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Monday, January 21, 2013

Calling All My Blogging Friends...

Hello!  How are you doing?  I have some big, big news to share with you!  Alexandra (my youngest sister who made me that fabulous apron for my birthday!) just announced that she is moving to Tanzania in Africa!  She has heard the Lord's calling and has answered!  Being a Special Education teacher, she will move there in August to aid in the development of Special Education programs in village schools where there currently are none.

Leaving all that is familiar behind and taking this huge leap of faith to help in Africa, she admits that she is nervous, but she moves forward within the Lord's will so she need not be afraid.  I am very proud of her for being so brave, but a little sad to say good-bye as well! 

Because she is volunteering there and will have to leave her job here behind, she will be furiously saving and raising funds.  We came up with a fun project that we think might help her.  We are putting together a cookbook!  But we need lots and lots of recipes, and even between all my extended family and friends, we can't gather enough recipes to fill it, so I am coming to you for help (she doesn't know it yet!)  How neat to have recipes compiled together from many different places in one book.  What do you think?  Would you be willing to pull a favorite recipe from your stash and share it for our cookbook?

It is very easy to pass along your favorite recipe, simply go to cookbookfundraiser.com.

Under contributor:  Type your name.

Under email:  Type your email.

Under username:  Type matthewseventeentwenty

 Under password:  Type goodfood

Next, just find and click on the Add a New Recipe linkand it is very self-explanatory from there.  Please feel free to add as many recipes as you like!  The more the merrier!  We will be selling these cookbooks later right here in my online shop.

I would like to THANK YOU very much for helping us!  Please let me give back a small token in return to show my appreciation!  We all love antique linens so how about one large French monogrammed tea towel to one of you?  Simply go add a recipe then come back here to let me know which delicious one you added.  Giveaway ends February 1.  I will select one winner by random.  Want more chances?  Just add more recipes and leave a comment for each one.

On another note,  I also want to thank Jennifer Rizzo for nominating our Christmas home as one of the top twelve finalists for her 2013 Holiday House Walk!  If you have a free moment head on over to her blog and check out the other finalists.  Wow, so much talent and inspiration there!

Well, that should do it for me!  I'll leave you to go through your recipes and thank you, thank you, thank you again!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Note:  Due to Blogger difficulties, I lost all of the previous comments on this post.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Please feel free to resubmit your comments!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's a Pom-Pom Party!

 Yay!  I'm joining Jennifer Rizzo's Pom-Pom Party!  How fun and exciting to see all the pom-pom projects linked together!  A couple years ago,  I made an everlasting Allium bouquet from pom-poms.  When I read about Jennifer's party round up on her blog, I thought why not bring them back again just special for the party!? 

I made these pom-poms with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker, but they are very simple to make without one.  In fact, Jennifer gives an easy to follow tutorial on her blog!

I pulled this photo from the original post about these pom-pom Alliums.  If you would like to read this antique post in it's entirety, simply *Click Here*!

We have a bit of time before my live Alliums will bloom in the garden so while we wait, let's enjoy these for now!

Go get inspired at the party and make some pom-poms of your own!  Merely click on the button below to go check it out!

I will be back again soon with some Valentine decor and stay tuned for more news on the 'grand opening' of my new store!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Sister Made It

Hello again!  How have you been?  Didn't the holiday season just fly by?  I am still recovering from it!  Have you removed all of your decor or does it tend to linger a bit afterward?  My take-down occurs in stages.  The first stage is removing all the directly Christmas-related items such as ornaments and trees.  I like to keep the garlands, faux greenery and pinecones around a bit longer to add a little winter interest throughout our home (we tend to have really long winters here!)  These will slowly get removed one by one as I make room for spring decor!  

 I mentioned before that my sister lives in Tennessee, so I don't get to see her very often.  Last time I went to visit her in September she surprised me with the promise of a homemade apron for my birthday.  We went to Hobby Lobby together and she let me pick out the fabric material.  When she came home for Christmas, she gave me the finished apron!  I love it!  Didn't it turn out wonderful!?  It matches my red kitchen perfectly!  Thank you, Alexandra!  

On another note, I wanted to share something with you before I go!  I previously mentioned that I desired to open an online store and that hasn't changed.  I have been thinking a lot about it lately.  As I am continually rearranging things here, I would rather see them passed along to you for use rather than store them.  I am thrilled with the wonderful success and turn out at my annual barn sales, but some of you live too far away to attend them, so I decided to push forward with starting an online option for some of the smaller items that can be shipped easily.  I am going to test the waters by listing photos of these items periodically right here on my blog and see where it takes us.  What do you think?  Would you be interested in seeing something like this become reality in the coming year?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for coming back again and again!  I appreciate your comments and visits very much!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge