December 2008 - Posts

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My New Craving... by fleur_de_lis

Lately it seems I have been craving all things bacon! It started when I found this wallet for the SteepleMedia office party: One thing led to another, and soon I found that I actually liked the taste of these: These are nice, too, if you don't mind bacon breath: At the end of the meal, why not use these instead of the mint-flavored ones? And as long as I'm at it, I found these to use to cover all those hot grease burns on my arms: And this item to pack my bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich in for lunch: While I'm at it, here is a recipe for you that I hope you will try. (It is actually delicious, and I am really planning on making it for a family get-together on Sunday!) BLT Salad 4 c. cooked macaroni or your favorite pasta 1/2 lb. bacon 2 med. tomatoes, chopped 2 c. chopped lettuce 1/3 c. mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip) Cook bacon until crisp; reserve 2 T. drippings; drain on paper towel and crumble when cool. Mix 2 T. drippings with pasta. Stir in mayonnaise, then lettuce,...
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SteepleMedia Office Party by fleur_de_lis

The Office Party...so, you were hoping you were going to avoid it this year...well, I have news for you, my friends, your luck has run out! Here, right now, I am hosting a gag gift office party! I know you have all been to one, in fact I went to one last week where we passed the gifts around at the word "the" while reciting "The Night Before Christmas". Unfortunately, we only got half-way through the recitation before every one forgot the words.... Anyway, here are my gag gifts for you, and you don't even have to recite anything! For you Scoutmom, I have this puzzle alarm clock because I know how much you love puzzles. This one shoots the puzzle pieces up into the air when the alarm goes off, and you have to find them and put them back to shut it off. Well, Joe, what can I say. These just cried out your name when I saw them, but then so did this, so I guess you get two things... Isn't this just perfect for him? Sandi, I thought you would think this was cute...
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Where is my ^&*))%$^% Glue Gun? by fleur_de_lis

Grrrr....., I'll say it again--GRRRRR. I cannot find my glue gun! I am sitting surrounded by drifts of tissue paper, drying decoupage brushes, and assortments of gewgaws that need to be taken care of! Recently I have been making my 'collages' as gifts for my son and my grandson. For my son I covered a background in movie theatre tickets and collaged some old movie posters of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood on the top. Then I spelled out their names in Scrabble tiles. For my grandson I rooted through the old toy boxes and drawers to find bits and pieces of old games, toys, cards, and whatever else appealed to me. I covered a background in Monopoly money, and sorted the gewgaws into different colors and then arranged them on the surface. The center is a plate of fake food with a fake cockroach on it, and it is surrounded by checkers, legos, crayons, army guys, hot wheels cars, dice, Sponge Bob cards, and lots of plastic dinosaurs, snakes, and bugs. It was a lot of fun to put together...
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Exquisite Illuminations by fleur_de_lis

For my Christmas post this year, I have decided to show you a few examples of illuminated manuscripts. Illuminated manuscripts are huge works of art made in Medieval times. They are bound by leather, written on vellum (a soft animal skin), encrusted with precious jewels, and usually of the Bible, although one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts is a book of hours for the Duc de Berry known as les Tres Riches Heures . The word illumination is derived from the Latin word for "adorn", and refers to the frequent practice of applying gold and silver leaf to some of the letters and pictures. Many of these precious works were done by monks who would spend their entire lifetimes in their endeavors. Because few people in medieval times could read, these works were also meant to tell the stories of the Bible visually. Above is a beautiful example of an application of gold leaf. The following are some examples of an entire manuscript: The rest of the examples are pages from an...
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