Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  

Gracie dressed up as Snow White!  

Here in Florida with the weather so balmy it was beautiful for Trick or Treating.  We live on a street with only two other houses  and only three children in the neighborhood so we do not get visitors here
on Halloween.  Our Gracie lasted just a few minutes in her costume, enough for me to get a picture and share it.  

Mr. Me and I watched Darby O'Gill and the Little People and I remember why the Banshee scared
me to death when I was nine!  A perfect night to watch this! 

Hope all of you, my readers, my friends, had wonderful fun
 Halloween this year!

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Storybook and Halloween Themed Couples Baby Shower

Mr. Me has managed to evade all baby showers until this past weekend when he was brought, into the todays world where husbands share everything, including participating in the baby shower!

  Fortunately it was not a shower in the traditional sense where diaper pins appear on clothing, prizes are awarded for winning quizzes about the habits of babies or unscrambling words like receiving blanket, onesie and nipple.  

This shower was very elegant!
A storybook theme where all guests dressed as their favorite storybook character was very fun!  

We were Huck Finn and The Fifth Chinese Brother
The honorees dressed as Snow White and Prince Charming!  
Photo credit:  Karan McCaughey

Out on the patio!  

My nephew Rob and his lovely wife Lauren.
The shower was held at her parents beautiful home.
To the left the fireplace the right  the pool

A close up of the decorated mantel out on the patio

Seated , you faced the pool

The volcano was burning especially for the occasion and the hot tub ready.  

It was actually a little chilly out in the patio so the fire was very welcome!


More storybook characters!  My sister dressed as the nun from the Madeline stories  and my mom was the Cheetah from The Lion King

      Every party this year will have someone dressed from                     Alice and the Mad Hatter were fun!                                 Duck Dynasty
        Bees, and fairy's and other storybook characters gathered in the kitchen!  There were about forty guests but I only captured a few costumes. A few rebels were here with other costumes, but most were from their favorite childhood storybook as requested.

The TV area off the kitchen had a row of fun tea lights marching across the mantel.  Pumpkins were everywhere as well as pots full of candy.   I admired the room as I waited for my turn with... Surprise!  The fortune teller. 

   I was very surprised to find she was a real psychic! I anticipated a costumed gypsy regaling us with fake fortunes. This person was dressed normally, seated at a special table away from the crowd.  She was hired for the evening to tell the future of each guest.  She was a tarot card reader and apparently quite good.  All were astounded at her predictions and accuracy about their current lives.  

It's too bad that I hurried with my photo,  because I didn't get a really good photo of the beautiful refreshments.  Each platter had a huge variety of delectables both platters entirely different.  A large smoked salmon was served (head and tail included) along with fruit kabobs and two different platters of amazing bruschetta's.  A crystal bowl of beautiful jumbo shrimp stood on a silver platter along with a choice of dips.
Ghosts, and candles and fall leaves were scattered on the table along with the refreshments.

Tiny cupcakes piled high with frosting were served among the storybooks.  They caterer replenished it frequently as they were quite popular! 

One platter of bruschetta.  Can you believe I missed taking one?  Too busy with my camera! 

My plate, I picked the chicken salad, shrimp, salmon with dill spread, salami and several olives from the olive bar and TWO skewers of fruit!  Later I had two cupcakes as well!

A full bar was staffed with a bartender to provide any beverage you wished for the entire evening
for all the guests   A group shot of all costumes would have been nice but that would have been very hard to do. 

Ready for Gift Time! 

 Little Everly, the new pink princess-to-come will certainly be beautifully dressed, and mostly in pink! 

The Daddy admired each gift as it was opened and helped by moving opened gifts to the rear and stuffing mountains of tissue in a trash bag to keep order to the proceedings!  
It was fun to watch all the gifts being opened.  

When the midnight hour was upon us we left through the front foyer...

...out along the curved driveway....

...and turned back into mice and pumpkins as we drove away in our coach. 
 A lovely time was had by all!  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Thrifted Art

A couple of paintings that I thrifted are now hanging in my home. Who says art has to be expensive?  I purchased this one at an estate sale for practically nothing.  A couple of dollars if I remember right.  I asked about the history and I was told the couple had visited Greece or perhaps it was Crete and had purchased it from a street artist.  

I think the name is G. Grigoros ? 

 This one I loved and could hardly buy it fast enough.  I don't remember asking any questions about it. 

The Flash brightened it in the above photo.  The colors are really quite soft. 

The primitive painting is my favorite style

I loved how it was framed but, as in many I've seen in galleries, the frames could use some work.
I have not seen anything online about the artist, nor do I expect to.  
It just makes me feel happy.  It may make an appearance on my mantle in January. 

This one I bought, but suspect it's a composite of several artists that mass produce work.
The scene reminds me of an English Countryside.  I'm a lover of  Miss Read books and other English authors, so it appealed to me.  
I found the gilt frame for $5.00 at another sale and the two were a perfect fit.
The roses on the left were fresh roses that aged beautifully and I kept them.  A doily and a teacup and saucer would make a nice vignette, eh?   Perhaps for February.  

Are you a closet Artist?

 I wrote this article awhile back when a friend of mine held a show.  I was amazed at the response she had and what fun it was to go to her show.  She sold quite a few of her paintings.  I  realized that it's a matter of getting your work out there to be seen.  She held her show at an antique shop and this is how she did it:

Holding and Art Exhibition

Artists everywhere are hiding their work in closets, stacked in their garage and even collecting dust in the attic. How can anyone appreciate them? Your talent is God given and if you have a desire to paint, sculpt or create fiber art, you must find your audience. There are many who wish to support local artists. 

For the rest of the article...Click HERE

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Monday, October 21, 2013

How To Cook A Pumpkin for Healthier Recipes

Serving wholesome baked items without preservatives is a must these days now that we know more about harmful additives in many of the prepared foods you find at the supermarket.  With pumpkins readily available right now this is a good time to buy and stock your freezer.  

. Making your baked goods from whole foods using organic vegetables and fruits is always a good choice. Prepare your pumpkin for all your great recipes ahead of time.

• First of all preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Wash your pumpkin thoroughly. Next cut in half and remove the fiber and seeds (save your seeds to roast).

• Bake face down on a baking sheet to roast until the flesh is tender. Approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

• Simply scrape the soft flesh into your food processor or blender, and puree. You could also just mash with your hand mixer or a fork. 

Freeze any leftover pureed pumpkin for another pumpkin recipe.  I usually bake more than one pumpkin at a time.  My favorite thing to make with my pumpkin puree is a very simple pumpkin cupcake

You can find my whole foods recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes  HERE

Isn't this a pretty cupcake?

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Jar of Really Old Buttons

I was looking for a nice size jar with a screw on lid and picked one up from the back of the rack at the Goodwill last week.  It was partially filled with some old buttons.  "Huzzah!" I said to myself as I put it in the cart, I'll look at them  later.   

I have no idea about buttons except that I like them.  

The jar is about 6" cubed.  It's not quite half full.
I've had the little dog for ages...picked him up at at yard sale years ago. 
Maybe I should give him a name. 

I poured them out and saw they were indeed quite old and not all in great condition.  

But I still liked them!

 They would be fun to keep around
I took pictures of about half of the buttons 

What fun they were to go through! 

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

What I Didn't Buy at the Thrift Store...Part II

This is quite a misleading title for a post, but if you missed my earlier post showing you a number of items I passed up while trying to be good while it is:  Click here

I did leave you hanging as to which of the items pictured that I actually did buy!  

Well, it wasn't this mug because I didn't see it the other day.  
  I had so many regrets that I did go back the next day.  I spotted this mug and had to have it.  Who could pass this up?  A great Monday Mellow Yellows cup!   Don't you just love the cheery color inside and out?   

This is the item I purchased.  My mom and sister love cats like I do and I was getting tired of her same coffee mugs! Since my sis is staying there for awhile I gifted them with the three mugs.  One for each of us!  

 My mom, later said...Only 3?  Well that was odd, so when I
went back, I searched the shelf and the 4th one was there!  Now
how often would that happen?

This was the item I regretted most leaving.  I was hoping to find it still there, especially since this teapot didn't have a lid.  And....drum roll was!

I'm $3.19 poorer but I can't wait to see this teapot in a totem.
I was seduced by this mug as well.  I don't know what is with me, but I love a beautiful mug!  When I can get them for $1.19 I am powerless to leave it behind.  Somebody come over and have coffee with me!  

OK...pinch me!  I am in love with flamingos and spotted this great cereal bowl from HausenWare. 
You know it came home with me.  I am going to enjoy this bowl every day for the rest of my life.

 A colorful vase with blue and yellow flowers all around!  I can't wait to see what I make with this! 

The chip and dip set I passed on a second time because the price was not $3.15 as I thought it was $8 something and it was so big I had no place to store it.  

So there you have it.  I went back after the teapot and fell off my "good intentions" wagon!  

Somebody STOP me!  Haha, or I'll have to open a shop! 

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Success Can't Be Measured

Who knew that anything growing in pure sand could be so tough? 

It fought valiantly
But we persevered and won
Victory is sweet

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Friday, October 11, 2013

What I Didn't Buy at the Thrift Store Today

Ahhhh.....the regret, the self congratulation and the horror.  It's all there at the thrift shop. 

When you peruse these items, what would your regret be?  What would you congratulate yourself about leaving at the shop even though you wanted it.  Is there a horrific item to you?  

A fish teapot sans lid
Perfect for a garden totem.  

 A 50's chip and dip set $3.19

 Another colorful teapot that is worthy of actual use.

A very strange, but quite interesting looking coffee mug.

 A set of three quite artsy cat mugs

An very tall aqua glass vase priced $3.00 higher 
than a similar one I saw  in a retail store.

 A souvenir glass from Italy that caught my eye

A , not quite as classy, very pink souvenir from the Great Smoky Mountains

 A vintage small vase. 
 I had to include the cat and dog figurines.  They are all 
dressed up a la the 90's when we decorated everything in pink and white ribbons, roses and strings
of pearls.  The cat is glued to a sweet lace trimmed floral tuffet. 

 A mask you can heat or chill to relieve tired eyes.

I had several pangs of regret and I have to say, right after I photographed the pink piglet
a lady stopped and picked it up squealing to her husband how cute it was.  I thought she was going to 
buy it but she didn't.  

However, I did go back and get one of the items. 

To find out which one I actually bought and took here!  

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