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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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We had a good day in Allegan this past Sunday. Almost every time we go we get cleaned out of vintage garden. People found us back who have previously shopped from us. The growing connection we have with customers and other dealers is just plain fun.

Next weekend is the 4th of July. We will be doing an antique show at the fair grounds in Petosky and celebrating the fourth with CJ' parent's in Boyne City. Come and see us if you are in the area. There is much to love about northern Michigan this time of year.

We have just agreed with Joel at Bluedoor to expand our space to half of the back room just off the parking lot. We are very excited about this. We are both doing more created pieces out of our various vintage parts that we love to save and collect and we see Bluedoor as the perfect place to showcase our new creations. More on this later.

Sneak Peak - Great Majestic Sea Swap

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I'm just finishing up my swap "swag" that I will be shipping to my swap partner located in Germany. This is the first swap that I participated in and nothing like a Majestic Sea theme to get me involved in these blog swaps.The Majestic Sea Swap was offered up by Gypsy Mermaid Life and outlined on her blog link: http://gypsymermaidlife.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-06-03T10%3A05%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=4

Here is a little sneak peak at some of the swag that will be on its way to Germany.



I hope my Majestic Sea Swap partner in Germany will enjoy the items as much as I had putting them together and I can't wait to see what arrives to my address from Germany!

Divine Chocolat!

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I don't know what I love more about Maison-Bouche chocolat, the packaging or the flavors. I discovered this Bay Area company over a year ago in a local shop. What struck me first was the French-looking colorful packaging.



Maison-Bouche was the name given to the kitchen services of the 18th Century French Court. It included the kitchen services for the king, his family and the selected aristocracy accorded the privilege of dining with the royal family. The Maison-Bouche was supplied by the extensive gardens at Versailles, in addition to other royal gardens and those growers sanctioned by the Court.


These tasty chocolates are as good as they look. In flavors such as Fleur de Sel (crunchy sea salt from Brittany), Pamplemousse Rose, Basilic au Poivre, Fleur d'Oranger, and more. These flavorful bars come in Noir and Lait.


They also carry yummy Fleur de Sel (salted) caramels...



...and Langues de Chats, "cat tongue" chocolat!

You can find Maison Bouche at these retail locations or on their website, here.



photos from maisonbouche.com

Diamond Midriffs

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Faux half timbering accompanied by four faux tenons/beam ends.

I love the Craftsman style and influence, but sometimes I find the diagrammatic tendencies, form as the basis for ornament, a bit forced.
Marvelous relief panel echoes the muntin pattern in the flanking sash windows.



Like its geometric partner-in-arms the lozenge, the diamond is sometimes used as a ground for other patterns, as in strapwork. 
In image bottom, the diamond adds visual focus to an otherwise undifferentiated facade.  

Wisteria

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Hello! Happy Tuesday morning!


I've made this card for 2 challenges.

This is the Carole's wonderful sketch at the Friday Sketchers challenge blog--Sketch 58.

And at the Roses on Paper, their Challenge #14 is: A Combined Challenge, Incorporating Flowers!

I've used the adorable Magnolia image of the Sweetheart Tilda. The DP's I've used are from Basic Grey Wisteria collection, thus the title of the card (I couldn't think of anything else--my mind's a blank this morning--LOL). The cardstock I've used for the flowers is a double-sided paper, but there's no name printed on it.



I've put some glitter on Tilda's blouse. I ran my glue stickpen over the entire surface of the blouse, dumped some glitter on top of it and shook off the access. I don't know if you can tell from this close-up or not.

That's it. Off to work! Have a wonderful day.


Stamps: Magnolia #315 Sweetheart Tilda.
DP's: Basic Grey Wisteria Violet and Jardin
Tools: EK Success border punch, Various daisy punches.

Out with the Old and In with the New

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After 15 years of being married we finally bought some new living room furniture and it is oh so comfy, or at least that is what the husband and kids tell me. We have purchased a few new recliners over the years but have never bought a new couch. With kids, you ( I ) just hate to buy something brand new for them to spill juice on, get sick on, pee on and what-not while they are growing up. (Come on, it happens to everyone no matter how much you try to prevent it...an occasional accident.)


We didn't buy just one, we bought two!


It looks so different now, but lots of comfortable seating for everyone.

All I need now is a little free time, a blanket and a good book or movie to read or watch.


$20 rack at Kaleidoscope

Monday, June 29, 2009

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Don't miss these savings!

Suzanne @ Kaleidoscope is letting me bring my $20 rack to her sidewalk sale

July 9, 10, 11
67 High Ridge Rd
Stamford

Think the whole center is joing in!

So, stop in to save!

Happy Summer

Peanut Butter Iced Brownies

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These are soooooo good!

During the days of the funeral a family friend brought these to us. By the time I got to them there were only 5 of them left and that's only because I had to threaten that there had better be at least one of them left for me.

They were scarfed up in no time.

I had to ask the lady that made them for her recipe and to my surprise they were a box brownie mix with some chocolate chips added.

It's all in the icing!

I actually could have eaten the whole bowl of icing and chucked the brownies but I didn't. I made them yesterday and took over for our Sunday dinner.


Peanut Butter Iced Brownies


1 box brownie mix
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 box of powdered sugar

First of all you need to stir together the brownie mix, oil, water, eggs & chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased 13X9 and bake for 30 minutes at 350°.
Let these cool completely.
In a saucepan, mix the butter, milk, peanut butter & vanilla.Stirring constantly, let it come to a full boil.
Remove from heat and add powdered sugar.
Stir well with a whisk till all powdered sugar lumps are gone.
Pour over brownies.

Bet you can't eat just one!

Sheep Crossing

Sunday, June 28, 2009

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Happy Sunday!

Phew! Finally finished this card. This card was made for 2 challenge blogs--started out as one, but I can use it for an entry in another now.

The Next Level Issue 4 challenge gives you a choice of a couple types of card to make (tutorials included). One of them is the Stair Step Fold Card and that's what I've chosen.

At the Cute Card Thursday, the theme for their Challenge 66 is : Wheely Good Fun! "This week we want to see some wheels on your creation!"

Here's the finished product.

This is more overhead view of the card (not by much, but at least you can see to the bottom of each stair).

All the images used, except for the grass, are from Magnolia.
Nothing more to say, except I'm glad that's over and done with.Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Stamps: Magnolia #236 Farmer Tilda, #505 Summer Background, #601 Wagon with Eggs, #415 Old Oak Tree, #429 Sheep, Butterfly Sign, Posh Impressions Grass

My Latest Obsession: MOSCOT Eyewear

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We all know what a challenge it is to find the perfect eyeglasses. For those of us that have to wear prescriptions, it gets tricky and expensive; sometimes overwhelming to find something that tickles your fancy.


Was I excited to discover the amazing, MOSCOT. Their eyewear and eyecare has been a New York City institution for nearly 100 years.


Great grandfather, patriarch, Hyman Moscot (above), arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899 and began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side. He eventually opened up his first retail space in 1915.



Nearly 100 years later, the company still continues to be run by Hyman's great grandchildren.

The newly-made frames are based on styles from the MOSCOT archives from the 1930's-1970's, retaining all of the authenticity of the original frame style right down to real glass lenses in their sunglasses, traditional hardware, and lens colors that precisely duplicate the true old school colors first fabricated by the company in the 1940's. Wow.



(left to right): Woody Allen, John Lennon, Henry Kissinger, Buddy Holly, Andy Warhol & Sigmund Freud

It's amazing how glasses have been signatures for such famous people. The vintage-inspired MOSCOT Originals collection is a nod to the classic looks of decades past.





Take for instance, the "Nebb"(above), a chunky, rectangular Henry Kissinger-esque frame



Or the "Miltzen" (above), named after a family uncle. First introduced in the 1930's, this is the frame with the longest lineage. Think Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Harry Truman and Gandhi, to name a few...




The "Lemtosh" (above) is a rounder, nerdier frame that served as the calling card for generations of creative, thoughtful, free-spirited intellectuals and artistés — from Buddy Holly to Truman Capote to Johnny Depp.




MOSCOT doesn't only carry "geek chic" eyewear. There are 1,000's of styles to choose from, such as these "Lynnie" glasses (above), for women only.



Son of Hyman, Sol Moscot and his son, Joel. Love that this is still family run.



These are the frames I'm purchasing (above). They are called "Vilda", from the MOSCOT original collection. I'm getting tortoise frames with brown lenses. I think they will look great as sunglasses. Pure FDR style, which is kind of fun on a woman.




The other great thing about MOSCOT is even if you aren't able to visit one of their New York shops in person, you can actually try on their glasses by picking a face on their web site that compliments your face shape and hair color. You select the frame style and color, and walla!, see what it would look like on you.



MOSCOT'S website is chock-filled with goodies. They have a "Moscot Furnishings" department with items such as vintage postcards, photos, t-shirts and more...



MOSCOT postcard book. Nine postcards per package depict street scenes from Manhattan’s historic Lower East Side, and the MOSCOT family, during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.


Grandma Sylvia's eco-friendly tote bag...



And of course, I'm buying some of these chamois (above) with photos of whole MOSCOT clan including, Great Grandpa Hyman, Grandpa Sol, Grandma Sylvia and Kenny and Harvey’s Mom and Dad, Teddy and Joel – even Kenny and Dr. Harvey. Love these!

They also have a music and pharmacy department, as well as a section of helpful tips on purchasing eyewear.



MOSCAT'S nod to the past is reflected in their fourth generation family members still providing the quality and integrity of eyewear & service, just like their great grandfather Hyman did so many years ago. AND, these are made in the USA!



So, don't walk...run over to MOSCOT and check out their fabulous website! In addition to Moscot's New York locations, they have specialty stores across the US, Europe, Asia and Canada.


MOSCOT New York

118 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
212.477.3796

69 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.647.1550

all photos except the celebrity collage from moscot.com

Running Down a Dream

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I try to make use of my everyday experience and incorporate it into my art, virtually anything and everything can become an artistic feast if you will only allow yourself to really truly, fully experience it!

A formula to exercise your creativity: Experience. Experiment. Indulge. Document. Report.
This is one of those fully experienced banquets I would like to share with you...

Do you have them? Have you seen one? When were you last there? Here...take my hand, hold on tightly now! Come along and follow me...step up to the ride, hand the gentleman your ticket and off we go into a wonderful world of colorful dreams!

Each and every night that comes creeping is yet another opportunity to begin a new adventure. As I have not one ounce of control over my imaginations, I enter sometimes unwillingly. You see, I would really rather sleep but generally am almost always very glad I did.

Go, I mean! Oh, there have been those rare occasions when Mr. Sandman met the Candyman (my secondary muse, btw) and all went awry, terribly, delightfully, frightfully, deliciously awry!

Why, it was just a few nights ago that I found myself squinting my eyes as I walked into a room so bright white I could barely see!

As my strained little peepers struggled to pull themselves open, to my amazement there were giant red and white peppermint type swirls all over the walls!

And let me tell you, it was tearfully, beautifully beautiful! As I'm sure you can imagine!

I slowly approached the largest one, which was on the wall farthest from me,

I stood directly in front of it, eye to swirl, then what do you suppose happened next?!

Well, I will tell you!

The swirl began to rotate and spin and twirl...

Around and around and around it went,

faster and faster, reeling and spinning so swiftly it was making me dizzy!

It revolved so fast that the red stripes and the white stripes spun into PINK!

PINK, I tell you! I rubbed my eyes with tight fisted knuckles, three times and ever so cautiously, slowly, slowly reached out with my right hand to touch it.

Do I dare? I pulled back! I just must! I reached out, yes I will and here goes!

As the tips of my fingers met the surface, suddenly I felt a warm and then sticky, but not icky, sensation and such a strange sensation it was. I automatically recolied and drew back my hand, attached to my finger tips was a long clinging ooey, gooey rope stretching

right back to the center of the swirl, just like taffy!

Was this really happ...but before I could finish my sentence,

the big glop of ooey, gooey pinkness fell from my fingers in a slow motion way and dropped with a plop to the floor! Where it immediately whirled itself back together and proceeded to flow right out of the room, around the corner and down the stairs!

Can you believe it? I know! Me too! What else could I do but run down the stairs after it...I wasn't about to let this sneaky little sucker get away! Running just a few steps ahead, I ducked into the pantry, grabbed the first empty jar I could find and waited.

When I heard it coming, I held out my arm, stuck the open jar under the very last step and swoop, quickly and quietly it flowed right in! Ha, Gotcha!

And just as I was closing the lid, I heard someone say in a low, far away voice,

Sandra...Honey...Are you awake?

Do you know where my socks with the RED stripes are?! What?! You have got to be kidding me!!

Now, I might have mislead you a bit in the beginning, as I told you it was all just a dream, but go as it goes and heaven only knows, least my fingers were crossed in the back! I just made it up, so don't think me silly! But wasn't it fun, aren't you happy you went? Come again anytime, my table is set and YOU are always WELCOME!

Visuals Details:
A variety of mixed media including, watercolors, acrylic paint, cardboard, decoupage medium, and two porcelain dolls I hand painted, one with a red cap and gloves, the other in a black polka dot cap and gloves, their bodies are made from black and white pipe cleaners twisted together and I dressed them both in vintage millinery flowers, with pink tulle ruffles.
This piece is published in the current issue of Stampington & Companies ARTFUL BLOGGING, May/Jun/July 2009. Be sure to pick up a copy to experience for yourself some of the most fabulous places to visit on the internet!
 

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