Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Wishes...


Just the word "Thanksgiving," has always evoked a fond nostalgia...the aroma of the turkey. Cranberry sauce and lace tablecloths.

Thanksgiving also reminds me of family traditions which I believe is the glue that binds one generation to another. They give kids and parents something to look forward to, as well as something to count on during the hectic holiday season...and throughout the year.


Here is a collection of some favorite family traditions.

HolidayPractice Random Acts of kindness
  • Each time a family member does a good deed, tie a red, gold, or white ribbon on the tree. Each ornament means something, and the practice encourages giving, too.


  • Give all the kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Make a family event out of choosing the Christmas tree. My husband has fond memories of that day...getting together with family and friends, finding the perfect Christmas tree, playing in the snow, and coming home to a feast.


  • Secret Santas. Play Secret Santa to another family or to each other. It's even more fun if the other party isn't in on the plan.


  • Keep a journal for your family from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Record thoughts, events, and memories. Young children can dictate stories and make collages, and they'll love writing their wish list in the journal. Then wrap it and share it on Christmas morning. Record thoughts, events, and memories. This journal is bound to be a keepsake, and you can use add to it next holiday season.


  • Celebrate New Year's Eve with the family. If your kids are too young to stay up until midnight, turn the clocks back and celebrate before their bedtime. Just before the hour, make some family resolutions.

Here is one of my favorite recipes to make during the holiday season. Hopefully it is one of yours as well.


Cornbread Dressing
Ingredients

· 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
· 1/2 cup self-rising flour
· 3/4 cup milk
· 2 eggs
· 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
· Cornbread
· 7 slices dried white bread (can use the oven for this or a toaster)
· 1 sleeve saltine crackers
· 2-1/2 cups celery, chopped
· 2 medium onions, chopped
· 3 eggs, beaten
· 8 tablespoons butter
· 7-1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
· 1 teaspoon salt
· Freshly ground black pepper
· 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
· 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning (optional)


Cornbread Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour batter into a greased 9x9x2-inch or equivalent baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Dressing Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix crumbled cornbread, dried white bread slices and saltines together in a large bowl and set aside.
3. In a large skillet, sauté the chopped celery and onion in butter until transparent, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Pour this over cornbread mixture.
4. Add the chicken broth or stock and mix well. Add salt, pepper, sage and poultry seasoning.
5. Add beaten eggs and mix well.
6. Pour into a large greased 3-quart pan or casserole dish and bake about 45 minutes.


Good eats.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Family Ghost Stories


Hello All,

Have a Jolly Halloween!! Do any of you have any family ghost stories? Most people know of at least one ghost story that has been told as being true within their family. Many of us even remember living near a haunted house when we were young. As children we tend to believe these ghost stories are real, but by the time we grow up we often consider ghosts to be as mythical as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Great Pumpkin. But, in some cases this isn't alway true. I know I have experienced some things as an adult that made the hair on the back of neck stand up.

However, as a child I believe we are more in turn with our senses or should I say our sixth sense. I have so many true life ghost stories I could talk about them for days but I wanted to share a couple with you today. First one is when I was about seven or eight I would spend many of my summers with at my grandmothers house and she had the most wonderful old victorian house. It had all the great achitectual detailing and the glass door knobs. I just loved it. There were hidden rooms and antiques for days. I think that is why I love anything thing vintage. Well, I recall my older cousins would always tell me stories of an older man that they would see either in the basement or on the fourth floor. So, they didn't like spending to much time over grandmoms. But, I didn't believe them I thought that they were trying to be mean as yound kids sometime do. I hadn't seen anything and I loved spending time with my granny. Well, whenever I would visit the thought of this older man would immediately cross my mind but I would immediately tuck it back inside for safe keeping. Well, this one day I decided that I wanted to venture down into the basement. Now, my grandmom's basement was filled with so many great things it was a little girls play palace. It had books, dishes,pots and pans, even a vintage washing maching. You know the kind that you had to hand roll the clothes through to rink them out. Clothes for dressing up and so much more. So, I had venture downstairs. As I walked down the steps which seemed to lightly creek underneath my feet I started to feel a slight chill. But, I didn't think anything of it because I figured it was the basement and all basements were a bit chilly. Well, I decided that my first stop would be in the kitchen were I would pretend to bake a cake and do the laundry for the day. I played for a bit then I started to hear foot steps I thought it was just my grandmother coming to see what I was doing but I looked around and I didn't see anyone so I continued to play. After I was done with my chores I decided to make my way to the library which was located on the other side of the basement. I thought checking out books from the library would be fun to play. As I entered the room filled with all this books which seemed to line the walls from the floor to the ceiling. I decided to take a few of the books off the shelves and place them on the desk which was in the center of the room. Well, again, I hear the footsteps and this time they seemed to be right in the room next to the desk. I was a bit nervous at this point as I turned around. I had a very eery feeling that someone was watching me just staring wondering why I was bothering there books. Now keep in mind I put a few of the books on the table and when I looked back at the desk one of the books was open and I know I didn't do it. So, I decided to get me but from down there as I was leaving out of library I glanced back and saw the silouhette of an older man standing at the desk he looked at me and then looked down as if he was reading the book where he had opened it. I ran up the steps so fast that I dont think I touched one step. (lol) Pretty CREEPY!! I know I didn't go in the basement for a long time after that happened.

I have one more story to share with you. When I was about twelve my sweet grandmother went to be with the LORD. Which hurt my heart so much because we would have so much fun together. Well, the morning of her funeral my mother and I were at home getting ready and I can remeber walking past the kitchen and glancing in and seeing my grandmother sitting at our kitchen table. She noticed me and smiled at me. She looked so happy and she was dress so nice. She had on her Sunday best as if she was headed for church. As we would do so many Sundays together. I remeber her suit was a grey pinstripe with a beautiful pink blouse underneath. She also had on her antique pearl necklace and earrings. I remeber those bcause I would play dress up with those whenever I would go to visit. Now keep in mind this vision of her wasn't long. It was only for a second. You know one of those times when you glance and you look back and then it isn't there anymore. But, the glance seem to leave a lasting image with me. As if you wanted me to remeber her. Well, here is the EERY part. Once we arrived at the funeral parlor and it was time for us to sayour farewells. I can remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing up when I saw my grandmother. Can you believe she waswearing exactly the same outfit that I saw her in when she was sitting at our kitchen table that morning. Scary Huh?? But, I know that was her just telling me good-bye. :) Let me know if you have any family ghost stories.

Be safe tonight!!


Elaine

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I've been away for awhile

Let me first apologize to my loyal readers. I’ve been away for awhile. Lots of my readers and friends have been wondering where I’ve been and when I would be posting again. Well, I could blame it on lack of time or I could blame it on all of the crazy running around I’ve been doing this summer. I have been wrapped up with family and just life. You know life sometimes takes you through different twists and turns and you have just ride them out. I have been doing that for awhile now. But, I am happy to say that things are slowly getting back to the norm.

So, I know I have alot of catching up to do. During my time away I’ve been doing plenty, alot with family and friends and working on design ideas. I am so excited that my Demdaco line is doing so well. If you have a chance go to the website to see my 2008 winter line. I also wanted to give you an update on a upcoming event which will showcase Merry Wishes collection. I am so excited!!! I will be doing an Artist Signing. See all the details below. It will be so much fun!! I will also have some original pieces available for purchase as well. Stop by and visit me if you are in the area.

When: October 18, 2008
Where: Ferne's Attic
24 N. High Street
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
If you would like more information please contact the shop direct at 614-833-3758.
I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for emailing. Reading kind words and encouragement, its really nice to know that people care and that they are thinking of you. Hugs to all. I will try not to say away so long anymore.
Remember to also check out Pfatt Market Place for new goodies on the 10th of each month.
Smiles,
Elaine

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees


Okay,
I am so excited!!! One of my favorite books is being turned into a movie. The book is titled, "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. This is a powerful coming-of-age story about the ability of love to transform our lives. The movies stars the talented young Dakota Fanning. The beautiful songstress, Jennifer Hudson, and the wonderful Ms. Queen Latifah. It will be in theaters October 2008!!! Click the link below to check out a trailer from the movie. If you haven't read the book. Do so, I think you will love it!!


Just wanted to share. I will talk to you soon!!

Smiles,
Elaine




Thursday, May 29, 2008

Eye Candy

Hello All,

I spotted some great eye candy on a recently antiquing trip and I just had to buy them.










I also wanted to tell you about a Pfreaky Pfatt Pfright. It will be filled with wonderful Pfrightful goodies. Make sure to visit PfattMarketplace on June 10th. I will have a few Halloween Goodies for you. We will also have doorprizes!!! I will talk to you soon.







Tuesday, May 6, 2008

By the Sea: Art and Soul 2008

Here are a few photos from Art & Soul 2008.







I will post more photos later this week. Enjoy your day!! Remember to check out my new pieces on PFATT Market Place starting May 10th.
Smiles,
Elaine

Friday, April 11, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away



Hello All,

All I can say today is Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day. I snapped this shot of the cutest little thing. I was coming from the coffee shop in town today and looked up and saw these cute little pink boots and dollhouse in the window and had to take a shot. I know its not the clearest photo but I think it is so sweet to see on this gloomy rainy day. I sometimes love rainy days. The sounds of the raindrops on the window pane can be soothing to the hear. I also, have time to stop and just listen. I can remember as a child when I would visit my grandmother and there would be a rain storm. Everyone would have to turn off everything from televisions to lights and just sit down and listen. I don't know why but I guess she thought lightning would strike or something. I enjoyed it anyway, because my imagination allowed me to see how the rain would dance on the leaves or race down the flower petals or play the music notes to a songs as it hit the window pane. Something to think about the next time it rains. I also enjoy writing in my journal now. It seemed so foriegn to me before until my best friend told me how fun it would be to express your thought onto paper. Thanks Ebani, Love Ya!!
But anywhoo, I am busy working in my studio getting samples ready for DEMDACO as well managing my family life. My sweet daughter had a music recital yesterday. She was so excited because the music teacher selected her for a solo part. She got to play the Glockenspiel. I had no clue what the heck a glockenspiel was but once I saw it, I thought that it reminded me of a xylophone but I was told that they are totally different instruments. I tried to take photos but my trusty camera would not cooperate. The lighting was really bad. I was so upset. But, her teacher told me she would send me photos. I am also excited for my son. He recently got accepted into the local art guild. I think he is an awesome young artist. He is 15 years old and excited about pursuing a career as an artist for movies or chemical engineer. Whichever he decides, I will support him. Here are a few photos of his recent drawings.

This is titled, "Antigone".

This is titled, "Feeling Lucky?"

This is titled, "The Joker". I like his drawing skills but I thought it looked a bit scary for me.


This is titled, "Falling Into Black".


This is titled, "Comatose". This is really two drawings combined into one. The boy holding part of the cord is one drawing, and the remainder of the cord and the media equipment is the second drawing. We thought this would be a great T-Shirt!! The front would have the boy holding the cord with the saying, "The Influence can be positive or negative". Then the back would have all the media equipment with the saying, "You Decide". I thought he could make up others like this and sell. I am looking for a T-Shirt company that could place his artwork on T-Shirts. If you know of any let me know.
Well, have a great weekend and I will have new pieces in May to share with you.
Smiles,
Elaine

Monday, March 17, 2008

Top o' the mornin' to ya!

Happy St. Patty's Day to ya!! I just wanted to pop in and share a few photos with you of the great Doll Swap pieces that I received from the fabulous Debra Schoch(HopHopJingleBoo).
Thanks so much Debra for all my goodies!! Also a special thanks to Viv(Viv's Whimsy) for hosting the swap.


Look at all my goodies!!




Yummy!! My kids loved the chocolate covered eggs!!




This is so sweet!!



The chocolate bunnies and birdie are precious!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring into Spring

Hello All,

Well I can't believe it. Tonight we are suppose to Spring ahead one hour. Usually when I think about springing ahead the weather is much nicer. Well, we got slammed the past two days with about 20 inches of snow. I knew we were in for a big storm with the schools dismissed the kids early on friday. But, I didn't realize how much. 20 inches. Oh My Gosh!! This is my first really big snow since moving back to Ohio. Last year, we did get that much snow. But, I guess this year makes up for last years loss (lol). Trying to shovel was useless. Whenever we would shovel it would just drift back so we just said we would wait until the snow stopped. Well, it is still going so, maybe tomorrow we can shovel our way out.

This is a photo of my puppy venturing out into the snow.
















I am happy I was able to get my swap piece mailed off the other day. I recently participate in the Beat the Winter Blues Swap hosted by Viv (Viv's Whimsy). I was so excited when I found out who my swap partner would be. The amazing and talented Debra Schoch (HopHopJingleBoo). She should have recieved her piece. I hope she enjoys her goodies. I will post pics after she gets it. I want her to be first to see. I can't wait to see what I receive from her. I just know it will be wonderful.




With all the snow it is hard for me to focus on springtime but I managed to create a few NEW spring pieces. I will be offering three NEW pieces on PFATT starting March 10th. Be sure to check it out. Here is a photo of one on the pieces that i will have available for purchase.

Okay, stay warm and I will talk to you soon.

Smiles,
Elaine

Don't Forget to Spring Ahead tonight!!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!!






Hello All,

Happy Leap Day!!! Happy Birthday to all you leap babies!!! Must be nice to grow a year older every four years!!

First off I have to tell you that I have been tagged by Dani of Ambitions Designs. I have to tell 6 interesting things about myself.

Here are the Rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.

4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

Ok, let me think here...

1. I know this is a weird one. Especially since I grew up in Cleveland which gets pretty cold and hit with tons and tons of snow. I hate the sound of snow crunching underneath my feet( so annoying, it it sometime like finger nails on the chalkboard.) Awful!!

2. Dumpster diving and road side finds are also something I do almost anywhere for a good piece of art (My hubby and kids call me crazy for doing it.)

3. I love to watch a good comedies and classic love story.

4. I love helping others especially children.

5. I have a weakness for chocolate (yummy!!)

6. When I was younger I got an opportunity to attend a celebrity party and hung out with quote a few well know celebrities.( I really wasn't suppose to be there but some got me in. Shhhh!!! : )

Now here are the six wonderful people I am tagging!

CoconutAnnies

Emily Franz

Fischtale Designs

Junie Moon

Terri Brush

Viv's Whimsy







I will also have a NEW piece on Glitter and Grunge tomorrow. Here is a sneek peek. I think that you will love it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thanks So Much...

Hello all,
It is so nice to have friends. Dear friends are hard to find. I have found a few whom I cherish so much they are dear to my hear and bring my peace of mind. All of my friends are one of a kind and I thank GOD for them everyday. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all my birthday wishes and wonderful gifts that I received last week for my birthday. It was such a pleasant surprise when I received all my goodies. Here are a few photos of some of the wonderful gifts I received. I got tons and tons of cards, and emails. which was so nice.


My dear friend Sylvia Anderson made me a beautiful necklace. It the one with the cupid silohuette. She also sent me alot of other goodies that I will be using soon at a Sally Jean class that I will be taking in Hampton,VA. I am going with Gina Smith. I am excited about going to this event. Mary also sent me near and dear. See created me a hand crafted card and some vintage butterflies. That was so sweet of her. My friend Jackie who is a sweetheart has a special touch with senitment gifts. She sent me a adorable card and yummy chocolates with a sweet angel inside. I will love it always. I am praying for you during this time. I hope you feel better soon. I also bought a few things for myself. I found an adorable button ring on etsy yippeevintage.etsy.com Angela has has some really cute things. Check out her store. I also odered these beautiful marble magnets from Amber Anderson of Beautiful Era. I love her work. Visit her etsy shop at beautifulera.etsy.com

Let me see who else, oh, my traveling buddy Nicole sent me some great new rubber stamps and a gift card from the Cheesecake Factory. Yummy!! can't wait to go us it. I also wanted to share the cards that my kids created for me. It really touched my heart. I love them so much!! Take a peek

My daughter said she was inspired by my Valentine's bunny that I made to create this card. My son loves to draw. He title is "drowning in your love". I thought that was so sweet of him. I think they are both talented. My daughter is 8 and my son is 15.
Okay, I will talk to you soon. I a fininshing up a few swap itmes and I am starting on some new pieces and I will post when I am done. Stay warm.
Smiles,
Elaine




Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Be A Sweetheart...


beautiful photo provided by http://knittingiris.typepad.com/


Hello All,

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I hope you have a heartfelt day. As you know someone special is usually on our minds on Valentine's Day. We usually celebrate our relationships by exchanging gifts, cards and candies. Many times we have a delicious candlelight dinner with the person you love. But there are others on Valentine's Day who may not be so lucky as to share a hot, nutritious meal with someone they love. Just take a few minutes or a few hours today to be a Sweetheart to someone. Meaning, give a neighbor a call and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day. Maybe, stop by and give sweets to someone you know who may have lost a love one and needs a bit of love today. Or take a dish to an older relative or neighbor an send them Valentine wishes. I am sure it would brighten their day. Just a thought. Something that was on my mind and thought I would share it with everyone.
Enjoy Your Day!!
Elaine :)
xoxoxo

Monday, January 7, 2008

Valentine Traditions


Hello All,

I hope everyones New Year is off to a great start. I am excited about the upcoming year and what it has to offer. Before you know it February will be here. and time for all those Valentine Traditions

Did you know that hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine ---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"



In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely!

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

Not sure how much of this is true but, I thought I would share!! Also, be sure to check out my sweet Valentine's Day Bunny on Pfatt Marketplace on January 10th. Here is a seek peek at her as well as sweet treats!!





Oh! I almost forget to share a photo of the lovely journal I received for the holidays from my friend Becky of Find Your Wings Designs. It is so cute to me. She really personalized it for me. Check out her blog for some that she has for sale.



Also, check out my Etsy Shop on January 8th at 4:00pm EST for my after the Holiday Sale. I think you will find some great buys.




Okay, I will talk to you soon and Have a Great Week!!




Smiles,


Elaine