Vintage ornaments

I have the ornament lots all set up for my vintage ornaments
If you have any questions e-mail me at

sparkling ornaments

I have been going through my vintage ornament stash and I have culled through and picked some beauties to's a little preview
ornaments 11
Mostly the ones I'm selling are ornaments I have two or more of. They are all in good shape and each set will be $10 plus $3.85 priority mail shipping.
You can already see the whole set on flickr...I'll post them for sale on my blog this afternoon so check back. :)


rainy day

rainy day

Today was quite rainy, the perfect monday weather...for staying in bed maybe! My exams start this week and I am slightly dreading a couple of them. In particular, History of Clothing. It is very hard for me to remember dates in corrolation to anything! So, needless to say, history classes are a little challenging for me. When it comes down to it, will I really ever need to know the difference between a loincloth and braies? Don't get me wrong, I really do appreciate this class. I am just nervous about the 100 question, photo labeling, essay questions included-final exam.
Math exam is tomorrow, not too worried about that one. My math class is actually fairly easy. And according to my professor I have missed my calling: apparently I have the handwriting of a mathmatician. (anybody see that happening?)
For Drawing 1 all I have to do is submit all of my finished drawings for a final cumulative grade.
Ahhh, then there is the dreaded final group project. May I ask, are group projects really necessary????? It is so hard to coordinate with five people that all go to school full time AND work.
okay, I'm done bitching.
I'll post my final project in history of clothing...we had to design a historically inspired outfit and write a 5-7 pg research paper about our inspiration. I got an A, yippee!
I have to wait till there's some nice light to take a pic of my rendering. (it's my first one and I haven't taken fashion illustration yet so no laughing!)
9 days till chrismas break...I feel like I'm back in high school, little wierd.


my first meatloaf

I did something last night I never, ever thought I would do... I made meatloaf! This is a combo of three recipes so I figured I could call it mine :)
Well, turkey meatloaf, but meatloaf none the less!
It was so good!
so I know there's the whole "only eat your mother's meatloaf" thing but for a lower fat version try this out!

Alexia’s Turkey Meatloaf
yield 8 servings
2 lb ground turkey
1 1/2 cups crushed ritz crackers
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
1/4 cup worstershire
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Saute onion, celery, garlic, carrot in butter until soft and onions are transluscent. Let cool.
Combine all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Add all wet ingredients, except turkey, to the veggies. Add veggie mixture and ground turkey to the dry ingredients mixing until combined but be careful not to over-mix.
Pack into a greased 10 in loaf pan and cook for about 50 min.

happy thanksgiving

natalie took this great pic during thankgiving dinner at my parents house
hope you all had a great holiday...enjoy your leftovers!


more drawings

My drawing class is plugging along, I am enjoying working with is a very forgiving medium!

This first drawing is an in-class drawing of a still life my professor set up.

drawing-still life

This drawing is an assignment, draw three or four eggs surrounded by white fabric.

egg drawing

I have two more that I will post soon...they are also charcoal drawings.



pumpkin chocolate chip cookies-m.a.
this pic is from the montgomery advertiser

I get so jazzed about cooking and baking this time of year. It feels so good to be engulfed in the spicy smells of a fall kitchen. I am currently, brewing some chai tea to make into lattes later. The smell has infused the entire house.
I made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last night...

here's the recipe...

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg. Stir in the vanilla, molasses and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.



move over halloween, here comes christmas

Can you believe that people already have chrismas decorations up....the green hills area is covered in wreaths already!
We had a fun halloween weekend. We watched the 70's invasion of the body snatchers, on Halloween night and had so many trick or treaters that we ran out of candy.
you can see us all dressed up on last friday night...check out our halloween album
pumpkins bright
I wish I had snapped a photo of our house....we had ghost silouettes in the windows, purple lights on the porch and the house was covered in caution tape and spider webs! It was very eerie.