My Next Cat Project……


This gorgeous cat showed up about 1 week after I had to put down GG. She or he is hiding in the back woods behind my store but comes out when I shake a container of dry food. Got her attention….


Time laps about 15 minutes after I put down the food. She cautiously approaches the food.  Sorry but the photos are shot through the back window of my store. Her/his eye on the food….


Closer, closer….


Ooh she looked up….snapped another shot…I will hopefully slowly gain his or her trust so I can provide food and a bit of shelter as we go into the winter season. I’m pretty sure she/he is a true feral cat but is willing to take food from people. img_3132-860x573

She’s at the food bowl and I am laying across the work bench to snap this photo! She’s eating…yeah! Success! Then I turn around right into the face of jealousy….


Not kidding! Snowy, you know I love you and I’ve told you before that Mommy’s heart is big enough to love another kitty! It will be ok!



Metal Candle Wall Sconces to Old White WOW



I’m working on a set of candle metal wall sconces….my clients want them Old White to match their newly renovated bedroom!


These are awesome in design and style! Curled bottoms, large curved tops! The cuttings in the metal were a bit of a pain….every time I painted one side, I had to go to the back side immediately and wipe away the drips!  These actually took 4 coats of Old White but I think it would have been good with 3 if it weren’t for the cutwork….ta da


I love them! My clients did too! We lightly slightly distressed the metal using our Annie Sloan medium grade sanding pad.



Your turn! Have you tried painting over metal yet? Use your imagination and you can transform just about anything with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®!

My Recent Visit to Lambertville, NJ


I never, ever ever ever get tired of visiting Lambertville, especially in the winter! For those of you who are not familiar with Lambertville, NJ, it is a wonderful little river town on the banks of the Delaware River in central New Jersey. Directly across from New Hope, PA Bucks county which is famous for it’s artists, European influenced stone structures etc.


My favorite thing to do while visiting Lambertville is (No, it’s not shopping but that is 2nd in line), strolling the side streets! This is where you find the most amazing houses, Christmas decorations, architecture and gardens!


I fell in love with the arrangement on this front porch! Filled with evergreens, pinecones, holly or berry branches etc! Love the red door too!


After our chilly walk, we went back to the hotel to warm our toes by the fire! This is the lobby at the Lambertville Station hotel. Gorgeous large fireplace with the most elegantly carved wood mantle! Comfy lounge chairs, good books by the fireside….


A lovely Victorian home located on a side street…..


Across the river, using a pedestrian walking bridge, we visited New Hope, PA too. This is one of my favorite structures in New Hope all decked out for Christmas. Next time I’ll take more photos…I was enjoying myself so much that I forgot to snap more photos….talk about short attention span! Had a great time, see you soon Lambertville and New Hope!

Wednesday Night in Cape May….ahhh


After a crazy day, a silly Wednesday, my hubby said hey lets drive down to Cape May for a visit! Well lucky us, because we live only 10 miles north off the parkway. A drive I am always willing to take when you are escaping to such a lovely town!

Where shall we go? I chirped up immediately, The Virginia Hotel please!


We were greeted by a roaring fireplace, a comfy set of chairs, soft jazz music and smiles from all those that were there! We sat for a bit next to the fireplace, ordered some nice Merlot and I proceeded to get a hot flash so I told hubby it was time to move to the porch area.


The Virginia Hotel has the most amazing enclosed cozy porches off of their main sitting rooms! I snapped a picture of this incredible antique secretary desk, Chippendale style, I believe. Filled with books about Cape May, ghost stories, history etc…..ahhh I could sit all night in this room! But we were getting hungry, so off to the amazing bar area…


Here is just a glimpse….good wine, good food, fantastic atmosphere! After grabbing a small bite to eat, we left the Virginia. It’s always a pleasure to visit even if it’s just a few hours. I literally felt as though I was in another world. The shoulder and neck tensions eased, I smiled more, I thought more positively about life and its tribulations….it’s good there!

Last shot of the amazing, always sure to please window boxes at street level…



Hope you enjoyed visiting The Virginia Hotel with me in Cape May. Let’s do it again soon! xoxo chrissy

Apple Crisp, Raspberries in White Wine & A Pretty Vintage Spode Plate


It’s that time of year to enjoy apples but still reap the fruits of the summer season! I’ve combined the 2 by creating an Apple Crisp and pairing it with a white wine accented with fresh raspberries!


I used a white wine and tossed in a handful of these beautifully colored fresh raspberries!


Pretty from any angle!


Now to the apple crisp!

What you need:

6 apples peeled, cored and cut into wedges

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons of flower

1 tablespoon of lemon juice to keep apples from browning

Toss all together and set in a large casserole. I like mine spread out in a large casserole so I can distribute the crisp over a larger area.

Next comes the topping that is sprinkled on top of the apple mixture. You need 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 stick of butter cut into small pieces. Mix all together, I used a fork so I could cut into the butter. Once well mixed, sprinkle even over the apples already prepped and sitting in casserole dish.

Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


Whip cream optional, but a good option!


Served on a Spode small dessert dish in the Chelsea Garden pattern. The colors look so pretty with raspberries! Enjoy!