A Rare Bit O’Swag: Scooter Santa Candy Mold

This mold appeared on eBay and eventually went for something well over $100. It was a vintage German chocolate mold make by Anton Reiche. Every so often you can find a scooter related mold like this on eBay. Just be prepared to shell out a lot of dough. They tend to go for at least $200. In fact I used to collect these when they were under $50. That was just six or seven years ago! Many are reproductions from vintage European molds and some are original molds. They work great to make chocolates of course but I’ve also used them to make soap molds, Plaster of Paris figurines, Christmas ornaments, etc. You can even make candles if you’re so inclined. Here’s a tip: office binder clips are essential to hold the two halves together as they very seldom come with their original clips. And of course they are also just wonderful to display in the kitchen.

Cut Paper Artist Chloé Fleury

Chloé Fleury is a French illustrator who fell in love with California when she was 10.

(Ironic since this about the age little American girls fall in love with Paris. Grass is always greener, eh?)

She now lives in San Francisco and her clients include Cosmopolitan Magazine, Chronicle Books, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine and Target stores. Her specialty is cut paper art which she incorporates into stop motion animation, graphic design and window displays.

You can buy limited edition posters of the work shown here. “Summer Shopping” is $115 and “Happy Fall” is $150. They are giclée prints of photographs of the paper sculpture work and are signed by the artist in the back.

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Homemade Scooter Crackers

Had to show off my homemade scooter crackers that I made for a friend’s fête BECAUSE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. OMG, the amount of work was insane. But in case you want to go nuts and make your own, this is the mold I used. It’s quite wee compared to other scooter cookie molds.

And Mark Bitman’s recipe for simple crackers is great. Here’s his recipe for Parmesan crackers to give you some idea. But really, just go out and buy his book “How to Cook Everything.” A week doesn’t go by when I don’t refer to it. And as a single girl I don’t cook all that often. But he’s helped me fix recipes when I was elbow deep into them:

How to Cook Everything

Will hedgehogs become the new owls?

Have you noticed how much owl stuff there’s been over the last three years or so? They are everywhere. Now I’m wondering if the same thing is going to happen with hedgehogs. Here for your perusal are these eco-friendly birch notebooks. The Jotter is a mini notepad and is 3″ x 4 1/2″ and is $8.00. The Journal is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ and is $18.50. And after you’ve used up the paper, get even more eco-friendly and use the covers as framable art.

Thanks to Tammy D. for these cute finds!

Scootin’ Hedgehog Jotter

Scootin’ Hedgehog Journal

A Hope Chest?

We’ve already featured Ikea’s Eivor Leva pattern in the bedding set but you can also buy the same fabric but with a black ground. (Which I think I like better.) I spotted this idea for covering a chest of drawers in the fabric in the latest Ikea catalog. That seems like a ton of frustrating work to me but then I may not be crafty enough.

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SCORE! Down at the Michael’s Dollar Aisle.

I go into Michael’s looking for just the right color of embroidery thread or paint and I might glance at aisles I pass on the way to see if I see anything scootery. Gitta goes in and hits pay dirt right off the bat. Some people are just better Swaggers than others. These goodies are not available online so go check out your local Michaels and see if you too can get lucky.

Thanks to Gitta K. for these finds!

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Making time.

It’s rare for us to post things from Etsy but this clock is so unusual we just had to. The crafter cuts out the clock from an unplayable record with her laser machine . . . in her Alpine, Texas kitchen! The quartz movements are made in the US too. Want a different record? Ask her if custom orders are possible.

$25 + $10 for shipping in the US.

Thanks to David S. in Japan for this find!

LP scooter clock at etsy.com