Dec 29, 2006

Aunt Laura

Aunt Laura, pretty as always!
Thanks for the outfit Aunt Laura,
It's really beautiful!

Tammy and Jody

Tammy and Jody are about to become parents for the first time! Tammy is due any day now.

Good Luck with Tam and Jody :O)
I know you'll be great parents!

Austin and Aunt JO

I finally got to meet Austin and Katie!
I'll miss you Austin and when you get a little bigger you can come stay with Aunt Jo in Brazil during your vacations!

Christmas in Michigan 2006

Christmas 2006 at the Housel Residence.
It was beautiful and I was so glad to be home!

Dec 17, 2006

Purple Table setting

Here, single-bloom bouquets of allium, roses, and freesia are propped in old-fashioned containers.
Event design by Nico de Swert,

Holiday Table Settings

Ideas from



6 large eggs
3/4 cups vanilla sugar (also available at specialty markets)
1 quarts half and half (or light cream)
1 cup brandy
2 cups bourbon or dark rum
freshly grated nutmeg

In large bowl, beat eggs until pale yellow and slightly frothy. Add sugar and half and half, and stir until well blended. Add brandy and bourbon (or dark rum) and stir. Transfer to large pitcher and chill until cold, at least 3 hours. Divide between 6 punch cups, garnish each with sprinkle of nutmeg, and serve. Makes about 6 servings.

Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch

2 750 ml bottles sparkling wine
1 750 ml bottle white dinner wine
6 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice ice block

In a saucepan combine white wine, cloves, cinnamon.
Squeeze in lemon juice, and then add the rest of the lemon.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool completely.
Place ice in punch bowl.
Pour in spice/wine mixture, sparkling wine, and juices.
Stir gently.

Servings: Approximately 25.

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Dec 14, 2006

Birthday Gift

Quick Birthday Present.

I baked her a dozen chocolate chip cookies and put them in this golden box with a pink and golden ribbon.

Parabéns Elo!

Christmas Stockings

Whimsical Krinkles Christmas stockings, made of fun feathers and plush fabric.
Found at Horchow

Pink and Yellow Bedroom

Beautiful color arrangements for a unique bedroom.
from: Marie Claire

Dec 13, 2006

Benefit Cosmetics
Stuff I love!

The McBeth Collection

The McBeth's Collection of vases made of galvanized tin.


Great recipe site for cheesecakes and other dishes using philly cream cheese!

Easter Bunny

This picture is from BHG, December 2006 issue.

The pillows are so cute, you could use them for Easter as well.

Campbell's Green Bean Casserole

2 cans (10 3/4 oz. each) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 cup milk
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
8 cups cooked cut green beans
2 2/3 cups French's® French Fried Onions
1. Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in 3-qt. casserole.
2. Bake at 350°F. for 25 min. or until hot. Stir.
3. Top with remaining onions. Bake for 5 min. more.
TIP: For a festive touch, stir in 1/2 cup chopped red pepper with soup.
Green Bean Casserole Cheese lovers: Omit soy sauce. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese with soup. Sprinkle additional cheese as desired when topping with onions.

Dec 12, 2006


Layer 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,
1 cup granulated sugar,
1/2 cup espresso powder,
1 cup powdered milk,
1/2 teaspoon salt, and
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or miniature chocolate chips.
Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.

Personalized Cosmetic bags

Personalized gifts found at
The cosmetic bag can be personalized with an initial, custom embroidered on imported dupioni silk and lined in fleur-de-lis water repellant vinyl.
Each makeup bag has a zipper closure with a matching satin ribbon pull.

Jenny B Harris - Illustration for Children

Beautiful illustrations!

Heather Bailey Stuido Flowers

Heather Bailey Purse

The fabrics are vintage feedsacks.

Dec 10, 2006


the container store, designs for everyday wrap and occasions.