Thursday, February 4, 2016


This is an older retired set called Lucky Me! from Stampin' Up! that I think is just adorable. Being mostly Irish, I do sent St. Patrick's Day cards to my family members and always make up a batch of Irish Potato Candy. I'll be posting some pictures and a recipe in March, so stop back for a visit.
This card uses all Stampin' Up! supplies: Whisper White and Mint Macaron card stocks, Crumb Cake for the window framelit die which was then swiped with Soft Suede and Espresso to give it a wood grain look. Colored the leprechaun in markers and added textured to the "paneling" with the Wood Grain embossing folder.

I also did the inside with this set, stamping the little shamrocks in Wild Wasabi on the one side and the full leprechaun with the sentiment on the inside.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve!

My faithful little companion is helping me put away the ornaments, Rocket is such a joy in our lives! This is an awesome ball storage idea using the Costco egg containers- fits smaller sized balls. I had a lot of breakage last season just layering them in bubble wrap, they did not enjoy the trip to our new home.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let the holiday decorating begin!

I filled a lamp base with some large outdoor Christmas light replacement bulbs. Lamp from Pottery Barn, waiting to be filled with seasonal decorations. Lots of fun!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Vintage Wishnik Trolls

I decided to display some of my troll collection until it's time to begin holiday decorating. I've had a thing for these guys since I was a little kid. The only one that is original to my own childhood is the pirate in the middle with no shirt. I can remember so clearly going with my Dad to the bank where they gave me this pirate bank. The shirt, belt, earring and eyepatch were lost. Most of these are 60's Wishniks, some are Norfin ones that I love also. I had the original "Shanty Shack" on the top shelf, this one I found on ebay.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Red Tent review

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, book image is from Goodreads site. 5 stars.
This novel has been around for a while and on my list of books to be read for a few years now.
This is the fictionalized story of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob from the Book of Genesis. Anita Diamant does a beautiful job of bringing these women to life. The red tent was where the women went during their monthly cycles, as they were not to be around men when they were considered "unclean", where they delivered their babies, and lived a good part of their days with each other. An interesting and informative look into the lives and practices of the midwives who were truly gifted doctors and healers really, who were taught by the generations of women before them. If you have a hard time keeping track of the lineage, the Bible does a pretty good job of telling you who begat whom :)
Am looking forward to the film version, hope they do a good job with this one.

Fall Porch Decor

The start of my fall decorating! I love this time of year with the cooler sunny days and turning leaves. So beautiful. I made the wreath on the door, not sure if I love it but not too horrible for my first attempt at a wreath. The cinnamon broom behind the basket of flowers smells really wonderful, warm, and welcoming (welcome if you are friend or family and not selling something :)
The basket was some annuals I rescued from my summer garden and I padded it up a bit with some mums and glacier pansies. On the lookout for a life sized skeleton to recline in the chair.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Organic Vegetable Broth

What to do with an abundance of vegetables hanging out in your refrigerator? This is really easy to put together, you don't need fancy knife skills or special equipment. A large stockpot, a strainer lined with cheesecloth if you have it, and you're all set. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. For this batch I used all organic produce: 3 parsnips, 5 celery stalks leaves and all, one leek, 7 carrots, 1 large sweet onion, small bunch parsley, some thyme sprigs, 4 smashed garlic cloves, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. I gave all of this a quick saute in 2 tbsp. olive oil, then covered it with water and simmered until the veggies were tender, approximately 45 minutes. Strained and stored in containers for the week's various recipes.