Etsy Finds: Art and Photography

I’ve been searching around for a couple of art or photography pieces for my kitchen, specifically art featuring food, chile peppers, or marketplaces. Every time I came across art work featuring chile peppers it was either too kitschy or just down right tacky. So I searched around my trusty site Etsy found these wonderful paintings and photographs. Now all I have to do is pick one…or two!

Mexican Folk Art painting from Goddess Gallery.  I absolutely love this painting. The colors are vivid, earthy and women gathered are painted beautifully. To me it presents strength, support and how we tend to soothe one another or celebrate with food. The bond between the women here is simply powerful.

Food photography from David Ryan Photography. I want to squeeze this photo, bite into it! These lime slices look so succulent and juicy all I can think about is making some margaritas right now!

You must see all of David Ryan’s photo collection. The food photographs are vivid, sharp, and makes you want to reach out and grab them! These bright chile peppers would look great in my kitchen!

Jack Atkins Art This bright red chile pepper ristra hanging on blue door is simply gorgeous! I love the color combination.

Love Beneath the Chili Pepper Tree by En Rouge. This one here, well, simply because it’s adorable…don’t know of any peppers that grow on trees like this but aren’t these birds sweet?

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I enjoyed selecting them!

Gifts for your Valentine’s Day Hottie

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away so I scoured the web looking for adorable, peppery gifts that would appeal to almost anyone. Forget the flowers and typical boxed chocolates, spice things up with unique gifts your honey will truly enjoy. I decided on a few items that weren’t overly kitschy. It’s no secret I love spicy foods and the beautiful colors and shapes of hot peppers but you won’t see me wearing chile paraphernalia. If you walked into my home you’d never know about my spice addiction unless of course you poked around my kitchen. I usually go for the understated so when I found these little gems I just had to share…

1. These cards are so cute from Etsy shop PrinterettePress. What can I say, you’re a hottie!

2. Sterling silver capsaicin chili pepper molecule necklace from Etsy shop MolecularMuse. I love this! …or is that just the nerd in me? Either way, its cool and cute for your science buff…and it’s handmade.

3. Handmade silver and resin chile cufflinks from Etsy shop BirdcageCreative. If your man loves chiles he may dig these stylish cufflinks.

4. Three Chili Hot Chocolate sticks from The Ticket Kitchen. How clever and cool are these! Dip the spicy chocolate sticks into your hot milk and stir for a spicy, chocolaty treat blending chipotle, ancho and cayenne peppers. Pair this with cute mugs and homemade marshmallows for the perfect gift.

5. Forget all the restaurant hoopla and make a romantic dinner at home or cook for your friends. Who says us single folks can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day? Make your favorite dishes together, have a little wine while you’re cooking and make this sinfully delicious easy to make spicy chocolate cupcake from – photo credit: Cookinbug.

6. While your at it with # 5, make it a dinner and a movie night! Queue up one of my all time favorites movies, Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche on Netflix or get the DVD. This movie is full of romance, comedy and chocolate! I must have seen this movie over a dozen times and it never gets old. It think its time for me to get my digital copy though since I don’t know how much longer my VHS is going to last! Hey, I figured if my VCR still works, why get rid of it?

Let me know if you find any other awesome spicy gift ideas!