Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quote of the Day - Never Give Up

Be of good cheer.
Do not think of today's failures,
but of the success that my come tomorrow.
You have set yourselves a difficult task,
but you will succeed if you persevere;
and you will find a joy in
overcoming obstacles.
Remember, no effort that we make
to attain something
beautiful is ever lost.

- Helen Keller

Sunday, December 27, 2009

50% Off All Items in my Christmas Section

I am having a 50% off sale in
The Christmas Section of my
on Etsy
These pictures give you a small sample
of the over 80 items in
that section.

Sale is from Dec 25 2009 till Dec 31 2009.

Click on the title to take you to the Sale!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last Minute Lushes Dip - Ricotta & Chocolate

Ricotta and Chocolate / Peace Love and Chocolate
Fresh Ricotta Cheese with Olive oil and Dark Chocolate

Serve this Ricotta with an hors d'oeuvre plate.
I included nuts, cherries, a few other cheeses
and some black pepper crackers.

Fresh Ricotta Cheese with Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate

2 cups (or lbs.) Fresh Ricotta Cheese
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A pinch pink salt or fine regular salt
A pinch of White Pepper
1 1/2 ounces Dark Chocolate
(not cooking chocolate -
 but a good 65% dark chocolate.)

Place Ricotta in a dish.
Stir in salt and paper,
Drizzle with olive oil.
Chop dark Chocolate into fine
slivers and sprinkle on top.
Serve with Crackers.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Pink signifies romance and has
 a positive impact on the heart.
It is the innocent side of love
as it is a mixed color
(union of red and white)
and blends passion and purity.
Pink actually has a
physical impact on the human body:
when the eyes see a large pink
object the body grows noticeably weaker.
(This is borne out by clinical test and has nothing to do
with pink elephants coming your way after
a long night at the local bar!)
Pale pink represents the sweetness of youth;
vibrant pinks are high-spirited and express energy.
Pink foods are perceived as sweet-tasting and sweet-smelling.
In decor, pink adds impact to neutrals.
Shocking pink with white creates clean, vibrant looks.
Pink is the color of unconditional love
and is beneficial in rooms used to getting to
"the heart of something."
It has been used in prisons to calm aggressive inmates.
Used in a bedroom, it evokes memories
of being in the womb,
offering safety and security.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kawaii Sale - Etsy New Policy Has Made This Sale Necessary

I am having a fabulous sale because of Etsys new policy on commercial supplies.

And I would rather sell these items then move them!

Here is the ad.
*****#Due to Etsy's policy changes for commercial supplies I am having this sale.

*****40% OFF !! *****

Save 40% for Christmas Gifts!!

The sale is from December 6th to December 31st 2009. Please pay as you normally would and we will refund the difference. The 40% is only for the items - NOT the shipping.

Due to Etsy's new rules for commercial supplies, we will not be able to sell certain items starting in January. So, rather than moving them all over to our website, we are selling them at 40% off!

The following items are 40% off:






The items will be moved to --


To read more of the new changes please click on the link :


Refund through PayPal.

Monday, November 30, 2009

FREE Yes This is a Free Offer on Tea Holders - FREE

This is a listing special for free tea holders. - you get two!!!!!!!

No other purchase necessary!

These handmade little enclosures are beautiful. And they add a special little gift to let the person you send it to know you care.

On the back there is a Christmas Tea cup and a verse that will let you know how to have tea together on Christmas day even if you are miles apart
Special purchase offer....other offers do not apply.

This is like a PIF without the PIF, no gimmicks, no catch!

Just pay for the mailing and your tea holders are free.

If you would like fabulous tea to put in them - just go to


Friday, November 27, 2009

Quote of the day - Gluttony

Indulge in too much
gluttony --
and your clothes
won't buttony.

by Frank Tyger

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quote of the day - A Wish

A wish is a desire
without an

by Farmer's Digest

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Psychology of Color Part 7

Purple is a mixed color,
a combination of the passionate red
and the peaceful tranquility of blue.
It is a symbol of leadership,
respect and wealth.
Historically, purple was the most
expensive dye to make so only
the wealthy could afford to be
"in the purple"
and has been the color of royalty
and emperors since the Roman era.

Purple is sensual,
spiritual, elegant and mysterious.
Purple and violet are colors
used in rooms of deep relaxation
therapy and meditation.
Splashes of violet in any social room
promotes a spiritual connection.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


"My ankles crunch,
my knees crunch,
my stomach gurgles constantly.
I'm not getting older -
I'm getting noisier."
-- Bob Hope

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Consider this paradox:
Almost everything that is publicly said
these days is recorded.
Almost nothing of what is said
is worth remembering.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Panini Bacon Chocolate Sandwich Recipe

One of my favorite places to order Chocolate -
gourmet Chocolate - is Vosges Chocolate.
They have the best (in my opinion) Chocolate and the most unique.
Have you ever had pancakes and the syrup get on the bacon?
The taste is wonderful.
That is why when Vosges came out with their Bacon Chocolate Bar,
I had to try it and I LOVE it.
I have tried this recipe and it is amazing - so I am sharing it with you.

Milk or Dark Bacon Bar Panini

Yields One Sandwich

Equipment needed:

*Panini press or waffle iron or clothes iron and cast iron pan (see tips below),

*2 Italian country bread slices about 4-5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick,

*2 tbsp Sea salted butter,

*2 squares Vosges‘ Mo’s Milk or Dark Bacon Bar,

*2 strips of crispy bacon (optional), I love the thick sliced,


*Spread butter on all sides of the bread.

*Place bacon bar squares on one piece of bread,

followed by strips of bacon if you are using them and a sprinkle of salt.

*Place other piece of buttered bread on top and press with Panini press until golden brown.

Tips: Make sure your bread doesn’t have many gaping holes or your fillings may seep through and burn.

If you don’t have a Panini press substitute with a waffle iron as you see I did in the photos.

Or try a cast iron skillet hold with a clothes iron on top – quite the contraption I assure you.

Make sure the bread you use isn’t overly crusty or it may cut your mouth a bit when pressed.

At the same time don’t choose an overly soft bread not a good quality kind either and it won’t have the rigidity.

I suggest a crusty ciabatta or italian peasant bread.


We really play up the savory element of the bacon in this panini by adding a wonderful slice of gruyere cheese, a piece of sizzling bacon, a dollop of whole grain mustard and spear each panino with a cherry tomato and a gherkin.

Try this alternative as a fun hors d’oeuvre!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Enjoy today -
you'll soon be looking back
on it as
one of the
good old days.
L. Carte

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I am so excited - I am in a magazine.
www.modernhandmadechild.com Magazine on line.
Has a cookie exchange under Taste. Page 66
My Lavender Cookies Recipe Gift Card Set is featured.
The link shows that I am sold out - put please check my
store under gifts for more copies of this set.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Psychology of Color Part 6

Blue is the world's favourite colour.
It stands for truth, honesty, loyalty and integrity
and is often the colour of choice for the corporate look.
Blue is associated with coolness and formality.
Blue is peaceful and tranquil and is a sign of law, order and logic.
It is dependable, quiet and serene, restful and cool.
When a room is decorated in blue you feel relaxed,
peaceful and daydreams abound.
It lifts you away from your physical surroundings and helps you to de-stress.
Blue is known as a healing colour and promotes the feeling of being cared for.
Blue is good for bedrooms and splashes of blue will ease loneliness.
Darker blue will engender mediation and make a room feel spiritually charged.
On the other hand, blue should be used in moderation as it could encourage depression.
Cool tones of blue are good for offices as they create an atmosphere of relaxed purpose.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

God's Lent Child

God's Lent Child
"I'll lend you for a liitle while
A child of mine," God said -
"For you to love the while
she lives,
And mourn for when she's dead.
It may be one or two years
Or forty two or three:
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to
gladden you
And - (should her stay be brief) -
You"ll have her lovely memories
As a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
Since ALL from earth return;
But the lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
In search for teachers true;
And from the things that crowd
Life's lane - I have chosen you.
Will you give her all your love?
nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord. Thy will be done.
For joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we'll run.
We will shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may -
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should Thy angels call for her
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the grief that comes
And try to understand."
-Florence Correa

Saturday, October 24, 2009


To and Fro
To stuff, then diet,
Is a no-no
That's what makes
Your poundage yo-yo.
by Shelly Friedman

Wednesday, October 21, 2009



These hand made mitt clips are so beautiful but also handy and so very useful.
The first picture is of the clips for this add.
Your children or you will never lose mitts again.
And you could use them also -- when dealing with children out side or shopping -- never worry about putting your gloves down and forgetting them or dropping them!!
They made a wonderful gift for people of all ages.
This set is made with clear industrial strength clips.
The elastic used in this set is red.
And there is a snow flake button or a winter button sown on the end by the clip.
The snow flake and color of clip may very.
By using the elastic I have made it easier to take off or put on your mitts or gloves.
TO USE - just attach one end to the cuff of your coat, snowsuit or jacket and attach the other end to the cuff of the mittens or gloves

Mitten Clips

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


If you can spend a perfectly
useless afternoon
in a perfectly useless manner,
you have learned
how to live.
by Lin Yutang

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Give Away Going On Now

Just wanted to let you know about a great give away going on now until Oct. 22nd. This one features the Magickal Ewe, a fantastic mother/daughter yarn shop.

Head on over on this link and enter now


Good luck!!!

Homemade Halloween Treat Ideas

Kids love Halloween because this is the only time they really get to enjoy sweets. Traditionally, treats for Halloween consisted of store bought candy corns, and other assorted Halloween favorites. Dunking for apples was a favorite in our day. Today, there are more creative ideas available than ever before.

Baking is a tradition on Halloween, and aside from the cookies and cupcakes, there are other recipes which can be used to make the occasion even more special.

Instead of regular cookies how about ghost cookies? Using your favorite cookie recipe, you can shape the cookies into little ghosts. Your kids can decorate them with different color icing, or use M&M’s right after they are taken out of the oven.

Here is a great recipe for brownies shaped into ghosts. Make the brownies as you normally would, then before they cool, cut a ghost shape using a paring knife. Then melt white chocolate and using a piping bag, make the outline of the ghost on the brownie. After it has cooled you can pipe in the eyes and mouths, using any color frosting you choose.

If you’d like to make bat cakes, simply follow the steps to make a chocolate cake. Place the prepared ingredients onto a baking sheet. When the cake is finished, you can cut out bats with a paring knife. Set them aside to cool. Melt some dark chocolate and pipe in their eyes and noses. In fact, you can use dark chocolate to make the bat wings and attach them to either side of the bat cakes. Your kids will be in chocolate heaven!

Halloween is a time of costume making and preparing special treats. It’s the one time of the year in which kids are allowed to not only help in making treats, but consuming them as well. Whatever treats you prepare on Halloween will be handed down to your kids, and their kids. So have a great time and enjoy the day with your family on the “sweetest” day of the year.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

7 Halloween Games for Kids

Part of the fun of Halloween is playing silly games. When planning the games, it’s best to keep the costumes in mind and plan things that will work around them. Games should be simple with easy to follow rules.

Bobbing for Apples – A classic Halloween party game has always been bobbing for apples, however some kids don’t like putting their face in the water or don’t want to mess up the make up that took a long time to perfect. One variation of this game is to tie the stems of the apples to varied lengths of string and then hang them up. Then the people have to put their hands behind their back and try to take a bite out of the apple. You can also play the game using marshmallows.

Mummy Wrap Up – Divide guests into small groups. Provide them each with a roll or two of toilet paper and see who can use the tissue paper to wrap up one of their teammates the fastest. The first one to complete their mummy using the entire roll wins.
Jack-o-Lantern Faces – Hang a picture of a jack-o-lantern on the wall and have matching face pieces cut out of black paper for the eyes, nose and mouth. Place sticky-tack on the back of the pieces. Blindfold each player when it is their turn and play the same as pin the tail on the donkey except players put the eyes, nose and mouth on the pumpkin face. Younger children can do just the mouth, while older children and adults can do the entire face for more of a challenge.

Ghost Hunters – Cut out several paper ghosts and divide the players into two groups. Have one team hide the ghosts around the room. The other team has to hunt down the ghosts. Play continues until all ghosts are found. The team that hunts the most ghosts wins.
Ghost Bowling – Collect ten empty one or two liter soda pop bottles (use the larger bottles for younger guests). Paint the bottles white and decorate with silly ghost faces. Use a small playground size ball as the bowling ball. If you can find orange ones, decorating them as jack-o-lanterns can add to the fun.

Upset the Candy Dish – Place chairs in a circle, facing in, having one less than the number of players. Whisper in each child’s ear the name of a favorite Trick or Treat candy. They will become this piece of candy in the candy dish. Have one person stand in the middle of the circle to be “it”. The child in the middle will call one or two types of candy. If the candy name that’s called is matches the one the children are, they should stand up and try to move to another empty seat. Occasionally, the child who is “it” calls out, “Upset the candy dish.” and all the players need to move to a new seat. If any of the candy kids can’t find a seat they then become “it.”

Pirates’ Treasure – Fill two small buckets with sand and place inside a larger washtub or box. Bury treasure in the buckets such as small prizes or candy. Each player receives a plastic spoon to dig for their treasure. Divide players into two teams. Position players around their designated bucket and tell them when to start. They dig in their treasure “chests” until every piece is found. The first team to find all their treasure wins.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 8

8. Halloween Burgers


6 hamburgers or veggie burgers
6 slices cheese
Pitted olives
Red and green bell peppers
6 lettuce leaves
6 hamburger buns (split)


Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter cut cheese into pumpkin shapes. Cut olives into shapes for eyes and nose.

Cut bell peppers into shapes for mouth and pumpkin top (green pepper). Cook burgers according to recipe and during the last few minutes of cooking top with cheese. Carefully remove and place into lettuce-lined buns. Garnish pumpkin face using olives and peppers.

Serve open top.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 7

Recipe no. 7 for your Hallowe'en festivities!

Mummy Dogs


6 hot dogs
1 package ready to bake pastry
Parmesan cheese


Wrap each hot dog in a pastry sheet and lightly brush with melted butter. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top. Place "mummy dogs" on a lightly greased baking tray and bake at 350F for approximately 15 minutes or until golden and baked through. Top with "blood" (ketchup) and serve.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 6

These recipes are delicious and just in time for Hallowe'en!

Recipe no. 6 in my series. For recipes 1 to 4 please see http://impawsibletoresist.blogspot.com/

6. Scary Frozen Bugs


*These are great for serving in party punch or drinks.



Fill ice cube tray with water and place a raising in each ice cube. Freeze and use.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 5

These recipes are delicious and just in time for Hallowe'en!

Recipe no. 5 in my series. For recipes 1 to 4 please see http://impawsibletoresist.blogspot.com/

Pumpkin & Goblins Punch


1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (1-liter) bottles of ginger ale
1 package orange sherbet


In a punch bowl combine condensed milk and orange juice concentrate. Add ginger ale and mix well. Right before serving top with scoops of orange sherbet and serve.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009


A balanced Diet
is Chocolate in
Both Hands

Friday, October 2, 2009


"Revenge is never the answer,
Carried to its ultimate conclusion,
an eye for an eye
would only leave
us all blind"
-Rev. Billy Graham

Thursday, September 24, 2009


"Weight is only a state of mind.
To me,
anyone under 150 pounds
is just bones
with a slip-cover on."

---Shelley Winters

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Green represents life, nature, a feeling of calmness, friendliness and freshness.
It is sensuous and alive; it is dependable, steady, soothing and healing.
It represents newness and re-generation.
It is the most pervasive colour in nature and symbolizes Mother Nature,
the green movement, and ecology.
Deep greens signify money, prestige and power.

Green is a healer.
Suicides dropped 34% when bridges were painted green (Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver.)
Green gives structure and boundaries to the environment and is a colour of replenishment.
It is a good colour for rooms that you wish to create a mystique of relaxation
as it gives one space and time to re-balance.
It is frequently chosen because of its versatility and limitless variations.
Greens go well together and green laced with white can be the crispest,
springiest look of all.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

QUOTE FOR THE DAY - Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour
is only
60 minutes long.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


HUMANS were made to
run on LOVE,
and they do not
function well on
anything else.

- Our Daily Bread

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Great News - From Japan With Love

Well my daughter's store did it again -- Great News -- I have taken this from her blog - great reading .....
Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Great News!
I found out yesterday that our store was mentioned in a New York Times article about Bentos! We are mentioned in the "where to get bento boxes and supplies" section on page 2 of the article.
It has been a great week (even though I was sick with a bad cold!!)!!
Enjoy reading!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


The only thing on earth
that's never in danger
of being overdone

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Well I guess my daughter is famous - here is a copy from her blog for today -I am so proud!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Big News!!!!
Well....we got a great thing in the mail today! It was the October 2009 edition of the Ladies' Home Journal! Now you might be wondering why this is a great thing....well...it is because one of our products was featured (pg 152) with, of course, the link to our store!!!! Check it out!

We cropped the picture because above it is a recipe and I just wasn't sure about copyright etc so I played it safe. This is so exciting! We were contacted months ago about our sponges and we emailed back and forth and I sent in 2 for them to see and then we didn't hear anything so I just thought it wasn't going to happen especially since we are located in Japan but I was wrong! I don't think I have ever been so happy to be wrong about something!


Friday, September 4, 2009


A dog is the only thing
on this earth
that loves you
more than
he loves himself.
---Josh Billings

Friday, August 21, 2009


The trouble with justice
these days
is that it's
not admissible
in a court of law.
author - Robert Brault


Yellow gets attention easily.
It is no coincidence that bees have yellow stripes
as the colour warns other insects and animals
to "stay away."
It symbolizes energy and sunlight
and is associated with springtime,
cheerfulness and optimism;
however, some shades of yellow are associated
with uncertainty and restlessness
by certain personality types.
It is the colour of ideas and dreams
and stimulates creativity and confidence.
It suggests gaiety, joy and merriment.
Yellow is the psychological representation of daytime.
(Night time is dark blue.)
as it is the most reflective of all
the colours in the spectrum.
On the downside, and especially if you're a country dweller,
you might want to take note that it attracts houseflies;
on the upside, it stimulates the left side of the brain
for logical thinking,
so it may induce some very pragmatic thoughts
on how to get rid of those pesky varmints!
It is an excellent colour for home offices
as it helps you to absorb information
and stimulates short-term memory.
Not only will you know more,
but you'll remember why!
In the kitchen, yellow is wonderfully stimulating.
In Alaska, were winter nights seem to last forever,
it is recommended people spend two hours a day
in a bright yellow room to prevent
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
which is depression caused by lack of exposure to sunlight.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Orange is a combination of red and yellow and bears the characteristics of each.
It is lively and warm and symbolizes a strong personality,
as well as adventure and excitement.
It is popular with children because it is fun, creative and cheerful.
Orange stimulates the appetite and is known to affect the glandular system.
It produces a balance of emotions and increases positive thinking.
Darker, more muted oranges invite a person to relax and stay awhile.
Burnt orange is a good choice for living and dining rooms as it promotes sociability
and brings a conversation to an intuitive level.


Evil would be extinct
were it not
for the lack of
love in men's hearts.