Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

A new year is dawning...Are you ready? I'm not one to make resolutions, but I am one to look back at all the blessings I have been given in my life this year. I am looking forward to another year filled with family, friends, good health and happiness. I wish you all the same! Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No White Christmas!

We did not have a white Christmas this year, but we are certainly having a white day after--We are in the middle of a huge blizzard which could drop anywhere from 12" to 18" depending upon where you are located. I think we are in the lower end of that estimate, but with blowing winds it will probably seem like more.

Our Christmas Eve was wonderful. My Dad always spends it with us and after Church we cook up lots of fish, zeppoles, and linguine (with clam sauce, of course). The kind of fish varies from year to year, but we always have clams, shrimp, baccala (cod) salad which I make, & calamari salad. This year we also had some lobster cakes, stuffed scallops, and spicy shrimp rolled in corn tortillas!

Christmas Day was another food fest with friends...tons of appetizers, manicotti, ham with sweet potato casserole, and deserts to sink a ship! Lots of laughing, too!

All this work and eating was fun, but now I am ready to get back to crafting! Accordingly, I have put my whole Etsy shop on sale for 40% off.  Be sure to use the coupon code   POSTCHRISTMAS40SALE which is also listed in my shop announcement and is valid until midnight Dec. 31.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 Well, this week is turning out way busier than I had planned. Our guest list is up to 9, so we are an even dozen at our house for Christmas Day! Christmas Eve will be spent at our house with my Dad. We will go to Church at 5 pm and then come home and cook & eat all the yummy fish dishes that is the tradition at our house. Above you can see our tree this year...sorry I cut off the angel's head in the photo! Below are a few of our special ornaments.
 This is the first ornament my husband & I purchased together when we first were married. It always goes front and center on our tree!
This ornament is over 50 years old! It has been my favorite since I was a little girl. Every year that it makes it back onto the tree without breaking is a gift!
Here's a little reindeer corner.
 Some of our Santas. Notice the Elvis Santa with the sunglasses! Cowboy Santa, of course! Big Santa holding the burlap bag is about 18 years old....I made him out of a log and wood pieces!
Another oldie! Can you tell what he is made of ? If you guessed oatmeal boxes, paper towel rolls, gift wrap rolls and're right!

Best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Monday!

 Sorry, I missed posting on Friday...I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! On Thursday, we picked up our daughter from school--she is so happy to be home for about a month. Last night at dinner she told me that even the things that I cook that she isn't that fond of, taste great! That was a big compliment! We've hugged, laughed, talked a lot, laughed some more and started our Christmas baking together. She has grown up so much since she started College in September...and my heart is warm because she has grown up, but not grown "away"! If possible, we are all closer!
Last night we watched our favorite Christmas season movie, "It's a Wonderful Life!". We can recite a lot of the parts because we know it so well! 

The photos are of the last two custom orders, completed and ready to mail! Now I will focus more on our home and family...I will be back soon to share some photos of our decorations!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Sale at Craftymoose!

I had a pretty good year on Etsy,  so.I have decided my present to shoppers is to offer 25% off all items in my Holiday Section!  25% off will be refunded via Paypal. Regular shipping applies. Item will be mailed promptly, but delivery by Christmas is not guaranteed!

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

One World One Heart is Coming!

The fifth and final One World One Heart Event has been announced by Lisa of A Whimsical Bohemian. This international blog hop is all about meeting people and making new friends. I joined for the first time last year and have been blessed with many blog friends that I have continued to correspond with. It is a tremendous undertaking and last year there were over 1000 participants! Visit Lisa's blog for all the rules and information!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday and The Aurora Borealis

I love Alaska! I've been there twice, but I have never been fortunate enough to see the Aurora Borealis. When our ACEO group chose the Northern Lights as the next challenge subject, I knew I'd have to jump in early. Try as I might, I could not get a really good photo of the sparkle in this little art card. I used acrylic paint & Pearl Ex powders to add some glitz.

This week just literally flew by for me. Wednesday, I did another 4 hour show at a local business for their employees. I didn't know what to expect (with only about 35 employees), but was happy to have sold an angel & some ornaments.

Now, we start watching the weather for the day we pick up our daughter.  She is done on Thursday, but the dorms don't close until Saturday, so at least we have a little leeway to go a different day if the weather is bad. Going back, the dorms reopen on a Sunday so that's it, no choice!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I hope to get some decorating done this weekend, but will leave decorating the tree for our daughter.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Monday!

Woke up to snow flurries and a slight dusting on the ground this morning! Then the sun came out and most of it disappeared. It is very cold & windy!

The craft show went well on Saturday--I even sold a few french beaded items!  It's always fun because I know so many people who come & it gives us a chance to catch up.

Today is a day of running around. I just got back from driving some elderly friends to a doctor appointment and after lunch I have to go to Connecticut to pick up my crafts from that show.  This Wednesday I have a 4-hour fair at a business who run it for their employees to shop. Never did this before-should be interesting. After that I can finally start decorating!

Hope you all had a great weekend...Oh, I almost forgot, above is a photo of the Poinsettia Scarf that I crocheted for my daughter from some directions I got from Caron International. I used regular worsted yarn (because I have a ton of it) so it is not quite as soft and flexible, but I may steam it  to soften it up. I'll let her decide. Working on #2 scarf now!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter's Coming!

There is no better time to enjoy this delicious chili then on a cold night. It is super easy! I think the original recipe came out of a magazine a long time ago. Enjoy!

Turkey & Black Bean Chili

1 pound ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 shredded carot
1 fresh hot green chili pepper (such as jalapeno) seeded and minced
(We leave this out--we like to add our own hot sauce later)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (we add lots more!)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 16 oz. cans black beans, drained & rinsed

In a dutch oven over medium heat, cook the turkey, onion, celery , carrot, chili pepper if using & garlic, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. About 6 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any liquid. Add chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook & stir over medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes & beans & bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer uncovered for 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring occasionally until flavors have blended.

I'm off to a craft show all day tomorrow and half of my inventory went to Conneticut for a Friday night, Saturday & Sunday show. Needless to say this is my biggest weekend! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Playing in the snow & ice!

Yup, that's right....I'm defrosting my freezer! Oh why, oh why didn't we buy a frost-free one? I have to defrost this huge thing twice a year, and this time I let it go way too-o-o long! I usually do it sometime during the summer, but I was too busy riding camels & getting our daughter ready for college.  I actually had to use a snow scraper & hair dryer to speed things up. There is so much more room in it...I think I'll go shopping tomorrow!

Speaking of college, if I can brag for one moment...Final Grade in her major (Psychology) A!!!!! Exempted from the final exam! I am thrilled especially since I had heard that the first semester especially is really hard for them & their grades usually go down! Ok, brag over, thanks!

It is a balmy 60 degrees, windy and raining like crazy. I have to leave shortly to bring half of my craft items to Connecticut for a show this weekend. While those things are there, I will be (hopefully) selling the other half locally at a show in town.  After this weekend, I have one short show next Wednesday & then I can start decorating our house!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!