Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Amidst all of the holiday stress and creative energy, I needed a laugh. A good friend of mine shared this with me. Take a minute and smile.


Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this, especially all of the ladies who bake for fund raising events:

Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Ladies' Auxiliary in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do it until the last minute.

She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix and quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack up for school.

When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed, "Oh dear, there is no time to bake another cake!"

This cake was important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her new community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake.

She found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect.

Before she left the house to drop the cake by the bake sale and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home.

When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell phone and called her mom.

Alice was horrified! Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed!

All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back.

The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a nearby neighbor and try to have a good time.

She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice was a newcomer and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having already RSVP'd , she couldn't think of a believable excuse to stay home.

The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old south and to Alice's horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert; Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake!

She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "What a beautiful cake!"

Alice, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent member of the community) say,

"Thank you, I baked it myself.."

Alice smiled and thought to herself, "G-d is good."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


In the past while I have become fascinated with the world of felt. I have been using felt for years, but never to create such lovely and original items.
Even though felt and felting are two different things I have combined them in this collection. It is just to whet your appetite and expose you to the lovely items that abound out there. They run the gamut from hats, bags, jewelery, toys, ornaments, etc. Have a look.
I have focused on toys, well, just because they are such fun.

1. www.feltonthefly.etsy.com 5. www.littleloveblue.etsy.com
2. www.kaysk9s.etsy.com 6. www.harvestmoonbyhand.etsy.com
3. www.babazoobee.etsy.com 7. www.knittingdreams.etsy.com
4. www.pipapiep.etsy.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I had never heard of an ACEO until recently. It is an original piece of art done by the artist on a card size format.
It isn't easy for everyone to purchase large paintings. Making a collection of aceo's and displaying them on easels or framed adds a beautiful touch to any decor.
I am sure that you can find the perfect gift for someone dear in this collection.

1.www.billingsleyrose.etsy.com 6.www.danlyespaintings.etsy.com
2.www.sewdanish.etsy.com 7.www.artbymsr.etsy.com
3.www.purr.etsy.com 8.www.kirstensteinfineart.etsy.com
4.www.robinmariapedrero.etsy.com 9.www.alexandrasstudio.etsy.com
5.www.katiechristo.etsy.com 10.www.tamaragarvey.etsy.com

Monday, November 1, 2010


It's that time of year again. What to buy for whom. Usually I love to find items that, even though they are reasonably priced will warm someones heart.

Then I thought maybe this time I should focus on something else. I found myself thinking of the most important women in our lives - our grandmothers, mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, etc. It would be appropriate to find something to help them stay toasty warm and enhance their loveliness.

Here is a collection of beautiful, lovely shawls. I love them all.

1.www.ayca.etsy.com 2.www.theprettyone.etsy.com
3.www.jasminecreations.etsy.com 4.www.sweetknitting.etsy.com
5.www.levintovich.etsy.com 6.www.tylerraesboutique.etsy.com