Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hello Again!! Finally!!

It has been so long since I have written a post, I don't even know where to begin. I am fine, just haven't had a free minute to breathe. Since I work at a grocery store, I have been working such long days. November - mid January is our busy busy time of the year as you can imagine. Most of my days are at least 14 hours long right now. Then it is try to cook and clean a little and spend as much time with my family as possible.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?? I hope everyone had lots of food, family, and fun!!! We had a great day with tons of yummy food and got to see some family.

I have so much catching up to do. I don't think I've read a single blog since the very beginning of November. I can't wait to see how all of my blogging friends are and what you have all been up to. I can't wait to see what goodies you have all been making too.

I have tons of new Chandelier crystal ornaments for sale right now. They make really beautiful Christmas Tree ornaments!! I went to my MIL's house today, she just got finished decorating her tree. It was so beautiful. I will have to bring my camera next time I go for a visit. Her entire tree is decorated with gorgeous crystal ornaments and crystal garland. It is so sparly!! I have something new this year, Frosted Crystal Chandelier Ornaments. I haven't seen the frosted crystal anywhere else, and it is so so pretty. Especially for Christmas Tree decor.

I have a great recipe to share with you. It is the perfect use for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftovers. It is not exact measurements, just one of those recipes you have to kind of estimate.

Take some leftover turkey meat (about 1 cup) cut it up into small pieces. Do the same with about 1 cup of leftover stuffing. Mix into about 3-4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes. It works best if the potatoes have been refrigerated and are cold (so they are somewhat firm). Mix them all up with a little salt and pepper and add a little seasoned salt and a tiny bit of Adobo(you can substitute garlic powder, but only use a little dash) I also added a little smoked paprika and some seasoned salt, but you can add any spices you like and have available. Form into balls about 1.5" across. Drop into hot oil to fry until nicely golden brown all around. Try to wait until they cool down a little. Me and my kids ate the whole batch of these in only a few minutes. They are sooo good we couldn't stop eating them.

I wish I had some more photos to share with you. I haven't been out to take any cool pics. I am going to try and visit as many blogs as I can. I miss talking with all of you guys so much. I don't even have a Christmas Tree yet. It was snowing all night, but we barely got a dusting. I wish it was colder so we'd have accumulated more. I love it!!!

♥ Rebecca

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy November

Why am I up?? I don't know. I couldn't sleep, so I am up and just made a pot of tea. I love this teacup! I got it at the thrift store in Westport for only $1. I love it!! I have these Cath Kidston fabrics displayed on my bakers rack. I painted it blue about 12 years ago and it is very chippy now, as you can see in the photos.
Well, it is officially November. I hope your Halloween was spooktacular! If the Candy is Free, It's the candy for me! That's what my ten year old son decided when we were leaving to go trick or treating.He comes out with the funniest stuff.

Here are my goblins all dressed up. My 16 year old is too old to dress up, so he says. He actually stopped at an early age. When he was 9 or 10 he didn't want to dress for Halloween any more. He thinks the rubber rat is funny though. I really can't believe it, he will be 17 in just a few months. WOW!! Time does fly by.

I wish I brought my camera with me trick or treating. We can't trick or treat up here by my house. The houses are all too far apart. Plus the roads are too narrow and dangerous to walk on with children. So instead, we went down to the Guilford Green. This town really gets into Halloween. All the houses were decorated, people all dressed up. There were even guys in scary monster costumes hiding in the bushes and behind trees waiting to scare us as we walked by. Several of the houses had smoke machines. Alex had the best time ever. Actually we all had such a good time. It was quintessential New England. We walked along in the crunchy leaves in perfect weather. It was very mild, just a sweatshirt was comfortable.
I have been working on another project. This is the before photo. I will have the after photo in just a couple of days. I can't wait to show you. It is totally different. I went bold with the colors too. Usually I use shabby pinks and whites, but this piece wanted a bright, bold look!!

I have created a facebook page for Belle Maison. Please join me on Facebook if you want. I put all my specials up and lots of pretty photos of the new items I have for sale in my shop.

I am having a sale in Belle Maison this week as a Happy November Sale. I will discount any purchase from 10% off. The sale will continue through Sunday November 8th. Please just send an email with what you want to purchase, and mention my blog and I will take 10% off your entire purchase price. Plus I still have free shipping on all ribbons within the U.S.A.

If you want Chandelier Crystals this is the time of year for them. They make gorgeous Christmas Tree ornaments. Check out the top of my sidebar, I've added a photo for you to see how pretty they are.

You have got to check out this new online magazine. It is totally online with no paper version. It is absolutely fabulous!! The photos and articles are amazing. Go see for yourself. Plan to spend some time there are a lot of pages to flip through. It has home decorating, gardening, some fashion and more. I am sure you'll love it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pretty Pinks

Just wanted to share some pretty pinks with you.This first one is of some gorgeous orchids. I love how this one is just starting to open!
Hydrangeas, Gerbera Daisies, and of course lots of pink roses.
I love this Gerbera Daisy too. It looks like the edges of the petals have been airbrushed.
Have a beautiful day.
Come back for Tea Things Tuesday tomorrow.
I just added some new items in my shop, and if you haven't seen my new Etsy shop yet please check it out and let me know what you think.
Sorry haven't been able to post or read posts in a while. The high school here in Guilford is closed due to so many kids out sick with Swine Flu. Just been busy with the kids, work, and life...

Monday, October 19, 2009

My First Altered Book

I have finished my very first altered book. I had so much fun creating it!! It is filled with everything that is spooky~but it is still cute!! There are lots of Halloween frames so you can personalize with your own photos.

This is the front cover. This scary little guy is sparkling with German Glass Glitter...

...and offering up a Halloween bouquet to you.

It has lots of spooky charm on every page!!

Creepy Spiders...

...and Grinning Jack~O~Lanterns

What shimmering webs he weaves. Watch out for the bats!!

This black cat will bring good luck, not bad. Dare you go in the Haunted house??

Here's the Back Cover. Another Frame to add a photo of your own spooky Goblins!!

More millinery and ribbons.

I just put it in my Etsy shop. It is a one of a kind book. Just right for some pics of your trick~or~treaters!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Almost Halloween...all I can think of is Candy!!!

I couldn't resist buying a pumpkin last week. They were only $3.99 so I picked this one for my front porch. It's not for carving. We'll get some for jack~o~lanterns later. Some of my near~by neighbors have some pretty autumn displays outside. Tomorrow I'll hopefully get out to take some photos for you. North Guilford is especially pretty right now. The trees are so colorful and bright. We actually had snow day before yesterday. It was a little strange to say the least.

Please visit Vanessa's Hauntingly Magical Celebration. It is so spooky and fun!! Her photos are awesome. Oh what Halloween fun!!

Please also check out Sheryn's blog, Pink and Pretty designs. She is having her first blog giveaway and wow is it a nice one.

I am working on some Halloween crafts. This is a little sneak peak at the very first altered book I have ever attempted. It is far from being finished. It needs lots more embellisment... some pretty yet spooky ribbons, and more millinery. Maybe a touch of lace. It is so much fun to make. I am also making some spooky little Halloween tags. I will show you everything when I get them finished.

I have finally opened an Etsy shop (WooHoo!!!). I have been wanting to open an Etsy shop for a long time. I even added a little widget in my bloggy sidebar. I don't know about you all, but I am having so much fun doing all this creative stuff and making gadgets to show them all off. Blogging really is the best creative outlet. I am really having so much fun!!! Plus I am so excited that I had my first customer in my online shop last week!! YAY!!

I love that people actually stop by to visit my blog. I can't believe that I have actual followers that come to visit regularly!! All you fellow bloggers are some of the sweetest and nicest people I know. Now I am off to read some of your blogs and see all of your lovelies!! I am still so horribly behind with my reading and visiting.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Autumn Ribbons

My new Autumn Ribbons Have Arrived!!
FREE Shipping continues on Ribbon shipped within the U.S.!!!
 These sheer Orange and Black Organza Ribbons are now on sale in my Belle Maison shop. They are 1.5 inches wide. They are oh so pretty for fall decorating!! 25yards is only $7.95 including shipping in the U.S. I also have the Organza in pink and turquoise!!

How about this cute Black and White Ribbon. It is 1/2 inch wide. Only $1.25/yard with shipping included in the U.S. This one reminds me of the movie BeetleJuice.

Here's another pretty one for Halloween!! 3/8 inch wide reversible Black and Orange with pretty stitching on the edges. Only $1.20/yard including shipping in the U.S.

It has been snowing on and off all day. I bought a car after work!!! YAY!!! Nothing fancy, just an old Chevy Prism. It runs good and will hopefully be reliable to get me back and forth to work.

I also made 4 loaves of this delicious apple spice bread. Alex and I also made some home~made chili. Oh it was yummy!! My house smelled so good.
Have a good weekend!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

♥ Tea Things Tuesday ♥

Here for Tea Things Tuesday I really want to show you these two teacups I found at Marshall's years ago. They have always been one of my favorites.

I wish I had more than two.

They are so pretty with a delicate gold band around the rim.

Look at the pretty cabbage roses.

I love teacups.

Here they are again, dressed up a little bit.

I love the pretty pink color.

I wonder if there is a teapot somewhere in this pattern...oooohhh something to dream about.

Friday, October 9, 2009

♥ Happy PS!!

Happy Pink Saturday. Orchids aren't usually my favorite, but they are just stunning and very elegant. I think I will start to show you some a little more often. See the little pink faces on these blooms.

Roses of any color are my all time fave. They always have been as long as I can remember!!

I love this deep pink, and look how this one is poking it's head up above the rest.
Off to find some more of my favorite color on your blogs now.
Thanks for coming by for a visit.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chandelier Crystals

I am adding these gorgeous chandelier crystals for sale in my shop!! They are so pretty and sparkle~icious!! Plus I have a big assortment of some new ribbons arriving any day.

I am off to read some of your blogs. I have fallen so far behind in my visiting this week and I miss all my faves!! I am hoping to be able to get a few in before bed. Have to get up at 2am, so need some sleep... have had hardly any all week.

Isn't this view pretty?? It is of the Connecticut river from a couple of weeks ago when hubby and I were out for a nice drive. I am putting up some other sightseeing photos on my other blog tomorrow. Too tired now, must sleep!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tuesday Tea Party Day!!

Happy Tea Things Tuesday!!! I Love Tuesdays!!!

This is another of my pretty pink Rose teapots. Do you see a theme with my play~tea things?? So many of them have different pink roses.

I like to use this tea cup with it, even though it doesn't exactly match...actually I love using mismatched pieces together. It makes the tea party have so much prettier. I think the tea cup is "moss rose" it is from Japan.

Roses, roses everywhere!!!

Would you like a cup of tea??

I'd love your company for my tea party!!

Please visit our hostess Kim at Shabby, Pink, and Pretty. There are lots more pretty tea party blogs to read. See the all the participants Here!!

Giveaway Winner

Hello and Good morning.

I have picked the winner for my giveaway using a random number generator. The winner is Lemondrop Marie.

Congrats!!! Thanks to everyone else who entered my giveaway!!

Have a sunny day!!!

p.s. I still have FREE Shipping on most trims and ribbons in my shop. I also added this cute mini chest of drawers filled with trims, ribbons, buttons, tags, sparling mica flakes, victorian scraps, and milinery for your fun crafting projects. All the drawers are lined with vintage shelf lining paper.
Check it out Here