1. A Day for New Things

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Hello my darlings!  I just wanted to share a few new things going on at the Ninth & Bird shop!  I'm not sure if you've seen my DIY Photo Light Box tutorial - but it's been so nice to have!  I've been making jewelry like crazy these days and the light box has been really helpful to get a nice photo for Etsy!  If you have an Etsy store, I highly recommend making one of them.  And it was so easy!

    I love the way they look in the light box - so clean and professional!  You can see the rest of the collection here - plus some crochet, my newest obsession :)  Have a wonderful day!

    Ninth and Bird

  2. The Pretty Package Swap!

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    Last month I decided to participate in Oh So Lovely's "Pretty Package Swap" and it was so much fun!  Sherry matched me up with Dita from Handmade Nest - all the way from Indonesia!  The idea was to send your fellow swapper a 10 dollar package, whether it be something handmade, purchased, or just some new craft supplies -- But it had to be wrapped in a "pretty" way!

    This is the package I received from Dita this weekend.  Inside I found various pieces of jewelry and (my favorite) Batik!!  The traditional Indonesian fabric is going to be my new scarf!  I can't wait to share the final product!

    I had so much fun with this Pretty Package Swap I think I'll host my own!  If you would be interested in participating let me know in the comments and I'll organize one in the coming weeks.  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    Ninth and Bird

  3. Happy Valentines Day!

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Happy Valentines Day!  Today is the day you get to wear bright pink or bright red and just be ridiculous!  You could bring brownie hearts to the office or send a love package in the mail.  You could give that guy you've been eying some sort of handmade gift... and act like you've been giving everyone gifts.  

    Either way -- I hope you have fun today!  I'll be wearing a red shirt with black hearts (and I've been looking forward to it for a week! haha).  Then it's dinner with the boy at my favorite restaurant!  I love Valentines Day!

    Ninth and Bird

  4. Magic Bars & Coffee

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Sometimes in the Winter, whether you should be at the gym or not, it's best to just stay at home and bake.  We all have those days.  These are my favorite bars in the whole world!  Magic Bars (also called 7 layer bars I believe) are really simple to make and they are SO DELICIOUS!  Take an hour, put on a pot of coffee, and enjoy!  You won't be disappointed.

    Magic Bars         recipe  no.  236

    1/2 C. butter, melted
    1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
    1 (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk
    2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
    1 1/3 C. flaked coconut
    1 C. chopped walnuts

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 for a glass dish).  Use a 13x9 pan and spray with a non-stick spray.

    2. Combine the melted butter and the graham cracker crumbs and press against the bottom of the pan evenly, forming the crust.  Pour half of the condensed milk over the crust.  Layer the crust with the chocolate chips, nuts, and then coconut on top.  Pour the rest of the sweetened condensed milk over the bars in a thin, even stream.

    3. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool, cut, and serve with the best cup of coffee you can find.  Enjoy! 

    Ninth and Bird

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