Crafts and Cupcakes

Teacup Jewelry
For once, I’m going to suggest that you go to Amsterdam if you’re within travelling distance. Specifically, go this Sunday, 6 March, to the Sunday Market (Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek,Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 1014 BE Amsterdam). Once there, go visit the booths of solohandmade and American Baking Company. You won’t regret it.

For one thing, you can buy beautiful necklaces like the ones in the above photo. Those are both ones I own and adore and wear regularly. Kerry, who is the solo handmaker, takes some of her beautiful photos and turns them into mini necklaces. She also makes various “pretty and practical” things, such as coasters, pillows, hair clips and more. You can see and order her items on her etsy shop.

The American Baking Company
While you’re wandering around the market, you may get a bit hungry, or maybe you will be looking for a little something sweet and delicious as a pretty end to your weekend. In that case, go check out American Baking Company. Based in Den Haag, they make the most divine cupcakes and other treats, such as pies, bars, cookies and cakes. They’re also absolutely beautiful to look at, but once you take your first bite, you’ll be too busy inhaling them to stop and look any more. Seriously, buy more than you think you’ll want, because once you’ve eaten the last one, you’re going to want more. They’re truly addictive. Fantastic flavors, moist cake, and frosting to die for! They also do fantastic traditional American flavor combinations, including peanut butter and jelly, and peanut butter and chocolate. Amazingly enough, considering the Dutch do eat chocolate and do eat a fair amount of peanut butter, they don’t put these two great tastes together! Fortunately, ABC is doing it’s job to spread the wonder of this flavor combination. They also have a delicious red velvet cupcake with wonderful cream cheese frosting, and all sorts of other flavors.

So go. Enjoy. And say hi for me. The people involved are my friends, but they’re also truly talented and wonderful people and I’m promoting them here because I want everyone else to see their work, because it’s truly fantastic.

14 thoughts on “Crafts and Cupcakes

    • Considering how much I love them, it’s probably just as well they’re not here in Utrecht. I’d be in serious serious trouble! 😉

      I just this moment finished reading your Den Bosch post. Gorgeous photos! I’m dying to go now, especially to see St. Jan. What a gorgeous church!

  1. Oh my! My mouth is watering at the very thought of those cupcakes, and as for your friend’s Etsy shop, wow! Absolutely beautiful products. I’d love to be able to do that with my photographs, what a wonderful idea.

    I now know where some of my birthday money may be going! 🙂

  2. I know ALL about the cupcakes since I live in the same city, but have been avoiding simply because I’m too well aware of my weaknesses and the ensuring cupcake addiction isn’t compatible with my healthy eating plan and long term fitness goals.

    Sigh… more’s the pity.

    I love markets like the A’dam one, but need mobility first , so again drooling from afar is the best I can hope for at the moment.
    Our Canadian friends made us some cake-y (brownie?) thing that contained chocolate and peanut butter combo and I’m not sure if I just don’t like it, or if it’s just a bizarre mixture to get used to, but both Himself and I struggled with the taste.
    Maybe I’ll give it a second taste to see if we just needed a trial run on this new and (yes, apologies “weird”) combination LOL.
    Glad to see that it’s a flavour taking off for *someone* here at least 🙂

    • Everyone has their own tastes and ideas of what goes together, and I do think peanut butter can be a tricky one. I can’t stand the idea of peanut butter and bananas, even though it’s somewhat popular, and I like the two tastes individually. I’m also not a fan of pindasaus on satay and other dishes like that, so I certainly understand how it can be hard to adjust to. If anything, though, I think the cupcakes would be a perfect way to adjust to it, since it’s not quite so intense. 😀

  3. No time to go to Amsterdam, but those pendants… lovely. I went straight ahead and ordered two! I still owe my dear co-worker a b-day present and this is it! Thanks for the tip Ali! Love M

    • Yay! Happy to bring friends together, one way or the other! I’m sure whether we make it or not Sunday will depend on how late we stay out Saturday. 😉 See you then!

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