Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We Were Blogged

Our most amazing Wedding Photographers highlighted us on their blog.  
Casey and Drea Cunningham of Cunningham Photo Artists were an absolute delight to work with from start to finish.  

Journey on over there and get a sneak peek at our wedding photos
~also leave them some love on your favorites~

all photos from Cunningham Photo Artists

Also big kuddos to Wow Factor Cakes, Shutterbooth, Mint Museum of Art, and La Tea Das for helping make our dream wedding come true. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

We LOVE to Win Friday!

Awesome giveaways from around the web.
 Enter soon, most will end this week.

~Apparel & Fashion~
~Crafts and Fun Things~

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

I'm daily inspired by a slue of amazing artists at work, as friends and those I follow online. You are all such an inspiration. Whether it is in craft, word, design, paint, photography or performance, the sharing and experience of art fundamental to the human experience. 

In this day before, we once again open two shows for the holidays. I'm truly thrilled to be surrounded by artists.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wow, I WON! - Take that Tuesday

I got AMAZING news last night and this morning. 

I WON two giveaways. 

Last night, I found out  I will soon be the proud owner of  a beautiful clutch from Toriska Bags & Crafts.  Check our her amazing store.  Also support by following and enter the amazing giveaways at Mint Green with EnvyThanks to Mint Green with Envy.

This morning, I received the most amazing news.  I won a Silhouette.  Yes, the super amazing craft cutter machine that can do almost everything but make my morning coffee.  My dearest husband had said he would get me one for Christmas.  I've wanted one for so long.  It was stretching our holiday budget. This is a true blessing.  Thank you to Thrifty Chic Mom and Silhouette.  Please support Thrifty Chic Mom, it's a great blog and hosts some rockin' twitter parties. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday! I certainly did.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Munchies - LeeLa's Cheesecake Swirly

It was a hit at both of our families Thanksgiving meal.  This is a VERY dense cheesecake, so a little slice goes a long way.  This recipe uses a 9" springform pan and a good mixer.

LeeLa's Cheesecake Swirly

What do you need?
1 sleeve(about 1 1/2 cups), Chocolate Graham Crackers *crushed
3 tbsp., butter *melted*
24 oz (3 pkgs), Cream Cheese *softened*
1/2 cup, sugar
1/2 tsp., vanillia
3 eggs
2oz, semi sweet chocolate *melted*
6oz, white baking chocolate *melted

What do you do with all that? 
Preheat oven to 325. Mix your crushed chocolate graham crackers and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, & vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Decrease speed to slow, add eggs one at a time. mix just enough to blend *tip: be careful not to over beat --over beating will cause airbubbles and cracks*

Remove 1 cup of mixtures, place in separate bowl with melted semi-sweet chocolate. Stir until well-blended. With the remaining mixture combine with melted white chocolate. Spoon mixtures into springform pan over crust alternately.  Swirl with knife to create the marble look.

Bake 30 min. or until the center is almost set. run small knife around the side of pan to loosen cake. Allow to completely cool. Remove pan. Refrigerate overnight (at min. 4 hours).

eat, drink, & Be WELL. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Sweets

~Sweet Musings~
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  ~Oscar Wilde

~Sweet Treats~
LeeLa loves' Cheesecake Swirlly
~check back on Monday for the recipe~

~Sweet Dreams~
How far that little candle throws his beams! 
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Friday, November 26, 2010

We LOVE to Win Friday! - Special Silhouette Machine Edition

I fancy myself a crafty diva, except I can not cut a straight line! Ever since learning about the Silhouette Machine, I have wanted one.  
It is indeed lovely

I strongly encourage you to check our their website and blog to see all the amazing things this machine can do.  Lucky for you and me, Silhouette is providing a TON of crafty bloggers Silhouette Machines to giveaway to their readers.  Yipee! Below is a list of the bloggers that  are giving away a Silhouette Machine.  

These blogs are also great, so I would definitely add them to your Reader lists.

Shanty 2 Chic
Centsational Girl 
Love Stitched
Be Different, Act Normal 
Tom Kat Studio 
Our Best Bites 
Decor Chick
The Idea Room
Infarrantly Creative
Tater Tots & Jello 
Thrifty Decor Chick
Baby Center's Products & Prizes Blog 
We Are That Family 
Kara's Party Ideas 
Homemade by Jill 
Make It & Love It
A Beautiful Mess 
How Does She? 
Moms Review 4 You (bundle of supplies - machine not included)

Friday Eve/ Saturday Morning Update - new additions: 
Kevin and Amanda
Every Little Bit of Crafting Gossip 
Thrifty & Chic Mom (bundle of supplies - machine not included)
Colie's Kitchen
Sew Dang Cute Crafts 
Coupon Crazy Mommy 
Living with Lindsay
House of Hepworths

More additions Sunday edition: 
Giver's Log 
Just a Girl Blog
Dollar Store Crafts

Good Luck, please comment if you know of any other Silhouette giveaways!

We LOVE to Win Friday!

Awesome giveaways from around the web.
 Enter soon, most will end this week.

  • Thanks, Mail Carrier is giving away a 10'' Ceramic Skillet with Cover & Handle Pot Holder 3-Piece Set from Xtrema! ARV $129.99! Ends Saturday, November 27.
  • Little Yaya's Reviews, Giveaways & More is giving away a 10" Covered Braiser Skillet from Xtrema! ARV $119.99! Ends Saturday, November 27. *
  • I entered to win a 10″ skillet from Xtrema and Crissy!  This rockin' giveaway will end on Friday, December 3. 
  • Jabbering Jessi is giving away a TASSIMO T20 Beverage Brewer by Bosch. Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 5. 
~Crafty & Fun Things~
  • Just Another New Blog is giving away a  win a Bloom bag from Envirosax! Ends Saturday, November 27.
  • Natural Mommie is giving away a $100 gift certificate for Minted to be used for Holiday Cards. Ends Sunday, November 28.
  • Sammy Makes Six is giving away the item of choice from GreenSmart! Their lunch box is way too cute! Ends Wednesday, December 1. 
  • I entered Crissy’s Can’t Wait til Christmas Lenovo Laptop Giveaway and hope to win a $799.00 IdeaPad! You should enter too.  This giveaway ends on Saturday, December 4.
  •  I entered to win some crazy-delicious Popchips from Crissy!  You should enter too. Hurry it ends on Sunday, November 28!
  • Swanson wants you to make some yummy goodies this Holiday season so they are giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card on Serendipity Mommy's awesome blog. Ends on Sunday, November 28. 
  • Fab Find Foodie is giving away a case of the yummy snack PopCorners, courtesy of Medora Snacks. This giveaway ends on Sunday, December 5.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

From Our Home to Yours
Happy Thanksgiving

May you have a fun-filled Thanksgiving.   Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we reflect on this year filled with rich blessings.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Welcome to my new blog. Tomorrow, we will get this party rolling.  For now, I hope you have a wonderful holiday.