Holiday Events, etc


It's crazy that the holiday season is already here and moving so fast. Next week is Thanksgiving and before I know it, December will be here....and gone. Time needs to slow down.

I am doing several holiday markets this year. If you are around the San Diego or Los Angeles area, stop by and say hello!

This Saturday is the Makers Arcade show in downtown San Diego. There will be amazing local vendors, food, AND a bar. It's going to be a lot of fun. Cocktails always make shows more enjoyable.


In the following weeks I will be small business Saturday trunk show (sponsored by Etsy), selling at Unique L.A. and Renegade L.A., and wrapping up the season at Yelp's Merry Marketplace in San Diego (registration opens December 3rd).

 'Tis the season to work all the time....

And one final thing....Acute Designs was nominated in the "accessories" category in the Best of 2014 Awards by Southern California Bride. If you have a minute, I would love your vote! It's super easy and quick. Thank you in advance :).








Apple Cinnamon Crepes



Crepes are one of my favorite things to make. They're a great weekend breakfast, dessert, or snack.

They can be filled with healthy stuff like fruit (or veggies for a savory crepe) or good stuff like chocolate. When I make them for breakfast I try to be a little healthy and go the fruit route. Sometimes the fruit and the nutella route, but always a little fruit :).

This past Sunday I made apple cinnamon crepes. I used my favorite basic crepe recipe and filled each one with a few spoonfuls of apple pieces coated in cinnamon and sugar.

This recipe makes about 8 large crepes....which is enough for 2-3 people. Or just yourself if you're having a rough morning.

Apple Cinnamon Crepes
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
extra butter for coating the pan

one large apple (chopped into small pieces), cinnamon, and sugar

1. In a small bowl, mix apple pieces a little cinnamon (as much as you like) and a tablespoon of sugar. Set aside.
2. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour and salt) in a mixing bowl.
3. In a separate bowl (I just use a liquid measuring cup), whisk together the milk, eggs, water, and vanilla extract.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry.Whisk well but don't worry if a few small lumps remain.
5. Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. The skillet I always use for crepes is about 10" wide. Coat the pan with a small pat of butter - about 1/4 of a tablespoon. Once the butter has melted, add 1/4 cup of the crepe batter. Pour the crepe batter into the middle of the skillet and immediately swirl the pan around until the batter coats the entire pan and makes a circle shape.
You don't need a special pan to make crepes. They are easy to make in a standard skillet but you do have to work quickly. It takes a little bit of practice but even if you don't get a perfectly round crepe, it will still taste good :).

These crepes will good in less than a minute. They are done when they begin to pull away from the edge of the pan. Gently slide the crepe onto a plate, top with a spoonful of apples and roll or fold.
Continue cooking until all the batter is gone, adding a little more butter to the pan after every other crepe.

Sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top and eat. YUM.







Lately....


It has been a while since I blogged.

I took an unintended break (the longest blogging break I have taken in the four years since I started this little space) and it felt weird. Some days I felt relieved, which had me thinking "maybe I no longer want to blog?" But more often than not, I missed blogging. I was constantly thinking of blog posts ideas but never following through to actually create the post.

Why the break? I guess I have been busy and that is the main reason, but I hate when people blog about how busy they are, so I don't want to go there. Aren't we all busy in our own way? It's annoying to me when people think they are THE MOST busy.

All that being said, I have been busy :).  Since I last blogged, I have done a lot....

***I went to the Pool Trade Show and picked up several new wholesale accounts. I plan on writing a "trade show" post for any of you small business owners out there who are considering taking the plunge into trade shows.

Several new designs that debuted at the Pool Trade Show. 

***I went to Chicago for the Renegade show in September. I split a booth with my friend Julie of Julie Ann Art and, as always, Chicago came out to support small business and handmade. It was an awesome show.

***I bought a house. Well, technically, my husband and I bought it, but I put in most of the grunt work. Buying a house is time consuming you guys! Every single aspect of your financial life is inspected and, luckily, I save all the papers so I had all necessary documents on hand.

New house!

***We moved. This is also time consuming and THE WORST. I think I am too old to ever move again. It was just crap upon crap upon crap. Moving my personal stuff was annoying but moving my business and all necessary supplies was such a pain in the ass.

New studio space (it is no longer that clean and organized :)).

***And I re-launched my website. Check it out! From a handmade business perspective, I love Etsy and will always have a storefront on their platform but I have long wanted an Acute Designs online shop. I had one through Storenvy but neglected it. I decided to move to Shopify (which is awesome, btw) and am loving it.

I also opened a wholesale website.  Wholesale orders can now be placed directly through the website. It makes it easier for me and my wholesale clients. (If you are a retailer looking to carry Acute Designs in your store, contact me for the wholesale website password.)

***I took some trips (NYC for the first time in my life!), binged watched too much tv while working, listened to about a million audio books, quit biting my nails (kind of...), and turned 34 (SO OLD).

The holidays are all of a sudden here and I ready. It's going to be a busy couple of months.

What have all of you been up to lately? I fear that I lost my handful of readers but maybe a few will stop by again :).

I have never had nails before - I am so grown up ;).




saying good-bye....


To the Acute Designs color dipped brass earrings. It has been a good run and these colorful little dangles have been a consistent best seller. BUT, it's time for them to say good-bye. 
These pieces have really been a labor of love. Last year around the holidays I spent hours locked away producing pair after pair. I actually ended up going to the doctor because my hand was going numb. Seriously. Apparently you are supposed to take breaks....

They are a super simple design that actually takes quite a bit of time to get just right. And I am a little OCD about them.

For now, I am keeping the color dipped necklaces in my line, but the earrings are ready to go. They are still available at a few retail shops around the country but online will be ending in September.

For the next two weeks, get a pair at 20% off. Price has been reduced, so there is no coupon code required. {Please no additional coupons, they will not be honored for this sale.}

Thank you to everyone who has bought a pair. As always I truly appreciate the support. :)


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