Friday, December 26, 2008

Fab Five Friday

Here are my favorite five finds for the past week:

Vintage Pyrex sugar jar from bluebellbazaar

Vintage salon box from Mina180

Monogrammed door knocker from daisybeedesigns

Cool vintage stapler from twotallgirls

Distressed letter "G" from thebackporchshoppe

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

G is for Glitter!

I just love anything that is glittery and sparkly! Here are some of my favorite glitter finds on Etsy:

This cardigan from DewberryVintage is beautiful! It would be perfect for a special Holiday party.

This set of sparkly holiday ornaments from Blondheart are so sweet!

I just want to shrink myself and climb inside this adorable pink cottage from GulfCoastCottage!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fab Five Friday!

I love window shopping on anyone could tell by my ever-expanding favorites list! I've decided to start a new series called Fab Five Fridays where I showcase my favorite five finds of the week. This week includes:

Library Card Journals from lollipoopdesigns

Sample Pack of old-fashioned bath & body products from Portland General Store

Letter Canvases from beachchik

Nouveau Bouquet Gold pillow cover from ruby+stella home

Women's French Lounge Pants from gomonkeydesign

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snowflake Cookies

Baking decorated sugar cookies has become a holiday tradition in our household. We make hearts for Valentine's, eggs for Easter, stars for 4th of July, fall leaves for Thanksgiving and snowflakes for Christmas. My daughter is having her Christmas party for Daisy Scouts today, so of course I had to whip up a batch of sugar cookies. I found this recipe several years ago online and it is by far the best sugar cookie I've ever eaten. Give it a try...

1 cup butter
3 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour

Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar (room temperature butter and cream cheese works best). Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour gradually and mix well. Divide the dough into 3 balls and roll out between layers of parchment paper. Put rolled dough in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Cut out with cookie cutters and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

For the frosting, I use about 1 lb of powdered sugar. Add a dash of vanilla and gradually add water and mix until it gets to the consistency that you want. Coat cookies with frosting and decorate with sugar and any decorations you like.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December Giveaway!

I'm a little late posting this month's giveaway, but I promise it will be worth the wait!! This month I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to be used in my Etsy shop. I have had such tremendous support from everyone and I wanted to thank you all by ending the year with the best giveaway yet. To enter:

Visit Out of the Blue and find your favorite item...then come back here and let me know what you picked. It's that easy! Please make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you if you are the winner.

Entries must be received by midnight December 31st(CST). Winner will be contacted on January 1st.

I am also offering Free Shipping on all purchases through the end of the month. Just mention my blog at checkout and I will issue a refund through Paypal after you check out.

Happy Holidays!!