Thursday, July 12, 2012

New to Etsy {And Instagram Sale}

I've been working hard this summer on some new products that I would like to share with you, including Rosette Rings and Ombre Rosette Necklaces!

The Ombre Rosette Necklaces are available in pink or blue, with yellow on its way.

The Rosette Rings are available in a few colors and sizes.

As always, you can create a custom order of a color or color combination that you would like and don't see in the shop! I welcome the chance to work with your favorite color or to put new color combinations together.

Would you like some discounts on these items as well as some items in the works?
I'm having a big INSTAGRAM SALE this Saturday, July 14th!

(I definitely joined the Instagram boat as soon as it was introduced for Android!)

You can find me at the Instagram handle EmergingEm.

The sale will start at 3 p.m. EST, and I have 12 pretties up for grabs at great prices, including some not even listed in the shop and some oldies but goodies.

I'm assembling new necklaces in fresh, summer colors as you read this!

Please stop by!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Peach Pie

Peaches are a staple during the summer here in the South. I made this recipe with local South Carolina peaches.

Homemade Peach Pie

2 pie crusts
10 ripe but firm peaches
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon or pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or regular salt
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Egg wash:
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare the bottom crust. Peel and cut the peaches into 1/4 inch thick slices. You should have about 7 cups. (My future mother-in-law showed me that you can boil the peaches for 30-45 seconds to make them easier to peel.) Toss the peaches with the lemon juice and almond extract in a large bowl. Whisk the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in another bowl, making sure there are no lumps. Stir the flour mixture into the peaches and mix well. Pour the peaches into the pie crust. Scatter with the pieces of butter. Cut the other pie crust into 1 inch strips and top the pie with lattice strips. (It took me a few minutes to figure out the lattice work. You just have to fold back every other strip and lay a strip crosswise.) Crimp the edges to seal. Beat the egg and milk together and brush the lattice and edges with the egg wash.

Pop in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, and then lower the heat to 350 degrees F and bake until the crust gets brown, about 50 minutes more. Cool about 30 minutes before serving.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Life Isn't Always Peachy

Well, hi.

To say I fell off the blogging bandwagon would be an understatement. It's been almost a year since my last post. I've missed you guys. And I've missed sharing my adventures with you.

But this past year has been one crazy, busy, not-always-great adventure. There have been some major ups and downs.

I finished my first year of teaching. It was rough. Don't get me wrong - I loved most of it, but I was put into a few situations that caused emotional stress almost every day. I was exhausted by the end of the year. But the students make it all worth it. Nothing compares to giving a great concert with my high schoolers or a hug from a still-thinks-you-are-awesome sixth grader.

Next year is looking up, and I'm excited about my new teaching positions.

Along with my full time job, I was also teaching eleven private violin and viola students, helping with an after school orchestra, and playing with four different orchestras. Needless to say, I haven't had much time to focus on my blog or Etsy shop.

A major up happened in December: Daniel and I got engaged!!!

Story coming soon!
(I still stare at my ring. No shame.)
We're getting married one year from today!

So, life isn't always peachy - sometimes it's downright not fun - but sometimes it's fabulous!
And speaking of peaches, I've got a peach pie recipe for you!

Check back later!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Psst...I'm Back.

Hello there, my long lost friends.

I have a secret to share - I got a job teaching strings!

That is why I have been oh-so-absent around here.
I'll be back with more fun posts soon.

I promise.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, My Dear Blog!

Well, it's been one year since I started Emerging Em!

I can't believe it's been that long. My main inspiration for blogging came from my dear friend Mandy of Mandipidy fame, who was my first follower. Her blog, then called Mandy's Yellow Corner, was so cute that I wanted to create my own blog for sharing the things I love to make. She helped me through the (somewhat overwhelming) beginning stages of creating a blog, and I am forever thankful for that.

Here's my first post about my first forays into blogging and my first project.

About a week later, I opened my Etsy shop, and my rosette hairpins have become my most popular item!

I am so thankful for the sweet blog friends that I have made over this past year. You all have been so supportive and encouraging! My little blog has grown from one follower to over 80 followers, and I hope it continues to grow. My blog has now become a place to share not only my crafts but my adventures in life as well!

Thanks for reading along as I found my incredible boyfriend (or rather he found me)...

... and ran a half marathon...

...and graduated with my Master of Music degree.

To celebrate you, my wonderful readers, I would like to giveaway a $30 shop credit to Emerging Em!

To enter:
Please visit my shop and leave a comment telling me your favorite item.

Extra entries:
1. Follow my blog.
2. Become a fan of Emerging Em on Facebook.
3. Follow me on Twitter.
4. Blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you!

This giveaway will run through Friday, July 22nd, and I'll announce the winner the following day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

20 Questions: Take 1

I've gained quite a few followers in the past week or so, and I thought it would be fun to share some things about me. Now that you know I'm a violinist.

I found these questions in a magazine about Greenville, and I thought they were fun.


What one thing really makes your day?
I always smile when I get a sweet text from Daniel.

Is your desk messy or neat?
It's messy at the moment, but usually I'm very neat.

What was your first job?
I'm looking for it.

What is your pet peeve?
Besides people invading my personal space, it annoys me when people don't know how to drive. That's pretty much the entire population of Greenville.

What is your favorite thing about Greenville?
I love that it's close to the mountains and only a short drive to the beach. I also love that it has the cultural appeal of a big city yet still retains a lovely small-town charm.

What was your first car?
A mauve 1995 Toyota Camry.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese. And chocolate, of course.

What is your idea of a dream vacation?
Well, if we're talking about a location I've never been to, I would love to relax by the blue waters of Santorini, Greece. But London will always hold a special place in my heart.

What store would you choose to max out your credit card?
J. Crew. Or Banana Republic.

What is your favorite thing to cook?
Chicken and snow pea pasta.

What was your favorite subject in school?
Music, of course. And English.

What advice would you give a student just starting out?
Do what you love!

Do you prefer the mountains or the beach?

Have you ever met a famous person? Who?
I've met lots of famous classical musicians including Arnold Steinhardt and Lynn Harrell.

If you could invite five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would you invite?
Jane Austen, Itzhak Perlman, Elizabeth I, Johannes Brahms, and Abraham Lincoln

What is the best gift you have ever received?
An education!

What makes you laugh?
My friends.

What chore do you really hate to do?
Wash the dishes.

What do you like to do on your day off?
Curl up in a comfy chair and read. Watch movies. Craft.

I can't live without my...what?
Computer. Sad, I know.

If you want to find out my favorite things about summer time head on over to Maegan's blog, Chesterrific, where I'm being featured today!

Monday, July 4, 2011

What I Do When I'm Not Blogging

If you're new around here, you probably don't know that I'm a violinist.

I just finished my Masters Degree in violin, and I'm now looking for jobs as a strings teacher in the public schools...with no luck yet.

Anyhow, before graduation I had to give an hour long solo recital. Just me. 60 minutes. I enjoyed it, but I was also really glad when it was over!

I was, however, in love with my recital dress!
(It was my younger sister's last prom dress, and I stole it from her...)

The best part of a recital (besides playing beautiful music, of course)? Enjoying the reception!

Afterwards, Daniel, my friend Stephanie, my sister Elizabeth, and I went to Stellar, a wine bar in downtown Greenville, and enjoyed drinks and dark chocolate fondue!