Craft Bits — Vintage Cakes, Brooch Bouquets and Craft Biz Secrets

Posted by on May 23, 2011

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Doug Beghtel/The Oregoni


Old-fashioned cakes, vintage brooches and handmade goods … this week, the crafty internet is feeling decidedly nostalgic. And well, so are we. (At least if our closets being filled with recently bought '50s dresses is any indication.) First up is this feel-good story about the return of vintage cakes. Pro baker Julie Richardson is embarking on a quest to update the kind of cake recipes that were handed down for generations but aren’t always pleasing to the modern palette. Think '70s cake recipes that start with a pudding mix and end with a liberal dollop of whipped topping. Richardson is tweaking recipes to suit today’s tastes for an as-yet-to-be-named book, out next year.
We’ll keep an eye out for her progress, but until then you can check out the sweet article about Richardson’s quest at The Oregonian.

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Trending: Brooch Bouquets

Despite being super-heavy and expensive to produce (Miranda Lambert just carried one at her wedding that weighed in at 4 pounds), vintage brooch bouquets are becoming a huge trend. Practical considerations aside, we admit to loving the quirky-cute look. But with floral brooches becoming scarcer, let’s leave some pins for everyone by going for smaller nosegays.
What do you think? Read about the vintage brooch bouquet trend at The Oklahoman.
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Vintage-Loving Brides, Rejoice

Have you heard about BHLDN? It’s the new vintage/handmade-focused brand from the folks behind Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. They sell everything from retro-chic shoes to sweet bridesmaids outfits to even lovelier decorations. We love these pretty pom-poms, which are easy to recreate yourself. Check out the tutorial for making the pom-poms over at Intimate Weddings.
To read more about BHLDN, visit The San Francisco Chronicle.
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Secrets of a Craft Business Pro

Anne-Marie Faiola, the creator of the Bramble Berry soap company, is the subject of a fantastic profile in Inc magazine. In a nutshell: Faiola left her job as a corrections officer to start the soap company (borrowing $15k on her credit card to cover start-up costs) in 1998. Today, she has a retail shop, over 2,500 products and annual sales of $5 million. Impressive.
To read more about Faiola’s crafty success story, check out her profile in Inc.
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Smaller-Scale Craft Biz Successes

Another day, another story about the challenging economy. But this one’s a little different: It talks about how crafters are faring better than other small biz types. From what we read, the secret seems to be multiple channels of selling. Like, having a small shop sell your goods, in addition to having an online shop.
For more small-scale craft biz success secrets, check out the story in The Baltimore Sun.
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And Now for Something Completely Different …

… a banana boat. Given that these art pieces by talented Dutch artist Jacob Dahlstrup are made from actual bananas, the shelf life can’t be that long. But an image of the whimsical boats will last long after the banana hits the trash can.
Check out more about the banana boats at the ModCloth blog and Jacob Dahlstrup’s site.

Image credits from top: Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian, Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman, BHLDN, Talitha Taitano, Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun, Jacob Dahlstrup via ModCloth

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