Thursday, December 23, 2010

Busy, Busy holly days

We've been running around enjoying the holidays. Here are some snaps:

Seeing Santa

Holiday concerts wearing our Sunday best.

Selling items in time for the holidays

A last-minute gift for mom, lover of many things including Strawberries. I (HEART Cath Kidston MAKE)!

Lots of applique.

Off to finish some pj bottoms while kids are in school/play date. merry, merry

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I did it!!

This is me at a table. Smiley for a variety of reasons.

I signed up for a craft show. I made things, showed up, and sold things. Phewww...All my nights working toward this event caught up with me. I crashed.

Overall, great success. Next step is etsy land (there is no problem with link, just a blank shop that is not open for business...yet). Need to re-charge, instead of plowing through. Hoping to get items up in the new year.

So off to enjoy the December festivities with our friends and family.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cherry Jubilee

Our harvest of Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry from Seed Savers Exchange. I'm saving fruit and freezing until I figure out what to make.

Recipes I can't wait to try:
Signing off to begin Thanksgiving celebrations.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dainty fall sightings

I wanted to share the following finds:

mini haystacks greet you at this DC home.

Violas, a contrast from the foliage. so dainty and yet proud.

I pull the shade in my daughter's room and this is what we see. This Japanese Maple takes my breath away. What a wonderful way to start the day.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I have a story to tell. It started with a little seed. This past spring, we ordered Strawberry Popcorn from Seed Savers. Planted it in our raised beds and it grew.

Something magical happens when you grow something from seed, care for it through all kinds of weather, harvest, and then enjoy it.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hopping towards the Holidays

I heard my first Christmas song yesterday. Too early by my standards. I am trying to get an enjoyable early start on holiday shopping so I can enjoy December instead of my usual frazzle trying to get last minute things done.

Angela from The Artists' House started A Crafty Holiday blog - a hop of sharing the handmade love as we think, plan, and enjoy the holidays. I've enjoyed looking at everyone's wish lists of handmade items. Joining this group has been inspiring and motivating. It takes a few more moments to pause and actually think about what people in my life would like what. It makes the gift-giving a bit special, instead of standard gifts for the sake of giving. I want my family's gifts to me an extension of our thoughts - I am thankful for having you in my life. What better way than discovering a talented individual who, although you don't know personally, spent their precious time, creating something for your someone. with love, of course. I don't think it gets better than that, really.

My virtual shopping list:

For my husband -
To add to his growing Kennedy collection, a JFK print by squibb.

For my son -
A giant checkerboard set from porchswingafghans for game night on the porch. I'm drooling over the detail in this afghan.

For my daughter -
Who dreams about the 'croissant moon' while adoring her Hello Kitty friend. A sweet necklace to remember this stage in her world by LillyEllen.

A few items for me, should anyone ask.
 - A poppy embroidered bracelet by irenagasha.

 - Doesn't everyone need a Tweet's Tea Time Ring by Doodlebirdie.

- And, to bring green into my office until I tackle making my own terrarium, this Small tree terrarium garden by NYCterrariums.

with an addition of these sweet mushrooms by SerenityMosaics, of course.

While taking time and starting my holiday wishing and shopping, I've noticed:
 - I'm enjoying shopping (this soming from one who prides herself on making it to the mall 1x a year)
 - Inspiration from such talented individuals.
 - remembering why we give gifts
 - I really do love the holidays and feel like a kid again.

I've enjoyed sharing the holiday, handmade love. The momentum continues with Emily Myer’s Blog tomorrow. And, if you missed any posts prior to, here's the listing.

Here's to you making your own handmade holiday. Share the love...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Off West

I was in San Diego last week for work. And, although I wasn't able to enjoy the city because of long work days, the city was a beautiful backdrop. I can't wait to come back and play. I am still amazed that this piece of paradise exists.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Summer memory

I realize, and can't believe!, Thanksgiving is in a couple weeks. I was going through some pics and was reminded of the great time our family had on the Cape. Here are some of my visual, inspirational reminders of our summer holiday.


There are so many sweet spots to stop and see including Karen's Garden Cottage Antiques. I dream about being the owner of such a show. I am in love with the idea in my head. Shabby chic goodness! Loved this 'garage' linked to home by wisteria pergola. Just dreamy.


Loved walking the streets of Wellfleet. Time stood still around every corner.


Loved the colors (and smoothies) from The Juice.



secret garden shop wellfleet

Oh and this sign and yellow door. Memories are flooding back and, all of a sudden I am surrounded by the warmth of family escape this summer. Delights all around.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Chugg a chug

Caught up on my blog reading today and stumbled upon this quote by writer Elisabeth Elliot, while reading latest and greatest from The Happiness Project:

"When you don't know what to do, do the thing in front of you."

I've been busily preparing, in random steps, for selling handmade items in Dec. and forward. It's a lot to juggle and know what to do first - do I focus on my labels when i haven't actually finished a piece yet? I have  tendency to get overwhelmed with the details as well as finding the energy to keep doing and making (when I've spent hours keeping up with life (kiddies, house, etc.) It's all part of a dance, isn't it? Instead of getting overwhelmed, I need to just do what is in front of me, re-evaluate, and see what's next (or how much energy remains).

Looking at this face, how can I not be inspired and loving this life o' mine?!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good start

On this dreary, late to work day, I saw this bumper sticker and it made me smile.

I Love My Hot Wife Decal Sticker
By Cafe Press

What's not to love?!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Setting the tone

As I'm working on my items for the craft sale in December, I've started my fabric selection. I'm working on editing now instead of later.

I love the mix of old and new. I'm still in love with orange and blue combinations. Lots of popping colors.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall is in the air...

Surrounded by fall loveliness, I find myself catching my breath at all the beauty, color and stillness.

Enjoying a fall fest

Swiss chard a-growing

crates of pumpkin glory

Morning glories in their glory

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

To the Rescue

Gayla from You Grow Girl comes to the rescue for green tomato options. I have them wrapped in newspaper and in brown bags in the kitchen.

I can't wait to make some of the following

A Glut of Green Tomatoes: "

When it comes to dealing with an end of season garden glut I have one rule: everything roasted. I am yet to find a vegetable or fruit that doesn’t benefit from this treatment. I thought I’d tried it all and there were no more surprises left. I was wrong.

Last weekend I pulled out almost all of our tomato plants in all three gardens. I left in a few that had fruit that had some hope of developing a bit further before it gets too cold. There’s green tomatoes and there’s green tomatoes that are too green. I prefer to try and get them as developed as they can be before packing it in for the year. And before anyone mentions the hanging the plant upside down indoors trick; I simply don’t have the space. My neighbor tolerates a lot of my little gardening eccentricities in our shared hallway space: overwintering plants, bags of soil, stacks of terracotta pots, jars of tomato seeds…. For the record, he keeps a life-sized cutout of John Wayne in that same shared space. It was there a good month before I stopped suffering a miniature heart attack every time I walked into the hallway. For that reason alone I think we’re fairly even, but full-sized tomato plants hanging from the ceiling might be pushing things too far. I know where the boundaries of social decorum lie and I try to respect them. Most of the time.

But I digress. As I always do. Back to the tomatoes. In short, I have a lot of them and am in the process of making my famous green tomato chutney as I type this [ed. I wrote that a few days ago. The chutney is done and I have already given half of the jars away as gifts!). I did not intend to can them this year; I just don’t have the time. It’s funny how you can forget what 2 pounds of chopped tomatoes plus miscellaneous ingredients looks like until it is there in front of you. I had it in my head that I could just make it and stick it in jars in the fridge rather than canning. I do not have a fridge that big or the appetite to eat it all quickly enough. So canning it is.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), one batch does not take care of all of the green tomatoes I’ve harvested. What to do with the rest? I love fried green tomatoes, but that’s a lot of fried stuff. I’m spending an inordinate amount of time sitting on my ass these days. The only part of my body getting exercised are my typing fingers. I do not need to introduce several pounds of fried tomatoes to my digestive tract right now.

And then I remembered my glut rule: everything roasted. I adore roasted tomatoes but had never tried roasting green tomatoes. If green beans are delicious roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt then surely green tomatoes would benefit from the same treatment?

In conclusion: they do and then some. It’s a revelation!

Instructions are simple:

Cut 2 lbs of green tomatoes into wedges. Cut cherry tomatoes in half or leave whole. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Roast in an oven preheated to 300°F for about 40 minutes to an hour.

Store in the fridge.

Over the weekend I also slow roasted a few bulbs of hardneck garlic. We ate the test batch of green tomatoes on bread with the garlic and some goat cheese. REALLY, REALLY Good.

You should do this immediately.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Everyone could use a little in their life

I'm talking about POSH, of course. In preparation for my travel, I enjoy reading books that have that particular city/region as the backdrop or as a character. As well, I scour the web for dining reviews and stores. For food, I rely on: Jane and Michael Stern. I first discovered them while listening to my other 'friend' Lynne Rossetto Kasper on Splendid Table - a must for my food podcasts. (*SIDE NOTE: Through my google search, I just found out that Jane and Michael have divorced. So sad.)

I love Design Sponge's City Guides. It's one of my first stops (after booking hotel and flight).

For my trip to Chicago, I stumbled upon POSH. The store, so sweet. A visual joyland. All the items are beautifully displayed and you feel like you peeked into this whimsical land.




I loved being surrounded by the vintage and new. Quite inspiring.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Too early

Our front landscaping needs a complete overhaul. It'll require lots of cash and time as many of the bushes are leftover established shrubs=long root systems. I purchased a Pee Gee hydrangea from Herring Run's Native plant sale. This was to go where our raised bed is. So, we had to move the raised bed and therefore lost lots of plants. too early.

Green tomotoes

I need to research green tomato recipes. I plan on wrapping in newspaper so they ripen.

Too early carrots

Oh little carrot.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oops..there she goes

Time has slipped too quickly. Not in a groove yet. Fall is here. We need to turn the heat on and change to down comforters. Love the season of apples, crisp air, school and learning, new routinues, soups and seasonal cooking.

Just what I needed this morn. The Storque had lots of tips from the When I Grow Up Coach. Good reminders. I need to start chanting some of these daily.
  • Be you
  • Trust your compass
  • Embrace the optimist
  • Surround yourself with love
  • Know what you need and get it
  • Enjoy where you are.
I'm breathing better and even cheery.

outdoor patio
Habana Outpost in Brooklyn, NY