Thanks so much to everyone who was able to come yesterday and today- we were so busy all day! By the time I got a few pictures, so much was already gone
I loved making these signs, which is a good thing since I need to make more
we got in some new candle scents this week- Nutmeg and Chutney is my favorite and Orange Clove smells so good for Christmas time
Santa bear and his candy cane, and those are our new candle boxes perfect for greens and a grubby candle. And the cutest little cross stitch
I love the new farm table Clay made. It's 6' long and has a distressed pine top, the legs are beautiful
This is the cutest gingerman my friend Gloria made for me. Gloria, Vicky, and Heather have Olde Green Cupboard Designs and they are 3 very talented ladies- they design fabric and patterns and Heather makes the most adorable mohair critters you have ever seen. Gloria has the gingers for sale on her site http://www.oldegreencupboard.com/ - order one before they all run away!
This stocking is made from wool and has a little snowman cross stitch
This is my favorite bench, it is much darker in person- the flash on my camera made everything look brighter than it is
I got my order of Valdani over-dyed threads in yesterday. How can such a small thing make you so happy... I had the best time today with it! Such beautiful fall colors. Come get some for your fall projects.
And, I have over-dyed floss coming in next week for all those wonderful primitive cross-stitch projects on your list. These threads are by The Gentle Art and they are wonderful also.
We started making smoothies a few years ago to try and be healthier and feel better. A few months ago our blender broke after about 3 years of daily use. Not wanting to wait for shipping to get a new one, we bought a Vitamix at a local retail store and couldn't be happier with it. To make a fruit and veggie smoothie you need an emulsifying blender so it will pulverize everything and not leave pieces and chunks like a regular blender will- nothing is worse than drinking a big chunk of spinach leaf! Trust me the expensive one's are well worth the money- the Vitamix is super fast and gets every little piece. Here is the recipe we make every day:
1/2 c 100% cranberry juice (you can use water- we just like cranberry juice)
1 cup Voskos greek yogurt- I use the Greek Honey flavor, it doesn't have added sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, & allspice)
handful baby carrots
handful grape tomatoes or 1 regular tomato
about 1/3 small sweet potato, peeled and cut in a few pieces
1 cup red seedless grapes
1/2 to 1 cup strawberries- take the caps off
broccoli florets- about 1 1/2 to 2 cups
2 or 3 big handfuls spinach
1/2 bag frozen blueberries or about 1 1/2 cups- fresh in season
1/2 bag frozen pineapple or 1/2 a fresh pineapple
1 apple - cored
Put everything in the blender except the frozen fruit and blend for a few minutes until smooth, add a little more liquid if needed. Then add the frozen fruit and blend a few more minutes. This pretty well packs the blender and makes 4 big glasses. Other fruits I use in season that really give a good flavor are raspberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe- Just be careful as some fruits will overpower, like if you put too much cantaloupe, that is all you will taste. I try to buy US fruits and veggies, but that is not always so easy. I usually use frozen blueberries and pineapple, and they don't loose any nutrients by freezing. The blueberries, grapes, and apples are what add the sweetness- so you can add more or less depending on how sweet you want your juice. I also wash all my fresh fruits and veggies really good.
Cooked veggies loose most of their super powers so this is the best way to get the raw stuff you need. Cinnamon is a top antioxidant, with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It has been shown to help with glucose and digestion. Cloves are beneficial against muscle pain & arthritis. Ginger can rev your metabolism and promote circulation. It's also been shown to help lower blood pressure and can reduce nausea, it's anti-viral and can help lower cholesterol. But start with just a little because the cinnamon and ginger can overpower the flavor if you get too much and make your juice hot and spicy. Pineapple contains bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory, which aids digestion and helps with sinus congestion. And of course you can never get enough spinach and broccoli!
This is a new piece in the shop today, an antique pewter cupboard. It dates back to the early 1800's. It has a bonnet top with huge dovetails on the top, and the drawers are also dovetailed. You turn the knobs to open the doors. It's in very good condition.
and here's a picture where you can see the sides a little better