Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Arrived - Hyacinths in Bloom

I love the look and scent of Hyacinths which are finally in bloom even if it is indoors. The blue are lovely in a milk glass vase 

The pink are a bit less fragrant but fit perfectly in the hobnail milk glass vase on the coffee table in the living room 
The lovely little stamen in the center of each bloom look like they were touched with a tip of a paint brush. Thank you Mother Nature for these beauties.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Elegant Silver Anniversary Card

Who said that something pretty had to be complicated or elaborate (although it could). I prefer a simple and elegant approach to cards and made this one in under 6 minutes. The following is the full recipe along with product list and links to sources where available:

  • A2 size card base (4.25 x 5.50 inches) cut and folded with a top fold opening, like a notepad
  • Base silver glitter layer from Dollar Tree glitter cardstock cut to 4.125 x 5.30 inches
  • Base layer attached with 1/8 inch dimensional foam adhesive
  • Corners of both the base card and silver glitter layer rounded with 1/8 inch We-R-Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (yellow handles)
  • White banner embossed using Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder called Swiss Dots
  • Flower is cut in silver glitter cardstock using Memory Box Rose die for the base and white cardstock for the outline top layer, separate die
This type of simple design would be great for any mass produced cars or invitations - alter the colors for Golden Anniversary or a wedding announcement. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review - Three Food Items from Dollar Tree

After repeated requests, I busted out three of the food items I picked up from Dollar Tree in the last couple of weeks to make a very simple but tasty large appetizer/dinner.

Easy Summer Evening Outdoor Centerpiece - Dollar Tree

I picked up 12 Solar Powered lights for the garden at Dollar Tree yesterday and while stashing them in the house before popping them in the garden, I put them in this divided bucket. This would be a perfect centerpiece for a summer night party. Kids events can be in sand castle buckets or for a more elegant outdoor dinner, three in a glass vase down the center of the table would create a lovely ambience and illumination at the same time.
Don't see these at your local Dollar Tree?  You can order them online and have them shipped to the store, only 6 minimum order or fill your entire garden with a case of 48. Still a fraction of  the cost. I have had ours in the garden for the last 5 years and just now replacing them because they got caught in the raised beds over the harsh winter. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Palace Buffet - Vernon CT

Admittedly not the best of my food photos but I wanted to do a first impression review of The Palace Buffet that opened on April 1st, 2015 in Vernon CT.
My husband and I were just driving by on a Saturday afternoon when we noticed the flags billowing in the wind a new sign on the storefront so we took a little detour. Paulie went in to check it out while I was vlogging in the car. Upon his return a few minutes later, he gushed at the beautiful sushi on the buffet and said the next time we were in the mood, we should try this place.  Little did I know that the mood would strike us just few hours later, well perhaps 5 or so.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Polish Haul - Butter London, OPI & Ciate

butter LONDON retails for $10 each but I got them at 50% off and the #Petticoat shade is a lovely reminder of Spring 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fish & Chips

I was rearranging the second freezer and saw we had some Wild Caught Haddock Fillets which were ideal for a Fish & Chips night. Pulled out my favorite 1/8 size sheet pans and some twice cooked fries along with a homemade coleslaw was just the right combination.