Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Things I Did This Week....

Happy Wednesday!!

I have been quite a busy bee this week. With the change of seasons and autumn approaching I decided to tackle my first Autumn wreath. I purchased the items from the Dollar store (just in case it was total chaos) and here is the final product. My favorite part is the little yellow bird. 

I love to bake, particularly because I am a vegan. Yesterday I made some "Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies" and they were delicious, even my carnivore parents enjoyed them. Here is the recipe, even if you aren't a vegan, you should try making these, I assure you there will be only an empty plate left, no crumbs. Enjoy!!

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp.salt
cinnamon to taste (optional)
vegan chocolate or carob chips - put in as many as you like
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado #1, sucanat works too but sucks up a lot of the moisture)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water


VERY IMPORTANT-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they're not at room temp but it works MUCH better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if you choose). Add chips. Make a well in the center and set aside.

In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Mix it well. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets.(top to bottom,and 180 degree rotation) Bake another 4 minutes and check them.

The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in two minute increments from here untill they get to where I like them.

Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.

These cookies have come a long way, lots of time and tasting spent on getting them to where they are now. Vegans and non vegans LOVE them. In the words of my 6 year old son-Mom, you're the greatest because you know how to make the8 best cookies. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions. Sweet travels.

Serves: almost two dozen

Preparation time: 15 mins-10 to 12 cooking time

Lastly, I decided to make these eco-friendly felt flower brooches!

I am considering selling them, let me know what you think!

Wishing you a Bright and Happy Week, wherever you may be!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

And the WINNER is.....

A Huge
goes out to everyone who entered the first Farnum Ink Studio Giveaway! I was truly overwhelmed with the amazing response I received and am so grateful for each and everyone of you. You are all winners in my book :)

So on to the matter at hand! The winner of my first giveaway is:

Congratulations BooBooZoo, I will be emailing you for your contact information.

Keep checking my blog as I will be doing a Second Giveaway - just in time for the Holiday Season!

Wishing you a Bright and Happy Week, wherever you may be!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Farnum Ink Studio First Giveaway! NOW CLOSED!!!

Hello Lovelies,

First of all, I would like to thank you all for helping me reach over 200 fans on Facebook and a countless number on Twitter.

I am very excited to have each and everyone of you supporting my dream of becoming an artist and as a thank you, I am thrilled to announce the First Farnum Ink Studio Giveaway! You will have a chance to win your very own 8 x 10 Farnum Ink Studio Art Print from my shop to decorate your lovely home, studio, office or dorm!!

Read on and spread the word on how to enter this brilliant contest which is open to those in the US, Canada and the rest of the world!! I am going global!!

What do I have to do to enter, you ask? 

FIRST ENTRY (mandatory)

Head on over to my Etsy Shop
Farnum Ink Studio. Come back and leave a comment telling me what your favorite art print is and why. Don't forget to include your e-mail address! To make this a little easier for everyone you can copy, paste & fill-in-the-blanks:

Your favorite item:
Your e-mail address :


If you do any of the following leave a separate comment for each one you do. If you do any of the following already, let me know in an extra comment. Please make a separate comment for each of the bonus things that you do or your comment won't count. 

If you already follow my blog, like me on Facebook, added me as a favorite on Etsy, just leave a separate comment for each one

1. Follow my blog. 
2. Become a Facebook fan of
Farnum Ink Studio
Farnum Ink Studio on Twitter.
4. Tweet about this giveaway and leave me a link.
5. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link.
6. Add
Farnum Ink Studio to your favorites on Etsy.
7. Buy something from my Etsy
shop & get THREE extra comments!

Contest ends Monday Sept. 27 at 9 pm EST -- the winner will be chosen randomly & announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Wishing you a Bright and Happy Week, wherever you may be!!