Friday, October 22, 2010

New Boutique dream has come true (again)!!! A few of the wonderful ladies I have met at Athens Farmer's Market have been talkin' and dreamin' of opening a specialty boutique and it is coming true!!!!

Oh, I have prayed for this for so long!!! We are signing the lease today and will get started cleaning, sewing, decorating and what not to get this shop open by November 1st. Watch for Grand Opening Announcements and  Sales!!!!

We are so excited.....stay tuned for more details, pics and what we are selling~just a hint: jewelry, tutu's, hairbows, candles, custom gifts....the rest will be revealed soon!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Purple Sunday

Everybody speaks of their "pink" day....well, I am going to be different today! I am declaring today purple Sunday~you may ask why purple?

All of my shows for the past several months have been requests for purple jewelry. I began looking at specialty boutiques, Canton Trade Days, etc.....hardly anyone has purple jewelry. And now I know why people are asking for it~there are plenty of handbags, clothes and other accessories available...but hardly any purple jewelry. Even google didn't produce much of anything to help either.

So, my new mission was born~on the hunt for purple beads and embellishments to design with..I do love to shop! Here are a few of my designs that I have made...minus what I already sold and didn't get a chance to photograph....Happy Purple Sunday!!

Stay tuned to next Sunday for the necklaces.....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkin People

Halloween Decoration: Pumpkin People How-to

Halloween Decoration: Pumpkin People How-to
Photo: © Kate Sears
While your neighbors decorate their porches with the same old ghoulish goblins, try something different by perching your carved pumpkins atop scarecrows! Outfit them in old clothing and prop them in fun poses to greet trick-or-treaters.
Skill level: Beginner
Old pillowcases
Old clothes (dress, shawl, shirt, overalls, boots)
Bale of hay or straw
Long wooden tomato stakes
Spool of floral wire
Pumpkin-carving kit
Hats as desired
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Tall tin bucket filled with sand
Rocking chair
1. For Ma, place pillowcase inside dress, open side down; fill with hay. For Pa, button shirt; place pillowcase inside shirt, open side down, and fill with hay.
2. Cut hole in center top of each case; poke tomato stake through so it extends at top and bottom. Cut 12 inches of wire; wrap tightly around bottom of case to hold stake in place.
3. For Ma, use wire to fasten another stake to lower end of first stake so stake extends below hem of dress
4. For Pa, place shirt in overalls; stuff legs lightly with hay.
5. Carve pumpkin heads as desired. Poke hole in center front; insert carrot nose. Poke hole in bottom; place pumpkin head on stake.
6. Glue hats on heads.
7. For Ma, use wire to secure another stake across neck for shoulders; drape shawl over shoulders. Place bottom stake in bucket of sand.
8. Seat Pa in chair; arrange legs as desired and add more stuffing. Place boots below legs; add hay around boot tops.

Skeleton Cupcakes

Skeleton CupcakesSkeleton Cupcakes

  • Recipe Ingredients
    • 1 box (18.25 oz) devil's food cake mix
    • 1 1/2 cups lowfat buttermilk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 2 cans (16 oz each) dark chocolate frosting
    • Decoration: black gel or paste food color, 24 marshmallows, 24 (4-in.) thin breadsticks (grissini) or lollipop sticks, a clean artist's brush, 24 grape fruit leather snacks (like FruitaBu), black decorating sugar, red nonpareil candies

Recipe Preparation

    1. Heat oven to 350°F. You'll need 24 regular-size muffin cups lined with paper, foil or Halloween-themed liners.2. Beat cake mix, buttermilk, eggs and oil in large bowl with mixer on medium speed 2 minutes or until just blended. Divide batter between muffin cups (1/4 cup batter per cup).3. Bake 24 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes before removing cupcakes to rack to cool completely.4. Tint chocolate frosting black with food color; frost cupcakes.5. To decorate: Slightly flatten marshmallows with palm of your hand. Insert a broken length of breadstick or lollipop stick into each marshmallow. Place some black frosting in a microwave-safe custard cup and microwave about 5 seconds, until thin and runny. Paint skeleton faces onto marshmallows with a fine paintbrush.6. Using the photo as a guide, cut fruit leather into bat wings with scissors; press in decorating sugar to coat. Roll fruit leather scraps into small balls, then shape into bat heads with ears; coat heads in sugar. Attach 2 nonpareil candies for eyes with a dab of frosting.7. To assemble: Using photo as guide, stand bat wings upright in frosting on top of cupcakes. Insert a skeleton head behind wings into middle of cupcake. Attach a bat head in middle of wings with frosting.Plan Ahead: You can bake cupcakes 2 weeks ahead and freeze. Frost and decorate up to 1 day ahead, cover and keep at room temperature.

Soul searching

It's been a busy several weeks. The kids are playing football, performing in choir concerts and keeping the schedule flowing with "things to do". During this time, I have been spending organizing, cleaning and re-arranging my home decor. Every few months, I have to change things up a bit. This time I think the living room is better for our lifestyle and ready to do some home shows! Finally have some room!!

I spend so much time on facebook playing games that I just can't seem to break free of....Help!! I have even considered deleting my account and spending more time here and sharing positive things instead of countless hours wasted on silly games. It's been great to re-connect with friends and long distance family~but it's not like we talk everyday anyway.

Now that the workspace and living space are better arranged...its back to work. I have sold so many pieces of jewelry and still haven't posted alot of the new stuff. Some, I didn't even get the chance too!! In thinking of the future, I am working on a complete new concept for 2011! I have just about given up on finding a job and the little I live on is just simply depressing. I have such wonderful talents and had a successful candle business before my divorce and just can't seem to get my groove back! And moving to East Texas, didn't help much. There are soooo many people selling the same type of stuff that I have....time for a change!!

 The few people I have met are busy with their work and/or going back to school also and just don't have the time to spend shopping and just hanging out together. So, I just devote my time to my kids and my jewelry, candles, paintings and whatever else I can get involved just sucks being lonely!! But, I am happy and I guess that's all that matters!