Friday, April 29, 2011

Did You Watch The Royal Wedding?

Did you set your alarm very early so you could be up to see the festivities of the Royal Wedding? I did. I slept in my sewing/guest room with the little TV and woke up to see Prince William as he was leaving for Westminster Abby.
I found it to be all beautiful and just perfect. The gowns gorgeous, the hats outrageous and I must say not very becoming to their wearers, but I understand the pomp and protocol. The music was heavenly....and the sermons inspiring. Wouldn't it be a good thing if all couples could hear such words from time to time to remember the love and devotion that brought them together in the first place...maybe it would keep more couples together....

And the kisses on the balcony....weren't they sweet and romantic? And the planes of William's squadron flying over head gave me goose bumps! I wish this couple a long and happy marriage and life!

Years ago, I stayed up all night, when we lived in Washington State, to watch Diana marry. Am I wrong in saying that todays wedding was much lighter and happier in feel? After following Diana and watching her little men grow into fine young adults I couldn't not watch the wedding of her eldest.

I hope those of you that watched this happy event in a world that is fraught with problems, enjoyed as thoroughly as I did! It was nice to have something happy to watch!

Be sure and visit Beverly's for this weeks list of pinkalicious blogs to visit. While over at Beverly's, do leave her a comment. We wouldn't have this special day if it weren't for her and all her hard work!

And please remember to keep all the people in your prayers that lost their lives and all their possessions to the tornados that tore apart the South this week and all of this spring. Sadly, so many tragic happenings in the world just in the few short months of this year. Do you think, perhaps, He is trying to get our attention?

Happy Pink Saturday and have a happy weekend and week!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Etsy Color Of The Month Party

Hello Sweet Friends and Welcome....
It is time for our Etsy Cottage Style Color Of The Month Party and this month is a favorite color for many of us...PINK!
I wish I could show you some fresh new spring blooms from my gardens, but spring is barely here....this is the first week of warmer temperatures for more than one day in a row and really....the trees and bushes are not out yet! They are trying with their teeny green buds, but we need some warm sunny days and some warm rain.
I went to my files and am going to show you a few pictures that you may have seen before....

These storm clouds at the beach down the street, were quite pink. The camera washed them out a bit, but they are still beautiful....

Pretty pink petunias

My "Baby Blue Rose"....a lovely pinky lavender

One of my large pink cupcakes with handmade clay roses...
These are my pinks and now I am off to see yours!
Many Blessings!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hello All and Happy Easter, Happy Spring and Happy Passover! This is a special Pink Saturday and when you go to Beverly's you will find all the pretty Springtime blogs to browse through....

Flowers from our gardens last year and the cross beside the road that we always watch for....I believe this one is in Missouri. Isn't it magnificent?

Spring is very slow in coming to us this year...right now it is raining, which I love, but it is chilly, chilly, chilly....which I don't love! I do hope that Sunday will have the sun shinning and warmer temps so all the children can have fun finding eggs much more fun than finding them inside.

We will be celebrating just the two of us, but we have much to be thankful for. The West Texas fires swept through the town our Texas family lives in....Ft. Davis. It swept through the area of their home and when they were evacuated they went out on the highway where they could watch. It was all high flames fed by the high winds and dense smoke, but hours and hours later, when it all cleared, their home was OK! There was only a small bit under the fence in a portion of their property. Many were not so lucky....I believe, the last I heard 43 homes were lost in that area and sadly a fireman is in the burn unit of The University Medical Center in Lubbuck. He is fighting for his life with 60% of his body burned.....I hope you will remember to keep him in your prayers.....having been in the US Forest Service with my first husband, I know how treacherous and deadly even a grass fire can become!

And, another blessing....our Texas grandson has had the grafting on his hand completed this week. He is waiting to find out when he will be released to finish his therapy and recovery.....Three weeks ago he had a serious dirt bike accident where he wound up being air lifted to Lubbuck to The University Medical Center and that is where he is now after the surgery.....A freak accident caused him to fly over the handle bars with the bike landing on top of him. He was knocked unconscious and his unprotected hand rested on the hot exhaust pipe causing third degree burns on his hand and wrist. I know he learned a valuable lesson to always be wearing your safety gear...all of it, not just some of it. Thank heavens he had his helmet on or it could have been much, much worse!
This special young man graduates from college next month and has been accepted into the US Border Patrol and is waiting orders. We are all hoping and praying he will get his hand healed and working before they call....

So, these last few weeks have been a bit stressful, but with luck and prayers, all seems to be on the mend!

Wishing you all many blessings,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Faux Cakes And Dancing With The Stars

Hi everyone....I think Spring has forgotten us.....I hear that Massachusetts is expecting twelve inches of snow, so I mustn't complain too much! lol! We do not have any leaves out....the lilacs are trying with teeny, about half an inch, buds and the tulips are not being eager to send up their bloom shoots.....So, since it is much too chilly for any outdoor activities, I have been working away....

I wanted to show you this sweet and pink little cake I fashioned while watching the elimination on Dancing With The Stars, last night! (I was sorry to see Petra leave and I am betting on the football player, Hines Ward, to take home the mirror ball....I know anything can happen in the next four weeks, so really who knows, but I never expected him to have such grace and ability! He is amazing to watch!) Then after Dancing With The Stars was the new show Body Of Proof. Have you all been watching it with Dana Delaney? It is wonderful....a serious subject, but presented so well and entertaining at the same time...I love this show and and its characters and hope they have the good sense to not cancel it....the same goes for Castle....Missed it this week because they put in that goofy show Cougar Town which I, personally, think they could cancel....not my taste in humor.....Mercy I sound like a reviewer for TV!

So, here is my little faux cake and now back to work.....

Have a happy day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

So Sweet Pink Saturday

Hello and Welcome Blogerettes to another Pink Saturday Party....To find all the other fabulous pink blogs to visit, all you have to do is click on Beverly and while there be sure and leave her a comment.....she loves them!

Hope you all had a fine week enjoying, it is just resisting getting warm and pleasant. The spring flowers are paying no mention and they are coming right on up, but I stayed inside with a sweater and heat on and worked away Faux Baking. I have said before that it is so relaxing and just plain fun. So, here are a few faux goodies just listed in my Etsy Shop Enjoy! And, I am always delighted to do a custom order for you in the color of your choice for lots more shapes coming soon!

The roses are my handmade clay roses....aren't they sweet? And, a nice change from the paper roses.....

These two cupcakes are larger....almost like little individual cakes and the tops are soooo sweet with my handmade clay roses, vintage and new posies and pink faux icing....just scrumptious! And, they look amazing on a pretty plate because they are larger with more blossoms....just more "prettieness" to savor.....


Wishing you the happiest weekend and week!!
Sweetest Regards....Jil

Saturday, April 9, 2011

More Pretty Fanciful Eggs

We all love spring and Easter for so many reasons. The lovely colors of the flowers and the greening of the grass and trees is a soothing relief after a long cold and snowy winter.
And all of that falls right into creating, too! Working with lovely and happy spring colors and making things for our Easter decor is just plain Fun!

I took the time to finish embellishing these four eggs this morning and you can see more detail at The Ruffled Rose
They look so pretty in this Mikasa glass heart that I have had for so long, I know I will have to make some for me!

I love making these pretty eggs and like the velvet eggs that I have been making, they are really nothing new. All of us that have been crafting for years, made them for home and craft shows years and years ago. The velvets then were richer in color and the blossoms on them were not from vintage millinery or the handmade Mulberry paper roses, as they are now. I also, had these as well as the velvet eggs, in a boutique in Rancho Bernardo, CA. when we lived there.

And, I am in a faux baking mood, so watch for cookies and cupcakes coming soon!

If any of you would like to know how to make them, just write to me for instructions. I will be more than happy to help you!

Have a happy and fun weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Pink Saturday, Blogerettes...When you go over to Beverly's who is our dearly loved hostess, be sure and leave her a comment and then travel leisurely through all the other wonderful blogs celebrating PINK! You might want to have a cup a of tea or your favorite drink at hand, so you can enjoy a bit of time for yourself and...have fun!

I want to thank all of you that have been ordering my velvet eggs! I have been soooo busy creating them and loving every moment! It has been a challenge keeping up with the orders and the shipping!!! It is truly such a blessing to me and makes me so happy that you like them, and, especially at this special time of the year! Thank you! Thank you!

I haven't had time to add more to our Website but there is one, very pretty white one still available....

And for something original little egg bunnies...

I made this pattern and sold these little bunnies with a big bunny at craft shows in the West. This was long before we moved here or I knew how to even use the computer! lol That seems so strange to think there was a time that I cared nothing for the computer and only discovered eBay five years ago! I was going through my hand drawn patterns and discovered this little guy and I am so glad I did! They are so much fun to make and will stand on their own with their little fluffy bunny tails!

Wishing you a happy weekend and week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

WooHoo It's April AND Pink Saturday!

Today was rush, rush, rush and so I am late, late, late!
I hope you all had a great week. I think I went by rather fast! lol! Atleast the snow is now melting and, fingers and toes crossed, there will be no more!!
Be sure and go and say "Hi" to Beverly our ever so nice hostess and to roam through all the other lovely blogs that are pink and sweet....
That is where I am headed, but first here is what I did this week and of course, it is in pinks! Hope you will stop by the The Ruffled Rose and see all our new offerings!
Click on the picture for a larger view of these two sweet velvet eggs full of vintage millinery.
Have a happy week!