Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is the adorable picture of cute baby Bobby at the top of the clock. He is partaking in some "tummy time"...I love to join in on the fun with him!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I purchased this lovely floral box for safely storing my vintage prints...and I love it! I got it at Ross, but I bet you can find some similar on Etsy!
When I was going through some of my vintage sixties magazines, I found a lovely image of a woman in her bathroom amongst all of her elegant perfume bottles in a vintage Better Homes and Garden's magazine...I love the colors in this image and the lady's sixties hairstyle! I love it so much that I framed it and now it is on display in my bathroom!You can find all of my vintage paper ephemera prints here in my Etsy Shop:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
...Even our girl kitty, Nozomi, likes our Christmas tree/houseplant!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite characters from the Nutcracker Suite were the sugar plum fairies. I remember as young girls, Andrea and I went to see the ballet "The Nutcracker"; I was amazed by the beauty of the dancing sugar plum fairies. Let's take a moment to enjoy the warmth and comfort of our cozy atmosphere away from the cold winter air and admire the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairies...here are my favorite picks that I found on Etsy. ;-)
"The Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Tags" by Mulberry Muse
"Sugar Plum - Pink Tulle Clip" by Which Goose
"Sugar Plum Fairy Tutu" by Little Dreamers Inc
"The Nutcracker Party Crown" by Glam Hatter
Monday, December 6, 2010
Woo hoo! I have reached another blogging milestone: 300 blog followers! In celebration of this grand achievement, let's have a toast of one of my favorite bubblies...that is actually very healthy for you!
Kombucha! Fermented, bubbly, healthy, and delicious...so spectacular it should be served in a champagne flute! I am now selling organic kombucha scobies with starter tea in my Etsy shop Eco-Friendly Freckles...these baby scobies come from my homebrewed-with-love batch of kombucha!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Cigar boxes are the perfect size for storing pens/pencils, matches, jewelry, etc. I am currently using two cigar boxes in my house; one for storing incense resins (pictured above) and the other for storing my husband's guitar accessories and harmonicas (pictured below). The vintage Muriel cigar box I have pictured above had some damage on the inside of the box so I covered it up nicely by draping a piece of black satin over the bottom.
Cigar boxes are also a unique and fun way to display hors d'oeuvres; great for a cocktail party...and even better for a Moulin Rouge themed party! Just place a piece of wax paper on the inside of the cigar box and you are good to go!Here is a swanky vintage cigar box that I have listed in my Etsy shop...
Vintage Bering Imperials Cigar Box
Friday, December 3, 2010
Hey there all of you crafty ladies and Etsy shop owners...I am talking to you! You all have got to check out this awesome book! ;-) Improving your organization skills may assist you in the success of your Etsy shop business as well as give you a more stress-free lifestyle...don't we all want that!
One of the organizing tips in this book that totally makes since to me it to use storage containers that fit your style, interest you, and make you smile...doing this will make organizing fun you and therefore easier to maintain. Here are some beautiful storage organizers that I found on Etsy that just might get some wheels turning in your head; but remember READ THIS BOOK before you start diving in so you will not make organizing mistakes that will take you off track...or you will end up back where you are now!
"Antique and Vintage Farm or Tool Crate - Wood Shelf" by Honey's Treasures
"Primitive Shelf, Coat Rack, Double Vase in Shabby Green - Home Organizer, Hat Rack, Coat Hooks, Key Holder" by TR Woodworks
"Antique Wood Magazine Rack" by Kizzyrayan123
"Vintage Coca-Cola Crate" by Riff Raff Review
"Hat Boxes - Stack of Four (4 boxes) Elegant Textured Leopard Pattern Miniature Millinery" by Petit Chapelier Emporium
...and lastly one of my own creations! A hand-painted upcycled decoupage canister makes a wonderful storage tin for your pens/pencils/paintbrushes, buttons/scissors/sewing supplies, spools of ribbons and lace, kitchen utensils, candle sticks, and many more uses...just use your organizing imagination!
"Paulie's Confession - Hand-Painted Upcycled Decoupage Decor Canister" by Eco-Friendly Freckles
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Great-Grandma "Nana" Sharee gave Bobby his first Christmas ornament: a cute glass monkey on a rubber ducky. Do you know a little one who will be celebrating his or her first Christmas this year?! If so, you should consider getting them a special Christmas ornament for this memorable holiday...here are my favorite picks on Etsy listed below:
"Large Personalized Handpainted Baby's First Christmas/Boy" by Citygirl Countryboy
"Personalized Ornament Baby's First Christmas Carriage" by Just Wright Boutique
"Baby in the Moon Baby Girl First Christmas Keepsake Ornament - Handpainted, Personalized, Original Design" by Barbzies Custom Arts
"Baby First Christmas Ornament - Zoo Animals with Red Liner" by Paper Tiger N' Stitches
"Baby's First Christmas Ornament" by Mind the Gap
"Baby Girls First Christmas Ornament" by Simply Baitser
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Pumpkin-Carmel Trifle with Spice Cake
• 1 envelope (¼ oz.) unflavored gelatin powder
• 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin (not pie filling)
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1½ cups well-chilled heavy cream
- 3 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (I used 1/3 cup grated fresh ginger)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (I used home-brewed kefir)
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ cup brandy or cognac (I used Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum)
• ½ cup pecan pieces
• 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 1 pint caramel ice cream, softened (I used Greek God's Honey Yogurt, mixed with cream cheese, and local honey)
To make the mousse, put ¼ cup cold water in a small heat-proof bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Set aside for 10 minutes for the gelatin to soften.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and sugar. Meanwhile, set the bowl of softened gelatin over a pan of simmering water and cook until the gelatin is clear. Immediately whisk the hot gelatin mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin/gelatin mixture. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.To make the spice cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 9" x 13" rectangular cake pan.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, ground ginger (or fresh ginger) and ground cloves.
Cream the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk alternately beginning and ending with the dry.
When the batter is well mixed and smooth, pour it into the cake pan and bake about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake come out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out to cool completely.
To make the brandy syrup, in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir sugar with ¼ cup water until sugar has dissolved. Add brandy. Let cool and refrigerate, covered.
To prepare pecans, in a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add pecans and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 3 minutes.To serve, trim ⅛ inch from around edges of cake. Cut cake into 16 squares. Put ¼ cup mousse in bottom of each of 8 glasses and spread slightly. Sprinkle ½ tablespoon pecans over mousse and add a square of cake. Brush cake with brandy syrup. Lightly spread 1 tablespoon softened ice cream over cake in each glass. Repeat one more layer as before, except for ice cream. Instead, form an oval scoop of ice cream to top trifle: using two metal serving spoons, scoop ice cream with one spoon and put other spoon over top of ice-cream-filled spoon to mold. Repeat for remaining glasses.
Don't have a trifle dish?! Here is a perfect one I found on Etsy!
"Vintage Glass Compote, Trifle Bowl, Punch or Dessert Bowl" by Rusty Cow.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Bobby's momma and my twin sister, Andrea, and our grandmother "Nana" Sharee (Bobby's GREAT grandmother) went to the Philbrook Museum today to find the perfect masterpiece for Andrea to write her essay for her Art Appreciation class final. We enjoyed gazing at all of the beautiful works of art, remembering our favorites to come back to and consider for Andrea's essay....we were looking for something that Andrea could really relate to...and finally once we found it we knew right away that we didn't need to look any further. It was a breathtaking sculpture of a mother and her baby boy carved out of marble! I can't wait to read her completed essay! I took some pictures of Andrea and her darling baby boy, Bobby, with this amazing sculpture...here is one of them!
After we found Andrea's art piece for her essay final, we took some pictures by the Philbrook Christmas tree then sipped on tea and shared a decadent dessert, a moist lemon cake with blueberries and fancy cheese filling, at the exquisite cafe Villa inside the museum. We then went upstairs to look at the many adorable homemade gingerbread houses created by local Tulsa schools and organizations...they were incredible and so cute! I love gingerbread houses...if you would like to admire some charming little gingerbread houses, check out these I found on Etsy!"Gingerbread House Medium" by Lollipops Sugar Shoppe.
"Gingerbread House Kit (edible)" by Kenzie Kandi.
"Handmade Edible Gingerbread House - X-Large" by Couture Cakes & Confections.
"The Little Vegan Gingerbread House Kit" by The Cupcake Mint.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Joe and I had my sweet sister and brother-in-law, Robert, take some pictures of us with their very nice, professional camera so we can give them out this holiday season (I also took some photos of them with their darling baby Bobby). I have not yet picked out the Christmas cards to give everyone...but I know which photo of us is going to be inside each Christmas card...What do you all think?!