Need something fun and flirty to make your cutie for Valentine’s Day? Heart Beets might just be the most adorable thing. We love trying new things in the kitchen at Spitfire Girl, and decided to try microwaving fresh beets. The process was quick and easy, and the results were delicious!
Here’s what to do to make your own Heart Beets this Valentine’s Day:
Select beets that are approximately the same size so that they microwave evenly.
Pierce the beets in several places to prevent steam from building up inside the beets causing them to explode.
Place the beets, trimmed and washed, in a single layer on a plate.
Make sure the plate is microwaveable, of course.
Drizzle them with about 2 tablespoons water.
Cover the plate with a bowl or damp paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
Turn the beets and continue microwaving them for another 3 to 5 minutes
until they are fork-tender.
Let them cool for 5 minutes, then peel the skins off the beets and slice them into flat slivers. Use a knife to cut them into heart shapes, sprinkle them with feta, and voila! HEART BEETS.
The heart! It’s the international symbol of love, and we love to draw it on stuff and insert the emoji into cute texts, but where did it come from? How did its cute shape originate? Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up, so we did some research and sought out some info on our favorite shape ♥
Funny thing is, the heart shape as we know it is believed to have originated from the African plant silphium, which is accredited to having contraceptive qualities. (Now we’re talkin!) The city of Cyrene was famous for the trade of this rare and sought out plant used for birth control, so much so that silphium became an important part of Cyrene’s economy. The government minted coins representing silphium’s seedpod, which looked a lot like the shape of the heart as we know it today.
Interesting! So it all comes down to sex… surprise surprise.
Here’s a few love-related Spitfire Girl items to help get ya in the mood:
Hello 2016! The new year is the perfect time to reflect, and we’ve been doing just that here at Spitfire Girl. We love the idea of reviving the lost art of writing and taking up journaling and writing to old friends. (Actually writing—not email!) Everyone loves a handwritten note, and it feels good to do it, put a stamp on it, and send it on its way the old fashioned way. Why not pick up some Spitfire Girl wood folding cards and postcards and make 2016 the year to take a break from the computer and reclaim letter writing. No one else has your handwriting, which is a super cool thing to think about!
We’ve compiled a selection of products to get you on your way to writing. Get out those pens and sharpen those pencils so we can read back and reflect on 2016 come 2017!
Jacqueline Rose‘s jewelry is one of our favorite collections we carry at Spitfire Girl. Jacqueline began making one-of-a-kind, vintage coin pendants and belt buckles in 2001 and her collection has since evolved out of a love for found objects & natural stones.
Using the lost-wax method, each piece is reinvented, elegantly polished yet true to their raw nature. We love that!
We reached out to Jacqueline (a native Texan who resides in LA) and asked her a few questions about her jewelry, what inspires her, and her process. Check out the Jacqueline Rose pieces we carry in our LA stores and online,
and give @jacquelinerose_collection a follow. She’s rad!
How did you get started with JRose?
I always loved to build and sculpt. So I started experimenting with vintage brooches in 2001. I made my first belt buckle out of a large vintage Eisenberg brooch. I began making them as a hobby, and from there it al began.
What inspires you? The Byzantine era…jewelry and found objects. Ancient Egypt has also been a huge influence… they were very ahead of the game in jewelry.
What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
Bronze & big natural stones. I love moonstone, lapis, garnet and labradorite.
What is a Spitfire Girl to you?
Committed, independent and never compromises.
What is your favorite Spitfire Girl product?
I love the wooden serving trays… very SFG!
The holidays have arrived at Spitfire Girl! We’re loving our unique and thoughtful gifts, vintage-inspired wrapping paper, and sparkly ornaments, and all of the good vibes that go along with them. And if you’re looking for a DIY-able way to get into the seasonal spirit yourself, we’ve got you covered too. Just follow these easy steps to make a cute lil’ snowman, perfect for decorating your mantle or sneaking into a stocking!
What you’ll need:
White tube sock
What you’ll do:
Stuff the toe of the sock until you have a rough sphere. Cut a small piece of string and tie it tightly around the base of the sphere. This will be the head of the snowman.
Continue stuffing the sock to make a slightly larger sphere, and tie it off with string. This will be the body of the snowman.
Draw a smiling face on your snowman’s head with the permanent marker.
Trim down the extra sock material, and snip away any long pieces of string.
Display your adorable new friend alongside your other holiday decor!
Check out more ornaments in our online shop and below, and browse our retail stores in LA and spitfiregirl.com for extra inspiration!
It’s gift giving time! Why not make some little handmade boxes for all the gifts you buy from Spitfire Girl (wink wink!) We used the decorative paper wrap sheets we carry in our stores to make this DIY box. Below are the steps for you to make your own.
Start with a wrap sheet, which you can pick up at either of our LA stores on Melrose, or in Los Feliz.
Cut two squares (any size) just make sure one is about a quarter inch larger all around for the lid.
Then follow these step by step origami directions.
Well looky here… Spitfire Girl‘s Comical Embroidered Cocktail Napkins are featured in Star Magazine. Who doesn’t enjoy a little humor with their beverage of choice? Shop these funny elegant linens in our LA stores and online.
The holidays are right around the corner, and that means one thing: pie, and entertaining (okay, maybe two things). We love a good party, especially one with a theme. But who says that theme needs to be gourd- or tinsel-centric? This year, shake up your festivities with a whimsical, nature-inspired spin on the traditional table centerpiece. It’s also super easy to assemble, which means more time to celebrate!
What you’ll need:
- Small branches. Try rosemary, eucalyptus, or pine boughs for some extra yummy smells, or opt for simple birch twigs for a minimalist look.
- String or baker’s twine
- Candle (our signature soy-blend candles are perfect!)
- Dishware with botanical or animal patterns (we’re currently crushing on these pieces from Laura Zindel)
What you’ll do: - Shape the branches into a circular wreath, making sure the wreath is large enough to fit around your candle.
- Tie the ends of the branches together with small pieces of string. You can double-knot the string, or make tiny bows to amp up the cute factor.
- Place the candle in the middle of the wreath to make your pretty centerpiece.
- Set the table with dishes covered with flora and fauna.
- Toast your guests in your own tabletop botanical paradise!
For more holiday entertaining and gifting inspiration, check out our LA stores on Melrose and in Los Feliz, and browse spitfiregirl.com!
It’s your best friend’s birthday, and you have no time to get him or her a gift. Don’t stress, we have everything you need for your special buddy. When we say everything, we mean it. Thinking laugh out loud birthday cards or perfectly crafted wooden cards that will last them a lifetime. Just write some super sweet poem, stick in some cash, and BAM you’re done.
Great, so your friend has sense of humor. Now you can buy them a Spitfire Girl No. Collection or Potion Collection perfume and in a subtle way tell them that they smell. Or get your friend a fancy soap, bubble bath, or bath salts for a luxurious, relaxing bath. Tell your birthday friend to just soak for a while in their birthday suit. Burn a candle and just chill, my friend. That is love and I have no doubt about it.