Sewing and peddling on Etsy; the all consuming time suck. My mother always says it keeps her off the streets. I guess she is right, I’m never bored when there is fabric around. Speaking of around, where is spring?
I picked the name for my Etsy shop because I had to have one and the reusable paper towels were so popular on my blog I wanted a blog similar name. That Short Girl was already in use so I chose This Short Girl. Cute, doesn’t completely roll of the tongue but it doesn’t trip the speaker up either. I never liked that it didn’t have anything to do with sewing. A few years ago I did an open air market and a friend said I was the short stitch. I decided I liked it and wanted to keep it. Its not really a cross road as much as a yield sign, carry on.
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Seriously Good Orange Sticky Bread – Recipe
This dessert is a little bit gooey, not overly sweet and flavored with orange. It reminds me a little of the orange cinammon rolls my mom would make when we had sleepovers.
1 tube of jumbo buttermilk biscuits, 8 count
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 Tablespoons of butter (~3/4 a stick)
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
1. Cut each biscuit into fourths.
2. In a deep microwave safe bowl melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.
3. On a plate or shallow dish sprinkle the powdered sugar, zest the lemon and orange directly onto the sugar. Mix gently with a fork to combine.
4. Dip the biscuit pieces into the melted butter and roll in the sugar zest mixture.
5. Place sugared biscuit pieces into a bunt pan, it should make a rough two layers of biscuit pieces.
6. Once all of the sugared biscuit pieces have placed in the bunt pan sprinkle with remaining sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter.
7. Squeeze 1/2 of the lemon over the dough
7. Bake for 30 min at 350C or until the top of the bread turns a light golden brown.
Serve warm. Typically, unable to hold off our piggish tendencies, we have eaten it right out of the pan. However, if you are having company you may want to turn them out onto a plate after allowing to cool for five minutes. You probably wont have to worry about the next part; store left overs in an airtight container at room temp.
I am an animal lover and enjoy having woods in the back yard. We see all kinds of creatures; eastern king snakes, blue heron, ladder back woodpecker, and what appeared to be a whole tribe of racoons having a drum circle on the deck with the fish food container. I was excited when one night we spotted a new visitor in the back yard. Then he came back again the next morning and my husband took this awesome picture. I read that the barred owl can and will actually eat fish, sometimes wading in shallow water in search of a meal. Sure enough, I’m missing one Butterfly Koi.
Every spring we have finches that will nest on the front porch. They always insist on building a nest in the middle of one of the ferns smashing and pulling until the middle of the plant is dead. Never mind that there is a clean, covered and safe from predators birdhouse hanging two feet away. Well, we have had a warm few days here in NC and they are starting early, by pulling apart my front door wreath and stuffing it into that birdhouse.
I never know what to do with my left over terry cloth pieces when I make reusable paper towels. I always end up with what looks like a heap of mascaraed hand towels and lint everywhere. So I added washable sponges to my Etsy shop. Check the Etsy Mini shop to the right. Or click here.
I have been getting emails and questions about the props in some of my Etsy photos. So here is a quick run down of what I got and where I got it from. The treasure hunt exposed!
The bowl: Its a heavy and gorgeous iron stone bowl. I found it on Etsy and when it isn’t being used as a prop I like to fill it with lemons and set it on the kitchen counter. $28
The tray: I picked this little silver plated tray up at a charity shop. It was originally for my mermaid tea party but has found its place next to my bed collecting bits and baubles. I think I paid less than $2 for it.
The pearls: These came from a consignment shop where I had store credit so they were a win win. Again for the mermaid party but I have since enjoyed wearing them, and occasionally restringing them. $7 but free on store credit.
The knobs – I won these in an auction on ebay. I think with shipping all three were less than $17. Since we have repainted the bedroom a lovely grey they complement it very well, and thus get scattered about in there.
The bird: I love birdy things. I got this at one of those home decorating warehouse places. I don’t recall where but I’m sure I didn’t pay more that $3 for it.
The old window: Such a cool story there. My husband and I spent an afternoon poking around town together, a rarity I assure you. We found it in a consignment shop with circa 1949 written on it. It was painted off white and peach, with paint on the krinkeld glass. I wondered how they could be so specific about the date. Turns out the house that it came from was destroyed when hurricane Sandy swept across Long Island, and the house was built in 1949. We took it home and painstakingly removed paint from the glass detail, stripped the frame and repainted it. Now it hangs in our bedroom, all sparkly when the sun shines on it. $32 and lots of time.
The keys: I found these at my mother in laws when my sister and law and I were helping her clean out an old bedroom. There were four together but one of them belonged to a piece of furniture they still had. Now I have the three orphaned ones in photographs. Free.
So there it is the treasure hunt of props. Many of them were from the mermaid tea party, some are just random things from around the house, some just straight up cheap junk!
You may recall quite some time ago I found this sugar and cream set while out pillaging (bargain hunting) the country side (Market Street) with my mum (Mom). I blogged about it, I was infatuated with the color, the vintage-ness, and the just stunning saturation of the color but completely lost as to who had made them. Finally found it!
It is radioactive red from the Riviera line designed my the group that started Fiestaware…
My sister in law has introduced me to culinary lavender. She gave me some from a lavender field in Delaware near where she lives. I have put it on ice cream, added it to chicken dishes, made scones but I think my favorite is adding it to this apple danish. Typically I will measure most ingredients in a recipe but not always. I will zest one lemon and it is what it is, I don’t bother measuring out a tablespoon. Sometimes I peel the apples, sometimes I don’t. As for the lavender I just sprinkle a little on top before I close up the pastry. The addition is very subtle but it enhances the overall flavor without over powering the harmony between the apples and lemon. Using lavender is honestly worth a try.