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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving charades

Every year we invite some friends over for a pre-Thanksgiving get-together to share food with us and give thanks. It is a very nice and welcoming day and it is always nice to see everyone.

Every hostess knows how important is to keep your guests occupied. Last year we tried to play just one game, charades and it turned out great! We had so much fun.
So if you are looking for some ideas for this Thanksgiving, try charades. The idea of the game is traditional but the tasks are Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving dinner related and this is what makes it fun. You can think of team prizes if you want, it will make it even better!

Here is how to play:

There are 2 teams of players. There are 4 cards for each team.

The game master shows a card to one team of one team.
This person will give clues to his/ her team to try to get them to guess what the answer is. The person explaining can only use the signs and body language.

Each team will have 3 minutes to guess.

Here is the ideas of the flash cards/ mini tasks for charades. Add your own if you want and have fun!:










Saturday, November 7, 2015

New at socksandmittens, crochet flower brooch

Just listed in my socksandmittens shop: cute crochet flower brooches! 
They will look great on your scarf, sweater or even hat! They are also great as stocking stuffers and small gifts. 
I made these in 4 colors: oatmeal, gold, linen and light grey.
Each brooch is crocheted from soft wool and acrylic yarn - choose the one you like or contact us for a custom order for a different color!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Teacups and saucers collection at agardencottage

Did you see my vintage teacup and saucer collection lately? I am adding more of them weekly. I love to collect them myself and it is hard to let them go but it feels that I am running out of space. Especially knowing that I can not pass on a new find if I see one :)

Take a look at my collection for sale and find the one that is special for you. They are collectible, great to use or give as a gift and definitely perfect photo props! I love the idea of a tea party involving pretty teacups and teapots, cute desserts and miniature sandwiches. Don't forget the flowers of course!

I have some multiple teacup and saucer sets but many just one of a kind that I find. So please stop by my agardencottage shop to see the selection. I am going to put a new one today or tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn day in Vegas

The short break from the heat in Las Vegas was very nice. We went there for a couple of days and the weather was great. There was lots of places decorated in a wonderful Fall style.
I always stop at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden while there. I love this huge hall with tall ceilings and arches covered in pretty plants and decorated for the occasion.

Right now, there is the Artistry of Autumn exhibit there. 

There are lots of pumpkins everywhere (one of them weights 96 lbs!) and beautiful live mums. I love the falling leaves, the acorns in the air and huge watermill. A wonderful country autumn scene!
If you'd like a cup of coffee and sweet treat, stop by Jean Philippe pâtisserie. It is just around the corner, and every little pastry is a piece of art there! You will see the world's largest chocolate fountain and right now, lots of gorgeous Halloween themed treats. I love the haunted house cake and huge skeleton sculpture made of chocolate. It took 2 people and 70 hours to make this. Lot's of work but a beautiful result!
I love to see human hand creations, these kind of things make me happy. Our vacation was great and I feel refreshed. I can finally feel the fall in the air and it is time to prepare our garden for the coming chilly weather and the house for the holidays. Love Fall, love October!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Spirit Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? What costume will you wear?

October 31st is Saturday this year, so it is a perfect day for a party. You will get a chance to rest on Sunday before going to work (and clean your house, if the party happened at your place).
I love Halloween fun but this year I don't have any ideas what costume I will want. Every year I want to make a steampunk Victorian style dress but I am getting so busy with my daily routine that I end up buying a new costume from Spirit Halloween.

Funny thing, I am finding more and more scary vintage books this year. Something to tell around the campfire to scare the crowd!
There is still time to get into Halloween mode and think of some fun ideas for October 31st. Please share yours!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fall days and an apple cake (with recipe)

I wrote this Warm Apple Cake post for Russian Artists' blog and got in the mood for it myself :). So I baked the cake and we all enjoyed it. It finally feels like Fall here in the Valley!
The recipe is very easy and it will take about an hour to cook. My mother used to make it  for a last minute treat or unexpected company so this recipe is pretty old.
Here is the recipe:

4 large apples, peeled and chopped (about 4 cups)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 table spoon lemon juice
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 table spoon baking powder
Baking spray, rectangular baking dish (approx. 9 1/2" by 13 12/" and 2" deep)

Preheat oven to 385"F. Prepare the baking dish by spraying it with a non-stick baking spray. Peel and chop apples, sprinkle them with the lemon juice and cinnamon, set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, vanilla and sugar. Add flour and baking powder, beat together until smooth. Mix with apples and pour into baking dish. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes.
Enjoy your Fall and apple cake!