Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Isn't it beautiful?? I got it in the mail yesterday and it looks every bit as good as the picture. I'm so happy with it - great quality and very flattering. I only wish my hair was longer to style it better. I'm gonna wear a great little jeweled necklace that will go perfectly with this. (I'm not a choker kind of girl).
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The handmade pillory my dad made for any stray witches we might catch.
The Leaky Cauldron sign from Harry Potter - also made by my handyman father - it's about four or five times the size of the real one in the movies, but it's cute and can be seen in the distance.
And of course, my Haunted House sign, lest anyone not realize this house is special by the decorations and purple fairy lights at night. ;) Not to mention the attack cats perched in every window.
And in Martha Stewart related Halloween news - I just love her invitations you can print out on her site. The skeletons and owls are so cute! I think I'm going to make some skeletons just to hang up as I can never find any cute enough in the stores.
And don't you just wish you had the time and patience to make one of these??
I just love gingerbread houses - the more intricate the better and especially a Victorian!! Every Christmas I promise myself I'll make time to make one - and now I want to make them at Halloween, too. *sigh*
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I love your mini treats. They are so cute! I think your cookies look really cool.
There are still more little green peppers out there to get and even more little yellow tomatoes - they are a weird kind of heirloom yellow tomato that is only slightly larger than a cherry tomato. They taste great, but my mom bought like eight plants and they took over my garden. They got to be about 8 feet tall if you can believe it. Man, anyone want some tomatoes?? However will I eat all these? I think I'll give some to my grandmother to give to her friends. Quite a crop this year. I've had good crops in the past with regular sized tomatoes, but these little ones are just too cute.
And my favorite necklace this time of the year?
A glass art pendant with a little image of a vintage post card. I keep getting compliments on it when I wear it. Gotta go - I need to get up early to go to yet another doctor tomorrow. Ugh. I can't wait for Friday.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
And I also got this at the Cracker Barrel - so cute. BOO!!
I bought some new little bitty Halloween cookie cutters that I just had to try out - I have the best sugar cookie recipe so I made them the other day. They are by far the best sugar cookies to taste - they have the slightest hint of lemon to cut the sweetness and the stuff they sell in a tube at the store around this time of year is absolutely awful compared to these.
If ever I could cast a spell to give everyone that visits a cookie I would - they are too good!
I just wish I was better at decorating them - I'm no Martha Stewart. Oh well - they may look juvenile, but they taste better than they look and I'm having trouble keeping people from eating them before I can take a picture. Here's the recipe:
Nicki's Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Lemon Extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Half & Half (or Milk)
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt, mix well.
Using fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. In small bowl, beat eggs; gradually add sugar, vanilla and lemon extract, beating until light. Add this mixture to the flour mixture in the large bowl, mix by hand and knead until dough forms, dough will be sticky. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour for easier handling.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/3 at a time, to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters - I used small ones, but usually 2-3 inch cutters are best. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 - 11 minutes or until lightly golden brown. (If making smaller cookies watch them carefully - the bake very quickly). Wait a minute to remove cookies as they will be limp, then remove to cool completely before decorating.
In small bowl, combine all ingredients adding enough half & half or milk for desired consistency. Blend until smooth. Then decorate as you like - pipe it on the cookies, spread thinly, whatever. Then sprinkle colored sugars or sprinkles.
As you can see - they are a bit of work to make - but sooo worth it. And while we are still in the kitchen - check out my new kitchen towel I got at Target:
And now for some othe party goers - Marie, the small porcelain doll is enjoying some of my miniatures:
I made her a little jack o lantern to store her goodies in - a large twisty sucker, chocolate - of course, licorice, and caramel apples. If you'd like to see the Country Living cake miniature I made in a little more detail - see my past posts.
And didn't I promise a give away?? Yes, I did:
Nothing says Halloween like a witch on a broom - this stain glass decoration is soooo cute. I had to buy one for a gift and another for here to give away. So please leave a comment on this post if you'd like it and I will randomly select a lucky person to get this. I guess I'll pick by Tuesday?? It's not a lot of time, I know, but I want to quickly ship it out so someone gets it by Halloween.
Here's a pic of it with the light shining through.
Not a great pic, but you get the idea. Cuter in person.
So...that's all for now - Happy Halloween!! Off I go to check some other blog partiers. I'll be posting more Halloween stuff right up to the day so be sure to check back here now and then.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I love the warm weather we're having right now. Just the right temperature to go outside and pick the last of the tomatoes and flowers from my garden. Also the perfect time to start decorating for Halloween. Tomorrow I'll probably start stringing up my purple fairy lights in the bushes. Last year one older neighbor looked at me like I was crazy and asked me if I wasn't a bit early to be decorating for Xmas already. Nope, sorry - you're next door to a Halloween lover. I like to decorate for Christmas, too, but Halloween is my first, best love.
So far all I've done is added the scaredy cats to my pumpkin wreath:
Ahhh - NOW it's Fall for me. ;)
In the tiny grove of a nearby woods lived a fairy with a cheerful purple Polka Dot House. It's been worn by time, but the roof doesn't leak and the windows let in plenty of light.
Nearby lived another fairy in a far more musical house with a dark red roof:
Everyone knew just where to find it - the address is clearly printed above the door - Melody 79. (The same as the sheet music she used to paper the house.) I'll be posting these houses on my Etsy store very soon. They are the same size as the previous houses I sold, but I do also plan to post a smaller house and possibly one of my larger houses as well in the future.
And in other news - the Halloween Blog Party is this Friday and I can't wait to post some cool stuff. I'll also be doing a give away that day - something very Halloween-y to decorate the lucky winner's home so be sure to check out this blog and join the fun!!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
At the foot of my bed you can see the old chair I had as a child that I painted black - I keep it because it is so cute and reminds me of sitting on it with my dolls and playing with my cousins and friends, but also because it makes a very handy step for the two older kitties that need a bit of help up.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
And why should I stop there? I decided to make more - but this time not quite so big...
What's that you say? They still look big - nope - they are pretty small, actually:
Did I happen to mention I like to make miniatures?
So I decided not to stop there and dug out my miniature making supplies and also whipped up a cake - this time from the cover of a magazine:
The table is set - would you like a piece?
So while you can see I was gone a bit from my blog (sorry, medical problems causing me quite a bit of pain right now) - I decided to make up for it with a big post with lots of pictures. Please let me know if you like them. I've sold miniatures on ebay in the past, but haven't yet added them to Etsy yet - I'm unsure if they'd sell, but I'd like to try. ;)