Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! Hard to believe it is already 2010 when it seem like we just celebrated the year 2000! Here are some cookies I made for my step-daughter's new year's eve party. I made numbers 2010 and large and small party hats and some stars.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Cookies

I have been a busy little baker in the kitchen making Christmas cookies! I made some for my step-daughter's Christmas party and now making some for gifts. They are time consuming but I enjoy making them and people love getting them!

Gingerbread Fence

We had our first big snowstorm last Wed 12/9 and it was rather heavy and clung beautifully to the evergreens and fences. I took a picture of my fence as it looks like gingerbread with a decorative icing on the top edges.

Its Christmas Around Here!

Wanted to share some of my Christmas decorations with you. I try to do something different every year and use some everyday things to decorate with. I have some wonderful old vintage earrings and found this beautiful gold deer so I hung the earrings from the antlers. Surrounded are some perfume bottles, a great old deco rhinestone pin and under the glass cloche some more jewelry.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Shopping Trip To Chicago 12-3-09

I couldn't leave these two photos out!

Another great photo of the Chinese dog at the Peninsula Hotel

View of the Water Tower Place mall taken across the street through the window of the old Water Tower pumping station. This is the only building that survived the Chicago fire.

Chicago Trip Photos

Almost like being there! Here are some of my favorite photos from my day from BOTTOM to TOP:

1. Betsey Johnson Boutique at Water Tower Place - cute pink dress!
2. Chinese dog all dressed up for Christmas - Peninsula Hotel
3. Saks Fifth Avenue on Michigan Avenue
4. State Street in Chicago - Marina Towers and the Chicago marquee in the background
5. Macy's (formerly Marshall Fields) Christmas window, a Chicago tradition
6. Beautiful chandelier at Macy's. Lots of decorations were preserved after Macy's bought the Marshall Field's store.
7. The Walnut Room at Macy's a Chicago tradition to have lunch beneath the beautiful tree. An old tradition from Marshall Field's that Macy's retained.
8. Beautiful window grille and lights on a building on State Street
9. State Street and Macy's at dark. The big clocks are located on each corner and a wonderful old tradition in Chicago. "Meet under the clock"
10. Chandelier - Woops! now turned the right way!

I am big on traditions and like so many was upset when Macy's bought Marshall Fields.It is a real Chicago tradition to shop there and have lunch in the beautiful Walnut Room. Macy's did retain the traditions but doesn't seem the same.

I had a wonderful day and really got me in the Christmas spirit!!

Christmas Shopping Trip To Chicago 12-3-09

I went on a bus trip to Chicago, IL on 12-3-09 and had a great time! Was wonderful seeing all my favorite old sites and discover new ones. This is a picture of Water Tower Place (upscale shopping mall) located on Michigan Avenue. I was taken through the window of the old Water Tower pumping station which was the only building that survived the Chicago fire.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Visit with Santa!

Here I am visiting Santa, I am probably about 9 years old. The only thing I remember about this photo is that I was so HOT and SWEATY by the time I got my turn as I kept this hat and coat on!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Header

I know I am skipping ahead to Christmas but couldn't resist adding this wonderful banner designed by Tiffany Marshall. Check out her blog, it is really wonderful. I don't know her, but found out about her from Sherry Goodloe (Got Art? blog see my blog list).

Beyond the Vintage Path

One of those wonderful blogs where you wish you knew this person!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall Feast Party

I had a FALL FEAST PARTY for 6 of my friends that I used to work with and we did have a feast! It was a desserts and appetizers get together. They brought all the appetizers and I provided the desserts and beverages.
I made little pumpkin cakes, a caramel cake shaped like a pumpkin, and lots of decorated butter cookies!
We all had a wonderful time eating, laughing and visiting. I had a show and tell with all my pictures from the Artful Cruise to Mexico with Tim Holtz that I went on last month. And passed around all the wonderful supplies they gave us in the classes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Nancy! - Pumpkin Cake Creation

I celebrated my good friend Nancy's birthday on 11/4 and made a pumpkin shaped cake for her.
I got a bundt pan set made for pumpkin shaped cakes and you bake both of them. Then you slice off the extra on top, add icing for the "glue" and put the two together. I added a glaze and orange sugar sprinkles and decorated with some vintage leaves and berries. Made the stem out of gold wire ribbon twisted to look like a stem.
We had a wonderful late celebration as her birthday was in October.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On the road to Madison, Wisconsin

While on the way to Madison, Wisconsin this morning I passed by this very small cemetery way out in the country by a farm. I made a mental note that on the way back I wanted to take some pictures of this wonderful sign! I came by just at the right time, just as the sun was starting to go down which cast a beautiful orange glow to the silver colored metal sign. It is a very small cemetery with probably 20 or less tombstones.
Close up is of the sides of the sign, note the telephone pole way in the background on the one photo!
I went to a craft show in Madison and found nothing special. Actually, this sign was the most interesting thing I saw all day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Humble Crow

Have been working on my Thanksgiving card. I found this great little saying about crows on a plate at Hobby Lobby and wrote it down. There was no author credited but I thought it was great and inspired my card.
Came back from the Artful Voyage to Mexico with Tim Holtz full of inspiration and new products to use. I used grunge board, various ribbons and wax to make my card.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, especially for decorating. I collect Halloween decorations but also find it fun to dress up
everyday objects during the season. Look around and you will find lots of things you can turn into decorations that are fun, whimsical and spooky.
I collect dress forms and decorated this one with a spider web cape from K-Mart and a Halloween banner. Mr Apollo, my church sale find enjoys his orange witch hat, an angel turns spooky with a few pieces of Halloween confetti and my pretty girl bust gets all dressed up and mysterious this time of the year!
Happy Halloween and happy decorating!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Grim Reaper Dolls

Here is a photo of some Grim Reaper dolls for sale at the market in Mazaltan, Mexico. Was one of our stops on the great cruise "Artful Voyage in Mexico" with Tim Holtz aboard the Royal Carribean ship Mariner of the Seas.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Artful Voyage to Mexico

Here is a great photo I took while in Cabo San Lucas Mexico of a "Day of the Dead Doll". My only regret is that I didn't buy one. I went on a cruise with Royal Carribean with classes instructed by Tim Holtz. What a great time and I met so many wonderful artists! What a great personality she has!
Kind of reminds me of Phyllis Diller!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My little toy Poodle

Here is a picture of my little toy poodle "Sprite Boy" that I took last Halloween 2008. He was always pretty good about posing for me. He died August 15, 2009. I sure miss him.

Greenwood Cemetery

The background photo on my blog was taken at Greenwood Cemetery. It is a great old cemetery in Rockford, IL. This is on the side of one of their buildings. Many beautiful, ornate and old tombstones.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Sprite Boy 1997-2009