Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying Turkey day and remembering what they are truly thankful for. I am thankful for my healthy family, my fantastic pups, a great job in a not so great economy and my fab chic customers and blog followers :)

During the holidays, I break out the baker in me. One of my favorite desserts that I make is Sweet potato cheesecake. I received this recipe from one of my friends. The recipe is by Sweet Potato Festival, Vardamon, Mississippi, 1994

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine-melted

  • 3 8oz pkgs cream cheese--softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk -- undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 cups sour cream--room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crust: Combine crumbs, sugar, and butter in bowl. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up on sides of 9 inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Do not allow to brown. Remove from oven and cool.

Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat in sweet potatoes, eggs, and milk. Add cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat well. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until edge is set.

Topping: Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread over warm cheesecake. Return to 350 degree oven and bake 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Remove side pan and chill several hours or overnight.

For extra sweetness, I have adjusted the original recipe slightly by making the following changes:
Cheesecake: Increase sugar to 2 cups and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla. For the topping, I increase the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup. I also decreased the amount of sour cream to 1 1/2 cups. Once the cheesecake is fully cooked, I sprinkle a brown sugar mixture on top. The mixture consists of 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Featured Etsy Blogger

The featured Etsy Blogger is The Fab Miss B from Kailua Kona, HI. The Miss Fab B has two Etsy shops filled with unique items, vintage aprons, ornaments and other great items for your home.

Go check out The Miss Fab B's Etsy Shop and Blog at

Below are my favorite items from The Miss Fab B's shop. It inspires me to cook :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EtsyBloggers - EtsyBloggers 2009 HOLIDAY SALE!!

EtsyBloggers - EtsyBloggers 2009 HOLIDAY SALE!!

H a p p y H o l i d a y s ! !

The EtsyBloggers HOLIDAY S*A*L*E* is going on from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday!!
That's Friday 11/27 thru Monday 11/30!!

See our team website for a list of all shops having a SALE

Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting ready for the Holidays

I spent Sunday preparing for the busiest shopping weekend of the year. I went to my favorite bead shop in the morning buying lots of sterling silver beads, wiring and Swarovski Crystals and spent the afternoon making new jewelry. Below is one of the new bracelets posted at my Etsy shop.

Continue to stop by my blog for new items, Holiday savings and giveaways.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Saggitarus!

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Sagittariuses. These two bracelets are made for the November and December Sagittariuses. This bracelets have the Sagittarius sign engraved on the charm and the colored gemstones to match November and December birthstones. Both bracelets are on sale at my Etsy Shop.

I've been exposed!!!

Etsy Blogger Artisans are exposed on Etsy Treasury West. Click here to meet us.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm back!

I'm back from vacation, my computer is back from the shop so I am back in commission. Below are the pics from our family road trip

Our first stop was in Knoville, TN where we visited my mom.

This pic was taken on our way to NC

This pic was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were high in the mountains. The view was amazing.

We had to drive through South Carolina to get to the Great Smoky Mountains.

This picture was taking in Cherokee, NC. This town was very cute. In the middle of this small town a huge casino is being built.

This was taking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the NC/TN state line.

This is our family pic at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
We had so much fun that I am starting to plan our next road trip. East Coast here we come!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Technical Issues

I am so frustrated. My computer is in the shop again. It is time for me to start saving for a new computer. Also my charger for my digital camera isn't working. I am having technical issues. So I am going to be offline with blogging for several days. Last night, Office Depot called me and said that they were need several day to fix my computer.

The hubby, my boys and I are going on a mini road trip this weekend. We are going to Knoxville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville, TN and then back home to MI. I will take a ton of pics to share!

Due to my technical issues there will not be a Two Dollar Tuesday today :( but I will work on fabulous jewelry pieces for next Two Dollar Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Jewelry

I added two new pieces of jewelry to my Etsy shop.

This bracelet I really like. It is made from dark purple and gray Swarovski pearls. The sterling silver beads are the beads I bought from the gem and jewelry show I went to a few months back. I love the color of the pearls.

I really had a lot of fun making these earrings. This was the first time I have done this type of design with wiring. I was in a earring making mood and wanted to try something different and the concept of these earrings were born. I really like how the earrings came out.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Featured Etsy Shop

The featured Etsy Blogger for October is Made By Melissa. Her shop has a variety of handmade jewelry and crochet items. You can read more about Made by Melissa on her blog.

Below are some of my favs from her etsy shop.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Where is Fashionista T?

Sorry, I haven't blogged since last Tuesday. I've been pretty busy filling orders. I had a customer who bought several blue passion and the gray and blue Swarovski pearl earrings for her bridesmaids a couple of weeks ago. She recently sent me a convo on Etsy this week for additional earrings. I have been pretty busy with that custom order. You all know I love custom orders.

I've had several sales this past week, and two today. YEAH! I'm so excited that my sales have picked up.

This weekend I spent my time finishing up my custom order and making really cool earrings. I have been in such an earring making mood. I plan to take pics and post the new items tomorrow. I also made a few new pairs of earrings for Two Dollar Tuesday, so check it my Etsy Shop on Tuesday for great earrings on sale for $2.00

Sunday, October 18, 2009

And the winner is....

Thank you all for your participation of the last Item of the Week Giveaway. I used and the first number pick was number 4. Congratulations, mizztnp you won a pair of Fabulous Chic Earrings pictured below:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More Etsy Shopping

I was on Twitter and saw a tweet from charmingfromaz asking for help to make her 100th sale before her year anniversary. Her next tweet promoted a big sale on her Etsy shop. Tonight only 50% off any item at 14 is the new 20's shop. She is also having a buy 2 get 1 free sale that ends on 10/16. She has really cute watches. Below are my two favorites:


Etsy Window Shopping

I was on pursuing on Etsy and found this beautiful blue pearl sterling ring from Table Top's Studio Etsy shop

This ring will go beautifully with my Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Necklace and Earrings

I wasn't in the market for jewelry shopping but for $14.00 I am strongly considering buying this ring. Table Top's Studio has a number of beautiful rings.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Item of the Week

What do you think about these Chalcedony and Sterling Silver Earrings? These multi-color Chalcedony briolette stones and matching Swarovski crystals hang from sterling silver hoops. These earrings will be on sale soon at my Etsy shop.
I want to hear your honest opinion, so please feel free to say if you don't like the item. Post your opinions of these earrings in the comment section. You will have until Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm to be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced next Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 9am EST. The prize is the pair of Fabulous Chic Earrings pictured below. Remember this is the last Item of the Week giveaway, so post your comment to be entered into drawing.

The Prize

It's Two Dollar Tuesday

The following items are on sale for $2.00 for Today Only at my Etsy Shop

Purple Agate and Amethyst Earrings

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Earrings

Sterling silver and Agate earrings

Monday, October 12, 2009

Random Monday-My weekend

October seemed to be the month of Birthdays. I went to Cleveland to celebrate my niece Chloe (my niece who was born 3.5 months early and the inspiration for my Chloe collection) and my nephew Reggie. Reggie turned 6 on October 7 and Chloe turned 1 on October 9. Below are pics from my party weekend.

Reggie opening the gift I bought him.

Reggie wearing his new Labron James jersey that his parents got him. He got a pair of the Labron sneakers too which was his favorite present. He put on his jersey and sneakers on immediately. I think I am going to have to take him to a Cavs game. Reggie is a big Cavs fan and even bigger Labron fan.

Chloe playing with the birdhouse that I got her. When she opened it, the first thing she did was put it in her mouth.

What a little cutie! She is such a miracle baby.
Click here to read Chloe's story

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Item of the Week

Sorry the new item of the week will not be posted until Tuesday. I just finished the item, which is a pair of earrings but I didn't not have an opportunity to take pics before the sun went down. I found that the pics look better in sun light.

I have an announcement regarding the item of the week. This will be the last week that I will be holding a give away for the item of the week. It is becoming too costly and hasn't generated a lot of participation that I hoped for. I will still post new items and would love to hear your opinions on them. I will also continue to host give aways but it not as frequently as every week.

Since this is the last week of the new item of the week giveaway I will also post a pic of the prize. Make sure you stop by my blog Tuesday for your chance to win a free pair of Fabulous Chic Earrings.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Computer Update

My computer is still at Office Depot. The computer tech ran into some problems while he was trying to remove the virus. He is not sure if he can save any of my files :( I will no longer download anything from the internet. Anything I need I will buy the software for. Anyway, I have lots of blogging to do when I get my computer back which will hopefully be this evening.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Computer Crash Again :(

So my computer contracted another virus as I was downloading a new template for my blog. I wanted to change the look of my blog. It is in with the computer doctor so I am blogging from a borrowed computer. Blogging will resume once my computer comes home, which hopefully will be tomorrow.

And the winner is...

Thank you so much for your comments. to pick the winner, I used The first number it picked was 3. Congratulations memories for life. You on a pair of Fabulous Chic Earrings.