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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Black Friday Crafting Projects

I know I recently posted about her-infused olive oils and vinegars....we did it again for this years Douglass Black Friday Craft Day.  We added a few new ingredients, peppercorns, lemon peel and dried red peppers...I'm sure they'll be wonderful, but they are just so pretty to look at.  I added tags w/hand stamping, glittered chipboard w/my own handmade glass glitter.

The herbs we used were, rosemary, thyme, dill, tarragon, and added some garlic, peppercorns, lemon peel & dried red peppers in a variety of combinations.  There are a lot more options too :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Friday Crafting Day

Well, as usual, my 3 sister's and myself had Black Friday crafting day after Thanksgiving.....we did several projects, and they were all fun, and I love all the finished projects!  The first we did was making wreaths...I made three, a square one for the front door, a gilded and glittered manzanita circle wreath, as well as a gilded and glittered juniper and manzanita circle that added some of Seth's shed hunting finds to (which I love, I know the small ones like this are hard for him to find, and part with, so these are SPECIAL :).  All the greens were gathered by my sister's in their own backyards!  Here's my little antler wreath:

I took the pic at night, will try to get a better one tomorrow in the daylight along with the other two.
Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Grandmother and Her Famous Pillsbury Bake-Off Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

This is my grandmother, Frances Naontah Douglass, whom my daughter, Ashley Naontah was named after....she was a very inspiring, crafy, chef, visionary woman.   She won Honoray Mention (I was always under the impression that she won it)  at the first ever Pillsbury Bake-Off for her Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie.
She won a trip to NY and stay at the Waldorf Astoria and was interviewed by Art Linkletter, and a full set of new kitchen appliances.  I find it very amusing and making sense to me why all my 3 sisters and myself are 'craft and do-it yourself, cooks, canners, decorators, gardeners, etc., when I see this photo of her kitchen walls decorated w/covers of Gourmet magazine....It all makes total sense to me now, why I find the need when I see something seemingly useless..that I want to save and make something out of, or how I can read a recipe, but just HAVE to add that one ingredient I think it needs....funny how your heritage all starts to make sense of how you became the person you are :)
You can find her recipe for Pecan Parline Pumpkin Pie here:, my neices blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting My Christmas Groove On...

Stared ordering Christmas gifts (I HAVE to be on top of it, with a Jan. wedding to do also)....I keep getting side-tracked with doing Christmas(y) projects...they're my favorite kind of paper arts to make, because I KNOW I will use them if they don't sell in my Etsy shop...I made these last night

love the idea of a little note tucked in a tiny embellished kraft bag...and my fav.....teeny, tiny jingle bells!

Making Shepherd's Pie tonight with venison, it's hearty and delish, and I happen to have all the ingredients in my freezer and fridge :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Life With Hunters

Stan decided he'd take the Trail with him and the boys all it was just Fritz and me....he loved sleeping on the bed all night long and going anywhere I went in the car with me (he even enjoys a good work-out at the gym for 1.5 hours, just being in the car...he's a people watcher :)

He went on treasure hunt with me to the local antique stores....we found this:
after Fritz decided it was a good spot to lounge in front of, I thought it made a pretty good prop....too bad I'm not a better photographer or planner...
because he looks pretty darn handsome!!

I'm itching to get at this frame, sanding, and repainting..going back and forth if I want it black or a a patinaed silver/gold......the backgrounds will be a collage of photos and....whatever I'm feeling at the moment :)