Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Joplin Japhet Couture Cat Collar Collection!

Hello Everyone! It's been a while! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
So I've been keeping myself busy with a very special project. The Bay Area Humane Society has their formal fundaiser, Fur Ball, this New Year's Eve at the SC Grand. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart (having been homeless myself once), so I created a special item for the silent auction portion of the evening.


Presenting...(drum roll please)...the Joplin Japhet Couture Cat Collar Collection!


A custom collection of four collars, one for each season. Being a fashionable feline myself, I have realized that there just aren't enough high fashion options available to us. It's always all about the dogs! So, I created my own collection!

Not only am I the designer, I am the model as well!



Spring Blossoms...featuring sky blue hydrangea accented with sunny yellow daffodils.



Summer Butterflies...a green gingham collar featuring paw print ribbon and whimsical butterflies.



Autumn Feathers...pheasant feathers in rich shades of brown. I apologize that my fluffy fur is obscuring this one a bit-but it really is lovely!



Holiday Sparkle...beautiful red poinsettias centered with rhinestone sparkle. I do love the sparkle!

I watch the ladies here design all day long, so it was nice to get my chance! I'm sure I'll have another collection in the works shortly. Having given this one away, I really need to create one for myself! Hopefully these collars will find a good home with a fellow fashionable feline, and do some good for those animals in need at the shelter!






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Monday, December 28, 2009

SALE!!!

I can't believe how long it's been! I also can't believe Christmas has come and gone :(

I wish it were Christmas year round but I know it wouldn't be nearly as special then.

There is one plus and that is Petal Pusher's After Christmas Sale!!!
Come on in for 1/2 off all Christmas Merchandise!!!

We spent the holidays with my family up north and had a great time!
Watched all my Christmas favorites, It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, and of course National Lampoons Christmas and A Christmas Story.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you a Happy New Year!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lambeau Winter Wedding

This last week-end we had a wedding at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Pillar, swagged fabric and arrangements of alstromeria and roses lined the aisle.

Bouquets of roses, winter greens, and ginestra.

There was also beaded gold leaf accents throughout.


The centerpieces atop lovely scarlet linens. The centerpieces had winter greens, stock, hydrangea, alstromeria, roses and other accents.


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bridal Blogs!

It's a good thing that I didn't have this list before I got married because I don't think I ever would have made a decision!!! Way too many great ideas.
But for those of you planning your wedding and in need of a bit of inspiration- these blogs have it!

I took this list from the Brides January 2010 issue.

100 Layer Cake (100layercake.com/blog)
The photos are stunning- this is by far my favorite on the list!
(I'm sorry but I can't get this link to work!)

Always a Blogsmaid (alwaysablogsmaid.com)
Stories and pictures from real weddings, great site with a lot of personality.

Bridal Buzz (bridalbuzz.blogspot.com)
A great place to get started gathering ideas.

Classic Bride (classicbride.blogspot.com)
I had my doubts about classic- but they had me at the vintage cameras!

Earth Friendly Weddings (earthfriendlywedding.blogspot.com)
Check out the wedding tree- so cool!!! Reminds me of the "Thumb book"

IDIY (i-do-it-yourself.com)
I was totally bamboozled by the name but once I got that- I could spend hours on the site. Such great ideas!

Once Wed (oncewed.com)
Took a long time to load (lots of pictures) but well worth the wait!

Snippet and Ink (snippetandink.blogspot.com)
Great source for color inspiration- I love the pops of red in the current stories photos.


I'm still all about every woman getting to have a wedding for every season. I'm going to use these blogs to start planning my "Spring Wedding"!
Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Movie Review


Every year for Christmas, Brian takes me to see a Christmas movie at the theater. It's a pretty big deal for us as going to the movies is a "waste of money" to my tight wad husband. ;)

This year I really wanted to go see a Christmas Carol in 3-D. This was pushing it because 3-D movies are even more expensive than the regular shows. He cracked and took me to the matinee yesterday.

Even the previews were in 3-D so cool!

The movie was amazing. I had my huge 3-D glasses on over my normal glasses with my mouth permanently open because I was just amazed at the graphics. I probably don't need to tell you much about the story as we're all familiar.

{Meet crabby Scrooge}

There were parts where it felt like you could reach out and touch the snow. I would not recommend the movie for little kids though, there were some pretty scary scenes.

Overall- great movie!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter Wedding

It was so much fun to get to do a truly winter wedding. The bride carried roses, callas and sweet peas accented with cedar and ostrich feathers. She even had beads strung on gold and silver bouillon.

Mixed evergreens used as pew decor.

The unity candle arrangement with roses, callas and sweet peas.


Centerpieces of floating candles with Christmas ornaments. I love this look! So high end and romantic feeling. The reception was held at Oneida Country Club which is already so beautiful for the holidays.

Although we didn't have any snow for this wedding we are slated to get 8-12" by Wednesday!!!
I can't wait!!!

Happy Monday!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Home for the Holidays

As expressed in earlier posts I am a holiday fanatic! It's a good thing I work in retail because if I didn't I would probably go around begging people to let me put their trees up!
In my dining room I hung these sweet little retro pipe cleaner trees from the light fixture.

This is our pseudo fireplace...ahhh nothing like a crackling fire for the holidays or a rotating bulb and blower with heat...

I love paperwhites, I know some people that think they stink but I think they are wonderful! We have them at the shop from our local grower for $5 a bulb. I can't wait for them to open!



The tree, sure the picture is a little crooked, but you get the idea. It's a champagne tinsel tree with lots of metallic bulbs and our family ornaments. The topper is purposefully not pictured because there isn't one yet. I want to do a polka dot ribbon but am having trouble finding such item.

Now onto the good stuff- it's not the holidays without treats! The year I moved to Green Bay my grandmother passed away at Thanksgiving. Grandma Curly was super cool, she had more energy in her 80's than I do now!
The woman baked- a lot. One of my favorites was her caramel popcorn. As the first Christmas without her neared closer all I wanted was her popcorn. I called my mom and asked if she had any idea how to make it. She started laughing and said it's on the back of the bag!!!
No way- Grandma's famous popcorn was on the back of the bag?!?!?

Indeed it is- so pick yourself up a bag of Old Dutch puffcorn and get cracking!

1 bag Old Dutch puffcorn
1 cup butter (not margarine)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 Tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a 2 QT sauce pan, cook on medium heat until mixture is melted. Once mixture has melted add the baking soda. It will foam!!!

Pour Old Dutch puffcorn into a large roaster pan. Pour caramel mixture over puffcorn and stir till coated.

Place in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and carefully pour onto wax paper. Break apart and let cool.

EAT!!!



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