Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Bliss

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND MY FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS HERE AND ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE!

I found a Tablescape for the Holidays I have to share with you 
From ELLE DECOR!!

TABLESCAPE TIPS

Interior designer Brian J. McCarthy loves to entertain. And whether it's a detailed celebration planned months in advance or a dinner party pulled together the day-of, setting the table always comes first. Here, he shows us how he sets up for a holiday party with a look inspired by his interiors and his guests.

 Avoid obtrusive centerpieces. If your flower arrangement is so elaborately large that you can't see the guests across the table, then it's time to downsize. McCarthy adores this glass tree sculpture he found in Paris. It's tall, but its translucence allows for cross-table conversations.

STEP 1: BRING IN A COLORFUL TABLECLOTH

For the holidays, start with a backdrop of color. Here, McCarthy opts for a deep plum tablecloth that richly complements his dining room's lacquered brown walls and vibrant artwork.

STEP 2: GO BIG (AND COLORFUL) WITH FLOWERS

Incorporate even more color with deeply-hued arrangements. The arrangement to the left includes cabbages, peonies and berries. And just to be safe, always buy more flowers than you think you really need. It's best to have too much than not enough.

STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

McCarthy, an avid art collector and traveler, accumulates tabletop gems at his own pace.
In fact, he admits that he's been searching for the perfect glass plates and bowls for years. Take a cue from the designer and don't rush—only buy things when you truly love them. The pieces inside your china cabinet should reflect your life. Flatware and chargers, Lapparra. Plates, Alberto Pinto. Wine glasses, Baccarat. Water glasses, Deborah Ehrlich.

McCarthy in the dining room of his Manhattan apartment.

See, this is  my favorite slogan: Mix and Match what you buy, what you make and what you love!
"The trick is like a puzzle, making the pieces fit!"
Big Thanks to McCarthy for sharing his tips on putting together a Tablescape for the Holidays!

Another Christmas Bliss to share is my own Christmas Tree which was put together by my son, Chris and his Girlfriend, Milan.


This was the best Christmas Decoration we have had in this house! The tree shape was put together with tree limps attached to a pegboard. SIMPLE AND TOOK UP HARDLY ANY ROOM AT ALL! The tree limbs smell nice too!

This will be our last Christmas here for in March we are relocating back to Mayer, where all our children graduated from high school.

In my January Post I will be sharing  my reflections of the past year and my New To-Do's! 

Thanks for visiting! Cindy from Craftflaire.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday Appreciation

The Holidays are coming and just like the Squirrels we have got to get busy now and think about our Family and Friends & Gifts.
So I have two promotions for you!

1. As a Facebook or Blog Fan you get 15% off any  purchase till Dec. 15th!
{I will apply that for you before you buy.} This one can be used with the current coupon in my Etsy Store!!

2. My current Etsy Store Coupon is: Purchase $30.00 or more and recieve an email coupon for 30% off on your next purchase!



THANKS FOR FOLLOWING THIS BLOG AND FOLLOWING MY FACEBOOK PAGE!!
Cindy & Buddy



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Room Make Overs

I have been thinking a lot as of late about downsizing due to wanting to move out to the claim for an extended camping time. I came across an article from Elle Decor on Re-Doing an apartment room to look more spacious. I like it!

BEFORE & AFTER: A CRAMPED STUDIO GETS A SPACIOUS NEW LOOK

A tiny New York apartment is brought from dark and cluttered to bright and airy

BY LINDSEY CAMPBELL





Enjoy the photos and the how-to Ideas!

WHAT'S NEW:
I can picture some modern Macrame Window Valances across the window in natural Jute!
My newest work with Fiber Arts in Curtain Decor is just that!
This is my "Wallscape" Design called Macrame & Basket Weave  Knotted  Decor. 
See more info in my Etsy Store.


SHARE A HEART FELT STORY/OPINION/INSPIRATION HERE! WHAT PULLS AT YOUR HEART STRINGS?


A Country Gals Heart Strings

Thanks for visiting!
Cindy from Craftflaire.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our Family Journal

 Beautiful Bradshaw Mts.


 Grandpa and Granddaughter.


This is an up-date on the merging of our blogs. Buddy and I have combined them into one. You will still get posts from each of us here on our individual interests, business info, hobbies and our family life. This Journal is for our Children and Grandchildren in hopes they will enjoy our stories and have memories to talk about through their lives!
This blog is also for all our Friends and Followers too who give us this opportunity to share our Adventures! 

We named the blog, "ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE" Our Family Journal.

Thanks for following our blogs!
Cindy & Buddy.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Two Old Farts Mining For Gold

Yes Buddy(my husband) and I are in our Sixties and we are able to still get outdoors and dig in the dirt for GOLD!

Hi Folks! It has been awhile, but we are working our claim here in Arizona now that the weather is a little less hot!

Enjoy this video I(Cindy) took.
Gold Mining is hard work but we manage to find some humor in it along the way.
We dug out 3 foot cubes of dirt off the bedrock each day during our camping weeks in October out at the Claim.
I put in a couple of hours each day just like I do when I garden at home.
Buddy did the rest! LOL



This is part #1 of a few videos in sequence. 
This is part #6 showing our take from the dig over a period of two weeks.
Watch for the full story soon. We need to work on putting the videos into one video.

Thanks for visiting!
Buddy and Cindy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Declutter, Downsize, Getting Ready For The Holidays

Already it is time to think about the Holidays A-Coming!  No matter what you call it, Declutter-Downsizing, Detash, Garage Sale, Organize, it all means WORK!
I found an article from Home and Gardens that gives some Great 15 Minute Organizing Ideas!


I love the Fall Season! I get out my favorite sweaters and pick one to wear and sit out on my porch with a Good Cup of Hazelnut Coffee. I have been watching the birds. They are clearly preparing for winter, gathering this and that. The photo above shows our house during a good winter a few years ago. We put together a calendar that year!

I won't be enjoying the porch too much longer for we are preparing to move in a few months.
My husband and I are REALLY DOWNSIZING for this for we have a Travel Trailer to live in.
We are using it for about 6 months out on my husbands Gold Mining Claim here in Az.
Saving up as much money as we can so that we will have enough funds to put down on a place to rent or buy.
Our Mining Claim Blog is: Gold Buddy's Dream. Check it out and enjoy some of Buddy's True Funny Stories!

My daughter, Raelynn, sent me a Pinterest on Remodeling Travel Trailers. Fun and Easy Ideas!
So we are moving from the house in winter photo to this!

 Travel Trailer is set up now at our Gold Mining Claim. My husband, Buddy,is more comfortable in it than a tent.
 Looking into through the door.
 Front of Trailer.
 Back of trailer.
 I spent a week out there with Buddy. We worked a hole into the bank in creek.
This is what we took out! 2.1 Grams.

Looking forward to being with my family over the coming Holidays!
Meanwhile back to oRgAnIzInG!?

SEE THIS LINK, WE ARE NOT CRAZY! Read their story!


Reward Discount{a gift} for October is: Buy two Door Decor Curtains in Oct., get a free matching in color to one of your curtains,  PHOTO FRAME in Macrame!(12" by 12") Valued at $100.00!

Give me this code through Facebook or my Etsy Store. RDMACFRAME

Thanks for Visiting!
Cindy from Craftflaire.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Love Of Fall

September is my favorite month! Well maybe because it is also my Birthday! LOL
I have put together my September Picks from Etsy. Here they are in the Treasury I call, "September Hoots For Gifts". In my profile page: https://www.etsy.com/people/pom2pomfashions
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTMzOTk0N3wyNzI0MjA5MzIz/september-hoots-for-gifts?ref=pr_treasury


My Hand Knotted Owl Plant Holder. His name is "NAPOLEON".
I have him for sale in my showcase shop, Miller Valley Indoor Art Market, in Prescott, AZ.



This summer we joined a Bowling League in Prescott Valley, Az.  Had lots of exercise!
We started out in last place and ended in last place. LOL
Our son, James took this picture od Dad. He calls it, "BOWLER ALONE".
I added a New Fish to my fish tank I call, "SHIPROCK ISLAND".
I have an Albino Oscar named, ANGEL.
In the cave is JACK, my Jack Dempsey.
My newest is, OLLY, my Tiger Oscar.
Oh, can't forget my algae eating fish, JEFF.



 My son, Chris,  gave me the Tiger Oscar from his tank. See more info in his Website, CMPFXDESIGN, on Fish and Jewelry!

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Sharing a recipe from one of my Cookbooks!
                                         CHOCOLATE by Christine McFadden and Christine France.


CHOCOLATE-ORANGE BATTENBURG


Serves 8
1/2 cup soft margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
few drops of vanilla extract
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup self-rising flour,sifted
grated zest and juice of 1/2 orange
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder,sifted
2-3 tablespoons of milk
1 jar chocolate and nut spread
cornstarch for dusting
8 ounces white almond paste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 7-inch square cake pan. Arrange a double piece of foil across the middle of the pan, to divide it into two equal rectangles.
2. Cream the margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl, then beat in the eggs, vanilla extract and ground almonds. 
Divide the mixture evenly between two bowls. Fold half the flour into one bowl, then stir in the orange zest and sufficient juice to create a soft consistency. Set the orange flavored mixture aside.
3. Fold the rest of the flour and the cocoa into the remaining mixture, with enough milk to create a soft consistency.Fill have of the pan with the orange mixture and the second half with the chocolate.
Flatten the top with a wet spoon. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. and bake the cake for 20-30 more minutes or until the top is just firm.
Let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Turn out the cakes onto a board and cut each one into two identical strips. Trim them so they are even, then let cool.
4. Using the chocolate and nut spread, sandwich the cakes together, chocolate and orange side by side, then orange and chocolate on top. Spread the sides with more of the chocolate nut spread. 
On a board lightly dusted with cornstarch, roll out the white almond paste to a rectangle 7 inch wide and long enough to wrap all around the cake. Wrap the almond paste carefully around the cake, making the seam underneath. Press to seal. Mark a criss-cross pattern on the almond paste with a knife, then pinch together the corners, if desired. Store in a cool place. Cut with a sharp knife into checkered slices to serve.

FOOD NOTES:
If you do not have the self-rising flour, the rule of thumb is to add 1 level teaspoon of baking powder to one cup of sifted flour.

I use real butter in cakes for a richer flavor.

Discount Reward Code for September is FACEBOOKFAN15
Give me the code through my Etsy Store in conversation and I will apply the discount before you go to check-out!

Thanks for Visiting!
Cindy from Craftflaire.








Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meanings Behind Flowers

THE SECRET MEANINGS BEHIND YOUR 30 FAVORITE FLOWERS

Our friends at The Salonniere recently shared the secret language of flowers, which got us thinking: Who wouldn't want to know the perfect bloom for every emotion and occasion?













I am sharing the link to this post I came across from Elle Decor!
Good thing to know especially when your entertaining at home!

Flowers are always a great addition to a Tablescape Theme for your Get-Togethers!


SHARE A HEART FELT STORY/OPINION/INSPIRATION HERE! WHAT PULLS AT YOUR HEART STRINGS?

Awesome Savings for August here!

Back to my Original Prices on My Decor Curtains too!

LAY-A-WAY IS ACCEPTED:

For a short time, if you wanted to order one and the price was just out of your reach, I am giving you the chance to place a Made-To-Order now at my first pricing on these at $188.80! Shipping is additional cost of $40.00. Total to you then is, $228.80.
Every Two Week Payments are accepted through paypal only.
Order is put in line for production  when you have paid in full.

Contact me through Facebook!

WHAT'S NEW:

I have put together a Digital Pattern on my most popular door decor curtain.  It is now for sale in my Etsy Store. It is only a PDF. You must download it to recieve it. I have added photos and some of my Tudoring How-To Tips.

Thanks for Visiting!
Cindy from Craftflaire.












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