Informal Poll.

The other day I got in these gorgeous organic cotton fabrics and organic cotton thread.  They are GOTS certified- meaning they have the approval of the Global Organic Textile Standard.  The aim of GOTS (from their site) is as follows:

"The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets."

The ctireria:

"The consensus of the International Working Group was that a clear and unambiguous understanding of the content required that the Global Standard itself focuses on compulsory criteria only. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. The final products may include, but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. The standard does not set criteria for leather products."

My question to you, my readers: Is it counter-intuitive to pair these organic cottons with leather?  As in, if I made something like this:

...does that then go against the whole point of using organic cotton?  Would doing that alienate the group I may be trying to reach by using organics?


Links on Friday: Crafty Business Edition

It's Friday! As you know, the holidays are now fast approaching.  You can't go into a store without seeing ornaments, wrapping paper, and glittered evergreens everywhere.  Blogs are gearing up their gift guides, recipes, and DIY finery.  (I'm not trying to be cynical- I love the season.)  When I started through my bookmarks today to find some things to post, I noticed I had saved up a lot of crafy-biz things, especially prepping for the holidays, so I figured now might be an apropos time to post this tips and websites, plus a handful of silliness as well.  Have a great weekend!

Productivity Tips for the Self-Employed

Etsy Holiday Boot Camp

Shop Talk: Prepping for the Holidays

Create an online store with Shopify

Create a website with Squarespace

Sell locally through Amazon 

9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People


Folksy (for those of you in the UK)

And just for fun:

15 Things to Never Say to a Crafter

16 Unhelpful Life Lessons from Pinterest

8 Celebrities You Never Knew Had Their Own Craft Empire

All the crafty someecards you'll ever need

Change all the images on a webpage to Ryan Gosling

And the original Handmade Ryan Gosling (you know you can look at them all again)


If you have a good crafty resource / source of humor, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him.

Last year I picked out some finds for holiday gift giving, but I posted them throughout December, which, by then seemed a little late, so I'm starting early!  I roamed Etsy and found some things for the man in your life.  Mine is impossibly hard to buy for and ends up getting a lot of clothes, which he hates to go out and shop for, so that's why I decided to start here. This is a collection with lots of natural elements, bordering on hipster.  (Okay, it's totally hipster, but I love it.)  See something you like?  You can find clickable links here.

Beard Oil TOBACCO Scented Be...

Men's bow tie - ivory ch...

Leather iPhone 5, 5s/5c Case...

Personalized Mens Stationery...

SALE Colorful Brown Wood Sun...

Men's Wedding Band, 4.5m...

Personalized Shaving Mug: Cu...

Beer Can Glasses, Set of Per...

Personalize a Leather Keycha...

Wooden fence hip flask - Coo...

Hand knitted Men Socks. 100%...

Dopp Kit, Gift for Him, Pers...

Simple Brown Canvas Bicycle ...

Macbook Air 11" Light ...

Pale Ale Beer Soap -- Men ...

Vintage leather brown pencil...

Which is your favorite?  What do you buy for the guy in your life?  Is he also hard to shop for? 

Pizza Party: White Pizza with Ricotta and Spinach.

It's time for another blogger food party!  After covering tacos and chili, we're moving on to pizza.  I love pizza recipes because you can pretty much put any myriad of things on top of a crust and it comes out tasting yummy.

Pizza night around here is never that simple, though.  My husband requires some meat on his pizza and the kids will only eat plain cheese.  So that leaves me with this:

We make a lot of pizza, completely from scratch.  The crust is done in the food processor, and I love how it turns out because it's so much less sticky than what you buy at the grocery store.  And since it's made in the food processor, there's no stirring or kneading and takes just a few minutes.  The sauce is also made from scratch because it tastes better than the sweet jarred pizza sauce.  So the kids get red sauce and a cheese blend, my husband in this case got hamburger, bacon, and tomato with red sauce, and I made myself a favorite: white pizza with ricotta and spinach. 

Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Pizza crust*
Olive oil
1 small container part skim ricotta cheese
3 T dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 tsp Emeril's essence seasoning.
Fresh baby spinach
Shredded mozzarella cheese / Italian cheese blend

Roll out the crust to the desired shape, brush with olive oil.  Mix the ricotta cheese with the dried seasonings and spread an even layer on the crust.  Top with the baby spinach and then the shredded cheese.  Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until top cheese is browned.

*For those who want the crust recipe:

Combine one package active dry yeast with 1 tsp sugar and 2/3 cup warm water.  Wait 10 minutes for yeast to foam.  In a food processor, combine 1 2/3 cup of flour and 1 1/2 tsp of salt.  With the processor running, add the yeast mixture and 2 tsp. olive oil.  Blend until dough forms.


I hope you'll give it a try!  And make sure to check out the other bloggers/food partiers:

Paige from Little Nostalgia
Heidi from Rowhouse14
Marilyn from Pulp Sushi
Meg from 18 Preston
Kelsey from Be Like the Fox