Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I've been busy, busy, busy working on cutting, sanding and painting items for our upcoming show and have been absent from my blog. However, yesterday I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing for my dear friend Bonnie's daughter's wedding, for the homemade dessert table.

I used Paula Deans's recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Easy recipe and the icing is amazing.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Father Didn't Tell Me How To Live...

Children learn by example...My Dad was an honest, loving, fun, wonderful Father who showed me what kind of person I wanted to be. The one thing I didn't learn however was to clog while balancing a beer can on my head. Miss you everyday Dad!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's time to get serious...

I have the Maryland Home and Garden Show coming up in 4 weeks and while I have started to stock pile for that, I don't have nearly enough merchandise. The blanks are being cut. Everyday Lou carries another pile of blanks from the downstairs wood shop to my upstairs studio. Every time I paint a particular sign for an order, I paint an additional one or two for the show.
It's hard sometimes to decide what to make for a show because one never knows what it is that will be the hot seller. It's not always what you would think.

So I need to get many more piles of signs painted, varnished and ready to go. I always surprise myself when we are setting up for a show, how many items have actually been finished.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Darlin' D and Bingo!

Had Darlin' Dylan time this week. Missed a couple of my Mom Mom days because of the weather. Think he's gonna be a builder like his Gramps? Only Gramps' tools don't talk and sing to him...oh wait, I'm wrong. When Lou's friend David came with his wife to Holly and Chad's baby shower, he gave Lou the same hammer that talks. So when Dylan grows up they can both use their singing hammers together.

I can't believe how fast he's grown. Not a baby anymore but a little boy.

While looking for Mickey Mouse videos on utube for Dylan, I came across this
Gummi Bear offering.

Dylan just loves it...gets to be a bit to take for the adults because once it get into your head you just keep singing it. I purchased the dvd for him and now he can listen to the song in seven different languages. You're Welcome Holly!

Last night Lou and I went to play basket bingo to benefit the
Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Company.

Last winter, during one of those horrible snows that we had in February, the fire station was destroyed by a fire. I was thinking that the only men at the bingo would be Lou and my friend Shar's husband Bill. I was surprised at the number of men who were there, although at our table of 20, Lou and Bill were the only men.

We laughed alot, didn't win a thing, and had a wonderful time anyway.
And yes, Good and Plenty does go well with Diet Coke.
Thank you Elsie,(Shar's sister) for inviting us to join the girls.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One thing we can be sure of...

After the long gloomy days of winter, there are always bright springtime days...full of color!
I wait impatiently...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Road Trip

Yesterday Lou and I took a run to Reading, PA to pick up wood for making our signs. We decided to go on this little road trip as the sheets of wood from the company in Reading cost a bit less than the local supplier so we stock up when we can. We also did a quick walk through the wholesale warehouse to pick up some supplies and look for items that might go well with what we make.
I found this adorable vintage look Easter bunny card on wood which slids into a wood base shown below. It comes in two sizes.

I also found some wonderful wooden memory boxes with hinged lids that just need a few tiny flowers painted on and several other goodies that I will be adding to the
Country Workshop Website.

It was a quick trip as Lou and I were concerned about the freezing rain and snow that was being predicted. So we now have wood for oodles of signs. We need them as we have the first show of the year in early March. Need to start stock piling now.