Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Afternoon. Balloon Festival.

A week ago I shared a post about my desire to go to the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM.  Little did I realize that my own town had started a hot air balloon festival of their own on a smaller scale.  We decided to spend the evening with cameras poised to capture the glow that was scheduled to take place at dusk.  What a fun event!  The weather was perfect, cool and crisp and the balloons were gorgeous! I still have the Albuquerque event on my bucket list but I was very pleasantly surprised to find something similar in my own back yard.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Treasury Love. November Trends.

'but if you close your eyes' by verakza

Pillow Cover, Square Throw, Decorative Home Decor Photo, Blue White Accent Pillow, Living Room, Bedroom, Bokeh Photograph, 16x16 18x18 20x20 - NatureCity
Soviet Alarm Clock, Vintage Blue Slava Clock - NOT WORKING, Russian Desk Clock, Slava Soviet Union Home Decor Office Decor, White, ohtteam - TheThingsThatWere
Moon earring - Stud earrings - Moon jewelry - Moonstone - Moonstone earring - Solar system jewelry - Free shipping / STD00 - SecretFind
mend - mixed media painting, copper, white, minimalist painting, contemporary, abstract - MessyBedStudio
Spider Wall Clock, Spider Decor, The Itsy Bitsy Spider,  Decor and Housewares, Home Decor, Home and Living, Unique Gift - Shannybeebo
Wool Felt Statement Brooch // Hand Embroidered // LoftFullOfGoodies - LoftFullOfGoodies
Handmade Soap - Anise Essential Oil Soap - Licorice Lovers Gotta Have It - HiddenAcresSoapCo
Minimalist water Photography ripples movement quiet Florida lake serene calm blue black sky - Distant horizon - fine art photo - brandMOJOimages
Vintage Swing Coat Australian Worsted Wool Mink Fur Collar Front Trim Slate Gray AMAZING - vetabartholomew
Cat Sleep Mask - JuliaWine
You Are Loved - Digital Art Print - Typography - Charcoal Dark Grey - Heart - Modern Wall Art -Under 20 - AldariArt
Hand Knit Bow Hair Clip in Grey Blue - theknittingsea
3 Cards Of Dark Blue, Blue And Silver Grey Vintage Thread - TheTwoLabsVintage
Star shaped Pillow or cushion - french grey, soft cotton - ColetteBream
Geometric Wood Bead Necklace, Hand Painted Metallic Gray and Dark Blue - prettywhimsical
Men - Project Messenger Bag in Olive Grey with dark Navy - UNISEX BAG / Tote Bag / For her / For men / For women / For him / under 50 - bayanhippo

I was pleasantly surprised to find my geometric wood bead necklace included in this well curated treasury today.  Gift ideas for the coming winter months in lovely shades of gray and blue.  Thanks for shopping handmade!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Make Art. Hot Air Balloons.

Hot Air Balloons ~ Eye Poetry Photography
Art takes flight in this wonderful photograph by Irene Suchocki.   I love how the brown and gold tones make this photo look like a painting.  While I don't have a desire to ride in a balloon, I love watching them as they float effortlessly in the sky.  If I could travel anywhere this week it would be to see the Hot Air Balloons at the Albuquerque New Mexico International Balloon Fiesta.   Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

7 Cute Cookie Recipes For Fall

Cool breezes and falling leaves always rekindles my interest in baking.  Now, I didn't say that was a good thing but it sure brings smiles to my family's faces when I pull out a pan of cookies, hot from the oven.  I can't remember anyone ever saying, "cookies again?!", with a heavy sigh.  Fall also makes me nostalgic for long ago parties where children still bobbed for apples and waited with anticipation for their turn at 'pin the tale on the donkey'.  All these cute cookies photos this week took me back to simpler times when life turned a little slower.

Okay, I'll admit I like the title of this first cookie recipe, calling for only 3 ingredients.  I Heart Nap Time shows you how to make Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies on her blog. 

Who loves candy corn?  You are either in the group that LOVES it or the group that will eat but can live without it.  Well I'm in the second camp.  I've nibbled at candy corn over the years but wouldn't mind if  I skipped a year or two.  The rest of my family is in the 1st camp and get all excited when I bring them home a bag.  What I do love is swirl cookies!  Over on The Simple, Sweet Life blog she shares a quick and easy tutorial on how to make these gorgeous cookies.

For those of you that like a little more of a challenge take a peak at Growing In Grace's blog tutorial on how to make Hoot Owl Peanut Butter Cookies.  I'm a sucker for anything with peanut butter and chocolate but I might have to enlist some help in the kitchen to take on these adorable creatures.

I admire this cookie simply for the sake of perfection.  I love when a cookie is turned into a piece of art; you are not sure whether to eat it or to frame it.  You decide.  The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle has a Mini Pumpkin Pie Slice Cookie tutorial to die for!

This next cookie is all dressed up for Halloween; disguised as a cupcake!  How cute is that?!  Madigan Made shows you how she turns sugar cookie mix, chocolate and candy into Pumpkin Patch Cookie Cupcakes.

What's not to love about this cute little Fall inspired cookie?  Kitchen Meets Girl shares this White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookie that makes me want to grab it right off the computer screen.

I saved the best for last!  This cookie is my favorite and looks more like a fun art project.  The Seven Year Cottage shares her tutorial on how to make these Wise Old Owl cookies.  

Which one is your favorite?  I'd love to hear from you!  Happy baking!