One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to bake something yummy and delicious - something that I wouldn't normally eat during the week (because who has the time? Or the patience to clean up that mess??) This recipe for scones that I found on the Food Network site is one of my favorites. I embellished a little bit by adding mini chocolate chips. I also added flax seeds because a) when am I ever going to eat flax seeds really? and b) it makes it looks pretty!
Hmmm..flax seeds, eh? So it's kind of healthy right? Not really - but I do make them guilt free by using a cookie cutter to make them smaller. (That's right - it's all about the portion control!) And with the help of MyFitnessPal app, I was able to break down this recipe. You'll be happy to know that each scone is about 162 calories!
3 cups flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 cup buttermilk 1 package of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup of ground flax seeds 1 tablespoon heavy cream, for brushing
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Add butter and mix with your fingertips to a coarse meal. Add buttermilk and mix just until combined. Add chocolate chips and flax seeds.
Transfer dough to a floured board. With your hands, flatten the dough to be about 3/4 inch thick. Use a 2" cookie cutter to cut the dough and place a on greased baking sheet. Combine the scraps together and repeat. Brush the tops with the cream, sprinkle with sparkling sugar and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve warm, split in half with butter and marmalade.
Today I'm chatting with featured sponsors Melissa and Dave of Old New House. They are a wonderful couple from Westchester, New York who specialize in selling vintage furniture and rugs while creating new items for the home as well. (Get it? Old..New…House!)
I rarely get to meet my the friends and supporters of my blog so when I found out that they would be at the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, I jumped at the opportunity to say hello. I found Melissa and Dave to be so delightful and after reading their interview, I'm sure you will agree…
What inspired you to create Old New House? Our wedding. We had a lot of handmade items and vintage decor. We learned that the joy of finding unique gems is a fun process.
How do you find the balance of selling vintage and handmade items in one shop? In many ways the two go hand in hand since the old things we look for are of very good quality and often handmade, or have a strong human element.
How has (David) your knowledge of Oriental Rugs and (Melissa) your skill in photography help benefit your business? It helps to be involved in what you have a passion for. David: Our customers are often naturally drawn to finer items of high artistic merit. I have always been very critical and discerning about the rugs we take on - from both a rug man's eye and decorative standpoint. Our customers are similar, and I think they see we curate a relatively affordable selection of desirable rugs with solid value. Melissa: photographing has always been an enjoyable process, and while in the wedding business I photograph a lot of people, Old New House allows me to stage and capture the story of beautiful objects at ease. Ultimately I want to convey the item in an environment not dissimilar to the context of a home, and I think this comes through in the photographs. What's your work space like? David: I prefer to work outdoors. Even if it is 10 below. Many of the hand made items are created in a partially enclosed space, shared with the weather. Melissa: I like to keep things open ended where I photograph. It often depends what time of day it is that I decide where to photograph as I like to use natural light. My sewing room is also surrounded by old and vintage items which are a never ending source of inspiration.
What's it like working together, especially as a married couple? Can you share any advice on how to work with a loved one?
Filled with challenges but so rewarding at the end of every day. The best advice is to be patient and be focused on what the goals and objectives are. Working together, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. Establish roles, and stick to them. Having a business partner that knows you better than anyone else is the coolest part of the gig!
When curating pieces for your shop, do certain items call out to you? (And are you drawn to a specific era or period in time?)
Items from the 1880's, 1920's and 1950's are awesome. We love offering items from these eras since they are consistently classic and timeless and that is what endures.
You had the honor of being a Featured Seller on Etsy (Hooray!) How did that affect your business? It solidified our course and what we do. Changes we saw were internal - Etsy is a haven for all talented and creative souls. We found it very gratifying that such a close knit and important community acknowledge us as contributors aligned with their goals. Today, it has encouraged us to be more in touch with the artistic side of ourselves with more focus on our own original makings which will arrive this spring 2014.
You recently had baby! Congratulations! How has it been adjusting to parenthood?
Having a first born is amazing. We feel very appreciative for the love in our lives and sharing ourselves with close friends and family is extremely gratifying. Our son is very much a part of our daily routine and business. We feel blessed we are able to see him all the time, and be so actively involved in his growing up.
Any tips on how to shop for vintage pieces - specifically for the home? Your home is what you make it. Each room can have a different role or pairing of roles - a place of expression, solace, inspiration, a retreat to recharge, a place to truly be you without judgement. Don't be shy about what you want or like - buy what you feel you connect with since it needs to fit who you are. Also, we have learned the hard way - buy it when you want it, otherwise someone else will.
What is next on the horizon for ONH? We are artists at heart, so be on the lookout for some fantastic artistic new originals and accent pieces to fill the shop starting this Spring going forward! While no new shows are on the horizon as of now, we will be toying with the idea of a pop-up-shop over the next few months.
What is your advice for someone who is looking to start their own handmade or vintage business?
Start as though you were taking on a new hobby. It is about the process and enjoyment: approach slowly. When you start something new and creative that is injected with so much of YOU as the main ingredient, it is tough to not take things to heart (positive or negative) or, to doubt yourself.
As a knee-jerk reaction a lot of people price themselves too low to try to encourage sales which is flawed since 1) you can easily overcommit yourself and also 2) undermine the true value of your item.
Remember, the goal of this hobby is that it can sustain itself, and continue to be around tomorrow for today's customers.
Happy Friday! If you were obsessed with Sailor Moon as much as I was in the 90s, then this roundup of links are especially for you!
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Adorable print, I kind of want it for my apt but I'm sure what Joe would say…
Kick-ass pendants that would make perfect gifts for your BFFs!
Moon….Prism…Cookies! In my belly now!
Best. Shoes. Ever.
Sailor Kitty charm bracelet - erhmegherd!
I'm so. over. this. winter! I'm over my boots. I'm over my coat. I'm over my cable knit sweater that now has icky nubbies all over it. I'm need some inspiration - no - springspiration in my life. So where does one go to find this so called springspiration? Pinterest, of course! Here a round up of outfits that will be on my radar the next time I'm shopping about…