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Autumn Leaves!

Sihaya Hopkins

Each year I design a new Autumn Leaf. This season's are sizable at around 2 inches square with 1/4 inch depth. Most are translucent, candy like colors that bring to mind Jolly Ranchers! They comfortably sit flat on the chest with a little turn up at the leaf tips. 

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Apple Roses

Sihaya Hopkins

So at this weeks Studio Open House I served the coolest treats and I thought I would share how to make them here. Its very simple, make a batch of pie dough, 3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 sticks butter (cut into flour till pea size), ice water gently dribbled in and mixed until all sticks together. Ball, cut into quarters, chill in fridge while preparing apples. 6 apples, cut away four parts of the apple as close to the core as possible, thinly slice these into your petals. Lightly boil in a pot with about 3 inches of water or apple juice. With a slotted spoon remove as soon as they are flexible enough to roll, place into a bowl. Roll out a quarter of the pie dough into a 12 inch long rectangle, along the long edge set a row of overlapping apple slices that stick out just about a 1/4 inch from the dough, apple peal side out. Cut the pie dough about a 1/2 inch in from the apples on the inside and roll this long ribbon of pie dough and apples up like a cinnamon roll. Stick the end of the dough down so it doesn't want to unroll and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat till you have used all and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the center when pressed on feels firm.  

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We served ours with pink Hibiscus Tea but also can't wait till hot apple Cider season is here!

Art Box 2014

Sihaya Hopkins

Art Box comes to us from Michele Levesque & Michael Rossney, the fabulous folks from EL EL Frijoles! They have taken an old vending machine from the 50s and invited ten local artists to make small works to sell from it. You can check out the awesome variety available at Art boxes web site: www.bhpmicrogallery.com 

Or stop in Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill Maine, view the samples through the glass, buy a token for just $10, make your choice, pull the appropriate knob and receive your one of a kind piece of art! 

For 2014 I have designed a really fun pendant that stacks up three of my spacer beads with sweet little beads in between. They are strung on colorful waxed linen but also have a nice round loop so you could easily switch them to a chain. A real bargain, get yourself one and then stock up on some great gifts!