Vegetarians Don’t Look! December 28, 2009 We made a bigger Sunday dinner than we usually do at our house. It’s been cold and we don’t typically do any kind of holiday meal so we decided to go for it with Sunday supper. I made hashbrown casserole (a la Cracker Barrel) and baked beans (Mother-in-law has tastiest recipe… super easy but you’ll have to ask her for it 🙂 ). Rolland made a smoked turkey in the smoker that ended up being super easy and incredibly tasty. He did his home work though and brined it (Alton Brown) prior to smoking and it made all the difference. Most moist turkey ever. I’m already thinking about the yummy turkey sandwiches to come. And it’s no wonder we got this tastiness made with help like this attached to us at the hip. Next week, Beef bourguignon via the Barefoot Contessa which I’ve made before and is heaven. I think this Sunday supper thing might take hold for the new year. Merry Christmas! December 26, 2009 With this year’s white Christmas, I got everything I wanted and more. I hope your holiday has been filled with beauty and joy. Happy Christmas Everyone! Awesome vacation … December 24, 2009 means finally getting some fun stuff done in the studio. I’m trying to create pieces with all the goodies I’ve been collecting and resist buying new stuff until I’ve made some space. This one is made from milk glass beads I got at Michaels with a few left over quartz crystal coins. I’ve linked with them all together with annealed steel wire that is on a huge spool that is greatness. I’m scared I’ll never find such a large amount again but I don’t let it stop me from being my go to wire. The length is actually fairly long and close to a flapper style necklace that I plan to pair with a piece I made over the summer for some yummy jadeite style goodness. For this one, I had a bag of leftover charms that I’ve collected in the last year with a vintage charm bracelet I bought last Christmas and thought I’d go ahead and start adding the charms since everything was just sitting here; half hour later I’ve got a full travel charm bracelet that even hubby thought was cool. I really love it and feel it’s especially festive now as I jingle every time I move! I’m contemplating starting to collect shield charms like these but I need another collectible like a hole in the head. Please note this is not necessarily a strong no. 🙂 My final accomplishment for the day was finishing the mammoth biography of Julia Child I started in May. The author really covers all the details which kept making it hard to stick with the story but the last month I buckled down and got it finished. Strangely, now that it’s done I kind of loved it but it’s definitely an investment in time. It’s amazing to read exactly how dedicated she was to changing the way Americans cooked and felt about food. Her commitment to her profession, her husband and her causes is incredibly inspiring. Cloverleaf December 22, 2009 We went on a miniroad trip today to Ardmore, Oklahoma to check out The Cloverleaf Boutique. I’ve had the article about it on my inspiration board since May of 2008 so yesterday hubby volunteered to head north to check it out. It was awesome! Completely girly heaven where I wanted one of everything but managed to show great restraint. There were even a couple of sections to keep Rolland occupied so he didn’t mind my looky-looing. I forgot my camera but the trusty iPhone was put to good use snapping some outside pics. Vacation Necklace 1 December 21, 2009 Rolland took this a while ago but it definitely captures the last few days. It’s amazing how much time I can spend in the studio when I don’t have to worry about getting everything done in a weekend before I have to go back to work on Monday. I made this one yesterday and another one is await I made this one yesterday and another one is almost finished except for some pesky wire wrapping. Tomorrow, some collage and backgrounds for some soldered pieces I want to get started on for this week as well. We’ve also got more movie plans. Did you hear about the Morgans? was great and very sweet. Invictus (also my husband’s favorite poem) in the next couple of days with Sherlock Holmes and tamales on Christmas. Yes, I know those two are not especially related. Vacation is starting off right December 20, 2009 I’m playing catch up now that I’ve had some time in the studio. This is a necklace that I made for my friend Molly and I’m thrilled that she liked it. Hubby and I collaborated on making the bezel based on somethings I learned in Terri Brush’s clash but I took a shortcut with copper tubing to make the perfect circle. I’m hoping to get a lot of these made next week. We bought the big torch and everything… mostly because hubby does the torching. 🙂 This is the packing and ornament I made for my 12 Days exchange with the Charmsters group. I love how untraditionally Christmas my lady dancing is and hope everyone else did too. I think these colors are just yummy and would use them more in the house if the boy didn’t protest so much. I suppose that is a lot to ask. I’ve had a great day in the studio and been super productive. I will have lots more photos over the next few days. Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend. Vacation in sight! December 18, 2009 I can’t believe how close to Christmas it is. I’ve got almost nothing done that I wanted to but am incredibly excited that tomorrow is Friday and I get an entire week off. I have huge, huge plans to play in the studio and the kitchen. We’re also planning a date night for Did you Hear About the Morgans Cowboy Chow and Christmas lights. I’ve also ordered some urban fantasy that looks awesome so when I’m not playing I can do some fun mindless reading. Seriously, there’s no way this vacation live up to these huge expectations but I’m going to risk. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend planned. Christmas December 14, 2009 So today I know how an elf must feel working overtime at the North Pole. In fact, that elf would be totally wiped out and have extremely dry hands from paper, glue and ribbon. I finished wrapping all the presents and Rolland got them boxed up and ready to ship out tomorrow. These are the packages headed north and hopefully will arrive in the next two weeks. I dread waiting in line while Rolland brings more in from the car and everyone gives us incredibly dirty looks. Luckily, the 60 Christmas cards I finished up tonight can be dropped in the mail without any seeing the huge stack. I have no idea what possessed me this year. This week, baked goods. Normally I’ve been working on cookies since October and just have to slice and bake with the thawed rolls from the freezer but this year Christmas got away from me and I’ve done no pre-baking. OY! Do you think a group pan of brownies is horrible? Now, I’m going to bed and am hell bent on regrouping for a new attitude of merriment. I’ve got some awesome plans involving spray painted plastic dinosaurs and a Lego Rockband Keychain. This minor lapse in holiday cheer will soon be forced into submission. Weekend December 13, 2009 So far, this weekend has been awesome. Tiring, but awesome. Last night was a girls night and we had dinner at The Porch then saw the Santaland Diaries which totally rocked. I love David Sedaris and the show at The Contemporary rocked it. Today has been a lot of shopping, wrapping, repeat. Tomorrow I need to start stock piling the cookies for delivery on Friday. I’m taking the week of Christmas off so all office goodies need to be done by the 18th so I’ve got butter thawing as we speak. Pics of cookie goodness should be forthcoming. Speaking of pics, this one is the tree at the Galleria and was taken with my iPhone using the Toy Camera application. Now, my new favorite thing about my iPhone since I took it with my phone, uploaded it to twitpic, saved it from there and posted it here… no finding the camera, downloading pic, photoshop, save, upload, etc. Although I apologize for twitter followers and blog readers on the shared photos but it’s festive! Mid-week Progress December 3, 2009 Not much to share in pics but I’ve got several projects in progress. I had to take a round 2 with filling a bezel with resin. First round, not great, so I added a pic to the top and a thin coat of diamond glaze so I hope that salvages the piece since I really like it. I have big plans for the chain. The kitchen has been more successful. I made a super tasty quiche on Monday, while watching the Patriots get pounded by the Saints (so sad), and tonight a spicy tomato soup found here. Yummy goodness. This weekend I’m thinking we might use the smoker for some barbecue experiments. It’s finally gotten cold enough for more tasty comfort food. Maybe turkey? Note: no turkey was consumed on Thanksgiving so we’re not completely out of our minds with turkey overload.