Cookies for the Holiday Party

Raspberry Thumbprint Sweet, tart but not too heavy. Make the dough, press your thumb into the center and add your favorite raspberry jam. Snowball The secret to a good snowball cookie is the nuts! They are also made with a more dry, crumbly dough than most cookies and are coated with sugar right out of the oven. Peanut Butter Kiss Very yummy and very easy. Bake … Continue reading Cookies for the Holiday Party

Perfect Presents

Add a little extra something to your presents this year! Include pine sprigs, ornaments, ribbons and even lights. How to do it: Wrapping Paper, Satin, Ribbon, Bell OrnamentHow to do it: Wrapping Paper, Twine, Pine Sprig, Pinecone, Hot Glue (to hold it all together) How to do it: Wrapping Paper, Twine, Cookie Ornament How to do it: Wrapping Paper, Tinsel, Ball Ornaments How to do … Continue reading Perfect Presents

Local Gifts (Pennsylvania)

As many of you may know I live in Philadelphia and I am constantly on the hunt for local goods. If you live here, even if you don’t you should check out some of the best local goods you can get! Walking Olive Felted Dogs $25-$45, Rachael Amber Patches $7.50, Room Shop Vintage $12-$25, Clarissa Eck Ceramics $30-$65, Heavy Slime Shirts … Continue reading Local Gifts (Pennsylvania)

DIY Felt Envelope Advent Calendar

There are many ways to create your own advent calendar. One slightly more time consuming way is a hand-sewn version. For this year I thought little felt envelopes would be cute. Plus, felt is cheap and easy to come by. Materials Red Felt White Felt Red Thread Stamp and Stamp Pad (Optional) Velcro dots (Optional)   Directions Cut the red felt into a 18″ x … Continue reading DIY Felt Envelope Advent Calendar

Interview wit Fleisher Art Memorial

Fleisher Art Memorial is the oldest community art school in the country. They have been offering tuition-free and low-cost art classes since the late 1800s. Today, they continue this work and offer more programs than ever. I talked with Communications Director Dominic Mercier about the present and future of Fleisher. Photo courtesy of Dominic Mercier How was Fleisher started? Sam Fleisher’s family owned a wool … Continue reading Interview wit Fleisher Art Memorial

Interview with A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea is a great place to go if you’re trying to figure out what book to read next. Husband and wife team, Christina and Alex, stock many local titles and hand-select all the books so that customers can find exactly what they’re looking for. How did you start? What was the original idea and how did it all come together? Christina: The idea … Continue reading Interview with A Novel Idea

What to Look For in: Olive Oil

1. Always look for olive oil in a dark tinted bottle. Light and heat can be very harmful and spoil the oil. 2. Make sure that the bottle has a label “Extra-Virgin” somewhere on it. This basically means that the olives were cold-pressed rather than pressed with heat which makes the oil lose flavor. 3. Harvest dates are really important. Olive oil does expire so … Continue reading What to Look For in: Olive Oil