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Friday, November 18, 2011

My favorite cranberry sauce recipe.

Cranberry Pineapple Mold

1 lb (4 cups) fresh cranberries
¾ cup water
2 cups sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple

Wash & clean cranberries

In heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to moderate boil; cook stirring constantly for 10-12 minutes until thick.

Pour into 4 cup mold rinsed with cold water and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

To release from mold, run a thin knife around edge, dip bottom of mold briefly in hot water and invert over a serving plate.

I use my wreath shaped Tupperware mold and fill the center with crushed pineapple. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New in my shop today

I'm always looking, looking, looking for things that inspire me on the net; or maybe just that I want but can't afford. Luckily I'm attracted to things that I can usually put together on my own and, lord knows, I have enough of everything to do just that. Some people I know have always been fond of telling me "You'll buy anything!". You know what, they're right, anything that's old or cheap enough or that I want enough!

One of the things I've been attracted to lately is any type of cloche. I know, you've seen then all, but I wanted to make some! So here's my first

Isn't it great? An old vase and an old glass doorknob. Doorknobs are another of those things that attract me for some reason or other. And since I had started with the epoxy I put together all those old plates and glass candlesticks I've been collecting. You know once you start with that stuff it's use it or loose it. So I used it on this...

and this...

Look how great they work together...

All are three are listed in my handmade shop, CottonridgeEmporium!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Creepy Mice are in etsy finds today!

So excited! It's been awhile since I've been in etsy finds, but just now I saw these in the Party Decor section of today's finds:

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Christmas Rush is on...

It seems I need to start Christmas earlier and earlier every year. Even so I'm always late getting started on creating. Here are my first efforts for the shop.

a shabby book bundle assembled from an old 1930s book, a page from a vintage hymnal, some silk hydrangeas, a small birds nest and a bird print. I further aged it all with paint and then added some sparkle that's hard to see in photos...

Another vintage book with a Christmas page on top. This one has vintage crocheted pieces, a lovely brooch and white paper rose. It relies on the natural aging of the components and is sparkled too...

And two shabby French themed Christmas stockings. Both trimmed out with more vintage laces and crochet and having French themed fabric prints.

The first made of vintage brocade with a wide crocheted trim from an old pillowcase, a French perfume label print from the Graphics Fairy, and a handmade tattered rose...

The other is made of newer cotton batting, trimmed with old crochet, pieces of a delicate cotton handkerchief, and vintage faux pearls. The print of two French ladies on it is from the Graphics Fairy, also...

All listed im my etsy shop today. More to come soon (I think I'm on a roll!).

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's Halloween Month!

Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year. It's lots of fun to paint and create for. Here are some of my (very few I'm sorry to say) creations for this year.

Some hand painted tags.

An old wooden slicer with a whimsical pumpkin jack-in-the-box.

Some creepy die-cut mice.

And a special order coffee-pot.
All of these were a lot of fun and maybe I'll do some more. Lol, I should really be working hard on Christmas!