Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Beggining to look a lot like...

Are you ready? ....Thanksgiving! 
Oh, I am so excited for a full day of laughter and family and a never ending, full, warm belly. This is the last year for the short lived but comforting tradition that the three of us have established in our brightly colored home here in Lexington before we move north and have to miss spending Thanksgiving with our extended family that first year. So one more time we will wake up early and, occasionally elbowing each other for extra space in our  small kitchen, cook side dishes in our pajamas with cartoons and the Macy's parade turned up on the television before coordinating showers and getting dressed in our cozy fall outfits. Then we will drive to my parents house in the next town over where my sisters and their families will also be gathering and spend the day sharing delicious food, bottles of wine, and each others company.

Now the important part - the food. We never know what all will be there until we are all there. The constants are the turkey and a very large number of meatless side dishes (one of my sisters is vegetarian). Since I am not as skilled in the cooking department as my Mother and sisters and partner, I cook the same dish every year. Partly because I have not messed it up yet and partly because it is delicious! This is the sweet potato dish recipe that I use and highly recommend to anyone who enjoys food. 

So, tell me, what is your favorite holiday dish or tradition or both?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Into The Woods

How's the weather?
Am I really talking about the weather? Yawn. Isn't that what people with nothing better to talk about do?  Perhaps if it has been as beautiful of a fall season in your area as it has been here in Kentucky then you too will find the weather conversation worthy. 

I suppose autumn really is always a lovely season. A fresh, cool sigh after a too hot summer. Trees may be shedding their foliage and looking a bit bare but they are doing it with grace and style, carpeting paths for inspiring walks through the woods.
So much in our creative world is inspired by the fiery and neutral colors that fall offers and since it is such a wonderful time to be outside then it is the perfect time to be seen in your favorite fall fashions and accessories. 'Tis the season for layers of color on top of skirts with fun matching tights that peek out above stylish boots. A scarf around your neck if it is cooler in your area and of course great jewelry to complete the look.

I am personally really excited about the stylish boots for the perfect outdoor weather. What is your favorite fall fashion?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

When I am Alone

I sit at my desk. The music ended minutes ago but I continue in my bead world watching stitches build, completely oblivious to the  ba-dump ba-dump of the needle reminding me that it needs to be lifted from the record.

It is a stray thought into the 'real' world that alerts my ears to monotonous sound keeping rhythm with the silence. I hop up, quick stretch, flip the record, then back to my mesmerizing world where cold glass and warm threads come together to make sparkling, texture rich art that makes me smile and feeds my imagination.