We had to share this one with you...it's so very in line with what we here at the Babs Blog love. What happens when you combine a love for good food, an appreciation for gatherings, and gorgeous photographs? You get Sunday-Suppers. Check this blog out---you won't be sorry. Lots of beautiful photos of food and gatherings around food---and really amazing recipes! We'll be trying the grilled pizza, for sure. Both of us have been looking for the perfect pizza dough recipes to make the most amazing crust---we are trying to duplicate some uh-mazing pizza we had in NYC this summer. (Jill will top her pizza with proscuitto, shaved parmesan, and arugula. Kari will top her pizza with smoked mozzarella, speck, and grilled slices of pumpkin.) Check out Sunday-Suppers and let us know which recipe you'll be trying!
We're loving some of these DIY wreath ideas from Better Homes and Gardens. Are you feeling the air get crisper where you live? Sometimes, here in California, we don't get a real season change, but this year the cooler air has arrived earlier than usual, and we are not complaining one bit. Makes us want to start making our homes cozy for autumn. How are you getting your house ready for the change of season?
So sorry for the delay in posts this week. We are hoping to make up for it with this wonderful guest blogger, Kathy Cragin from Fruitful Hands Boutique. Check it out...
What a fabulous opportunity to be able to share on the Babs Blog – one of my favorites!
This little boutique has been a dream of mine for at least 5 years. It finally came to fruition last Thanksgiving (2009). I’ve got this creative itch that just doesn’t stop until I scratch it. It moves from one thing to another: scrapbooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, making hair bows, bags, clothing, jewelry, cards…whatever I see that I think I might be able to make, I’ll give it a try! I needed an outlet for all these treasures that I was creating and I like challenges (like starting your own business) and thus, the Fruitful Hands Boutique was born.
FHB is based on the scripture found in Proverbs 31:31: “Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates.” I know of so many gifted women and wanted to provide a way for them to simply create without having to figure out how to sell their items. I started with 3 vendors and have grown to over 20 women creating their amazing wares for me to sell. Many of these women are moms and wives who want to help support their husbands and families in whatever way they can. FHB also donates 10% of every sale to Bethany Christian Services, a fantastic adoption and foster care organization.
The boutique features numerous talents, lots of great gifts, and women who enjoy doing custom work. We have a couple of amazing jewelry crafters accessorizing you with beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. You should see the detail work done by the ladies who sew! They create sturdy, recyclable grocery bags, day bags (you know, the kind of bag you can just throw everything in), purses, and those flour sack towels that dry everything so well! And if you’ve got a little girl, we’ve got hairbows, bottlecap necklaces, mini purses, and pillowcase dresses. You will also find photography and other home décor, cards, burp cloths, mini cosmetic bags, blankies, crocheted washcloths, bibs, visors, hand-appliqued onesies, and so much more!
Thanks, Kathy, for sharing about your wonderful business. We hope you readers will check out Fruitful Hands, and maybe some of you crafty gals out there will be interested in being a part of this wonderful opportunity. Here are some of the projects currently being featured on Fruitful Hands:
If there's still a hole in your heart from the demise of Domino magazine, take heart. There are some great mags out there still, and even if none of them is exactly Domino, there's some really great design being printed. You've heard us talk about Canadian House & Home here on the Babs Blog and now we are talking about another favorite read from Canada: Style at Home. We really love this magazine, and the accompanying website is a gem, too. Lots of good content about home design with some great food, entertaining, and party DIY mixed in---does it get any better than that?
Can you just die over that room? Michael Smith nails it, of course. Perfection, and nothing about it says "cookie cutter hotel room." Rather, you feel as though you are staying in a friend's beautifully-appointed guest room instead of a commercial hospitality interior. Someday, I will own a bed like the one in the rooms at the Canary.