Monday, November 24, 2014

Almost Silver

Yesterday, Chris and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. I found this on Pinterest earlier in the year and I think it's appropriate for the occasion. Happy Anniversary to my best friend and a great father. I love you so much. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Christmas Pieces

These four Christmas pieces will be available for sale at 9 PM EST on Friday, November 21.   Sorry, no special orders are being taken at the moment.

Ice Dancer Snow Girl
11 3/4" x 5"
SOLD~ Thank you
U.S. shipping only

This sweet snow girl sits on a hand painted wooden hinged box.  Her hat is made from a gourd and is topped with a tiny silver jingle bell.  Her face and body are composed of paper clay. Her ear muffs, hand muff, arms, legs, and ice skates are made from antiqued chenille stems.  The collar is made from vintage-inspired red and creme polka dot crepe paper.

Nice List Elf
13.25" x 4.5"
SOLD~ Thank you
U.S. shipping only

This figural piece has an elf reading from the "Nice" list.  The list has the names of family, friends, and artists I admire.  His hat is made from a gourd and his face is composed of paper clay.  His body is paper clay with antiqued chenille arms and legs.  His collar is a vintage-inspired red and creme polka dot crepe paper.  The top of his hat has a wee silver jingle bell.
He sits on a hinged wooden box that has been hand painted with elf silhouettes (detail pic below).

Elf ornaments are composed from gourds and paper clay.  The top of their hats are embellished with a tiny silver jingle bell.  The ribbon is a beige linen.

Elf A
9" x 2 1/4"
SOLD~ Thank you

Elf B
8 1/2" x 2"
SOLD~ Thank you

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Worms

I wanted to give Cameron's girlfriend Gina a personalized Christmas gift this year, so since they are both book lovers, book plates with their silhouettes fit the ticket.  I asked Cam to take profile pictures of them this weekend and then just turned their photos into silhouettes.  The MOO website was offering a 25% discount on most of their products.  They will each get 50 stickers with 2 designs.  A nice size at 3.30" x 2.17" and a bargain at $12.74 for 50 stickers.  We'll throw in a traditional Christmas novel and a gift card to Barnes & Noble for Gina.  I'll probably make Cameron's gift a stocking stuffer. 

Want to make your own book plates?  Go to MOO and have some fun.  The discount ends tonight at midnight.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Time to Prepare

Just wanted to post some Thanksgiving staples in our home.  I love turkey and especially the smell of a cooking turkey.  This Williams-Sonoma brine really does make for a juicy turkey.

I can't make a good gravy to save my soul, so I tried this gravy starter last year and it was delicious.  

There would be rioting in the household if homemade mashed potatoes were not served.  There's already a ruckus from the Dallas Cowboys performing poorly, so we want to keep the meal as smooth as possible!  Aside from using the Yukon Gold potatoes and cooking them in a good quality chicken broth, I found that a potato ricer makes excellent mashed potatoes.

I have the OXO brand and Amazon sells various ricers at different price points and some are available for their Prime service.

Last, but not least, it's nice to have some festive music while cooking or dining.  I bought two Windham Hill Thanksgiving CDs ages ago at Target.  Yes, I am that annoying shopper who pushes all of the sample tracks on their CD display.  I found out that the CDs are now hard to get, which probably explains the jump in price from $9.99 to $18.94 on Amazon for a new one.  A good place to check may be Half Price Books or some sellers on Amazon have used copies starting at $4 with shipping.  Doesn't appear that iTunes has any of their Thanksgiving CDs :(

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday Outing

The From Our Hands & Hearts show was a great outing!  The venue was packed, but we managed to buy some pieces from our favorite artists.  I'm definitely in a holiday mood now.  I couldn't take photos of the show tables, but here are some of the girls and me :)  

 Julie, Rebecca, and Elaine.  We have about 20 minutes until the doors opened!

 Julie, me, and Elaine

 What a treat to run into Theresa!  Theresa was there with her needlepoint group.  Check out her beautiful work at Dulaney Woods Treasures and Primitive Handmades Mercantile.

The venue in Peninsula

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

How adorable are these rolling pins?  Talk about taking your baking up to the next level.  This Etsy seller has the nicest designs and they look well-made.  More of her rolling pins can be seen 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Fine Frenzy~ Blue Christmas