Monday, 1 April 2013

Member of the Month for April: Jan

Our pot was stirred and stirred and stirred.....  and stirred .... and stirred....... Monique's son gave a helping hand and made sure the names were mixed well. You can see the photos here on our FB page.                                                                                                     

The winner was finally chosen.......
it's Jan .... who has three lovely Etsy shops to visit.



Visit and follow Jan on her blog.  

Jan always has something interesting to follow, whether it's travelling to a far off land or visiting the local thrift shops, showing us her fabulous finds.  

Stop by our FB page to see the photos of Ryan stirring and choosing a name... and let us know you like us.

Leave a comment here and give Jan some love.  

Best of all, come join us.  We are a chatty group who support each other and have fun doing so.  Click on the join the team button on our home page.
Back later with more information for you to check out about our new MOM :)  Off to forage through her shops to see what I can bring you.............

I found this fabulous vintage quilt in fabriquefantastique:
Vintage,  antique quilt,  30s 40s,  Grandmothers Garden, hexagons,  vivid and fresh
Amazing condition for such an old quilt.  

a wonderful 1940's wedding gown at boutiquefantastique
1940s satin wedding dress long train beaded stomacher
antique satin gown

and in foulardfantastique this lovely item:

Bill Blass vintage silk scarf flowers ribbons pearls Romantic and feminine
Bill Blass vintage silk scarf

It's so hard to pick just one scarf from Jan's amazing collection.  I will have to bring you some more next visit!!  


Jan's birthday this month too and Julie of Dorsbien made her a fabulous treasury:)  


As promised here are a couple more of Jan's lovely scarves. These were chosen by team members for their treasuries this month:

AtelierJen chose this pretty scarf.

FLORAL silk scarf, 80s, large square, signed , hand rolled ,  summer theme

New Zealand vintage souvenir scarf FREE SHIPPING
Souvenir of New Zealand
This one from Joanne of CoconutPalmDesigns

Julie picked this gorgeous colour scarf
Vera scarf 1970s tangerine with ladybug
Silk scarf / spring / Iris / 1940s 50s / hand rolled / delicate / feminine
Alysen chose this one

and there were so many more .. we could just keep going so you really need to go visit for yourself..  foulardfantastique.  Enjoy your visit!!  

*Jan originally comes from the UK and now lives in Toronto, Canada. 

She is sharing a couple of her favourite recipes with us:

I am not a 'recipe' person any more having cooked for so long I barely measure anything (cept for cakes and jams)
Easy to throw together anywhere in the world....feel free to try any root veg or any spice or any onion...this is only a starting point
easy peasy

Carrot and poppy seed salad.
4 large carrots
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 spring onions
oil/lemon juice dressing of your choice

Peel carrots with peeler. Continue to peel carrots down the length of the carrot to form thin ribbons.
Put poppy seeds in heavy saucepan and dry roast for a few minutes, leave to cool.
Mix carrot ribbons, onions and dressing, sprinkle with poppy seeds.....serve.

From my DIL ....again, feel free to use any fruit or nuts.

Pear and arugula salad.

3 ripe pears, peeled chopped or sliced
4 or 5 large handfuls of arugula or watercress
large handful walnut pieces
4 oz approx blue cheese of your choice. crumbled

sprinkle pears with lemon juice
roast/ brown walnuts in
mix all together at last moment turning gently with your hands
drizzle with olive oil or oil of your choice.

No other seasoning is required as the lemon juice is in the pears and there is plenty of salt in the blue cheese.

Thanks Jan.  These sound delicious!

Finally before we bid our fantastic member of the month farewell, here is a treasury in her honour.  
We had fun Jan... hope you did too!!!

Post by Linda (JustOneLook) for Etsy Expats

March Challenge: Marching To The Beat of a Different Drum

Starting off the beginning of the month with our usual, or should I say unusual  team challenge treasury.  
Please come by to vote for your favourite.

48 hours later:
Voting has closed and the winner is uniquenique (our March member of the month) with this lovely Kokopelli pendant. 
Green and Blue Fused Glass Kokopelli Pendant Necklace
March Team Challenge Winner

Congratulations Monique!!

Jan of foulardfantastique came in second with this lovely Soloman Islands scarf.
Soloman Islands, travel scarf  , tropical flowers , map ,   canoe prow , frigate bird
foulardfantastique's entry
We had plenty of participation with many votes too for CoconutPalmDesign's drummer boy print, StitchMikki's fabric landscape and Dorsbien's renaissance shirt.  (modeled by the guy in the kilt). 

Well done team.  Thank you for commenting and voting and supporting our team challenge.  
See you next month for our April challenge:
'April Showers May Bring... '  

If you are already a team member, stop by and enter your item here or join our team to play.  Go to our home page and click on the join team button.  
Look forward to meeting you,
Post by: Linda  JustOneLook

April Fool's Day

Good Morning Expats... first day of April.  
Hope nobody is getting pranked:) 
May it be a wonderful month for us all.

Post by Linda JustOneLook for Etsy Expats