A Home for a Gnome

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

In 2014, Hallmark launched it’s first gnome home keepsake entitled “A Home for a Gnome” by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Tammy Haddix and while I wasn’t sure if this would indeed become part of a series, I searched again this past year 2015 while I was at my local Hallmark purchasing holiday greeting card sets.  Lo and behold, there it was!  I have a soft spot for the elementals so here are the two I have collected so far with a special Hallmark sneak peek for you (time to get excited!)…

*Photocredit: Hallmark

 

2014 A Home for a Gnome

hallmark ornament a home for a gnome

2015 Home Sweet Gnome

hallmark ornament home sweet gnome

2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?

hallmark ornament gnome for the holidays

 

 

A Little Housekeeping

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

Hi Everyone :), gosh I have really missed blogging!  I’m back finally and doing a little Spring cleaning… major housekeeping.

My first post back is going to be about the darling Hallmark holiday ornaments I had picked up either before Christmas or during the 75% off post-holiday Hallmark sale back in January 2016.  I have 3 favorites from Christmas 2015.  You can probably still find these in new and pre-loved condition on eBay.  Two of them are musical ornaments and one even lights up.

*Photocredit: Hallmark.com

 

Christmas Cardinal:

“A flash of red against the snow,

it’s always  such a thrill

to spy a handsome cardinal,

who stays despite the chill

to brighten frosty winter days

with color and a song.

No wonder he is a such a

feathered favorite all year long!”

Hallmark Keepsake Artists: Rodney Gentry & Jim Kemme

Music: “Joy to the World”

hallmark christmas cardinal

Christmas Wishes:

“When you carry Christmas in your heart,

fun and happiness are just the start.

You’ll truly be more joyful you

when you carry Christmas all year through.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Debra Nielsen

hallmark ornament christmas wishes

Holiday Hoedown:

“It’s time for the Holiday Hoedown-

the annual “Jingle Bells” showdown

where Santa and crew

pick and grin just for you

in a toe-tappin’ musical throwdown.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Sharon Visker

Music: “Jingle Bells”

hallmark ornament holiday hoedown

The Bird House

December 10th, 2015 Posted in Avian Adventures, curiosities | No Comments »

My last trip to Cape May brought us to The Bird House of Cape May as we were making our way home after a very nice visit and needed vacation.  I picked up a couple of goodies while at the shop… a beautiful tasseled throw with impeccable weaving (on it was a calming beach scene and a sweet Adirondack styled chair) and a cotton nesting ball especially for my feathered friends.

My recent favorite has been Wild Birds Unlimited.  I usually frequent the Katonah-Bedford Hills, Westchester New York location.  They sell both supplies and bird themed gifts.  I bought most of my stocking stuffers there this season.  The prices tend to be mid-range.  I consider them a local treasure.  They have a number of other locations as well across the United States.  They have the best customizable bird feeding station I’ve ever seen!

*Photocredit: The Bird House of Cape May in NJ & Wild Birds Unlimited

Something to Marvel About…

May 19th, 2015 Posted in curiosities, Fashion, Special Projects, Style & Fashion | No Comments »

Made especially for sci-fi fiction gal fans…  Finally wears which are feminine and cute, if that’s what you’ve been looking for!  With all the hype surrounding the recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, I wanted to attend the viewing in style :)!

I’m not the biggest Black Widow fan so I suggested to Her Universe that a Maria Hill Shield jacket also be made.  I did receive some enthusiastic responses to this request but we’ll see what will come of it.  I’d definitely be the first in line for one!  This company also stocks Star Wars, Dr. Who, Transformers, Star Trek, and Nerdist products.

*Photocredit: Her Universe

Here are two of my Star Trek favorites!

It’s High Tea Time!

December 2nd, 2013 Posted in Culinary, curiosities, Trips | No Comments »

I had long dreamed of having High Tea at a special place like New York Hudson Valley’s The Equus, so when Valentine’s Day had rolled around (this was a few years back) and I learned that my husband was bringing us there for afternoon tea, I was none-other-than ecstatic!  The following is most likely what we had ordered…  mind you it has been some time…  a nice assortment of lovely teas and delicious little tea cakes, scones (served warm and frosted in powdered sugar with the choice of clotted cream & fruit preserves), and toasted curry chicken sandwiches.  Sounds good doesn’t it?  Every tea lover should try this once in their life…  even if it’s simply planning a quaint little tea party at home and extending an invitation to a few good friends- this would be a darling thing to do, by the way, so don’t just write it off.

Our recent Cape May excursion allowed for another similar treat of afternoon tea at the Carriage House Cafe & Tea Room located on the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate.  I ordered egg salad with chives on swirled rye and shared the assorted scones & tea breads accompanied with clotted cream with my husband.  My tea of choice was Harney & Sons’ Vervaine Lemon Verbena (I highly recommend).  It was a perfect sunny, gently breezy day and I was so happy to be there; just the night before we took a trolley ride around the Emlen Physick Estate on the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours, which I also highly recommend!..  Think darkened magical streets and flickering gas lamps… let your imagination run wild ;)!  As an aside, for our next Cape May visit, this sounds great too -> The Walking Ghost Tour.

P.S. Cucumber or watercress sandwiches with cream cheese are among my favorite tea-time helpings.  Searching for great menu ideas?   I recently found a wealth of info at Linda A. Thompson’s Blog.

*Photocredit: The Equus, New York and Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom, New Jersey

RETOUCHED BY BLAKE D. OGDEN

carriage house cafe & tearoom

Lovely Leelah

November 3rd, 2013 Posted in Books, candles, curiosities, Filofax | No Comments »

While at Cape May, I also ventured into a cozy little spiritual store, named Good Scents, filled with many exciting new things I haven’t really seen anywhere else yet =).  You can also find further info about the shop’s variety of incense here.  In the back was a Leelah hoodie I instantly feel in love with!  It was their Honey Love design (“Life is the Flower for which Love is the Honey”).  Comfortable, soft, pretty, great for everyday (and for yoga!), and fits me very well.  Later that week, I decided to explore the company’s site.  All of a sudden, I remembered that one of my local boutiques also carries a few items from their clothing and accessories line (Leelah makes very distinctive-looking products).  What I really love besides their clothing is their full-size spiral notebooks and mini books.  It is perfect for the Filofax lover, like myself or someone who regularly gets lost in their imagination and enjoys doodling or journaling…  all you have to do is re-punch the paper to fit your chosen organizer or slide a mini book into its planner pocket.  As an aside, if you are a big fan of letter stationery, you can do the same.  My daily organizer is an A5 so this works out perfectly =).  Just wanted to share my thoughts especially with those who like customing/decorating their Filofax.  I know how much joy that brings to me.  I’ve featured a few of my favorites below and you can catch a “virtual” glimpse of Good Scents.

*Photocredit:  Leelah & Good Scents @ CapeMay.com

 

The Amazing MacJournal

October 3rd, 2013 Posted in Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Organization | No Comments »

Granted that this post is quite a deviation from my usual, I promise it to be well worth it…

I had taken a journaling course fairly recently and though I love paper products and writing into a tangible journal (whether homemade or not), I figured that a digital journal for Apple users would suit my needs best.  After a week of research, I concluded that MacJournal by Mariner Software might be just the program for me.  I was so impressed with the free 15 day trial that I just purchased the MJ download this morning so I thought I’d share this discovery with you.  Here are some of the highlights I love about the software:

  • A variety of icons to mark your entries and journals with the option to use one of your own.
  • Add a mood e.g. happy, so-so, etc. to your entries.
  • Sort your journals by topic, date, mood, content size, and more.
  • Use the Statistics Menu to view words, characters and lines in an entry.
  • Timer to monitor yourself.
  • Select the Timeline Mode to view your daily writing activity chronologically or the Calendar Mode to see your entries by month and year.
  • A Full Screen Mode to give you a full writing landscape for all your thoughts, choosing your own color background, and your own color of type.
  • Privacy and public settings
  • Your MacJournal entries can be published to any of the popular blogging services such as Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Tumblr, and more.
  • MacJournal is equipped with two-level security – password protection and AES-256 encryption.
  • As for mobile journaling…  it’s available for iPad & iPhones =)
  • It’s reasonably priced though you will have to pay for updated versions like most other programs
  • Local info storage versus remote storage

Happy journaling ;)…..

 

*Photocredit & Reference: Mariner Software & MacWorld.com

macjournal6

 

 

 

Faery Fanaticism

August 14th, 2013 Posted in Books, curiosities, Decor, Home & Garden | No Comments »

My faery fanaticism began with a book recommendation from my friend, Sylvia.  She suggested none-other-than Signe Pike’s amazing book, Faery Tale.  Following this was Grasslands Road’s fairy homes set, fairy-themed garden decorations, and other great books by Brian Froud.  I will admit several years ago I fell in love with Cicely Mary Barker’s Fairyopolis and How to Find Flower Fairies, which I discovered accidentally during a search on an unrelated topic.  Even as an adult I love pop-up books!  This year I received a beautiful fairy & flower bird feeder/bath for my birthday from my mother-in-law.  I unwrapped it immediately upon its arrival on my doorstep, quickly assembled it,  and placed it straightaway in my perennial garden.  Every morning I see it from my bedroom window and I imagine my garden faeries are pleased with it too.

*Photocredit: Amazon & Grassland Roads

 

La Fiorentina Fashion Phones

January 29th, 2013 Posted in accessories, Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Fashion | No Comments »

For Christmas I received a cute and useful pair of black earmuffs + headphones from my husband’s family.  I really like them =)!  Not only do they keep my ears warm, they also allow me to listen to my favorite songs on-the-go.  The description states they are compatible with any standard 3.5mm jack socket.  They also feature volume control, if anyone was wondering ;).  I was this close (thumb and index finger barely touching) to purchasing a similar pair from the holiday Juicy Couture sale, so I’m glad I prevented myself from giving in.

*Photocredit: ShopStyle.com

shopstyle earmuff headphones

Global Amici

January 29th, 2013 Posted in curiosities, Foods & Desserts, Organization, Sweet Tooth | No Comments »

Recently I bought a terrific tiered canister from Gilt by Global Amici.  I use it to store holiday candy.  Everything is kept well-protected and sealed.  I really love it!  It’s an attractive design too.  I initially wished they had the four tiered available during that sale but the three tiered has proven to be fine.  I can also see this canister used to house craft bits and baubles, bath salts, among a number of other things.

*Photocredit: Fab.com

global amici three tier canister small