Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An Accidental Collection

It all started, quite innocently, several years back. I do believe it was all Martha Stewarts fault..yes, I think we shall blame her, I'm sure she won't mind in this case.

It was the show she did on decorating sugar cookies with the royal icing, perhaps you remember it. The glossy pastel colors, perfectly done and looking like a piece of art, it got into my brain and never left.

At that time, I had never done sugar cookies and did not own one single cookie cutter.

I set out right away to find a few interesting ones to begin with.

This moose was my very first one and quite large...with a large price tag too.

This elephant was the second one to be added, just as large and equally expensive.  At this rate, I felt that my pocket book would not allow many more.

Thankfully, I soon discovered that the local thrift shops would have them now and then in small bags with an assortment inside....Mental note:  "Pick them up when you see them".

So, pick them up I did...every time I saw them.

I would come home and stick them in the baking cupboard or a drawer.

I added and added until I had lost track....Then, on my last trip down to City House, I found a large container with two unopened bags of cutters.  I was confused since I had just seen these at Little House. 

Ha, you know where I'm going with this don't you?

You are right, I had collected and added for so long that it just became a habit and I simply lost track of having 'enough'.

So, when I came across this at the thrift shop last week, I thought it over at did what I knew I must do.

Added it to the 'Accidental Collection', of course!

Do any of you have a cookie cutter collection or any kind of 'Accidental Collection'?  I would love for you to share about it.

Hope you are all having a wonderful, first week of Fall!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

True Garden Bouquet

Hello friends, I hope your week is going well so far. Mine is going well, I got back in from City House on Monday and have been getting caught up on odds and ends. Before I left, the Mister filled up a new raised bed with good soil and I planted a few starts for the Winter garden..Kale, Rainbow Chard, and a new one for us, Purple Pak Choi. Today, I think some Mesclun and Tuscan Kale seeds will also be added to the bed..we will see what comes up.

Speaking of Kale, I just had to share with you the bouquet from my garden.  This kale was just too pretty to leave in the garden.

I clipped some large leaves off, added a small bunch of flowers from the market and now we can enjoy it in the house.

I must share this too..I am so thrilled with our second try at Kiwi here on our gazebo.  Our first attempt was a miserable failure and we almost didn't try again.  I got a good deal on two Female plants at the feed store and purchased a Male plant at the nursery.  As you can see, this girl is reaching for the!

One last thing to leave you with.  Normally I don't share a lot of grandchildren things but sometimes it is too good not to share.  This is our daughters youngest little guy.  Our son in law is a fire fighter and has today off so was left in charge of the four children while mom gets all of the market shopping done. No small job as 3 of them are now in home school.  This is the photo that Colin sent daughter while she was at Trader Joe's and said..."He did his writting lesson too...on himself with the marker".

Love how Abe is 'dressed' for the day too!

Wishing you all a happy rest of the week.