Thursday, June 28, 2012

Electrolyte Water Recipe

The temperatures are already soaring in the triple digits.  Our bodies require plenty of water to prevent dehydration.  Electrolytes also to help in the prevention of dehydration. There are many drinks that already come enhanced with electrolytes but they are full sugar.  I personally am not fond of sweetened drinks so I have found some recipes for electrolyte water.  Before workouts is another time when you need to replenish your electrolytes to prevent dehydration.

1 liter of water
1/2 tsp of baking soda
2 tbsp of agave nectar
1/2 tbsp of sea salt

Combine all ingredients in water bottle and sip during workout as needed, or when ever you are going to be outdoors in this three digit temperatures.

Another version

1 L water
1/4 tsp. salt,
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. sugar or honey.

Featured Artisan Kostas Tispos of Artistico

This weeks Featured Artisan is Kostas - Artistico!

Kostas Tsipos

Handmade posters canvas art mixed media ,Music posters prints, pop art wall decor, vintage art decor as well Handmade art canvas a large selection prints of pop art & typography quotes. 

You can find Artistico on:

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Sneaking A Snickers

Onfire Treasury #55

Special thanks to Anne Becwar  of InkieAnnie 
for creating this lovely treasury of snickers.
My leopard tote is included in this treasury too.
Find all these great items at

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Featured Artisan Teri Prouty of Charming Elegance

This week's IBH Blog Ring featured artisan is Teri Prouty of Charming Elegance. Terri is from Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. Her passions are sewing and crafting and has dabbled in many forms of arts from enameling, jewelry, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, macrame, drawing, and beading. Sewing and tailoring are her first loves. Teri spends countless hours creating gifts for friends and family. In her shop you will find a wide variety of items including apparel, handbags, baby items and products for entertaining and for your home.

Find Charming Elegance here:

Retro Vintage Pin-up Girls Motorcycle Black

Basket Fabric Tray Apple Green Choc Brown

Flannel Baby Blanket Zoo Animals Birds

Scarf Hand Knitted with Fringe Sage Green 

Vibrant Little Boys in Blue

We love our young ones...heres one for them!
Thank you  Sharon Deal of Silver Lily Jewellrys for including my boy apron.
All items are found at

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stars. Stripes, and Fireworks!

Handmade Soap

"Beautiful collection of everything red,white and blue in honor of the 4th of July."

Thank you Klassy Kapz for including my flower clip.
All items are click able links.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Featured Artisan is Gayle Williams of What's Her Name

This weeks Featured Artisan is Gayle Phillips Williams - What's Her Name!

Gayle is glad that she has this shop  (& so does her son) for their craft/art therapy.
 Hope you enjoy their "works".

Gayle tries to recycle with her supplies when possible to keep her prices down and just for recycling sake.

  Some of her crafts are her own design and protected by Creative Commons.
 Most of her items are ooak-one of a kind.

You can find Wha'ts her Name on"

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Interview with Stillwater Community Connection

Gail Metcalf: Owner/Designer, Heart & Sow Designs
Products include handmade and vintage aprons, purses, baby towels, lap blankets, scarves and accessories.
Visit my blog at:
I have a degree from OSU in Early Childhood Education, & Family and Consumer Sciences. I love creative projects! I have decorated cakes and made a variety of products for craft shows and family. About 3 years ago I was looking for cute aprons and had trouble finding some. I decided to make one and discovered I liked sewing aprons and family and friends loved them. My business started with aprons and I’ve added additional products over the years.
Marketing Tip: 
Facebook and my blog have played a key role in helping me get the word out about my business. If you have products to sell be sure to check out etsy, artfire and ecrater.
How long have you lived in Stillwater?
Since 1981
What do you love about living in Stillwater?
Community Atmosphere, Safe place to raise a family
Where is your favorite place to go in Stillwater?
Hobby Lobby, Rib Crib and Texas Roadhouse
Sewing, Crafts & Golf
Favorite Book:
Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
Battlefield of the Mind
Favorite Move:
The Notebook & Steel Magnolias
Yes, I’ve been married for 34yrs to a wonderful husband.
Do you have children?
Yes, 2 daughters, 1 son and 8 grandkids
How can residents connect with you?
You are also welcome to connect with me on facebook via my personal account which is listed as Gail Metcalf.

Featured Artisan Monika of My European Touch

This weeks blog ring featured artisan is Monika of My European Touch. Monika has been a mosaic artist for 8 years now. She specializes in doing mosaics using a style referred to as "Pique Assiette or Tesserae" This process involves transforming vintage china/porcelain plates into artistic designs that are always one of a kind and my own. 

As you take a closer look you will notice that she does do use precise cut, nipped bone china porcelain plates that otherwise would have been dispersed off and give it a new life in form of a mosaic art piece. 

Monikahas sold and shipped all over the world, Hong Kong, Australia, Bahrain, Great Britain to name a few. And of course all 
over the United States.

Wall decor, Wall Hanging Mosaic Tray  shabby cottage chic 

clay roses pearls  cut broken china plate rims stained glass romantic glamurous


Cookie Cutter Ornaments Gift Tags Cabinet hangers

 shabby chic pink roses pearls seasonless for all occasion

Wall hanging Wall Decor Mosaic Violin Shabby Chic Gift for Musician

 broken cut china plate rims stained glass Mosaic Wall art wall hanging

Find My European Touch:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

IBH Patriotism

Handmade Gifts

Showing our colors and our pride!

All items are clickable links to shops that are shown here!

Mine is the headband with the striped rose.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

IBH Blog Ring Artists

"A selection of items from the artisans in the IBH Blog rings. We have some pretty amazing artists!"

Special thanks to Cathy of Cathy Ann Creations for making this great collection 
and for including my halter shirt apron.

All items are clickable and will take you to the artisan's shop.