Baked Hot Chocolate. YUMMMM.

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Sometimes you are reading a blog and see a piece of your jewelry being worn in a post and it’s surprising and feels great. How cute does our heart bangle look styled with these delicious baked hot chocolate cups!!?? This recipe and photos were originally posted over at Katie’s Plate.

This recipe for baked hot chocolate comes from Scharffenberger’s The Essence of Chocolate and just one spoonful is like indulging in three desserts, as they describe it: “the top layer has just a hint of crispness, the center has the texture of warm chocolate pudding, and the bottom layer is just a shade thicker than the thickest hot chocolate you can imagine.” Irresistible.

Baked Hot Chocolate from The Essence of Chocolate
Ingredients (serves 4):
9 ounces (255 grams) 62% semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
4 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
whipped cream

Directions:

-Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange four 1-cup ovenproof coffee cups or mugs or 8-ounce ramekins in a baking or roasting pan.
-Place the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler set over gently simmering water, and whisk occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside. (I just put my chocolate ant butter in a pot directly on the stove, just make sure you keep on eye on it.)
Stir the eggs and sugar together in the bowl of stand mixer then set over the simmering water and stir until warm to the touch.
-Place the bowl on the stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, beat for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
Remove from the mixer, and fold the eggs into the chocolate mixture until it is light and smooth.
-Spoon the batter into the cups. Add enough very hot water to the baking pan to come halfway up the side of the cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The baked hot chocolate will be done when the tops lose their glossy finish. A wooden skewer inserted in the top will emerge clean, but batter toward the bottom of the cup will still be very moist.
-Carefully remove the cups from the pan. The cakes can be served warm, at room temperature or covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. To reheat, bring to room temperature and place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 5 minutes, or until warm.
-Serve topped with a dollop of cocoa whipped cream.

Serving note: This take on hot cocoa is so chocolatey and rich that I actually preferred serving them in a smaller espresso demi-tasse — it was just the right amount!

Our heart bangle is available on our site for $35! Just in time for Valentine’s🙂

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Brandy xo

Host a Salvage Trunk Show Party in 2014!

Winter is in full force here in Eastern Ontario and this year is a doozy! Some crazy people actually love winter, I’m not one of those people. I am counting the days until that first really warm day hits. You know the one. The one where you can feel actual warmth and smell the thawing earth. During January and February I practically live for that day. If you’re at all like me, cabin fever is starting to set in right about… MEOW. Here’s a thought: Host a Salvage Trunk Show Party. A gathering of your friends, some wine, snacks, free jewelry plus some other nice perks for hosting and all around good times! Here are a few snaps from a party. Doesn’t it look cozy?

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If you are interested in hosting a party drop me a line at howdoyoudo @ salvagejewelryco . com (all together). Available in the Eastern Ontario area only. I look forward to meeting you!

Brandy xo

Happy New Year!

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What a year 2013 was! Looking back at the last year leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. I can’t believe how much Salvage has grown this year. Salvage’s stockists more than tripled last year jumping from 5 shops up to 18!!! What craziness! Also, after finally paying off my student loans from art school (after 10 long years!) I was able to take on the business as my full time gig. I was down to only about 10 hours working part time but was finally able to take the leap and head out on my own! I was accepted to and participated in 11 juried craft shows over the holiday season, 2 of which we had record breaking sales! Also, the Fat Goose Craft Collective and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary of putting on the Fat Goose Craft Fair. It was a hugely successful show for us this year. One that leaves us with options for expanding in the years to come! Stay tuned on that front. All in all it was a year full of successes and of course challenges but one not to be forgotten. Looking forward to the year ahead, I hope to keep growing steadily, increasing our shop count and would love to take on more custom work with the upcoming wedding season! I love my job!

I would love to take this moment to say a thank you to all of you. Each and every one of you have made it possible with your support for me to carry on with my work. It’s overwhelming at times to think about the opportunities that have come up and the connections I have made while running this business. Being a small business owner is a much harder road than it seems but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The more love I put in the more I get back. So THANK YOU.

So here’s to another wonderful year to come and I wish you all good health and happiness!

Brandy xo

Ruralist.ca Features Salvage

Originally from Ruralist.ca

{Get} Salvage Jewelry Co.

Reclaimed and Salvage Jewellery

I seem to prefer simple and elegant design in jewellery, I find chevron symbols very charming and I love almost anything with a monogram. That may be why I am so drawn to the work of  Brandy Olley of Salvage Jewelry Co. After featuring one of her custom pieces in our Ruralist story on personalized gifts I wanted to learn more. Working with reclaimed metal and vintage jewellery can’t be easy! I caught up with Brandy in her Kingston studio to learn more about her work and her process. Here’s is what I learned:

Tell us about your Salvage Jewelry Co.:

Salvage Jewelry Co. has stemmed from my love of vintage jewelry. I use vintage components from deconstructed old relics and reuse them to create an updated, modern piece. I can always can be found rummaging through vintage stores, flea markets or perhaps your grandmother’s jewelry box for pieces that inspire my designs.

What do enjoy most about making jewellery?

I love the process of creating new pieces. From the first sketches to actually figuring out how to make it in metal to the finished piece. It’s so creative, challenging and fun. I love taking an old relic of a piece or a recycled piece of scrap metal and turning it into a casual modern fashion.

What inspires you?

Because I work with recycled metals and upcycled vintage components there is a nostalgic quality to my work. I am very inspired by the art nouveau period and the arts & crafts movement started by William Morris way back around the turn of the last century. But I love to marry these ideals with modern style. Making pieces that have modern style but with a vintage soul.

How did your business get started?

I studied at NSCAD University in Halifax and earned a BFA while studying jewelry, textiles, communication and design graduating in 2003. After graduating I decided to put my entrepreneurial spirit to good use and was awarded a small business grant to launch my shop ‘Touch’ in 2003 featuring handmade goods in Cobourg Ontario. I was awarded ‘Emerging Business of the Year’ from the Chamber of Commerce as well as being the youngest member to be elected to the Board of Directors. This was an incredible experience and taught me so much about running a small business. My husband and I decided to move to Kingston while he pursued a master’s degree in sport psychology so I closed the shop but continued to run the business in a wholesale model. Once I started up Salvage I knew my passion lay in metal smithing and slowly made the switch.

After moving to Kingston I was looking for a new creative outlet. I was at a flea market, one of my favourite things to do and I was rummaging around in some vintage jewelry. I have always loved old jewelry but there are a lot of pieces that are just plain outdated. So I started thinking about how I could change them up, recycled them and make them into a modern style that could be worn everyday. I began to tinker and started to bring in some of the metal smithing techniques that I had learned at art school and started a small line that I tested out at a few craft shows. Quickly I had shops approach me to sell the line and I’ve just kept going with it, growing all the way.

Tell us about what new things are happening:

I have just moved into a dedicated studio space and am working towards updating my equipment to be able to make pieces using some new and exciting (to me anyhow!) techniques. I have also been working feverishly at applications for some pretty big Christmas shows, yes already! Plus I just launched the new spring line last week on the website. Also, I will be taking part in the Urban Craft Market Sunday June 9, in Ottawa.

What do you wish people knew about your business?

I make all of the findings for my line, I hand forge all the ear wires, toggle clasps and jump rings. Details are important to me so I like to make as much from scratch as possible.

Also I do a lot of custom work. Not really a kept secret or anything but people are generally excited to learn that I do custom pieces for wedding parties, brides and mamas. In particular I do custom cufflinks and tie clips for the groom and his whole party, bridal party jewelry and gifts as well as stamped mama jewelry with vintage pendants that have been stamped with their children’s initials.

What are some other unique aspects of your business?

I work in reclaimed and upcycled materials and using eco-conscious methods and products is extremely important to me. I use all recycled packaging for shipping and am very careful about the choices in raw materials I make in my studio.

What do you like to do when you’re not making jewellery?

Besides running Salvage I have an amazing 2.5 year old daughter who is just the apple of my eye and keeps me super busy. I have a great husband who is incredibly supportive of me leading a creative life and in deciding to make a living out of being an entrepreneur. Together we love to work on our fixer upper of a home, work in our veggie garden and ride our bikes all over town.

What other local businesses do you recommend?

Having grown up in a rural community I have quite a few shops in rural communities that carry my line. I love to support small business and love to see independent shops carrying local artists in small towns. I cannot recommend these gorgeous shops enough:

The Sugar Post, Merrickville
The Studio Boutique, Carleton Place
Chickadelic Salvage & Design, Stirling
Steel Style Garage, Gananoque
Tin Barn Market, Almonte
Butchers, Hillsburgh

Custom Tie Bars Featured on Ruralist.ca Blog!

We are so thrilled to have our custom tie bars featured in this post from Ruralist Blog:

{Get} Personalized Gifts for A Special Occasion

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Give a Thoughtful Gift

Monogrammed Initial Pillow, by Brush and Feather, St. Catharines – This 16 inch handpainted decorative accent cotton-poly pillow comes with your monogram as ordered, in your choice of font. The sample shown is in classic chalk white with initials and scrolling hand painted in black with metallic gold accents on top and bottom scrolling. $53.

Custom Engraved Cutlery, by 2 Sisters Handcrafted, Barrie – These personalized wedding cake forks are handstamped with the wedding date and either “Mr. and Mrs.”, “Bride and Groom” or “I do and Me too”. They are perfect for a wedding or anniversary. $46.

Personalized Photographic Tile Art – VersaTile, Almonte – This home decor and art company creates coasters and custom wall art by transferring graphics and photography to natural stone tiles. This would be a great way to display engagement, wedding or family photos, making them perfect almost any occasion. Large MOSAIX framed tile art starts at $150 and small at $75.

Custom Made Mailbox – Coolmailboxes.ca, Owen Sound – A custom printed mailboxes, available for both rural and in-town,  are a great way to celebrate a new family, anniversary or housewarming. There are many amazing colours and styles or you can even supply your own photo or create a photo collage.  Rural mailboxes with a standard photo start at $69. Custom designed rural mailboxes are $99.

Custom Engaved Tie Bar –  Salvage Jewelery Co., Kingston – You can have these tie clips custom stamped with any words you like, monograms, initials or your wedding date for your groom or groomsmen. Available in brass or recycled aluminum. Skinny tie options are also available! Order in a single or a whole set for each of your groomsman. This gift would also be perfect for a new graduate or to congratulate him on his promotion. Tie bars are $35.

Custom Printed poster – Show off your rural wedding destination with this custom printed poster. Designer Brooke Witt will create an 8×10 print of the country, province or state of your choice with any city marked with a heart. This print would make the perfect wedding gift, anniversary gift or even a new baby gift.  Color can be customized to match your wedding colors, home decor or favorite color. Unframed posters start at $25.

Delicious Homemade Baileys, Oh and It’s Vegan!

Oh She Glows is one of my favourite blogs. Angela writes like she’s your bud and makes eating more healthfully so easy. Even if you’re not into vegan eating, her recipes are delicious and simple. So go try them… NOW! There’s really nothing better than a tasty sip of Bailey’s over ice or a steaming mug of hot chocolate infused with it’s creamy goodness. Now you can enjoy it knowing there’s no unwanted additives or chemicals, vegan or not! So here it is! Click on the photos to be taken to Oh She Glows Blog for the recipe.

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B xo

Urban Craft Recap!

This past Sunday was Urban Craft – Spring Edition at the Glebe Community Center and we had a fab day! As always there were so many amazing vendors. Jasmine Virani was there, a fellow jeweler and all around lovely person, as well as naCoille Studio, Fidoodle‘s amazing creatures and one of my personal favs, Auntie Loo’s Treats! Here are a few snaps from the show!

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