Tuesday, November 18, 2008

~Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatball Recipe~

These meatballs are quick and easy to prepare not to mention make a great snack, appetizer, or meal! 

Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • Directions:
  • In a large bowl combine eggs and milk. Add the bread crumbs, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain meatballs; add to sauce. Carefully stir to evenly coat. Cook for 5-10 minutes.

  • *Recipe courtesy of www.allrecipes.com*

Monday, November 17, 2008

~November - Etsy Bloggers Street Team Featured Member~

Congrats to the Etsy Bloggers Street Team Featured Member for November: 

Deb, shop owner of

Check out Deb's shop on Etsy.com for beautiful and one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, chokers, earrings, pendants, and other fun stuff!

I picked a few items from her shop that stood out to me and would make great additions to many jewelry boxes.  Don't forget the holidays are right around the corner. 

This turquoise eyeglass holder will be sure to style up your plain glasses.  This 27½" eyeglass holder is made with freshwater pearls and turquoise "dogbone" beads.  Not only is this piece handy in keeping your glasses convinient but it's also a stunning conversation starter.  Love this enough to buy?  Click here.   

This bracelet is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!  Get into the Christmas spirit with this fun bracelet made with memory wire.  Red and green synthetic chipped beads stretches to whatever size you need.  Normally creates 3 strands around the wrist.  Do you just have to have this bracelet for that special holiday party?  Click here to buy!
I had to include this Lapis Treasure Necklace in this featured post.  This necklace is truly a piece of wearable art.  Here is the item description from Story Beader's shop: 

This treasure necklace has a lapis theme. There are 20 drops and two pendants, all laying on two foundation rows. I found this small antique oval pendant that matched perfectly with a favorite Tibetan silver star pendant (1.5" x 1.5"). The star has a large lapis stone in the center, with smaller coral and lime green turquoise stones embellishing it. 

These two pendants were meant to be together, so I built the necklace around them. To secure the necklace, I used a double-strand clasp I found in an antique store, also with a lapis stone in the center.

Some of the beads included in this piece are: lapis (of course), turquoise, silver, crystal, coral, glass, freshwater pearl, and mother of pearl. And don't forget the fetishes. I love fetishes.

The two strands measure 17" and 23" in length.
The whole necklace weighs a total of 3 ounces.

In addition here is the haiku poem that comes with the necklace! 

She walked through the door 
With the bright star reflecting
In her deep blue eyes.
- storybeader

All of Story Beader's items are handmade.  Each necklace comes with a haiku, written specifically for the piece, by Story Beader!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

~Cards By Jenna Opens Shop On Artfire.com~

I never wanted to open up another shop to sell my greeting cards.  I always thought it would be too difficult to keep track of multiple stores and to promote each one equally.  

I heard of Artfire.com from a few different sellers who also sell on Etsy.com.  I debated and did some research on Artfire...it didn't take me long to decide that Artfire is worth a shot.  Here is my shop link:

In a nutshell Artfire is the same thing as Etsy.  You sign up with an account and can set up shop or simply be a buyer.  Etsy charges a 20 cent per item listing fee.  When (and if) the item sells Etsy takes another 3.5% off the sales price.  If you are like me and use paypal there goes more cut out of your profile.  Artfire has decided to charge a flat rate of $20 per month.  No fees, no lopping profits, and best of all Artfire is already investing in advertising and marketing for the site.  Right now Artfire is offering a flat $7 per month fee for life for the first 5,000 people who sign up to open shop.  Sign up for a free account Artfire will plant a tree!  Check out the banner to the right ----->

The screenshot above I took after listing my first item. Every time a new item is listed it is featured on the front page.  My cat card set is in the top row, in between the yarn and the lazy susan.  Click HERE to see the actual listing and how it looks.  How cool is that?!?  I imagine that when more people discover Artfire and start listing items will be rotated out pretty quickly but for now everyone who lists on Artfire can bask in the front page glory.

One more thing I have add regarding the listing process...on etsy there are several different screens that you have to go through.  On Artfire there is one screen that you fill out that includes everything: item description, uploading photos, shipping rates, tags, and so on.  There is even a space where you can write about how you created the item and what inspired you to do it.  You can even put in how much time you spent on creating your item.  

Interested in learning more?  Click HERE to be swept away to Artfire.com.