Fried Green Tomatoes, Purple Striped Beans and Blueberries

We sure have a Bumper crop of GREEN tomatoes. The weather this year in the PNW has not been kind to our garden. Tomorrow marks the first day of September and the weather doesn't look to promising. If they make it all the way to red we will have literally hundreds of glorious Tommy-toes. We (mainly my husband) will try our hand at canning them - along with his to-die-for spaghetti sauce. Now that's sumptin' to talk about. It's so good I swear I could drink it!

( San Marzano- World's best they say)

All this leads me to wondering: Are fried green tomatoes made with unripe fruit or is there a green tomato variety I don't know about? Does anyone have a good recipe they want to share? Speaking of unknown varieties...I had no idea there was such thing as Green Beans with such a lovely purple design. But here they are- freshly picked from our garden! I was a little Leary to try them. It's like convincing yourself a red banana is normal. It just didn't make sense to me. But let me tell you they are divine!

( Designer Green Beans)

My lovely Aunt and Uncle stopped by today and brought us some fabulous local blueberries. Aren't they pretty? They taste even better then they look!

Blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry buckle....


So Gorgeous They Take My Breath Away!

I am so enamored by her exquisite bouquets-I had to find out more about the person behind the art- so I went straight to the source! Here is my interview with Liza from Lillybuds Bespoke Bridal Bouquets.

What inspires your designs?
Current wedding trends, colours and browsing for supplies on Etsy. I will find something and base a new design on that. I have some gorgeous reproduction lock and keys I am very keen to use.

 How long have you been creating your bridal bouquets?
Since 2008

Do you have a top selling design?
The diamonds and pearls bouquet is by far the most popular with brides from all around the world.

Do you have a website or blog?
My website www.lillybuds.com, I don't blog but I am on Facebook, always adding new photos. You can find me on facebook as ...Lillybuds Bespoke Button Bouquets and Brooch Bouquets

You currently have a 40 week wait on orders. You must be one busy gal! Can someone request a rush on a order?
Yes I can accommodate rush orders. Ddepending how rushed though, charges may apply.

Two random facts about you...
My Father was a lighthouse keeper so we lived in very isolated places and I was taught school at home. I love handmade enameled jewelry especially by Bullfinch and Barbury on Etsy.


Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule Liza! I think my husband and I may have to renew or vows just so I can carry one your bouquets!


Simply Romantic, Simply Sweet...

Simply  the most Fresh and most Feminine Frocks I have seen in a long time!

Imagine kicking on a pair of cowboy  cowgirl boots with these!

Am I greedy to want it all?

To die for leg warmers and oh.... could I be so daring and wear this  gorgeous peach number?

(All photo's belong to Creole Sha)

Now the most important bit of information...where can you find these designer duds before your friends do?

Right HERE at Creole Sha!


Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva.

Well that's her name but her official title is The Duchess of Alba.
A distant relative (who knew?) of Queen Elizabeth, wants to give up her title to marry a civil servant (gasp!) young enough to be her son. Sounds kind of Crazy but consider this. The gentleman IS 60 years old.

What do her Children think about it? "He's not a gold digger" the Duchess claims. Never the less she hands over much of her vast fortune to her kids.

Oh the life of
  Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva

Read the rest  of the story by clicking on the link below.
(Picture and story from MSNBC.com)


Ever Wonder Why You're Saving it?

 I have been hanging on to a little collection of vintage coin purses. I just had a crush on them and couldn't give them up!

Don't you love it when inspiration finally strikes? When you finally find a purpose for your little stash?
Here is what I made.

    And this one...

You can wear them as is or tuck your lipstick and money inside and leave your heavy purse at home!
I am working on a few more. You can purchase them HERE.