Saturday, October 15, 2011

S & P Shaker Snowpeople..........

Today, I have brought to our Tea Party a little snow person I've created using a S/P shaker.

I'm always looking for crafts that can be made up in quantity for our annual church bazaar held in November. 

In my online searches I'd seen some snowmen and snowomen, as well as angels, made from S&P shakers. 

Click on over to visit The Polka Dot Closet  to see some of these....
.... and  Mamie Jane's  to see her tutorial.
And I know you'll enjoy this "Making Holiday Snowmen" step by step video tutorial at Joggles.com. it's a must see!


Here's my first snowoman.....






I picked up some shakers at the GW that I thought would be a good start.......some with an interesting shape and details........




A trip to the dollar store for styrofoam balls, glitter and beads for the eyes and mouth....I painted a toothpick for the nose......





I constructed her hat from a folded piece of music page, a piece of crocheted doily and a faux vintage button......





A piece of lace, antiqued music page and glitter decorate the upper part of her body....





More bits of lace, button, broken vintage jewelry.....





I placed a bit of lace inside the shaker
...and added just a bit of glitter for a frosty sparkle to the outside of the glass....... 





I'm off to make up a few more of these friendly frosty folk........





Update:   I'd like to introduce you to my newest S&P snowman creation...


he's ready for his closeup...


Don a tophat...



The happy couple...




Hugs,

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Sweeter Version of the Grilled Pear Sandwich....

I was introduced to the Grilled Brie and Pear sandwich on Sourdough bread a few years ago. 

For those of you who've never indulged, it's like a grilled cheese but with the addition of pear.

It was good, but I wanted a sweeter version.




So I begin mine with
Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl bread
(no raisins please).





Butter one ,or both sides, of two slices of bread.

Wash and core the pear.

Slice the pear about the same thickness as the bread and arrange on one slice of bread

(Hint: I microwave my sliced pear on a saucer about 20 seconds just until you hear it sizzle. This gets it nice and hot.  I am impatient and cook over a higher flame so when the bread is done the inside temperature is hot enough to melt the cheese but is not hot enough to cook the pear.Cold pear is not good.)



Sprinkle with a cinnamon/sugar mixture.



Top with a slice of  Colby Jack cheese and top with the second slice of bread.




After assembling the sandwich
place on pancake griddle on stovetop, cook as with any other grilled cheese sandwich.




When the underneith side is cooked golden to your liking, turn with pancake spatula then sprinkle the cooked side generously with cinnamon/sugar.






Repeat with other side.

Enjoy  Hot off the griddle!!
Sweet cinnamon/sugary crunch..... juicy delicious hot pear.......Ooey Gooey stringy cheese Goodness!!





Almost too good to be called a sandwich, tastes more like a dessert!




Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you are having a wonderful Fall.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas???

At a recent garage sale I happened upon a box of vintage bottle brush Christmas trees.....






decorated with snow and mercury glass balls.









 Snowy little village houses, shops, and church ornaments
were also tucked inside the box..........



Known as Putz houses.....
 they are constructed from cardboard/chipboard
 and typically covered with mica, although these are covered with a a rather coarse chip.
Each with a hanger and a hole in the back where a Christmas tree light could be inserted......





 Cellophane over many of the little windows and doors have become brittle and broken over time. 








There's even a little vintage pipe cleaner Santa.........




All are stamped on the underside with either Japan or

Maed in Japan with this unusual spelling........




.

I plan to be listing these on my ebay site sometime soon.


Hugs,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fab Fall Garage Sale Finds.........

I hit a few garage sales over my lunch hour;
here are a couple of things I found.........

A cute creamer decorated with Fall Leaves,
perfect for a Fall Tea Party.....

...and...my favorite find.......
...for just  25 cents!!.....

 
...a pair of tiny little Victorian shoes!


 

Aren't they adorable????

(My daughter thinks they're creepy.)



Perfect for a little Halloween themed Cloche.




Joining Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Hugs,