Thursday, July 30, 2009

Team ESST WSE - Weekend Shopping Extravaganza

YES!! It's here again, Team ESST is having a WSE - August 1 & 2. You don't want to miss it!

So, Mom and I are offering a whole load of special mark down items in all of our shops. Our CarDonCreativeDesign jewelry supply shop has a special Sale section with dozens and dozens of sale items.

Need a button or two? GramsVintageButtons has a special Sale Section too!

Have the Vintage bug? LottieMaesVintage has a selection of sale items too! Jewelry items, dishes and linen also on sale. Don't miss any of it.

And our bits and pieces shop called CarDonsBitsandPieces, clever aren't we, has a load of craft stuff for all kinds of projects.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Team ESST Wednesday! Sewing Supplies

This week I am featuring a few of my teammates from Team ESST - Etsy Supply Street Team.
My theme is Sewing this week. I don't sew and have to say I admire those talented people who can and do. I see great patterns and lovely fabric , the lace and ribbon, and the buttons ...well don't get me started. I just need to let everyone know what great patterns, fabrics, notions and such, Team ESST shops have to offer the sewing world!

The first shop I would like to feature is Artdoodads. Artdoodads carries a very nice line of uncut sewing patterns for babies, kids, men and women and vintage patterns and interesting patterns too. she also has real cool rubber stamps!

Next on our trip though Team ESST sewing circle:) are the lovely fringe and trims of LivinOnTheFringe. Need an embellishment for your sewing project? Well, shop on by and fill your cart with a load of lovely goodies! You will find appliques, beaded fringe, real cool fiber fringe, well just get over to LivinOnTheFringe and start Livin'!!

Where do we go from here? Well, now we need some fabric so, head on over to Tliss for fabric for sewing and crafting. She has fabric by the yard, remnants and scraps. Tliss has patterns, ribbons, and buttons too! I just love her cute fabrics:)

One last sewing must, BUTTONS!! TheButtonShop, Home of the ORIGINAL Tree Branch Buttons™ offers very interesting buttons for your sewing and crafting projects . Not only does the owner make these amazing tree branch buttons, she home schools her family of 8!!

We have finished our Team ESST sewing circle but, you can find more Fabulous patterns, trims and embellishments, fabrics and buttons by visiting our Team ESST site.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Menu Mondays - Pasta Salad!

On Monday we will be sharing a favorite family recipe with you. Some will be quick and easy for summer meals or get togethers. As, the weather changes we will look forward to dishing out heartier meals. Pun intended:)

This week we will prepare a fabulous Pasta Salad. There are many different types of pasta one can use when making a pasta salad and that is a great thing about this recipe. My family likes to have the ruffle style pasta in our salad.

So, let's start with an ingredient list.

1 box of pasta 16 oz.- make it a fun shape to hold the great flavors of the dressing.
your choice of fresh vegetables, we like to use
grape tomatoes
cucumber - yellow squash or zucchini work well to
peppers of any color - pick 1 or more to add to the salad
carrots - baby work well and are very easy to prepare for this dish.

This time of year when the harvest are coming in try one different veggetable in your salad. You and the kids may find a new favorite veggie.
cubed cheese - we like to use sharp cheddar, you use what your family likes
cubed cold meats, leftover chicken, canned tuna or go meatless if you wish
canned black olives - my kids love these

You can use a bottled salad dressing or make a packaged one. My family loves to have a Caesar dressing on the pasta salad.

Cut and cube the veggies to bite sized pieces. After the pasta is cooked to desired firmness rinse well with cold water. Add the bites of veggies, cheese and meat. Toss well with the dressing of your choice. Pasta will absorb the salad dressing so, if you plan on chilling for a few hours and not eating right away, you may want to leave a half cup to add just before serving.

This is great to serve with bread sticks, crusty rolls, or crackers - there are many great types and flavors to make your salad fun and fabulous.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Super Sale at CarDonCreativeDesign!!

When Mom and Dad moved here just over a year ago, Mom brought with her all of her jewelry supplies!! Well, now we really need to clear out our jewelry supplies so we can get more!! To do that we have marked down dozens and dozens of our jewelry making supplies. These are "get them while you can" deals.
Our CarDonCreativeDesign Etsy shop is clearing our many great supply items. Do you love beads, create jewelry, or just want a great deal on a new hobby?

This is the time to save on beautiful beads, gems and jewels. Don't wait, when they are gone they are gone!!

Happy Shopping!!