Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Have you met our newest fashionista?

Let me introduce you to Paige.
Paige is sassy and sweet. The girls all invite her to play and the boys pick her first for their baseball teams.

Paige is available in sizes 2-12 and can be yours for $42. Order online at or at your local trunk show.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I love snickerdoodles. Really love them. Which is kind of ironic when you consider that I am the biggest chocoholic that ever walked the face of the earth.
We were having a friend over for dinner the other night, and I needed to produce some kind of a dessert in a hurry, otherwise I might tarnish my image as a domestic goddess. (just kidding!)
I had recently been given one of those enormous sugar cookie mix boxes from Costco, and was hoping there was some way to jazz up some sugar cookies into something a little more exciting. So, off to the internet I went, and lo and behold, I discovered a way to transform my sugar cookie mix into a snickerdoodle!
I found it here.

Start with a store bought sugar cookie mix...

1 pouch sugar cookie mix
2 T all-purpose flour
1/3 c butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp cinammon

Heat oven to 375. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, butter and egg until dough forms. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (I always use a stone - I swear by them). If desired, roll tops of warm cookies in additional sugar and cinnamon (I didn't do this, but will next time). Cool completely, about 20 minutes.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

L.A. Fabric District

The last time I visited the Los Angeles Fabric District, I was given the grand tour by Myrinda of Fabric Hound. What a treat that was! It has been several months ago now, and I am in need of another trip!
One of the highlights of the day - a bacon dog! Ever had one? Man, oh man! Worth every calorie!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Do you like bread?

Here is a bread recipe that you will die for... because it is so good, and because it is sooooo easy to make!
Peasant Bread

1 pkg dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
Melted butter

Place yeast, water, sugar, and salt in bowl and stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until well blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour). Remove dough from bowl and place in 2 rounds on a greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise an additional hour. Brush top on dough with melted butter and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm.

It is really fantastic with homemade soup!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Santa's Workshop, Part Two

Another fun, creative project we decided to do for the girls is a craft caddy for their art supplies. I had seen this blog online talk about how to create an inexpensive version of this pottery barn caddy. It worked out just perfectly, don't you think?
Here is the pottery barn kids inspiration lazy susan:

Here is the lazy susan created by The Crafter's Filebox:

And here is the one we created:

We purchased the lazy susan and the little metal buckets at Ikea. The lazy susan cost $7.99 and the buckets were $1 each. We spray painted the lazy susan white, and the buckets pink and used E6000 adhesive (my new favorite). I was actually asked for my ID when I bought the glue - carded to buy glue? Huh?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Santa's Workshop Part One

We had a pretty creative Christmas around here. The husband and I helped Santa to make the girls a playhouse this Christmas. I had seen a playhouse online and really wanted the girls to have one like it. Sadly, the person didn't provide instructions, so we had to figure it out on our own. But, she did provide a heck of a lot of inspiration! We drew out a rough plan, bought the PVC pipe and got started. The husband decided it would be a shame to waste the extra PVC pipe, so he made it taller. If ever there is an NBA player in the neighborhood, they can comfortably play inside the playhouse, as it is 8 1/2 feet tall in the center!! The extra height created some challenge as to how to use the fabric I had decided to use for the playhouse. I was determined to make this a "green" project by utilizing material that I already had in my stash. I was able to use some canvas I had purchased several years ago to make some chair covers that never got made. My good friend, Jayne, helped me ALOT with this project (thank God for Jayne!) and also contributed some old fabrics she had in her stash.
It is still a work in progress, as I intend to add a few extra touches - flowers in the flower boxes, a door bell, and a sign for above the door that can be interchangeable - one that says "3 Sisters Sweet Shop" and another that says "Home Sweet Home".
But, life is a work in progress, don't ya think?

Here is the welcome mat. It folds up and velcros to make a door.

Here is Shady, making herself right at home!

Here is one side of the playhouse.

The window boxes have slits in them so we can add flowers later.

The opposite side of the house has one window and a mail slot.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas Jammies...

It is our family tradition to wear the same Christmas pajamas on Christmas eve/morning. I make them each year, usually at the last minute, and in a frenzy.
Here are a few pictures of our 2009 family Christmas jammies...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

One of those days...

We had a fantastic holiday season with family visiting from the East Coast. One of the days between Christmas and New Year's, my parents and husband and I took the girls to Sea World. It was a lovely day, but very crowded. My girls loved the Sesame Street Playground area especially, and were more than willing to stand in line for what felt like forever, to wait for a turn on the giant bouncy they have there. The attendant would only let 6 children at a time into this bouncy for only a few minutes at a time, and we waited about 30 minutes for our turn to come up. The girls piled in and had the best time. So much fun, in fact, that Sophia refused to leave when her turn was up. I must have watched 40 children dutifully leave when their time was up. But not my youngest child. She wasn't giving up without a fight! First, Georgia tried dragging her out by one leg. Sophia howled and howled in protest. The attendant might have actually rolled her eyes when she asked me to go in after her. I discovered that this bouncy wasn't firm like any bouncy I have ever been on before. It was so squishy, I ended up having to crawl out after Sophia. All the adults anywhere around were howling with laughter as I crawled in after Sophia, and some guy nearby yelled out, "Don't worry, Mom, nobody is watching!"
I had to laugh and that just made it more difficult to crawl out and grab Sophia and crawl back out while trying to hold onto a squirming child.
Naturally, my Mom just stood by laughing and taking pictures.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Now Booking Spring 2010 Trunk Shows!

Hello and Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a fantastic year and hope the very same for you!
We are now booking trunk shows for our Spring 2010 season - which is better than ever! We are really excited about the fabrics and styles we have chosen this season and we believe you will be excited too!
Hosting a trunk show is very easy - and a great way to earn free clothing credit. You pick a show period (3-4 days) and in advance of that, we send you an evite and postcard invitations. When your trunk is scheduled to arrive, it comes right to your door. You spread the clothing out in your location, invite your friends over to browse, try on, and place their orders. We offer totally design your own at our trunk shows, so customers can choose any silhouette and any fabric, as well as some sizing customization (size 8 with a 6 waist, that sort of thing). We carry Bows Arts bows and EmTanner products as well. Our sizing runs from 6-12m to size 12 and 14 in some styles.
Your hostess benefits are 10% of sales, plus free shipping if your show is over $500. When your show is over, you pack it back up, the USPS picks it up from your doorstep and you are all set!
This spring, for Easter delivery, you need to hold a January show. Those dates are filling up fast, so don't delay!
Can I answer any other questions for you?? Email me at and I will get right back to you!