Saturday, December 26, 2009

A few of my favorite things....

I'm so sad to say, that it has been awhile since I last wrote. This fall and winter has been VERY busy. The new year brings hope for a more consistant me! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I sure did! Every year my husband takes the kids to the Dollar Store and has them walk around and try to pick on their own what special things mommy would like. It's fun to see how their little minds work and I was ticked to see all the gifts they came up with. My husband did well too! I love that he puts so much thought into what I might like. Here are only a few treasures I received and I wanted to share them with you.





First is a book I've wanted forever and a day~Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey. I thought about buying it, but no...I held out for my darling dear to give it to me all wrapped up! It's about connecting, learning, and inspiring others through your own online journal. It includes beautiful screen shots from some of the best online crafty, creative blogs out there. We are heading to the beach and I can't wait to read it thoroughly there! Even if it says nothing, the pictures are worth the price of the book. So pretty, girlie and informative!

Secondly...


From an adorable little shop called Gypsie on the square of downtown Chambersburg, PA comes my favorite bar of soap. Pre de Provence French Soaps. It isn't the best smell in the world, but it lathers well and makes your skin feel like silk! It is a 72% Olive Oil Marseille-style milled soap. Great for babies, in the kitchen, laundry, shaving and bath. Asked how Sopia Loren keeps her beautiful skin young looking, "A love of life, spaghetti, and the odd bath in olive oil."

Thirdly...


This is one of those special gifts that I will cherish forever given to me by my husband. This piece of art was painted by a Waynesboro, PA artist named Linda Pedersen of LinLeigh Studio. It's called Two American Beauties. She did a wonderful job framing it and I can not wait to hang it up! We are renovating our downstairs bath into a vintage beach theme and this will work perfectly! If you are interested in stopping by her beautifully renovated studio that is nestled in the hills of Five Forks, her hours are by appointment only and her number is 717-762-0656. I will note that she does esquisite portraits for a very reasonable price.

Last but not least~from my sister...



A Lilly Pulitzer Aquamarine In the Slim Tote and Cosmetic Case. These bags feature original Lilly prints from the day~1959. Made from canvas and very durable and with classic tags. Yours can be purchased from lillypulitzer.com. Now I can not wait until summer to use it! Thanks Charity!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Birthday Wishes!



A big Happy Birthday goes out to my Priness who turned 3! It's funny how you never think that life is moving fast enough. Growing up you can't wait to be double digets, 10. Then it's 13, 16, 18...married, can't wait to have kids. Then you do and you look at them one day and say, I sure wish I could stop the time. You quickly realize that one day they won't want to snuggle, they'll start calling you mom and not mommy anymore. They won't think it's cool to hold your hand. The words "to savor the moment" suddenly take on a whole new meaning!




This year for Little L's birthday, she picked My Little Pony. So sweet. I made her a birthday out and have to say...love how it turned out. Wait while I pat my back.... Really, she looked adorable in it.




I LOVE different trims and accessories from glittery buttons to silky tulle fringe!



Hear those bells?

Christmas is right around the corner. At least for crafters that is. I am in my glory this year. Hobby Lobby has come to town and inspired me to start early so I'm not working up until the last minute. Their Christmas selection is amazing. (I live in rural America folks!) From glittery stars and beautiful unique trims, fuzzy pink trees and yummy faux Christmas candy. It's nice to be able to actually feel the trims and not just see them on a computer screen!



I've been busy here at home. Orders are still up through eBay and Etsy, which is always a good thing! Hope everyone is doing well and getting their crafty on!








Thursday, August 13, 2009

MacKenzie-Childs Revisited



Several years ago, my sister, mom and I went to Palm Beach, FL. We were fortunate enough to visit MacKenzie-Childs. What a BEAUTIFUL store! Well...being that I couldn't afford anything from there, I made my own version. I took a cruddy looking, Home Interiors candleabra and added a little Vavoom into it and gave it to my sister for her birthday. Visit their site at www.mackenzie-childs.com It's awsome treats for the eyes!

The Little Candleabra That Would Be Something Great


Spring has sprung and gone...so put away that wreath!


Spring has sprung and gone...so put away that wreath!

Still standing~A vintage-inspired wreath I made this spring. I love how it turned out. Unfortunately, it clashes with my winter bird scene that is on my mailbox wrap. How tacky. I couldn't figure out how to get the stinkin' thing off the box. Maybe I should just call it a seasonal house. At least I don't have up Christmas lights!

Have a Peachy Day!


This is one of my favorite peach recipes. The bottom is warm and gooey and the top has a pretty, soft cakey top.


Old Fashioned Yummy Peach Cobbler


4 cups peeled, sliced peaches

2 cups sugar, divided

1/2 cup water

8 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/2 cups milk

Ground cinnamon, optional


Directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.


Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.


To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


To make real, fresh whipped cream. Mix 1 c. heavy whipping cream with 1/2 c. sugar and beat on high until desired consistancy. I mix this up all the time and it's so yummy. Like most, I love sucking it from the spray can, but this really does taste better when it's fresh!

Invitations Galore



Still going. These are really fun to create!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maximum Love for Maximal Art


For my son's first Christmas, my sister bought him this very heavy, gold Christmas star ornament. It was so pretty. The designer was from Maximal Art. I had never heard of him/her/it. Didn't know what it was. Well, it is a company that was started by Philly native, John Wind in 1985 and is vintage-inspired jewelry. Hope you enjoy a little eye candy for a gloomy Wednesday.











Saturday, August 8, 2009

Round 2


Announcing....Announcements


Welp...I finally took the leap and bought the software needed to start a new chapter in my book of craftiness. I love personalized baby announcements and birthday party invitations~that are affordable. Fun and pretty is the name of the game! After a day and a half toying around with the program, this is the first design that I came up with. I'm pretty tickled about it. Well, maybe a little more tickled that I actually figured out the program. Let the designing begin!


XO,

Becky

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mail Delivery from Mommy


What a special surprise from Mom in today's mail. Straight from the Pony Express was a package filled with pretties. On the left is a doily made from a soft ecru and pink yarn. On the right is a yummy cookbook with really great baking ideas and a little bib for my littlest guy made from sushi fabric. What a great day brightener! Thanks mom!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When I grow up, I want to be a cakemaker by the sea...

So pink, pretty and yummy!

KimsCottageArt on Etsy
This 7" x 5" print from my original painting "Cake Makers Cottage" is printed on 80lb acid free, archival paper. It is printed with ink that is moisture, scratch and fade resistant for 98+ years. It is centered on a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. It is ready for professional framing or you can frame it yourself in a 10" x 8" standard frame with a ready made or custom matte. I have signed, titled and dated the print.It is packaged in a acid free protective sleeve. It will be shipped flat with careful attention to packaging so you will receive it safe and secure.

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Burst of Colorful Bloom


Obviously, I love all things pretty pink/green and girlie. I found these in a magazine and fell in love...or the idea of making one that is. Is there anything cuter. The only problem: How do I fit diapers, wipes, toys and snacks into it? Hmmmm.

Inspiration Station: The most exhibited artist in the world.

As I was scrounging through some old art magazines, I stumbled upon an artist I'd like to share a little about with you. Dan Robbins. Many may not know who he is, but when you take a looksie at his work the lightbulb will flick on.




Inspired by a story about Leonardo da Vinci assigning numbered portions of paintings to his assistants to complete, Robbins believed such a paint system could appeal to adults. The timing was certainly perfect. Following World War II, Americans experienced an age of prosperity and an abundance of leisure time. Millions moved to the suburbs, and signs of conformity were everywhere--from the mass-produced homes in housing developments to the shiny red Fords parked on the curbs. He created the original paint-by-numbers process, known as the Craft Master System more than 50 years ago. During his hay day, his idea became a national craze, selling more than 12 million kids a year during the 50's making his the most exhibited artist in the world.


Today these painting, once banished to the attic, are all the rage. Many are treasured collectibles. By the way...a major exhibition was staged at the Smithsonian a few years ago.







Monday, July 13, 2009

The Pink Door


Ideas can be life-changing.
Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.

Last year at the church auction, I purchased a case, yes case, of pink spray paint. Sweet Pea to be exact. Michael wanted to know what I was going to do with it. Never fear!

So....This morning, I decided to start using it. I needed a backdrop for some pictures and was trying to figure out what to use. I went out to the barn and rummage through the top floor and found an old door from our house. It was painted green and white from years gone by. I asked Michael to haul it downstairs for me and I was off.


Within an hour or so, I had it washed, painted and polka dotted with a pink that I mixed with a pearl paint to give it my Pink Pearl flair. I shabbied it all up and added a pretty glass door knob I bought at the Greencastle Antique Market and walla! All ready to show.





Friday, July 10, 2009

Give Me A Little Squeeze

Just had this come through in an e-mail. So excited for it to hit the shelves!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy A Little Late Fourth

Welp...we made it home from our beach trip and I must say, we had a wonderful time. My children sat quietly for 2 1/2 hours while I stuffed myself with crabs. Lazy Susan's in Lewes has the absolute best crabs around. They were only $31 for a dozen of X-Larges, which is excellent! I did enjoy every single last one of them~slop running down the arms and all!


Part of the Boat Parade that goes through the Lewes canal. All the locals decorate their boats to show off their Patriotism.




On the Fourth, the historic downtown had their annual 4th festivities which included the annual Sidewalk Art & Artisan Show. There were so many gifted artists there. Below is a picture of Sarah Palin put together by a fiber artist. This was a huge picture.




A shell encrusted table in a window display....hmmm...IDEA!



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Little Hope In Your Garden




As I am finishing gobs of shoe orders, I just did my first Hope Garden pair. It kind of surprises me that this is the first as the breast cancer patterns usually do very well. It seems people can't get enough of the Pinwheel Pink.

Vera Bradley gives 10% of net proceeds from their breast cancer awareness patterns to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and other breast cancer projects and services. In January 2009, they unveiled their newest color – Hope Garden. To unveil it, they entered a 30 foot float in the Tournament of Roses on New Years Day.


My shoes are in no way affiliated with the Vera Bradley Company. They are just Made to Match by me. They are available with a pink or white strap. Blue is available at a small additional charge.

XOXOXO

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sending You Buckets of Sand!




In a few days, the family and I will be headed to the DE shore. Lewes, to be exact. It's a little quiet town across the bay from Cape May, NJ. My husband, Michael, and I have headed there every summer since we were married 11 years ago. Our first trip was during a hurricane and we tent camped~what an adventure! Three kids later, (5, 2, 5 mos.), we are headed off again. We are camping as we always do. For as girlie as I am, I enjoy tent camping as long as I don't have to cook. I'd rather graze all day and go out for a nice dinner of Maryland Blues. The added bonus this trip is the Old Fashioned Fourth of July that the town puts on. Tons of games like Ice Block Races, Pie Eating Contests, Egg Tosses, Bike Parades, Boat Parade through the canal and the list goes on. At the end of the day, they bring in the local fire dept. and they hose off the streets and the kids run through the water.

There are certain smells and noises that just feel so right near the ocean. As soon as the waft of salt air hits the nose, it's like you've come home. I've always loved the ocean, as it's one of the only frontier that man hasn't completely destroyed. It's wild and untamed and brings back memories of spending summers at my grandparents on Chincoteague Island. In the morning, you'd go out on the porch and watch the ships go out to sea to collect their lot. We would leave in the morning on their boat. We'd fish and crab all day and then come back, clean out the crab pots, cook crabs, eat crabs and smell like crabs. After we ate even more crabs, my grandmother would stay up and pick the leftovers to freeze. Those were some of my best memories of my childhood.

My brother Bo and I~1980.
Next week, I'm looking forward to catching up on some reading and just hanging out with the family without thinking of all the other things I need to do. My goal at the beach is to relax, look for pretty shells to craft with, go junking, read, play with the kids, hold my husbands hand and make great memories. I look forward to sharing some of those memories and finds with you.
Thank you to my 3 followers!
XOXO

High Ho, High Ho, It's Off to Junk I Go!



Unfortunately, like most crafters, I like junk. I can always use junk to make something new. I especially love looking at vintage junk. I get very excited over looking at retro crafts like Christmas villages made from postcards, tin trees made from soda cans and anything encrusted with macaroni, shells or my favorite...the herpes of craft supplies....GLITTER! These all put the tacky in crafty. Where do I look to find treasures to recycle? Above, I made up this handy chart to help you in finding fine treasures to add to your trove of junk.

A New Spin on Shell Encrusting




Another place to find junk is from relatives. Everyone has a Great Aunt Crazy Craft. You know, the one with bins of foam balls and boxes of buttons, glitter-encrusted pinecone elf, books on how to make paper beads and pantyhose poodles. She is a great resource for junk you need.


The Pinecone Elf