Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas...WHAT?

I LOVE decorating and my favorite holiday to decorate for is Christmas. Last Christmas I created this sign....
 
I had so many people see mine and want one.........so I am offering them for sale.
I have about 35 different signs as of now and more coming every day.
You can see all my signs
HERE

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Decorating

I have had my home decorated for fall for about 1 month but just got around to taking pics. So thought I would show you.

 The fireplace mantle


 Love my wood carved owl! Got this at a flea market a few yrs ago for $15. He comes out every fall.

 Soup Tureen - so perfect for fall soups & stews!
 Just got an old scrabble game at a garage sale for $1 this past weekend-just for decorating!
 My cloche is another one of my garage sale finds from a few yrs ago. The pumpkins inside are actually salt & pepper shakers...got those at a flea market for $3.
 I keep the table decorated for fall just because I like it! Ceramic pumpkins from the dollar store a couple yrs ago.


Oh, and just thought I would also show you the firepit hubby is working on. A deck will be surrounding it.  (you won't see the concrete blocks - the deck will cover that part)
Can't wait to sit by the fire in adirondack chairs and make s'mores!!


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are enjoying fall too!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stitch Fix #2 Review

 
Have you heard of Stitch Fix?

It's basically a personal clothing shopping service.
 Have you ever wanted your very own personal stylist??
Well, now is your chance!
 
 

I like shopping for my own clothes but it's so cool to have someone else choose your clothes once in awhile. Many times they will choose clothes that you never would have selected...but then you get it, try it on...and voila, you love it! Or maybe you are just too busy to shop for clothes or dread trying on clothes in the stores, then Stitch Fix is for YOU!


When you sign up, you'll fill out a questionnaire about your style, body shape, interests, needs, etc., where they really just ask you the same three questions in about five ways to make sure they're understanding you. Like do you like bohemian chic, preppy, conservative, etc... Don't worry if your not sure, they show photos of each styles to help you define your style.

When I first tried Stitch Fix, I was about to go to St. John in the USVI. So I told my stylist I wanted some casual dresses for a Caribbean vacation. A few days later my package arrived. Whatever you don't like you send back in a postage paid bag.
 
This time I scheduled my Stitch Fix I told my stylist that I wanted clothes for fall. I didn't get photos of everything but here is what I did get pics of.
 
 
This is Maise 3/4 Sleeve Front Gathered Top by Tea & Rose
and
The Huron Reversible Magnetic Tote by Street Level
 
Here is another photo of the Tote
 
I didn't keep the top or the tote as I have lots of black tops like this and just don't like boxy totes without any structure. These went back.
 
I was really excited when I saw this chevron coat, but wondering what you think of it?
Family is telling me it's too boxy and too short. What do you think??
 
 
 
Ok, not the best shot there...but hey I gotta show you how the back looks.

So, should this stay or should this go??

Now, just want to say I think this is a great service for people & super fun for a once in awhile treat (like for your birthday or a special occasion) but not something I would do every month.
Try it for yourself and then be sure to let me know what you thought of it.
 
Click on this link to sign up for your STITCH FIX

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Got my Fix Today!

Got my first Fix today!
 Stitch Fix that is.
If you've ever said, "I wish I could have my own fashion stylist pick out clothes for me".... now you can!
It's fun seeing what the stylist picks out just for you.You just keep what you like and send back what you don't in their postage paid shipping bag.
Sign up for your Fix Here

It's so much fun! I'll be posting photos of the items I received in my Fix tomorrow. So be sure and come back to check it out.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

FREE GLASSES-OH YES!!

I have always been blessed with 20/20 eye sight....well that is until I hit that magical age of 40 when eyes change shape and can no longer see like you use to. It is frustrating to not be able to see everything clearly anymore! Prescription glasses cost a small fortune but thankfully I was introduced to a compnay called, "Firmoo." What is Firmoo, you ask? Well Firmoo.com is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable Firmoo.com to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices.
 

Their Aim - Vision and Fashion the Frugal Way

  • Vision - An ideal pair of prescription glasses as a half medical tool to correct vision should be made up of a quality frame and lenses with accurate prescription. We promise all our eyeglasses frames are of high quality. Besides, all eyewear provided by us goes through strict inspection by our experienced opticians before shipping to ensure the accuracy of lens prescription. That's why we keep the lowest return and exchange rate among all online optical stores worldwide.
  • Fashion - We offer classic and fashion glasses frames for you to choose from. All of these frames which are quite popular in the world are elaborately picked by our staff from thousands of frames in the market.
  • Frugal way - Our prescription eyeglasses are inexpensive even though with high quality, therefore, everyone can afford it.
And the BEST PART is You can have your first pair of Glasses for FREE!!! Yes, you heard me, I mean you read that correct...FREE GLASSES!!! Hurry, go get your FREE GLASSES Here

I got my FREE pair. I chose #CP6061
 



They come in this protective case with a cleaning cloth.

 
 
Ordering was so easy. You can even upload a photo of yourself to virtually try on different glasses to make sure the shape works on your face shape. And there are sooooooo many choices to choose from. My glasses are readers but you can order prescription glasses too!

So, what are you waiting for?? Hurry over to www.firmoo.com to order your FREE GLASSES!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Secret Message Valentine Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you all still need a Valentine gift for the loves in your life....consider making these fun Secret Message Valentine Heart Cookies! I made some yesterday!


Here is the how to: (recipe below post)

You will need 2 heart shaped cookie cutters, with 1 smaller than the other.
After mixing up your shortbread dough, refrigerate it for easy handling. Roll out dough and cut out 3 large hearts, now take your smaller heart shape and cut the smaller from the large heart. See photos for better explanation.




Ok, so you start with your large heart cookie


Put your melted chocolate (I used chocolate almond bark) in a bag and cut a tiny hole off the end to use as a piping bag.
 


Now pipe some melted chocolate onto the edges of your smaller heart outline (hope that makes sence) and place on large heart.


Add some melted chocolate to the center


While chocolate is still soft add sprinkles and then set aside to let set up. While waiting create your little message on paper.


Now that chocolate is hard you can add the message on top of the center of the cookie.


Pipe on some more melted chocolate (if your chocolate has hardened in your piping bag, just place the bag in some warm water to remelt)


Place 2nd large heart on top and set aside to set up.


Now you will dip the whole 3 layer cookie in melted chocolate and roll or sprinkle with your choice of sprinkles.



Place on wax paper and let it harden.


Put in a basket or a pretty valentine box and your all set to WOW your Valentines!

 
This is how I wrapped up one cookie to surprise my daughter in her school lunch.

Ok, so now go make some, here's the shortbread recipe:
 
Ingredients 2 cups butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour

Recipe
1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well. (add food coloring if desired to get colored dough)

2. Separate dough into 2 halves and wrap in plastic wrap then refrigerate for 1 hr.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

4. Remove half the dough from the refrigerator and roll with a rolling pin until ¼" thick. Using your 3.5" cookie cutter make 24 hearts.

5. Using your 2.5" cookie cutter, cut out a smaller heart in the center of 8 of the large hearts. These will be your center cookies. All remaining 16 cookies will be your base and top. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes until very slightly browned.

6. Once your cookies are cool you will want to melt ½ your chocolate in a glass bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the microwave and stir in remaining ½ of the chocolate chips. Stir to combine until all chocolate is completely melted. You just tempered your chocolate. Now pour ¼ of the chocolate into a small piping bag with a tiny tip. Pipe a small amount of chocolate onto the BACK of the middle cookie like pictured above.

7. Now stick it to the top of the base cookie. You should have no chocolate squirting out the sides if you did this correctly.

8. Fill your cookie with candy hearts, sprinkles, and little notes then start piping a thin chocolate line on the top edge of the middle cookie like pictured above.

9. Now take your third cookie (and best looking cookie if some aren't fabulous) and put this one on top of the piped chocolate. Refrigerate for 2 minutes so everything is secure before your put chocolate on everything.

10. Spread the remaining chocolate all over the top and sides of the cookie. If you don't want to use chocolate you could also use a simple pink icing. Refrigerate for 5 minutes until firm.

Enjoy!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Hot Cocoa Station

I created a Hot Cocoa Station in my dining/living room for the Christmas season and I am loving it! It came out so cute. Hubby & I love having our hot cocoa in the evenings. Sometimes we add some coffee to our hot cocoa for a mocha coffee...yum!

 
 
Thanks for stopping by! I made a Hot Chocolate just for you!
 
 

 
The homemade cocoa recipe I used can be found here
 
 
 
P.S.
My GIVEAWAY is almost over, so if you haven't entered please HURRY!
Winner will be selected tomorrow evening!
Click Here to be taken to the GIVEAWAY post...
 

The Family

The Family