Monday, December 22, 2008

The Christmas Parade

The Christmas Parade of Artists' Favourites can be found at http://ellen-borggreve-design.typepad.com on December 23rd. Be sure to Check it out!


Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas

I have not had time to post much lately. Well, to be honest I have been so down on myself the past few weeks for not having enough time to get things done. I still have not had time to get my minis up. I have christmas bears to finish, I have been working on them.. but just have not had time to get them all done. I have Christmas baking to do, which I don't think at this rate I am going to get done at all. What is more of a problem I can't motivate myself once I get home from work. I usually make dinner, eat, clean up and then fall asleep at my desk.. lol. oops. That probably means I should go bed.. lol.


We are staying home for Christmas, which is good! I just want to stay home and have a nice quiet few days. My Chinchilla, Cher, is due any day now and I don't want to risk us not being there and her having a problem with the little ones. I would be devestated if anything happend to her or them. Plus it's SOOO cold here, if the heat went out we would have some major problems.
I think I'm only getting 2 days off work anyway. But we shall see.. If there is work, well, I will be at work. If it's not too busy I will probably get a few more days. Guess it's not the end of the world either way. :)


We have not been working on the house much lately. Things have been quite busy and Brad had to switch jobs.. so that made things a bit interesting.. but he seems to be settling into his new job, I just hope he fits in and things work out there. It sounds like a much better place for him.... with a better quality of people working there. I have not met the owners yet, but they sound like good people.

So not much else new. I will try to post a few pictures this week... but I HAVE to finish Kristina's Prezzie, so I have to get my butt home and work. It looks awesome, and I'm sure she will love it.. I just have to get it done.. lol. ACK!
Love and Christmas Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cookie Round-up

Thought this year I would participate in the Great cookie recipe round-up. I've made these cookies at Christmas since I can remember. I usually double or triple the recipe..... I always seem to eat a whole batch myself.. heehee.


Thimble Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted flour

Wallnuts, chopped fine
Raspberry or Strawberry or Apricot jelly or jam

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream butter; add sugar gradually and mix well. Add well-beaten egg yolks, flavouring and flour. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut. Dip into slightly beaten egg white and roll in finely chopped nuts. Dent in center with thimble or finger. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Dent again and bake 12 to 15 minutes more. Fill with a a nice sized dot of jam or jelly while still hot.






Make sure to visit the next person in the cookie round-up.





Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ack and all that

Ack, I still have not had the time to get all my new minis up. My appologies. I always have the best intentions.... but not enough time in the day. I will get them up before the end of the week. I have the photos done.. but I need a spare few hour or two to sort them and get them listed.
Things have been very busy, but I have to admit I did take Saturday off to go out shopping with Kristina. We had a very fun day though, and I had not seen her since the Doll show.. sheesh, what a good friend I am.. lol.
In other news.. the bedroom renos are coming along. We have it all painted and it looks sooo nice. I have a dark very dramatic photo of it. We don't get much light for another couple months so it's hard to get a good photo.
So I am very much looking forward to relaxing at Christmas.. although I just found out yesterday I only get 2 days off... so pretty much a long weekend.. which sucks. Oh well, maybe things will change between now and then. I am quite disapointed though. I could really use a week off to rest and get some bears made.
I did get a very pretty red Christmas tree the other day.... I am still taking down Halloween decorations though... lol. I think instead of putting my 2 large Halloween props away I will just give them Santa hats.. heehee... Should give any Christmas visitors we have a laugh.
I am still working on those Xmas ornaments.. I really do wish I was better at getting things done... but I can't do everything so I guess it's better not to beat myself up over it... I really hope by the end of the weekend they will be done.
I am planning to register for the Spruce Grove Miniature show that is in the spring. I plan on making a pile of miniature bears this time around. I am quite excited as I have not made many minis bears in the past couple of years. I have quite a few of those on the go as well.

I also have a sweet bear that I have not wanted to part with done.. I will probably list him on ebay.. maybe this week. I really can't decide.. Etsy or Ebay? What do you guys prefer? Actually I am going to do a survey on that one.... top left of my blog page, please let me know which you would rather.
Well I better get back to work here! Hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Love and Hugs!
Melanie