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December 27, 2009

Fast approaching New Year…

Filed under: Holidays, Morning Musings, blather — jackie @ 11:07 am

Good morning readers.

I have finally recovered from the pre holiday madness that ensues at this time every year and am looking towards the start of 2010. Like last year, I have decided to set an “intention” for the year instead of the traditional resolutions. Unlike resolutions, intentions don’t make you feel guilty if you break them within the first week after the new year. Intentions are always good and if nothing else you always know how to find the way to hell ( * ).

For your reading pleasure, I did a Google search on “New Year’s intentions”. I came up with this article, this blog and one more.

This year my intention is “write”. Although I love the immediacy of email, blogs and Facebook, (I’m not a Twitterer yet) there is something so enjoyable and satisfying about sending and recieving a handwritten note or letter. Not so long ago I used to send handwritten mail all the time. I have tons of decorative postage stamps left over from this time. I will no doubt have to add a few extra stamps with them on the envelopes as the cost of postage has gone up considerably. For inspiration and to get me started I will be pulling out my copy of Alexandra Stoddards book Gift of a Letter: Giving the Gift of Ourselves– Add Richness and Grace to Your Life Through the Art of Letter-writing this afternoon and will read it over for the hundreth or so time with a hot cup of tea and a sweet kitty in my lap.

So…what’s your intention?

Obligatory book content… While searching for information on the technique of using wire mesh and polymer clay to create book covers I came across this old blog belonging to artist Eva Buchala that has some wonderful examples of polymer clay journal covers. You can find more great book examples as well as a link to her new blog on her website.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

(* re.: that old saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.)

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December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Filed under: Holidays — jackie @ 6:59 pm

May all you wishes come true!

May all your wishes come true.

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December 29, 2008

New Year’s giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Holidays — jackie @ 4:32 pm

I have an extra new copy of the book Unique Handmade Booksby Alisa Golden. I just happened upon it in my travels during the course of shopping for Christmas and thought it might make a nice giveaway.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment with this post telling us about your New Years traditions. On New Year’s day, in the evening, I will put all the names in a jar and have my lovely assistant choose a winner.

Good luck!

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December 16, 2008

Surfacing amounst the busyness of the season…

Filed under: Holidays — jackie @ 3:37 pm

Hello dear readers…

Long time no chat. I can’t account for November and the first part of December but the past couple of weeks have been crazy. They went from end of the semester madness to the Christmas crazies. (You know, shopping, baking, wrapping, shopping…)

As penance for my long absence I offer you my sought after and highly coveted Spanish Gold Brick cookies. I present them to you under the Christmas tree, served proudly on a handmade plate courtesy of my Introduction to pottery class.

Spanish Gold Brick cookies

Ok, unless you can reach through the computer screen and grab one off of my desk, you’ll have to make due with the recipe. So, here ya go…

Spanish Gold Brick Cookies

  • 1 package of graham crackers (enough to cover the bottom of a large cookie sheet)
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts ( I use pecans or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter (yes the real stuff…Paula Deen would be proud.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of margarine (yes, really. Do not try to substitute for real butter!)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Preheat oven 325 degrees. Separate the sections of graham crackers (my favorite brand is the Nabisco brand as I find they don’t get soggy as quickly as the cheaper brands of graham crakers. Of course this is assuming that they sit around without being eaten for more than a day or so after baking. But I digress…) and line on an ungreased cookie sheet (make sure your cookie sheet has a lip). Sprinkle crackers liberally with nuts. Melt butter, margarine and sugar in a pan. Stirring constantly, slowly bring to a boil and stir for another 2 mins. Pour mixture slowly and evenly over the crackers and nuts. Bake uncovered for 8-10 mins. Allow to cool in pan for about 10 mins. Separate with knife and allow to cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container. Watch them disappear. If necessary, these can be frozen.

Trust me when I say that your neighbors will be knocking at your door with empty plates and sad faces looking for more cookies.

More later… After shopping all morning I need a nap.

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