A Special Gift

December 16, 2009 at 9:50 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tony gave me this special little Christmas gift early…

A Michael Jackson poster for my office!

It says, “If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with,” Michael Jackson.

Isn’t that so sweet of him?  And a great addition to my (kinda drab) office! There is a small shelf project in the works to hold some things in the office that will go under the Keep Calm poster, so don’t worry, the space will fill in even better.  And, stay tuned!

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Birthday and Decor!

December 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My birthday was last week! 

I got so many awesome gifts, so here is just a sneak peek:

Lots of awesome clothes!

Funky jewelry to go with...

And gorgeous diamond earrings!  Can you guess who they are from?  (Yes, I have still not perfected photos of jewelry!)

My brother also got me the book, “The Magoc of Writing: How to Write and Publish the Book that is Inside You,” by Linda J. Falkner.  So, now I have another project I’m working on 😉

Among many great gifts from family and friends, I also got a few decor related things to keep my occupied in the house for a while.  Check out this funky antique alligator trunk:

Is that not totally rad?! 

I had drooled over this trunk earlier this fall while browsing antiques.  Sweet, eh? 

Thanks everybody!  Now I have some fun projects to play with!

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Homemade Fortune Cookies

February 16, 2009 at 10:18 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I read on-line how to make my very own homemade fortune cookies recently.  I thought this would make a cute, personalized gift for Tony for Valentine’s Day.  They turned out pretty well, so I thought I would share this little recipe with you.

You will need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2/3 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Start by making 20 paper strips with fortunes or messages written on them.  Then:

  • Cream together egg and sugar.
  • Beat in butter and vanilla.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together and pour into mixture.  Mix.
  • Beat in milk.
  • Heat nonstick pan on medium-low.
  • Drop a spoonful or batter onto pan and form into a circle.
  • Cook until lightly brown, about 30 seconds.
  • Flip with spatula and cook another 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Lift cookie and insert fortune with first cooked side on the outside, and fold in half, and hang over a rim or edge of a glass.
  • When cookies are cooled, lay on cookie sheet and bake at 250 for 15-18 minutes.
Here I am in the process.  Some of the cookies are hanging on the edge of the bowl.  This is a very good technique for forming the cookies!

Here I am in the process. Some of the cookies are hanging on the edge of the bowl. This is a very good technique for forming the cookies!

Overall, the recipe worked very well.  The cookies were still a bit soft, however.  But, they tasted good.  I think that this is one of those things where you get better with practice.  My first cookies were too small and got a little too brown, but by the end they looked like real fortune cookies, as you can see here:

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Tony thought they were great and he loved the sweet messages I wrote.

If you want to try this out, check out the full recipe and tips here:  http://www.wabisabibaby.com/blog/index.php/2009/01/fortune-cookies-recipe/

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Vintage Cuteness

January 27, 2009 at 9:30 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The past weekend my dad and his wife brought us a little vintage present. They had been cleaning and we about to get rid of this find when they realized Tony and I would probably love it. Which we did! What they found was a set of eight drink glasses and a party dish in a carrier. The glasses have gold leaves on them. So neat!

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Isn’t this great!? It was just sitting down there in their basement! This will be great for our next party.

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Little Christmas Shelf

January 22, 2009 at 9:32 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

For Christmas, my Secret Santa (my sister-in-law-to-be, Jess) got me the cutest little shelf.  We have been debating where to hang it since then!  After we arranged some things the other day, we found the perfect place in the living room.  The colors match perfectly!  She also got me the little diamond studded candle and the LOVE sign that are sitting on the shelf.  It was just so adorable I had to post it.  Take a look!

I know its dark, but this is the shelf hung in the corner of the living room behind the Eames lounger.

I know its dark, but this is the shelf hung in the corner of the living room behind the Eames lounger.

My Christmas gifts from Jess!

My Christmas gifts from Jess!

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A Touch Of Color

December 24, 2008 at 3:23 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There doesn’t seem to be much color around here lately.  The skies are dreary and snow is blowing accross the roads. Again.  Ugh.  But, amongst the dullness of these winter days, I have some very pretty flowers to share.  A client came into my office today and to thank me for the Christmas gifts our company had for his children, he had brought be a small bouqet of gorgeous flowers.  Hope these cheer your day as much as they did mine!

 

I took them home and added them to a vintage wine bottle.  It was all we had that was skinny enough, but I ended up loving it!

I took them home and added them to a vintage wine bottle. It was all we had that was skinny enough, but I ended up loving it!

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