Friday, October 22, 2010

A Tag for the Gingerbread Coffee Mix!

Here is a cute little tag for you to copy and use as a tie-on for the Gingerbread Coffee Mix.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Delicious Gingerbread Coffee

Our church is having a Holiday Bake Sale the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I am going to make this Gingerbread Coffee Mix as one of my contributions. It is delicious....

2 cups creamer
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cloves
3/4 cup instant coffee

Mix all ingredients together well and store in an air-tight container.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sneak Peak.... My Entries In the Old Farmhouse Winter Holiday Celebration

The Old Farmhouse team on Etsy is going to have a Winter Holiday Celebration. I managed to get my four entries finished in between working on Megan's wedding!!! I tried to come up with four unique pieces that would add to any one's prim holiday decor.

The first is an "altered" gumball machine. I thought his bright red base was just perfect as it was. The globe is painted with a jolly folk art snowman. He is wearing a cotton sock cap that is dusted with glass glitter and has a rusty snowflake and rusty bell for embellishments.

Number two is a hand painted gourd Belsnickle. This Alabama gourd has been turned into an "old world" type Santa and is riding in a cinnamon rusted metal sleigh. His hang tag and two rusty bells are tied to the stem that I left attached.

These "everlasting candles" are made from wood. I found them in a wonderful shop while on vacation in Florida last summer and they have been patiently waiting to be painted. I created a new design that I call "Silent Night" just for them. The grubby hang tag is hand-lettered and has a snippet of vintage hymnal music attached.

Finally, here is an old coal shovel that has been repurposed as a door hanger for the winter season. This is another new design for this year's holiday season. I wrapped the handle in homespun and added a rusty bell and cookie cutter for a bit of prim whimsy.
The celebration will begin Sunday... you can find other entries by typing "WHCOFG" in the search bar on Etsy's home page.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Megan's Beautiful Brooch Bouquet

Our precious daughter, Megan, will soon marry the love of her life, Kendall. On a December evening they will have a lovely ceremony amid twinkling candles, iced branches and peacock feathers. Adding to the sparkle will be her beautiful brooch bouquet. We worked on it together, finding vintage brooches at antique shops, online and even in thrift stores. Adding to those are pins that belonged to Megan, my dear mother and some of my own. A few from her favorite aunt and cousin are on their way to join this collection. The bouquet is anchored in a Victorian style silver tussie mussie that has a charmed engraved with the couples monogram hanging from it. Won't this be a special remembrance of her wedding?