(Sorry no picture yet--it's not finished getting dressed!)
Monday, December 22, 2008
(Sorry no picture yet--it's not finished getting dressed!)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sarracenia w/ succulents--$110
Platinum & Blue--$155
Fern w/ Silver--$137
When you by the arrangement, you'll save 20% off the price of each individual item and there is no fee for the creative genius (aka: assembly).
I hope these ideas help you with your plans. Oh yeah, one more to show--piece of cake for anyone to do-it-yourself. Grab one of these two-tier baskets with candle holders--fill the base with ornaments (these are faux stone ornaments from our Mary Carol Collection), pomegranates (in this case, they're real)and a length of ribbon twisted around everything, add candles and spirali grass (in this case, platinum, which work great with the faux stone). The grass stems just poke through the wire mesh--easy peasey!
You Can Do It!
Alrighty, then. That's all for today.
Talk to you again soon!
Thanks for your indulgence.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Stacy is the winner of our "Got a Gimmick" contest.
Come on down at your convenience and we'll have your prizes all wrapped-up and ready for you.
That was a lot of fun! Thanks for participating.
And . . .thanks for your indulgence!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Don't forget that the parade starts tomorrow at 5 P.M. The streets will start closing around 2 P.M., but the businesses will remain open throughout and into the evening. Most shops will remain open until 8 P.M. tomorrow night. There are all kinds of festivities planned throughout the downtown.
Then on Sunday, you may want to visit the Smith-Trahern Mansion for their annual Christmas Open House from 5 - 7 P.M. This is a special event when they ask various businesses and agencies to decorate trees and various areas of the house for the holiday. Each year they develop a theme to use as an inspiration. This year, the theme is "The Songs of Christmas." I decorated the dining table with the amazing talent and help of David Presley for the centerpieces. Here are a few photos of the we grabbed as we put the finishing touches on the table.
A little simple for my normal table settings, but I needed to make it movable--for special events. I started with layers of burlap (surprise, surprise); then I scattered vintage sheet music all over the table; then a layer of royal blue tulle (to set-off the Royal Copenhagen dishes). The actual place setting stars with a silver charger, then a blue glass charger, a dinner and salad plate from the flea market collection by TAG. Finally, the inspiration for this table, the Royal Copenhagen dishes. I brainstormed with Patty for the setting and ideas for incorporating more sheet music. David's arrangements are gorgeous and can be purchased--just give me a call for pricing and delivery (after Sunday)!
I was going to post pictures of some of the trees and the staircase (amazing!), but as I forgot to ask permission, I think I better just encourage you to go see for yourself!
Thanks for your indulgence!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
My process begin with photographs, I then manipulate the images.
My pieces consist of hand colored silver prints, photo and media collages, digitally altered photos and scans, and painted photographs.
Many of my pieces relate to religion and current events that concern me as well as finding pleasure in just making beautiful things."
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thanks for all of the comments (entries) for my"gimmick blog." There's still time for you to get in on the contest, so be sure to make your comments so we can learn about each others favorite holiday traditions.
I'll tell you what might become my favorite tradition. It's coming home to a clean house. Thursday I made the momentous decision to invite someone into my filth--to clean our home. Jen Stewart of Jen's Housekeeping, introduced herself to me a few short weeks ago. As I get to know her, I feel a real kinship with her--so it was difficult for me to then engage her to clean my house (it's like baring your soul). We are pigs--you can write the word on any given surface in this house! Having to walk around--turning on lights which normally remain off (self-preservation) in order to truly reveal the daunting amount of dust which has accumulated and gathered it's closest allies--bunnies formed from the hair of dog, cat, rabbit and hamsters! Gah-ross! As Jen didn't run screaming from the place, I decided to treat myself to her services. I credit her for her fortitude, but I am so fortunate and pleased I decided to give into, and recognize, my limitations. She only had time for my living room today, but what a treat to look at our beautiful plaster ceiling medallion and see it free of the cob webs!
Really, that's what made me decide to ask her for help. It was listening to her be so complementary about our house and realizing that it wasn't showing at it's best potential because we have let it fall into such decay. I feel fortunate each day I walk through our door--it's a beautiful home, but you wouldn't know it to see it most days! Darren has taken great care in preserving our roof and working to remove layers of paint--to restore it's original splendor. The least I can do is keep it clean--yes, it would appear so, "the least I can do." My love affair with this house is restored, thanks to Jen's help--not just her cleaning skills, but her ability to see through the filth to the potential. She got a great philosophy and I enjoy our conversations. You might enjoy checking-out her blog.
Well, enough about that for now. I'm sure I'm not the only one who struggles with trying to balance home, family and work. I know I can't enjoy Jen's services every week, but I can easily see how it could become habit forming. If you've got any tips to help me keep the dust bunnies at bay--in between Jen's efforts--I'd love to hear them!
Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to see some of you tomorrow.
Thanks for your indulgence.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
You're reading, I know you are.
Okay, I don't know, but I do hope you are.
In order to find out, I've put together a prize package to celebrate the season and bring you out of your blogging shells. Any blog reader is eligible. Just read through to see the rules.
This package includes seasonally scented counter top spray and dish soap from Caldrea (because we're constantly in the kitchen);
a beautiful ornament from Wendy Addison (because we need some glitter);
a Femme de Junque t-shirt (because I need some gratutious advertising); a large take-out box of Mountain Cedar potpourri from E Barrett (because it smells like the Christmas tree lot);
a stretchy rhinestone ring (see item 2 for justification);
a package of mulling spices (because they're tasty in cider or wine);
a vintage holiday apron (because we all want to look cute while we're prepping in the kitchen);
and, finally, the December issue of Romantic Homes (because it's full of decorating ideas and recipes for the season).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
· 3 egg whites (or egg white powder and water to equal three whites)
· ½ tsp cream of tartar
· ¼ tsp salt
· 2 cups powdered sugar
· ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
· 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1. In a medium bowl beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt, beat to soft peaks. Beat in sugar gradually beating until stiff shiny peaks form. Fold in cocoa powder. Fold in chopped chocolate.
2. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto parchment lined sheets. Bake at 300 degrees until cookies are crisp to the touch. 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks.
3. Make a double batch.
"This is a lacy, crisp, buttery cookie. The batter spreads considerably due to the high butter content and the small amount of flour."
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or nonstick baking mats. (We used parchment paper.)
2. Using an electric mixer at low speed, cream the butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, salt, and oatmeal, mixing well with a spoon. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. (Remove parchment paper with cookies still on it from cookie sheet and place on counter top seems to work best.) Let cool before removing from the sheets; peel cookies away from the paper.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Spray cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray. Fill entire cookie sheet with graham crackers (break them on the score line to make the smallest rectangular bars.
Bring 2 sticks of margarine to a boil.
Add 1 c. sugar then boil (reduce to lower heat but still boiling) for 10 min. Stir frequently.
Remove from heat, stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.
Pour mixture over graham crackers.
Bake @ 300 F for 10 min. Let cool.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I can't believe we were able to get the shop transformed in three days. There's still a mess I need to tackle in the morning, but I had to get out of there!
Kendall and Charly wanted to have an election night dinner so we could watch our candidate become the President Elect of the United States of America.
I hope to see you in Hodgepodge in the next few days.
One note before I go, if you haven't had the opportunity yet, please, please make the time to go see The Crucible at The Roxy. Don't even think about the assigned reading you had in high school. This is an amazing production. I can't get over how amazing this cast is and the way they told this story of a terrible, frightening and embarrassing time in America. Unfortunately, the concept isn't foreign in this day-and-age; the "witch hunt" is alive and well, but you truly appreciate our mature judicial system after experiencing this play. You only have a few more opportunities to experience The Crucible. Contact The Roxy for tickets.
Thanks for your indulgence.
PS--Go America! I love ya'.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Christmas decoration are coming out.
In order to get everything done and do it right, we need to spend a few days on the process, so we'll be closed on Monday and Tuesday (the 3rd & 4th).
We'll re-open Wednesday, the 5th.
Thursday night will be ArtWalk and Wine--we'll feature Gabrielle Wardeiner, a Hodgepodge regular, with a few additions to her inventory.
Friday is our special event--invitation are in the mail!
Saturday is our Open House Event--regular hours of 10 am - 6 pm.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We had a great time last night figuring out "How Do They Do That?" Our project was inspired by a beautiful arrangement I found on a favorite blog, http://www.heatherbullard.typepad.com/.
Karen's arrangement is stunning.
Everyone looks happy with their finished products.
Well, I had a few requests for one more How Do They Do That class before the holidays--we'll see what we can squeeze in. Once we get the shop decorated, I can refocus on those possibilities. If there is anything you'd like to explore with one of these programs, please let me know.
Thanks, also, to you for your indulgence.