Monday, November 29, 2010

Sugar Plum and Gum Drop Garland

I'm back from my Thanksgiving vacation. I ate alot of good food and gained alot of bad weight. But I have been busy making new items  for Holly Raleigh like the above Gumdrop Garland and below my Sugar Plum Garland.

Sorry about the photos they're a tad blurry. I'm moving so fast these days everything is a blur including my photos.  :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Aidan Quinn. I love this guy.

Here are some of his movies that I really liked.
Benny and Joon
Song Catcher
Practical Magic
The Mission
Legends Of The Fall

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Two New Christmas Dress Garland

I thought I would share what I am working on. I believe these will be available at Munchkin Designs inside Bliss Bake Shop soon.

Sorry the photos are so bad we are having a really bad wind and rain storm which lets in very little light. Today has felt like 4:30 all day long. But I love the wind and rain. So very Emily Bronte.

What's A Girl To Do With . . .

cotton balls, glue, glitter, a paper cone, misc. faux gum drops, and a hot glue gun?

Well, make a cotton ball tree of course. Duh!

These just make me happy.

Here's how to put some joy in your life.
Round up your supplies:
Paper cone
craft glue
old paint brush
cotton balls
fire up the hot glue gun and you're off!

Start at the bottom of the cone and carefully apply the hot glue three cotton ball spaces at a time.

Next apply cotton balls and press the balls as you go. Keep this up for the entire cone. Then dap a bunch of craft glue on wherever you feel like it. Sprinkle glitter over the glue and shake of extra glitter. Let that dry.

Next I  hot glued some, faux gum drops I had tucked away in a drawer, around the tree. You can hot glue buttons or small pom poms, or old tiny ornaments wherever you think they will look good.




Have Fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holly Raleigh

Hi everyone! Save the date. Please stop in if you are in the area.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shop For Makenzie Table

We had a great time at Shop For Makenzie. Now I will be working on a ton more swell stuff. Big sellers today were, dress garlands, tags, Santa's Own Magic Reindeer Feed, and tea stained gift card holders.

My little fingers will be flying to restock. I have been asked to put some of my items in a store here in the Portland area  Munchkin Designs She will be opening her shop inside Bliss Bake Shop

Can not wait.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Yes, I am delving into dead men. I have exhausted my thoughts on males who are alive. But somehow the good old stand by are still very good.

Cary Grant 

There are so many of his movies that I love but here are my top ten
1. My Favorite Wife
2. The Awful Truth
3. Holiday
4. Arsenic and Old Lace
5. Suspicion
6. Notorious
7. Bringing Up Baby
8. The Philadelphia Story
9. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
10. Topper

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy Birthday My Darling Boy!

Happy Birthday Joe! I can't believe you are 9 years old now. You will always be my little baby boy.
Love Mommy.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I made another Witches Night Out Garland! In honor of Harry Potter

Check it out on Etsy

Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Man Thursday

Geez! This was a hard one I think I might be running out of men.

Then last night I was rewatching Persuasion and then it hit me. Mr. Wentworth

Rupert Penry Jones

Oh Mr. Wentworth on a horse.

Best movie: Persuasion. Love it need to buy it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Best Pie Crust Ever!

This is a recipe my mom gave me. I am not sure where she got it. I'm just glad she found it. It's the best crust recipe ever. I love crust, sometimes more than the pie innards.

My pumpkin pie

Cherry pie before hitting the oven. I would have after photos but my boys ate it too quickly.

Vinegar Pie Pastry
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups shortening
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 egg

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt.
With a pastry blender or two knives or forks, use scissor fashion to cut in shortening
until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Combine, water, vinegar, and egg. Add to flour mixture. Mix well until pastry holds together
(dough will be sticky)
Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

Divide dough into 4 or 5 balls. Wrap tightly and refrigerate up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 2 months.
If frozen when you want to use it thaw in refrigerator 2 to 3 hours.

Makes enough pastry for 4 or 5 single crust pies.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween ~A Day Late

So much has been going on here. I am trying to organize a gift show that I am hosting, toss together Joe's birthday party, and get ready for the Shop For Makenzie show and a Murryhill Show.

So here's a late Happy Halloween and a picture of what a Autumn Oregon morning looks like.


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