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BURLAP & Biscuits … COMING SOON to Central Texas!!


Just wanted to give a quick update on the store! I started the online store www.burlapandbiscuits.com to start showcasing & selling online to friends and fans – but I could see right away that having a fully stocked (and restocked) online store is going to be more than a full-time job! The photographs, write-ups, staging, packing, shipping, etc, etc… are all way more than one person can handle! Not to mention having time to get out and shop for new & vintage items – plus scour the internet for great treasures too.

Oh my goodness!! So, the plan to open an actual store front (which was always in the works) got pushed to the top of the priority list -and all I’ve been doing for the past 2+ weeks is gathering amazing inventory!! Folks, let me tell you… you are going to LOVE this stuff!! Some old, some new, some hand-crafted, some weird, some pretty, some classic…I could go on and on. We will even have some goodies like cupcakes, cookies & fudge!  You will no longer need to travel out-of-town to find fabulous and unique items -as soon as we can get this store opened!!

Heres the scoop…We are negotiating for a location in Harker Heights – but if all else fails… I will open this shop in our leased space on Elms Road. The hope is that we can get a deal worked out on the Harker Heights space – which means an opening date of “around” July 1st, 2011. However, if it turns out that we aren’t able to get that location – we have already made plans to open in Killeen ASAP – likely around the end of April. AS SOON AS I know when & where – I will post an update and let everyone know!!

In the meantime, if you see anything you like in our online store  www.burlapandbiscuits.com -just let me know!!

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A great Cause … Little Brayden


A couple weeks ago I was enjoying lunch with my husband at Wiseguys in Harker Heights. We were discussing the day’s events and catching up when a young mother came in with her adorable little boy. I noticed him first because he looked about Sadie’s age – maybe about 18 months or so… then I noticed his Mother carrying a tiny little walking stick – the kind you see being used by the blind to navigate while walking. I am sure by that time I was unknowingly staring and trying to process everything I was seeing, trying to figure out what was going on with that beautiful little boy.  As the moments went on, I noticed that the little boy wasn’t looking at or focusing on anything and deducted that he must be blind. I was overwhelmed with emotion – initially thinking of Sadie and how we would be coping if in the same situation and then wondering how this young Mother was coping…and then…wondering what it must be like for a toddler to be in a world of darkness.

Then I noticed that his Mother was talking to him – just like normal. She was trying to drop off her flyer so she could get home for nap time. She was smiling and happy and something about that made me feel better – for them and for me. I guess as a parent you just deal with whatever you are faced with in the best way you can. I think that’s what this Mother was doing.

When she left, the owner of Wiseguys showed me the flyer she had dropped off and my suspicions were confirmed. This little boy – who I then knew to be Brayden was in fact blind and was born that way. He suffers from a condition called OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA (ONH)  – which is the under developement of the optic nerves preventing the brain from receiving images that the eye sees.

Michelle Ellis, the young Mother of this amazing little boy has started a web page to keep those interested in Brayden’s progress up-to-date. BRAYDEN’S BATTLE FOR SIGHT  She is also hosting a fund raiser on APRIL 16TH at Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier & Family Readiness Center (18000 Battalion Avenue, Fort Hood).  This is a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffles to raise money for a hopeful procedure in China. Thanks to the help of everyone so far, they have been able to raise $25,000 of their $35,000 goal – which is so amazing! Please offer your support in any way possible – for this last leg of their goal, they need the remaining $10,000 to make the long journey to China where hopefully all their dreams can come true.

Here’s some helpful information for those who can donate;

  • Contact: Michelle Ellis (Brayden’s Mother) at (254) 383-5991 or email mellis.101@hotmail.com
  • Donations can be made to BRAYDEN’S BATTLE FOR SIGHT at any 1st National Bank location in the Killeen/Fort Hood area.
  • Donations can me mailed to 3106-A Yaupon Rd, Copperas Cove, Texas 76522 – PAYABLE TO: BRAYDEN’S BATTLE FOR SIGHT
  • Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser April 16th from 5PM-8PM – pay at the door – $15/Adults & Kids over 13, $5/Kids 6-12, FREE/Kids under 5

Just for a moment, imagine if this were your child and please help this family give sight to their precious little Brayden.


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Going the Extra Mile – Prairie Thistle Jewelry


A while back I did a feature post for Little Posh Bebe – a home-based company that makes adorable handmade baby shoes & accessories. The feature was just as much about the “presentation” of the items I ordered as it was about the items themselves.  A few days ago – I was THRILLED once again by another amazing woman who is packing as much care & thought into her company – BRAVO to Julie Pishny, owner of Prairie Thistle Jewelry!

Not too long ago a mutual friend of mine & Julie’s (Stacey Bruce of Stacey Bruce Photography) told me that I needed to get in touch with Julie and find out about her & her beautiful jewelry. Oh I am so glad I did!! I see A LOT of jewelry online when I am browsing for myself and to report about to my fans… but its rare these days to find pieces that really stand out against the sea of handmade jewelry that is being offered right now. Julie’s talent for making unique & memorable jewelry art is some of the best I have found. Her “country” theme offers a vintage flair that just makes you feel cozy inside. Many times while I am browsing her Etsy store I find myself floating back in time to when I was growing up on my family’s farm in Mansfield, MO. While I am sure that my “farm days” are behind me – they are also still a big part of who I am – and I will always be a “farmgirl” at heart. It’s easy to see how I was drawn to the piece I finally decided on for my first of what I know will be a “collection.”

A few days ago – it arrived… and I don’t usually get giddy…but this did it!! This tiny little package showed up in the mailbox – and even though I already knew what was inside – I was still tickled at all the little extras that Julie had adorned my order with. I was so taken by the care that she had put into making this an “experience” for me that I almost over-looked that actual piece of jewelry!! haha!!

The bracelet – simply stating “FARMGIRL” in copper – held in place by rivets on a bright red leather strap is beautiful – rustic – simple – elegant and bold. I will wear it proudly – as it describes me, inside and where my memories live. Thank you Julie for such a great experience with you & your amazing art.

Take a peek at my “entire experience” and please take a few moments to browse around in Julie’s Etsy Store for something that brings you back to a sweet & cozy place of your own.

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Sadie Alice Aprons – By Accident


How do ideas come about – Im sure a million ways… and “by accident” has got to top the list. The other day I was planning to make the “tater tot casserole” recipe that I posted and thought how cute and fun it would be to have Sadie (my 18 month old daughter) help me! She is in that stage of trying out new tasks and copying everyone. She loves to help so this was perfect. I went to get my apron and then stopped because …well SADIE didn’t have an apron! OH MY! What to do?!?! My brain stormed for a moment and then I dug around in my kitchen towel drawer – pulled out the “least stained” bar towel I could find (which was still pretty stained) – fired up my glue gun and rummaged through my ribbon box. Literally…in 5 minutes – Sadie had her very own apron! It was so stinkin’ cute that I had to make a few “real” ones (sewed instead of glued) and OMG – I was having so much fun that I didn’t even realize I had made 6 of them!! haha!! 

They made their way into my 2Raymond Design Co  Etsy store and I have gotten so much great feedback on them! If you see one you like let me know and I can recreate one similar if I am out of stock.

Here’s a few pictures of how this came about… and the ones since. (the “prototype by accident”

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Vintage Pearl Necklace -Reclaimed (Project)


Last Thursday – me & Ric headed out for San Antonio. We love to get away down there for a night out, dinner, recharging…and other stuff 😉 This time on the way down there we took a detour through Gruene, TX…a quaint nostalgic little town with a historical district that has been reclaimed by adorable shops and antique stores. Gruene will forever be a detour now – on our way to San Antonio. I found the coolest stuff there! An old planter stand (taller than me) that I repurposed as a wine bottle rack and a set of old railroad spikes that you will soon see in my Etsy store!

But the most unsuspecting find was this tiny pearl necklace piece – and when I say “piece” I mean it wasn’t all there – I think it was longer at one time – there was something more to it than what I found. I had no idea WHAT I would do with it- but I knew I had to have it – and for $5 – why not??

We arrived home from great weekend trip – and a few more fabulous finds found their way into the back of the suburban. The little pearl necklace layed out on my kitchen island all weekend while we fed kids – cleaned up after feeding kids – and fed kids some more. Last night as I was getting ready for bed – brushing teeth and all that – I noticed some old stretchy-beady bracelets in my misc. organizer in the bathroom- one of them I’ve never worn because it was too small the others were just old and have long been replaced by newer trendy pieces over the past few years. And there it was…the idea. What if I combined those old bracelets – with that tiny little pearl beauty??

Heres how it went….

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Valentines Day Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe)


As I was reading up on all my favorite blogs yesterday…I stumbled across something that made me smile from ear to ear! I was perusing the U CREATE facebook page and then subsequent U CREATE blog  -when I saw the MOST AMAZING SIGHT! Little cups of cheesecake Heaven adorned with tiny little red hearts atop. I must have stared at that image for 5 minutes before I finally snapped out of it. I knew I HAD to share this with the Discover Fabulous fans… you know who you are…all you cupcake monsters out there!

Okay first, you must check out the U CREATE blog…its one of  THE MOST creative sites I have come across yet – so many fabulous ideas and such great inspiration for those looking for a little push.

Now second, yesterday on the U CREATE facebook page I saw the post about the Valentines Day Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes by Creations by Kara – ANOTHER fabulous website that has TONS of yummy and fabulously creative ideas and projects. I could spend HOURS browsing through her archives….and “could” isn’t the right word…”WILL” a more honest way to put it.

These 2 blog will be a regular stop in for me everyday… I am already so inspired that I don’t even know where to START!!

Here’s the super fabulous cupcake recipe for everyone to enjoy – thanks to  CREATIONS BY KARA!!

Valentines Day Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Batter:
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Filling:
8oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

Beat sour cream, butter, eggs, and almond extract. Add dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth, then beat in egg yolk. Fold in cherries. Line 22 muffin cups with paper liners. In each cup, layer 1 Tbsp batter, 1 Tbsp filling, 1 Tbsp batter. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Red food coloring if desired
Beat cream cheese and butter till smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat till spreading consistency, adding powdered sugar as needed.

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Show some LOVE to the DF Sponsors!!


I want to give a sincere THANK YOU to the first Discover Fabulous sponsors! You will see their link buttons on the left side-bar. (<——- over there) Please check them out and share with your friends! There is an array of different services and sites – and more to come! After you take a peek- come back here and let me know what you think about them! (I love comments!)

A SPECIAL THANKS to;

  • Honey B Designs
  • Stacey Bruce Photography
  • Stillhouse Luxury Pet Hotel
  • Angela Breckenridge Photopraphy

More spots are available – and they are FREE for a limited time! Please let me know if you are interested in one of these fabulous spots!!

Email me at discoverfabulous@yahoo.com

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