make: halloween caramel corn

As a kid, the weeks leading up to Halloween were always filled with two flavors: Candy Corn and Caramel Corn. With Halloween only a little over a week away, I have been craving both so this weekend I went crazy and threw them all together. And added peanuts because I also was introduced to the genius pairing of candy corn and salted peanuts this weekend. Mind blowing and totally changes the flavor of the candy corn. If you haven’t tried it, try a few handfuls of each while you are making this. This is my mother’s recipe for Caramel Corn, in my very biased opinion it is the best and easiest way to make this treat.

Halloween Caramel Corn

+ Vegetable Oil
+ 1 /4 cup popcorn kernel
+ 1 cup light brown sugar
+ 1/4 cup light corn syrup
+ 1 pinch of sea salt
+ 1/3 cup unsalted butter
+ 1 tsp baking soda
+ One 11 oz. bag of candy corn
+ 2 cups salted boiled peanuts

Start by popping the popcorn. I prefer to do this in a pan on the stove so use a large sauce pan/stock pot, add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan (approximately 1 tablespoon) and place 3 kernels of popcorn into the pan. When the three kernels pop, add 1/4 cup of popcorn. Shake the pan every 30 or so seconds until the popcorn has stopped popping. Remove to cookie sheet or bowl. This should make approximately 6 cups of popped-popcorn.
Next, make the caramel. In a medium sauce pan add butter, sugar, corn syrup, and salt to pan and stir until melted. Bring it to a boil and remove from heat. Add baking soda and stir–it will foam up a bit. Throw in popcorn and mix until the popcorn is fully coated. Add an entire bag of candy corn and 2 cups of peanuts and stir until mixed. You can either wait five minutes and then form the mix into balls or spread it out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool.

the goods: fifteen years

Kristi and I met fifteen years ago when we were both counselors at a camp in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Surprisingly, neither of us were “art” counselors. From what I remember, we met on the first day and quickly became friends. We coordinated our day off so that we had it on the same day and would spend our time traipsing around Santa Fe, eating at the Shed and the Cowgirl Cafe, having breakfast Blizzards from Dairy Queen and taking one ridiculous road trip to Denver to see an Indigo Girls concert.

babyfaces in the summer of 1997

It is so hard for me to believe that that much time has passed and that Kristi and I have managed to maintain a friendship despite the fact that since the summer of 1997, we have never lived in the same town.

kristi and i back in june of 2011 (back when I was blonde)

We also recently celebrated our six months anniversary here at modern dry goods. I know we’ve been posting less frequently lately and we have no excuse except for the fact that it is summer time. It’s just so hard to sit inside and sew when its 80 and sunny until 9pm everyday. But don’t worry, we are working on it and have plenty of good projects to come in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.



the goods: 50 states design project

The past few months, I have been updating the artwork around my house.  I’ve made some of the art and purchased some pieces that I’ve found online.  In my searches, I time and time again find myself drawn to geography based art — maybe it comes from growing up in a house filled with maps.  When I came across the 50 States Design Project, I fell in love.   Graphic designer, Joshua Best, set out to design a poster for each of the 50 United States.  He has released 38 so far, each filled with a certain whimsy – to me, these feel more like concert posters than nod to a state.  Below are some of my favorites:

all images via

You can purchase the prints here.



the goods: craft corner organization


Hi, my name is Katie and I hoard craft supplies. I mean look at that! There is a bin there dedicated to glue… yes, glue!

Every year as the seasons change from winter to spring, I like millions of others, feel the urge to do some spring cleaning. I love a good purge and can be obsessive about my organization (confession — my closet is color coordinated). This year, my number one project, the thing I knew I had to get taken care of was my craft and sewing supplies. The picture above is the after, I wish that I had taken a before although I’m not sure that I would have been able to post it without some serious self loathing. It mainly consisted of piles of fabric, plastic baggies full of thread and bins of unfinished projects.

So this past weekend, I tore it all apart and got organized. When I worked at Martha Stewart, I used to love going to the craft department when I needed a pick me up.  I particularly loved the ribbon room — yes there is a ribbon room — and now my little corner reminds me of that, on a much smaller scale.

I also love that it made me realize two things: there’s a good chance that I have singlehandedly been keeping the craft stores in Boulder in business and that there a lot of good projects in those bins.  Sifting through everything reminded me of the things I was momentarily obsessed with making/figuring out and I am now inspired to play with again. Neon orange gorp, I’m talking to you.

One day I will show you my kitchen, at this point I need a walk in closet for all of my appliances, gadgets and pans.

Do you have any tips for organizing? Does any one else color coordinate their closet?


the goods: new york, I love you

Good lord you guys, I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA lately.  I just returned home from nearly a week working and catching up with friends in New York City.   It was a busy trip and as always, filled with family and friends, food and drinks.  As has been the case every time I’ve been to visit in the 18 months since I moved away,  I return home exhausted, in need of a diet and missing the city life.   Here are some of my favorite snapshots from this past week.

I didn’t make it to my favorite restaurant this time around but I did get a Mr. Softee and I can’t wait to go back!



the goods: This is the Month to…

I can’t believe February has already arrived! With Valentine’s around the corner, we have new iPhone wallpaper available to download below. Personally, my favorite of the bunch is #2. Epic indeed!  If the options below don’t float your boat, click  here for additional iPhone wallpaper.  Cheers to February.  xoxo Kristi




To download the files from a desktop, right click (control click on a mac) the selected image and choose save as.  To download the files on your phone, open in your browser (safari on an iPhone) click on the image you would like to download.  When the page with only that image opens, hold your finger on the image until the “Save Image” menu pops up and then save.  Transfer the image to your phone and visit settings/wallpaper to select the file.  Email us at if you have any issues, we would be happy to help you!

the goods: how-to pinterest

By now, someone you know has told you about their newest online obsession, something called Pinterest. In fact, there is a good chance that Kristi or I were the ones to tell you. So you’ve heard a lot about this new website but you can’t figure out what exactly it is. We’re here to help.

After forcing inviting friends to join and then subsequently explaining why the site is so wonderful (again and again) to them, I decided to do a quick post on it.

So what exactly is Pinterest?

In technical terms, Pinterest is a digital, image driven bookmarking site. Which means what exactly?! Get ready to clear some shelves, it’s time to recycle all those old issues of Martha Stewart you’ve been saving. Pinterest is a website where you can now save and catalog links to inspirational images, quotes, recipes, craft projects, gadgets, clothing and much much more. This is a site that will allow you to stop keeping a binder filled with torn out magazine pages and pages of ideas printed from the internet. Because you can now keep a digital binder/catalog/file of anything you find interesting.

One of the best perks of Pinterest is that it also moonlights as a social network. So you can find people who inspire you and follow what they post so that you can get ideas from them. These can be people you know or people who’s taste you like. It’s like going to a dinner party, eating an amazing dessert and you happen to be sitting next to the person who made it, who conveniently printed out a recipe card for you and hands it to you right there. Like I said, Pinterest is dreamy…

How do I get started?

Pinterest is currently an invite only service. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Email us at and we will invite you to the party.

Ok, so I have an account, now what?

1). Download the Pin It Bookmarklet (aka the pinmarklet)

First things first, download the pinmarklet. Here is a very informational video on how to do this:

So as you can see, the pinmarklet allows you to pin anything to your account without having to go to the site. So if you are on say, and spot a sweater you like, you can click on the “Pin It” bookmark select the image of the sweater that you like and pin it to your boards. All without leaving

2). Set Up Your Boards

Then, you want to start by creating a boards. You’ll want to organize these according to similar topics so that they are easy to search. Pinterest does not currently limit the number of boards that you can have so the sky’s the limit. In my opinion, I’ve found that because I like to go back and find things that I’ve pinned that it works best for me to have 8-9 categories that I file things under. Things like house, craft projects, recipe ideas, clothing I want, etc. But this is entirely up to you, I’ve seen people who have entire board devoted to the color navy blue or around a specific concept (like halloween). Also, you’ll want to categorize your boards within Pinterest. At the top of each board, there should be a drop down menu prompting you to do this. Doing so, will allow your pins to show up in those different category boards. I’ll explain more about those later.

3). Start Pinning

Once you have boards, it’s time to start adding things to them. When I first joined Pinterest, this meant going through email to find the links that I had emailed myself. You’ll find that in no-time you’ll be pinning things all day long.

4). Start following others

Like I mentioned earlier, Pinterest is also a social network. So it allows you to connect and follow what other people are putting on their boards. Probably the best part of this is that you don’t have to follow all of a users boards, you can pick and choose the boards you like best. It’s up to you.

You can follow us here!

To get you started, here are a few of my favorites (along with favorite boards):

Rex & Regina — favorite board — party party party
Style Me Pretty — favorite board — beautiful brides

Elements of Style — favorite board — for the home
sfgirlbybay* — favorite boards — living rooms, sleep here & dining style
westelm — favorite board — chevron
Hammocks & High Tea — favorite board — home studio
Lonny Mag — favorite board — Lonny Kitchens
Christine Martinez — favorite board — interiors I dream of…
Erin Loechner — favorite board — black and white
Simple Song — favorite board (love them all) — fonts
Oh Joy! — favorite boards — for the home & graphic design
Bonnie Tsang — favorite board — b’s style

The Beauty Department — favorite board — hair color

Nina Garcia — favorite board — interiors & dapper men
Michael Kors — favorite board — spaces
Refinery 29 — favorite board — street style
lemlem — favorite board — love lemlem

Food & Drinks
That’s so Michelle — favorite board — michelleoshots
Susan Leahy — favorite board — Comfort Food
Real Simple — favorite board — weeknight meals
Whole Foods Market — favorite board — sweet tooth

Once you are following others, you can repin things that they’ve posted. To repin something simply hold your mouse over the upper left hand corner of the image. Two boxes will appear, click on the one that says repin to add it to one your boards. Follow the prompts (change the captions if you’d like) and voila, you’ve saved that project for later.

So how do I get the recipe or instructions for something I’ve pinned?

Pinterest uses the images to store the links. To go to the source of the image for the recipe, instructions, etc. you simply need to click on the image so that you are on the pin’s page, then click on the image again. You should be redirected to the source. Couple of things about this, hopefully someone pins something with instructions/source details but a lot of time images come from google search and/or tumblr so it can be hard to find out more. Here’s where you can tap the social network aspect of Pinterest. Comment on something and ask if anyone knows where it is from. You may just find the answer.

What else do I need to know?

* it’s addictive to watch a pin of yours get repinned. Everyone loves to be a trendsetter, Pinterest is no exception to this rule.

* Use search, it’s a great resource both for searching your own catalog and for finding projects, ideas and inspiration

* Bored and looking for some visual stimulation. Explore by category. If you look at the top of the page, underneath the Pinterest logo, there are the following: Everything, Pinners you Follow, Categories, Popular & Gifts. These are all categories to help you see what people are pinning in specific categories. (this is why it’s important to categorize your own boards)

* Last but not least, if you have a Facebook account and you log into Pinterest using it, Pinterest activity will be published there. I prefer to keep those things separate but it is up to you. Consider yourself warned.

That’s it! Go forth and pin! Let us know if there is anyone we should be following!



the goods: January 2012

I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot believe that it is January 27.  Where did January go?  I don’t know if it’s the mild weather or the fact that I’ve been keeping busy but 2012 is flying by —  especially the past two weeks.  Thank god for iPhone cameras to capture some of the moments.  Here are some of my latest discoveries (Mason Pearson and Pop Corners are my latest obsessions) and works in progress (quilting, purses and DIY art).  Can’t wait to share the final projects with you in the coming weeks.

Happy Friday and enjoy the last weekend in January!



the goods: Here’s to 2012

In the midst of resolution this and resolution that, I wanted to give you guys some inspirational sayings that I think are awesome, fun and a bit quirky. I’ve formatted them to fit any 4G or 3G iPhone as wallpaper, so download away and enjoy!

UPDATE: To download the files from a desktop, right click (control click on a mac) the selected image and choose save as.  To download the files on your phone, open in your browser (safari on an iPhone) click on the image you would like to download.  When the page with only that image opens, hold your finger on the image until the “Save Image” menu pops up and then save.  Transfer the image to your phone and visit settings/wallpaper to select the file.  Email us at if you have any issues, we would be happy to help you!