Thursday, February 11, 2016

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes and Oreo Flowers...

 
I love surprising people throughout the year with little recognitions of how SPECIAL they are. . .I see no reason to only REMEMBER others at Christmastime. . .My brother has taught me that. . .He rarely sends GIFTS at holidays or birthdays. . .but throughout the year, PACKAGES may arrive 'out of the blue'. . .To tell you the truth, those little REMEMBRANCES touch me greatly. . .
 
And so, I took the opportunity to do something a little special for VALENTINE'S DAY and for a few of those whom we consider FRIENDS. . .as a Thank You. . .and hopefully to make them feel 'LOVED'  themselves. . .What's the best way to touch the HEART? . .HOME-BAKED GOODIES!!!
 
These Red Velvet Cupcakes with their cute Oreo Flowers are so, so SIMPLE. . .and you'll need very few ingredients. . .Actually, I made the first batch to test out an IDEA  I'd seen at a local bakery. . .It went so quickly and got the THUMBS UP from John's taste testing that I decided to make more. . .Honest. . .I spent maybe 45 minutes on the first fifteen cupcakes, not including the cooking time. . .Before the afternoon was over, I had red and pink all over the kitchen. . .but so HAPPY with the results. . . .
 
Since I can't send each of you a RED VELVET CUPCAKE. . .I'm doing the next best thing. . .Sharing the QUICK AND SIMPLE with you. . .
 
 
Isn't that EASY?
 
Each of the FLOWERS are a little different--one of a kind. . .
that's how you'll find them in NATURE. . .
I was also testing different techniques. . .(SMILE)
 
 
 
 
EASY PEASY AND
Ready for Delivery. . .
 
 
Wishing You a
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY WONDERFUL WEEKEND
 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rag Rug Loom Gift Sets Available for Purchase Through Valentine's Day

 
 
It's almost the DAY OF LOVE. . .Candy, Flowers, Cards. . .A Special Holiday for those SPECIAL PEOPLE. . To celebrate we've put together six Rag Rug Loom GIFT SETS--five Mini Loom Gift Sets and one 2N1 Loom Gift Set. . .They'll be available for purchase through FEBRUARY 14 only. . .They'll disappear after that.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Love That Farmhouse Denim

 
Everyone who loves DENIM raise your hand.
(Both of my hands are raised. . .grin)
 
I needed a pick-me-up for the FARMHOUSE this week. . .Something that promised Spring was coming. . .Something comfy and cozy feeling. . .Something utilizing what I already had on-hand.
 
I was thinking about this as I sewed up a few more MINI RAG RUG LOOM GIFT SETS for VALENTINE'S DAY. . .noticing that the ones I favored were SOFT DENIM BLUES. . .and suddenly realizing how nice those soft blues looked with neutrals. . .As we all know, denim can come in a lot of different shades. . .but MY STYLE appeared to be the softer hues.
 
 
Actually, my LOVE and RESPECT for DENIM has evolved gradually. . .
I was reminded with the gift bags that little by little
I had incorporated DENIM into my PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE STYLE all along  . . .
The difference this time was settling on the WORN AND FADED SOFT BLUES. . .
instead of a hodge-podge of colors. . .Maybe an occasional darker denim to make things interesting. . .MAYBE.
 
Sometimes an obvious idea is overlooked. . .DENIM CLOTHING has always been a huge favorite on our COTTON FARM. . .Denim IS made from cotton, you know. . .(duh--another no brainer I missed)
 
 
So. . .I began gathering together the worn, faded, frayed denims. . .stacked up in the sewing room. . .to see what I could do.
 
The FARMHOUSE BATH was the first to get a make-over. . .
It was the obvious choice since it already had SOFT BLUE WAINSCOTING. . .
 
 
Gertie and Mamie got new duds. . .mixing together LACE, LINENS, COTTONS, and DENIM. . .
Blue JARS. . .and denim tied SOAP. . .LOVED IT. . .
 
Moving on to the KITCHEN. . .another realization.. . .I already had a denim blue vintage bucket and a blue prim cabinet. . .
All I needed to do was add POPS OF DENIM to the room. . .
 
 
My enthusiasm grew. . .
INSPIRING me to make new(?) KITCHEN TOWELS to add to the mix. . .
Again, I grabbed possibilities close at hand. . .bought at yard sales last Summer.
 
 
There's NO RULE that we must buy our KITCHEN TOWELS. . is there?
If there is, then I'm a REBEL. . .
because this TOWEL was made from the back of a man's DENIM SHIRT. . .
and parts and pieces from others. . .LOVE IT. . .
 
 
I was on a roll. . .On to the living room for a few ACCENTS there. . .
as the entire house began to come together. . .
 
 
An afternoon spent. . .and see the results!!!
From now on, I'll be looking at the SOFT BLUE DENIMS in a different way. . .but will use them as ACCENTS. . .not as the primary focus. . .NEUTRALS continue to rule here. . .Yet. . .Simple POPS OF COLOR do freshen up the OLE' FARMHOUSE. . .
at no real cost. . .only a little elbow grease. . .
 
How about you?
Would DENIM DECOR work for you?
It's PLAIN. . .SIMPLE. . .and LIVING EASY APPROVED.
Worth considering?
 
 
 
 

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