Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Finds: Sunshine


My parents called my sister Sunshine when she was little and her birthday is in a few days. So in honor of my sister's birthday and the welcome sun that those of un in my neck of the woods have been receiving, here are some of my favorite Sunshine inspired handmade goodies.
  1. Bib Set by So Mommy Sew
  2. Ruffle Romper by Dream Spun Kids  
  3. Rose Earrings by Indie Boheme
  4. Owl Plushie by Gush 4 Plush
  5. Giraffe Hat by Melunder 8
  6. Monster Onesie by Eight Baby Legs
  7. Eye Glass Brooch by Bowie Blaine
  8. Caplet by Relections by DS
  9. Bow Tie by Me and Matilda
  10. Sun Stacker by  Imagination Kids
  11. Baby Headband by Handmade by Harlan
  12. Coasters by  Ruby Press

-Marissa
Rae Gun

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Meet the MHC Team: Marissa

mhc:  Tell us about yourself.

marissa:  I am a proud auntie of two adorable nieces, supportive wife of an awesome musician, Harry Potter fanatic, food lover and crazy crafter. I spend most of my days in my Salt Lake City home running my more than full time business Rae Gun. I create and sew vintage inspired modern baby clothes. It's really time consuming but I absolutely love it. I share my life, recipes, and crafts on my blog Rae Gun Ramblings.

mhc:  What made you decide to become involved with MHC?

marissa:  I was a member of EtsyKids when MHC started and when they asked if anyone was interested in helping out with the fashion articles I thought that would be a great fit.

mhc:  What is your job with MHC, and what do you hope to give MHC's readers?  What do you get out of it?

marissa:  I am the wear editor on staff. I love being able to take a break from my own business to see what others are creating for little ones. It's so fun to see all of the creativity and talent that is out there and share new designers with our readers. I hope that I can help readers remember how fun it can be to dress little ones as well as give them some practical advice on integrating current fashion trends.

mhc:  What is your favorite section of MHC?

marissa:  Gosh I feel like each magazine is so jammed packed full of great articles, but I absolutely loved all of the great ideas to keep little ones busy over the summer in the most recent issue. I'll definitely be
trying some out on my nieces.

mhc:  What is your favorite season, and why?

marissa:  I'm a big fan of Fall and Spring. I just adore the weather. It's perfect for wearing a skirt and cardigan, and some days you can even get away with a tank top with out being totally uncomfortable as in the heat of Summer. Oh and of course my feet don't need to be bundled in boots like during Winter, so shoes are way cuter too.

mhc:  And lastly, what's your favorite dessert?

marissa:  Creme brulee. I had one on a cruise earlier this year that had a layer of dark chocolate ganache, and I definitely pick that for my favorite
dessert.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simple Pita Pizza

This simple and tasty pizza, built on a whole –wheat pita half rather than pizza dough, makes a great snack or meal. It’s easy and very quick to make, and high in fiber, calcium, and protein. Set out the ingredients and let your kids assemble their own personal pizzas for the perfect “I-don’t-feel-like-cooking” dinner.  Serves 1.





Ingredients:
  • 1/2 a 6” whole-wheat pita (sliced in half around the edge, not across the middle)
  • 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 5 pepperoni
  • 1 oz. grated mozzarella (about ¼ cup)
  • Basil and oregano, fresh or dried
  • Freshly-ground salt and pepper

Instructions:

Place the pita half on a baking sheet, cut side up. Spread with the pizza sauce, leaving about ½” of crust around the edge. Top with the pepperoni and mozzarella. Add herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Broil on high for about 3 minutes, rotating once, or until cheese is melted and lightly-browned and sauce is bubbling.  Slice into quarters and enjoy.

1 serving = 250 calories


~Margeaux
Mux Originals

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Finds: Poufs!



When I was little they were bean bags (that doesn't age me too much now does it?).  Then somehow consumers got a little uptight and they became ottomans.  But we are happy to report that they have reappeared in full force.  And they are cool once again.  They even got a cool new name.  Poufs!

You can't blink without seeing one pulled up in a living room, play room or kids room as extra seating or just plain eye candy.  From crochet to leather, round to square. There are endless options. Just be sure to note whether or not the pouf comes stuffed or unstuffed when buying handmade options on line because that option varies as well.

Are they comfy?  Well, that truly depends on the pouf.  Fun and functional?  Definitely.

1. hand knit poufs by dana's joy
2. Moroccan leather pouf by one half dozen
3. crochet pouf cover by IDA interior lifestyle
 4. pouf pattern by mi picardia
5. custom felted flower poufs by live life in lime
6. crochet cotton poufs by la casa de coto
7. ottoman pouf by aletafae
8. ribbon wrapped inner tube poufs by camilla hounsell halvorsen
9. funky floor cushion cover by mookah
- Kristi
  zuzu girl


Pin It

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Meet the MHC Team: Linda

mhc: Tell us about yourself.

linda: I live in Texas, and I teach kindergarten. I fell in love with art as a child, and I enjoy drawing, sewing, and making jewelry and accessories. I'm currently renovating my Etsy shop which can be found at http://lindadearie.etsy.com - Please check back soon!

mhc: What made you decide to become involved with MHC?

linda: I have a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a focus in advertising. When MHC needed an extra hand, I happily volunteered! I truly admire the handmade, homegrown movement.

mhc: What is your job with MHC, and what do you hope to give MHC's readers? What do you get out of it?

linda: I am the advertising coordinator for MHC. I work with Etsy shops, artists, and small businesses who want to place ads in our magazine. I understand that an ad isn't just a pretty picture; it's an effective way to gain more publicity for a product or store. Many of our customers return again and again and I remember them by name. I try to build a relationship with our advertisers because they are a vital part of MHC. We couldn't evolve without their support.

mhc: What is your favorite section of MHC?

linda: My favorite section of MHC is Funny Kids' Quotes. I work with five and six-year-olds everyday, and I know firsthand that children have an amazing sense of humor.

mhc: What is your favorite season, and why?

linda: I will always love Spring-- the slightly chilly breeze, bright sunshine, and the world coming alive again.

mhc: And lastly, early bird or night owl?

linda: I am definitely an early bird. I'm a teacher and I am usually up by 6:15 a.m. on weekdays.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Death by Chocolate Bars

These incredibly indulgent and chocolaty bars are perfect for barbeques, picnics, graduation parties, and other summer get-togethers. They will win you instant friends! They're composed of two batters (one chocolate and one vanilla) and a ton of mix-ins, including two kinds of chocolate chips and chopped Oreos. Plus, they don't require a mixer and are simple enough for kids to make. Makes 24 bars.


Ingredients:

Vanilla Batter: 
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Batter:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Mix-Ins:
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped Oreos
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Toppings:
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with nonstick cooking spray, line with foil, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the vanilla batter: Stir together the butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla, then stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined. Set aside
  3. Make the chocolate batter: Stir together the butter, both sugars, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Fold in all the mix-ins with a large spatula.
  4. Assemble the bars: Scoop the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Wet your hands and use them to spread the batter into an even layer. Wash your hands, dollop the vanilla batter on top of the chocolate batter, and spread it around with a knife. Use the knife to lightly swirl the batters together.
  5. Bake bars for 45-60 minutes, until the vanilla batter is golden brown and a knife inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the bars with the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Cover the pan with a cookie sheet for 5 minutes to allow the chips to melt. Remove the cookie sheet and spread the melted chips with a knife. Allow the bars to come to room temperature. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
~Margeaux
Mux Originals

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Becoming a Mother Again

When I wrote the letter from the editor for the Summer issue, I thought I had a few more weeks of my pregnancy left. As I sat there, with an aching back and swollen feet, feeling fatigued and overwhelmed, I thought to myself, ‘I’m not sure I could do this again’.

Pregnancy can take such a toll on a woman. In some ways, second (and I’m sure subsequent) pregnancies can be easier, as you've been through it before. In other ways, they can be a lot more challenging since you already have another little one(s) to tend to. But all of the difficulties are soon forgotten when you are holding your newborn in your arms. Little did I know that I would be doing just that sooner than I had thought.

We had all of the essentials ready: car seat installed, check. Bassinet set up, check. Stocked up on diapers and wipes, check. Clothes all washed and neatly folded, check.

Physically and emotionally, I was definitely ready. But mentally, I hadn’t quite prepared for the eventuality that the baby could come at any moment. So when my water broke three weeks before the due date, I was in a bit of shock. Many thoughts went racing through my mind...'it can’t be time already’...'do we have everything readyfor baby?’...'she wasn’t supposed to come for three more weeks’. But it didn’t make one bit of difference if I was ready for her arrival or not – she was on her way.

Once I got past the initial shock, the only thing I could do was to accept the reality that I was in fact in labor, and take action. We quickly finished packing our bag for the hospital, and dropped my daughter off at a friend’s house for the night. We arrived at the hospital, and just 2 short hours later, I was holding my baby in my arms.


There is something so magical about holding your baby for the first time. It’s a feeling that is incomparable to anything else in this world, and something that cannot easily be explained to those who have not experienced it. It is especially amazing if you have had a previous birth experience where you were not able to do so, such as I had with my first (she was immediately whisked off to the NICU due to breathing issues, and I was not able to hold her until day 2). So when my second daughter was born healthy and strong, I relished in the fact that I was able to hold her. In fact, I hardly put her down the entire time we were in the hospital!


I’m finding that I’m much more at ease becoming a mother the second time around. Although I’m just a few days postpartum, I already feel like I’m settling into motherhood again, and enjoying our new family of four. I feel calm, relaxed, and confident. As I hold my sweet baby girl, I gaze into her tiny eyes, which are filled with so much curiosity and wonder, and those thoughts about not being able to do this again disolve into ‘I definitely think I could do this again’. So will there be more babies in my future? That remains to be seen. For now, I will cherish this time as a mom to two beautiful girls.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Finds: Spring Blooms


There are two ways that we can tell Spring has arrived in Northern California. First, the entire family starts sneezing like mad. Typically all on the same day. But we're not terribly miserable because we all know what comes next.  So, we tentatively peek outside and tiptoe towards the garden. And without fail, we find the very first rose bloom of the season.  This, in turn, causes us all to jump for joy (in between sneezes) and break out the cameras (as well as the tissues).

We love Spring. And, as it seems, so does the Etsy community.  And for that, we are grateful. We hope you enjoy all of our blooming finds this Friday. And may we all celebrate Spring together. Achoo!


1. toddler shoes by gracious may
2. bracelet by nest pretty things kids
3. felt headband by bloomz
4. pillows by that funky boutique
5. dress by nuxie made
6. wands by maihar design
7. felt barrettes by the clever kitty
8. wall art by leila's flower garden
9. crochet purse by annabelle knits


- Kristi
  zuzu girl

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Issue out now!!

Spring is in full swing and nature is preparing and gearing up for the high season of the year. To get you started out into summer mood, we've just released our Modern Handmade Child Summer Issue 2011 -- full of gorgeous inspiration and happy ideas for the great outdoor season.

Enjoy yummy new recipes, sweet summer outfit finds, quick and easy craft activities, and much, much more.  Simply click on the cover below to step into Summer fun!



Your feedback and ideas are always welcome...just post a comment right here!


Wishing you a happy, healthy & cheerful Summer,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child
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