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Super Juicy Beer Can Chicken

January 27, 2016 Sticks and Steel

Whoa! I just tried a dynamite chicken recipe from Martha Stewart and thought I would pass it on to our fabulous followers. It's quick, easy, doesn't take very many ingredients, and all of the chicken skin gets nice and crispy. Mmmm mmm.... Click the link above for the cast iron skillet method. I used my chicken baker. For those of you who have the luxury of a chicken baker, keep reading......or click the link. The instructions are nearly identical. You'll figure it out either way.  ;)  All that you need:  1 whole chicken (about 4 1/2 pounds) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter,...

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015 Sticks and Steel

The gals and I are having celebratory drinks and reflecting on the past year......With your encouragement we started carrying more clothing, jewelry, and men's gifts than ever before! We continued to fly in some of the nation's finest designers and craftsmen for First Friday events, and on any given day we were having WAY more fun than any work day should allow! In all seriousness, your love for our unique American craft business affects more than us, more than our community; You're supporting an ecosystem of artists and small business owners nationwide. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU...

Meet Kathy Bransfield

December 08, 2015 Sticks and Steel

  It's the biggest gift giving time of the year. Who would be better to interview now than jewelry artist, Kathy Bransfield? No one!  M had the privilege of chatting with the very lovely, humble, talented, Miss Bransfield. Click play above to hear Kathy's candid tellings of family, inspiration, and challenging beginnings.  "Be fearless -- Choose Love." One of Kathy's very first necklace designs.  "Where ever you are it is your friends who make your world."-William James "Remember that you are loved"  -Evelyn McCormick     Kathy sprouted in the backbone of America’s Midwest; Cincinnati Ohio, where she spent her childhood...

Happy Turkey Day!

November 25, 2015 Sticks and Steel

Our crew can't wait for tomorrow! We're closing down the shop to be with our families and savor some of our favorite Turkey Day traditions. Today our staff members share their most loved Thanksgiving traditions. Do any of them sound familiar? Left to right: M: Lunch is my family's biggest meal of the day, which is great, but I really love the leftover turkey sandwiches in the evening. Nothing beats a plain white bun, leftover turkey, and good ole iceberg lettuce. Total ritual.  Terri: My mom isn't going to read this, right? I have to confess. The pre-thanksgiving pasta party we have with...

How-to: Cleaning Silver and Gold Jewelry

September 24, 2015 Sticks and Steel

There are several technique for cleaning silver and gold jewelry. Here are a few of our favorites. Use the method that works best with the texture and finish of your jewelry.