Wednesday, December 24, 2008



25% off in stock items only, no special orders!
Rockin25 in notes to seller please, wait for revised invoice!
50% off Christmas Themed Pillowcase Dresses, Scarves & Knit HatsSPEND $50.00 & RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. Enter CCCSALE in notes to seller
FREE Shipping on any order of 20 or more!
15% off all stock items (not custom orders) and free shipping on orders totaling $20 or more.
All dishrags are on sale for 50% off through the end of December. Sale will end Jan. 1, 2009!! Crochet star ornament is also on sale for $2.00 until Jan. 1, 2009.
Come check it out!!
All dishrags are on sale for 50% off through the end of December. Sale will end Jan. 1, 2009!! Crochet star ornament is also on sale for $2.00 until Jan. 1, 2009.
Come check it out!!
FREE SHIPPING and 15% off total order. -
50% off all Christmas/holiday cards and tags until gone, 20% off other items through January 3rd. Please include "50/20 sale" in checkout! -
25% off all Christmas/holiday cards and tags until gone, whole amount goes to fight cancer! Please include "25 sale" in checkout
LOW introductory prices in my brand-new shop! Plus free shipping on purchases of $20 or more.
Free shipping now to January 1st on all orders.
20% off all IN STOCK items
Put in EOY2008SNL in the buyer's comments
I am having a total shop Clearance! 50% off. Willing to trade if desired. No special codes required.
ONLY Shop involved is
12/26-12/31: 25% off ALL SnuggleBags and bedding (bunnies and blocks NOT on sale).
code: 2008-25
30% OFF ALL HOLIDAY ITEMS (in stock items ONLY & does NOT include custom orders)
20% OFF ENTIRE SHOP (in stock items ONLY & does NOT include custom orders)
100% of all sales from my “DT” Collection will benefit the Florida Boxer Rescue
No special codes needed... All items will already be marked down!
Sale starts Friday, Dec 26th and ends Wednesday, Dec 31st
Free shipping in both shops on orders $10 or more, ends December 31, 2008. Put FREESHIP in notes to seller and please wait for revised invoice.
25% off all in stock items. (Prices reduced already)
Free shipping on orders over $50.
Will send revised invoice or refund for free shipping .
Free shipping on all hairbows and hair bow holders. (In stock only)
15% OFF ALL IN STOCK ITEMS (does NOT include custom orders)
Prices already adjusted.
ALL Baby slings are 10.00 each with free shipping. Complete with a booklet on the How to's, reasons for baby wearing, concerns etc. I am discontinuing them to concentrate on clothing.
My christmas clothing will be marked down to 12.99 each with free shipping.
In stock ornaments will be 3 for 10.00 with free shipping.
Some new designs- including the start of my new "Little Man" line will be coming out the first of January. I have been finding some beautiful spring fabrics for newly designed dresses. I can't wait!
Come and take a peek- December 26 thru December 31!
20% off all purchases and free shipping on orders over $50.
Making room for new items to go along with the NEW YEAR... 40% OFF ALL HOLIDAY ITEMS (in stock items ONLY & does NOT include custom orders) 20% OFF ALL OTHER ITEMS IN SHOP (in stock items ONLY & does NOT include custom orders) No code needed!! Prices will already be marked down!!
Cosmic Clean Body
Buy 3 bars of soap and get a 4th bar FREE!
*Just include code END08 in the "Notes to Seller" at checkout along with your FREE soap choice. **Excludes Cosmic Clusters and gift boxes.
***Sale ends December 31st, 2008.
Gazed-Upon Glass
15% off merchadise total before shipping!
* Just include code END08 in the "Notes to Seller" at checkout and await a revised invoice.
**Sale ends December 31st, 2008.
Free shipping now to January 1st on all orders USA only (shipping will be refund after payment be make)
NOT include custom orders..
20% off ALL IN-STOCK items December 26th thru December 31st AND FREE SHIPPING on all US orders.
Use code: END2008 and wait for revised invoice before paying.
Free shipping on orders over $20
Enter code end08 in notes to seller for a refund of the shipping amount

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Goodies

Just sharing a few of our favorite Christmas recipes with you.

Peppermint Bark Recipe

12 oz. of high-quality white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
5 regular sized candy canes, crushed up
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir.
2 Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands.
3 Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces and serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

6 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate
1 (15 ounce) package mini twist pretzels
1/4 cup red and green candy sprinkles (optional)

Melt white chocolate in the top of a double boiler, stirring constantly.
Dip pretzel halfway into the white chocolate, completely covering half of the pretzel. Roll in topping if desired, and lay on wax paper.
Continue the process until all of the white chocolate is finished. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden. Store in airtight container.
Mini Cheesecakes

1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line miniature muffin tins (tassie pans) with miniature paper liners.
Crush the vanilla wafers, and place 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed vanilla wafers into each paper cup.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture, almost to the top.
Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Top with a teaspoonful of cherry pie filling.

Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line an 8x8 inch pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and pour in semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm.

Mom's Peanut Brittle

1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup raw Spanish peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons water
Generously butter a 12x18 inch cookie sheet. Set aside.
Mix sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy skillet. Stir well until it comes to a boil. Cover and boil 3 minutes. Continue to boil to hard ball stage (when a little bit dropped into a cupful of cold water forms a hard ball - hence the name!) 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Stir in butter and peanuts. Continue cooking until mixture turns a light brown color. Remove from heat.
Mix together salt, vanilla, baking soda and water. Combine this with syrup and nuts mixture. Mix well, and fast.
Pour onto prepared cookie sheet. Use back of buttered spoon to spread thinly and evenly. Allow to cool, then break into pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup peanut butter*
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons shortening
In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and marshmallow creme; add cereal and stir until well coated. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until chips are melted; stir until smooth.
Roll cereal mixture into 1-in. balls; dip in chocolate. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Refrigerate until set.

Easy Fudge

1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup nuts, any variety (optional)
Line square cake pan with parchment paper. Combine milk and chips in medium sized sauce pan, melt over low heat. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla. Mix in nuts if desired. Pour into cake pan and refridgerate for 2 to 3 hours. Once cooled, remove from pan by lifting parchment paper, cut and store in covered container in fridge.

Merry Santa Cupcakes

Reynolds® Color Seal-Tight Plastic Wrap
Reynolds® Baking Cups
package (14.5 oz.) white cake mix.
can (16 oz.) vanilla ready–to–spread frosting

Red sugar crystals

Mini candy coated chocolate pieces

Mini marshmallows
PLACE 24 Reynolds Baking Cups in a muffin pan; set aside.PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix following package directions for cupcakes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with cake batter.BAKE 18 to 23 minutes, following package directions. Cool.FROST each cupcake with vanilla frosting. Decorate each cupcake to look like Santa: for hat, sprinkle top third and halfway down one side of cupcake with red sugar crystals. Place mini candy coated chocolate pieces on frosting for eyes and nose. Cut 2 mini marshmallows in half lengthwise, place at edge of red sugar for hat brim. Place one mini marshmallow at end of red sugar on side for the hat tassel. For beard, place about 10 mini marshmallows over bottom third of frosting.

Vanilla Rum Balls
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup confectioners' sugar (150g)
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed (Crush vanilla biscuits and use if you dont get vanilla wafers, 300g)
4 tablespoons dark corn syrup or golden syrup
1/2 cup dark rum (more or less, depending on personal tastes)
extra cocoa or ground chocolate, to roll the rum balls in
In a large bowl, sift together the cocoa and confectioners' sugar.
In a food processor or blender crush/crumble the vanilla wafers.
Add the crushed vanilla wafers to the sugar mixture and combine.
Add the remaining ingredients
Form the mixture into 1 inch (2. 5 cm) balls with your hands
The balls should hold together easily and retain their shape.
If the mixture is too dry to hold together or too wet to form balls, you can easily adjust the consistency by adding rum/sugar accordingly.
Sprinkle the extra cocoa or ground chocolate on a flat surface and roll the balls in to coat
Have'em on your cookie tray this year and watch'em vanish before you know it!

Oreo Bon Bons (these are to die for!)

1 pkg of Oreo cookies
1 8 oz pkg of Philadelphia Cream cheese
1 pkg of vanilla almond bark
crush entire pkg of oreos until they are pretty much a powder. Put oreos in a large mixing bowl. Put pkg of cream cheese into oreos, mix together with hands. Keep mixing until all crushed oreos are mixed in with cream cheese. Roll mixture into a ball (about quarter height). Place onto wax papered cookie sheet. Put into refrigerator to chill for about 20 min. Melt almond bark per pkg instructions. Dip rolled balls into melted almond bark and place back onto waxed paper cookie sheet. They will harden quickly. Place finished Bon Bons into the refrigerator for just a little bit to allow almond bark to completely set. You're done

Cranberry Whip

~ 1 tub cool whip
~ 1 bag cranberries (crushed)
~ 1 1/2 cups Sugar
~ 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
~ 1 cup miniature marshmallows (or the whole bag!)
Crush cranberries in food processor or blender
Add sugar to cranberries- refrigerate overnight
Add remaining ingredients
Stir and refrigerate 1 hour before serving

Friday, December 5, 2008


This recipe rocks and is the only one I use!!

**Don't roll your dough out too this and don't overbake...for soft plumpy cookies!!

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla and sour cream until well blended. Stir in the sifted ingredients. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Use your favorite frosting...we like cream cheese frosting best tho!!!

Cream Cheese Frosting
6 tablespoons cream cheese
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and spread on cooled bars or cookies.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Easy Applique Method

Adorning oneis, tee's, backpacks or Christmas stockings with a simple applique is an easy way to make the simple and inexpensive look designer and expensive. This method is not only very easy for the beginner, but will last as the edges are finished not just applied with fusable web.

1. Begin with the exact pattern and a lightweight interfacing. Trace the pattern (the traced line will also be the stitch line) on to the interfacing, in this case we are doing a star.

2. Cut out the interfacing leaving at least a 1/4 inch from the traced line. Now here is the trick! Cut a hole inside the traced lines. Don't worry... you'll never see this in the finished product.

3. Pin the traced interfacing to your chosen fabric. Sew all the way around on the traced line, do not leave a space for turning! Remember to backstitch to start and finish your seam.

4. Trim to 1/4 inch from the sewn line. For sharp corners, clip the excess fabric at the points and make a small clip all the way to the stitch line on the inside corners being careful not to trip the thread. Now turn it right side out through that hole you previously made.

5. Poke out the points. Use any pointed item on hand, mechanical pencil with no lead showing, knitting needle, paint brush handle, just be careful not to poke through your fabric.

6. Lastly, iron your item flat & Viola! Now you can either hand or machine applique it on to your project!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Crayon Rolls are the perfect gift for so many ages and so easy to personalize with a favorite character or color.

What you will need:

¼ yd print fabric
¼ yd coordinating fabric (for the inside)
Pen Quilting or chalk

How to:

1. cut out a 6” x 16 ½” rectangle and a 5” x 16 ½” rectangle from the print fabric and then a second 5 x 16 ½” rectangle from the coordinating fabric (inside fabric)

2. Set the two 5 x 16 ½” rectangles to the side. Fold the 6” rectangle in half and sew long ends together to hold in place. You now have a 3" x 16 1/2" rectangle.

3. Mark 17 lines ¾” apart on the folded rectangle. These mark the stitch line for the crayon pockets.

4. Placed the folded and marked print fabric onto the coordinating fabric matching one long edge and ends as below, pin in place.

5. Stitch along marks reinforcing ends of each line.

6. Place last rectangle on top of the others with right sides together and stitch around 3 sides leaving one short edge open for turning.

7. Take a business car and cut the top off at an angle to make an arrow shape. Cut 1 arrow of print fabric and 1 of the coordinating fabric.

8. stitch right sides together, turn rightside out and press flat. Set aside.

9. Carefully fold 1/4" of the unfinished edge of the crayon roll over to create a smooth edge, press. Then place arrow's flat end into the open end of the crayon roll, pin in place and sew along edge closing the opening.

Now here you can change it up if you like. I add a button hole and a button to the outside of crayon roll, but you can put ribbon instead of the arrow, or a zipper, Velcro, snaps, whatever you please and think your child will enjoy more. Get creative and have fun!!!!

Rockerchic's Rockin' French Toast!

Here is my family's Favorite French Toast!

You can make this recipe out of ANY kind of sliced bread: White, Wheat, Whole Grain... But Raisin Cinnamon Swirl is my favorite!


Bread Slices... two or three slices for each person your cooking for


Canned Evaporated Milk

Sugar (or splenda)


Pumpkin Pie Spice


Optional toppings:
Powdered Sugar, Butter, Maple or Fruit Syrup, Honey...


Mix all the ingredients in a shallow bowl. You'll want to use the measurement of one egg to two slices of bread.

Only add one teaspoon of canned milk for every egg you add...

Spices and sugar are to be added as you prefer, some people like subtle spices... But I overload mine!

After mixing that all up good, then you heat your pan... and use pam or butter (I use pam) to keep it from sticking... Only put it on med. low heat.

Soak each peice of bread in the mixture... coating each side...

Cook in the frying pan until done on each side and the middle of the bread is cooked throughly, it will be just a little stiff...

Then serve with breakfast meats, fruit, and cheese....

I hope your family loves it as much as my family does!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Let's go Holiday Shopping!

Alrighty....The Powers of CEM have graciously allowed me to add a few blog posts!! So without further are some holiday inspired CEM 'fake' treasuries! Spread this blog far and's shopping time!!

Click the pics to start shopping!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Handmade Halloween With Etsy

A Handmade Halloween With Etsy
As originally posted on the H&G Buzz Blog on Cafemom

A Handmade Halloween With Etsy

October 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM by Cafe Sheri - Comments (2)

You've heard of Etsy, right? Well, if not, then you should know that Etsy's the coolest, most action-packed online craft fair in America! There are thousands of crafters and artists on the Etsy site, and the merchandise is changing all the time.

In fact, right here on CafeMom, there's a group for CafeMom Etsy Moms, open to any CafeMom who sells anything on Etsy. And now through October 31st, several of the CafeMom Etsy Moms are having a Pre-Holiday Sale. Don't miss it!

Here are a few of my favorite handmade Halloween items for Home from the CafeMom Etsy Moms shops (available while supplies last):

"Boo" Vinyl Board from caligirlcrafts (aka CafeMom caligirlcrafts), $9.95

Harvest Pumpkins, set of 5, from ae baby (aka CafeMom aebaby), $16.50

Spiced Pumpkin Scented Soap from Cosmic Clean Body (aka CafeMom Celyn4), $4

Fall Pumpkins Table Runner from Cozy Cabin Creations (aka CafeMom cozycabinmom), $10

Baby Gear: Fab Stuff Made by Real Moms (featured on CAFEMOM)

Baby Gear: Fab Stuff Made by Real Moms

Photo by aebaby

I have to say, it's been wonderful to explore all of the cool stuff happening on CafeMom! There are so many great groups and stories and moms to meet. My friend Cafe Sheri, who is also the Home & Garden blogger, told me about CafeMom Etsy Moms -- and I'm so impressed with them! Some of these fabulous mamas are creating beautiful things that you need for your baby -- you've gotta check it out.

Etsy connects people (like me!) willing to lay down cash for cool handmade stuff with the artists that create it -- and there's a gang of these mamas here on CafeMom. aebaby makes beautiful baby things -- diaper and wipes holders, blankets, toys, super-cool car seat covers -- that I covet. Also, I'm just amazed with her incredible DIY talent! I asked her a few questions about what she does and why:

How did you get started making baby things?

"It was a natural to begin making baby things when it became near and dear to my heart almost six years ago with the birth of my son. I love the whimsy and freedom that comes with being a child; polka dots, fairy princesses, and silly elephants. I'm a stay-at-home mom with two energetic preschoolers and the aunt of a crowd ranging from 8 months to 4 years -- and I love sewing for children!"

How long have you been doing it?

"I've always been sewing. As a child working on a simple pillow, through college making extra spending money tailoring, then making baby blankets, Cinderella ball gowns, and toys for my family. I love the challenge of creating and learning and making new things. I also draw on my degree in recreation, knowing how children play and interact with their world and others during the different stages of development helps."

What's your absolute favorite thing that you've made so far?

"Every new thing I make is my favorite; they are always being replaced with the next creation. My kids have their favorites -- my daughter loves the Sugar Cookie Bake Set and my son loved a Frog Chair I made."

What about you? Are you a DIY-queen (or wannabe)? Are you making something for your baby-on-the-way? Tell us about your creative side in the comments below.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Still Looking For Halloween Costumes?

So... Your like me... the last minute person.... Searching through your local Wal-Mart... Looking for whats left of the Halloween Costumes? And you pass up on the Dorothy that looks she was from "the wrong side of the yellow brick road" and put back the $30 Made in China Bumble Bee Costumer that looks something like Charlie Brown's Shirt with that squiggly line.....

So, here you are... searching Etsy... looking for that PERFECT costume... The one you know that your little angel (or devil) Will just love!

So... I'm here to help you out! Here are some awesome costumes, that are ready by Halloween made by some Cafemom Etsy Moms!

This is a Spooky Gothic Bat Girl Costume by Tiara's Tutus. Which also happens to be one of my NEW favorite Etsy Sellers at the moment. I love the purples and teals in the tutu along with those tiny, adorable bat wings! What a creative momma!

Ah, and heres another cutie in Tulle! Trinity's Tutus has this adorable made to order Tinkerbell Tutu Dress. It is absolutely full to the brim of pretty shades of green tulle! Big pink flowers and a big pink ribbon set this costume off perfectly!

One of the more eclectic shops on Etsy... and believe me, I mean that in the MOST respectful way! Another Favorite Seller, Pumpkinhaus! This is her "Frou Frou Skirt" . Made from Witchy Fabric and full of color, and texture! What Little Girl wouldn't LOVE wearing this for Hallowen? It will be perfect for the skirt of a Witch's costume, or even something cute to wear over leggings when going out! Be sure to check out Pumpkinhaus' shop for all kinds of cool, kooky, and "Hey, I never thought of that" kind of stuff!

And Just in Case you haven't had your daily dose of ADORABLE! Here is a Totally Cute idea and tutu by Maggie's Rose Garden! Any mom who is ANY mom has heard of Gymboree, and we all have seen the adorable lines of matching clothes they have. Well, Maggie's has come up with such an adorable tutu to put your little punkin' in for halloween!

I just love how the tutu goes so perfectly with the pumpkin hat, tights, and sweater. If you haven't got that costume yet, you have got to hit up Gymboree, and Maggie's Rose Garden!

And of course, I will add my Halloween Costume Too! Just to give a spin on the everyday tutu, I, Rockerchic, have added large wire ribbon and strips of fabric for a completely shabby look!

This is my favorite Tutu in my shop with purple spider web fabric, and white with black polka dot fabric... along with black tulle and a spider wire ribbon for a totally spooky look!

This is a SMALL taste of what our CEMs have to off you for halloween this year. Throughout our shops we have clothing, costumes, jewelry, and home decor for Halloween, Fall, and all year round!

While your browsing etsy, make sure you search for the tag "cafemom team" you'll be so glad you did!

Hope you all have a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN! Lots of Handmade Love and Wishes for a Safe Halloween from all the super cool Chics over at Cafemom Etsy Moms Street Team!

Kristie (aka Rockerchic)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Caramel Apples for Halloween and Fall


The caramel coating is very gooey, so refrigerate the apples for about 15 minutes, or until the caramel has firmed up.


6 apples

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped

2 tablespoons milk


  1. Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.
  2. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.
  3. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.

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