Friday, December 26, 2008

End of Year Sales!

Not to be left out of the end of year sales, check out Stone Lotus Pottery for our newest sale items as we make room for our 2009 inventory!

As time permits, I'll be updating our shop with more sales on select items and reduced shipping on others. For now, check out our sale section and great deals on Christmas ornaments. Tuck these away for your tree next year, or to give as gifts to your neighbors, teachers, or as hostess gifts.

These are sets of 3 for $4 or $5 a set!

And these medallion ornaments are just $2 each. We have 5 each in iron yellow and iron oxide and they are beautiful together. Reduced shipping on each additional ornament you buy, so grab a set. If not, they'll be on my tree next year : )

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Friendly Reminder

I've been busy adding the last of our jewelry and pottery pieces to the shop. I just wanted to remind everyone, we set Monday as the deadline to guarantee delivery by Christmas, but we will take orders as long as they keep coming in. I know someone other than us is still doing Christmas shopping, so feel free to stop in and see what's new.

For my own sanity, I'm done posting everything we plan to include in the shop before Christmas. I have to spend a little time on our own shopping, baking, and Christmas cards, so the Stone Lotus shop is fully stocked for Christmas. Mom and I are planning to discuss our plans for next year when we see each other at Christmas. We have so many new ideas and directions we would like to explore, so stay tuned in the new year! (Hopefully some rings and some wall hangings and other home decor items! You know you're excited!)

And it goes without saying, my mom and I send a big thank you to all of our family and friends who have supported us this year. It's just amazing to see the response from all of you and we are truly grateful!

Merry Christmas from Stone Lotus Pottery!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Handmade Christmas: Baking

Another easy type of baking to do during the holidays is brownies and bars. My mom and I have made these raspberry bars before and my dad loves them. You can substitute any flavor preserve or nuts, so mix it up depending on what you have an what you like. Bars are quick and easy and like breads, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Cut them into little squares and package them in cellophane bags with a bow and you're all set. These also freeze well. Use tupperware or disposable metal pans to layer the bars between wax paper. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.

Raspberry Bars
1 recipe makes an 8x8 pan, double for a 9x13

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup softened butter
1 egg
10 oz. raspberry preserves

Combine all ingredients except preserves. Beat at low speed for 2 -3 minutes. Coat pan with nonstick spray. Press half of the dough (roughly 1 1/2 cups) into the bottom of your pan. Top with preserves and remaining dough crumbles. Bake at 350 F for 42 - 50 minutes. Should be just lightly browned. Watch the edges and turn down to 325 F if it's browning too quickly around the edge. I like to use glass pans so I can see what's going on.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Finds

I've been busy adding new items to the shop for all of you still shopping (that includes us, too, so don't feel bad!) Don't hestitate, though. Our shipping deadline is fast approaching!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Handmade Christmas: Baking Part 3

I know you all have been busy baking and squirreling away all of your sweet treats in your freezers. Cookies and breads and candy. No? That's okay. I just started on Thursday night, so you have plenty of time. I baked enough for 3 packages Thursday night and thought it would be a perfect time to take pictures for all of you since I promised some packaging ideas. Just a few extra touches will make your packages stand out. It's worth a little extra time. This is your handmade gift after all : )

Here are my loaves of bread, cooled and wrapped in plastic wrap.

Then you'll need a few supplies. Ribbon, of course. This year I found the top and bottom ones at Sam's Club (only $8 for 50 yds - a steal) and the middle one is a Hobby Lobby staple and I catch it when it's 50% off, so only $4 for 30 yds.
A few gift bags or boxes, some clear or colored cellophane (not the shrink wrap gift basket stuff, just plain cellophane), gift tags, and cards if you send Christmas cards.

Some tissue paper or I've even used Christmas napkins.

Start with a piece of cellphone (it's clear so it's hard to see), a layer of tissue paper or the colored napking (face down of course), and your bread. You'll need more than you think. Give yourself plenty of material to work with, you can always trim the tops later. This one is about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long.
I find it's easiest to grab two opposite corners and scrunch first.

Then grab the other two sides. Not sure why, but this is much easier than grabbing all four at once.

Tie with ribbon and slide on a gift tag so you can write what it is. Surprises are fun, but with so many food allergies out there, it's better to be safe on this one.
I like to leave the ends tall, you'll see why later.
I also wanted to add a few pumpkin muffins to this bag, so I reached for these cellophane bags. I prefer not to use zip top bags. The cellobags are readily available at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or even stationery stores like If It's Paper and it will really complete your gift!

Use these bags for mini muffins, cookies, or candy. They come in a variety of sizes, but remember you will need to leave the top half or so empty to have enough room to tie them up.
Put your goodies in a gift bag, or a decorator box, or get creative. Baskets, mixing bowls, stockings, and pottery could be used just as well. I've found fun boxes at World Market, Garden Ridge, and Hobby Lobby. And look for sales on gift bags at stores like Old Time Pottery. I found these for only $.60 plus 50% off. Remember the long ends? It means I need less tissue paper in the bag.
I can't always find clear cellophane and this time of year, green and red looks great, too. Here is a green one I did. Love the ribbon on this one.
This one was for our neighbor, so I added some stationery from Fostering Creativity and the package was complete.

Some may argue that all this packaging is wasteful and unnecessary. I argue that if you're going to give a gift, it should look like you took a little time to put it together. You can choose recycled products, reuse gift bags you received, and search your closets for other baskets and containers you might have on hand already. Presentation is half of the gift, and it's the first half. Make a statement and let the recipient know you care. Plus, I find all the ribbons and paper fun, so I love it!

Have fun baking and wrapping. I'll have another good recipe for Raspberry Bars next.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Knock Outs

Proven quite popular already, check out the new additions to the shop

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Since we can't seem to keep them in stock, just thought you'd like to know I added two more red bowls to the shop. A fabulous blue one to come tomorrow. You know you're excited. Go check them out here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Handmade Christmas: Let's Hear It for the Boys

A friend passed this idea on to me and it may be just the right thing for some of the hard-to-buy-for men on your list. She works with two guys who came up with the idea of using ball markers from famous golf courses like Pebble Beach and St. Andrews as well as different tournaments like the 2005 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and turning them into cuff links.

You can check out their website at to see everything they offer. Buying handmade can be a little harder for the guys, but this is a cool idea. It's a bit more expensive than some options, but thought it was worth passing on.

I wanted to add a few photos, but their website is just a wee bit protective of them. Can't blame them.