Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, January 2017

Happy New Year dear readers!  I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and spent much quality time with your family and friends.  My holidays were a good blend of eventful and relaxing.  I love the holiday season so much and all the opportunities it provides for creating, baking, cooking, entertaining and mingling.  In fact I love it so much that I usually find myself in a bit of a funk come January.  However, just because the holidays are over and we still have a long stretch of Winter ahead doesn't mean we have to hibernate at home in sweats drowning our sorrows in red, red wine while binge watching HGTV.  OH NO...I will not let that happen to myself this Winter...no matter how much I love HGTV!  In fact I am making a conscience effort to appreciate the beauty in Winter and to get out there and enjoy it more.

Appreciating the beauty that Winter has to offer on a nature walk.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cocktail Time - Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

One of the many Christmas traditions in my family is the holiday cocktail.  My sister always makes one on Christmas Eve, my Uncle Jim would always bring one on Christmas Day and now that Dave and I host Christmas Day at our house, we are carrying on the tradition.  Last weekend Dave's sister Amy, Dave and I were at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and we had dinner at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.  I saw a cocktail on their menu called a Blackberry Sour and instantly knew I had to try it.  It was absolutely delicious and so I decided on the spot that I would let it inspire me to come up with a recipe for this year's Christmas Day cocktail.  It was an extremely difficult task (ha!), but Dave and I experimented to come up with a Blackberry Bourbon Sour all our own.   I'm sure a prepackaged sour mix would work just fine in this cocktail but decided fresh squeezed lemon juice was the way to go, as it would produce a fresher tastier cocktail.  I'm sharing the recipe we came up with below and I sincerely hope you try it and enjoy! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #3 - Ruffle Bottom T-Shirt

The ruffle bottom t-shirt and some serious wind blown hair!

Here we are, just one week until Christmas.  If you are like me, then there are a couple people on your gift list that you always struggle with what to get.  And since time moves at lightening speed at holiday time, suddenly there is only one week until Christmas and you are scrambling to get them a gift.  Gift #3 in my handmade gift series, the ruffle bottom t-shirt is a quick and great option.  One can never have enough t-shirts...am I right?  Plus, I'm willing to bet that this difficult to shop for person on your list would love a gift that is handmade by you.  Enough of my rambling, you've got a gift to make so let's get to it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #2 Sleep Mask with Do Not Disturb Pillow

Anyone that knows me well, knows how much I love Audrey Hepburn and all her movies.  Roman Holiday is my absolute favorite but I love her style in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Oh what I would give for that iconic black dress and pearls she wears in the movie...the outfit that everybody thinks of when they think of Breakfast at Tiffany's.  In fact, what I would give to rock Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe daily.  I read a magazine article about her granddaughter a few years back and remember her saying that she still has and wears some of her grandmother's cashmere sweaters.  That's because Audrey's style was so classy and timeless.  She exuded femininity and yet so many of her styles had a tomboyish vibe...a mystical phenomenon that only Audrey herself could pull off!  Oh geez!  I am rambling...but what I'm trying to say is that Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired the second gift in my handmade gift series for the holidays.  If you've seen the movie then you will recall one of the early scenes in the movie when Audrey is sleeping with a glam and adorable satin eye mask with gold trim and cute sleepy eye appliques.  I thought that this would make an adorable gift and then thought that a cute little "Do not disturb" pillow that could be hung over a door knob would make a nice accompaniment.  I set right out to experimenting and created the attached pattern so that you, dear readers, can make the sleep mask too.  I think it would make a most charming gift for any hard working, stressed out woman you know.  It's a little reminder to take some time out every once in awhile to relax, wind down and enjoy some me time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #1 The Skinny Scarf

Tis the season dear readers!  There are so many wonderful traditions at Christmastime and one of my favorites is the tradition of gift giving.  When a gift is made by hand by a loved one it is especially wonderful and heartwarming.  That is why I've been working hard on a handmade series of gifts that you can make and give your loved ones.  First up, a quick to make but oh so stylish skinny scarf!

Modeling my finished skinny scarf.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, December 2016

Hello Dear Readers.  Yet another month has flown by and we are smack dab in the middle of one of my most favorite times of year…holiday time!  This brings much excitement and more social gatherings than festive cookies…or at least it seems that way sometimes.  However, with all the excitement and busyness comes ever mounting stress, and deciding what to wear to all these festive shindigs can just add to your tightly packed stress mountain.  Take a deep breath and relax a bit, because the December Shoe of the Month is perfect attire for any social gathering!  

Waking up to these beauties under the tree on Christmas morning would be wonderful indeed!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sewing DIY - How to make a table runner with decorative trim

A table runner is another great project for someone that is learning how to sew.  They are quick and easy to make and the styling possibilities are endless.  Because of their simplicity you can make many different styles and change them up seasonally.  In this DIY, I instruct you on how to add a decorative trim to the runner but you could also make a plain runner and the results are just as lovely!