Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mother Nature's Closet/ Picnic at the Lake Pavillion


It's back to Mother Nature's Closet today to get ourselves ready for a fun Picnic at a Lake Pavillion! A wonderful way to escape to the easy breezy days of Spring.

Let's pretty up the table with this table cloth from
http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecottagecupboard

Stain resistent, easy-care and can be custom made. Sweet!

And I'm about to way overdress us...but .... it isn't difficult to do...looking over the great things offered by Indie sellers.... :) I'm a 'kid in a candy shop'!! In the closet I found this whimsical little top from
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Vintagelucys

Hand sewn with Retro Fabric and simply adorable. 

How pretty are these pleated pants in indigo denim? ! I love the low rise and side  button closure. And worn with black gladiator sandals....... Nice. Find them at http://www.etsy.com/shop/trapperjane




I love this cute pleated wristlet purse in Kaffe Fassett cobalt blue fabric for toting the day's essentials. It is Handmade by http://www.etsy.com/shop/LMcreation
Great for hand's free convenience! and to take along your Cinnamon Mint Lip Balm by http://www.etsy.com/shop/sapeterapi



Available in many Mouth-watering flavors!! Check out my prior post (yesterday) about the delicious bath products from Sapeterapi !!
Good thing no boys have been invited to this Lakeside picnic...or they would be looking to smooch us with this lip balm! :)!!  

Check out this charming dress at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ragamufyn  Can you believe this is made from a recycled secretary blouse turned halter top.......The back of this dress also merits being seen….. Sexy and adorable all at the same time! The Captain of your boat won’t be able to take his eyes off his first mate!

 


How about a pair of these cute Vintage Lady Sailor shoes  found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/smellyshoesvintage
to deliver comfy style! 



 I'm loving this pretty Lavender Tunic Dress with Empire waist! You can find this at http://www.etsy.com/shop/HanseART



A pair of Amber glass Ghost Bead and Lavender Crackle Glass earrings would be just the right sparkling touch! Find these at my shop!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/GardenVibe

Gorgeous, intricate, handmade beaded Bliss Charm by http://www.etsy.com/shop/JenJewelry



Available in the pictured colors and  the perfect finish to your blissful look!


The final step into our day of fun is with custom made and crocheted  sweet Black and Purple laced Guillerminas from http://www.etsy.com/shop/lepiedleger

Grab this pretty Vintage Straw Picnic Basket at http://www.etsy.com/shop/olderthanyouare



and let's couple it with Corelle Wildflower Pattern Coffee Cups from http://www.etsy.com/shop/KimmsAttic





 As well as this Floral motif coffee Carafe from http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelBoxTreasures

....... A little Brie, fresh fruit, chicken sandwiches and pasta salad and we are on our way!!   I hope you will consider going Indie with me and check out the wonderful offerings from your fellow Artisans and Vintage shop owners.....There are alot of wonderful things to be found.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Goodies for my Garden Tub!!

Hi blogging friends! Thankfully the weekend beckons! And I've started my weekend by purchasing some lovely things for myself. Among them.....  fantastic bath items from a UWIB sister. Aimee's shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/sapeterapi  She has unbelievably delicious scented bath products. I'll soon be the happy recipient of Whipped Sape, Thick and fluffy whipped soap,  pictured above. Got mine in Salty Mariner Scent!

..... and I'll soon be indulging in Moisturizing Bath Salts made with Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Dendritic Salts and Sweet Almond Oil. This is coming to me in Relax scent!

If there is one thing I'll never scrimp on, it's my 'Girl goodies'! I need my bath/ shower relaxation after a long day or week at work....... I'm worth it.....and so are you...
Check out our Aimee's shop and indulge yourself!
You can choose from these Scents!..... The descriptions are verbatim from Aimee's shop..... because she describes them better than I ever could!! She even has scents to entice the boy you've fallen for..... Enjoy!!

Energy- A stimulating blend of Citrus, including Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime, with hints of fresh Cucumber and Jasmine, and a touch of Pineapple, Blackberry and Champagne.

Relax- A relaxing blend of French Lavender and Fir Pine, enhanced with Egyptian Jasmine and sweetened with pure Vanilla, softened with delicate Musks.

Dulce De Leche- Argentina's traditional dessert, made over many hours by caramelizing sugar in milk. It's a delicious, gooey caramel sauce that is impossible to resist for those with a sweet tooth!

Berry Wine- This scent smells just like a heavenly Merlot sweetened by Raspberry, Blueberry and just a hint of Blackberry.

Blackberry Spice- This juicy, ripe concoction smells absolutely incredible. The top notes are a juicy plum and blackberry mix accented with cinnamon & clove. The heart is a bouquet of blue violets sprinkled with love. The dry is a sugar coated vanilla cherry cordial. It's just one amazingly sweet.

Arabian Spice- Filled with the aromatic scents of a romantic time past, Arabian Spice is a blend of Myrrh and Orange, with middle notes of Ginger, Cinnamon and Cloves. It is then rounded out with Caraway Seed and Vanilla to give it a warm, tranquil feeling.

Chai Tea- A wonderfully warm and comforting drink as a fun alternative to coffee (it still has a good wallop of caffeine in it as well)! It has traditional Earl Grey Tea with its delicious citrus notes of Bergamot and Sicily Lemon along with a base and heart notes of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Tahitian Vanilla and a little bit of Allspice.

Pepper berry- This complex warm blend starts out with traditional Black Pepper notes mixed with Black Orchid. This spicy, sensual mixture is accentuated with All Spice, Wild berries and Bulgarian Rose, finished up with heavier notes of Pine Needle, Oak and just a small hint of Vanilla.

Island Coconut– This is a straight and lovely coconut fragrance.

Thai Vanilla– The secret to this fragrance? It's coconut! That's right, fresh, luscious smelling coconuts are the main note in this blend, followed by some supporting notes of Orange, Lily, Roses and of course, Vanilla.

Lemon Parsley - Ripe, juicy lemons bursting with freshness and zing! Sprigs of kelly green parsley straight from the garden!

Eucalyptus Spearmint – Just as the name gives it away. Wonderful combination of eucalyptus and spearmint.

Leather- Corinthian leather mixed with soft musk notes.

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey- Warm oatmeal flavored with creamy milk and honey.

Chamomile Bergamot- This wonderful fragrance is a blend, primarily made up of its namesakes, Chamomile and Bergamot. Not content to be a two-note blend, this fragrance also contains notes of Tangerine, Pettigrain, Sage, Geranium and Moss.

Black Amber Lavender- Deep and sophisticated this fragrance blends rustic Amber with bold Parisian Lavender. Combined with these main scents is a mysterious Black Myrrh, dulcet vanilla Tonka bean, and a splash of Egyptian Musk. We've rounded out the fragrance with a surprising addition of raw Clary Sage resulting in an earthy concoction with hints of sweetness and pleasing floral notes.

Cinnamon Sugar- Like a Red Hot Cinnamon with a touch of sweet.

Ambergris- A deep rich exotic fragrance.

Madeleine’s Bouquet- White florals, Lily, Gardenia, Narcissus with notes of orange and lemon and a soft hint of green.

Vanilla Sandalwood- A woodsy, soft and sensual sandalwood with a touch of vanilla.

Lilac- A soft, gentle floral. This fragrance is very true to the flower.

Milk Chocolate- Sinfully rich milk chocolate decadently collides with sensational notes of thick, fresh cream and smooth butter.

Dark Chocolate– Just as it’s name – sinfully rich dark chocolate. Heaven!

Almond Biscotti- fragrance is positively edible! It is an amazing compilation of all things good, edible and coffee time! With a mixture of toasted almonds, sweet cake flour and drizzled chocolate, this fragrance will have you drooling and wanting to eat pastries!

Plumeria- This is a tropical fruit scent that is great for spring. The smell makes you want to wander onto the nearest plane and go island hopping. It's a sweet ambrosial nectar that is sure to please the most discerning nose.

Buttercream & Snickerdoodle- This is a sweet and yummy fragrance that contains rich caramel and cream notes. What makes this fragrance stand out from other delicious-baked-good scents is the hint of Nutmeg and Praline which adds unique notes not normally found in a Snickerdoodle. Buttercream and all the goodness of the cookie is rounded out with rich base notes of Cocoa and Vanilla.

Sea Moss- A unique blend of Bergamot, Orchid, Jasmine and Violet with supporting notes of Ozone (air), Sandalwood, Musk and of course, Moss. This fragrance could be described as fresh, green and almost a little kelp-y.

Lily of the Valley- Very true to the flower.

Salty Mariner- This is a fragrance reminiscent of upscale living. Salty marine notes and fresh rain mingle with lily of the valley, jasmine, leafy greens, pine and musk. Experience the beautifully mastered essence of the thunder of waves crashing against the shore, the salty air in your face and the soft crunch of seashells beneath your feet. Imagine yourself at sea, with your face being lightly sprinkled with ocean spray.

Beau Brummell- A scent that reminiscent of the Gentlemen's clubs of the 18th century. Tobacco and black tea are the dominate notes with hints of fruit and spice. This fragrance is heady, masculine and evokes images of the classic well dressed gentleman

Beach Breezes- Sophisticated fragrance is a light Ocean-type scent. It has top notes of Bergamot and Cyclamen, middle notes of Lilac, Jasmine and Lily of the Valley and rounds down to the mellow notes of Cedar wood, Sandalwood and Musk. All these individual notes blend to become the perfect unisex and breezy Ocean scent, sure to please everyone.

Cream Cheese Frosting- Heavily on Madagascar Vanilla notes & other sugar loving notes in this fragrance are freshly churned butter, butter cream, cream cheese and an intriguing finish note of butterscotch for a warm and smooth after-note.

Pineapple Cilantro- A sweet fragrance toned down beautifully by the addition of an unlikely herb: cilantro. Ripe pineapple juices are complemented with coconut shavings, bursting orange notes and sparkling cilantro. Warm vanilla and mists of musk complete this zesty aroma!

Lemon Parsley- Ripe, juicy lemons bursting with freshness and zing! Sprigs of kelly green parsley straight from the garden! Lemon Parsley Fragrance Oil is a citrus herbal delight!

Fresh Zucchini Flower- Unique notes of Carrot, Fresh Cut Grass and White Amber, this fragrance is light, airy and surprisingly delicate.

Cucumber Melon- This blend is more melon than cucumber and smells pink and fresh. A fantastic scent for spring & summer, it is the perfect blend of Cucumber and Melon.

Baby Roses- If you're looking for a fresher, lighter and more gentle rose, this is the one for you.

Rain Orchid- An intoxicating fragrance comprised of sweet notes of pink peony and soft marine notes. It's a beauty that reminds one of a spring day in the countryside.

Bamboo Lily- Scent beautifully combines the exotic floral fragrances of water lilies, tiger lilies, lilac blossoms and jasmine petals infused with the sweet, joyful aroma of mandarin and acai fruit. Wild bamboo, vetiver, jungle leaves and lemon leaves complete this exquisite fragrance oil.

 or Unscented~ if you wish.....

That's mad indulgence!

Keep an eye out for a future post on another UWIB/ FEST sister who also creates spectacular Bath products ...... because a girl (or guy) can never have too much relaxation!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunshine Award

Hello!! I hope that everyone is having a well deserved and sunshine filled weekend! I have had my blog brightened by sweet blogging friends who have sent me the Sunshine Award! I'm really touched that my blog is enjoyed by others and well regarded. Hugz to my blogging buddies: 
 Audrey of http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/ and Teresa of http://www.trusk4u.blogspot.com/ for sending me the award. It means alot to me. You both bring Sunshine to my 'garden' everytime I receive a comment from you and everytime I read your wonderfully inspiring blogs!!

In the spirit of friendship and to spread Sunshine to other blogging friends that I regard as a wonderful source of inspiration, I'm forwarding this Sunshine award  to: the following bloggers in keeping with the rules of accepting the award: The rules for accepting this award: Put the logo on your blog or within your post. Pass the award onto 12 bloggers. Link the nominees within your post. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
Because I smile, laugh, learn, and feel genuine admiration, whenever I read their blogs, this award goes to :

http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com/
http://audreygardenlady.blogspot.com/
http://foodfunfarm.blogspot.com/
http://karingrow.blogspot.com/
http://myhandmadesite.blogspot.com/
http://pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com/
http://therabbitmuse.blogspot.com/
http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com/
http://allthingstangled.blogspot.com/
http://jmjcreations.blogspot.com/
http://artfigments.blogspot.com/
http://spaindaily.blogspot.com/

Please visit their wonderful blogs and send them some bloggy love! They are incredibly talented, well spoken and warm hearted people! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Force of Nature Food Frenzy / Go Tropical with Pina Colada Cup Cakes


Still feeling the cold, I imagine..... Here is a great recipe to help you escape to warmer, more tropical times! Bake these, Turn on some Jimmy Buffett, and escape!

Pina Colada Cupcakes

1 box  of  White  Betty Crocker cake mix  ( Or I use a Coconut cake mix and omit the Coconut extract)

1/3 cup Canola oil

1/4 cup water

1 can (8 oz) crushed Pineapple in juice, undrained (If you use fresh Pineapple, remember to allow the Pineapple to turn golden before cutting/crushing it, for greater sweetness! :)

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Coconut extract

1 teaspoon Rum extract

1 container of Lite Whipped Topping

3/4 cup shredded coconut , lightly toasted

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, water,  rum extract, coconut extract, if applicable, the pineapple and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

2. Bake until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely - Important! .

3. Frost with Whipped topping. Sprinkle on lightly toasted and cooled coconut.  Store in an air tight container in the refigerator. That is unless you wildly eat every last one the minute they are frosted!! :P

Make it a warm and sunny day! It doesn't matter what is going on outside....If you keep yourself shining on the inside!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day! Love Grows Quite Happily!!

I hope that all of you have a beautiful day with your loved ones! Special thanks go out to Lynda, whose blog I follow to enjoy the beauty and fascination of her life in Tanzania!! By all means, do check out her blog....
http://foodfunfarm.blogspot.com/  She is an incredible person...and her blog is just wonderful! I surprised my husband with Valentine's Day Breakfast in bed and I baked marvelous Strawberry Jam biscuits.  Lynda shared the recipe for them on her blog. They are soft, buttery decadence with bits of fruit baked right into the biscuit!! The joys of fruit!

And the joys of blogging.!! ...I got in to blogging to meet and network with fellow Etsians, and I'm finding that it is so much more than I ever imagined! What a gift to be able to share each other's lives and creativity across the miles. To support and encourage the beauty that grows in all of us! 

                                                        Hugs and  Kisses!                         

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mother Nature's Closet


Hello !!....I thought it would be alot of fun to post a fashion feature from time to time. I love perusing the beautiful things that fellow artisans and vintage shop owners have for sale. Let's take a little Spring 'fashion respite' from all the cold and snowy days around us. ( and to our friends in warmer climes....enjoy to the fullest! ) A Garden Tea Party would be a fun thing!
A table set with warm tea, scones, petit fours on a crisp and sunny spring day seems just the thing! .....Find this charming tea set at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Artenchantedstudios

First, why don't we take a trip through Mother Nature's closet to ready ourselves for the party!!



I found this soft, feminine Dusty Pink Sundress at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/UnionRose  I love the delicate look of the fabric and the subtle butterfly print!






 


Let's walk the garden path with these sweet Moonshine shoes from
http://www.etsy.com/shop/DeBonisOrquera





A cute little sunny bag to carry lipstick, keys, and necessities! from http://www.etsy.com/shop/KaraMiaSofia



How about this darling bracelet...... I adore the colors! and the style is sheer artistry! Available by visiting http://www.etsy.com/shop/AudreyGardenLady


Something dramatic and floral for your hair! Magnifique fleur!! This beautiful comb can be found in the shop of http://www.etsy.com/shop/acenal
So lovely!!


Gorgeous Yellow and Orange Polka Dot Dress from http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElasIdea
I love the figure flattering flow of the fabric print on the dress....sewn to accentuate your 'girlness' !! :)

And what would a Garden Party be without a way to keep the sun from your eyes......
This sweet hat can be found at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagous














A gentle little embellishment on your dress, a sweet Butterfly pin from
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jmjcreations


What a precious little Butterfly! My heart's a flutter!! ........






...... I found this darling clutch at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KimberlyJonesDesigns 


Beautifully crafted and the fabric is sweet.






And a little something from GardenVibe's necklace collection......
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GardenVibe




Inspired by a stroll around a Lilly pond.....

For a stylish Garden Party-I love these Vintage Italian pitchers, so bright and artsy!  sold at the shop of  http://www.etsy.com/shop/NELSONSLAB
                                            Really Pretty!!!


I had so much fun looking around for things to transport us  to the warmth and promise of Spring..... I hope you will consider going Indie with me and check out the wonderful offerings from your fellow Artisans and Vintage shop owners.....There are alot of wonderful things to be found. The promise of Spring is just around the corner....









Set of 4 Vintage Bird Print Drinking Glasses from http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ladyjamie


 Cheers! And cheer up! The sun will be shining on us soon! :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Home Grown Decor

How fun is this??! I love my home and I love to decorate! I'm always making, sewing or buying something to make things pretty for us! I'm that bird who is always primping her nest! I thought it would be fun to search around Etsy for items that I would want to decorate with......there is so much talent out there......

 Stole My Heart Painting by













  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RobinMariaPedrero
So vibrant and happy! I can't imagine sustaining a bad mood with this hanging on the wall! Love it!!                            
                                                                                                           Glossy  Copper Red Vase  at    

                                          http://www.etsy.com/shop/oakbluffspottery
                     In  a word....stunning!






Love this little pair.... So darling! They are whimsical and a great pairing for the pretty bird in the painting..... a way to pull an element from out of the artwork. I'd sit them at the base of the vase.



Maybe add a few flowers in the vase with lovely silk greenery, some dried grasses......


So sweet, aren't they? They are Eco friendly and handmade by http://www.etsy.com/shop/ffflowers


I'd like to put them on this little table



I love the Rustic simplicity of this table, and yet the design is so out of the ordinary. Nothing nondescript about it. 

I've pledged to go handmade....... so, I'll be filling my nest with Home Grown Decor going forward!! I hope you do too!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Keeping Warm and Cozy, Grandma Barosi Style!


It has been one chilly winter this year…. I think most of us are in need of some warmth and comfort…..even here in Florida!! So I thought that I would share a little tutorial on a recipe for some lovely warming comfort food! Let’s celebrate the beauty of tomato! Grandma Barosi style! My husband’s Gram used to make this for us when we would visit PA. And she showed me how to make it….but did you ever notice how our wonderful Grandmas, aside from being great cooks, they never really follow recipes! ? They are amazing!! Nevertheless, my dear Mother-in Law translated how to make this, into a format I could work with…..

Pasta Fagioli

Fill an approx. 4 1/2 qt. pot  half way with water. Bring water to a rapid boil. Then add  1/2 of a 1 lb. box of Ditalini pasta.



Meanwhile, in a fying pan, saute chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, on low heat until transluscent- I like to do this just until the onion is slightly carmelized as it releases the sweetness in the onion.



Open an 8 oz. can of Cannellini (Northern White) Beans, drain and rinse in cool water. Drain excess water and then carefully add the beans to the frying pan with the Onion and Garlic mixture.





Then add to the frying pan mixture one 6 oz. can of tomato paste. Add a little bit of the pasta water to loosen the paste.



Then add one 15 oz. can of Tomato sauce. to the frying pan mixture. Add fresh ground pepper, dried oregano, dried sweet basil and parmesan cheese to the mixture to your taste. (a few shakes of this, a few shakes of that! Don't worry about it !- the soup police won't be after you!! ) Cover the mixture with a lid and cook for 20 min. on low heat.



When the pasta is done cooking, carefully add the tomato mixture right into the pasta and water. ( if you are working on a gas stove, I would remove the water pot from the burner with the flame temporarily for this step.)  Then let simmer for about 20 minutes or so to let all of the natural goodness blend and cook through. (Don't be afraid to add a little more water to the soup if you feel you need to)



You’re set! Now all you have to do is just go light a candle on your dinner table and have a lovely cozy meal with your sweetheart! Buon Appetito !!

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