Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here are some pictures of my Christmas decor. I am not nearly done. The tree needs some more baubles, and the mantle is missing some stuff . My goal is to visit Pineridge Hollow in the next week and pick up some items like twinkle lights and maybe some fake twiggy stuff for my vase to match the sofa table arrangement. Home Sense is another store I love that Im sure will have some Christmas items I may want to get my hands on.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Chilean rescue workers broke through into a chamber half a mile underground today where 33 miners have been trapped for more than two months.
A crowd made up of hundreds of foreign and local journalists, family members and government officials erupted into cheers and chanted “Long Live Chile” as alarm bells signalled that the drill had broken through at 8:05 a.m. local time.
“It’s unbelievable; it’s an emotion you can’t explain,” said Jeff Hart, an operations manager at Layne Christensen, a drilling company assisting in the efforts. “It was extremely hard, harder than we expected.”
Authorities will spend about six hours today preparing for the rescue site before running a camera down the shaft to determine if the well is stable enough to pull the men out without first lining the walls with a metal casing, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told reporters today at the mine in northern Chile. The minister said yesterday that withdrawal of the miners may begin as soon as Oct. 12.
The miners have been trapped since Aug. 5 after an access tunnel caved in at Cia. Minera San Esteban Primera SA’s San Jose copper and gold mine in the Atacama region. Chilean state-run Codelco, BHP Billiton Ltd. and other mining companies assisted in what has become the world’s longest-ever mine rescue.
Family Members React
Family members and union officials have urged rescue workers to install the casing to ensure the miners’ safety. Trucks with the casing arrived at the mine this morning.
“We’ve waited for two months, we can wait another two days,” Norma Laques, whose son Jimmy Suarez, 19, is the youngest of the trapped miners.
The miners’ only contact with the outside world has been through tiny drill holes into which people on the surface send down food, water, medicine and games such as dominoes.
As engineers prepared the rescue shaft, workers on the surface were rehearsing plans to extract the miners and transport them to a nearby hospital. Medical facilities will be ready by Oct. 11.
The miners are split into three groups. The strongest will come out first in case they are needed to go back down to assist others, the minister said yesterday. The weakest will then come out, with the rest to follow.
Workers will need two or three days to prepare cranes and other equipment for the extraction and as long as eight days if they opt for the casing, Golborne said.
When the rescue starts, a tube 24 inches wide will be lowered into the hole, which measures 26 inches at its narrowest point, Enes Zepeda, an engineer and director of the Codelco’s supervisors’ union, said at an event on Oct. 7. Once they start pulling out the men, it will take about 90 minutes per person to complete the rescue, he said.
Let's pray for these miners and miner's families that they get out safely.....
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
After your pom poms are created, head to the local craft store to pick up some rug backing. You'll find it near the yarn where you can buy a pre cut size. If you need more, many fabric counters have a bolt in back if you ask for an extra large piece to be cut (if you're feeling daring). Simply tie on your pom poms and that's pretty much all there is to it!
Would you ever make your own rug in this method? Why or why not? I may do one for my craft show booth flooring in my business colors
(Image: Etsy Seller: CustomPhotoProps)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am back from my 2 week whirl-wind in Italy. I had a fabulous time and visited many relatives. I miss them already and cant wait until the day I return...Dont know when that will be. My kids missed me alot, as I did miss them. My cousin's wedding there was picture perfect. Beautiful food, beautiful setting. We visited Rome, my father's hometown Maiera in Calabria, visited Lanciano in Abruzzo where my uncle lives, Edina where the wedding was held. We went to see Padre Pio's hometown as well. It was very hard to leave , alot of tears....
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I got my hair done last night at my favorite new salon Vixin here in Winnipeg. I went red violet and also got some side bangs. This color is very rich and quite vibrant. I really like it.
My husband is more set than me....he needed a suit and slacks, so we purchased them off ebay believe it or not. A Ricky Freeman wool suit that actually fit him with a few alterations , and also a pair of pinstripe Versace pants. He looks hot...Quite the deal too!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
You know your a mom if you make coffee and drink it cold
You know your a mom when you cut up every ones food at the table while your out at a restaurant
You know your a mom when you have 2 inch roots because you cant find the time to touch them up
You know your a mom if your lipstick is broken in half but you still manage to use it
You know your a mom if you find yourself drinking from a juice box
You know your a mom when you ask your child "How does this look on me sweetie?"
You know your a mom if while using the bathroom, you have constant knocking and banging on the other side of the door
You know your a mom if you wait for everyone else to eat and consume the leftovers on their plates
You know your a mom when your kids throw up and you catch it
You cant bear to give away baby clothes- its so final
And most of all you know your a mom if by the end of the day you would do it all over again, and wish they could stay in you arms as your little baby
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mothers Day Giveaway! I am giving away a $20 soap package on Monday May 3rd. Please leave a comment below and leave a comment. What's your most favorite memory that you shared with your mom? My favorite memory is when I was little , every morning she would have her cafe latte and put her feet up on the chair I was sitting.. She would quickly realize I was sitting there already and motioned to move them off to another chair. But I would always move over a bit and say " its ok mom, you can put your feet here".... This seems insignificant,but to me it was a feeling of comfort and love to have mom's feet resting right next to me. Its the little things in life that your children will remember.....now let's hear yours :)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I also received my rug from Crate and Barrel the other day. I love it and wouldn't change it...It is super soft on your feet and the pile is nice and thick. The quality for the price does not beat what we have here. Great first time experience ordering from them. I took pictures but will post them later today to show you what the rug looks like. I am also happy that I decided on the larger 9 x 12 size, and not 8x10. The 8x10 would have been too small.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Ill be bringing donut soaps this year. They were not available last Spring but will be there for sure. Vanilla Sprinkle and Blueberry will be the choices among the donuts. If time permits, I may be able to squeeze in another choice.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
How to be a Good Neighbour
When attending craft shows, there are some simple things to keep in mind that will make you a better neighbor. Remember that there are others at the event who, like you, are there to make money. To make the best of things you should try to acknowledge the needs and rights of your fellow crafters.
Stay within your allotted space
If your display needs that extra “couple of inches”, buy it from the promoters before the event. Often you will need to purchase a “double” booth or at least an additional half space. Check with the show promoter to see what options you have regarding measurements. If you do not want to incur that added expense, you may need to redesign your display so that it will fit in the space you purchase. Whatever you do, do not extend your display into your neighbor’s space! The quickest way to make an enemy at a show is to steal space from a fellow exhibitor. And it is stealing. When you put your display into another crafter’s booth, you are taking space that someone else has paid for, which is theft, not to mention, rude.
Be friendly, but don’t be a pest
It’s fine to visit with other exhibitors at a show; in fact I love meeting new crafters! But don’t stand around talking if a customer walks in. Remember, craftspeople are there to make money. They can’t do that if someone is continually visiting or blocking customers from viewing their wares.
Give yourself enough time
Setting up a booth at a craft fair takes time. It takes more time for some than for others. Whether it takes you a few minutes or several hours, be sure you allot enough time to finish before the customers arrive. Boxes blocking aisles keep customers from visiting other booths. Even if you are not in the aisles, setting up a display in your space while the show is open distracts customers. This can hurt sales for yourself and your colleagues.
To sum it up, be aware that there are others attending craft events beside yourself. Be courteous to fellow craftspeople and keep in mind that what may work best for you may infringe upon other exhibitors. Too many negative happenings can make enemies of your fellow craftspeople, or even get you banned from a show. By getting along with others, you can sometimes make important contacts and better yet, friends for life!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is our great room. This pic was taken a month and a half ago..It looks different right now so, Ill have to load up a recent pic. The table to the right, against the wall was bought at a fantastic store just outside of the city called Pineridge Hollow. I loved it from the moment I first laid eyes on it. It is made of mango wood. It reminds me of some of Restoration Hardware furniture pieces . That lamp on the console is in my den at this moment and replaced with another Pineridge Hollow piece, a gorgeous black lamp. The mirror above the fireplace will be replaced with a piece of art because I bought yet another piece from Pineridge, which is now hung above the console . Its a gorgeous 2 paneled mirror that has circles designed in the panels. Hard to explain but it is simply stunning. I had gone through a few pieces of art to go above that table, but didn't like anything I brought home. I was looking for the "wow"factor, the Ï love it to death"feel. So, I finally found it.
A rug is what we are on the hunt for now...I have been looking for the perfect rug since I moved in (3 years) . I think I have found it but I have to order it online. that's what scares me. We went through a ton of rugs from retailers around here to try out, but did not love anything. The style and colors that i was looking for , we cant seem to find around here. That is what Winnipeg is lacking here... All we have are marshmallow couches and particle board tables. That's why,Pinridge isone of my favorite furniture/home decor retailers. We don't have many that have my particle taste. My taste falls somewhere between Modern Traditional Classic with a pinch of vintage charm. Mmmm, that is interesting!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Method :Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4.
Put the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan on the heat to melt. When nearly completely melted, stir in the chocolate. Leave for a moment to begin softening, then take the pan off the heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter and chocolate are smooth and melted. Now add the raspberry jam, sugar, salt and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon and when all is pretty well amalgamated stir in the flour.
Scrape and pour into the muffin papers in their tin and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out.
Cool cupcakes completely.
Raspberry Whipped Cream Adapted from Joy of Baking
Method; In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When chilled, beat only until soft peaks form.
Ganache Frosting Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Method: Break the chocolate for the icing into little pieces and add them to the cream in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and then whisk – by hand or electrically – till thick and smooth. Ice the cupcakes, smoothing the tops with the back of a spoon, and stand a raspberry in the centre of each.