"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Button Fairies

I had a lot of fun making button fairies this Christmas. Here are just some of them:

Three favorite cats: Lovey, who went to the Rainbow Bridge this year; Little Bit, who used to live with me, and now lives with my sister-in-law in Florida; and Earnest, a co-workers very important feline.
These are my cats: Left is Grady, who is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, Right is Tooky, who has a loooooooooooong expressive tail, and in the middle, Fanny, the Queen of the House.
Some of my co-workers.

Some of my grandchildren. That's ME as a child on the left, Katie in the middle, and Lily on the right. Mason is below.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reindeer Love

OK purists, I guess female reindeer don't have antlers like this, do they? But hey - it's my blog! lol

Asian Inchies in Frame

I won a recent inchie lottery with an Asian theme at the Addicted to Inchies Yahoo group. The inchies entered in this lottery were so beautiful that I decided to put them all in a frame. Please click on the photo for a closer look and to see the names of the talented people who created them.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Winter Day

For a trade

Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!

Here's the recipe I 'm sharing:

Butter Pecan Cookies

3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop. With an electric mixer, cream butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cream until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans. Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet.
Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Distress Ink Background Inchies

Made from several different colors of distress ink, edged in copper and gold ink, then embossed with a snowflake. I decided to leave these inchies rather simple to display the background.

Snowman Inchies