Sunday, November 8, 2015

It's the simple things....

I have a fond childhood memory, and it is something I have decided to try and incorporate into my life when ever possible....  

It all started one day when I came across this..
 This is a vintage clothes pins holder, complete with a hook at the top to hang on the clothesline.  When I found this, I was flooded with the memory of my grandmother and her non stop laundry routine!

Yes, she had a perfect working dryer, but she might as well not have had it, because every stitch of clothing was hung out back on the clothesline. 

 In the heat of Summer, the Fall of the year, and the icy cold she would go with her folding laundry cart, the wet laundry, and the damp rag with which she would wipe down every one of the lines before she hung anything. 

Not only was it clothing, but every sheet and pillow case.  I remember times when the sheets would be so stiff..almost damply frozen when she brought them inside!  And it didn't stop there...every sheet, blanket and pillow case was then ironed.

 I remember my sister and brother and I could not believe when there was snow on the ground, but off Lillian would go in her coat and the clothes line.

But then... climbing into bed at night, after awesome Italian dinners, the fresh, beautiful smell of the bed was heaven.  It was like a mixture of sunshine and fresh air and it would lull me into a deep and precious sleep.

I decided after finding that little clothes pin holder that this was something I wanted to take the time and do when I can. 

 Now... I don't think I can be as accomplished at ironing all the linens, as I am not the greatest at ironing you see, but I have a vintage clothesline in my yard and I have put it to use.  

Each time I go out to take the sheets in, before I fold every one, I take a long deep sniff and there I go, back to Littlestown, PA, snuggled in one of my Grandmother's beds.

I recently just made a little purchase for myself.....

 I do believe it's just about identical to the one my Grandmother used..... isn't is funny how little things which spur your memory from childhood can make you so happy?!

So now, once a week, I try and take the time to hang out my towels or sheets on my vintage clothes line.

I encourage you to take the time to smell the roses, (I mean the linens!)  It's the simple things after all.... don't you think?


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Antique Button Necklace and Bracelet Class

                              Just in time for the holidays!  

  I'll be teaching you to create a beautiful antique button necklace and bracelet. 

 We will use special vintage buttons and bling and will celebrate the season as we create to the sounds of classic holiday music and indulge in milk and cookies!

It is an heirloom piece that you can pair with your favorite holiday outfit or give as a gift to that someone special on your Christmas list!

 The date is WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9TH at 6:30 PM at Karen Paige Design Studio in Mount Dora, Florida

Cost is $50 in advance and covers all supplies and materials! 
To register, just email me at or give me a jingle!  (954) 520-3221.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Do-it-Yourself Pixie Garden

I happened upon a nursery one day and they had a most beautiful Fairy/Pixie boasted little bonsai trees and pebbles and stones and it was.....

quite magical....

I kept the image in my mind and started to collect a few vintage pixies.  The key was finding what I imagined as the container to hold it....

 I found it!

I found some perfect components at Hobby Lobby....

And also a pretty Vintage Pink Wishing Well....

Some sweet Vintage Pixies...

And so the layout began!  The flower box is wooden so I lined it with this coconut liner you can find at Lowes or Home Depot or I have even heard you can find them at the Dollar Store!

Add potting soil and let your imagination soar! 

 I chose a few little Bonsai trees.. juniper and a ficus tree and some succulents.  Succulents are wonderful because they are drought tolerant and don't need lots of constant watering.

The fun part was placing the elements and Pixies and adding some embellishments to the window box.  I decided the perfect place for the wishing well was the very top of the box..there was the perfect "perch" for it...and also plenty of room to add more Pixies and small potted plants which will come soon!

It's a happy little Pixie Garden... it took me back to creating fun little things like this with my children, both of whom now are in college... where does the time go? 

 I had the thought that before I know it, I may be doing things like this with another set of little ones... those which would be grandchildren??  Really??? No... Really?????

I loved this little project so much that I have plans for collecting  more shabby window boxes, lots of Pixies and lots more little plants...

because fairies and pixies need a place to play don't they???     :)

xoxo Be Blessed!

Easy, Beautiful, Fresh Marinara Sauce

And so we bid the Summer farewell...

And in doing so we harvest the last of the beautiful juicy red tomatoes....

Here in Florida, we are blessed with a tomato season that lasts longer than most, and I behold each and every one of those days.

I love to slice them, dice them, even eat them WHOLE! 

 But my favorite easy thing to do with them is make a light and tasty sauce..I grew up doing this with my Grandmother and each time I make it, I think of her.. It is quite easy with a few simple steps and you will NEVER eat sauce from a jar again if you make this!

All you need are 4 or 5 ripe tomatoes

Using a sharp knife, slice and X on the bottom of tomato...

 Drop tomato in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.  Cool for a minute or so until you can hold and peel...

 The skin will easily peel right off!

Chop up the tomatoes like this:

Grab a pan and saute some chopped onion and garlic in EVOO as Rachel Ray calls it!! :) (extra virgin olive oil) 

Cook onion first and add garlic once the onion is tender....DON'T put garlic in at same time as onion...otherwise you will have bitter garlic! 

 Put garlic in when the onion is tender, and once you smell the garlic's fragrance, immediately put in your tomatoes! 

 Cook for about 15 minutes an add some fresh chopped basil...Serve as is over pasta with lots of Parmesan cheese or you can add meatballs like this....

 So delicious, so wonderful! 

 Thank you Lillian Ricucci, my Grandmother, for gifting me with the heritage of cooking amazing fabulous Italian food...if only I could be with you in the kitchen one more time...

Blessings to all  and enjoy.... xo 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Easy as Pie!!

One of my favorite things is to bake is a buttermilk pie! This is a custard like pie that is traditional of the southern United States.

 I discovered this sweet treat in the great state of Texas and I have been making them ever since.  They are so easy to make, and even easier if you cheat a little and use a frozen pie crust.  The frozen crusts come in packages of 2, so I usually make one for me and one to share.

You only need 4 ingredients:

4 eggs
1 cup of Sugar or Splenda
1 TBS all purpose flour
1 cup Buttermilk

Combine the above in a bowl and pour into unbaked pie shell.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

For an added touch, use a seasonal cookie cutter and bake cutouts on a cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

The pie will look like this when it's done.  I love buttermilk pie best when served at room temperature.

Garnish with whipped cream, your pastry cutout, and some vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar....

It's easy as pie!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Recent Creations and Fun

It's been a busy Summer and I am looking ever so forward to spending time up north to take in some cool Fall days and nights!  Here in Florida, we won't see the likes of cool air for several more months.

I am proud to have been included in 2 features in the most recent issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine.  There is a feature on my art studio, and a feature on a special artist retreat called Serendipity that was held in Texas at the fabulous Whitworth Ranch retreat.  

Order a copy of this beautiful and charming magazine here:

If you are looking for a wonderful place to escape and create, visit Whitworth Ranch Retreat in Scurry, Texas.  My dear friend Stacy Seely is the gracious host and all of your meals can be included in your stay!  Visit here:

My quaint art studio here in Florida has been bustling with fun and creations. 

 Recently a surprise art party was held in honor of Andrea's birthday and it was a bliss filled night with Sangria and tasty tidbits and a wonderful project.

  I created kits with all the materials for the ladies to make their own crochet scarves.  It was a beautiful night!  Gather some girlfriends and plan an art party of your own at my studio. 

I have been creating some lovely vintage finery for the stores who carry my merchandise as well recently.  Mount Dora is gearing up for it's huge art festival at the end of October so I am busy working on some one of a kind designs for the weekend.  This little town draws 350,000 people for this event!

I finished a romantic little shadow box using some tiny ballet slippers and other found objects...

and now it's on to creating some jewelry, hair fascinators and more....

See you again soon to share a fun Fall recipe!