Apronizing America

20130913_145841What does “Apronizing America ” mean, exactly?

This is a common thing I am asked quite often.

I believe that Aprons are a fashion accessory. I believe they can and should be worn out like one would wear a scarf, a necklace or a necktie. Apron can spice up ANY wardrobe, make, female, child, or even a pet or a doll!

When not wearing an apron out, I feel like I am leaving something behind.

But if I do, you can be sure that whatever I AM wearing is something I created, whether that is a Fascinator, a dress I made, my earrings, you name it, there is something from my creations.

Mostly, I love to make fashionable aprons because I hear the stigma of what people think an Apron is and I am not just out to get America to WEAR an Apron, I am trying to change a whole MINDSET!!

An Apron is NOT just for the Kitchen anymore and my aprons are NOT your grandma’s aprons.

I want to show you by creating fabulous things, dresses to go under them, fascinators to help accessorize them, and of course, Aprons that are spicy alternatives to dress up anything you wear or not wear (if you so prefer) to help add flair, spice and fabulousness to your life!

I am also NOT like other apron makers I have seen out there. Most work from their fabric in stock and create based on tissue paper patterns. Some design their own patterns, but then it is a constant “Cookie- Cutter” repeat of the same apron, with different fabric/textile.

I start from a Fashion Designer base FIRST! Meaning, I design based on the specs you give me in a quote from my Fashion Request Form. I then take that information and design within those parameters and then send you the design to approve. From there, within TWO WEEKS, I create your fabulous design.

You can choose if you want a Custom Apron or a BeSpoke Apron. Custom means I can use the design pattern I created for you and use it for another request. BeSpoke means you are the only one wit that design and it cannot be used for anything else.

You don’t see that from other Apron Makers, for the most part. I am sure there are one or two who “might” do that, but it is rare.

I feel and think this way of thinking has the potential to do as I desire and to help Apronize America because America will see how unique and different my aprons are as well as my mentality about wearing and using them.

Do I make Domestic Aprons? Yes, with Flair & Fabulousness!

Do I make other things? Yes, as long as they are true to my brand, meaning they will go WITH other things I create.

The questions I get asked most? Do I love what I do?

Yes. You know that song “Living what I love and loving what I do…”? That is the epitome of how I feel everyday.

What’s Next for Trisha Trixie?

Apron Builder. My Online Apron Creation Technology. On Apron Builder YOU are the designer. I give you the base template and you create what YOU desire. Then it gets printed and sent to you to construct by either sewing or other alternatives like No Stick Glue, Fabric Bond Adhesive or who knows, maybe you want to staple yours together! That is all on YOU!

What if I don’t want to use Apron Builder? Good thing you still have me! Trisha Trixie Designs will  still be the Custom BeSpoke Apron Maker and myself and my seamstresses will be available to be of service to you!

So, you see…there is no reason NOT to wear an apron and I have even made it simple and easy for you to do.

Now, Let’s Apronize America together!

Action Aprons and other Comic Creations

Do you like Action Heroes, Comics, and Super Heroes?

Do you like to wear an apron or would wear one if you were able to share your love for those things?

Do you like Cosplay or wearing Costumes? These items are perfect for you too! Wear over smple black or white outfits underneath and show your Cosplay style in fashion for your passion!

Check out my new line of Action Aprons ™ and share your love in the kitchen, while cleaning, working on art or many other reasons to wear an apron.

Get your Action Aprons at Goodsmiths https://www.goodsmiths.com/trisha-trixie-designs

 

I also have a brand new line of Comic Cup Cozies for those who want to help their cup have an identity!

These and other Comic Creations will be available at Capes Kafe soon! Want these items in your store, to buy wholesale or drop ship with your company? Contact me and lets work something out!

Desire a Custom Creation for any of these type of items? I would love to! Contact me and let’s gt this party started!!

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

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My Poison Ivy Cosplay Action Apron

I am an Entrepreneur! I Dream Big! I Dream Loud! I Dream Confident! I Dream Proud!

I am an entreprenuer

I am an Entrepreneur!

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I believe anything is possible.
I see opportunity when others see impossibility.
I take risks. I am focused. I hustle. I know that NOTHING is unrealistic. I feel overwhelming love
I embrace my childlike wonder and curiosity.
I take flying leaps into the unknown.
I contribute to something bigger than myself.
I create. I learn. I grow. I do.
I believe it is NEVER to late to start living a dream.
I am an Entrepreneur.

I Dream Big.
I Dream Loud.
I Dream Confident.
I Dream Proud.

We need more dreamers in this world.
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Trixie Tuesdays: Selling STUFF (TrishaTrixie Style)

So ya wanna sell your STUFF? From Aprons to Artist to Social Media Strategiest, no matter what you do, if you love it enough, you might decide you want to make money at it.

Selling items you make is not easy. Making a business out of it is even harder. Often I fight the comments of others asking me or stating to me that what I do is a”Hobby” not a business and on top of it all, I have to make sure I do enough, but not too much business to deal with the IRS (who always wants to dip their hands in my pockets it seems)

I am no expert, though I would say I have a pretty good handle on connecting, networking and marketing and that helps. It always surprises people when they ACTUALLY see how much work I put into my business. I would first say to you, be sure that you really want to do this. As I said before, it is NOT easy. But if you love it, you pull up your boots straps and do what you gotta do!

If you are doing it as a hobby, you might not desire to put in as much effort as I do. That is up to you. I will let you decide. I will say however all the things I am going to tell you have moved me from a mere online existence to getting my brand out there, getting traffic on Social Media, turning that traffic into buyers, and getting my brand known more and more as I go.

1-Products-The one thing I learned early on this year is that I need product. That sounds simple, right? But just having a small selection of product is NOT enough. You need to have product to sell to the customer. One drawing here or there or one apron was not enough. Last year when I was focusing on my art I sold nothing when I had 2 or 3 drawings. Once I had a variety of over 20 for them to choose from, I sold more. People want to see what you have and I think it relates to the fact they are not a one trick pony and don’t want you to be either.

Part of products is staying true to the brand. I have had a hard time with and struggling at times. People want me to make all sorts of things but if it doesn’t stay true to my brand I am only doing myself a disservice. Don’t stray too far. Stay true to the brand. Sometimes I have to eloquently say to people, “thank you for the suggestion, but that does not stay true to my brand right now. I keep that in consideration for in the future for if I change it.”

2- Networking- Just making the items will not work. Sadly they don’t sell themselves. People may joke that an item is so good that it sells itself, but in reality…it does not. YOU have to do the work. I network. I buy myself a stack of Business Cards from 123print.com or moo.com and then I take them out with me. I get all my Trisha Trixie cards from123print because I can hand out more because the cost is lower but I still get some amazing looking quality cards. I do design them myself and use hi resolution pictures so they come out the best. If you don’t know design, getting a pal, college intern from your local community college or design school will keep the cost down. I use Moo.com for all my Modeling cards. They are a higher cost, even using their templates, but I don’t mind because they are a higher quality and I don’t hand them out as much.

Get on local websites like here we have www.catchdesmoines.com, www.desmoinesisnotboring.com, and then there are Chamber of Commerce site in your local areas like Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and others. Get on their email lists if you can to find out where the events are. Then you MUST go to them. Go mingle, share your passion, talk about what you do, your excitement and passion will come across and people will want you card. If you are an artist, having a selection of cards with small showings of you art is a good idea. If you are a model, pics of yourself, and for me, I have a pic of me in one of my aprons. Show what you do somehow some way.

Get out there, meet others, hand out your cards and in addition a part of Networking is going to events where you listen to a speaker or learn something. Take the time to do these as well. It will further your knowledge and thus further your career if you are able to take away that knowledge and apply it to what you do. Plus as you get further down the line, you could be asked to be a guest speaker and sharing your passion on the other side of the coin.

3- Marketing-I am often teased that I am the QUEEN of Marketing and Networking. I wouldn’t go THAT far, but I will say a funny story. After awhile going to events and marketing myself so much I was at an event and my friend said to another person “This is Trisha Trixie, she is like the Princess Mafia Connection, she is cute and well connected!” I never laughed so hard, but I even used that to my advantage and started a Linked In Group. It hasn’t taken off much, but I don’t want to let it go, because it was cute and such a great idea.

The reality is, that Marketing to me is thought of in the same manner as Networking. To me they go hand in hand. But you CAN take marketing further. People need to see your items, hear about your STUFF and connect with you, somehow, someway. How YOU do that will be up to you. How I do it is through a variety of means.

Facebook Pages are fabulous to me. Make one for yourself. This is different than your profile. A lot of people refuse to connect with a Business Profile, they only desire to connect to a page. I am the same.  Get yourself a Business Page, but here is the key…USE IT! write a post at least once a week, engage in your followers, ask them questions, ask them their comments or ideas, start a conversation. Upload pictures of your products. If it is art, watermark is or make sure it is signed so no one steals it, if you have a business name or quote that is yours, trademark it by adding ™ behind it so you can start tagging it and in the event someone TRIES to steal it you have proof. If you are super serious about Trademarking or Copyrighting find out more about it and start applying for them. I have been through 3 Trademark Infringements and 2 Copyright issues on written items, it is not fun and the first few times I lost. But once you properly protect yourself, you will be ready for the next guy that tries to take away your items by calling it their own.

3.0-Marketing Ladders– There is a new thing I found. Now this doesn’t mean it is NEW, I just mean to say I have found it and I feel like I have struck GOLD! Promotional Ladders on Facebook. In the Search bar enter Ladders or Promote. There you go. Choose one and copy and paste your Facebook page into the ladder.

Here is how “I” do it so not to waste time. I set a timer for 5 minutes. Find a ladder I want to connect with for the night. Copy my page in the ladder or one the front page stating “Could use some love on ______ (whatever your page name is) then add the link. Then I like all the items ABOVE me. If I have the time still left I might delve into a few of them deeper if they peak my interests and make sure the GET NOTIFICATIONS is checked and ADD TO INTEREST LIST. When the timer goes off, I am done. Someone recently said to me “I spent over 30 minutes on doing Ladders the other night.” Well, then that was a waste of your time. The output to input from those likes ratio just got diminished by you doing that.  What will happen is others will come like you as well. Should you send a message? Well, I don’t. Again to me it wastes time. Do I get message from others saying “Like from so and so page”, yes I do and then I take a special moment to go LIKE their page and make sure the GET NOTIFICATIONS is on. Why? Because I KNOW it takes time so if they took the time to send me a message I desire to return the favor.

4-Beautification- Just making things is only the first step. I know I keep saying that but I want to get it through to you that there are SO many more steps. Get yourself a good camera or Camera Phone to take pictures of your items, or have a photographer friend help you out. Don’t post up grainy, dark or blurry pics of your items and expect them to sell. Would you buy an apron if you couldn’t see it? No, you wouldn’t. But you would be surprised how many people do that.  Also if you are an artist get yourself a good scanner. Taking a picture of your art is not the same as a good scan. If you don’t have one, save your pennies and go to Kinkos or Staples to have them scan it for you. Make sure it is above 300 dpi. I have them scan my larger items at 600 dpi. Then I can use that image on any site large or small and make it look my best. I keep a small thumb drive just for my Kinkos and Staples trips. I also add my images on there from my home so when I am doing a show, I can take them to one of those places and get print off done. I use heavy paper of 60 weight or higher.I tried 38 lb and they were too flimsy. Test out a few weights and see what sells for you. If it is black and white and you want them to color it in, a lower weight is fine because you can roll it up and pop a rubber band on it. The heavier weights I also buy Sleeves from Hobby Lobby and slide my prints into the sleeves and sell that way.

Making items look their best is beneficial.

Another fun way is PicMonkey. It is a fun photo editing and collage web software. But don’t go crazy. Remember THE PRODUCT is the most important. IF you add to many flashy items and embellishments and logos, then you can’t see what is being sold.  There is a free version but I spend the $5 a month to gain access to the extra fonts and embellishments.  I also create Facebook Banners there as well as many other uses. Save your money paying for banners and logo and try them out here first.

5-Other Social Media Suggestions- I think the number #1 way to get your message across is through Hootsuite or a program like it. I started out with ping.fm and once I saw Hootsuite I fell in love.  Again, there is a free version, but I pay a little more each money to be able to get my message across to more places. If you have the free version I would suggest, Facebook, Linked In and Twitter to connect to. If you pay for the expanded version, add Linked In Groups, and Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, and Google Pages like I do. In one sweep I can add a message to over 27 places. Bam, one and done. Again, less time, more ROI, Return on Investment in time and money.

Which leads me to the other extras: Join Facebook Groups which connect you to others in your craft or what you want to do. I am in groups for models, vendor shows, art groups and more. I also am in Linked In Groups that do the same.  Then I follow people on Twitter who either are in my craft or could connect me to others. Google Pages are new but I have already found value in them.

You are already blown away now aren’t you. See I told you it wasn’t easy. But I have streamlined my processes to make it easy. First you need to invest some time perhaps a whole day once to get connected with these groups and get set up on sites etc. But once you have done the front work, then maintaining is the key.

I pick Mondays to usually do all the big things I need to do. Then whenever I write a blog, I copy it into Hootsuite and tada, it goes across to all those groups and Twitter feeds etc I added before.

I also (most of the time) write my blogs ahead of time. I got out of sync with that and am working on getting myself back into the groove. But I also have learned to forgive myself and not beat myself up if I miss one. If my followers bring it to my attention, I put one together, but everyone leads a life and they understand if I don’t get to a blog one day.

The best advice I received recently was from Susan, from Business in Blue Jeans   when she told me to blog about recipes and what aprons to wear with them and to talk about the world around Aprons. Connecting with others and talking about what you love is essential. I also have added my HOW TOs like today. I know I have knowledge to share and I think the business is more than just Aprons. It is about me, Trisha Trixie the persona and the Brand.

Focusing on this has been very successful for me and really drawn people in. I blog, I copy the blog to Hootsuite and Independent Fashion Bloggers, Then I share it on Google and Stumble Upon. My hits have gone from 100 followers in January to over 5,000 now!

6-Online, Tradeshows or Both- Where to sell your items is essential. I do sell online and sadly have jumped around trying to find the right niche. Etsy is great if you have a little of product and can afford to pay because they hit you with fees and costs going in and coming out, for you AND the buyer. I found out about Goodsmiths and at first didn’t think I wanted to sell there because it appeared saturated with Aprons. Once I saw the cost benefit I found it to be worthy for me. Under 25 items was free but again I pay the little bit extra to sell more products. Their tool is easy to use and within two hours of putting an item up it sold! Then I was SOLD, on Goodsmiths!

I also do Tradeshows. I wanted to apply for a lot more but some of the shows require Liability and the costs are too high so I have to step back for now. I am working on those things but found through Craigslist and the other pages I mentioned shows I can sell my items in. Also because I was in a few shows last year, they generally reach back to to interested vendors to see if they want to do it again.  So all I have to do is fill out application, send check and I am ready.

For Tradeshows though, you might need to invest in a booth, a Tradeshow Board or set up or find visually appealing ways to show your items. I don’t know that there is a WRONG way but I know the most appealing beings people in. Also I rotate my items around throughout the show. Then if people come back around they might see something they didn’t see before. That is usually when I make sales.

Some sell online, some only do shows some like me do both. There is a cost for shows but if you can sell over and above the booth cost I feel it is worth it.

Is it worth it?

In the end I ask myself it is worth it. Is the thing I am going to do, the time I put in, the show I am going to do etc worth it. IF I feel it would not be a value of my time or effort I don’t do it. ROI, Return on Investment for the time I put into something has to be worth the output. Sometimes, I don’t know that until I do it. I recently did a show that I thought would easily bank $200, yet instead I sold $45.  So next year, when that show comes back around I will either do something else or just not do that one. As well, I have spent time on adding my items to Chiq. com and Pose.com to see if that would gain more traffic to my site and sales. When it did not I slowed down or on another site I dumped it all together.

You might have to test a few things out to get your groove and niche together.  See what works for you, see what doesn’t. If it doesn’t try something else. Keep going, keep moving forward. Don’t let the hates and saboteurs get in your head. Jealous people tend to be the worst because they see you happy and making money and they aren’t so they want to disrupt your life. Don’t let them. And if you fail, get back up again. Many a businesses I know as well as myself didn’t work the first time. Others will scoff at that too. Let those comments and words roll off your back. All that matters is you, your life, your business and if you want to do it and if you are enjoying it.

7-Training & Learning, aka Extra Curriculum- I found a few sites and books helpful for me. I try to have some downtime on Sundays to read learn and do the things that will help me grow and still learn. Since I am an adult not in college anymore, we need books and perhaps online courses to help keep our ideas and mind fresh. Plus some of these courses have been great connections to other places.

These are ones I did that you might explore and see if they could work for you

Right Brain Business Plan- A creative Way

Goddess Leonie Business Guidebook

From Good to Great, Why Some Companies Take the Leap

You Inc, The Art of Selling Yourself

Working for Good

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary

…as well I want to link you back to my PERSONAL Knowledge and growth that has helped me. I write about that and have all the links to these and more on my blog, please take the time to read it and investigate these sources further. CLICK HERE

I hope all of these have helped. If there are any questions I could answer, comment, message me etc. I am happy to help in any way I can…

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

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Throwback Thursday: A Great Day!

This Throwback Thursday is a bit different as a wonderful DIFFERENT thing happened to me today!

I was completely jazzed and honored to be on A Great Day with KCWI Des Moines! The show was Jam packed, lots of amazing guests and bands and more!

I had an opportunity to shout out the stores that carry Trisha Trixie Designs which are Green Goods for the Home and Cheryl’s Borrowed Occasions as well as mention Goodsmiths the local online store that is like but so much better than Etsy.

Jason Parkin came over to where Jackie and I were and talked to us while I showed Jackie how to make Fascinators.

Then after I left Ron the Car Guy even put my Pocket Squares in his pocket too!

I had just such a fun time and hope to be able to be on there again sometime!

 

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Thanks for this FABULOUS opportunity and I hope you all have remember to BE FABULOUS!

Mad Men: BBQ Sauce Base

With summer fast approaching, I thought I might provide you with a base for creating your own secret BBQ sauce recipe.  This base provides a thing tomato base that you can add nearly anything to.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a sauce pan saute the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Cook until you can nearly see through it.  Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix these up really well.  Over medium heat simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Reduce the heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar.  Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.  From this point you can add whatever you like.

For Sweet Sauces

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • or Molasses

For Spicy Sauces

  • Chilles
  • Cayenne
  • or hot sauces

Really you can let your imagination go wild.  I have seen people use chocolate, coffee and many other crazy ingredients in their BBQ Sauce.  What might your secret ingredient be?

BBQ on the grill in Style

Now that your sauce is ready you are ready to grill. Don’t forget to check out Trisha Trixie Designs for your fashion needs.

 

 

 

What not Wednesday: Finding your Inspiration

 

I am a big fan on living by a motto.  It helps you keep on track.  My inspiration in life came from my grandmother.  See, I have always been known as a people pleasing perfectionist.  I’d never speak my mind, but my grandmother said to me,

“Nothing and nobody is perfect.  Who wants to be nothing and nobody?” 

When I find myself in a rut or overstressed, I just stop and repeat this motto to myself.

There are many other quotes that inspire my life.  As many of my friends and family know I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. I love this quote by her

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” 

I am the kind of girl who loves to enjoy the beauty in the world, but sometimes I forget to listen to the good internal voices.  There are so many bad voices in the world.  However, I have a metaphor for all the bad things in the world.  This is an activity I do with teenage girls, but I actively use it in my own life.

Paint yourself a cup

  1. On a styrofoam cup, draw 4 items that you are proud of.  Examples; accomplishments, goals, family, friends, strengths or etc.
  2. I have everyone talk about their drawings.
  3. Then I tell the world that most people walk around holding out their cups.  I say, “Look how easy it is for me to put something in your cup'” and I pretend to drop an item there and I say something like, “You are very strong.”
  4. Then I stop and say, “What if I go to put something bad in your cup?  What do you do then?”  Responses vary as people are different.  I’ve gotten responses like, “I’d slap their hand, turn my cup upside down or just let it happen.”
  5. I propose that people hold their cups close like a football.  Then, they get to decide what goes inside.  If someone is having a bad day and says, “You aren’t good enough, ” I can stop and think and decide that this is their issue and not mine.  Their negativity does not belong in my cup.

This is a metaphor for life of course and I don’t literally hold a cup, but when people talk to me I decide if I want what they are offering me in m cup.  If not, I choose not to take it.  This may end some relationships as people don’t always respond well to your carefree attitude.  However, it is best to choose your own image.

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Be Fabulous! 

Let good forces guide you my friend.  Today, I am off as I too have been inspired by the Summer of Color and Trisha Trixie’s latest creation.

summer citron

 

So, I’m off to create!  Check back later for my creation.  🙂

 

Sunday Dinner: Seven Layer Taco Dip

Seven Layer Taco Dip

This week we are talking about all things outdoors.  When you are going to a picnic you need to have a quick, fun dish to bring along.  This is my handy dandy suggestion.

 

Attire Suggestion

Well, Trisha Trixie Designs are not just for the kitchen.  I’d like to recommend a few of her aprons that look like dresses.  Throw these over the top of your capris and see the smiles that will ensue.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can of refried beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of softened cream cheese.
  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar of salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chop it into small cube shapes
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 small head of lettuce shredded.
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of sliced black olives (Be sure to drain them)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the refried beans and taco seasoning meat. Take this mixture and put it on the bottom of your pan (I use one that is 9 x 9 but this is up to you)
  2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese into a medium bowl.  Spread over your refried beans.
  3. Add a layer of salsa to the pan.
  4. Add a layer of tomatoes to the pan.
  5. Add a layer of green peppers to the pan
  6. Add a layer of lettuce to the pan.
  7. Top with Cheddar cheese and black olives.
  8. Put in the refrigerator and cover for 30 minutes or longer.
  9. Serve with chips

 

Tip: I have made these in individual serving cups for special occasions.  This lets everyone have a little cup to enjoy their dip from.

 

Happy socializing!

 

Saturday Special: Campfire Memories

Some of my greatest childhood memories are of sitting around the campfire.  Every summer my grandmother would load up the RV and we would drive to Little Wall Lake blaring Willie Nelson all the way.  This was a week long trip of camping.  My grandma was defiantly a nature lover.  She knew about survival and she was keen on sharing these ideas with myself and my cousin.  Starting a fire was an adventure with my grandmother, well everything was an adventure with my grandmother.

First: We would clean out the fire pit.  Some other campers usually had left it a mess.  We made sure the stones were in a  circular shape and that all the debris was removed.

Second: We would look for a big dead tree and cut it into logs.

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Third: We would look for kindling. This is little dried branches and leaves.

Forth: We used sticks to build a little teepee shape
Fifth: We did not rub two sticks together.  However, we didn’t use a match either.  We did use a magnesium fire starter similar to one sold at Harbor freight.
And then we had a fire
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You can always do a little BBQ on the grill.  TrishaTrixie is going to be selling lots of aprons for men at the upcoming comicon.  Wouldn’t BBQ be fun in one of these aprons?
Scooby Snack Makin' Apron $35

Scooby Snack Makin’ Apron $35

We use to read excerpts from scary stories by Roald Dahl  around the campfire.

“Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The drop of a head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil. Her skin -for this was her sixth month with child-had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before. When the clock said ten minutes to five, she began to listen, and a few moments later, punctually as always, she heard the tires on the gravel outside, and the car door slamming, the footsteps passing the window, the key turning in the lock. She laid aside her sewing, stood up, and went forward to kiss him as he came in.” From Lamb to Slaughter

What did you enjoy doing around the camp fire?

Sunday Evening: Steak Marinade

Steak Marinade

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This week begins are all things outdoors ideas.  So, what is more outdoors than steak on the grill?  I love this simple recipe.  You don’t need much, but you will have great flavor.

Before we get ready I must get pretty!

Attire Suggestion

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This is a beautiful Shabby Chic look that is sure to make anyone feel beauty.  Be Fabulous!  All of these items are Trisha Trixie Designs and are available on our etsy page.  Come check it out.

Ingredients

  • 3 Teaspoons of Jack Daniels
  • 3 Teaspoons of worcestershire
  • 1 Cup of Italian Dressing
  • A couple of your favorite steaks
  • A big plastic ziplock type bag

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Directions

  1. Take a fork and poke holes in your steak
  2. Put all the ingredients in the bag and let sit for at leas 6 hours.  The longer the better!
  3. Turn up your grill and cook to your preferred temperature
  4. Serve these delicious steaks with any sides!

What not Wednesday: Schools Out Crafts about?

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What is better than making a balloon float on air?  The directions are all included on the Spoonful website.

Does your child like to paint?  There are many canvas studios that offer children’s painting.  This is a fun way for your child to invent on a canvas.  A local business called Social Canvas offers this service, but check your local area for all the selections.

I saw some youngsters doing this and they seemed to really find a sense of accomplishment.  You will be amazed at how much it relaxes your child too!

Maybe you don’t have time to set up a huge crafting project, but the little ones need something to do.  Well, the DLTK’s website offers many printable coloring, crafting, and activities for you little ones to complete.  This site is well worth its weight in gold!

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Why not make a chicken paper plate craft?

Remember that projects keep the little ones busy.  Make the summers memorable.

Don’t forget your little one might enjoy to craft in some of our lovely apron designs just for kiddos.  Check them out at our etsy store.  Custom orders are always welcome.

Saturday Special: Gardening in a vintage way

Gardening in a Vintage way

I take many of my gardening ideas from my grandmother.  When I dig in the dirt, I still hear her voice.  I guess the garden is the place that I go to be near her.  I am thankful for all that she has taught me and hope that I might be able to share her passion with you.  I don’t guarantee results, but this is the way we have always done it!

First of all, you can garden any place.  I started pot gardening in my first apartment.

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This is a tomato plant and it already has yellow flowers and a tiny tomato.  All signs that this is a healthy plant.
Second, gardening has to be fun.  Wear cute cloves and a pretty apron!  If you are going to do it, do it in style.  Find many cute items now available at our etsy shop!
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Now, you’ll want to keep the critters out.  My grandma never used harsh chemicals and neither do I.  I like to pull weeds, but I do use organic preen.  Also, to keep out the bunnies and other varmints I plant green onions and Zinnias.  I never eat the onions and they come back year after year on there own.
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When we plant lettuce, we dig a small trowel and place the seeds inside.  After the seeds go in, we brush the dirt over the seeds.  Use plenty, some will wash away!
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Beans are fun to plant.  It always makes me think of jack and the bean stalk.  It is truly amazing that little beans become plants.  We dig little holes and then fill them in.
We, usually, plant two rows of beans.  The idea of planting three is the hope that one bean will make it to maturity.
Our garden also has peppers, pumpkins and a few herbs.  What do you like in your garden?  Have other helpful gardening trick or tips?  We’d love to hear them.

Wednesday What Not; reusing the plant to have the flower and gardening tips and tricks!

What to do with the plants loved ones gift you?  

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This is beautiful and I have convinced my babe to buy me plants, rather than cut flowers so that I can create a beautiful flower bed.

That beautiful plant above will eventually become

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However, it’s beauty is not over.

Gardening Apparel Suggestions

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Just think of how you can make gardening look good!

1. The Jean Apron by Trisha Trixie Designs has cute embellishments and pockets to hold your gardening tools.

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2.  Don’t forget your little helper.  This Trisha Trixie design is for your little one.  Won’t you match so sweetly?

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Directions

1.  Take your pot outside and put in the garage.  The plant will dry out along with the flower and leaves.

2. Pull off the leaves and flowers, leaving only the bulbs behind.  Keep them in a container.

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3.  As Spring approaches, the bulbs will start to sprout.

4. Dig a shallow hole with your shovel.

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5. Place your bulb with the green size up in a grouping of three or four.

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6.  Cover up the bulbs with dirt.

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7.  Wait for your bulbs to grow.  They may not grow fully this year, but just wait for next year!

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Through the years, I have never purchased bulbs.  However, you can see how replanting gifts has developed my flower garden!  Easy, simple and lasts forever.  These dears will come up year after year!

Extra Tips and Tricks for your food gardens!

1. Plant marigolds, onions or Zinnias on the border of your garden to keep out rodents.  (My grandma told me this and it always works)

2. Plan your cucumbers on father’s day.  They will grow in abundance.

3. The best organic gardening starts with the soil.  Adding top soil to the top of your garden will do wonders.

4.  Use Preen Organic to keep the bugs away.  You can purchase it at any hardware/gardening store.

 

Sunday Night Dinner: Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed Peppers

This is one of our favorite dishes around here.  It takes some time to cook, but is well worth the wait.

Apparel Suggestions

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All availabe Through Trisha Trixie Designs.  Check out our new etsy page!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 green peppers
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (we prefer sicilian blend bread dipping seasoning found at local grocery stores or online)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the rice as directed by the package
  3. Brown the hamburger in a pan.
  4. Cut off the tops of the green peppers and remove the seeds.  Rinse well.
  5. On a baking dish, lay a piece of foil.  Lay peppers bottom down.  If they will not stand upright, cut the very bottom edges off.
  6. In a bowl mix; hamberger, cooked rice, 1 can of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sause, garlic powder, onion poweder and salt and pepper.
  7. Spoon an equal amount of this mixture into the green peppers.
  8. In a seperate bowl mix together the remaining tomato sauce and Italian Seasoning in the bowl.
  9. Pour about three tablespoons of this mixture over the stuffed peppers.  You will have some mixture left for basting.
  10. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes until the peppers are tender.

Saturday Special: Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day

Procrastination?  Yes, we have all been there and help is on the way.  

Hallmark has an amazing new product that you can do with the little ones called magic prints.  The products range from $9.95 to $24.95.  They are sure to melt any mother’s or grandmother’s heart.

Just Like You Magnet  Girl Double Frame with Sentiment

Of course TrishaTrixie designs has lovely jewelry designed for the fashionista in mom.  The products range from $10.00 to $20.00.

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Better Homes and Gardens has some great DIY projects for the kids to complete.  My personal favorite is the pen/pencil holder.  Who else is always looking for a pen?

Mother's Day Pencil Holder and Frame

Does your mom like to bake, craft, garden or just look gorgeous?  Check out these fun, vintage inspired aprons!

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Martha Stewart might not be the perfect ideal housewife anymore, but she has some great ideas!  Why not make mom a nice meal for Mother’s day?  This heart-shaped egg toast is sure to get a smile out of mom!

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What woman doesn’t love shoes?  There are so many various possibilities.  Does mom like comfy, flat or a nice heel?  Why not spoil her and shop now!

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Is mom eco-friendly?  Does she do what she can to save the world?  Then check out these repurposed items for mom.  The photo cubes would be so cute on a desk!

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Does mom like scarfs to brighten up her outfit?  The choices are unlimited and usually reasonable in this category.  Shop for mom!

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We hope we were able to provide you with some last minute ideas.  At TrishaTrixie designs we would like to stop and thank all of the women in the world who take time to care for our future.  We are all blessed to have you as a part of our community!

Wednesday What not: The vintage mother

So with the wold of Mad Men blowing across our nation, what man doesn’t want his own Betty?

I’d love to be able to stay home and participate in the activities of the 1950s, but what did a stay at home mother really do?

Top Ten in the life of a 1950s mother

10. Taking care of the home.

9. Grocery Shopping

8. Crafting

7. Sewing

6. Baking

5. Socializing with friends

4. Volunteering through social clubs

3.  Taking care of children

2 Making sure the house stayed together.

1.  Staying beautiful for her husband!

What do you do that reminds you of the vintage mother?  Funny thing at my house we have a dishwasher, however I’d rather wash the dishes by hand.  Something about it just calms my nerves.

Also, I love to put on a little apron and imagine myself back in time.  Didn’t things seem so much simpler?

Perhaps, your mother deserves to feel like a goddess in her home while crafting, baking, sewing or whatever her heart desires.  Don’t forget that trishatrixie designs has a huge selection of aprons and apron accessories.

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Green and Gorgeous Half Apron

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Half Apron

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Try it Tuesday: Charm Bracelet for Mom or yourself!

Charm Bracelet

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This is a relatively simple task.  The hardest part is picking out the perfect beads, charms and accessories to complete you beautiful project.

Attire Suggestions

The floral rosy cuteness half-apron is great for fun tasks.  Pair it with a sporty shoe and #1 mom earrings to really get your inspirational juices going.  All of these items were made by Trisha Trixie Designs.

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Supplies

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1. Half circle bracelet where the end bead unscrews

2. Glass beads, silver beads and charms of your choice.  As many or as few as you desire is fine.

Directions

1.  Unscrew the end off the bracelet.

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2.  Set your beads up in the order you would like to place them on.

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3.  Screw the end back on and you have a beautiful charm bracelet.

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The bracelet cost me around $25 to make.  This may seem pricey, but it is no where near as expensive as the charm bracelets purchased at your local retailer.  If you search around, you can usually find deals on these bracelets.  Beads, charms and etc easily come off the bracelet making the charms changeable.  This would make a great, personal Mother’s Day Gift.

Sunday Recipe; Coke pork ribs

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Coke Pork Ribs With Easy Sides

Warning to all my cooking gals: this one will be messy.  Plan your attire accordingly.

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Attire Advice

1.  Start with a full apron for plenty of coverage.  The country apron is perfect for this occasion.

2. A cute country scarf to tie it all together.

3. Wrap it up with a pair of custom books, so your country cookin’ has some flare!

To check out these and other custom items please visit Trisha Trixie Designs
 

Ingredients Lists

(Ribs)

  • 4 to 5 pounds of pork ribs
  • Large pineapple juice (The bigger the better!)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Weber smokey mesquite seasoning (I buy it at Walmart)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Foil

(BBQ Sauce)

  • 2 cups of Coca-Cola
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons black pepper.
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (Makes it really spicy, so add for your taste!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

(Oil/Vinegar Cole Slaw)

  • 1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 sFack of shredded cabbage mix for slaw
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(Asparagus)

  • A bunch of Asparagus (Cut off the ends)
  • Foil
  • Olive Oil (Drizzled)
  • Salt to taste
  • A package of  hollandaise mix (You can make it yourself, but I find this to be just as good)
  • Amount of milk you mix calls for

Directions

Feel free to make bits and pieces of all of this.  This just happened to be my Sunday meal.  Feel free to experiment.
 
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1.  Cut your ribs into three to four rib slices and put in a large bowl.  Cover your ribs with pineapple juice.  Le the ribs sit for 12 hours.  If you did not cover the ribs, as this takes a lot of pineapple juice, rotate the ribs three to four times.  This will make your ribs super moist.

2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F

3. Mix together the sugar and spices to make the rub into a large bowl.

4.  Put the ribs (I do one section at a time) into the bowl and make sure the rub is rubbed into all sides.

5.  Make a two layer pocket of foil.  Two on the bottom and two on the top.  Make sure the ribs are in your pocket before crimping the edges.  This helps the ribs to cook and keeps your pans cleaner!

6. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours.  (Until the meat shrinks away from the bone!) This is when I start cooking the bbq sauce!  It takes some time to reduce.  
 

7.  Remove from the oven and take the ribs to the grill.  Add your sauce and let your sauce cook on to the ribs.  Medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Sauce

1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to a low simmer (A few bubbles) and cook for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Oil and Vinegar Cole Slaw

1. Mix vinegar and sugar to help dissolve the sugar in a large bowl

2. Add oil to the vinegar and sugar

3. Add cabbage to the dressing.

4. Add salt and pepper to your taste

5. Toss with your fingers.

6. Let stand for 20 minutes.

7. Re-t0ss the Cole Slaw and serve!

Asparagus

1.  Lay out ry a decent size of foil. (Enough to make a pouch for your asparagus)

2. Drizzle oil and salt on to your foil.

3. Place Asparagus on the foil.

4.  Make your pouch and place the asparagus on the top grill.

5.  Let the asparagus grill on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.  Asparagus will be tender.

6. Make your  hollandaise mix as directed by the package.  (I usually make this as the very last item, as it doesn’t hang around well and is best served immediately)

7. Drizzle hollandaise over your asparagus.  Enjoy!

I did try a new coke Jello that did not set up.  I will continue to play around with the recipe and get back to you.  It was older and I’m not sure my replacement ingredients were correct! If you have a good recipe to share, I would be excited to try it!  
 

Please comment and let me know how these recipes turn out for you.  I truly care that you enjoy them.  If there is a special recipe you would like, feel free to ask.  I enjoy trying out new items and learning from you!  

 
 
 

Saturday Morning Special: Kick up Yer Boots and Cowboy Up

I am a frilly willy kinda gal. But I have a few model pals, as well as family who are more “Down to Earth” I would say.

They like country music, Cowboy Boots and Flannel Shirts. They love overalls and bandanas and just like to kick back and take it easy. Their makeup is generally nothing at all or minimal at best. They are Country Folk.

I was born in Iowa, but raised in California so I feel like I am a MidwestCaliGal. That was my Yahoo Id for awhile before Facebook was so prominent and we all used Yahoo Groups (Remember that?).

I have created a Special Cowboy Up, Country Line just for those Country Folks. If you are a lover of the Country Life, check out the items I have in the Country Line Up…

Newly made boots for a Country Gal who love Pin Up “Tootsie Pop”

I can take any pair of Boots and paint them up for you. You can deicded the color you want and where or let me have free reign and create something Tootin Fabulous! $50 a pair

This was the starting design for the Country Apron…

The Design for the Country Apron

The finished Country Apron

and this is the finished product. Custom apron order run $50 to $100 depending on style, fabric, time, design and other embellishments you may want. Orders can take up to a month depending on any orders in front of you. Large order (Over 5 items) receive a discount as they will take longer and you are placing a larger order

Then Overall Apron

The Overall Apron

This is a part of The ReConstructed Line. These were originally regular overalls. Now it is a fabulous Overall Apron. Great for Gardening, Cooking, and the Country Gal even so cute, I bet you could wear it out! 🙂

This weekend I am pulling up my Roots and putting on some Country tunes, Cooking some good home cookin for my man, and owning up to my Country Heritage.

Are you a lover of Country things? Country Music? Old or New? Country Cooking? What kind? Homemade Bread,  Meals, what? I would love to know what types of country things suit your fancy. Please share here in teh comments (click the little heart in the corner) or on our Facebook page!

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Until next time,

Cowboy Up…

~Trisha Trixie…Yeeeeeeeeeee hawwwwwwwwwww

Saturday Morning Special: Weekends

What is your Saturday like?

Is it relaxing, putting your foot up on the ottoman, drinking a beer, watching TV, doing nothing?

Is it running errands you didn’t get to do all week?

Is that the day that everything in the house can finally get done?

For me I try not to make it a cleaning day but sometimes that happens. It is the only day me and my man get to enjoy a full day as a “Weekend Day” as he calls it. Friday starts the weekend, but because he has to work, Friday doesn’t count. Sunday only goes so far and you have to behave in the night time because the next day is a “School Day ” or “Work Day” mentality he says. So Saturday is the only REALLY Weekend Day unless it is a Holiday and he gets an extra day off.

I know many of you are planning this weekend to bake and cook and color eggs.

Some are getting ready to show their favorite Easter Dress or New Easter Dress at church this Sunday.

Some are not celebrating this holiday for one reason or another and it is just a normal weekend like any other.

If you are looking for a nice Vintage Recipe that Takes the Cake (Pun full and well intended) Here is a nice Vintage Recipe I found. I would not in any way be able to enjoy this as I am HIGHLY Allergic to Coconut. But it definitely looks like fun.

Vintage Easter Glory Cake

Maybe you want to go all out…If we had a bigger house and a dining room I would invite a houseful of people over and make a big spread like this…

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I would wear my Easter Apron and cook all the fixins and goodies and even color eggs.

I don’t have an “Easter Apron” completed yet but here is the start of what I am working on  for my Easter Apron….

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I am going to add the finishing touches on it tomorrow, so I have it to wear on Easter!

I will share the pictures as soon as I get it done.

I think all of these  that I have made would be great Easter Aprons. I think it depends on the style of aprons you like and the desirability for cute, casual, or comfort. They are all comfortable to me, but I know some people feel better in jeans…

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So the Jean Apron might be more of their style…

The Bandana Apron-Front

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For some a quick easy little Bandana Apron like this one might be more their style. When I look at this bandana Apron I made I see a very Organic kinda girl. Someone Kitchy  and Quirky. This gal is making an Organic Easter meal.

The Turqoise Dotty-Front

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The Turquoise Dotty-Back

The Turquoise Dotty-Back

Or perhaps the Turquoise Dotty is more your style. Cute quaint, I could see this gal in heels and pearls.

This Half Apron, lose knot tie in the back

(I either need to add more to it or just tie it in a knot. I didn’t add enough cloth for the tie)

Whatever your style, there is an apron for everyone…

Ok almost everyone…because…

My man says I need a MANS Apron because sometimes Men do the grillin for weekends and holidays and such. But the Man’s Apron needs to be sturdy and rugged, Have an apron string that has an opener on it for his beer , a towel hook for him to have his towel nearby and big apron pocket for anything else he needs. I teased  saying…

“And a cell phone or walkie holder for him to have his phone nearby so the woman can keep bugging him about all teh things on her Honey Do list, right?”

We both laughed and agreed.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how my Easter Apron turned out and I might be able to toss in an another Recipe or two…

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     Until Next Time,

     Xoxo~Trisha Trixie