Etsy Road Trip Sneak Peek and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

[Refuge Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver by the Angry Weather]

One of the things we love about Etsy is that it gives artisans a chance to get their handmade goods out into the world. Now, the online emporium is giving a select crew of shop owners even more exposure with the first ever Etsy Road Trip! From August 1 to 9, a group of Canadian creators will hit the pavement making stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. We've been fans of some of these shops for ages and we can't wait to meet these makers in person.

Of course, when we go on a fantastic voyage, we like to pack light — just a few wardrobe essentials so that there's room for souvenirs in our luggage. We then add variety to our outfits with accessories. So to get ready, we've selected the following favourites from participating jewellery designers.

You can discover even more vendors on the Etsy Canada Road Trip tumblr or follow the hashtag #etsyroadtrip on Instagram. And to help you get more handmade into your life, Etsy Canada is giving one lucky reader a $100 Gift Card (keep reading for details).

[Hammered Brass Triangle Earrings by Salvage Co]

[Stained Glass Triangle Pendant by Here and Now Shop]

[Dusty Pink Feather Necklace by Noemiah]

[The Belinda Pouch by Grace Design]

Okay, the clutch isn't jewellery, but you need something to carry your bijoux in!

To win the $100 Etsy Gift Card, simply subscribe to Covet Garden between July 30, 2014 and August 10, 2014. One winner will be chosen randomly from those who sign up (it’s free and you’ll also get our monthly newsletter and have each new issue of Covet Garden delivered directly to your email box). Sorry, Canadian residents only.


Jessica's California Road Trip Style

I'm currently on a two week trip to California. I'm starting my trip in Los Angeles and making my way to San Francisco. So my goal was to pack light and stay organized. And it never hurts if your luggage looks good at the same time. Here's what I brought to California.

1. Kleenex, in a case I picked up at City of Craft a few years ago. Never know when you might need a tissue.

2. Waterproof Marimekko toiletry bag: Contains my essentials in case I get seperated from my luggage.

3. I've always been a fan of the very light-weight and durable Le Sportsac range — the weekender tote pictured at the top of this post has been my go-to for years! This patterned delight of Le Sportsac Travel Wallet has multiple pockets to hold American dollars and travel documents.

4. Snacks: Nuts and dried fruit to keep me going throughout the flight.

5. Phone Stuff: An external battery for my phone (for when I'm low on juice); a SIM card to accomodate my US calling plan (I use ROAM); and headphones for music and in-flight movies.

6. Extra bag: Baggu makes the best! It's light but holds a lot of groceries for those trips to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, is available in so many good patterns and it folds down into 5" x 5" pouch so it doesn't take up much room in your regular bag.

7. A case with hand sanitizer, lip gloss and gum to combat in-flight pressure changes — mine is by Lovell Designs.

8. My favourite Hand & Shadow scarf to keep me warm on the freezing plane.

9. My Sony Alpha N-EX camera. It shoots like an SLR, accomodates my old Nikon lenses and is not a heavy beast so it's easy to take along on day trips.

10. To combat boredom on the plane, I loaded my iPad up with my favourite magazines. I got some from iTunes subscriptions and others from the Toronto Public Library's great online collection. (Thanks to Avery Swartz for the tutorial on downloading!)

11. Notebook and pens. My current favourite combination is a Virginia Johnson journal and a pencil case from the Paper Place filled of Le Pens!

12. Covet Garden promo cards to spread the word that Covet Garden Home is now available in the U.S.!

PS. If anyone has tips for some cool places in California that I should check out, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.


Guest Post: Sarah Samms on Sea Worthy Style

[1. CB2 Chord Pendant Light; 2. GLUCKSTEINHOME Turkish Cotton Beach Towel; 3. Zara Gold Coral Glassware; 4. Little Hip Squeaks Anchor Blanket; 5. Anthropologie Moby Shower Curtain; 6.
CB2 Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap; 7. Donna Wilson Message in a Bottle Hot Water Bottle Cover.]

Because we all use our living spaces differently throughout the year, it’s always fun to change up your space seasonally. Even though we're halfway through the summer, it's easy to update with the Nautical Look because you can bring it into your décor without going overboard.  Get an instant update with wonderful throw cushions with prints of sea creatures, anchors or ships. Or bring the seaside to your space by adding  prints or wall art. I like large black and white photographs of sailor’s knots or a metal cut out of a light house to create visual focal points in a space without feeling like you’re on a boat out on the water.

You can also have fun creating your own DIY by upcycling existing pieces to give them a nautical feel. For example,  if you have an old mirror and some heavy twine, you can wrap the rope around the frame.

You can also personalize a corner with a small grouping with a collection of beach front finds.  If you have a console table that you are not using, repaint it with ocean-inspired striped palette. Or cover it with a striped table cloth. Bring in some texture by filling a shadow box with examples of sailor’s knots or  fill clear glass candle holders or big glass bowls with small stones, sea glass or shells.

Today’s guest post is from our former intern, Sarah Samms. Sarah has graduated and now works at Living Lighting in Kitchener, Ontario (who are also now carrying copies of Covet Garden Home).


More Nina and Melissa Inspiration

1. Susan Terai Folding Chair 2. Stacked Paperback Wallpaper 3. Amphora Lamp Base 4. Coral & Tusk Circus Cocktail Napkins 5. Mara Hoffman Rug 6. Filomena Mixing Bowl

We simply can't get enough of Melissa and Nina's space in the July issue of Covet Garden. Of course, it took them decades to source their decor objects, so we wanted to take you on an online safari to find similar treasures that would look right at home in your house.

We're also incredibly excited to announce that Covet Garden Home is now available at select Anthropologie stores in the US and Canada. To celebrate, we hunted for Nina and Melissa inspired finds from Anthro.

As for Covet Garden Home, you can get your copy through Anthropologie online or at one of these locations: Newport Beach, Santa Monica, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Glendale, CA; Greenwich, CT; Washington, DC (Georgetown); Miami Beach and Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Boston and Burlington, MA; Kansas City, MO; New York Chelsea Market, NY; Tulsa, OK; Toronto, ON; Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, PA; Nashville and Knoxville, TN; Dallas, Southlake and Austin, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; and Madison, WI.


Lynda's Hot for Horchata Ice Cream 

Horchata (pronounced or-CHA-tah) is a traditional Mexican beverage that is super-yummy and guaranteed to put out any fire in your mouth as a result of spicy food.  Its main ingredients are rice, almonds and cinnamon, and when combined with water and sugar result a wonderfully refreshing drink. 

On my trip to Oaxaca I enjoyed horchata daily both as a beverage and as an ice cream and now that I'm back in Toronto I've been craving it bad.

Because it just happens to be humid and 38 degrees here in the city, I've decided to transport myself (in my mind) back to Oaxaca by making a batch of horchata ice cream. 

[photos: Lynda Felton]

½ cup white rice (I tried jasmine rice and loved the result.)
3 cups whole milk
¼ cup sugar
½ cup of raw honey
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
5 large egg yolks
1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a 2-quart baking dish, mix the rice, milk, sugar and salt. Add the vanilla bean (scraped right into mixture) and the cinnamon stick. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. 

3. Remove rice mixture from oven an uncover. 

4. Finish scraping the vanilla bean and remove it (leave the cinnamon stick in). Stir in the honey and bake uncovered for another half hour, until rice is tender.

5. Remove the dish from the oven and take out the cinnamon stick. Quickly whisk in the egg yolks all at once. Whisk in the half and half or cream. 

6. Purée half of the mixture in a bowl and then add the rest of the mixture to it and and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

7. Chill custard thoroughly in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.

8. The next day, churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to container and chill in freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving. Makes about 3 cups, or 6 servings.



From July 11 until July 25, buy a KitchenAid® Artisan, Architect or Pro 600 Stand Mixer and get a free Ice Cream Maker Attachment (value $129.99). This offer is available in Canada only. And don't forget to check enter our We All Scream for Ice Cream contest!