Valentines Cookies

Valentines Cookies // Yellow Owl Workshop

It’s getting close to Valentines day, and we love celebrating with some sweet treats!

Our resident baker Natalie, has whipped up some delicious and super cute heart sugar cookies that are easy to make, and even easier to eat!

Cookie Ingredients // Yellow Owl Workshop

Ingredients:

Cookies-
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour

Icing-
1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
2 1/2 Tablespoons room temperature water

Valentines Cookies // Yellow Owl Workshop

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350° F.
-Using either a hand mixer or stand mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth
-Add in almond and vanilla extracts and egg.
-In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour. Then add it to the wet ingredients slowly as you mix. The dough will become thick and stiff, wet your hands and finish off by needing the dough by hand.
– Take half the dough and roll out onto a floured surface and cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter, make sure not to roll out too thinly, the cookies won’t rise too much so you want them to have some thickness to them. Do the same with the other half of the dough.
-Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, or until just starting to brown on the edges. Then let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let them cool for around 45 minutes or until they are room temperature before decorating.

Cookie Decorations // Yellow Owl Workshop

 

For the icing, mix all the ingredients together, the consistency should be pretty thick, like when you pull the mixer out and some drips down, it doesn’t reincorporate right away. If it is too thin add another tablespoon of powdered sugar or if its too thick add a tablespoon of water. Then divide into separate containers and add your desired food colorings to each, for Valentines day I chose red, pink and teal, and left one white. Then using a wooden skewer I drew on the designs. Think of it kind of like using ink in a quill (yeah I know super old time-y and who has experience with that? but thats the closest thing I can think of)

Valentines Cookies // Yellow Owl Workshop

It can take a cookie or two to get the hang of it, how much icing you need on the skewer, and how slowly (or fast) you need to go to get your desired affect. But just have fun with it and no matter what they will taste yummy!

Valentine Cookies // Yellow Owl Workshop

 

Introducing the Indigo Blue Textile Kit

indigo blue textile kit // yellow owl workshop

We are so excited to finally introduce our new textile kit, for dyeing and decorating fabric. It has been in the works for the past year, and everything is now just right! What is so special about this kit is the all new permanent liquid color. It flows like dye, can be applied like paint, and comes in a dripless applicator so you don’t have to worry about a huge mess.

The kit comes with the Indigo Blue Ink, scarf to decorate, protective gloves, and an instruction booklet with a bunch of different techniques for dyeing. Everything from tie-dye to painting with the ink! Seriously there are so many things you can do with it. Plus there is enough ink in the bottle that you can dye any other fabrics you’ve got, table linens, bedding, clothes, the possibilities are endless!

Textile Dye Kit // Yellow Owl Workshop

Shibori folding dye technique // Yellow Owl Worskhop

You can order yours right HERE!
Stay tuned for more picture and videos of different ways to use the ink and the kit! We are going to be doing projects with the techniques in the booklet, as well as exploring more!

Whatchya Making???

#madewithyellowowl

Every so often I wonder what people are doing with our products after they get them, what kind of awesome creative projects ya’ll are coming up with. So we want to see what everyone is making with their stamps, what kind of stamps you are making with the Carve-A-Stamp Kits, what kind of designs you are making with the stencil kits on the totes or towels, how projects from the books are coming out, the doodles in the pocket notebooks, and anything else you are doing with your Yellow Owl goodies.

Here’s what I am thinking, when you make something cool take a picture of it, or the process of making, and post to instagram with the hashtag #madewithyellowowl and each week we will post a selection of those pictures here. Creating a sort of inspirational resource of all the possibilities of things to make!

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We can’t wait to see everything you guys are creating!

The Crazy-ness of 2014

 

Happy New Years from Yellow Owl Workshop

Happy New Years!! Whether you are gearing up for a night out on the town or settling in for a mellow night in we hope you have had a wonderful year, we definitely have.

This past year has been filled to the brim with projects, new products, and even a new book(coming out in 2015!!)!

So here is a little recap of everything we got up to in 2014!

Stencil Kits and Pendants

We kicked off the year with a fresh batch of pendants, and a brand new crafting kit! We loved making designs with those stencil kits!

girls at work

All the girls hard at work, even Emmy!

New Stamps

Dude, we made so many new cool stamps it blows my mind a little bit to think about!

Book Photo Shoot

The new book started to come together. This photo shoot was a lot of fun and we will be share more behind the scenes bits in the next couple months!

Fun and Projects

Having fun, making art and stuff, thats what its about right?

Holiday Carve-a-stamp and other

The end of the year push for a few more new products just in time for the holidays, we dug the new holiday themed templates for the Carve-A-Stamp Kit!

 

We hope you have had a great year, and we will see you in 2015! It’s already feeling like its going to be a good one!

Holiday Wrapping Paper

If you missed our holiday wrapping event at Rare Device this past weekend you can still make your own wrapping paper at home!

stamped gift wrapping // Yellow Owl Workshop

Home made wrapping paper is so easy and fun to make and it adds a special little something to each gift. You can make anything from geometric patterns to holiday specific motifs. All you need is some blank butcher paper, some carving rubber or linoleum (our carve-a-stamp block works great!), a carving tool, and ink pad.

How to make a stamp // Yellow Owl Workshop

– draw your design on your stamp
– carefully carve out your design
– ink up your stamp
– stamp away!
– wrap that present up!

stamp gift wrap // Yellow Owl Workshop

Favorites: Podcasts

We’ve been chugging along here in the workshop getting ready for the holiday season. So many holiday stamps! To keep everyone going and engaged we like to listen to podcasts. For anyone who never has had the pleasure of listening to a podcast, it’s a lot like an old school radio program, but instead of turning a dial and adjusting an antenna we download them from iTunes.

We listen to a huge range of podcast on a range of topics, some are funny, some are informative, and some are mysterious and get us totally hooked.

These are our top five favorite podcasts right now:

podcasts

1. Serial: If you are into murder mysteries and cold cases you will love this! We are totally hooked! Each week, host Sarah Koenig goes deeper into the 15 year old murder case of Hae Min Lee, a high school student in Maryland, and Adnan Syed, her ex-boyfriend who was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in prison. But as Koenig discovers not everything is adding up quite right.
http://serialpodcast.org/

2. This American Life: Who doesn’t like listening to stories? Yeah, pretty much no one, that’s what we thought too. Each week there is a theme to the show and host Ira Glass introduces each segment or story pertaining to that theme. Some stories are funny, or dramatic, or sad, and some are so incredible you wonder if they are true, but I’m sure those guys are doing all their fact checking. If you are looking for something with a lot of episodes, TAL has been broadcasting since 1995 so there are a lot to choose from.
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

3. Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: “The NPR New Quiz!” as their opener states, is exactly what this podcast is. But it’s so much more, its funny, its silly, it can be even be informative if you missed some major news events during the week.
http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/

4. Stuff You Should Know: Want to learn about things you didn’t even know you were curious about? SYSK goes into every possible subject you could come up with, everything from how x-rays work to how trees affect the weather. Its a little science-y, a little culture, but plenty of fun facts. Impress your friends with all kinds of tid bits you learn!
http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/

5. 99% Invisible: There is a theory that design should be 99% invisible, this applies to buildings, products, packaging, graphics, and if you think about everything around you was designed by someone.  Host Roman Mars (best name every right?!?) finds the hidden stories in the world around us. One of our favorite episodes is about the sounds different escalators make, that might sounds weird, but give it a listen, you’ll be surprised.
http://99percentinvisible.org/

With winter keeping you inside for more indoor type activities consider checking out a podcast instead of listening to music or having the tv on. They are also great for road trips or whatever other travel you may be doing, just make sure to get the episodes downloaded while you have internet!

DIY Gift Wrapping Event!

holiday wrapping // Yellow Owl Workshop

Lets make some gift wrapping this weekend! Come to Rare Device in Noe Valley to stamp wrapping paper, Furoshiki-style cloth wrap, and gift tags. We will be stamping away from 10:30am-12pm on Saturday Dec. 13th.

Space is limited to please sign up here: http://www.lovemade.co/workshops/

We will also be doing a toy drive, so bring a gently used toy or book and we will donate it to the SF Firefighters Toy Drive Program.

Its A Sale!

25% off

You heard right kids, we are kicking off the holiday season with a sale! From Friday Nov. 28th to Monday Dec. 1st our online shop is 25% off. Remember to enter the code BEMERRY when you are checking to get the discount.

Happy shopping and stamping!