Thursday, November 29, 2012

~ Christmas near the Beach ~


I am loving the beachy color scheme in my living room this Christmas.

Blue.  Green.  White.

What's not to love? 
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 15, 2012

~ Ode on an Orange Leaf ~


I figure we have one week left of autumn and then it's time to deck the halls with abandon.

Here's to the beautiful colors from my porch.


Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 12, 2012

~ Simple Apple Cake ~


My heart is getting deep into holiday mode here, so I am really trying to eke out some Autumn while I can.  I made this Apple Cake a couple of weeks ago and what with all the sewing and giveaway winning, I haven't had a chance to give this cake her due. 

I actually froze half and then thawed it (sooner than I expected I would ... and not just for myself.) It was still delicious.

3 C flour                  1 C chopped pecans
2 C sugar                 1 T vanilla extract
1 t salt                      3/4 C oil
2 T cinnamon            3 eggs, beaten
1 T baking soda       Garnish: powdered sugar
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced

Mix flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix apples with pecans and combine with four mixture.  In a small bowl, mix vanilla, oil and eggs together; add to flour mixture.  Place in a lightly greased and floured Bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until tested done.  Let cool for 10 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.  After it's cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Bake, eat, enjoy.

Enjoy this season.
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

~ I Won!! ~

Please don't be confused.  I didn't win the election ... however I did win a GiveAway over at my absolutely favorite decorating blog ~

House of Turquoise
Thank you Erin!!

If you must know ... in another blog-life, I had amazing luck winning GiveAways.  Amazing. But I can't tell a lie ... I had hit a dry spell for awhile.  Mostly due to the fact that I wasn't entering as many, I suppose.

It doesn't matter because I won the above pictured, luciously cozy throw from none other than ~

Pine Cone Hill.
Thank you Annie Selke.

You know I love turquoise.

You know I love Dots.
Thank you, thank you Erin!

I am Tickled Turquoise
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 1, 2012

~ Sea-sonal Topiary ~

Whew.  I finished it.  I sewed down most of the binding last night ...

 ... while handing out candy to my four (count 'em 4!) groups of trick-or-treaters. I was actually pretty excited since that was four (count 'em 4!) times the number of groups I had last year.
My house is not really easy to get to.

 I just love my new tablerunner ... and the pattern that is available for you, so that you too can have a lovely Coastal Christmas.
No matter where you live.

It took me some time because I fused and then quilted 55 scallop shells onto my topiary.

It was a wonderful exercise in machine quilting.  That is not usually my favorite part of the process but in this case it was just one of my favorite parts.
Actually, I have to say that I enjoyed every part of making this one.

In fact, the back brings me a lot of JOY also.

So ... what do you think?  Did I do my original inspiration justice?
Thank you again to Romantic Homes ... November 2011.

Please stop by my Etsy Shop and pick up a pattern.
Now that Halloween is over you can officially jump feet first into the Holidays.

I have.
Posted by Picasa