Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas From the Cat

 Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!

We had a scrumptious turkey dinner last night courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Yes, I go for ease but they really have the best turkey I've ever tasted. This time I just bought the turkey breast instead of the whole bird, and it was the juiciest, most tender turkey breast I ever had. After we gave thanks to Mr. Turkey for providing our meal, we dug in and stopped just short of being full. Instead of the pumpkin pie and whipped cream that was waiting, we opted for oranges instead. Today the pumpkin pie will be an appropriate dessert but even then it's hard not to overeat with all the rich holiday food.

Miss Gracie and I slept in, with her joining me under the covers to keep warm. After breakfast, she spent much of the day herding me to the space heater I'd left on for her in my room. And if I left the room? She would follow me back and give me that sad look. Just to make her happy, my sister, Nippy the other cat, and I stayed in there in the afternoon with her. As I like to say, it's all about cat happiness!

Miss Gracie had spent the morning with another sad cat face because she wanted to use the iPad although my sister had it most of the day. Sis was downloading some holiday apps and having fun. Gracie wanted fun, too. In the evening, we gave the iPad back to her with her favorite game on it. Lo and behold, it had bright colorful bulbs all around the border of the cheese just for Christmas!

Not that she noticed, mind you. As long as that mouse is running around the cheese, Miss Gracie is purring loudly and happy. Ah, yes. A little cat happiness for Christmas.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Cupcake Love

Some of you know that I love to photograph cupcakes, especially those from Whole Foods Market. Why? Because they are always works of art! Yesterday, I spied this snowman cupcake among their holiday desserts and took him home with me.

I set him up with a few Christmas decorations so he'd feel right at home. 

He was just adorable and I managed to get some photos before Miss Gracie hopped up on the table. She is the best cupcake-sniffing kitty around. It doesn't matter where she is, she knows when the cupcakes come out. She left her warm sleeping spot atop the Comcast cable box in the next room and immediately began to figure out how she could taste the snowman.

When I wasn't looking, she hopped right into the scene and everything fell on my cotton batting snow.

Mr. Snowman didn't get hurt too bad; his scarf was smeared, some landed on his cheek and his carrot nose got smashed a bit.

It all happened so fast, but Gracie managed to get a tiny of his chocolate arm. I quickly took that away as chocolate is poisonous to cats but she managed to get a few licks in. And that I know only because she took a big bath afterwards.

Then she promptly found a space under the table I was working on. Did she want more snowman? Not sure, but in any case she always wants to be in the middle of the action when the camera and cupcakes come out.

In any case, Whole Foods Market still has the prettiest cupcakes around!


Monday, December 5, 2011

iPad or Other Tablet - Which to Buy?

Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Amazon's Kindle Fire or other? Marrianna is trying to decide which tablet to buy and asked my opinion. If you ask Miss Gracie, clearly the answer is iPad! She still loves her Game for Cats. 

When I purchased the iPad, it was the only tablet available that I was aware of. There might have been something else on the market, but it was not a viable category until Apple introduced the iPad. And it is fabulous. 

However, I do have to say that if were buying today, I would have some other considerations. Apple is the market leader. The iPad, like all of their products, is the easiest and most intuitive to use. It also has the most apps on the market. And, it's one of the most expensive. While I love the iPad (and I'm sure I'd love the iPad 2 even more), it is something that I use at home, partially due to its size. I think it would be fabulous to have a smaller size tablet that is more portable. But honestly, I have an iPhone so do I really need to take it with me? 

The Kindle Fire is getting a lot of good press, largely due to its lower price point and competitive features. It makes sense to take a serious look at it. But you also have to consider what you want to do with the tablet. And some people are Apple diehards and just would not consider anything else. My advice would be to do a side to side comparison, ask people who own both, and read reviews. Then, evaluate them based upon what you believe your actual uses will be (but trust me, you'll wind up doing more than you ever imagined). Either way, you are bound to love the one you buy. 

I think the tablet market is just like other new technologies. The first few years, the prices tend to be steep but as others enter the market, prices begin to go down. A 32 inch flat screen tv can be purchased for one third or less of the price paid just a few years ago. Eventually the tablet market will be the same and most people will own one. 

Are you buying a tablet this holiday season? If so, what do you plan to buy?


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Time to Decorate

Holiday time means time to decorate. Some years I don't do much and other years I break out all the decor. So far, I've put up lights around my kitchen window so it adds some festiveness. While I haven't done much else, I have been making slow progress on holiday cards. Will I finish decorating? Yes, once I break out the boxes I can't help but pick out favorite things to display. It just takes some motivation to spend the time pulling out all boxes. Maybe a little hot chocolate and some pie is what I need to get going!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Color Combination: Aqua and Brown

Lately I've been eyeing things in aqua and brown. I am seriously thinking of changing my pink accented room to these colors. I've been on a pink kick for about 10 years now but don't get me wrong. I am still a huge fan of pink but change is good, don't you think? This spring would be a great time to change it up. Right now, I have my comfy red and gold set in use in my bedroom for winter. And my creative space still has the pink accents, so I just need to keep my eye out for the next few months to see what I can acquire in these colors. The walls are already the color of chocolate milk, so I would just need the accent pieces in aqua. Yes, I think I'll consider these my new colors for spring if I can find the right pieces. 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do You Know These People?

Well, neither do I but they live at my house. Please tell me I'm not the only person who buys picture frames and displays them, but hardly gets around to putting in my own photos. 

Why do I do this? Because sometimes I just find a frame that I love and have to buy it. I couldn't resist the pink and green sparkly rhinestones on these glass frames. And I do enjoy looking at them. I'm sure I'd enjoy it more if I had photos of people (or dare I say cats?) that I know and love. These frames have been on display for probably two years now. 

Guess it's time to add one more thing to my on-going to do list. Now, people or cats? Hmmm....


Monday, November 14, 2011

The Party Page

Oh, my. I was flipping through the latest O magazine and I came upon this page. It made me giddy. The cakes and pastries, the flowers, the sunlight coming through the trees, the dog statue with the pink ribbon around his neck and finally, the shoes and dress! Wow - I just want to be that gal in the photo. Sweet!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Seriously? Crafting With Cat Hair?

Crafting With Cat Hair? 

All photos from the book Crafting With Cat Hair.
Yes! Who knew you could actually make all kinds of creative things with your cat's fur. The little kitty finger puppet on the book cover is adorable.

Even the kitties seem to like the finger puppets.

Some of the things you can make include these book covers with cat designs made from fur.

And these fun boxes with little kitties on the sides and top. What do you need to make these items?

The major supply item = your cat! Hey, I have two never-ending suppliers at home. I'm not sure if there's a way to collect it from the carpet though, I think you have to actually brush it off the cat. Wouldn't that be fabulous if you didn't need to vacuum? 

I admit that this book sounded a bit crazy when I first heard the title, but after seeing some of the photos inside I could not help but say "awww". The cats are as cute as the craft items inside and who can resist cute cat photos? 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see if Miss Gracie and Nippy might be interested in being brushed tonight. 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Washi Tape - Colorful and Fun

Why use regular tape when you can use washi tape? "Scotch" tape has no color but washi tape not only comes in a multitude of colors, it also comes with designs, as well as solids. Polka dots and stripes were just too hard for me to resist.

When I was at the Creative Connection Event in September, I took a class on inspiration boards with Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint. She had also taught a class using the washi tape, and we used some of it on our inspiration boards. 

It has lots of potential uses, so I bought some to take home. I plan on using it during the holiday season (that's why I bought the green, red and gold tape). Think how much fun your packages can be with these colorful and cool tapes. I'd love to get some fabric tape too, but since I'm in a simplify and downsize mode, I will have to resist. Besides, I think these tapes will last me for some time!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's Getting to Look a Lot Like...

The holidays!

Oh, yes. Stores are filling up with merchandise, commercials are playing on tv and I'm getting ads encouraging me to order my holiday cards now. But the real reason I'm excited?
Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate! 

This is the absolute best hot chocolate I've ever had. Last year was my first to try it and I could not get enough. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but worth the extra expense. The peppermint flavor is delicious also and this year they've added a new flavor, Salted Caramel. Not really interested in the new flavor though as the classic hot chocolate is just divine.

Oh, and I will wait until it goes on sale. Even though it's in stores and available online now, I still have to get a bargain. But let me warn you, it's addictive and it's only available during the holidays. So stock up or you'll be sorry by February!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkins Part III

Still loving the mini pumpkins... the glass bird patch

...atop the pearls

or just on a colorful plate.

Now I'm starting to think I should have put some outdoors, except I was too focused on my indoor pumpkins. There's always next year!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Style

So I took the little white pumpkin and...

...paired it with a flower and velvet leaf on a glittered pedestal. 

Since it looks like a Cinderella pumpkin, I thought it only appropriate to place it among some jewels.

How about combining holidays? It's a little bit Christmas, a little bit autumn.

This just calls our for a little fairy sitting on the green petals, don't you think?

Resting among the jewels. 

 Yes, mini pumpkins are just the best.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's Pumpkin Time

Have you gotten your pumpkins yet?

Each year, we purchase three mini-pumpkins. This year, I was quite delighted to find this little white one with the curly stem piece. Reminds me of Cinderella and her pumpkin coach, don't you think?