Monday, March 23, 2015

"L" is for Linens

 
 
 
 
Okay, I must admit...

I'm addicted to linens!

I love going to flea markets and garage sales and I can sniff them out miles away ~ 
maybe that's a stretch, but I seem to have a knack for finding them.

I absolutely love the way they feel and especially love the hand embroidered ones... 
the time it takes to make these and the craftsmanship truly impresses me!
 
 
Being a crafter myself, I appreciate the work involved.  
The closest thing I've ever done to embroidery is probably cross stitch 
and I know how hard on the eyes it can be, let alone the fingers.
 
 

I have vintage linens throughout our home 
and I find them very versatile and a great way to personalize any room or gift. 
 
Get Creative
 
Make up a basket with some gourmet foods or personal care products 
and add a monogrammed hankie and you have a wonderful gift.
Perfect for a wedding/bridal or birthday gift!


They add instant vintage charm to everything!
 
 



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Say Cheese...

cakes that is!

These mini cheesecakes are perfect for the holidays 
and I make them every year for Christmas and New Year's Day.

They are a family favorite of ours and for good reason... they are simply
delicious!

They aren't overly time consuming or difficult to make.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3(8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Combine crumbs, sugar and butter.  
Press equal amounts into paper lined muffin cups.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy.
Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Spoon equal amounts into cups and bake 20 minutes or until cakes spring back.
Cool, chill and garnish with whatever topping you prefer.
 
I like to use cherry topping especially at Christmas ~
 I think it adds a nice festive look.
 
 
The recipe makes two dozen so they're perfect for entertaining too.
 
I hope you will give these a try 
and I'm sure they will become a family favorite 
of yours too!

Enjoy

Sharon

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!


This is our third Christmas tree we've had over the years ~ we have downsized and it's a lot less work.  Our first tree was 10 feet tall with over 100 branches you had to put in by hand and was unlit, so it used to take us several hours just to get it up and then several hours for me to decorate
(way too much work for me now).  

Then we had an 8 1/2 foot tree for many years and now this one which is 7 feet tall.  I used to put over 200 ornaments on our tree, but now have a little over 100 ornaments on our tree ~ most of them given as gifts so they have a lot of meaning.  

I collect snowmen and I have quite a few of them on our tree and also a separate shelf with only snowmen on it ~ they make me smile.

This is one of my favorite old fashioned looking village scenes ~
 the fiber optic tree changes colors and looks sweet at night.


I bought this sweet snowman at a craft show many years ago and the sled I found in Door County and love the rustic touch ~ sledding anyone?

This year I made these miniature bottle brush containers using different glass jars that I added hand glittered bottle brush trees with white sand as the base and I sprinkled sparkly white glitter on top ~ I'm giving them as gifts and decided to make a couple for myself:)

The red reindeer my mom recently gave me and have been in our family for many years and have special meaning to me.  The Night before Christmas book I found at an estate sale and it's from the early1900's ~ very happy to find this little treasure:)

I like decorating our light with some beaded garland and some greenery and vintage ornaments.  The vintage crystals I keep up all the time which gives it a little bit of sparkle.
I absolutely love this vintage wash board and I think it works well with this miniature tree 
~ the little queen!

BE MERRY!

Merry Christmas from our home 
to 
yours.

Sharon

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SUPER MOON!

    

photo credit google images



For any astrology buffs out there or for anyone who likes to gaze at the moon and stars,
 there is going to be a super moon tonight.  
The moon will appear 30% bigger and 26% brighter as it will be 30,000 miles closer to the earth.  It will be easiest to see after sunset looking east/southeast.  

This month you will also be able to see 40-50 shooting stars per hour and on August 12th there is going to be a perseid meteor shower ~ look to the northeast horizon after 10pm and the best viewing will be after 1:00 am.

So break out the blankets 
grab the camera
and enjoy the show!

Sharon

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Let it Snow!


We have gotten a fresh coating of 8 or so inches of white fluffy snow 
and everything looks so 
 beautiful.  
 
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful season...

Let it snow!

Sharon

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mad in America


I just discovered a great website called Madinamerica.com

My eyes have truly been opened and I feel it is critical that people start taking their own health into their own hands.  
There are far too many people being "diagnosed" with so called mental illnesses/disorders and people are suffering due to these so called "therapists/psychiatrists" who are prescribing TOXIC drugs like they are candy.  Too many people are being harmed and lives are being destroyed due to these TOXIC drugs.  This website is full of information on these drugs and the whole psychiatric industry and how it really works ~ it is truly frightening and very sickening to see so many people being DESTROYED by these drugs.  
Basically psychiatrists/therapists go by their DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) to diagnose someone with a supposed illness/disorder, which they claim to be scientifically based, and is NOT AT ALL true!  There are no tests used to diagnose any of these so called disorders and the manual is completely made up and funded by the APA(American Psychiatric Assn.) which gets tons of money from the drug companies (Big Pharma).

They have now come out with their new DSM-5 which has added several hundred new "disorders" including SSD (Somatic Symptom Disorder) which basically covers any negative side effects caused by drugs(which they say is actually part of your illness, or a new illness) claiming the person is overreacting or unable to cope with certain symptoms, therefore requiring more medication.  This makes me very angry.  More people need to start speaking out against these drug companies and doctors/therapists who prescribe these dangerous drugs.  I am asking people to please go to this website and sign a petition to boycott the DSM-5 which is scheduled to be published sometime in the middle of May this year.  

Here's the website:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/boycott5/

We need to do as much research as possible and educate ourselves so we can all make informed choices and not solely rely on these doctors/therapists/psychiatrists/ to make them for us.  We need to challenge them when we don't feel something's right and stand strong in our beliefs and not fall victim to intimidation or brainwashing.

I hope everyone will check out the website www.madinamerica.com ~ let's all try to do our part to change the way things are being done.

Sharon