Thursday, December 31, 2009

pouches with pearls

I've been going crazy making some sweet little safe-keeping pouches to hold the pearl hair bobbies I sell in my etsy shop. It has been a little TOO fun making them! :)

Happy New Year All!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

family, food and song

What a LOVELY Christmas we've had! We spent the 23rd with my husband's side of the family. We had a very nice time! My husband took our children and me on a car drive through his childhood. We visited his previous homes and schools, stopping to play on the playground of one of his elementary schools. The evening was spent with parents, his brother, and friends. It was full of talking, laughing, eating, and of course, opening gifts.
Christmas day dawned rainy and drizzly . . . (it snowed on December 26th :] ) but the weather couldn't dampen the day! My siblings and our family congregated at my parents' house to celebrate the day. It was filled with wonderful smells, tastes, laughter and something I absolutely LOVE . . . singing. I was raised in a musical home. My Dad plays the guitar, my Mom plays the piano, and we ALL can sing . . . in harmony. We all nestled into the livingroom and passed out the Christmas songbooks. We sang a capella (without accompaniment) song after song after song. Until our throats were dry. The energy and feeling in the room was amazing! My Mom threw out a comment I had never heard before but just love . . . "If in the year you lose your way, you'll find yourself on Christmas day" :)
One more quote from the Santa Claus in the movie "Miracle on 34th street":
"I'm not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor.
I'm a symbol.
I'm a symbol of the human ability to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives. And if you can't accept anything on faith, then you are doomed to a life dominated by doubt."
Merry belated Christmas to you! And a very Happy New Year ahead!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

snow and pearls

I awoke this morning to a blanket of snow outside. A lovely sight! Hope we'll have a white Christmas this year!
Awaiting pearls . . . placed an order this week for several types of pearls and am awaiting them anxiously. Planning on making several different sets of pearl hair bobbies and working on a new line of jewelry over the Christmas break, which will combine millinery flowers, silver, pearls and lovely ribbons. Look for the new line in my Etsy shop in January.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I created a treasury on Etsy!

Wow! That was SUPER fun! I just listed my first treasury on Etsy titled: "a campfire in winter" full of wonderful, beautiful wintry items. Etsy is SO full of lovely and interesting items!
Check it out:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

my scarf is in a treasury on Etsy!

My "first snow" scarf made it into a treasury! Click here to see the treasury:

I hear Santa shops on Etsy

Well, my kids are counting down the days to Christmas! Santa's name is buzzing through the air continually, especially from my seven year old.
A little bird once told me that Santa shops on Etsy. Browsing through items found under the "stocking stuffer" category, I came across these WONDERFUL items for *children* of all ages:

Ginger lime solid lotion in a tin! Perfect for cold (and dry) climates . . . all the convenience of lotion without the spills!

A set of 10 Lego crayons! Crayons in the shape of legos . . . what could be better for a lego-loving budding artist?!

Brown Bagger fused plastic lunch bag! The eco-updated classic brown paper bag ALL your green friends would LOVE to receive!

A cute little Gnome hair tie! The perfect addition to any enchanted-minded child's hair wardrobe!

A Tiny Twig Pencil! What kid (or nature-loving artist) hasn't dreamed of writing with a twig?![]=tags&includes[]=title

I'm hoping Santa will remember me when he does his shopping on Etsy this year! I put the following item on my wish list:

Petite posts! Small 6mm pink coral earrings bezeled in sterling silver! These are just LOVELY! What else can I say?

Well, I'm off to pack lunches, run kids to school, bake cookies, whip up a batch of my mother-in-law's DELIGHTFUL tomato bisque . . . and enjoy the season overall! Have a WONDERFUL day!

Friday, December 11, 2009

worth watching

Just watched this movie a couple weeks ago. For any Jane Austen lovers, this movie is worth watching . . . if only once :)
"Lost in Austen": a British miniseries about a modern-day girl who trades places with Elizabeth Bennet and ends up trying to make her new life work out like the book, Pride and Prejudice.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

girl's day out

some (but not all) finds from the Lamb's Gate (thank you, Mom!)

Last Saturday, my Mom, sister Emily and I went on the Grand Ledge, MI Holiday Home Tour. We've been doing this for at least five years now, maybe seven or more, we've lost count. Our day starts by having breakfast at Sweet Linda's in downtown Grand Ledge.

Mom, Emily and I hungry for delicious food!

The yummiest thing at Sweet Linda's: a frostbite . . . hot chocolate, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings!

Next, it's on to the Lamb's Gate, a cute vintage and antiques store. LOADS of great finds!

Carol Lamb (on right), owner of Lamb's Gate . . . find it online at

Next, on to the Opera House to see decorated Christmas trees, Nativity sets and miniatures.

Houses on the tour . . . full of history and decorated for the holidays.

Our day ended by heading back to Sweet Linda's for a late lunch, hitting The Lamb's Gate for a few other treasures we couldn't live without and then heading home.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Grandma's Chocolate Lebkuchen Recipe

Just mixed up a batch of this yesterday.

Christmas here just wouldn't be Christmas without Grandma's Chocolate Lebkuchen! . . . never had Lebkuchen before? It's kind of like an orangy, spicy, really chewy brownie.
It takes a bit of patience to make it as you start it one day and finish three days later, but SO worth trying!!! Yum!

1 1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp. water
2 cups chocolate chips
2 eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
2 3/4 cup sifted white flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Combine sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan. Bring to boil and dissolve sugar thoroughly. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Let cool until pan is no longer warm. (It is SO important that the mixture is cool at this point. When you add the eggs, if it is too warm, the eggs will cook and curdle and the lebkuchen will be ruined) Add orange juice concentrate and beaten eggs. Sift flour, spices, baking powder and soda. Add to chocolate mixture. Combine well. Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature for 3 days.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Spread lebkuchen into a lightly oiled 9"x13" pan. Bake 35-40 mins. Let cool completely and frost with a mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Store in a tightly covered container. May be refrigerated. After 24 hours, the flavors will have mellowed.

*my grandma adds candied fruits to this . . . my kids prefer it without . . . this is heavenly with 1 1/2 cups finely chopped dried apricots and dried cherries!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

thinking of spring . . . already

Looking outside today, everything is brown . . . not yet winter where everything is blanketed in snow . . . and not fall anymore . . . no pretty leaves on the trees, they're all bare now . . .

I've been thinking of my flower garden in spring . . . I know, it's too soon to think about spring! Here in Michigan, winters are cold! . . . and LONG . . . usually I get the itching for spring about late January, early February. I'm sure once the snow flies, I'll feel different . . . wanting to stay warm and cozy inside, drinking hot chocolate on cold mornings, LOVING winter . . . for now, I'll hold onto my mental images of the spring garden . . .

Fondly, Kate

Monday, November 30, 2009

my first blog

hello to all!
I am a thirty-something wife and mother. I remember in 8th grade learning how to write computer programs: 100 home, 200 got to . . . etc. Technology has come SO FAR since then!!!
Starting a blog is COMPLETELY new territory for me! Luckily I have children much more adept at computer technology than me who have been more than willing to help me along the way . . . XO to my kids!

I've just opened a shop on Etsy. I will be carrying flower hair clips, nest hair clips . . . and other little lovelies, including lacy scarves.

My shop address is:

Didn't realize how much work would have to be done before actually LISTING items in my shop! Am so glad to have it up and going! And am looking forward to spending more evenings with my family now! ;)