Thursday, July 16, 2015

Watermelon Sangria

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Sauvignon blanc or other semi-dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 liter bottle carbonated water, chilled


  1. Cut the melon in half; remove and discard seeds and rind. Cut melon into thin slices. In a large pitcher* combine melon, cucumber, lime slices, and the 12 mint leaves. In a small bowl stir together lime juice and honey until combined; pour over melon mixture. Add wine, stirring gently. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. To serve, stir in carbonated water. Ladle or pour into glasses. If desired, garnish with additional mint.

via BHG

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Crafted - A Handmade Documentary

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I recently watch Crafted, a short documentary that follows a series of handmade artists.  Being a handmade artist myself, I loved this film!  The documentary gives a look into behind the scenes from the studio of the artists.  It spotlights the time involved that's required to make something handmade.  I feel that taking the time to make things is something that can gets lost in today's world, where everything is ready for us in a matter of minutes.  When we buy handmade, we don't get everything right away.  Things slow down which creates a greater appreciation for the item, especially when we know that the item was made just for us.  “…I care about these [handmade] things and I treasure those things and I make sure that those things are cared for.  And I think that’s why people have become more and more interested in the identity of the things they own.” – Luke Snyder + David Van Wyk
Bloodroot Blades is owned by Luke Snyder and David Van Wyk.  They create handmade knives that often use vintage or personal items.  The process to make a single knife can take days.  “I think the thing that makes our process really interesting to many people is that it’s so personal.”  “I’ve realized that outside of people, the things that I care about in my life were made by hand.” -Luke Snyder + David Van Wyk
Cortney and Nick of Bar Tartine cook their way through the handmade world using old and new techniques.  In the documentary we see Cortney and Nick cooking items like feta cheese where the aging process can take months and some things even taking years.  “When we make things by hand we can’t have it right away.” – Cortney Burns  Cortney and Nick go on to say that while they could make more money working for larger restaurants, it’s not about the money, it’s about the process.  “I think that there’s a larger appreciation for things that made by hand.” – Cortney Burns
Yuji Nagatani is the last handmade artist we meet.  Nagatani crafts special Japanese pottery called Iga-Yaki, using the same antique kiln since he started.  All of the pottery produced from his shop are handmade and hand painted.  Even during tough times, Nagatani stuck through by getting back to basics and focusing on what mattered.  “…it felt like what I was doing had meaning.” -Yuji Nagatani
What Nagatani said really resonated with me.  As a handmade artist, I find being a jeweler the most rewarding job.  It’s hard not to be proud when you can turn a small piece of metal into a pendant or a ring.  There’s a lot of love that goes into the pieces that I make and I’m sure other handmade artists find this to be true.  When I send out a piece of jewelry, I sent out a piece of me with it.  I hope that my customers enjoy knowing the jewelry they receive is handmade with love!