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 pageoflove@aol.com 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 Garden....it 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 easy..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