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Monday, December 30, 2013

Favorite Posts of the Year



It's fun to review the past year, see what projects I've done and see which ones were most popular with you,my followers. I get so many of my ideas from my fellow bloggers and I truly appreciate the way blog friends encourage and support each other.

So here are my top 5 posts from 2013-








A sad  follow up to my post about these lovely serving pieces- I took most of these into my antique store a month or so ago. When I went in last week they were all gone! Sold? Sadly, no. Some unkind shopper helped themself to all of my silverware without paying! I know it's a reality of doing retail, but isn't it sad that people will behave this way? Oh well, there's always more treasures to find!

Thanks for visiting my blog this past year and all of your kind comments
Happy New Year!
Karee

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Crystal Snowballs


Have you ever seen these chunky, icy looking votives? 

They are made by Orrefors Kosta Boda a Swedish glassworks company.  Orrefors and Kosta Boda were two separate companies each founded in the 1700's. They joined forces in the 1980's. Their designs have won thousands of awards and their pieces have been featured in museums around the world. Here's a little info from their website.

"Handblown glass has been produced in this part of Sweden for more than two and a half 


centuries. The story of Orrefors begins with iron and the forest. As early as 1726, Lars Johan


 Silversparre received permission to build a furnace and a smithy at "the beautiful river that 


flows into Lake Orrenas". The iron works was given the name Orrefors, which means "the 


Orre waterfall". Production at Orrefors did not become significant until the 1910s, when 


Johan Ekman of Gothenburg, who had highly ambitious production plans and had realized 

the importance of design, acquired the glassworks. A number of proficient glass artisans 

were recruited. Ekman wanted to place production on a more artistic basis, and in 1916 he, 

therefore, engaged the services of Simon Gate, the portrait and landscape painter. 

The artist Edward Hald arrived in the following year. This laid the foundation for a vital 

tradition of Orrefors, in the form of close cooperation between skilled glassblowers and 


gifted designers."


I started collecting their snowball votives many years ago.  I love the way a small candle glows from within and brings fire to the ice.




I have found several of them over the years while thrifting, but you can buy them new in gift stores or on their website in the $20-30 range.

I've mixed the snowballs in with some mercury glass to really bring out the sparkle!
They make a nice wintery entrance in my front foyer.
For more information check out their website

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Easy Neighbor Gift

I mentioned in my last post that I'm going away for Christmas. This put me in a quandary for neighbor gifts. I usually like to give something homemade but I knew I'd be short on time this year. So, I admit, I found this idea on Pinterest and I liked it's simplicity! My family doesn't drink alcohol, but we love Martinelli's sparkling cider.


I added a festive tag.

 Here's  hoping our friends and neighbors have a "cheery" holiday!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Downsizing the Decor

I usually love going all out in decorating for Christmas, but this year we are heading to Atlanta to spend the holiday with my daughter and her husband in their new home. So I "downsized" my decorating and just got out just a few "essentials".

A little sparkle in the front entry...



Some candles in the living room...


 A glittering table top tree...
And a nativity, because, that's what's it's really all about, isn't it?


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Soda Cracker Toffee


Here is a  favorite treat that I like to make and share during the holidays. It's easy to make and is sort of a cross between a cookie and candy. If you've never tried it, it tastes a bit  like caramel and chocolate dipped pretzels - you know, crunchy, sweet and salty all at once!


It just takes a few ingredients, butter, brown sugar, saltine crackers, chocolate chips and nuts.
 Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Lay out 48 crackers into the sheet.

 Combine 3 sticks of butter and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar in a large saucepan. Melt over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 4 minutes.

 Pour the caramel mixture over the crackers and spread evenly. Place into a 375 degree oven and bake for 5 minutes. It will bubble.

Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips. 

Let the chips sit for a couple of minutes until they have melted and then spread evenly over the crackers. 

 Now sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped nuts. I use either walnuts or pecans.
Cool completely! This will take a couple of hours in the fridge or over night at room temperature. Then break into pieces. This will make 48 pieces if you break along the cracker lines.

 Here it is bagged up and ready to give as a thank you treat to the members of my church choir.

Enjoy!



Soda Cracker Toffee
48 saltine crackers
3 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Lay out 48 crackers into the sheet.

 Combine 3 sticks of butter and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar in a large saucepan. Melt over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 4 minutes. Pour the caramel mixture over the crackers and spread evenly. Place into a 375 degree oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.Let the chips sit for a couple of minutes until they have melted and then spread evenly over the crackers.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped nuts.Cool completely.This will take a couple of hours in the fridge or over night at room temperature. Then break into pieces. This will make 48 pieces if you break along the cracker lines.




Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas House 2013

This past week was the annual Christmas Idea House in Gilbert, Arizona. My women's club works all year designing, creating, making and baking to put on a fabulous showhouse that raises money to give scholarships to needy students and local charities. 

Here are some highlights of the decor and goodies we had for sale. Many thanks to those who attended and support our efforts!

 This glittering tree was featured in the dining room.




 One of our members made 3 different playhouses entirely out of felt. Adorable!



 We get some of our ideas from following your blogs. I wonder if  Debbie over at Confessions of a Plate Addict recognizes these Frenchy dishtowels ?


I wanted to take this entire chandelier with it's crystal stars and acorns home with me!


We made 140 pounds of lucious homemade fudge.
Here are just a few of the talented ladies who make this event possible. 

Whew! Now I can move on to decorating my own house!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Tags

Are you like me and you like the gifts under the tree to match or coordinate? It actually makes wrapping simpler if you limit yourself to one or two papers and one or two ribbons. I always have brown craft paper and red wrapping paper on hand, they work for almost any occasion. Then I embellish with cute tags and colorful ribbon. 


I've had fun making tags lately, downloading vintage images, printing on cardstock and adding a bit of glitter.



I found this bolt of grosgrain ribbon on sale last summer, $14.00 for 100 yards. That's only 14 cents a yard!


So there's the plan for my gifts this year, 
two down...

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