Angela Rossi of Beat Up Creations

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Angela Rossi is the artist behind Beat Up Creations, one of our favorite lines we carry at Spitfire Girl. We love her antique altered plates and teacups because they’re humorous, sometimes morbid, and always weird!

We love that Angela works with recycled, abused, broken, and forgotten items, and  transforms them into one of a kind creations that are nostalgic with a twist. We wanted to learn more about her work and process, so we reached out to her with a few questions.

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How did you get started with Beat Up Creations?
This idea of the Altered Antique Plates started because my mom was an avid antique collector and dealer. When she retired she began getting rid of lots of stuff, in that “stuff” was many old plates. Some of which were old portrait plates with demure ladies posed in proper positions and big fluffy dresses. They were all beautiful with hand painted details, gold accents, and delicate porcelain but in reality they did not exactly match my modern, urban style. So, were they useless? No, I must make them cool again…. atlas the idea began.

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What inspires you?
I love the idea of taking a traditionally formal piece and bringing some humor to it. It is really about revitalizing these beautiful vintage plates, altering them to be a bit more fun and contemporary.

 

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What are some of your favorite images to work with?
The juxtaposition of highbrow classicism with a sense of humor is really my goal in creating the plates. I love the contrast between the old vs. new, pretty vs. ugly, soft vs. hard. I love the working with images of punk rockers, circus freaks, animals in clothes, monsters, zombies, famous rebels, sci-fi characters etc.

 

What has been a favorite moment in your career?
Honestly, everyday is just so awesome.  I never thought I would have a career where I get to create everyday.  My studio is my back house, so I can work at home, whenever… Im just so lucky…

 

Shop Beat Up Creations in our stores and online!

 

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Spitfire Girl’s Scary Good Drinks

Hi Spits and Spots,
With Halloween coming up, it’s time to throw the scariest party and Spitfire Girl has got your back. We decided to become mixologists for this very holiday and are passing our skills down to you and your lil zombies. These drinks not only sound creepy and look creepy, but they will also send serious chills down your spine.

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Blood & Sand 1 serving
.75 oz Scotch
0.5 oz cherry liqueur
0.5 oz orange juice

 

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and contents from Bag of Eww Gross)

 

Zombie Slime 1 serving
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Peach Schnaps
1 oz Sour Apple Schnaps
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Sweet and Sour Mix

 

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Shake with ice and pour into one of our spooky glasses
available in stores or online.

 

Don’t worry we didn’t forget about the kids or those not into the poison. They get a sweet treat that will haunt their dreams too.

 

Pumpkin Nightmare
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup of milk or vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsb cinnamon
1/8 tsb nutmeg
2 tsb brown sugar
4 ice cubes

 

Blended it all up and BAM you’ve got a perfect desert drink for everyone to enjoy!

 

To make your Spitfire Girl Glasses look even spookier and make your guests gag,
you’ll need some blood slime. You can make that by mixing 3 tbl spoons of corn syrup and 1/2 tbl of red food coloring. Don’t forget the dry ice and our Bags of Eww Gross to make the decor even more spine chilling.
Please drink responsibly.

 

Love,
Spitfire Girl

Halloween Cat Makeup Tutorial—Meow!

Here at Spitfire Girl we love Halloween, makeup, and cats. We found our favorite cat makeup tutorials to get you inspired for Halloween, and selected a few of our favorite cat products we have available in our stores and online.

CleoCatra
cleo catra Halloween Cat Makeup Tutorial—Meow!

Tiger
tiger Halloween Cat Makeup Tutorial—Meow!

Feline Glam
feline glam Halloween Cat Makeup Tutorial—Meow!

While we’re on the theme of cats, here’s some kitten items for you or that special cat lover. Happy makeuping and shopping!

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Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

We love this time of year because it’s the perfect time to add some spook to your decor and show it off by hosting a Halloween movie night. We’ve gathered our favorite Spitfire Girl items to get you and your home in the Halloween spirit, and a list of the baddest witches from our favorite Halloween flicks.

The Grand High Witch The Witches
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Mary, Winifred, and Sarah Hocus Pocus
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Louise Teen Witch
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Sarah, Nancy, Rochelle, and Bonnie The Craft
the craft Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

Elvira Mistress of the Dark
elvira couch Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

Now that your movies are queued up, here’s a few of our favorite Spitfire Girl items to get you and your home ready to host this party! (Email us a picture with these items in your home for a chance to be featured)

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jenga Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

We here at the Spitfire Girl headquarters love DIY kits, and one of our absolute favorites is our Make Your Own Terrarium Kit.
 This kit comes with pretty much everything you need to create the perfect little mason jar of happiness for your office desk or your home!

Here’s our very own step by step guide to make your terrarium look stellar!

Make Your Own Terrarium Kit DIY step-by-step

You can purchase a Make Your Own Terrarium Kit from our website or either of our retail locations.

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

Open up the box and lay out all of your materials – everything will be packaged neatly in the jar. A bag of dirt, some moss with a mushroom and a flower, a bag of rocks, an instruction leaflet and a terrarium friend (in this case a dinosaur) all come packed in the mason jar. You will need to grab some scissors and your own plant – a succulent clipping works great for this.
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

Next pour your dirt and rocks into the bottom of the mason jar to create the perfect base.

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Then grab your scissors and place the moss in the jar. Once your moss is where you like it use the scissors to grab the head of the mushroom and place the mushroom firmly in the moss.
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After you’ve securely placed your mushroom, place your decorative flower.

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

At this point your little terrarium scene should be coming right along. Use your scissors to put your terrarium friend right where you want ‘em! (No dinosaurs were hurt in the making of this terrarium.)

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Next, grab your little succulent clipping and place it gently in the jar.

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Things should really be looking good now! Here’s the view from above!

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

We wanted to add a little something extra to our terrarium so we created a “BEWARE” sign out of some scrap cardboard.
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium
Screw the lid on your mason jar and your terrarium is all ready to find a home!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium
TADA!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium
You can get your own Make Your Own Terrarium Kit here!
Love,
Spitfire Girl

Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card

Here at the Spitfire Girl Headquarters one of our most favorite days of the week is when we get to spend some time doing actual crafts! One of our most favorite crafts is making the Spitfire Girl Box Card – which coincidentally was one our very first products.
The Spitfire Girl herself, Kristin Schroder, has put together this step by step on creating the perfect box card.
 
Spitfire Girl Box Card DIY
1. Gather the necessary materials!
You will need a glue gun, some white glue, spray adhesive, scissors, a decorative figurine (we used a cat) some moss, a spoonful of glitter, a piece of felt, one photo that you can cut for a background (we printed one from the internet) and one photo you can cut to use for the top of the box ( we also printed ours – the little gnome- from the internet.)
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
2. Cut the printed out background photo so that it matches the dimensions of the box and use your hot glue gun to secure the photo the the back of the box.
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3. Take your piece of felt and cut in a half circle. Use your white glue to dab a few spots on the bottom of the felt and then secure the felt piece into the box.
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4. Next take your figurine and dab some hot glue onto the base of the figurine ( we hot glued up this cat’s little paws) and on the back of the figurine so that it sticks securely to the back of the box up against the decorative background photo.
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5. Take your hot glue gun and dab a bit on top of the felt, next to the figurine where you would like your moss to go. Place your moss on the dab gently with your finger but be careful not to burn yourself!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
6. After your moss and figurine are securely in place, take your spoonful of glitter and add some sparkle by loosely spooning some glitter into the back of the box.
  Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
7. Grab your print out for the top of the box and make sure you’ve cut it to match the shape of your box top. Coat the back with spray adhesive and press it on the top of the box lid.
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8. Flip over the box lid, and write your message inside!
  Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
TADA!!!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
Still need some inspiration? Here’s our first ever box card!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
Find all our box cards here!
Happy Crafting!
XOXO,
Spitfire Girl

Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe

There’s not much we at the Spitfire Girl headquarters love more than warm days and drinking. We’re sure you feel much the same, so we teamed up with amazing, talented, and dare we say handsome mixologist, Richard Swan to create the perfect Spitfire Girl inspired summer beverage.
 Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe

We think you’ll love this sweet + spicy concoction as much as we do! Grab your shaker and sweet Spitfire Girl glasses and follow the recipe below:

1 1/2 oz mezcal
1 oz pineapple juice
1/2 fresh lime juice
4-5 cilantro leaves
1 small slice jalapeno
Muddle the cilantro with the jalapeno
Shake all ingredients with ice
Strain over ice
Garnish with a large pinch of shredded coconut and dash of paprika
 Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe
Happy Drinkin’!
Love,

Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham

 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham

Being a Spitfire Girl isn’t just about swigging from your favorite SFG wooden flask or lying on one of our colorful throw pillows on a sunny afternoon.  It’s a spirit- a funky mixture of fire, ice and for Karen Gorham the pine fresh scent of the open road. A Texan at heart now living in LA, Karen visited our downtown office to chat with us about all things motorcycles, being a woman on a seemingly men driven road, and how it felt to make her longest trip alone on a motorcycle. From Los Angeles to her home city of El Paso, Karen reflected on what she saw, who she met, and the beautiful scenery of the American Southwest scattered between.
 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
Having been a rider her whole life, the terrain of the road isn’t foreign for Karen. It’s her mobile home-away-from-home wherever the skyline takes her. Born in El Paso, Texas, Karen originally wanted to ride because her older brother did, “I always thought what my brother did was really cool.  He built a mini bike and let me have it- it was then on that I was obsessed with two wheels.” It was in her late twenties and living in Dallas where she began to build a love of BMX riding. She eventually began to attract more women, getting a few gal pals to join, “At that time there weren’t a lot of girls riding. We started to get more women together and all the girls I hung out with started getting dirt bikes, too.”
          Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
Moving to LA, a city of hustlers and go getters, the bug to get her own motorcycle finally sunk its teeth into her,  “Yeah, it was right [then that] I realized that I could do this- I could buy a motorcycle.  I don’t need my parents to buy it for me. Again, no one else was riding at this time, so there was no influence.” With her first long trip to Joshua Tree a success, Karen began planning the next to her hometown of El Paso, “Since I’m from Texas and I love Texas, I knew I wanted my bike to be in Texas at some point.” Riding on highways, freeways, and even the dirt roads along the Mexico border in between.
Karen is a Spitfire Girl through and through.
“For me, I think it’s somebody who’s not afraid and somebody that’s outspoken. Someone who is definitely not afraid to be true to himself or herself.”  Taking her shoes off her feet she showed us her socks, “I just got these ‘Bad Ass’ socks the other day from you guys! I’m most definitely a Spitfire Girl.”
 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
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Spitfire Girl’s Own Savory Puff Pastry Recipe!

We at Spitfire Girl love to snack, and we recently enjoyed these amazing puff pastries in the office so we thought we should share the recipe with you!

We were delighted at how easy and fun it was this was to make! Not to mention how creative your can be with your ingredients.

Feel free to switch up this recipe with what ever you want.

For instance, we had a bunch of blueberries from the farmers market, so we added some blueberries to one batch and made a sweet version too! One savory and one sweet! It’s a win win!

Here is what you will need for the Savory Puff Pasty.

 Spitfire Girls Own Savory Puff Pastry Recipe!

Preheat oven to 450
1 package of frozen puff pastry defrosted
Dijon mustard
Thinly sliced good salami
2 kinds of your favorite cheese, (We used Gruyere and Parmesan!)
Portabello mushrooms sauteed
One beaten egg
Salt and pepper
 Spitfire Girls Own Savory Puff Pastry Recipe!

Lay one sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Lay one sheet of puff pastry onto pan. Keeping a 1 inch border, brush dough with mustard, then arrange salami. Place a layer of sautéed mushrooms down then sprinkle a layer of cheese. Add salt and pepper. brush the border with egg wash. Roll the second piece of dough on top. Brush the top with egg wash. Chill in the fridge for 15 min until it is cold. Trim edges and pop into the oven for 25 to 30 min.  Allow to cool for a few minutes, cut in squares and serve hot and enjoy!

                   Spitfire Girls Own Savory Puff Pastry Recipe!

We love this dish as the perfect pairing for some afternoon cocktails!

Total time 55 min.

Happy Cooking!

Love,
Spitfire Girl

Spitfire Girl and Dustbowl Revival

When it comes to music we can only say that our taste here at the Spitfire Girl office is eclectic! However if there’s one thing we can agree on listening to it’s the get down, feel good, ramp up tunes of Dustbowl Revival.
 We were honored to have vocalist, washboard twanger, and ukelele player Liz Beebe join us in the office on a recent afternoon.
 Spitfire Girl and Dustbowl Revival
A long term Spitfire Girl fan and friend, we chatted with Liz about  her favorite Spitfire Girl item, her top five favorite bands and and what her definition of a Spitfire Girl is.
 Spitfire Girl and Dustbowl Revival
Liz loves her Spitfire Girl “love” necklace and says she thinks it’s the perfect little bit of minimalist glam to go with everything. (We love, the “love” necklace too!)
 Spitfire Girl and Dustbowl Revival
 For someone with such great taste, we had to get Liz’s top bands, (we were not surprised to see Spitfire Girl Joni Mitchell in there.)
What Liz loves listening too:
1. First Aid Kit
2. Tori Amos
3. Joni Mitchell
4. Beastie Boys
5. Shawn Colvin
You have to agree that this girl knows what she’s talking about and when we asked Liz for her definition of a Spitfire Girl she said “A Spitfire Girl is someone who is true to themselves unapologetically” - and we couldn’t agree more with her!
Catch Liz on tour with Dustbowl Revival this summer and check them out at Dustbowlrevival.com
If you want to feel the love too, you can grab the “love necklace” right here in our web shop!
Happy Listening!
Love,
Spitfire Girl!