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Category Archives: holidays
I recently changed up my wreath – you know, the one I’ve decorated for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Spring thus far. (Well, I also did a St. Patrick’s Day version, but guess who forgot to take a photo before switching to spring? Ack!) This incarnation features red, white and blue. The wreath was switched up in time for Memorial Day, and will stay this way until after the 4th of July.
To create this look I pulled some blue doilies from my stash, as well as some red and white “bullseye” doilies. I decided to add some simple foil stars and a bit of white ribbon to finish it off, and love the look. Because I pin the doilies on each time with T-pins it’s easy to take off the old doilies and add the new ones.
What do you think? I hope you like it. Please let me know if you’ve been inspired to create a doily wreath of your own…
Well, technically they’re hats – not bonnets, but “Easter bonnets” sounds so much cuter!
Yep, my bunnies have Easter hats. We won’t be taking them to any egg hunts this weekend, but they’d look super cute if we did! You probably think I’ve gone completely round the bend, and I suppose it’s possible. But perhaps you’ll change your mind about having me committed when I tell you that these hats were gifts from my dear friend, Debbie.
She’s an artsy-craftsy gal, and is a bit mischievous, so when the idea of bonnets for bunnies came up in one of our emails exchanges I guess she just couldn’t resist. Within a week a package arrived at my home, and I had no idea what she was sending me. This is what I found in the box:
Not only did she send the cute little hats for Cypress & Pinto, she included a darling card and a vintage bunny cookie cutter. So sweet! I laughed and laughed when I opened up this box – it made my day. I couldn’t stop laughing, and every time I look at these pictures of the bunnies in their hats I laugh, too!
So, with much laughter and gratitude, I dedicate this post to Debbie. Thank you for the darling bonnet and hat, and for the FAB Easter package!
FIRST UP: PINTO!
“This hat is delicious!”
“You want me to wear this on my head?! Pppfftt!”
“The camera loves me! Bask in my bunny glory.”
AND NOW, MISS CYPRESS…
“You’ll pay for this, Mother. You’d better sleep with one eye open.”
“Tie ribbons are better to chew on and to cut with my teeth than to tie anything on with.”
“Hey, whatever works. I look cute no matter what!”
I hope you’ve enjoyed these silly pictures of our bun buns. And whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you have a wonderful and beautiful weekend!
Melody (and Cypress & Pinto!)
Remember when I shared that Vintage Crocheted Wreath back in December? The one I hung for Christmas? Well, in that post I mentioned that it would be easy for me to modify the wreath for different holidays or themes throughout the year. By pinning my doilies and potholders on instead of gluing, it was super easy to take some of the pieces off and add new pieces to create a Valentine’s Day wreath. This version is all red, white, and cream, and I think it’s darling.
I’ll likely make a new version of the wreath for the spring, and will share that new wreath with you in a month or two. In the meantime, do you have questions, comments, feedback? I’d love to hear from you…
I’m posting this recipe now, in late December, for those of you who ring in the New Year by eating Black-Eyed Peas. A Southern thing, I know this practice extends to other regions, too. Though I think of this as kind of a summery salad because there’s no cooking involved, and the ingredients are light and fresh, this side dish – which can also be eaten as a dip, on baked potatoes, or on salad greens – is a yummy addition to the menu no matter the season. Big thanks to my friend, Barb L., for sharing this recipe with me!
FYI: I cut this recipe in half, since it’s just me and hubby, so the photos below include the half-size portions of ingredients and a single serving of salad. :] However, the ingredients list includes the amounts for a full-size batch.
Black-Eyed Pea Salad (aka Wilcox Salad)
4 cans white shoe peg corn, drained (or use a mixture of white and yellow corn, like I did)
2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
3 avocados, diced
1-2 bunches small green onions, diced
leaves from one bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (I used white)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Chill overnight. If you prefer, you can omit the avocado when making the salad, and can add it to the bowl when you give the salad a final stir before serving. That’s what I opted to do when making the batch I photographed…
Do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? Or do you eat other goodies to celebrate? Please post a comment and share.
I’m wishing you all the best in 2013, dear readers!
To all who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! And if Christmas isn’t your thing I hope you’re still having a wonderful day. :]
I also hope you all enjoy these pictures of our bunnies, Cypress & Pinto, dear readers. Happy Holidays from our home to yours!
p.s. See you on Thursday for a New Year’s-related recipe!Tweet
Greetings! Halloween approaches, and I thought I’d share my costume from last year in case some of you are still looking for costume ideas. I went to work dressed as The Rotten Tooth Fairy, and had a blast putting the costume together! I just have simple (rather fuzzy) phone snapshots, so these photos aren’t the best, but you should get the idea.
Last year, as I was trying to figure out what I should go as, my warped little mind stumbled upon the idea of being The Rotten Tooth Fairy. Far from the lovely, white-winged Tooth Fairy that gathers the baby teeth of children, my Rotten Tooth Fairy would collect rotten teeth from dentist’s offices. You know – the teeth adults neglected and had to have pulled! This Tooth Fairy would be a bit rough around the edges, I decided. Tougher, mangier, and “darker”. With the basic concept in mind I was off and running. Here’s the costume – head to toe:
Hair: Ratted hair and a black headband with a black tulle “poof” on it
Makeup: Black and gray eyeshadow around the eyes, and lots of eyeliner and mascara. Dark red lipstick. Teeth made grungy by smearing black tooth wax on them. (I purchased the tooth wax in the costume section at a party store – Party City)
Clothes: Basic dark gray cotton t-shirt with the collar cut off. The Rotten Tooth Fairy iron-on was created by my talented hubby in Photoshop, and was ironed on to my t-shirt after I printed it onto inkjet iron-on paper. Long black skirt, black tights with snags and runs in them, and black motorcycle boots.
Jewelry: Sparkly black earrings and rubber “barbed wire” bracelets. I would’ve loved to have some teeth earrings, but didn’t get that done in time!
Other “accessories” and details: Long “gloves” cut from dark stockings and then snagged. Black, chipped nail polish. A basked (sprayed matte black) filled with a Milk Duds, a wooden box of “teeth”, a hammer, pliers, and other rusty metal tools. A tooth “wand” that I made by wrapping a paintbrush’s handle with black masking tape and attaching the tooth-shaped backing paper from the iron-on logo from my shirt.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the costume, dear readers. Oh, and don’t forget to brush those teeth! :]