Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Waterfall Earrings

This is the only pair, unless I can find more of these breathtaking beads of Premium Czech glass!I LOVE these beads, and kept a pair for myself! An absolute brilliant shade of aqua blue; washed within clear glass - and only part of the bead has a frosted finish! Part high gloss shine, part matte finish. Antique copper French earwires

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our First "PIF" Earrings

The concept was described by Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Benjamin Webb dated April 22, 1784:

I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Swimmer

Quotes about Swimming

  • Sometimes God calms the storm. At other times, he calms the sailor. And sometimes he makes us swim. ~Author Unknown
  • Seventy-five percent of our planet is water - can you swim? ~Author Unknown
  • What goes around comes around, just like a flip turn. ~Author Unknown
  • When the earth floods from global warming, the swimmers will rule the world. ~Author Unknown
  • Swimming: From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it. ~Author Unknown
  • Swimming - what real men do while boys play football. ~Author Unknown
  • We swim because we are too sexy for a sport that requires clothes. ~Author Unknown
I simply can't understand
Why swimsuits are in such demand
They're soggy and damp,
Bind like a clamp,
And hold about three pounds of sand!
~D.R. Benson

The Artist

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Garlic Roasted Cod with Mashed-Potato Crust

This is one of my all time favorite recipes - it will impress your guests and it's easy to make!

Fast (Time to make)


2 pounds baking potatoes (about 4), peeled and cut into chunks
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream, light cream, or milk
2 pounds cod fillets, cut to make 4 pieces
2 teaspoons cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, minced

Heat the oven to 450°. Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan of salted water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until tender, about 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and put them back into the saucepan along with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Mash the potatoes over very low heat, gradually incorporating the butter and cream.

Rub the cod with the oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Put the cod in a large roasting pan, sprinkle the fillets with the garlic, and then spread with the mashed potatoes. Roast until the fish is nearly done, 8 to 10 minutes for 3/4-inch-thick fillets.

Heat the broiler. Broil the fish until the mashed potatoes have a golden brown crust, about 2 minutes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Betsy McCall Paper Doll

Betsy McCall uncut paper doll in original box. There is a 26 piece press-out wardrobe in mint condition. Betsy measures about 9 1/2 inches tall and has no creases, rips or tears. She is made of thick sturdy cardboard. She even comes with her original stand. This Betsy paper doll dates from 1971 and is 38 years old.
I have a 9 year old son, and he wouldn't be as excited as I am about this Betsy McCall paper doll. I wish I had a daughter to buy it for. The price is only $14.99 plus $4.00 for shipping in the U.S. What a bargain!! Somebody please buy this!! This is a real treasure, especially as I remember when Betsy use to be in the McCalls magazine. The seller also has the paper dolls from the magazine too. Check this out -- way too cute: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26503039
She listed a bunch more magazine Betsy McCalls today!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Remember Betsy McCall?

Who doesn't know Betsy McCall, perhaps the best known magazine paper doll in America? A sweet-faced Betsy McCall by Kay Morrissey debuted in 1951. Morrissey was followed by an unknown artist in 1955, then by Ginnie Hoffman in 1958. Betsy McCall modeled fashions that could be made with McCall's patterns while she enjoyed travels and activities all over the United States and beyond.
I was so excited when I found this on Etsy -- a walk down memory lane. I remember getting the Betsy McCall paperdolls from my grandmother years ago. How fun that an Etsy seller has made Betsy available for a new generation of young girls, or collectors. Please visit http://www.evelynnsalcove.etsy.com/ to purchase Betsy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hooray for Jake !!

Passed Level 4 in swimming last night. His front crawl comment by instructor - Great! Also, he demonstrated the whip kick to the entire class because he does it so well! Hooray for my brother! -Emily

p.s. in our family we don't dog paddle, we tabby tread! LOL

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In honor of my brother's birthday!!

Happy Birthday Jake!

Love, Mom and Emily

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

ONLY PAIR - Marie Antoinette Earrings

Third in the Queen Series: Marie Antoinette, (2 November 1755 – Paris, 16 October 1793) was an Archduchess of Austria and Queen of France and of Navarre. She was the fifteenth and second before last child of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and of Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria.At the age of fourteen, on the day of her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, she became Dauphine de France. At the death of King Louis XV, in May 1774, her husband ascended the French throne as Louis XVI, and Marie Antoinette assumed the title of Queen of France and of Navarre.

After seven years of marriage she gave birth to a daughter, Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte de France, the first of their four children.If you look at the many portraits of Marie Antoinette, you will notice she wear no jewelry or very little jewelry in her portraits. As she was married at a young age I imagine her to have simple tastes in jewelry. Later her spending sprees came as a result of neglect from her husband.

* Vintage pale pink pearl teardrops, 1 1/4 inch in length
* Vintage German pink opal glass set in antique brass settings are 10x8mm