Friday, November 27, 2009

It's Time to Decorate!

Christmas at our Petite Cottage.
It's finally time to decorate our little cottage and get it ready for Christmas. Yay!!

As I have mentioned before, I ♥ Christmas and I look forward to it with great anticipation every year. For the next couple of days my hubby, daughter and I will be busy putting up our Christmas tree and decorations. I can't wait to show you all... In the mean time here's a tiny, little teaser.
I keep my most treasured ornaments and decorations in three hat boxes inside the house where, I feel, they are a bit safer.
Amongst these treasured ornaments are ones I make every year to commemorate something special or important that happened that particular year. I've been making them since my hubby and I were engaged. They are the most treasured and important ones to us and I just cannot wait to show you!

Well that's it for my tiny teaser. Thank you all for stopping by today. I do hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Until next time. Blessings to all.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a very...

Blessings to all.

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Sneak Peek

Happy Monday Everyone!

It'll be Thanksgiving in a few days and my hubby, daughter and I will be getting together with my in-laws and my sisters for our Thanksgiving feast. Yummo! However, all I have been able to think about is Christmas. I love's my most favorite celebration and time of the year. I look forward to it with great anticipation every year. It just makes me feel like a little girl again. Love the colors, lights, decorations, smells and tastes of Christmas, but most of all, I love the true reason for the season...Jesus!

Today, just because I simply cannot wait to start decorating and showing you our Christmas decorations, I wanted to share with you a little something that I picked up on Saturday at a thrift store for our Christmas tree.

I found these two beautiful cut glass ornaments. Aren't they gorgeous? Can you believe they were only .65 cents each!? How awesome is that? Too bad there were only two.

Here's a closer look at the beautiful detail. Love it!

Traditionally we start our Christmas decorating the Saturday after Thanksgiving...I just can't wait to start and to share pictures with everyone. Until then, I wish everyone a wonderful new week and a very blessed Thanksgiving.

Oh! A quick reminder that today is Show Off Your Cottage over at Cielo's The House in the Roses. Go take a peek and see what other participants are "showing off." Just click on Cielo's blog name and it will take you directly there.

Thank you all for stopping by.


Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Show And Tell

I t's funny, but just a few months ago, I had no idea Blogland even existed. One day, only by mere chance, as I was "surfing the net", I came across this beautiful website. It was full of gorgeous pictures and great home decorating ideas. But this particular site was different from the others I had visited before. This one didn't seem to be selling was just a place where someone was sharing her life in her romantic home. Of course I was intrigued so I kept reading and coming back for more.

It was through this particular website that I discovered the wonderful world of blogging. It was none other than Cindy's My Romantic Home blog. It was her, without knowing, who encouraged me to start my own blog. I don't think I have ever thanked her, but today is the perfect day to do so.

C indy, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to the world of blogging. Because of you and your inspiring blog I was encouraged to started my very own, which has turned into one of my favorite creative outlets. Through it I have met some of the most wonderful and amazing friends. Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration.

With that being said, now I would like to continue with the Show and Tell portion of my post.

I have been wanting to join Cindy's Show and Tell for a while now and I am so excited to finally be able to participate. What is Show and Tell? Well, every Friday Cindy offers bloggers the opportunity to "show and tell" about something that they treasure and would like to share with others. If you are interested, why not hop on over to her blog (just click on the picture above) and get more details. And while you're there, check out what others are sharing, but before you go.... take a look at the item I have chosen to share.

This dress form once belonged to my grandmother, who passed it down to her daughter-in-law (my mom) who then passed it down to me.

It can be found in my daughter's bedroom which is styled after a Paris themed apartment. I thought this was the perfect home for the dress form.

My daughter and I chose to embellish it with some vintage brooches and accessories. The eyeglasses were my mom's first pair of reading glasses back when she was a young girl. Cute huh?

But this was not it's original state. With a little bit of batting and fabric I transformed it to what it is today. I didn't take a picture of the "before", but I found a similar one on the internet to share with you.

This is exactly what mine looked like when I first got it. Yikes! What do you think of it now?

Thank you all so much for stopping by today. I do hope you enjoyed your visit and that you come back again soon. Until next time.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.


Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mystery Solved

Mystery solved!
I know what they are!

If you dropped by my blog yesterday, you know that I had bought these pretty little thingys at a thrift store, but I was unsure of what they were. (see here)

Because I didn't know what they were, much less what they were called, I was clueless as to where to start my research. But thanks to the help of my dear friends, Barbara, Manoly, Claudia, Sea Witch and CC (to visit these lovey ladies just click on their names), the mystery has been solved.

They are Bobbins to make Lace.

Evidently this is an art form that isn't practiced by too many people today. And according to Barbara, the most famous lace made with these types of bobbins is called Brussels Lace, which originated in Brussels, Belgium. Below is a picture of a lovely lady wearing a gown made out of Brussels Lace. Gorgeous!

Needless to say, I am very happy that the mystery has been solved. And now that I know what they are, I can fully appreciate them, not only for their beauty, but also for the beautiful pieces of art they once probably made.

A special thanks goes out to those lovely ladies that help solve this mystery and a heartfelt "thank you" to all you lovely ladies who left a comment.

Thank you for dropping by today.

Have a wonderful day.


Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, November 16, 2009

Look How Pretty...But What Are They?

Hey everyone, look what I found in a recent trip to the thrift store.

Aren't they pretty?

My faves are the ones with the PINK beads.

When I saw them at the thrift store I thought they were so pretty that I just had to have them.

I think they will look pretty displayed in a little vase or tiny little creamer. I'm still looking for the perfect vessel to put them in.

But what are they? Does anyone know? Can anyone tell me? If anyone out there knows what they are, could you, would you please let me know?...I'm just so curious and can't wait to find out.

Blessings and a wonderful new week to all.

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Poem For You My Friends

For you my sweet and dear blog friends.
This gift with love to you I send.

This little poem to help express.
How much you all my life have blessed.

Your kindness, love, support and friendship.
Have touched my heart beyond description.

To each of you my love I send.
To you my sweet and dear blog friends.

Thank You Everyone!

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Recipe Swap

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to COOKING and BAKING I am a bit challenged. I come from a culinary Mexican family where all the women know how to cook and/or bake, and they all do it extremely well. I'm not sure what happen with me. Don't get me wrong, my hubby and daughter haven't starved, not yet anyway. :-) I can certainly whip up a few things... but I'm afraid it doesn't compare to the cooking abilities of the other women in my family. I think that I can improve my cooking skills by simply trying new recipes and a bit more practice. Which brings me to the reason for this post, as this is a good opportunity to find plenty of inspiration to do just that.
I have joined Karrie from Stay at Home Mommy for her Holiday Recipe Swap. I figure I need some good recipes to start practicing with, and what better place to find them than at a Recipe Swap Party. Yay! I'm so excited. If you would like to see what recipes are being shared, I invite you to give Karrie a visit...just click the cute little teddy bear above....
I don't have any personal family recipes to share with you today... but I promise to stay in the kitchen next time my family cooks together so I can jot some of their recipes down. The holidays should offer plenty of opportunities to do just that. In the mean time, here is a recipe I found in one of those Costco Holiday Cookbook they distribute every year around this time. We tried it out....and I have to admit it is quite yummy. Hope you enjoy it!

Caramel Pumpkin Cake

(1)16 ounce package of pumpkin spice quick bread mix
1/2 cup of water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup of butterscotch chips
1/4 cup caramel sauce, plus more for garnish
Whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 9 inch cake pan.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together quick bread mix, water,
oil, eggs and butterscotch chips. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.

3. Drizzle 1/4 cup caramel sauce over the batter. Swirl with a knife in the shape of large circles.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently loosen from the pan and transfer to a wire rack. cool completely.
5. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and warmed caramel sauce, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Bon Appetit!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
Blessings to all.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oh Beautiful Dandelion Puff

"A weed is just a plant whose virtues

have not yet been discovered."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Dandelion Puff is my daughter's favorite "flower."

She so lovingly collected these three.

They looked so pretty I just had to take pictures and share.

This is true beauty through the eyes of a child.

I am truly blessed and thankful for such a wonderful daughter who reminds me to slow down, take in the beauty of all of God's creations and to "Blow the Dandelion Puffs". I love you Briana!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I invite you to come back tomorrow... I'll be sharing a little something sweet with you all. See you then. Blessings to all.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honoring All Who Served


Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Petite Cottage-Dining Room


Welcome Everyone And A Very Happy Monday To All!

I am very excited because today I will be joining Cielo at The House in the Roses along with other participants for her Show Off Your Cottage event...Yay! I get to show you around our Petite Cottage. Please come in and make yourself at home.

Today I will be "showing off" one of my favorite rooms in our cottage, our dining room.

It is a very petite, but cozy space.

I just love our red accent wall. Look how beautiful my black buffet looks in front of it.

And of course all the white accents just make it so cottagey. Don't you think?

So much to see on my buffet!

So there you have it. our Petite Cottage dining room. Thank you so much for your visit. I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you would like to see what others are sharing today just click on the button at the top of this post and it will take you directly to Cielo's The House in the Roses. Wishing all a wonderful new week. Until next time. Blessings.

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tickled Pink

It is a time to celebrate!

This is my beautiful sister Lucia ...most everyone knows her as Lucy. About 7 months ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. It has been a hard and trying journey for her, but her faith, courage and strength in the Lord have pulled her through. She has been through several surgeries and both chemo and radiation therapy and I am tickled PINK to announce that this week was her last week of the radiation treatments. I am also overjoyed to announce that she is doing very well. Doesn't she look beautiful?

In the hospital...Her last day of radiation therapy. Yay!!!

In celebration I made her this cute little PINK dove.

I love you Lucy and I am very blessed to have such a wonderful sister.

Just a quick reminder that today is PINK SATURDAY over at Beverly's, How Sweet the Sound. Please pay her a visit and while you're there check out what others are sharing on this fabulous PINK SATURDAY. Thank you so much for stopping by and for joining me in the celebration of this grandiose occasion.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings to All!

Hugs and Kisses,