahead. Nothing like a mini beach vacation! I’m already daydreaming about next years  March beach trip! I’m refueled and refreshed and it’s go time for the holiday season! Full speed ahead – tomorrow!
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pumpkin treats to go!

 

I whipped up some pumpkin cupcakes to take to a lovely dinner at some friends. What to do when you need a little dessert to go? Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting of course! Made with real pumpkin my mom harvested and we added to my freezer for such an occasion. I always make extra to share with friends, and they happen to be just the thing to bring to a lovely dinner last night!
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the last harvest

I woke up yesterday morning and there was a frosty shimmer upon the rooftops so I knew I had harvest the last bits of my garden. I was so pleased to find this lovely bunch of carrots below the dirt! My best carrot harvest yet!

I was so pleased to find this lovely bunch of carrots growing away below the surface! My best carrot harvest yet! I planted them early this Spring and have been waiting for just the right moment to dig them up. I knew it was time when awoke yesterday to find shimmery frosted rooftops. I also harvested some dill and coriander. I’m sad that gardening season is coming to an end but I still have some brave broccoli that will carry on in the cold giving me little bits into the early winter. These tasty carrots are perfect for fall crock pot meals or maybe a delish little carrot cake! Mmmm!

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