In the previous entry, we featured the five love languages according to Gary Chapman. However, the universal love language we can all agree on is cookies. They are the warmth of sweetness in the air when we walk through the door; the oven gently closing and the sliding of the pan across the counter; the flour spread like powdery snow across the granite surface; and that everlasting, melted-chocolate-goodness in your mouth that we long for on weekend afternoons. The cold (or not-so-cold around here) February days may leave you in a time of need for some cookie love. This recipe pairs the smoked chocolate chips by Hot Cakes sold in our shop with the perfect cookie creation for your fix. Wrap them up pretty with a hand written Valentine's card to your loved ones, and you're set.
Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe modified from Toll House)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavored Crisco (or butter works good too)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 jar Smoked Chocolate Chips (or less if you want a less smokey taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Mix Crisco/butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in Smoked Chocolate Chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden. *I like to take them out at 9 minutes so they are a little softy and gooey. Remove to wire cooling racks.
Valentine’s Day enlivens love in its most basic form; there are no reservations to whom we can show our appreciation and affection to. However, finding the right gift to give people who receive love differently than us is a struggle. But there’s no more need to think, “it was the thought that counts”!
Different love languages call for unique ways of showing our love to significant others, friends, and family. We have put together a gift guide for Valentine’s Day using the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman so you can choose what your loved one needs.
The Lover of Touch
Love language: physical touch
People speaking the language of touch spread their excitement, love, and consolation with access to your physical presence. If cares and concerns can be displayed to a loved one with touch, their heart comes alive. Gifts that speak this appreciation for their touch will be the most meaningful.
Gift Ideas: Bella Luxx soft fabric tees, Earth Tu Face skincare, Rosebud Salve lip balm
Love language: acts of service
Sharing love with a servant-hearted person sometimes looks like vacuuming floors, fixing a friend’s car, or baking cookies for a gathering. People who feel loved by acts of service see your care for them through concrete favors that take away from their workload. Take a load off your loved one by giving back to them for all their responsibilities!
Gift Ideas: smoked chocolate chips for baking, kitchen accessories, containers for organization/cleaning
Love language: gifts
More than the yearly birthday present for a gift-giver is the everyday thoughtfulness that leads to little gestures. People feeling loved by gifts will recognize your love through perfect offerings that show you know them and you care for them. This one is up to you - whatever you may find that speaks the soul of your gift-giving friend is a treasure for them.
Gift Ideas: Moglea letterpress cards, Leah Duncan pillows, Olive + Sinclair chocolate, Skeem candle
Love language: words of affirmation
Send the spirits of the encourager to the sky with words explaining all the things you adore about them during this season of love. Any kind of personal encouragement for them, whether written in words or inspirational reading, will speak their love language. Select an issue from our influential magazines or write some love into our beautiful stationery to affirm your loved one.
Gift Ideas: Jenny Pennywood notebooks, Moglea stationary set, Darling Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine
Love language: quality time
What better way to show a friend they are extraordinary and cherished than with your undivided presence! The friend is simply there for you - their quality time with you is a priority, and they feel just as appreciated with reciprocated companionship. Pick up a gift from the shop that will set you and your friend or loved one up for a day of laughter and memories.
Gift Ideas: Nisolo shoes for adventures, Boutonne tote, Handmade Studio TN mugs cup coffee together
*All gifts can be found in-store and select pieces online.
It is said the happiest people consume and create the same amount of things. Could it be true that people who create abundantly more than they consume are the most fulfilled? Falling into a deep romance with a craft has the power to make time endless, to exponentially increase our understanding of life, to eradicate all the limits we’ve ever known. Yes, creators are probably the best people. The good news - all people hold the desire to create, whether it’s a realized passion or remains unawakened. When it is discovered, life begins with a vibrancy we never knew existed. We are introducing a series that encourages creators to breath the everlasting breath of devotion and inspires people to dream of their passions. We have asked the question ‘why do you create’ to the makers of our shop’s products and are sharing their answers with you. Our first creator: Brett Prior with TrialxFire.
Trial by Fire is a handmade leather goods company created in Fort Collins by Brett Prior. His beautifully rustic craft has hit the shelves of Sunday Supply with much acclaim. The character of Brett’s brand is one of excellence and authenticity; he describes his brand in saying, “failure keeps us humble, but we never fear the fall. The fire may burn, but it also refines and purifies”. Enjoy this conversation with Brett about why he creates.
1. How did you get started making leather goods?
Growing up I remember electric taping my belts after I had literally split them in half. Finally I got fed up and started buying very technical webbed belts, which lasted a lot longer, but still wasn’t quite the look and feel I was going for. My good friend Will had been dabbling a bit in making some leather accessories and we set out to make myself a belt. I did it in one night and got hooked. I still wear that belt to this day–literally every day. I have always needed a creative outlet in life, and value well-made things that last a long time and look better with age. Making leather goods has taught me patience, and has made me appreciate quality more than I thought to ever care.
2. What does your creative/work environment look like?
Messy, and jazzy. I am not a messy person, but due to a lack of space currently I often find myself with a cluttered workbench during and after a project. As I continue to grow I am getting better at my organizational practices, but I believe it is just a part of how you have to start out sometimes. It can be very humbling. I don’t have the luxury of a studio or even a garage to work from. So therefore I have to utilize our spare room for now. I just see it as motivation to work harder towards that place of refuge someday. Other than that, even though it may not always be the case, having Miles Davis playing in the shop always helps me escape to my happy-vibe-place and create.
3. What is your favorite piece you’ve created? What does it represent to you or about you?
I recently made a tote for a good friend’s girlfriend. I used really good materials like oiled leather for the bottom, raw selvedge denim for the upper, and actually belt strip leather for the straps. It was one of the most intimidating projects I have completed to date. I don’t do much sewing on a machine, but instead prefer to hand-sew because I know that I have maximum control. When I hand sew products I know that if it looks shoddy and amiss it’s because of something I did wrong. With that bag I was fighting my sewing machine practically the entire time. I think I even went through an entire bobbin of thread just trying to dial-in my thread tension. It’s interesting how the most difficult projects end up being my favorite and most meaningful. I think it is most likely because I end up learning the most from them. I almost gave up several times during that project, thinking it was no resolve. It wasn’t until the very end that it finally came together, and I realized that the bag was better than anything I had seen before (most of my creations come from a personal need to be fulfilled, or a product idea that I like but see potential improvements on. i.e. using belt strips for the handles instead of lousy, flimsy, imitation leather). Still, there were so many mistakes, most of which only I could ever notice, but it didn’t matter as much to me because that is the beauty of making something from scratch, start to finish, by hand–All of the perfect imperfections. As humans we are all broken and scarred, but beautiful. Manufactured and massed-produced goods definitely serve a purpose at times, but I always prefer something to have a story and character. Substance. Something that I know a human being made and toiled and labored. A product that will stay with me for the long-haul.
4. Who has encouraged you most in your career?
I am so blessed to have so many amazing people who are in my corner and support what I do. I have so many friends and family that have taken great risks just to invest in my leather goods, and even from the very beginning when I was frankly just not that great.
Above all though, is my wife. She’s a constant encouragement and inspiration. I like to think of myself as a hard worker, but compared to her I am just plain lazy. She is also so incredibly humble and hates to be the center of attention, so you would never know how remarkable of an artist she is. Her natural artistic talent makes me want to puke, and I often try to live vicariously through it. It is inspiring. She also prides herself in being my chief, resident prototype-tester. So if it doesn’t pass her test, then I’m back to the drawing board.
5. How do you become inspired? How frequently do you find yourself in need of new inspiration?
I draw my inspiration mostly from other creative people. I am a pretty extreme extrovert, and gain energy just by being around people. I can get pretty drained if I have to be working in the shop all day by my lonesome. Sometimes it just has to be done, but if I can I’ll always try to break it up and go to a coffee shop or something.
Again, I just cannot express how blessed I am to have so many creative people in my life who support me on the daily. From makers, to painters, to calligraphy artists, to graphic artists, to teachers, to musical artists, to barbers, to coffee roasters, to business men and women...I could honestly go on for days. I try to be very intentional about who I spend most of my time with, and I find myself constantly inspired by my immediate community.
6. What life experiences bring about the most creative fuel in your life?
Failure. I learn by doing. Not by listening, not by watching, but by doing. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent just messing up and cussing and having to restart projects. It’s the worst, and grinds me down to my core, but it is what ultimately fuels me. This is an integral part in how Trial by Fire was created; it’s who TxF is. You can’t get anywhere just by standing still.
7. What is the one thing you want people to know of you or about you, personally or professionally?
That everything I do is for the purpose of building meaningful relationships with others. The exchange of goods gives me an opportunity to start a relationship that may otherwise be nonexistent. Not to mention the opportunity that I get to be an integral part of people’s everyday life through the goods that someone carries. Every time he pulls cash out of his wallet, or when she takes her keys out of the clutch that I made, it is an opportunity to fulfill very basic needs in people’s lives, but also to bring joy through simplicity, utility, and well thought out design. The main value of Trial by Fire that I hope to carry over into my products is that everyone and everything has a story. Sharing your story puts you in an extremely vulnerable place, but it also breaks down barriers and invites others in to feel safe and trusted. I like to think that the products that I pour my heart into every day have a lasting impact on my customers, and is a unique, essential part of their story.
Shop Trial x Fire online or in store.
The rich color, clean architecture, and interesting design of this Brooklyn home lends itself well to be the bold yet inviting palette behind our transitional spring outfit today. I am swooning over the plum stair runner mixed with white walls and intricate warm floor tiles. We translated this into a great color combo and effortless style to wear now and into spring!
When a new year makes its first appearance, we know what most people are thinking. What do the next 365 days hold for my life? Many people strive for better diet habits, more exercise, and new motivation. After all, ‘get in shape’ tops almost every list on the Internet for New Year’s resolutions! There is something about a clean calendar that evokes a beautiful opportunity for a new start. This year, instead of idealizing about improving ourselves and creating unachievable lists that make us feel inadequate, we want to live presently and purposefully. A way of feeding our minds and bodies is with life-giving relationships, laughter, and simple care for our spirits. We are so thrilled to be hosting a free yoga class in the store once monthly, thanks to Rachel at Corepower Yoga. We had a full house a couple weeks ago, and we will be announcing the next class date soon!
In addition to yoga, juicing is another incredible way to care for the body. The Chalkboard Mag is one of our favorite blogs related to health and well-being, and includes a host of juicing articles and recipes. Go here to read about detoxifying and repairing the body by boosting your juice cleanse. In helping our bodies be the best they can, it makes the unseen ideals like intentionality and presence come naturally. As the veggies and fruits get juiced, we hope they allow the goodness of life to be juiced along with them.
Stockings are a part of Christmas that never lose their magical spark. Whether we are five or seventy-five, we always remember running down the stairs to see what's in our stocking. In celebration of the well-loved stocking, we've put together gift ideas to keep the magical whimsy alive for all the ones we love.
'Tis the season!
We are welcoming this season of sweater weather and sweet traditions with open arms. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it's impossible to ignore that Christmas is hiding just around the corner. Being gift-givers by nature, we love the challenge of the hunt and the joy of finding that perfectly unique gift for friends and family. For all your gifting needs this holiday season, we've got you covered. Read on to see some of our favorite holiday picks under $100 that are sure to bring a smile to any face.
Gifts Under $25
1. Alder New York lip blam: $10
2. Old Salt Merchants sea salt: $10
3. Olive + Sinclair chocolate: $7
4. Olive + Sinclair bourbon brittle: $14
5. Portland General Store wood hand cream: $14
6. Rosebud Salve lip balm: $5-$6
7. Shortstack Editions recipe books: $14
8. Enamel tumbler set: $24
9. Shake cocktail recipe book: $25
10. Mixology dice pouch: $25
11. Darling magazine: $20
12. Hot Cakes chocolate hazelnuts: $15
13. Jenny Pennywood notebooks set: $24
14. Kinfolk magazine: $18
15. Leah Duncan geometric wall calendar: $24
16. Jenny Pennywood tea towel: $24
17. Skeem candle: $18
18. Skeem matchstick bottle: $14
Gifts $25 - $50
1. Britt Bass iPhone case: $36
2. The Kinfolk Table: $35
3. Jenny Pennywood triangles pouch: $44
4. Britt Bass prints: $40-$45
5. Leah Duncan seasons print set: $28
6. Sean Alan Designs walnut serving board: $28
7. Whiskey shave puck + mug: $42
8. Foodie dice tumbler: $38
9. The Object Enthusiast faceted vessel: $38
10. Jenny Pennywood napkin set: $32
Gifts Under $100
1. Tiffany Kunz delicate cuff: $72
2. Imogene + Willie candle: $55
3. Leah Duncan silk scarf: $68
4. Sean Alan block mini stand: $76
5. Sean Alan iPad stand: $91
6. Rebecca Atwood zip pouch: $59
7. Boutonne leather iPad case: $85-$100
8. Makr Carry Goods wallet: $90-$100
9. Makr Carry Goods iPhone sleeve: $95
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Anyone in the area agree that we've had one of the best autumns Colorado has to offer? We can't help but call this charming place home.
As with life, I (Kelli) knew it was a matter of time before the weather turned. Sure enough, I'm observing the first snowfall as I write. As winter rolls in, we seemingly find ourselves in the kitchen more often, preparing comfort dishes that remind us of warm memories shared around tables with people we like and love. The Kinfolk Table is a celebration of just that. It's a collection of recipes and stories from around the world set to inspire your next gathering.
Today we're sharing one of the simplest yet popular recipes from the book, Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal with Peanut Butter, Honey, and Cinnamon. This recipe is from Joy and Jay Fitzgerald, calligrapher and photographer. We are confident you'll love it as much as we do.
Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal with Peanut Butter, Honey, and Cinnamon
2 cups water
1/2 cup John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Bring the water to boil in a small saucepan. Add the oatmeal and cook, stirring, until it begins to thicken. Reduce the heat to low and dimmer for about 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and store in the peanut butter. Stir in honey and cinnamon to taste. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving.
One reason we love having a brick and mortar is to open our doors to the community. We want to be a place of friendly faces and authenticity. Therefore, we partnered with an amazing group of gal pals last Saturday for The Vintage Whites Market fall meet and greet. Thank you to Jennifer with Sugar Photography for sharing these fun images to recap the evening. Feel free to get in touch via our contact page if you're interested in using our shop for your very own event, party, or just an excuse to shop with friends. Enjoy!
What a whirlwind the past two weeks have been! We can't thank y'all enough for the continued excitement about our little shop and for the new friends we've made. Our hope for the shop is to provide quality and unique clothing and home goods, but more than that it is and always will be to lend a place where people feel welcomed. Our Grand Opening was exactly that. We were blown away by the amazing people we met, the old friends who stopped by, and the encouraging words that graced our space all day long. Thank you to Little Bird Bakeshop for the most delicious coffee and pastries. Y'all are seriously the best.
To all reading, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. We are honored.