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Friday’s Favorites: Love is Sweet, Liquor is Quicker, Rustic Brights, and Anglophile Style

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the weekend. Hoping to get my insomnia under control and going to see a friend’s band play on Saturday. Tonight I have my kiddo and I think we are going to watch Hugo along with Mr. Wondermous. Has anyone seen it yet? I’ve heard good things and can’t wait to see it.

As per usual, Friday’s Favorites features Etsy treasuries that correspond to themes and boards presented earlier on in the week. This weeks posts presented me with four opportunities to peruse Etsy in order to find you great things with which to execute this week’s themes: Love is Sweet, Liquor is Quicker, Rustic Brights, and Anglophile Style. Take a gander at them and I send you hopes for a lovely weekend!

Candy/Sweets Buffet

‘Love is Sweet- Purple/Lavender, White and Silver’ by ravengrrl


Love is Sweet Wedding Shower…

$30.00

10 Muslin Favor Bags – Purpl…

$10.00

Elegant Purple Candy or Dess…

$20.00

Customizable Gray and White …

$5.00

upcycle/recycle photo or not…

$30.00

Blackberry Merlot Mulled Win…

$10.00

Lavender Fleur d’ Sel Ca…

$7.00

LoveLace Silver Candy Dish, …

$20.00

Honey Lavender Mallows – One…

$9.00

Apothecary Jar Pedestal Set

$50.00

White Camphor Glass with Sil…

$30.00

por mi amor champagne heart …

$14.00

Silver Cake Pops perfect for…

$24.00

organic blackberry-almond (b…

$29.00

Black Raspberry Fudge in a h…

$6.25

25 white chocolate dipped si…

$32.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Liquor is Quicker

‘Liquor is Quicker’ by ravengrrl


mid century barware genie bo…

$45.00

Jadite LIquor Bottle With St…

$18.00

Porcelain mirrored Jim Beam …

$30.00

TREASURY ITEM x 2 . rare bir…

$35.00

Liquor Bottle Heather Dew Bl…

$42.00

Vintage 4 Chamber/Compartmen…

$35.00

Vintage Liquor Decantor Coll…

$42.00

Vintage Altar Boy Liquor B…

$45.00

Mirrored Vintage Schenley Li…

$18.00

Vintage leather clad liquor …

$19.99

Delft Blue Holland Vintage C…

$35.00

Cobalt Blue Liquor Bottle

$20.00

Scroll Work Liquor Bottles S…

$110.00

Vintage Liquor Decanter Deep…

$15.00

Brown heart bottle, Paul Mas…

$22.00

Vintage Western Jim Bean Cho…

$20.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Rustic Pink and Yellow Wedding

‘Rustic Hot Pink and Yellow Nuptials’ by ravengrrl


Rustic Wedding Flower Girl B…

$25.00

Love Birds Wedding Cake Topp…

$34.00

Wedding Guest Book Box – H…

$68.00

Rustic Wedding Guest Book Pe…

$12.50

Wedding Boutonniere, Lapel P…

$15.00

Shabby Distressed Hot Pink 1…

$29.99

Love garland with fushia fel…

$30.00

Flower Crown Hot Pink Head W…

$31.95

Mustard Yellow Shabby Chic M…

$10.00

Cake Pops – Yellow with a to…

$53.00

Pink and Yellow Rose Hair Fl…

$32.00

Free Samples and 100 Jars fo…

$210.00

DIY bridal shower invitation…

$15.00

Sample Sale. Real Touch Roun…

$105.00

Pink Lemonade pink and yello…

$8.00

50 Wedding Wands Wood Christ…

$56.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Anglophile Wedding Style

‘Anglophile Wedding Style’ by ravengrrl


Letterpress Union Jack Coast…

$10.00

Wedding Sign Handpainted wed…

$29.99

handpainted union jack briti…

$55.00

STRONG INTUITION British hat…

$250.00

6x Lucky British Wedding Six…

$5.00

Union Jack Cufflinks – Briti…

$40.00

Union Jack Jubilee bunting -…

$24.00

England/British Silver coin …

$40.00

Union Jack British Flag Wrea…

$21.99

Tudor Rose Brooch or Hair Cl…

$40.00

It’s British Cupcake Kit…

$11.95

flask 12 oz, Distressed Leat…

$52.00

Heart of Britain Cake Stand …

$75.00

British Bunting Necklace

$12.00

Set of 3 Mum Flower Bobby Pi…

$7.50

Wedding Brooch Bouquet – Pat…

$375.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Tips or Trends Tuesday: DIY Liquor Infusions

First off, let me get the legalese out of the way: Please be sure to check your local, state, province, or country’s liquor laws before attempting to make your own liquor infusions. I am not responsible for the legal accuracies and inaccuracies of your utilization of this information. It is absolutely illegal to sell your home creations to anyone in the US without adequate licensing. Create your own infusions at your own risk. Well, that’s a bummer. 😉

One of the big party trends for 2012, homemade liquor infusions. For those who drink and desire more exotic or savory flavors, consider making your own instead of settling only for what’s available in ye olde liquor store. Case in point: I love cinnamon, but after a very ill thought out drinking contest in the stupidity of my youth, I cannot stomach the fake cinnamon taste of just about all cinnamon flavored liquor. Even the smell of the fake stuff makes me gag and those fake pine cones around the Winter holidays? No bueno my friend…no bueno. They don’t call it Aftershock for nothing dear readers. Look at this bottle of death:

Typically, the alcohol used to create infusions is vodka. Vodka is odorless and tasteless making it great for readily picking up and leeching the best flavors out of your ingredients without competing with them. So, since I’m a fan of natural cinnamon flavor, I can buy some good ol’ vodka (remember that your creation will only be as good as its base) and steep cinnamon sticks in it for a few weeks and voila! Cinnamon flavored liquor without that harsh fake flavor. Stir in some half and half and top with whipped cream and some grated cinnamon and you’ve got a great natural cinnamon drink to serve your guests.

In my opinion, the best and recommended way of creating your infusions, is to use natural fresh ingredients and steer clear of fake extracts. The best flavor comes from Mother Nature herself and imitations always fall flat and can leave your alcohol with some funky aftertastes. If you are using herbs and spices be they whole, cracked, or ground, be sure to place them inside a 100% cotton muslin bag otherwise you are going to have to strain the stuffing out of your infusion. Why create more work for yourself?

When choosing your flavors, you can use one flavor straight up (vanilla, sour cherries, coffee, etc.) or combine multiple flavors to create a mix that is truly yours. One of my favorites is lemongrass and ginger. Think of combining flavors in terms of creating a well thought out dinner. The flavors should complement one another and have enough layers to capture the palette. Use your favorite candy or dessert as a basis for an infusion (some candies you can just put right in to your liquor) or a favorite savory dish or sauce (using garam masala would be awesome!).

Once you’ve got your base and have determined your flavors, add the flavoring agents to your base and wait. No, not yet. Wait two – four weeks (especially for fruits) for maximum flavor potential. If you are making a sweet infusion, do not add sugar directly to the alcohol. Sugar doesn’t break down well and you won’t be able to judge the sweetness level appropriately. Instead, make a simple syrup of two parts sugar to one part water and stir until the granules are completely dissolved. Let it cool and then add it to your infusion to taste. Then…wait..again…about a month to ensure the flavors have had a chance to blend and strain any matter out of your infusion before bottling.

After that four weeks of waiting, it’s time to bottle up your concoction and try it on your friends. You will need bottles (screw tops are easiest, but you can buy an intro corker for about $15 -$20). Obviously, creating a liquor infusions requires planning, time and patience, but it’s SO worth it in the end. If you have a special occasion coming up like Mother’s or Father’s Day, a wedding, a birthday party, etc. think of what sort of flavors your guest of honor likes or the flavors you will be using in your menu and plan accordingly.

Here are some great recipe sites, books, and pics to inspire you:
Homemade Liquers
Punk Domestics
All Recipes
Infused by Susan Elia McNeal
Cordials from Your Kitchen: Easy, Elegant Liqueurs You Can Make & Give by Pattie Vargas
The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: 100 Recipes and Projects for Four Seasons of Drinking by Maggie Savarino

Jolly Rancher infusion via Pinterest: http://undergroundbartender.com/site/jolly-rancher-infusion/#

liquor infusions

Happy age appropriate and safe drinking!

Dream Finds Friday: Vintage Barware: Shots and Cordial Sets

Whether you are creating a lovely lounge space for your event or stocking your own barware coffers with fabulous finds, Etsy has a lovely selection of vintage barware. For this Dream Finds Friday, I’m featuring shot and cordial sets sure to set off any event. Your guests can sip on a delightful cordial or down a signature shooter in style.

As I mentioned last week, all of my Dream Finds Friday posts will be items from Etsy. Oh, and when you are finished here, please follow this link to Pocketful Of Dreams to find out what other dream finds are out there awaiting you this week.

‘VIntage Shot Glass Sets’ by ravengrrl

A collection of vintage shot glasses and shot/cordial sets.


Anchor Hocking Shot Glass Ca…

$10.00

Pewter Shot Glass Set

$18.00

Vintage Kahlua Bottle, Shot …

$40.00

Vintage 60’s Shot Glass …

$14.00

vintage 1960’s cocktail …

$28.00

SALE 25% OFF 12 piece set v…

$37.50

Vintage 1960 Shot Glass set …

$25.00

Brownish amber glass decante…

$35.00

Kitsch shot glass set in sta…

$23.00

Vintage decanter with 6 shot…

$50.00

Liquor Dispenser with 6 Shot…

$45.00

LIBBEY GOLDEN FOLIAGE patter…

$15.99

Mid Century Italian Alrose A…

$55.00

19-Piece Set Silver Ombre Ba…

$175.00

Vintage Purple Grape Glass D…

$49.00

Green Pressed Glass Liquor S…

$35.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.