Sunday, January 30, 2011


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had some pretty things I wanted to share with here they are! Better late than never :)
I found these gorgeous ornaments on Etsy and scooped them up for myself. I deserve it! - LOL
They are from Avant-Carde and I wish I had picked up more than just three. My photography doesn't do them justice.
Please stop by their Etsy shop. Their new Valentine pieces are a perfect gift for someone special.

I also picked up this vintage paper mache Santa on Ebay before Christmas. Poor one wanted him. He has seen better days, but I promised him he would gets lots of love and attention. I plan on mending his broken foot and giving him a fresh new coat of paint. Maybe some "glitta"! He will get along great with my family of vintage Santas. Can you just see the potential in this guy?! I will share his make-over progress.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Though I have been keeping a low profile while I am recovering and getting back on my feet, it has not stopped me from checking out some of my favorite artists' sites to keep up on what's new., what a fun find.
Johanna Parker is having a give-away for Valentine's Day! She has always been such a creative inspiration. Stop by her blog and get your chance to win this lovely couple!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Super Bowl Party Recipe: Pastrami Chicken Wings!


I have football on the brain! PATS AT 4:30. GO PATS!!!!

I was surfing the net looking for new recipes. With all my stomach and gallbladder issues, I have to be careful what I eat right now. This recipe is NOT anything I should consider (LOL) but it looked sooooooo damn good. I am definitely trying this for Super Bowl Sunday just so I can sit and smell the fragrance. My husband Jeff will flip for these.
I love wings....or should I say I LOVE WINGS! But right now, wings do not love me back :(
So, while perusing through some boring, bland recipes, I stumble on this fantastic website, Foodwishes, that is chock full of recipes along with videos. I had to share with you all.
If you are like me, a visual person, you enjoy watching recipe videos. It helps the words make sense! And, low and behold, all the videos are on You Tube too!
So, check this site out:
or go to You Tube and search for Foodwishes and give some of these recipes a try.

1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 pounds chicken wing sections
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp smoked paprika
pinch of cayenne, optional
2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
2 tsp flour
Serve with Thousand Island or Russian Dressing

Sunday, January 9, 2011


I had to share one more gift from one of my favorite Flickr friends. Kelly (kelbug on flickr) is a seriously talented chic who is as sweet as she is crafty! Last year, she decided to add felting to her many skills. Well, as with everything she touches, you can see she is a natural at it. This little Elf and snowman pin arrived (along with some wonderful goodies) in a retro Cindy Lou Who gift bag. Is this not the cutest Elf you have have seen?
Thank you Kelly!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


While I am still busy with doctor's visits, I wanted to at least touch base with you all to wish you a belated Happy New Year, and share just a couple photos from the holidays.
The first is an adorable ornament sent to me by my friend Mary Buckler. The detail is wonderful and the size is quite large. She remembered all my favorite things. The red and aqua colors are my favorite combination and the vintage plastic Santa in the middle adds to my enormous and ever growing collection of Santas. This is kitschy, and vintage, and makes me smile from ear to ear. Thank you Mary! This will sit front and center on my tree for any years to come.

The next photos are just a couple of the tree this year. This was the first year that I did not take command of the tree. I wasn't feeling well enough to tackle the tree, so my 6 year old daughter did most of the decorating. I handle the tippy top, she took care of everything else. She skipped a few ornaments.....she felt her tree was perfect without them. Normally, I let her decorate and then run around "fixing" everything - LOL. But, after a closer look, I left it all the same. She was proud of herself and so was I. Even without the tinsel and extra ornaments, it is one of my favorite trees because she felt so happy to help mommy while I was sick. She is a great kid.

I have some more photos to share soon. I bought myself some lovely ornaments that I know you will love, so stay tuned. I have been a little MIA these past weeks, but I am hoping to get back to creating and sharing with you all in the next few weeks. I'm so looking forward to getting back in the groove.

Chow for now,