Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night Before Christmas....

Twas the night before Christmas and all through my house, we are waiting
for Santa and killing time before we leave our house ( heading off to midnight mass)'s kinda quiet this Christmas eve so thought I would post a few thoughts as the Christmas tree lights twinkle in the background.

Rain, rain, rain, rain. It seemed like it would never stop. But eventually it did. Life does not stop because of a little, OK, a lot of rain. The rainy days made for a good excuse to not go anywhere, stay home and get caught up on my sewing. My sewing machine got lots of use over those 5 rainy days. Lots of pillow shams.

Designed and sewed new place mats with a one sided ruffle. Look for these at upcoming shows.

After I sewed the place mats, I decided they would make great Xmas gifts for a few of my friends.

I added a personal touch to the ones I gave as gifts and put a monogram in the corner.

With Christmas just hours away, here is a peek at a few vintage vignettes that I decked the halls in my home with. Soon they will be packed away for another year….

My pink Christmas tree. This vintage treasure is always placed on my kitchen counter and decorated with pink vintage Christmas ornaments that I’ve collected over the years. I bought this pink tree about 7 years ago at the Irvine Flea Market (long before pink trees were everywhere) and I remember it was $20. I tried to get it for $15 and walked away when she said she was firm at $20. Then I came to my senses and went back and purchased it. So so glad I did. I love it.

I also bring out this tree for Valentines day and Easter. And to think, I almost missed out on buying it!

These handmade children’s stockings are new to my home this year…$1 each at a flea market in Texas. Love them.

I so credit Eloise Medina for so inspiring me to create my own Christmas cloche after seeing hers at her Holiday boutique.

My new vintage Santa…a gift this year. I’ve dubbed him the “Doing the Happy Dance” Santa.

And with that I close with "Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!"

Monday, December 13, 2010

A wonderful life indeed

Every year, I look forward to my December date with George Baily...aka..Jimmy Steward. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a feature showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. The perfect holiday evening for me is having a fire in the fireplace, cuddling up with a blanket on the sofa while enjoying a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and watching “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Ahhhh, the perfect evening.

Unfortunately, with the 80 degree weather we experienced at Rosebowl yesterday, “dreaming” of a white Christmas is what I’ll probably be doing. If the weather doesn’t get cooler - I may just have to settle for watching It’s A Wonderful Life, without a fire, blanket or peppermint hot chocolate.

Have you ever had the William Sonoma Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Their peppermint hot chocolate makes a wonderful hostess gift to give when you attend a party, but if you want to really WOW people…make some homemade marshmallows to go with it.

Believe it or not, Ina Gartner’s marshmallow recipe in her Family Style cookbook is really easy to make. The key is to use lots of powdered sugar when molding the marshmallows into the dish!!! If possible use a Pyrex glass dish. I’m probably going to make some within the next week, so I’ll try to post photos.

For years, I thought it would be so fun to work at William Sonoma. So several years ago, I applied and got a job there during the holidays. I loved it and was thrilled to put on my official green apron. They asked me to stay on after Christmas, but there was one really SERIOUS problem. I spent way more than I made so I declined to stay on.

Here is another peppermint yummy - Every Christmas I make peppermint chocolate chip cookies….so gooood. Just follow any homemade cc cookie recipe (I use the Better Homes recipe.) and add crushed up peppermint candy canes to the recipe.
Holiday wreaths are such an individual and personal choice.

We always hang a fresh wreath on our front door.
Here are few wreaths that caught my eye.

I LOVE THIS PAPER WREATH! Wish I knew how to make it. If you do, please share!

CONGRATULATIONS to Rosemary,, She was the winner of my holiday tea towel and Believe charm give away. Always leave a comment below in the comment link …you never know if you will be randomly selected for a thank you favor.

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's Starting To Look A Like Christmas...

It's starting to look a like Christmas,but first let me " wrap up" a few things... Happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating Hanukkah!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving....have you finally finished all your Thanksgiving left overs? My husband makes an incredible turkey chili with our left over turkey and it's been so yummy with our cooler days that we've been experiencing. Do you any special recipes to share with what to do with Thanksgiving left overs?

For me, Thanksgiving was perfect. A lazy day at home with all the traditional fixings. It was great having my son home. My family felt complete.
I love this sign Ally made for him and posted on his bedroom door!
Since today is December 4th, I guess most of us have already started to deck the halls and hauled out the holly. Do you still have young family members who believe in Santa. If so, sit back and enjoy every second.....the innocent time and magic of believing goes by so quickly.
As the holidays are quickly approaching, I'm doing a Holiday Giveaway. The drawing will be December 10. Just leave a message and you'll in the drawing for a holiday tea towel and charm.
I have to friend made this recipe for a meeting that I attended and it was unbelievable good and sooooo soooo easy to make. This Creme Brulee French Bread dish is perfect for Christmas morning or in my case, the just because mornings. Enjoy! ( I made it twice this week for 2 different events and both times forgot to take pictures- duh!)

Creme Brulee French Toast

* 1 stick unsalted butter
*1 cup packed brown sugar
*2 Tablespoons corn syrup
* Full loaf of Country White sliced bread
*5 large eggs
*1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth. Pour mixture into a 13 x9 2 inch baking dish. Stack two bread slices at a time and trim off crusts. Discard end pieces. Arrange the double layer bread slices in baking dish squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt until combined. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and chill bread mixture at least 8 hours and up to one day.

Preheat over 350 and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

Serve hot and extra yummy with a side of berries.

Happy Holidays...and remember, A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted. Hugs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When do you start your holiday decorating?

Went to the Urban Barn today for a long over due little extreme makeover. What is the official date to start accessorizing for Christmas...hummm, do you have a specific date? I added a touch here and there of holiday cheer with more to come after Thanksgiving.

Special thanks to my BFF Cheryl who gave up a full day to go down with me and help rearrange, price, clean and just all around be of great help! Lots of new goodies with a silver palette.

Couldn't resist adding some sprinkles of the christmas mom made these adorable heart ornaments in all types of fabrics.

A holiday wish....

New candy cane stripe Joy pillow...and sweet little red vintage bird cage.

I love to use shimmery silver all year, but especially at Christmas...hints of sparkles

Cheryl did this whole display - sorry this pic only shows a bit of the wonderful job she did.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Extra hugs today.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I once was lost, but now I"m found....

How perfect are the lyrics from Amazing Grace that tell the journey of my church pew....
"I once was lost"....

This 12 foot church pew was lost and discarded behind a wonderful old white chapel in Texas, when I found it. With the help of my dad, brother-in-law and nephew, we hauled it out of the stack of discards.

The weather conditions had taken a toll on the wood and one end of the pew was completely damaged and rotted. Another issue was that the pew was 12 feet long! Leave it to my wonderful dad and his incredible carpentry talents to cut it down to 6 feet (we're thinking about making it 4 feet because it's still a little long) and rebuilt the end to match the other end. He even added the scrolls on both sides to hide some nails that were used to rebuild the pew.

"Now I'm found"...

The church pew has found its way to my home and will never leave. A treasured gift from my dad that will always remind me of him. My daughter has already called it as her to pass down in the future.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thought for Friday

Every morning when I come out of my bedroom, I pass this wonderful saying and am reminded who is in charge of the day!

This $5 needlepoint Thrift store find is one of my favorite items in my home. So today, I offer it to you as your Thought For Friday.....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

Happy Birthday Sweet Blanca...continued blessings for years to come...xoxox The Birthday Girl! You look marveeeeelous!

Could this arrangement be any more beautiful?

Sweet touches everwhere on the table.

Couldn't miss this opportunity to share with you sweet Blanca's Bday dinner.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

OK…I surrender! Yes, I’m waving the white flag – I surrender. I just can’t do it all. Between kids, kids activities, husband, jobs, flea markets, painting furniture, sewing pillows, making jewelry and just life – I just don’t have time to update my blog on a regular basis.

There is a reason Superman and Wonder Woman are comic book characters. They don’t really exist because it is impossible to do it all, at least for me! The only superhero thing about me right now is I feel like I’m flying around doing one thing to the next at supersonic speed.

So for now, Wonder Woman and I are going to take a break from the blogging world. It might only be for a month, it might be longer. I just need to catch my breath! Please stop by to see me if you’re at the Irvine, Rosebowl or Long Beach flea markets. I’ll be there .

I’ll try to do a posting if and when I have a moment.

So as I close, I want to thank those of you who have been my greatest cheerleaders over the last several months, you know who you are! I love you and am so grateful to have you as friends!!! Some of you I have known for years and years, while others of you I’ve only had the gift of meeting your through the crazy junking world.

Hugs and as always...A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted.

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's official - Summer is here!

You know it's officially summer when the temp hits triple digit days. I don't really mind the heat but last week really tested my heat tolerance....How about a fresh glass of lemonade to cool off? I absolutely swear by the Barefoot Contessa's fresh squeeze lemonade recipe. Try is the BEST! 1 C fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2-3/4 superfine sugar to taste, 4 C water & 1 C crushed ice. The crushed ice is key! Stay cool and enjoy.

Summer Bummer…A couple of weeks ago, Ally and I headed out early morning to sell at Rosebowl. Since we leave so early in the morning, she usually sleeps all the way there and for a few hours before the crowds start to show up. This month when she got up at the show, she said her eye was really hurting. Yes, it was all pink so I figure it was either a general infection or pink eye. The next day I took her to the eye Dr. and boy was I shocked! He proceeded to tell me she had a corneal ulceration eye infection and it was quite serious. When he told me she could go blind in that eye, I began to realize how serious he was talking!

He said hers was pretty serious and we would have to bring her in every day so he could monitor whether it was getting better. We also had to put drops in every hour for 24 hours straight.

So poor Al, spent 5 days where she could barely even open her eye. Because the sunlight made it even worse all she could do was stay home and keep her eye shut as much as possible. She was sporting different sunglasses both inside and outside for 5 days. Not exactly the way a 12 yr. old wants to spend her summer.
She is now on the mend and while she can’t wear contacts for a while, she can at least now hang out with friends.

Congrats to Linda on the Urban Barn Grand Opening!

Here's Linda all dolled up for the Big Day...with her stunning daughter Whitney.

Here's my friend Aviva holding a bundle of our purchases.

On top of taking Ally to the eye Dr. all week, I gutted my space at the UB and redesigned, and restyled for the Grand Opening. Hope you like what you see

. The coral/pink color trash can was the inspiration for my booth. I tried to use a hint of that coral-pink along with a splash of grey in through out my vignettes.

Take note of my new pillow design...a crown in a crest...featured here on a white linen pillow.

This Paris paper map was the perfect match for my color scheme so I put it in an old frame and it sold first thing in the morning.

I picked up this wonderful ottoman a few weeks ago. It was already upholstered as you see, but I felt it needed something so I added my new design on it.

I sewed this grey slip cover lampshade to bring in more grey to my booth.

Also making one for Irvine in white linen.

A Room With A View...More treasures in my Urban Barn space.

Don't you love my little poodle tucked in the corner. His concrete little front and back paws are broken off so he has trouble standing up, but I think it gives him more character. He's really old. I don't care if I ever sell him. He makes me smile when I look at him.

With the triple digit temp, I made a point to shop at the outdoor vendors wanting to support their commitment to the Grand Opening. I picked up some treasures from Sweet Magnolias Farm , Rita with Mammabellarte, & Tricia with Vintage Bliss.

Here's Rita. I love her Farmers Market chalk talented.

Sweet Magnolias Farm always puts together displays that make you want to buy everything in site. I LOVE the blue they used and can't wait to show you the chest I bought from Sara and Abby for my daughters room.

Sweet Magnolias Farm

I loved this booth. She mixed the neutral junk palette that is currently the trend with a pop of color.

Look at the adorable house dress my friend bought from one of the vendors. She also bought a white cotton slip to wear under the dress. When I told my daughter about Aviva’s purchases, she asked “What’s a slip?”

Presenting the Urban Barn... Here are more photos from the day...

Somewhere over the Rainbow...
If you live in Orange County, then you probably experience our Hawaii weather last Wednesday. The rainstorm and light came on very quietly mid day in the height of a humid day. The after effects left us with a beautiful rainbow and incredible sunset. I could stare at this sky for hours…..
Thank you God for allowing me to see this beautiful sight and take it in.

"Genuine laughter is true eloquence and more effective than speech."