The ramblings of Mrs. Smith as she shops, decorates and anything else she deems funny!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Working on items for the Roses & Rust Sale!

A couple of pictures that I made with canvas and burlap.

I added a bird's nest to this picture.

No rest this week!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Life

Just thought I would show you a little video of my booth at Oregon St. Antiques Mall. 
Last year at this time I would have never imagine that I would be doing this.....
I love it!

Getting ready this week for the Roses & Rust Vintage Home and Garden Market this Saturday!

Thanks to Mr. Smith and Boy Wonder for putting the music to my little video!


Mrs. Smith

Sunday, September 26, 2010

$1 Party at Sweetspot last night!

Last night at the $1 Party @ Sweetspot.
I made a new burlap tablecloth.

Brought my upcycled pumpkins.

Drama Queen even got her face painted.

Boy Wonder was excited because he sold 2 duct tape wallets and got an order for another one.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Angie over atThe Country Chic Cottage posted a tutorial on sweater pumpkins.

I had promised myself I wasn't going to do anymore projects for the next 2 weeks.

I guess I lied to myself!

I made 3 pumpkins out of felted sweaters (sleeves).

2 little pumpkins out of burlap.

Embellished with some fun tags.

Even made vines out of wire.

This owl is also made out of felted sweater and has been waiting for me to finish him up.

I also had 2 cut off legs from a pair of jeans that I made into shorts (still don't like the shorts but I could always use them for something else).

Going to be part of a little craft show this Saturday night at Sweetspot in Redding.

I will bring these little pumpkins and see how they sell!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

~Chicken Enchilada Casserole~

~Chicken Enchilada Casserole~

Just to let anyone who ventures to read my blog- I like to cook. 

Most of the time....

When I'm hungry....

When I feel inspired....

When I get a hankering for something special...

Ok so most of the time I cheat and use Dream Dinners.

Then I can get Mr. Smith to cook too.

He just follows the instructions.

(Warning:Mr.Smith is DANGEROUS if left to create his own recipes).

Since I do the majority of the cooking-I have become the expert of creating with what I have on hand.  I know others are experts in this field as well.

Sorry for the photos-I decided to blog about this recipe after the casserole was 2/3rds consumed. 

This is what was for dinner last night, plus a can of refried beans and the last of the bottom of the bag of tortilla chips (Juanita's-they are simply the BEST).

I actually thought about this meal ahead of time by putting in  2 frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot earlier.

2 chicken breasts with the last of the box of chicken broth, a little garlic powder, chili powder and cumin. Oh and some water.

Once I got home from picking up Boy Wonder from Cross Country practice, I shredded up the chicken.

Preheated the oven to 350 degrees.

This is where it gets complicated folks....

I opened a can of cream of chicken soup, dumped it in a bowl, added sour cream, mixed it up and added water to get a sauce consistency.
No measuring cups were used in the making of this casserole.

I greased (sprayed Pam) on a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
2 flour tortillas (I had to throw the corn tortillas away-they weren't looking too hot-that's how I ended up using flour tortillas) layered on the bottom of the pan, put some of my "sauce" on top, 1 shredded chicken spread around, and a healthy layer of shredded cheese.  Repeat step.  Top with 2 more flour tortillas, the last of the sauce and more shredded cheese.


Bake at 350 degrees till bubbly and the edges get crispy.  Maybe 30 minutes?

Serve with heated refried beans and tortilla chips.

Servings?  Have no 2 kids and I about polished off the entire pan ourselves.

My kids are just starting to eat casseroles so I was happy that they liked it so much!


Mrs. Smith

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Loving Black & White!

Jar full of black and white dominoes found their way into my urn or as the kids call it "The Bird Bath".

A few years back I decided that I would only pick up black and white items for my house.

I am loving any type of game piece right now!  Dice, chess pieces, dominoes etc.

So much fun to fill up a jar or urn.

So instead of my black rocks for this time of year, I tried to think outside the box.

Boy Wonder helped with the drawing of the giveaway and the winner is...



She just happens to be my friend and fellow blogger!

Stop by her blog and say Hi!

She cooks....

She is crafty.....

She does home improvements....

She is also a triathlete.....

Thanks everyone for participating in the giveaway!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kiefer Pears

Our Kiefer pear tree is ready for picking!

I love to make pear pie with them!

I even made pear muffins for the Open House last weekend!

I love Fall!

Don't forget my Giveaway!

Thanks for visiting!



Mrs. Smith

Monday, September 13, 2010

Autumn Arrived Early at My Booth!

Making the transition from summer to fall at my booth.

Loaded up the car this morning and headed over to Oregon St. Antiques Mall.

Added cobwebs, ravens, spiders, and leaves.

Plus brought in a car load of items from the Open House!

Oh yes, did you notice the natural light and the wall?

I moved the other week to a different booth upstairs.

Same size of space as before but with 2 walls and a window!

I have PACKED this booth! 

I'm sooo not a professional photographer~plus doesn't help that I've dropped my little camera a few times.

Shh don't tell Mr. Smith-that will be our little secret!
I'm off to take Drama Queen to visit great grandma and watch the animal show at her assisted living apartments!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Successful Open House!

The Open House went well yesterday!

Now I'm in the process of getting my house changed from a "shop" back to a "home".

Deciding what to take to Oregon Street Antiques Mall tomorrow and what I will save for the Roses and Rust Barn sale in October.
Car is packed and I'll be heading to Oregon St. Antiques Mall tomorrow to change my booth from summer to fall!

As a side note: I mentioned something about a giveaway for my 100th post-which I conveniently forgot about since I was getting ready for the open house.

From my Etsy Shop-to celebrate 100th post and 100 followers I'm giving away a bottle cap pendant and tea towel.

Just leave a comment letting me know which bottle cap pendant and tea towel you would like if you win!

Nothing fancy I know but quite honestly I am TIRED and it's all my little brain could think up for now!

Oh yeah I just about forgot....I'll announce the winner on Saturday, September 18th.....

Friday, September 10, 2010

TheSmithHotel's Open House & Boutique~A Murder Mystery Tale

Long ago, a young doctor, Dr. Smith, fell in love with a young music teacher, Ms. Dobson.

Therein lies the mystery.....   

What truly became of their love?

Dr. Smith's office holds clues suggesting what materialized.

Suitcases...a lengthy trip?

Containers of poison....


What was Dr. Smith's consuming passion?

Street sign from Berkeley....
Clues to the rendezvous scene?

Remembrances of a baby, child, mother, lady....Who was she?

Investigating for evidence...

Severe implements, a boot, a hat, a shawl, a picnic basket, a bottle of poison, a shovel.....

Ms. Dobsons' music books....

Did he yearn for her?
Did he make her vanish?
Was she able to flee before his obsession turned sinister?

Cobwebs blanket her pictures....

Objects left behind perhaps suggest a frightening demise....

We may never know.....

The End

Come and join us as we unravel the mystery...
Saturday September 11th
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