Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Yesterday, I came out of my studio just to go to the market and post office. I have been sewing nonstop since Thanksgiving. This is going to be a daily event for the next two weeks. I am hoping to have all my custom orders finished and shipped by December 10th...keeping my fingers crossed!

I have one more custom party and one more trunk show this week and then I am finished until after the new year!

This year I am really look forward to the Holidays. The past few years we have taken a family trip at the beginning of December...the pressure to have EVERYTHING, decorating, shopping, sewing, etc... finished before our trip made for one unpleasant Heather! So this year, I am so laid back and I think I will actually enjoy all the preparations for Christmas. I have started is a sneak peak at one of my favorite holiday decorating projects!

I'll use these outside in the window boxes with some greens. I'll be sure to post a picture of the finished product!

So what is your favorite holiday decorating trick?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I am not much of a cook. In fact I detest the everyday cooking. But, I LOVE cooking for holidays and parties. Tomorrow I will bring these Thanksgiving specialties to our feast! Enjoy! Cranberry Pear Relish 4c fresh cranberries 2c sugar 1c fresh orange juice 1tbsp finely grated orange zest 2 slightly ripe pears, cored, peeled and cut into 1/3 inch pieces (Bosc or Anjou) Combine all ingredients in a heavy sauce pan and stir well. Place over medium heat. Biol until the berries pop open-about 10 minutes. Skim the foam of the top with a metal spoon. Cool and refrigerate! Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust 1/2 c gingersnap crumbs Sprinkle the gingersnap crumbs onto the bottom of a well buttered 9-inch spring form pan. Chill until ready for filling. Filling 2lbs. cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 c granulated sugar 1/3 c flour, sifted 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp grated nutmeg 1 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp allspice 1/8 tsp salt 6 eggs 2 c pumpkin puree In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, salt, and eggs until smooth. Add the pumpkin and continue to beat until very smooth. Pour the mixture into the chilled pan and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the oven and let the cake stand in an open oven for 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Topping 1 c of heavy cream In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream and spread onto of cake! ENJOY!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

On the Road

We are headed to the shore for the weekend...HOORAY! Of course, it is way too cold to get my feet sandy, but that is okay. I have a custom handbag "gig" tonight somewhere in New Jersey and a trunk show tomorrow at a Holiday Market in Sea Isle. Lulu and I are headed to the shore this afternoon. MBM and the big girls will follow tomorrow after lacrosse. My brother and his girlfriend are coming Saturday. My mother loured him with promises of Fillet Mignon and crab for dinner. Only my brother will drive an hour and half for a good home cooked meal. I will be contributing this yummy drink to our Happy Hour...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lulu Belle Holiday

The Holidays have hit the lulu belle studios...

Black and Tartan Silk Belt with Black Buckle (reversible)
Black Silk Folded Clutch with Tartan Lining and Covered Button

Tartan Silk Folded Clutch with Black Silk Lining and Covered Button
Red Velvet with Red Silk Belt with a Tortoise Buckle
Red Velvet Folded Clutch with Red Silk Lining and Covered Button

And for the Pink and Green Girls out there...

Green Velvet and Pink Silk Belt with Tortoise Buckle
Green Velvet Folded Clutch with Pink Silk Covered Button

These won't be available on my me if you are interested...they make GREAT teacher and babysitter gifts!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do Not Disturb

No talking, no whining, no questions, no coughing, no sneezing, no snoring....

I am so excited for another season!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Day Off

I took today off! After the gym Lulu and I did a few errands and the home. I puttered around, did a few loads of laundry, watched General Hospital and that is about it. My house from top to bottom looks like a bomb hit, a BIG bomb! It is now 7:25 and I am in my studio ready to get back to work...maybe not sewing but organizing and cleaning up. I am starting from the bottom and working my way up. Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon there will be some order in this house!

Here is a peek at some new bags I made last week. They all sold this weekend! I think I'll make another batch for my gigs this coming week!

24 Hours

I am exhausted...EXHAUSTED!!!! I did three handbags events in 24 hours, two custom parties and a trunk show, I logged 6 hours in the car and 6 hours sleep (not nearly enough sleep for me) the rest of the time I was pushing handbags.

Yesterday, I just wanted to stay home...but, we had a family Christening. I put my pajamas on at 3:30 in the afternoon and Emma I a took a nice nap, MBM made a great dinner for a fall evening, and the rest of the night I was parked in front of the television...which I never do...just sit and watch TV!

Today is cold and rainy! Lulu and I are off soon to ballet and gymnastics this morning and I am going to hit the treadmill while she is dancing. I somehow was convinced by my husband and friend to do a 5K on Thanksgiving...there is no turning back now! If you are interested in joining some other Bloggers...check this out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I've got nothing!

I have been sewing like a crazy person to prepare for three events this weekend and filling orders. Saturday, I have scheduled myself to be in two places at one time...MBM and the girls will be working the last hour of a trunk show! My "team" has been very helpful!
This was the floor of my studio the other is all cleaned up now!

This is what happens in our back yard after school...the girls waiting with their sticks for MBM.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Well we survived the weekend. My event on Saturday wasn't the best, but I did book a custom party for February and met a local gal (she is new to our area by way of Long Island) with a sweet little business and story similar to my own, stay at home mom with a sewing machine...blah, blah, blah! Check out her website...I did some Holiday shopping with her...these for my girls!

This for my nephew ....

And this for my niece......

My girls night was ok, the place the birthday girl chose was AWFUL...a hokie Italian restaurant, which was fine. But, when they cleared your plate they took your table away, too! The chef became a DJ...there was dancing on the bar...too many disco balls...the music was sooo loud you couldn't even talk without screaming...AND it was a total meat market...nothing I like more that women in their forties dressed and acting like they are twenty, it wasn't even funny, just pathetic...GOOD LORD, I sound like an old fart...but, trust me it was bad!

MBM just arrived home from the NY marathon...he said it was the most exciting because the streets were lined with people cheering for most of the course. I wished I could have gone with him. Next time and there will be a next time! We are all a little wiped out from the busy weekend and the time change. I wish I could sit in front of the tv tonight..but, I am getting ready to fire up the monogramming and sewing machine!

Go check out my new friend's website!

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Weekend Ahead!

I have been sewing just about every waking minute for the past three days. I think, I have made roughly 20 bags. Tomorrow, I have a trunk show at a Fall Art Festival. I never know what will sell. Along with the bags I also make belts, headbands, burpies, binkee bungees, diaper and wipe cases, etc...So tonight, I have to tag it, log it, and pack it all up in my car. The girls have friends over until soon as they go home I am uncorking a bottle of wine and getting my stuff organized. But, only one glass as I have to set up between 6:30-7:00 AM!A....M...! I'll be sure to make it a BIG glass. So, tomorrow I have the trunk show...MBM will take the girls to lacrosse and soccer...Saturday afternoon MBM goes to NYC for the marathon on Sunday...Saturday night I will be going to dinner with some girl friends to celebrate a BIG birthday...Sunday MBM will be running, running, running in the NY Marathon and I will accompany Emma to a birthday party! Then Monday...we start all over again! Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

An Angel, Devil, and Witch! Oh My!

Here are my girls...before running all over the neighborhood gathering thier loot!