Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Boutique Dates

In addition to my potpourri crafts I have glass ornaments blown in Europe in the 1980's.  These were made as collectibles and have most likely been discontinued.

There are three blue baby carriages for a boy's first Christmas, a number of frosted pine cones, angels, at least one St. Nicholas figure (one of my most favorites), several cornucopias and little purple Santa figures.

In addition, I have fabric ornaments that I made twenty-five years ago.  The fabrics were so much prettier then than what I have seen now that they are really pretty.  Some are hung on a small tree on my dining room table for display.
If you are local, you are invited.  Please contact me through mamm(@) (remove the parenthesis) and I will send you my address. And if you are not local, please visit my Etsy store at .

Please share with friends.  Shop early, shop often, shop Etsy.  We need you.  Thank you so much.

In the interest of fair disclosure, I have edited this post since earlier in the day to reflect the fact that one of my open house times is over and to correct the alignment of my glass ornament pictures.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Newest Christmas Products! I am so excited.

This year I have made three kinds of holiday potpourri. 

Christmas Blessings is an extension of the one that I made last year with the addition of calendula  and bachelor's buttons.  The yellow and blue flowers really make the mixture pop and I am so pleased.  Here is a photo
Christmas Roses is very similar but has more roses and more rose oil.  It is available in Burgundy bags and in red potpourri hoops shown here

The hoops can be hung as a decoration anywhere, not just on a Christmas tree, but also in a cubicle, or in your car!

The third mixture is called Peace Potpourri.  It is intended for use year round so I have left out the balsam and bayberry with their specific Christmas reference and also made it more universal and ecumenical by taking away the Marian and specifically Christian references found in the other two.
Here it is depicted

With the blue and white and gold ribbons this might even be appropriate for Hanukkah.  The balls have holes at the tops to allow the scent to escape.

All three mixtures are available in all three formats, sachet bags, hoops, and potpourri balls.

The first two are posted on my Etsy shop

The last one will be coming soon.

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Boutique Dates for 2014

It is that time again!  How could the year go by so fast? It is time to do my crafts boutique again.  I hope to see many friends and to share both my old standby products and some delightful new things.

Here is the basic information with the dates and times below the product description.

Cards for Christmas and All Occasions by Marguerite Manor and Fe Langdon fill the hall rack.

My Potpourri and Sachets—Christmas Blessings, Christmas Rose, Peace Potpourri and a variety of anti-moth and anti-ant mixtures will be available in sachets, hoops and acrylic ornaments.  Great small gifts and some would be nice hostess and thank-you gifts throughout the year.  The anti-moth and anti-ant mixes really do deter these pests, although they do not kill them. 

Below is my mixing bowl with one of the mixtures in progress.

Here is one of the Christmas potpourri balls (just needs its ribbon and tags to be complete).

And here is one of the hoops (new this year) with the ball.  (Balls are 3" and hoops are 4".  I also have 3" hoops available.

Vintage Christmas ornaments, European mouth blown glass , folk fabric ornaments made by me in the 80's will be available as well, along with my Mary Kay holiday catalog.

Here are the Dates and Times

Saturday, November 29, 1:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 3, 11:00-2:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 1:00-5:00 pm


 Please contact me at for the address or to make an appointment.
Not everything is up on my Etsy shop yet.  Hoping most of it will be by this weekend.  (I need elves!) Still I hope you will take a look, contact me and come by. 

Thank you so much for your consideration.  A Blessed and Joyous Thanksgiving to each of you.

It's been a long time and reading of late

It's been so long since I've posted that I've nearly forgotten how this works!  Good to see that Blogger is still here and that it works in much the same way that I remember.  Clearly, I have some revising to do.  Yesterday I was so taken with toggling between preview and edit that forgot to save.  So my lovely post disappeared.  My fault, not Blogger's, although it would have been nice to have had it ask me if I wanted to save.  (Sort of like Zen, the computer in Blake's 7--a sci fi show I loved but haven't been able to find on DVD.

Been reading a great deal in the last year.  Two neighbors have given me good recommendations and I have found some on my own.  The librarian who pulls books for me for the SOS program finds more for me from time to time.

Recently I read Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers. Absolutely wonderful book set in Babylonia at the time of the Fall of Jerusalem, it is the story of the siege of Masada.  Strong women characters, a totally different way of life and history that I had not read before, made this one of the most absorbing novels I have ever read.  Will be a television mini-series soon with one of my favorite actors, Cote de Pablo.

Maggie Anton's novels Rav Hisda's daughters take place in the same Mediterranean world a couple of hundred years later.  So far I have only read the first one and I think the second may be in the tote under the table waiting for me to read very soon.  Again they feature strong women characters and open up time, place and Jewish culture so that they are marvelously different from novels set in modern times.

As a student, I majored in medieval history, so Maggie Anton's Rashi's Daughters, were particularly absorbing for they gave me a look at the Middle Ages from a Jewish perspective, set as they are in medieval Troyes.

Highest recommendations for all of these books from a reader who reads too much! Can there be such a thing?  (If I would spend half the number of hours in the day that I spend reading, writing.... I won't go there.)

So this is a kind of test post, to see if I can get it right this time. (And I found the one I thought was lost!  Google gets more points.)