Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Man Thursday ~ A Little Late

I have been so busy working on stuff for my up coming event at Raleigh Hills k-8 that I haven't had a moment of time to get to the computer. So here is my pick today:

Rufus Sewell!

He is so wonderful. I love him as a good guy but he plays a jerk really well also, think- The Holiday.

Here are a few of my favorite movies/tv shows he has made
The Pillars Of The Earth
John Adams
Tristan + Isolde
Arabian Nights
Cold Comfort Farm
Shakespeare Re-told The Taming Of The Shrew(This is soooo good)

Wow! Good stuff.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Stephen Dillane!

This guy is such a good actor. Wow! I believe he made one of the best romantic movie ever made, Firelight. Put it in your queue. His acting seems effortless and he desolves into his character. He is definitly underrated.

He stole the show in John Adams.

Some good movies he has been in:
Deja Vu (dated but good)
Love & Rage (you get Daniel Craig in this one too)
Kings In Grass Castles
John Adams
King Arthur

Just to name a few.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Swell Stuff Available At Shop For Makenzie

Nov. 13th I have a event that I mentioned in an earlier post. It's  Shop For Makenzie!

Here is a sneak peak at some of the items I will be selling:

My lovely vintage gift box. The box is covered in vintage Christmas sheet music, German glass glitter, and some gorgeous scrapbook paper. The little elk and tree I found in a antique shop and the pine cones I picked up on a walk here in the great Northwest.

This little guy is completely covered in vintage Christmas sheet music and lined with fine glitter and German glass glitter. The tree is again vintage and the tiny fawn is a porcelain figurine I found in an antique shop.

Both these boxes would make great gift boxes or a lovely decoration.

These are my  vintage wall hangings. The cards I purchased at an estate sale.

 The cool thing about these items is that they are one of a kind and from the 1940's. You won't find the images at Hallmark or Target. All the wall hangings are carefully distress and whenever possible they are adorned with vintage items, such as ribbon and Christmas balls.

These are just a few of the tags I am making for the show. They will be hard to part with. Each time I make a set I think wow I could use these. Maybe I will find time to make some for myself.

I love this little guy. His face is so sweet and jolly.

This one is just the coolest thing out there. I will have to make some of these for my boys.

Now when I think of Old Saint Nick or Father Christmas I think of this guy. So so beautiful.

Of course, I will have my dress garlands. These garlands are labor intensive but well worth it. It makes me very happy to know people enjoy my little garlands. And plus for just a second or two I get to play fashion designer.

These are only a few of the items I will have at the show. I am not putting them on Etsy because if they sale I won't have anything for the show. But if anyone is interested in these items please email me and I can make you some as a custom order.
Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Fall Get Together

The other evening we had some friends over for dinner and dessert.
Joe wanted to help me decorate so I got him started on the place mats. They turned out lovely and everybody raved about them which made Joe smile really big.

As I was tossing things together I realized that I never shared my favorite dessert recipe. So here goes.

Guinness Stout Cake:

1 1/4 cups Gunniess Stout -don't include foam.
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder not dutch processed (add a little more for sprinkling pan.
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter softened to room temp.
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3 large eggs room temp.
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate finely chopped (if not picky about chocolate regular chocolate chips work great).

Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 cup heavy cream
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate finely chopped

Heat oven to 350. Butter bunt pan lightly coat with sifted cocoa- tap out extra cocoa

In a small sauce pan on high heat bring stout and molasses to a simmer
Remove pan from heat and let stand while preparing batter

Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.  With a mixer cream butter in large bowl on medium speed until smooth.

Add brown sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy

Beat in eggs one at a time stopping to scrap bowl after each addition

With a mixer on low alternate adding flour and stout mixture -beginning and ending with flour

Beat at medium speed until batter is smooth then stir in the chopped chocolate

Spoon batter into pan spread evenly. Run knife through batter to eliminate air pockets. Then cook 45-50 min. until wooden stick stuck in middle comes out clean.

Set pan to cool 20 minutes not longer

Invert cake- remove pan, cool until barely warm

          Bring cream to a boil in a sauce pan over high heat. Remove pan from heat add chocolate.

Let stand one min. then whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Let cool for 5 min. before drizzling over the barely warm cake. Let the glaze cool at room temp before serving.

This cake is to die for. I mean it! Last meal type thing. I'm telling ya it's goooooooood!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


James McAvoy!!!!!!!!!

I love this man.
Here are a few of his movies that I like:
The Last Station
Atonement (hard to watch but he is good so sad)
Becoming Jane
Shakespeare Re-Told



On Saturday November 13th I will be involved in a wonderful fundraiser to help litttle 6 year old MaKenzie Shirey who is a very sick little girl. Makenzie's story  So sad and scary because it happened so suddenly and they still don't know what the cause is. Hug your kids.

Everything is in the works but I thought I would give people a heads up if you are in the Portland, Oregon area to save the date. Here is the link to the blog for the event event blog more to come on the blog, Lisa at Munchkin Designs has just developed this. Its hot off the press.

Ciao for now

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Christmas Garland

I am back. Boy! I've been busy.
I'm getting lots of swell stuff ready for a show I am doing. In fact, it could potentially be three shows.

I am cranking out the swell stuff.

Here is my Christmas 2010 Baking Dress Garland. Can you smell the Christmas Cookies?

I wish they made real dresses that looked like these little guys.

These photos aren't dolled up. I was in a hurry to post something . . .anything. If you are interested in this garland contact me I am only making one of these unless someone wants to special order one.

Friday, October 8, 2010


This website predicts color trends and is really fun to check out.


Thursday, October 7, 2010


Okay, this is all I seem to have time for any more but my paying contract job ends tomorrow so I will be back on track hopefully.

Here is my man for this Thursday: Richard Armitage
If you haven't seen North and South (the British North and South not the one with Patrick Swayze as Orry Main) then  put it in your queue. It is brilliant and so is Richard Armitage.

Sorry, it was hard to find pictures that were clear. Some of these seem a little fuzzy.

Here is a short list of what I like him in:
Shakespeare Re-Told
The Impresssionists
North and South
The Vicar Of Dibley

Check him out.


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