Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What is your dream home?

Victorian Grace

You were always a fan of your grandmother's amazing classy furniture. The smell of roses and brandy. The look of fine crystal and china. So it's no wonder that your dream home is a Victorian mansion. This amazing palace is not only amazingly beautiful, but its home. You made sure to spend a lot of money on making it modern yet still keep that romantic charm. Guests claim it was haunted, but nothing has bothered you or your family. You count that as a good sign. Another great attribute is the amazing library and ballroom. sure, your parties may not add up to the ones that used to grace the fine marble floors. Then again, you count quantity not quality. You love entertaining and decorating. Not only do you treasure your house but you also count it as one. Hoping that this wonderful home will be kept in the family for more generations to come.


I took a quiz on Facebook called What is Your Dream Home? This was my result! Can you believe it? Haha. I didn’t even think they would have something like this as an answer and they did! Oh it makes me so happy LOL. How is everyone? I hope you’re all well.  This is Taylor waiting for the Fairy House building to start.

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Here are some more pictures from the Renaissance Faire. I didn’t take that many :( I was caught up in looking at everything you know?

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Here we were posing as a couple of the “Seven Deadly Sins” LOL.

garden 028 Arrrr matey. It was a pirate themed weekend and there were vendors selling pirate things. This was my arrr face…LOL

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This booth had beautiful flower headband things LOL and fans. They had the most awesome hats! Like old and romantic and Victorian! They were all $100 dollars or more :( Couldn’t get one. Didn’t take pictures because usually the vendors don’t want you to because it’s like their art work you know? These I took in secret LOL.

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Even the pretty head garland things were expensive! Everything at the Renaissance Faire is expensive. We don’t really buy much LOL. Anyway, if you have a Facebook you should take that quiz! All the best!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How to make fairy houses!

So at the Renaissance Faire there was a little area where you could make crafts. Taylor and I made fairy houses! They are so cute and so easy to make! I took pictures of Taylor making his :)

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That is real moss he’s putting on the roof, and on the floor. The base is a wood round. The house is cardboard.

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garden 050 This was it all finished :) I didn’t take pictures of mine being assembled so I’ll show the pictures I took of it all finished.

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garden 043 Oh I just love it. I put those little roses along the roof to cover up the exposed white part of the roof. I also used a little green glittery branch on the roof for some extra glam ;) There are little pink dried berries and mini pine cones!

garden 046 Then the lady gave us a little gold fairy for our house! I think it looks so much nicer with glitter. Taylor opted for no glitter LOL.

garden 051 I put it under my new cloche from Pier 1! Remember how I kept going on and on about the cloches there LOL

This is what we used to make it:So the house was like a paper towel roll only wider that she cut to 5 inches tall and cut a door in it. You could use a small milk carton, you know the ones kids get from school? Like an 8 ouncer. The roof was similar cardboard material just made into a triangle shaped roof. She had a wooden round for the base with little wooden stepping stones like from a cup up stick that she glued on there.

She gave us colored dried seedpod type things to glue around the house. We used real moss for the roof and sod for the ground. Then she had various dried and colored things to glue around the house: berries, pussy willows, pinecones, bark, shells, rocks, flowers, seedpods etc. She gave us the little fairy chair that she had made it looks like an acorn thing lol and some other kind of piece of bark glued together.

We used tacky glue for everything and it all worked out well! It didn’t take me very long to make either. First glue the house to the base, then the roof to the house, then the little steps leading to the door. Then once all of that has dried apply the dried seedpods (I can’t find a picture of them but they were paper like and thin and dyed different colors) or dried petals to the house. Then glue the sod to the base around the house and the moss to the roof. After that just add all of your own bits and bobs. You don’t even have to buy anything, just go find twigs, berries, and flowers outside. Afterward she sprayed everything with glitter which was the icing on the cake! I hope if you all want to you try it! I don’t know how the real moss and sod will hold up. She said to mist it with water. I think if I make it again I will be using fake stuff LOL. All the best everyone!

Monday, April 27, 2009

So sweet

Everyone here in blogland is so sweet and kind. I received two awards recently! I am very flattered and appreciative :) First I got a Bella Award from Mona at Wsprsweetly of Cottages.


You can pass this award on to as many people whose blogs you think are really lovely and who are new to you. This helps newcomers also. If you do not have blogs new to you, just choose those you think have lovely blogs. This award is yours to take and post on your side bar with the name of the giver beneath it. I want to pass this on to everyone LOL. But here it goes…

-Natalie at Just A gal

-Lorna at Lace and Ivy Cottage

-Rosemary at Roses Petite Maison

-Tracy at I Am Me

-Sheila at The Quintessential Magpie

-Cathy at Mille Fleur

-Katherine at Country Romantic

-Donna at An Enchanted Cottage

-Cori at Gingerbead Crumbs and Company

All of you ladies are fabulous and I love visiting your blogs! I changed this award a bit. It called for 15 other blogs and I say put as many as you want.

I was also fortunate to receive the Attitude of Gratitude Award from Lorna at Lace and Ivy Cottage


This award goes to as many other ladies who express the spirit of gratitude in their blogs, as well as my gratitude to them for all their words of encouragement.

The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate as many blogs as you want that show an attitude of gratitude.
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award.
5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.

I don’t expect you all to have to follow the rules, I didn’t. LOL I changed them. Again it called for 10 blogs and I say do as many as you want! LOL

-Natalie at Just A gal for always putting on Recipe exchange Thursday

-Rosemary at Roses Petite Maison for being so sweet and generous always working on crafts for others

-Tracy at I Am Me a real nice person and she loves animals like me :)

-Mona at Wsprsweetly of Cottages because she is so amazing I <3 her!

-Cathy at Mille Fleur she is a sweetheart who leaves the nicest comments for me :)

-Susie Q at Rabbit Run Cottage she has the sweetest things to say.


You guys are all great! Happy blogging :) Thanks for being such wonderful people :)








Sunday, April 26, 2009

Look at what pretties came in the mail!

So did everyone see that cute silver shoe that Rosemary at Roses Petite Maison had made? It was so purty and I fell in love with it and I had to have it haha.

It came Saturday in the mail as well as the most awesome Marie Antoinette tags I was sooo excited! Everyone, you must check out Rosemary’s Esty called The Vintage Crown. She makes amazing things! Let’s look at this shoe!

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I put it under my dome!  Right now it is sitting on the pretty paper that it was wrapped in. I just haven’t had a moment to give it the fabulous little setting it deserves hehe.

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Oh I love it , it’s so sparkly :) And look at these beautiful tags she made! Thank you Rosemary you are the best!!! I love these!

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Everything she makes is wonderful! She also makes the most fabulous crowns! I am going to order one of those soon too! Seriously check out her Etsy you will fall in love with everything :)

Also today I went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale! I will share all those pictures next post! I made the cutest little fairy house that you have to see! Yep I have lots of pictures for next time. All the best everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Would you like to join me for a tea party?

Guess what came in the mail!

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YAY! It’s the Afternoon Tea Parties book that I won in the giveaway from Sue at Country Pleasures. She is so sweet she wrote me a lovely little note inside :) Let’s take a look at some pictures!

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This page is the “Classic English Tea.” The whole book is divided into different types of tea parties! There is Japanese tea, French tea, Mother’s Day tea, a Christmas tea, a baby shower tea, birthday tea! So many! It is so awesome!

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English Tea

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Russian Tea

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New stuff 005 Bridal Shower tea

The list goes on…isn’t it fabulous? This book was perfect to plan my birthday which is in…let me count…2 months and 5 days :) It’s a big birthday too! The big 21! Woot! But I don’t drink haha so I am celebrating with tea! So much better huh!? ;) All the best everyone! I’d love to hear about some awesome tea parties you have gone to or thrown in the past!

Sense and Sensibility and a Giveaway!

I just finished watching the movie LOL. I realized I follow the title pretty well. I don’t have much sense (rationality) when it comes to buying something that appeals to my sensibility (emotional capacity). In other words when I am shopping I am ruled my by emotions haha. I see something I like and my emotions take over and my mind is like money shmoney, who cares if you can’t buy groceries this week LOL. I want to share some of my recent “senseless” purchases ;) Although they all greatly please me!

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Since I have no sense and much sensibility and I buy things on whims I bought this little iron bird feeder! It was too cute to pass up. In the shop they had it filled with lavender! I am going to put some kind of potpourri in it eventually, probably a rose one :)

new stuff 027 I had a gift card to J.C. Penny, which I hadn’t been to in years, and this wooden shabby thing that was on sale for $3.99. And we all know I can’t pass up a sale LOL. I consider it a freebie since it was a gift card!

new stuff 028 I actually wanted a flower arrangement for a long time but I’m sure you all know they are expensive! this one was not bad. And it matched everything in my room perfectly. It really brightened up my room I highly recommend flowers in every room!

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This came from Michaels. It’s a little pedestal with a nest and eggs and some roses all underneath a dome. It was cute and guess what else…on sale! haha.

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Pier 1 has these little bird domes too. They are pretty cute :) And this wasn’t even on sale! No sense in that purchase except for that I wanted it! LOL So there we go. Did I really need all of these things-no. But did I want them-yes! Do I love them-yes! Ok money well spent even if I live on ramen and popcorn until my next paycheck haha.

So there is an awesome giveaway going on at Everything Esty. It's a tassel from The Nesting Place. You should all really take a look it is so awesome! Love tassels!

All the best everyone! I hope my post appealed to your sensibilities :) hehe.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Do you guys like this?


I bought this at Target and I just don’t know if I like it. I am having  a heck of a time finding one online though. They are all way expensive or way ugly or not what I’m looking for. This is $30 dollars and I like it but I don’t know if I love it. What do you guys think!? If you guys don’t love it I’m returning it LOL.

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Check this cute little bottle out. I got it at Goodwill for a buck. It’s a little country and as you guys have seen my stuff isn’t really country but I don’t care I just think it’s the cutest thing. I think whoever owned it before stored crayons or colored pencils in it because there is red waxy kind of stuff inside the top of the rim. I can’t find a way to get it off. Any suggestions?

I am also participating today in Recipe Exchange Thursday hosted by Just a Gal. So randomly at midnight I am craving orange juice!


So I had this idea for a recipe to share! Who likes Orange Julius? ;) This is a homemade Orange Julius!

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Morning Orange Drink

1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice

1 cup cold water

1 cup milk

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 ice cubes (or more)


Combine the first five ingredients in a blender; cover and process at high speed. Add ice cubes, a few at a time, blending until smooth. Pour into glasses; serve immediately.

4-6 servings

I’ve been making these for a long time but officially this recipe came from Readers Digest “Taste of Home: Winning Recipes” book. When I make it, it’s a little less uh…organized and more like eye balling ingredients LOL. So I wanted to give you guys an “official” version.


Enjoy everyone! Happy day!