Thursday, December 29, 2011

Placemats and Scarves

The holidays are still upon us. Mine are still as crazy as ever. (in a good way) I hope yours are too. It's been about a week since my last post. I'm glad to be checking in.
This is a shot of the last thing I have created.

Can you believe it? This was on 11/27, that's almost a month. I haven't painted, sewn, drawn, or anything. Cooking has been my only creative outlet, and I've only done that once or twice. Moving is hard work. I can't wait to be settled back in a place I can call my own.

Anyway, these are some placemats I made for my grandma. Each placemat is a different composition of the same fabrics. I just gave them to her yesterday. They look great around the table, and it's fun to choose who-gets-what.

Being back home is pretty fun. I've been checking out my old artwork that I left here. If you guys are lucky I'll post some archives in the near future. It makes me long to paint again, so much. It'll be a couple of months before that happens though. I'll have to start focusing on photography maybe.

Here's a few shots of some scarves I've been carrying with me. I never had enough time to get them on the Etsy Shop. There are about 30 pieces that happened with. Oh well. There is always the next Bazaar. It'll be in Germany!

Enjoy your New Year. I'll be in touch soon.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pile It On

The thing I love most about winter fashion is its invitation to layer. When it's cold you can wrap as many things around your body as can fit. It's almost Christmas, I'm finally back in the North, and it's not cold enough for me to be cold. So I can't layer. And I'm pretty bummed because I packed a lot of accessories. (that I never got to wear in Alabama) So, in lieu of dressing myself in layers, I have gathered a few images of fashion layering that I enjoy. It is my hope that it will inspire the weather to cooperate. And if not, there's always Germany...

I think this one may be my personal favorite. (due to its impracticality)

Or this one. Three scarves is pretty rock 'n roll.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's Always Picture Time

Whiskey Plaid Fleece Hood $40 on Etsy.

It seems as quickly as I can make my scarves, I'm quickly behind the camera again. It's exhausting. (And quite frankly, it's making me more self concious) Gone are the days when my sister, sisters-in-laws, and friends would let me take their pictures. As I'm sure you've all noticed I've been taking my own picture constantly as of late. Not for nothin', but Phil isn't even behind the camera. I'm doin' these bad boys with the self timer. (remind me to ask Santa for a remote)
In an attempt to break the monotony of the same old poses, I decided to try shooting my own mock dance party. I know, it sounds pretty dorky, but I think the pictures are actually entertaining. Whether, or not, they help sell the product will remain to be seen. In doing this yesterday I was reminded of a time long ago when there was another Flo Sca Photo Dance Party. Remember this Michelle?

Ahhhh...St Augustine, 2008. You were such a baby back then.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Etsy Team Madcap

I think I've been forgetting to mention to you...that I am on a new Etsy Team. It's called, It's a Madcap Life. The team leader is dedicated to finding, and supporting, unique Etsy artisans. I'm stoked that she found me.
In case you need any last minute gifts for the holidays, this team has a lot to offer. There are over 5,000 members! Check them out here, or by searching team madcap in the Etsy search box. The team also has a blog, and you can find them on the FB.
Do you like shopping on Etsy but are not a seller? You can join the team too if you like.
Here are some of my new favorite items from team members.


Monday, December 12, 2011

One Last Weekend in Alabama

Today marks the final countdown for Phil and I. We have four days until we leave Ft. Rucker Alabama, head home, then get to Germany. The past two days comprised our last weekend in the South. (for now) To mark this occassion we partook in some typical activities. For instance, Saturday night we drove to the local Christmas lights show. It is a privately run affair. Some four neighbors, or so, decorate their houses and lawns and let us townspeople drive through. The entire route is a winding quarter mile I'd say. The above photo notes my favorite part of the display. What would Christmas decorating be without a nod to you favorite SEC team?
"Happy Birthday Jesus"

In Philly it would look more like...

This was my first experience with people taking their holiday decorating to an extreme. Coincidentally we went home and watched those shows on TLC about all the people, around the world, obsessed with Christmas lights. Crazy.
I guess we all have our passions.

So then on Sunday we did something very Southern. If you know Phil and I you wouldn't even believe it. We went to church! And had a good time! (Absolutely nothing against organized religion. We just aren't in the habit.) I wish I could say it was a Baptist church, but it was Methodist. Phil's aunt sings with the choir. They had their cantata this weekend. It was wonderful. I'm really glad we went. I love that word "cantata." I find myself saying it to myself now and again. I don't know if it's typical of Southerners or Methodists, but everyone in the church was incredibly nice. It was great to meet them all, but kind of obnoxious to say, "Oh, thanks for welcoming us, but this is actually our last Sunday here."

After church we tried to go out to eat. because that's what people do. At least at home that's what people do. You go to brunch. Not here. 90% of the restaurants are closed, including the ethnic ones. We settled for Chinese food, not really a southern favorite but we don't love the BBQ in Enterprise.
I will say that Christmas songs followed by a little General Tso's isn't a bad way to spend a Sunday.

So now it's Monday and I'm packing up the rest of the house. I've still got a few items left to post on Etsy, of course. And there'll probably even be a few more once we get home.

Oh, I almost forgot. I baked this weekend too. I also feel like it's pretty Southern to eat sweets. Gingerbread cookies! Except I didn't have a rolling pin, or cookie cutter. So, for your information, I made them like peanut butter cookies (where you roll them in a ball and press them with a fork) and it worked great.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Messy Princess

This photograph was too captivating for me to just repin on pinterest. I had to have it on my blog too. This composition says so many things about me. I want to recreate this photo shoot on, like, my 60th birthday. It'll remind me of how I am, have always been, and still will be.

Screw it. I should do the shoot way sooner, like with scarves :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Just Love Y'alls Lights

I woke up way too early this morning. So I decided to go on my Christmas Lights Round Up. I enjoy a good holiday lights display, and love capturing it on film even more. The problem is you get crappy photos if you take them at night. Being there predawn is key. These are a couple of shots from an R.V. park just around the corner that I've been surveying for a while.

This is one of my favorite photography activities. The last time I did it though, it was 2007 and we lived in St. Augustine. It's been a while.

Continuing in the spirit of Christmas I wanted to share this with you.

Phil is fixing his aunt's nutcracker. Isn't it intense?
And sweet? He really took his time in securing it for drying.

I hope this inspires you to dust off your own holiday decorations. That is, if you haven't already.
Have a great day!

Oh, in case you were wondering, the last day to order a Florida Scarf on Etsy and still get it delivered by Christmas is 12/12.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Apple Cider Donuts

As requested:


  • 2 red apples, such as Cortland or McIntosh
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3 1/2 cups all-pourpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


Core and coarsely chop the apples (do not peel). Combine with 1 1/2 cups cider in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cover and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the apples are tender and the cider is almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor until smooth. Measure the sauce; you should have 1 cup. (Boil to reduce further, if necessary.) Let cool slightly.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

Beat 2/3 cup granulated sugar and the shortening in another bowl with a mixer on medium speed until sandy. Beat in the egg and yolk, then gradually mix in the applesauce, scraping the bowl. Beat in half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk and vanilla, and then the remaining flour mixture. Mix to make a sticky dough; do not overmix.

Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper and pat into a 7-by-11-inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Simmer the remaining 1 cup cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar until smooth and glossy, then set aside. Mix the remaining 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a shallow bowl; set aside for the topping.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Cut the chilled dough into 12 rounds, using a floured 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter, then cut out the middles with a 1-inch cutter (or use a doughnut cutter). Slip 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as needed. Transfer to the paper towels to drain.

Dip one side of each doughnut in the cider glaze, letting the excess drip off; dip just the glazed side in the cinnamon-sugar or roll all over in cinnamon-sugar, if desired. Serve warm.

Photograph by Kate Mathis
Recipe by Food Network Magazine

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

As Promised...

Whether you wanted me to follow up on this, or not, here are some more fabulous photos from my Thanksgiving, and the day after, and the day after that.
I apologize to those of you who were eagerly awaiting their posting, it's been a long few days of packing.

Here's Phil grilling the bird. It goes on like this; bloody mary's, grill smoke, and man banter for quite some time.

Isn't she a 'bute?

Despite dinner being ready at a resonable hour, we were all pretty hungry.

Thanks to Laura's remote control these shots were a breeze :)

The next day we were back to work in the kitchen. This time it was turkey broth... and Hand Pies!

Gimlet anyone?
No, not "giblet", "gimlet."

No recipe needed here. Just get (or make) some dough; pizza, pie, pastry, whatever. Fill it with your leftovers and heat it in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Top it with gravy and BLAMO! A Thanksgiving Feast all over again!
Party on Wayne!

I didn't want to leave you hanging on the outcome of the broth. Here's Phil's turkey tortellini soup.
Well, I hope by now you're satisfied. That was turkey to the third power.

Have you had your fill of pre holiday shopping yet too?
Fear not. I just found out that today is Green Tuesday. A holiday shopping event hosted by Nonprofit Green America. They are encouraging us to buy gifts with the environment and community in mind.
How about jewelry made from recycled nuclear bomb equipment?
Not interested?
Nevermind then.

And to my friend GoHeyJudy... I'll get you that donut recipe in a minute :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Day In Review

I am happy to report that this is how my Thanksgiving started, with homemade donuts and great friends. How awesome is that? No, I did not make this gem of a brunch dish, our friends the Jackson's did. I told Sarah I was going to post this picture this morning and she laughed. I was obviously serious. In a world when it is easier to go to the store and buy them, making your own donuts seems so archaic. Dare I even suggest impossible? But when you put a lot of time and effort into something, it tastes better. These donuts were full of love and sincerity. (Sarah and Max would probably want me to stop here, so I will) Let me just say that they were the best donuts I ever had.

These apple cider donuts set the bar for the rest of the day. The food from there out got progressively more delicious, as we proceeded to have increasing amounts of fun. Look at lunch.

It is no coincidence that this looks equally as gorgeous as breakfast. Lunch was Sarah's department as well.

Our friends came over at 10:30 for brunch and stayed until 10:00 pm. Let me do the math for you. That's almost 12 hours, a sure sign of a good holiday. When you can't be with your family for the the ones you're with. Just kidding, we don't just love our friends by default. I am very thankful for them. I will miss them dearly when we part ways in a week. We had such a great time in fact, that they are all coming back over for leftovers. The party will continue tonight with Hand Pies! Yay! For those of you unfamiliar, the hand pie is the best idea (with the most awkward name) for leftovers. I can't wait.

Laura documented the entire day yesterday, as you can see by the above photo. There is a good chance she will be assuming the same position tonight. Stay tuned if you love to hate, but really love, photographs of other people's food.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a great day everyone.

And if you are interested in these pumpkins, click on them.

And if you are interested in shopping Florida Scarf this weekend, you'll get free shipping. The coupon code is SHIPFREE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


In honor of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Florida Scarf will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders through 11/28. The coupon code, SHIPFREE, is to be entered at checkout in the Etsy Shop.

I wish everyone a fabulous start to their holiday season.
I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful; full of food, friends, and festivities.
Mine will definitely be. It's my husband's favorite holiday. He always grills our turkey, and it's amazing. This year he's got a new recipe, Malt-Beer Brined Turkey with Malt Glaze. Doesn't that sound awesome? He's already started to brine. That probably means I gotta get off this computer and start my own prep work :)

Anyway, I know most of us start our holiday shopping after tomorrow. And it is with much enthusiasm that I encourage you to shop small. Keep it special and simple. Stay balanced. Shop a little bit on Etsy, Online, and at your local shops and boutiques. Handmake a gift or two even :)

Please visit my etsy shop now through Monday to take advantage of my offering. While your there sign up for Etsy's Seasonal Gift Email. They have really done a great job at making their site more shoppable. Wanna see what I like on Etsy? Go here.

If you are in Philadelphia, Hello World is a great place to shop. And if you are in Reading I recommend Hello Bluebird. St. Augustine? How about Simple Gestures, Mullet Beach Gallery, or The Closet? If you would like to give any other small businesses a shout go to my FB page and put them on the wall. Make sure they are open on Saturday :)

Thanks for checking in with Florida Scarf, you make me one happy turkey.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Extreme Holiday Cravings

Click the scarf to see it on Etsy.
Sorry if I got carried away with the pies.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Look Who's Packin'

I'm packing.
I'm packing for the eighth time since Phil and I have been together. That sounds crazy. I'm getting pretty good at it. I can't move and not get rid of anything. I reach a limit where I just can't pack the same item more than twice if I don't use it a lot. I just have to get rid of it.
Germany is different. I'm quite indecisive on many of our belongings. I'm not going to over think it though, except on maybe a few levels. Like last night...
To begin the packing process I started at the most insignificant level. The Florida Scarf fabric.
I can use the smallest piece of fabric on a scarf. Normally, I refuse to throw anything away, but I promised Phil I would get rid of some of what he deems useless. For me throwing anything away is like admitting that it doesn't have a purpose. I can't turn my back on the potential to be found in a chunk of fabric. I think this sounds really crazy, but each piece (or scrap) of fabric is like a puzzle piece. The puzzle for which the piece is appropriate may be yet to be crafted. I want to make it and give that fabric a home. It could end up on the coolest scarf I ever made. It's destiny could be to end up in your wardrobe, around your neck.
So here I sit, late at night, debating over a swatch of 1" x 3" of fabric. It's tiny and wrinkly but it still has a great image of a flower on it. I want it. It's going to be great on something. That one makes the cut, but there are hundreds more that won't. Much to the satisfaction of Phil, I will fill two garbage bags by the end of the night. Florida scarf will lose 10 lbs. in less than 3 hours. I actually feel much better by the end. More free. I'm sure there are many fine fabrics in Europe to be had.
As I was sitting on the ground in my sewing room, going through the fabrics, it was very much like reminiscing over an old photo album; like when you need to get a baby picture of your little sister to embarrass her at her next birthday party. In looking for the best photo you go through your entire collection recounting your entire childhood. I did that with my fabric. It's hard to believe that I'm still making scarves after four years. No one seems to be sick of me yet. And in the corners of those boxes I actually found a decent amount of fabric from the early days. I think I may start a scrap book. (wouldn't that be funny?) You remember different parts of your life, places you've been, customers you've had. They're good feelings. I can only hope that in closing this chapter of my life I am leaving plenty of space to build a great new chapter on the other side of the world.
I think this move is going to be great for Flo Sca. I can only dream about the new supplies I'm going to find and people I'm going to meet.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hot Fairy on Fairy

It isn't every day you get to start out a blog post like that.

I know you're thinking, "what the heck?"
Without forcing you to read any further I'll tell you. It's shower art. If you click it, the link will send you to the Ugly Baby Etsy Shop, where you can peruse this fabulous shower art.
If you want to know why I'm posting it, read on.

This season, with Florida Scarf, I have begun to develope more of an internet presence. I have found that this is going to be neccessary since I will continue to be moving. constantly. I don't know if you're familiar, but when you spend a lot of time around here you begin to make friends. It's the strangest thing to me. I have a few people, that I know only through emails, convos, and reading their blog. These people all seem quite familiar to me however and I have no problem in reffering to them as "my friend" much as I would any of my real life friends. That being said I want to introduce you to my friend Rosalie...

She might be the oddest person I know. (without actually knowing)
I met Rosalie on the internet. She hosts a great website.
Unanimous Craft Logo

Unanimous Craft is a directory of resources for crafters, artists and indie business owners. Rosalie submits her favorite resources and encourages the rest of us to do the same. It's kind of like Yelp for the crafty community.
I encourage you to become a member. It's free!

Being a part of Unanimous Craft has been great for my small crafty business. It's been a lot of Bang-For-The-Buck. Even if you don't make stuff, there's plenty for you to get involved in on the site.

Why She Did It
Rosalie was inspired to build Unanimous Craft after seeing a huge list of links to different resources that The House of Mouse posted in the Etsy forums. She wanted to make a tool that our community could use to get organized and share information. The site launched in March, 2010 with about 100 resources that were featured in Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine and Courtney Heimerl. The rest of the resources have been created by our community.
this friend of mine is a waterproof Shower Art maker, stand-up comedian and blogger who is currently obsessed with German board games, Bikram yoga and embroidery.

Rosalie is also the brains behind bARTer Sauce, an experiment in trading for art and odd objects. I'm making it mandatory for you to hang around this site.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Rosalie. She's pretty neat, huh? I thought you two would have a bit in common. Check her out on the FB too, if you want, since, that's what friends do these days, especially internet friends.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Heidelberg

This is Heidelberg Street in Detroit. It is the home of the Heidelberg Project, which is celebrating its 25th birthday. It is a living art installation (I say living because it continues to grow) started and maintained by Tyree Guyton.
As the story goes, Mr. Guyton came home from the war to find the street he grew up on abandoned. He couldn't stand to see it go to waste and become filled with crime. He decided to fight this grim destiny with decoration. It hasn't been easy, and he faced defeat many times, but it has been an artistic institution ever since. This one site draws over 270,000 visitors annually. It has also been an inspiration to the community, learning tool for the children, and a source of pride for Detroit.

I love this project. I think it is another example of the importance of art. It's not about one person's need to express themself. It's about art as a multipurpose tool; art as lifesupport.

I think Mr. Guyton is amazing. I think he takes art and does exactly what you are supposed to do with it. I am so happy for all the people whose lives he has affected in a positive way.

You can also learn more by visiting