Welcome, glad you came to visit. Check in periodically to find out about specials at Patricia Rose, to share some herbal information I have learned about and a recipe here and there. Let's just enjoy a nice chat together. Looking forward to seeing you frequently!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 12/29/08

New Years has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. Nostalgia for the year past, hopes and dreams for the year to come. I've never been much for making New Year resolutions, more of an attitude to try and carry with me for the coming year.

This year has been quite eventful for me. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." On reflection, the good has far outweighed the not so good. I have had dreams realized and dreams crushed, but have come through standing upright with a whole lot of help from my friends and family.

I found Make Mine Pink this year, started my Little Pink Boutique which quickly expanded to include a website and a blog. I never would have thought all this possible last January. It has become so much a part of my life, I cannot believe I have been in the Pinkdom for less than a year. Have made some of the most amazing friends along the way, women who truly are like sisters to me.

I've learned a lot about computers and finding my way around, become a social media maven when I had never heard of the word a year ago. Have joined several different networks to get my name out there -Victorian Heart Shoppes, The Raven and The Rose, The Twisted Sisterhood, Kitty Kitty at ning, Etsy, Twitter. I cannot believe it as I write this.

I blog regularly and have met some of the most talented women all over the world. New doors have certainly opened and I have had so much fun walking on through.
You all that have become a part of my life over this past year, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of yours as well. To all my family and friends who have been so supportive to me throughout my new adventure, and through everything else in my world, thank you as well. I love you all and my New Year outlook will be An Attitude of Gratitude.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Meaning of That Silly Song!

I received an email with the explanation of the Twelve Days of Christmas song. Sounds as plausible as any!

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled us. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, Swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now you know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish. 'Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pink Friday-12/12/08

It's Friday again! I'm not quite sure where this week went. It has flown by so fast, when my husband said it was Thursday at dinner time I assured him it was Wednesday. Ooops! So then, tomorrow is Pink Friday! (actually, today, just looked at the clock) We are not doing a theme like we normally do. There will be products to buy but Make Mine Pink Boutiques are going to share some decorating and gift wrapping tips!
Now you have seen the shops before, do I have to tell you that some of these ladies are just unbelievable in how they can wrap a gift (I do not claim to have this talent) and the peeks I have had of the decorating in their homes is beyond belief. (they sometimes put photos on our forums to share). In fact, one of our ladies, Cathy Scalise, is so talented that her home was featured in a national magazine, several page spread PLUS the cover. So please do go visit www.makeminepink.com and check out what the wonderful boutiques are offering as tips. This should be a fun day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pink Friday - 12/05/008

We are coming down to the wire for shopping on the internet! Can you believe how fast time is flying? The crowds up here, even in my rural area, are horrific. You cannot get through the mall area for beans! Every time I have to go to that area to take my hubby to doctor or dialysis, there's an accident. I am so not a crowd person and traffic makes me shake. I like click and shop, thank you very much!
The theme for this week's Make Mine Pink Pink Friday is Last Minute Gifts. Don't miss out on the special sales, I have marked down selected items 15%, there are a few new items, and have I got the answer for that person who has everything! Check out our brand new Potpourri Club. Receive a generous portion of high quality Patricia Rose Potpourri every other month in a vintage or themed container. Check out the website for more details,
Here is one of the new items, a fragranced silk covered 100 page journal, 5inches by 7 inches. The twist is the fragrance. There is beautiful lavender buds in between the batting to keep your journal fragranced for years. If the fragrance starts to fade, just squeeze a bit and the fragrance is refreshed. Lavender is the most amazing fragrant herb! (Edited to say, Blogger is acting up and will not let me load a picture, please check out the website, sorry)
Now, as promised, here is a cookie recipe from my family's repertoire. It is old fashioned, but buttery and yummy. It would simply not be Christmas for us if these cookies did not make an appearance. We call them, so aptly and imaginatively,
Christmas Cookies
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup soft butter (unsalted)
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbl. Cinnamon
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
candied red cherries
a few extra tbl. sugar in a saucer
Sift together first three ingredients. Then mix butter with rest until fluffy. (this used to be done by hand, feel free to use mixer unless you want the workout!). Then add in flour mixture. Form dough into 1-inch balls (I use the large end of a melon baller to measure out the dough)
In a small dish, mix the Cinnamon and walnuts. Roll each ball in mixture to coat.
(Okay, here's the tricky part that the grandchildren love to do) Take a drinking glass, wrap a napkin or piece of muslin which has been moistened with water over bottom and up sides of glass. This can be held in place with an elastic band or just hold it in place while you use it. Place a few tablespoons of sugar in a saucer, dip bottom of fabric covered glass into the sugar and flatted the cookie dough balls to about a quarter to an eight of an inch thick. Take the candied cherries and cut in half, gently press one half a cherry into center of each cookie. Bake for 11 minutes ,or until edges just start to turn golden, at 350 degrees. Cool on rack.
Hope you enjoy our family recipe.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 12/1/08

Today is going to be a tell, not a show. I have a lot of news I would like to share with everyone.

First, our dear friend, mentor, Mama Bear and founder of Make Mine Pink, Joyce Lucas is going through a really difficult time right now. Her dear husband, affectionately known as Papa Bear by us Pinkies, is in the hospital following a heart attack. Please will everyone keep them in your prayers. These are such good people, they need to be buoyed up by all right now. Heavens knows, they are always the cheerleaders for all at Make Mine Pink. More than that, they feel like family.

Second, I won a wonderful promotion contest over at The Twisted Sisterhood! I have been given nearly their whole home page. There's a slide show and a bio. How cool is this?? Please take a visit over to see these zany ladies at http://www.thetwistedsisterhood.com/
Third, my sons are volunteer firefighters in our town, Bullville. So of course, firemen being as crazy as they are, their monthly newsletter is The Bull Sheet. This month there is a story I would like to share, it's a bit long, but I think we should all know and pass this on--and I quote:
Subject: Sears and Christmas Shopping
Christmas shopping has already started. I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?
How does Sears treat is employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.
Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.
I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.
Pass it on.
Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following email to the Sears Customer Service Department: I received this email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.
This is their answer to my email: Dear Customer: Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of the greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time. Bill Thorn, Sears Customer Care, webcenter@sears.com, 1-800-349-4358.
Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!
**end quote**
We hear enough bad about the retail giants (albeit, well deserved), this is something really good that I think we should applaud (IMHO).

In celebration of my winning the promotion at The Twisted Sisterhood, I have developed a fabric (silk) covered journal with potpourri permanently in the covers. This will be introduced on my website on Wednesday, 12/3/08. Make sure you check it out. I finished tweaking the prototype and am very happy with the results. Wait until you see!

Don't forget to go shop through the Make Mine Pink Holiday Bazaar Catalog from the Boutiques at Make Mine Pink. This is so gorgeous, you just have to see it.

Sorry I was so long winded today, just one of those days with a lot to share.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pink Friday, Christmas at Make Mine Pink 11/28/08

Pink Friday tomorrow. I like pink a whole lot better than black, how about you? I am not fond of traffic or crowds so make a very serious effort to go nowhere near a mall, ever, but particularly at this time of the year. If you are anything like me, Pink Friday is the way to go. Themed for Christmas, it just doesn't get any easier. As Susie of The Polka Dot Rose says, shop from your seat not on your feet! Gotta love this lady. So just when you think it cannot get any easier, what does Make Mine Pink do? They come up with another idea that adds even more convenience to your internet shopping experience. Please also check out the Holiday Bazaar Catalog. Browse through, click on the item you want to purchase and you are linked directly to the page to order that item. Terrific new concept! Please, let me know what you think about this, I think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

The selected items at Patricia Rose for Pink Friday are 15% off regular low price. Free gift wrap still included for all items, including the sale items, just note in the comment section if you would like this service. I can also ship directly to recipient with a hand written card at no extra charge to you, just regular shipping charges.
Also wanted to remind everyone, I am subject to the foibles of the postal service and December 15 is the last day to order from Patricia Rose with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. I don't want anyone to be disappointed.
Have you seen some of the Christmas items in the Patricia Rose boutique? Here's just a sampling---

So please, come on by, let's have a cuppa together while you browse in the peace and quiet of your home. Next post, I'm going to start sharing some of my family's favorite recipes for the holidays. If you would like to share one of yours, please email me and I will post it here as well!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 11/24/08

Thanksgiving week has just snuck right up on us. Have a plethora of food in the cupboards ready for a feast. Most of my family will be here for Thanksgiving which is a wonderful thing. I love having everyone around the dining room table, that's the best part of my house.

Hubby and I have done a good job. I am very proud of my family. They are all adults now and have gone out into the world and are productive members of their respective communities. Here are two photos of all of us at the beach enjoying one another, plus one of my rent-a-kids who still joins in on some of the family fun when he can.

I am thankful for my extended family. Those who have just stepped right up and helped out without ever needing to be asked.
I am thankful for old friends and new. Thankful for those who have supported me through some of the darkest times of my life. Thankful for those who have barely known me, but reached out to help me because they are just that good.
This will be a wonderful Thanksgiving, I have been so blessed.
Thank you to all who are a part of my life and my heart, I cherish you all.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families,

Friday, November 21, 2008

Welcome to the Holiday Bazaar at Make Mine Pink

Here it is! It has been so hard to not speak of this until now. Here is the 'Big Reveal'. Welcome to the Holiday Bazaar at Make Mine Pink Catalog. Participating boutiques at Make Mine Pink have submitted a product to be featured in this brand new catalog. If you are interested in the catalog, click on the product and it will take you directly to the item at the appropriate website for ordering. We at Make Mine Pink want to make your holiday shopping as easy and enjoyable as possible. This is, by far, the easiest way to shop the web. Please join us and try out this new concept. Click on this icon to start your shopping adventure--

Have fun - shop from your seat not your feet


Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings



Pink Friday, Christmas at Make Mine Pink 11/21/08

Today is another Christmas at Make Mine Pink themed Pink Friday. All the boutiques are working hard to put together an amazing choice of gifts and holiday items for your shopping pleasure! Today at Patricia Rose, I have combined a hand painted coffee mug with some fabulously scented Bountiful Balsam potpourri in an inexpensive gift to have on hand for that unexpected someone we all see to forget. This will also be a nice gift for the teachers on your list. Pop on over and check it out at www.patriciarose-apotpourri.com and then head on over the www.makeminepink.com to visit all the other participating boutiques. This is turning out to be one of the biggest Pink Fridays yet. There will be an amazing announcement tomorrow, you surely don't want to miss this one! See you tomorrow for the 'Great Reveal'.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Work in Progress, 11/16/08

I have had a nice peaceful weekend stitching on something new. It is one of my refound loves. Silk ribbon embroidery is one of my favorite things. I love looking at it and I love working with it. The silk gives everything such wonderful dimension. The technique is something you can spend a life time learning more about, but even us rank amatuers can enjoy it and end up with some really beautiful results. Combine the technique with some of the most beautiful patterns I have ever had the privilege of working on and this is what you get .........................

This is a pattern from Ribbonsmythe for Victorian letters. They are the most beautiful, in my opinion, ever. The story goes that Victoria Brown was inspired by a book from 1729 with a floral alphabet and came home to design this fabulous Victorian alphabet based on that early book.

I have a few more stitches to finish up on this and it will turn into a fabulous pillow for a lucky someone.

I have been busy looking over my wares and trying to decide which item to offer for the Holiday Bazaar Catalog at Make Mine Pink. Any ideas are welcome--the deadline is Tuesday at noon--yikes! Nothing like coming right down to the wire. Stay tuned for more information about the Holiday Bazaar. This is going to be like nothing you have seen on the internet before --this is huge I tell you, in the words of our fearless leader, Joyce Lucas, at Make Mine Pink. Gotta love her!

I put up a new product this week. Tangerine/Orange Spice Balls--these smell so good. It is a perfect kitchen fragrance, just be careful where you leave them. You will find them on my website under Herb and Posies Potpourri. I have had several people come in and take a bite out of one thinking it was a famous Mama Morello Meatball. The young men that come through my kitchen are like locusts at times. I had an adorable cupcake soap from Savon Marie that one of these chuckleheads tried to eat, guess that will teach him to ask first!

Have a wonderful week all, be back midweek with more news about the Bazaar.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pink Friday is back

This Friday, November 14, we pick up Pink Fridays again. Our themes for the next few weeks are Christmas at Make Mine Pink. We are going to come up with some wonderful gift items for you and your family, scrumptious decorations for home and tree, and we will be sharing some family recipes and traditions with you. Please join us for a Make Mine Pink holiday celebration!

I haven't been very productive this week. A case of the shingles has had me pretty well completely debilitated. I have done a bit of hand sewing but that's it. It was just too painful to do much else. Not a good time of year to have this happen!

My family will be coming up to join us for Thanksgiving and I am really looking forward to that. I even look forward to all the cooking. I love making the pies and all the other family favorites. Cleaning up afterwards isn't my favorite part of the day, but everyone lends a hand and it does go fast. Does my heart good to see all we have to be thankful for. And my precious family tops the list!
We usually do Christmas down at my daughters so that the grandchildren do not have to leave their toys. My husband and I get a kick out of seeing them so excited with all the new things and we are so very grateful that they are close enough we can do this. (Traveling is a problem due to my hubby's health issues). It's fun to see the new traditions evolve as our families grow older. Things keep getting added on, it sure makes the holidays fun.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas, Day 3

It is up to day 3 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Shop Hop at Make Mine Pink. We have already had 3 lucky winners for the daily drawings. Now people who I know and or love, puhleeze, I want someone I know to win at least one prize during the Shop Hop. Once again, stealing from the lottery people, you have to be in it to win it! No purchase necessary (but we all would, of course, appreciate your shopping with us) to participate.
Go check out the items for sale in Patricia Rose, pretty Christmas stockings are up and my first gift basket. Keep an eye out, more on the way. For this Shop Hop, I am offering free gift wrap with your purchase and if you would like your gift shipped directly to the recipient, I will be more than happy to take care of that for you at no extra charge. Will send gift wrapped with a personalized handwritten card and will not ship until the date you specify.
Don't miss the offer for a free sachet for signing up for the Patricia Rose mailing list.
Hop on over to Make Mine Pink to get signed up.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Twelve Days of Christmas, 11/01/08

Tomorrow starts the Twelve Days of Christmas Shop Hop at Make Mine Pink. We are having great fun kicking off the holiday season. The fun began when we all decided to try and make the front pages of our shops reminiscent of charming old shoppes and the beautiful windows and displays. The hunt was on to find 'the perfect' window. It is really interesting to see all the different choices that have been made. Some of the ladies have been truly creative and the windows are fabulous - watch out Macy's, our displays may rival yours! And then there are those of us who are technically challenged - sigh. I found a charming little window but had a devil of a time getting my wares to fit into my frame. So, although I think my window is awfully cute, it really can't compare with some of our more artistic gals. Well, I won't spend a lot more time worrying about that, you're not going to buy the window anyway (are you?).
Once again, I've had a sneak preview of some of the incredible workmanship that is going on sale tomorrow. Just have to say WOW!
For those of you who have never joined us at Make Mine Pink for a Shop Hop, hang on to your bloomers! Each participating boutique has hidden a Christmas Tree Logo on their site which says You Found It which is linked back to Make Mine Pink. Click on the tree after you have finished your shopping at that particular boutique, sign up and start finding those trees. This Shop Hop is over the top. There are going to be daily drawings for prizes and then at the end of our Twelve Days, there will be drawings for those who found all the trees and some for those that found most of the trees. You can't win it if you're not in it (borrowed that from the lottery people). So don't forget to get signed up and start finding those trees while you are shopping. Now come on folks, I would really like one of my customers to win the big prize this time.
While you are at Patricia Rose, make sure you read the front page - there's a little giveaway there - (this is a hint!!) See you tomorrow Hopping around the Shops.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pink Friday -10/31/08- In the Basket

A Tisket, A Tasket, we're all making baskets! Make Mine Pink Pink Friday, shopping with a twist and themed event is "In The Basket". Don't miss out on this event. It's just in time to start shopping for those holiday gifts. If you would like shipping to be held off until closet to the holiday, just let me know - no problem. Patricia Rose will also be more than happy to gift wrap, put a signed personal card in and ship to the recipient if you would like. Just let me know by filling in the comment box on the order form.
Then, November 2 begins the Christmas Shop Hop. This is going to be a lot of fun. There will be daily drawing for prizes and, of course, the big prizes that will be drawn at the end of the Hop. The prize you will be eligible for depends on the number of Christmas trees you find in all the participating boutiques. Don't miss out on the fun and the fabulous shopping from the comfort of your own home!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 10/27/08

Here comes Monday, again. These weeks seem to fly by faster and faster all the time. We have run the gamut with the weather this week. It was down into the 20's a few nights, 30's during a few days, rainy yesterday, incredible thunderstorms last night and today we were back into the 60's and a beautiful sunshiny day. Mother Nature is just a tad confused, I think.
I have been really busy this week with trying to get ready for the 12 days of Christmas Shop Hop coming up November 2. Here's a sneak preview of what I've been working on. These are rayon and silk velvet stockings trimmed with vintage laces and medallions.

We also have Pink Friday this week, In the Basket. Lots to do, I think those of us participating in all these events at Make Mine Pink can really rival Santa's elves.
As predicted, this past Friday was truly incredible. Make Mine Pink's Pink Friday's theme of Coming Up Roses is definitely a favorite all the way around, customers to shop owners. There were more participating boutiques this past week than I've ever seen. I believe there were 40. Every one of the shop owners out did themselves. What fabulous products! This was a fun one.
So, my friends, that is it until next Thursday when we celebrate another Pink Friday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pink Friday-10/24/08-Coming Up Roses

Tomorrow is the big day, Coming Up Roses. There has been such a buzz about this theme, so I don't think you will want to miss it. It is one of the MMP Boutique's favorites, as well as a favorite amongst our customers. There should be an amazing array to browse through. With the cold weather we've been having in the Northeast, it should warm us up a bit to look at everyone's favorite flower.

The venerable rose is an amazing thing. It speaks of romance and love, ahhh, don't you just feel all warm and fuzzy? But in addition to it's romantic history, the rose is an all around useful flower. What can be created with roses is truly awe inspiring.

The rose is edible and quite good. Rose jelly is a delicacy you have to try (I suggest on homemade scones), rose vinegar is just yummy, it can also be found in teas and sandwiches (now how elegant is that?).

A beautiful touch for your next gathering or shower is to place a rose petal in your ice cubes. Fill ice cube trays halfway with water and freeze. When frozen, place a single perfect rose petal -must be pesticide free-and fill the rest of the way with water. Freeze again. There you have it, the lowly ice cube has just hit new heights!

And who hasn't had perfumes or powders or cold creams or lotions or potions fragranced and enriched with rose oil? Even our grammies knew the value of this amazing rose. Glycerin and rose water was the standard hand treatment to keep hands soft and, supposedly, age spot free.

Where would Valentine Day be without the rose? Very few weddings are held where the venerable rose is not present. Any special occasion, bring roses, you simply can't go wrong!

And then, near and dear to my heart, what would potpourri be without roses? It is one of the mainstays of my craft. In colonial and Victorian times, every housewife worth her salt had a 'rose jar' in the parlor or best room. After the sweeping and cleaning were completed, the jar was opened and stirred to freshen up the air. Remember, this is when fresh air was thought to be harmful, the houses and rooms were not aired out as we do in modern day. This was quite an important item to have in the home. In addition, sachets and pomanders were used to help control odors in the household. I'm thinking I am so glad that deodorant has been invented-just saying. Love my potpourris and sachets, but that must have been some under note to the fragrance.

And then, last but not least, the rose is our national flower. So, it would be the patriotic thing to do to come visit us on Pink Friday! Keep smiling, see you tomorrow at Patricia Rose.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 10/20/08

Going to work a little in reverse today. Sunday, 10/19/08, was the JDRF Walk for the Cure. It was a record setter, 3500 walkers. It was so inspiring to see so many people out to support these children who have been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes). Our team, Justin's Jungle Joggers, was 120 strong, all friends and family. How do you thank people enough for supporting Justin like this? It was a crystal clear Autumn morning with the bluest sky. It was a little cool and breezy, but nobody seemed to mind.
My grandchildren, once again, designed our team T-shirt. Black tie dye with neon yellow and pink lettering and a neon yellow Volkswagen type van on the front and on the back the sponsors in neon green. We were quite colorful and stood out in this sea of walkers. Think we may have a shot at the T-shirt award this year!
This walk was held at the Medco Corporations campus in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. This is so lovely, beautiful paths, lightly wooded in spots, a gorgeous pond where we always take a little detour to check on the swans (We're a little sad, there was only one swan this year. They are monogamous and we're afraid the one has lost its mate. It was the only sad note of the day.
There are gates that got locked at 10AM and the entrance was manned so the area is nice and safe. Plus, over the years we have gotten to know a lot of the families that participate and it is so much fun to see how the children grow from year to year. We won't see most of them until July 2009 at the awards dinner. At any rate, everyone is watching all the children.
There was pumpkin painting, face painting, spin painting, sandwiches and soda, those huge blow-up bouncy things for the kids. This is the only day of the year Justin is not unhappy to have diabetes. It was a wonderful day for all. Thank you to all who have supported us and pledged.
During the week, my youngest son (24) decided he needed a Halloween costume and came home Friday night for the weekend. Well, he was bound and determined he was going to be Beaker from the Muppets. This is the result,

We had an awful lot of fun with this. I think it came out pretty well! He's going to wear a white lab coat and he has a pair of Mickey Mouse white hands to wear. Wouldn't seeing this guy respond to your emergency instill a lot of confidence?
This is the NYC firefighter! He's planning on going out with his nieces and nephews for Halloween before the grown up stuff!
Make sure you check back soon. Lots of big news coming up. This week's Pink Friday is Coming Up Roses. I think this is just about everyone's favorite, both sellers and customers. And the next Shop Hop is just around the corner--it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas--is that a good enough hint? Everyone at Make Mine Pink is as busy as an elf. We are gearing up to get all the Christmas goodies ready so our customers can get a head start on things. It's awfully sparkly around here!
Have a wonderful Monday, come on back Wednesday or Thursday for the Pink Friday update. There just might be something about a new give away, as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In The Hope Chest, Pink Friday, 10/17/08

This Friday, 10/17/08, the Make Mine Pink Pink Friday theme is "In The Hope Chest". That conjures up so many wonderful thoughts to me. There is something hopelessly romantic about a hope chest.
A young girl's hope chest is full of her dreams of the future. Putting away precious items for the day she has a place of her own. In days gone by, as girls were learning to sew and embroider, each project was tucked away in the hope chest to be used when she married. All the linens for a household were carefully hand made and took years to accumulate--no Target for them! Each hand towel and bed sheet were carefully stitched, a tiny bit of embroidery to make each item special.
Those of us who have reached the age when we have our households, the hope chest takes on the role of saving precious memories- The baby shoes, the christening dresses, the first lock of hair from each child, the prom pictures of our children, the diplomas, their wedding photos, the precious memories of our parents and grandparents.
No matter what role it is serving now, the hope chest is a wonderful tradition. Wouldn't it be fun to start hope chests for your own daughters, grandaughters, god children, nieces?
Please come visit at Make Mine Pink, www.makeminepink.com, to visit all the participating boutiques and share what we envision can be saved in the hope chest of today. Make the tradition of yesteryear relevant once again. We cannot have too much romance in our lives.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I showed you the beginnings of this last week, and here is the finished product. This is sachet/pincushion is made of silk dupioni with a hand embroidered initial, precious silk ribbon embroidered rose and buds and leaves and a little charm or vintage button will be included all surrounded with vintage lace. I am using the Victorian alphabet from Ribbonsmyth. I've stuffed this with fiberfill and Lavender and Lace potpourri, yum! I will have to have a 2 week lead time on this item. It will probably be available quicker than that, but don't want anyone to be disappointed if I get a little behind.
Christmas items will start going up this week, as well. Busy, busy! I've had an ad out for an official Christmas elf, no responses. Guess Santa has that market all tied up!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Columbus Day weekend, drive safely going home if you're traveling.

Monday, October 6, 2008

JDRF Walk for the Cure - October 19, 2008

In my tiredness last night, I neglected to add the JDRF links, here you go:

URL: http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=extranet.personalpage&confirmid=87017764

Remember, these kids have a life threatening disease. Here are just a few facts that make me want to work ever harder for this cause:

Do you realize that a child with Type 1 Diabetes will be stuck with a needle more than 4000 times a year? If they are fortunate enough to be able to get the new insulin pump (as my grandson is), the number drops to 'only' 1825 times a year (minimum).

Did you know why they encourage children to draw blood for testing their blood sugar from their arms? It's so they have feeling in their fingers in the event they go blind, a common complication with diabetes, so they will be able to read braille.

Did you know that Type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune disease? The pancreas is not making insulin which is why it is life threatening. They can start throwing ketones overnight and if not brought under immediate control will result in hospitalization. This is different from Type II in that, Type II diabetes is caused by worn out insulin receptors. The insulin is there but the body cannot use it effectively. It can be kept in control with diet and exercise, and usually an oral medication. It can progress to insulin dependence if sugars and carbohydrates are not kept under control.

Did you know that a stomach virus or the flu can be a life threatening disease to a Type 1 diabetic? More than 24 hours of vomiting and it's a hospitalization.

When you are looking at these precious kids being so responsible about what they eat and how they exercise, it breaks your heart (mine anyway) that this must always be on their minds. They will never get a day off, no drug free holidays for them.

So, once again, if you can find it in your heart to donate to the Walk for the Cure, follow the link above. My family and I and all the Justin's Jungle Joggers will be forever grateful.


Pink October Shop Hop, 10/6 -10/12/08

This week there is a Pink October Shop Hop at Make Mine Pink. Those of you who have participated in the other shop hops will remember. Step one is to go to Make Mine Pink and register. There you will find a list of the participating boutiques. Go to each of the boutiques and find the pink ribbon that is hidden, it will say 'You Found It'. Click on it and it will register that you found the ribbon at that boutique, then continue on. The more ribbons you find, the bigger prize you will be eligible to win. There will be a drawing at the end of the Hop to see who has won the gorgeous gifts! Please join us, it costs nothing to enter but will give you the opportunity to see all the special items the boutiques are offering, help an extremely good cause - the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Research Fund - and have a chance to win some great gifts.
Then, I have started a few new projects that I am anxious to share with you on my website. I have been working on the most amazing Victorian letters from Ribbonsmyth. I just love them and hope you will enjoy them as well. Here's a sample of the small 2" letter. Wait until I unveil the 6" letters--just gorgeous! More information over the next week or so.

And then the last thing I wanted to mention is the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk for the Cure in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is coming up really quickly--October 19 is the day. This is such an amazing event for the children who have to live with this disease. They are the stars that day and we are all out there walking with and for them. Scientists are so close to finding a cure, may no child ever have to face a life time of injections ever again. My grandson's team is Justin's Jungle Joggers, we are over 150 strong, all family and friends, and have already raised more than 20% of our goal this year of $20,000. My daughter and her husband work tirelessly to make this a rousing success for their son and I am so very proud of them. If you can find it in your heart and wallet to donate to this worthy cause, please go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's website and make your donation under the Justin's Jungle Joggers team to sponsor his Nana, me, Pat Morello. Thanks so much. I will post a picture of our team after the event.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 9/29/30

My computer fizzled yesterday morning and nothing I did could revive my internet connection. After an hour or so with the techie, I'm finally up and running. Such a rainy and dreary weekend, I decided to attempt a new technique. Now, understand, I am not a quilter. I had seen a really nice book cover a while ago and thought I would attempt one. Step one was cut your fabric into various sized strips - deep breath. Okay, I did it. Now sew one strip at a time onto a base of batting. So, there I was zipping right along when I took a look at this new (?) fabric I was creating. I am here to tell you--just because you like a bunch of fabrics, doesn't mean they are going to look good together. I'm not exactly sure what it is I have created, a new dust cloth maybe. I've got it, a moving blanket for a doll house. So here for Show and Tell is one of my great ideas run amok! They can't all be brilliant.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Stitch In Time

Tomorrow is Pink Friday at Make Mine Pink. This week's theme is "A Stitch In Time". This could mean a stitch that has some history behind it, antique linens and clothing, or something made brand new for tomorrow's shopping extravaganza. This might also me items with a stitching theme. I think it will be a fabulous mix with all the boutiques at Make Mine Pink.

Don't forget, Christmas is coming and most of these boutiques offer special pricing for the One Day Sale. Anyone who enjoys antique or vintage linens, unique craft items, home made journals, jewelry, will thoroughly enjoy a gift made by one of the talented artisans at Make Mine Pink.

Hope to see you there, bring coffee or tea and just relax with a wonderful group of ladies. Just go to Make Mine Pink and click on Pink Friday. The list of participating shops will be right there, just click on a shop name and it will take you directly to the Pink Friday offerings. Easy and enjoyable!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What a Marvelous Weekend

Have arrived back home from the Make Mine Pink First Annual Retreat. I left with a bit of trepidation. Contrary to popular belief, I am a rather shy person. It was a huge step for me to leave my responsibilities behind and take the few days for just me.
My first stop on Thursday night was at the home of another 'Pinkie', Carolyn. We have only known each other for a few months of posting on the forum and, more recently, a few phone calls. She had already picked up another member, Gail, at the airport. This sweet lady opened her home to two virtual strangers. The most amazing thing happened, there was no awkwardness at all. The three of us had a lovely dinner with the three of us and Carolyn's Mom who is another sweetheart. We stayed up for a little while chatting and laughing before heading to bed so we would be bright-eyed and bushy tailed for our early start to Williamsburg, VA, Friday morning. We didn't get out quite as early as we had hoped, but off we set on our adventure.
We had many laughs because we were using a GPS. None of us had ever used one before so it was quite comical to have 'Lola' talking to us all along the route. Being she had such alot to say, my backup navigator decided to get her dressed in pink-a lovely pink floral paper hat and a huge ribbon of tulle and pink polka dotted ribbon. This was quite the dashboard ornament.
We arrived in Williamsburg and so began our whirlwind weekend.
We went up to the Make Mine Pink Hospitality Suite to meet any members who were up there. From the moment we saw each other, there was an amazing feeling of comraderie and, again, no awkwardness. Everyone I met was just as I expected them to be. There is no facades on our forums, these women are just the same in person as they are in print! We had a few hours before the official Meet and Greet so the three of us went to take in some of the sights of Colonial Williamsburg. What an awesome place! I just loved it. We had lunch at an authentic colonial tavern and then wandered the street and shops for a short while. The sense of history surrounding you is great. I could just move in to one of those colonial houses and be happy as a clam (if I could have indoor plumbing and central A/C). What a fun way to be able to live.
The Meet and Greet was so much fun. A buffet table of all types of pastries, puddings, cobblers, brownies--you name it! Then back to the Hospitality Suite for some more laughter and gabbing. Even the keynote speaker for Saturday's seminars joined in the fun (Lena West who was such a fun person. I am so glad I got to meet her).
We headed to bed later than we should have but found it hard to tear away from all these fun people. Saturday morning rolled around a bit quickly. Back to the Hospitality Suite at 7 AM for coffee and... We then went to the hotel's conference center for our day of information overload. The speakers were experts in their fields and I learned so much to help my business. I have pages and pages of notes that I will be poring over for the next few weeks. Every two hours, our fearless leader, Joyce, had planned a break with some scrumptious something to sustain us. Morning break was coffee and warm apple turnovers (my personal favorite), Lunch was a fun Pink (of course) Bag Lunch, delicious, afternoon break, chocolate brownies and ice cream.
As soon as the seminars were over, it was time to get the BRA entries out and set up (Business Recognition Award). I cannot believe the talent that was in that room. These displays were spectacular. As gorgeous as everyone's products look on line, it doesn't hold a candle to what we were treated to that night. I am so proud to be a member of this group. And then on to the Pink Gala. We had dinner, of course, then the Pink Bingo game, then the Pink t-shirt and tennis shoe competition. We had so many laughs over this. I believe the winner, Inka, must be several inches shorter after wearing her blinged up shirt-I believe someone said the shirt weighed 35 pounds!! She was done up as a flamingo just too funny.
The business Recognition Award was won by a very sweet lady, Eileen. What a chance of a lifetime the prize is. A ton of advertising, professional photos of her products and a consultation with a PR firm--WOW! Then came the daunting project of dismantling and packing the displays. This was one tired bunch of women, let me tell you!
Sunday morning, back to the Hospitality Suite for our last coffee chat together in person. Joyce, her husband, two of her darling daughters, the adorable granddaughter, Lily, Joyce's sister Wands were there to bid us farewell.
This was a truly life changing weekend. I have come back home so ready to take me business up to the next level

Monday, September 15, 2008

September 15 Show and Tell Monday

Here we are, good ol' Show and Tell Monday at Make Mine Pink. I just love checking out what everyone has been up to for the week. Actually, I enjoy looking at everybody else's a whole lot more than I enjoy posting my own. That's what happens when you are surrounded by so many talented women.

My entire week has been either working at my daytime job or working here at home on my Business Recognition Award presentation. I have put so much time and energy into this presentation, I thought I would give you all a sneak preview!
Now how silly do you think I am?? You know I couldn't let the cat out of the bag yet! Have a great week all. I probably will not be back on the blog until after I return from the Make Mine Pink Retreat (September 19-21). I'm sure I will have lots of pictures and lots of stories to tell. Cannot wait to hear these speakers and then, fun, fun, fun! Could be a rowdy bunch with many of the Pink Sisters in one place!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11/08 - Tomorrow is Pink Friday

Cannot not let today go past without mentioning that I remember. The number of people affected by 9/11 seven years ago is so large up here in our little corner of the world. We have become a little bedroom county of NYC. So many people commute from up here to the city everyday to work that I would venture to say no one in Orange County didn't know someone or of someone that was killed that day. My prayers to the families who are left without a loved one and must have this brought to the forefront annually, to those that were injured, both physically and emotionally, to those that helped and carry those memories of what they saw that day and the days following, to those who have been brave enough to go back there and carry on the routines of daily life, to the firefighters who have the courage to continue doing their job, to those who continue to thumb their nose at the terrorists and their backers by flying our flag proving that the United States can be hurt but we cannot be beaten.
There is no segway back to every day life after this,
just a reminder that tomorrow in Pink Friday, our theme this week is Harvest Home. Please come and check the shops who are participating. They are all listed and linked on the Make Mine Pink website for your convenience. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Show and Tell-A Day Early - 9/7/08

Have lots of things to tell you about today. First off, we have been going through some difficult times up here. On a particularly bleak day, I opened up on the private Make Mine Pink forums that I had been really down. Well, aside from the usual support (which is the norm at Make Mine Pink) within the week, some beautiful angels began showing up in my mailbox. They have been coming a few a day every since. The return addresses are all from Angel of Hope and all over the country. One was so funny, from Angel in Training! To whoever the angel is who started this thank you, you have made a big difference in our lives. There is comfort to be had knowing complete strangers will take a bit of time from their own busy lives to send a prayer and a bit of hope. To all of you Angels of Hope, thank you. I sincerely hope some of you see this post and pass it on to all your sister angels.

On a less serious note, I have had some incredible luck with the 'Curbside Boutique', or my son has anyway. I have gotten 2 tables that are really cute. One is a little beat and needs some major TLC and a face lift. The other may be a good table. The wood looks like tiger maple and I think it might be fairly old. My antique friends (hmm, that didn't come out right, I, of course, mean those who deal in antiques) might be able to tell me a bit about it. I have several photos of that one to let you check out.This, of course, is the one in need of a major make over. but I think it may be cute when done. Next comes the one that seriously intrigues me. My son found this for me on a roadside up in Vermont. Makes me want to move up there just for trash day!

Table top

Table legs

table top tilted up-see the catch that holds it. So, what do you think? I'm thinking that little pedestal might be for a candle stick to sit upon. Good Vermont trash?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pink Friday-Romantic Bed and Bath

Well, it's Friday and as you all know by now, it's Pink Friday. This week's theme is Romantic Bed and Bath--sounds a tad risque, don't you think?? We have had a good time over at Make Mine Pink preparing for this one. It's truly amazing how many of us are geared in that direction, makes you wonder. This week I've added some mineral salts from the Dead Sea mixed with sweet almond oil--yumm. I read somewhere that sweet almond oil is what Jackie O used on her skin, heavens knows her skin was gorgeous. This is so good for your skin, just have to find the time to soak for 15 minutes or so (which always seems to be my problem).
Then there are some lovely herbal bath sachets, also incredibly good for your skin. Can you tell I've always had problems with my skin in the winter. I see fall heading our way and it's skin care, skin care, skin care. As always, the products are all natural, dry skin is sensitive.
Have a wonderful time shopping the Pink Boutiques at Make Mine Pink. Click on the Pink Friday icon and it will take you to all the participating boutiques. Sit back in your jammies, have a nice cuppa, and revel in all the luxuries being offered for Pink Friday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Top Secret

The holiday weekend is over and it marks the end of summer for most of us. My grandchildren start school today. Spoke with them last night to wish them all luck. Got to hear about the outfits everyone had chosen for the first day, they are just so much fun. I just love that they enjoy sharing their thoughts with me. I had to work Saturday and Sunday, so no barbecues or anything much fun for us, sigh. I was supposed to work on Monday, but there were extra nurses so I volunteered to be the one to go home. Came home and crawled back into bed! I cannot tell you how good that felt, ahhhhhhh.
I have been busy, busy, busy. So much to do and the clock is ticking down. The Make Mine Pink Retreat is in 2 more weeks, September 19-21. We are going to be having a pink T-shirt and pink sneaker contest. Each of the MMP members has to 'bling' up these items for a contest our fearless leader, Joyce Lucas, has dreamed up. When it comes to having fun, these Pinkies sure know how to get into it. So, part of this week's projects will be my blinging projects. The important project for the next two weeks is my entry for the Business Recognition Award. The prize is simpy phenomenal, (worth about $4000!). The winner will be in a feature ad in a major magazine, the winner's boutique will get 6 spotlight ads in major magazines, the winning display will be photographed by a professional photographer (wow) and then last but not least the winner will have an hour's consultation with a PR expert. This is some serious exposure for the lucky winner. So that's why I am feeling so much pressure to get this done well. Sure do wish I had some experience in this type of display work!This sure is a Launch to Remember. There is some major competition, many of the MMP ladies are exceptional at setting up displays and have had some experience at other shows and conferences. (Are my nerves showing???) So, to make up for no photos of my top secret projects, how about an idea to make a pomander for Christmas. This is a nice project to do with children, not too terribly messy, just messy enough to be great fun!
To make CITRUS POMANDER BALLS you will need about a quart of citrus peels. I just save them in a Ziploc in the freezer until I have enough. Get as much of the pith (the white stuff) off the rinds as you can. Put the rinds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. To this add about 1/2 cup of ground cinnamon, about 1/4 cup of ground cloves and pulse in processor until well blended. If this is too dry to hold its shape when rolled like a meatball add a few drops of glycerin at a time until it will hold its shape. You may also use 1/4 cup of ground orris root which is a fixative and will help retain the scent of the pomanders for a very long time. Roll approximately one tablespoon of this mixture between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Place formed balls on a waxed paper lined cookies sheet, not touching, and let them dry for at least a week and a half, two or three weeks is better. These are brown when finished (due to the spices). They smell heavenly. I have a bowl full in my kitchen all the time. Just be careful, these are not edible and I cannot tell you how many people have grabbed one to take a bite, thinking they are meatballs. Have fun! I like them just set in a bowl, but they are very pretty on the Christmas tree if you wrap them in a square of organza in the color of your choice and tie with a pretty ribbon. (If you don't want to do this yourself, they will be available on my website in a week or so.)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things

Feel like I'm on the countdown for New Year's Eve, it's almost Pink Friday. Such a theme--These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things. This is an anything goes theme and should be alot of fun. I cannot wait, again, to see what is going to be out there. It is always so much fun.

I put up two of the favorite things of mine that I make. Herbal Bath Bags which are so wonderful to use in the bath to relax. The fragrance is just this side of heaven. Not the prettiest thing I make, but it sure is an indulgence!

The other item I put up is an herbal Hot Pad to protect your table from being marked by hot serving dishes or pans. They have an herbal (actually, spice) packet that releases its fragrance when the warmth of the serving dishes permeates the pad. It too smells YUMMY!

We have been having so many cool nights lately, I can hardly believe it is still August. This is an awfully strange summer. Hope this doesn't mean it's going to be a harsh and early winter. But, what I was going to tell you is that with these cool nights, those of us in a rural environment and a suburban environment have to be aware that those rascally rodents are going to start looking for a place to winter over. Remember, mice really hate the scent of peppermint. So sprinkle some peppermint leaves or peppermint essential oil where these little demons like to nest.

And, speaking of rascally rodents, don't mulch your plants for winter until we've had a good freeze. Mice and chipmunks and moles find that all your lovely mulch is an ideal place to nest and almost invariably will damage your beautiful perennials and roses. So the moral of this story, don't mulch too early!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Web Site, Same Old Address

It has been an exciting week at Patricia Rose. I now have a new, easier to use website that will, hopefully, make my life a whole lot easier. You may notice that someone we all know and love (whose initials are JL) has worked with me to come up with the new format but keep the basic look of the old. My deepest apologies to this dear friend at Make Mine Pink and Cottage Collections if I was the cause of the lost sleep the past week, but I sure do appreciate it, Joyce.
Oops! The cat's out of the bag.
Here is the staff of Patricia Rose. They are also very happy they should no longer have to run for cover when the website it being maintained!

CHLOE, Head Seamstress

BUSTER, Head of Security

TIPPER, Head of Pest Control

DORIAN THE GREY, Head of Shipping (Air Mail, his specialty)

So that is why my Show and Tell Monday is Show and Tell Tuesday night. Between the website, getting ready for the retreat in Williamsburg, Pink Friday. The days just got away from me.
Don't forget Pink Friday--this week the theme is All About Bling. Watch out for the sparkles shooting out of the Make Mine Pink Boutiques. This should be something to behold. Chloe can't wait--she loves sparkles and glam!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tag, You're It

Well, I have been tagged 3 times this week. Soooooo, I guess inquiring minds want to know. I am supposed to give you seven facts that you didn't know about me. Okay, then,
1. I am currently looking to sell my house and move to, hopefully, southern New Jersey (watch out, Susan, new neighbors).
2. I am a voracious reader, at least one book per week, for pleasure. That doesn't count educational material, inspirational material and computer reading.
3. I love doing crossword puzzles and sudoku
4. My grandfather was a well known jewelry designer for VanClef and Arpels and designed pieces for Queen Elizabeth and Jackie O (when she was Jackie Kennedy).
5. My favorite color is green
6. My favorite movie is 'On Golden Pond'.
7. My favorite book is '...and Ladies of the Club' by Helen Hooven Santmyer

So, those are my seven little nuggets! Sooooo, to those who now get tagged, let's learn about our new ladies--

Kari Wisdom
Lynn of House and Garden Boutique
Michele of the Shabby Castle
Rebecca A.
and then how about those who I haven't seen get tagged--

So let's see what we learn here!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Chloe's Show and Tell Monday

Show and Tell Monday, one of our favorites. Chloe insisted it was her turn to do a Show and Tell. I told her it was really for Boutique owners at Make Mine Pink but she insisted regardless. So please forgive our little Diva, she wants to be a Pinkie in the worst way.

I haven't told her yet that she cannot go to the Retreat with me in September so she has been very busy at work on her pink T-shirt for the Pink Tee-Shirt Contest. The poor baby is going to be so disappointed. Meanwhile, here is her Show and Tell:

Chloe wants to know if you think the ruffled lace will make her butt look big?

In the meantime, she has been feverishly searching the internet for some pink puppy sneakers, why did we ever teach her to surf the net? I have to chase her off the sewing machine now, I have some work to do.

Friday, August 1, 2008

MMP Retreat-- You are invited

Meet Me at the MMP Retreat!Make Mine Pink presents the first annual Make Mine Pink "Getting Down to Business" retreat in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on September 19-20, 2008. Join the Women of MMP, who are always willing to welcome, mentor and help build a circle of friendship.This is an energized opportunity to network, and gain or enhance business knowledge in a fun and inspiring way~ plus we will have lots of fun, great food, great friends, great information! Casual dress required… stuffiness and worries must be left at home!Make an investment in your business today.I can’t wait ~ won’t you join me?
Colonial WilliamsburgWilliamsburg Lodge310 S. England StreetWilliamsburg VA 231851-800-HISTORY (447-8679)September 19 -20, 2008

Pink friday - 8/1/08- Nifty Nurseries

time is running out, Pink Friday is going strong and items are flying off the shelves. Nifty Nurseries has turned out to be a great theme. The baby blankets, the bibs, the wall decor, the clothing (there is a baby bunny jacket that is sooooo adorable), bumper sets, diaper bags diaper cakes and you know I came up with a baby sachet -Lullababy Pillowettes...I'm guessing that if you can't find it here, you probaby won't be needing it! Go take a look at www.patriciarose-apotpourri.com and then head on over to Make Mine Pink and check out all the participating boutiques. This is all just so cute, don't miss it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Circle The Dates--September 19 and 20, 2008

This is all about the Make Mine Pink Retreat to be held on September 19 and 20 in Williamsburg, Virginia. We are now at liberty to tell all. It is now open to the public and this is going to be an awesome event. To any of you who may be iterested, you have to move quickly. Registration is now open and I'm sure, once you see the information in the link below, you will want to be there. The speakers are going to be phenomenal, things that are pertinent to every business, on-line or brick and mortar. The fun events planned for the Pink Gala will be crazy. Casual clothing is the attire for the entire weekend, with pink tee shirts and pink tennies all blinged up the expected attire for the Gala. Don't miss your chance to be part of this incredible weekend! MMP's First Annual Retreat, September 19 and 20.
Check this out.................http://www.makeminepink.com/conference/

Monday, July 21, 2008

It's Christmas in July and the color is Pink

Well, trying to get back in the groove after a wonderful relaxing week at the beach has not been easy. I am trying to get out of this beach mode but being a lady of leisure has its advantages!!

Today is the kick-off for Christmas in July Shop Hop and Show and Tell Monday at Make Mine Pink. I had so much fun creating these little wreaths, my grandchildren have volunteered to help thread the lace onto the wire. Sounds like great fun to me! They are all at the ages that they probably will be very good at it and I have promised them a pay day if we sell them!

So without further ado, may I present Nana and the Gang's lace miniwreath--

Aren't they cute? To those that leave a comment, you will be entered into a random drawing to own one of your own. Good luck!

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Have been off to a week long vacation at the Jersey shore. It was absolutely wonderful. We had the most perfect weather for the entire week. We had about 15 minutes worth of rain on Friday afternoon. The water was amazingly clear but there were some devilish rip tides to contend with. We were watching the grandchildren like hawks. One day, we watched our poor lifeguards make 22 rescues. I can't tell you how hard these kids work to keep us safe. By the end of that one day, the poor kids could barely pull their lifeguard stand up to the dunes. I know they won't see this but, kudos, you kids are amazing. (in case anyone reading this knows some of the lifeguards on LBI (Long Beach Island), NJ.

Now, for me, it's make to work. Have a clear head and some really wonderful ideas. Don't forget the Christmas In July Shop Hop starts Monday, 7/21. Find as many shopping bag logos as you can, one each on the participating Make Mine Pink boutiques. Many wonderful prizes for finding them, check this out at the www.makeminepink.com and then click on the shop hop logo.

Good luck to everyone, hope you win a prize!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


This news just in .... Reports have been received that a herd of insect-frightening butterflies have descended on the little hamlet of Bullville. They have a propensity for hovering around porches. They are approximately 3" by 5". They have shown to be harmless to humans and pets, but are aggressive about defending their territory from other flying insects. They appear to travel in trios and come in assorted colors and markings. Come to see a better view tomorrow at the Pink Friday page at Patricia Rose: A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings.
After spotting the butterflies at Patricia Rose make sure to click on the Pink Friday logo and visit all the other boutiques to see what's new on everyone's Cottage Porch!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Pink Friday-7/11/08- The Cottage Porch

Here it comes again--Pink Friday! These weeks seem to be flying by faster and faster lately. This week's theme is 'The Cottage Porch'. Porches are one of my favorite things. I have a nice glider on our porch that I like to sit and read in, 4 nice white rockers, a table and a few chairs for coffee in the mornings. My shrubs have gotten big enough to hide behind, so I can do some surreptious sipping in my jammies and nobody knows I'm there--don't tell the neighbors.

I wonder what goodies the Make Mine Pink Boutiques will come up with this time. I just love seeing what treasures everyone has made or found. There have been some wonderful ones over the past few weeks. People are showing up in the wee hours of the morning to get first dibs on things--yikes! This is some serious shopping. Don't miss out--be there or be square as our fearless leader, Joyce, says.

I have managed to get a few things made for this week, it was good to be inspired. See you on Friday.

Don't forget to mark your calendars--Make Mine Pink Shop Hop - Christmas in July is the week of 7/21/08. There will be prizes awarded to some lucky shoppers and they are always amazing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July Shop Hop

Christmas in July Shop Hop will begin July 21st through the 27th! You'll have a week to get a head start on your christmas shopping and decorating while at the same time earning chances at fabulous CHRISTMAS IN JULY prizes!
Want a jump start on the competition? Sign up now, and you'll be ready when the contest officially starts!
How it Works
Many of our MMP members (see the bottom of this page for a complete list) have hidden a special shopping bag (as shown below) on their websites. There is only one shopping bag image per website. Search through their websites until you find the bag. Once you've found it, click it to return to Make Mine Pink and as a registered participant you will automatically receive credit for it. The more bags you find, the better the prizes get. When the shop hop ends, we will hold a drawing for each prize level. Signing up is free and there's no purchase necessary to participate, so there's no reason not to play!
We encourage you to look around the members' websites while searching for the shopping bags, and, if you find something you like, bookmark the page so you can return later. Have fun and good luck!
The Prizes:

Monday, July 7, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, 7/7/2008

It has be a quiet 4th of July weekend here. I had to work, so there wasn't any gallavanting about. I have today off, so out to the garden to harvest some of the Bergamot (Bee Balm). They make such a show for the 4th, the bright red flowers look like fireworks, don't they?

I'm getting really excited, we go to the beach this coming Saturday for a week. I have a craving for the ocean. I really need to see the ocean periodically for my mental health. Have a wonderful week, don't forget to visit Make Mine Pink for Pink Friday.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Show and Tell Monday, June 30, 2008

Here we are again! Another Monday and Show and Tell. It was such a nice weekend. Went to my daughter's for a barbecue on Saturday and we had a lovely time. The poor girl has got poison ivy so badly and she cooked for all of us anyway. She's such a good kid! The grandchildren were great, as always. Seems every time I see them, they've grown a bit more. My son-in-law was the grill master--he is the cutest, just loves his grill.

Yesterday was nice and quiet. I sat most of the day due to the fact that my knee still looks like a canteloupe. So I created a new whimsy for my site, will finish them up this evening (she said hopefully). Here is my progress so far--

Smells awfully good in my dining room. Little lavender hearts, aren't they cute?

Don't forget, Pink Friday this week. Romantic Roses! Everyone loves roses. Do I have to even tell you that everyone at Make Mine Pink is over the top crazy about this theme??

My favorites are yellow, just something about them that draws me to them. Of course, that's the one color that doesn't dry really well--depends on how you feel about brown!

So, don't forget Friday! As Ethel Merman said: