Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Large Pearl Inlay Wooden Carved Bowls

It’s the real thing. Our one-of-a-kind organic wooden bowls are crafted of natural teakwood in it’s original state and inlayed with lustrous authentic pearl shells. Each piece is handcrafted to have its own individual characteristics. Love them would be beautiful filled with your jewels or a lovely piece of art displayed on your coffee table!

Turquoise, Pearl, & Leather For Spring

Put out today new wonderful and unique jewelry from the Texas Hill Country. Hand knotted beading with touches of soft deer hide with pearls, turquoise, and milagro charms and turquoise cabochons make her jewelry one of a kind...

36" long Buckskin leather with bronze "Lucky In Love" horseshoe pendant with Turquoise cabochon

A Home For Spring

A wonderful lady that has been collecting for many years through travels and combined interest... they have amassed a wonderfully eclectic home. Her love of beauty, treasures, and special mementos is apparent all throughout her beautiful home. Now Spring is tucked in every corner and this home is ready for the reviving season that is ahead!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Santos for Your Home

Have you noticed the number of homes where the focal point of a room is a religious piece of art? It seems that these lovely old pieces have a calming effect while also being beautiful pieces of art for the home. Incorporating spiritual objects bring a sense of warmth without having devout reasons...some collect for aesthetic, not religious reasons. Pieces should be looked upon as art having dimension and texture. These are some of the Saints we have at the store now...unusual and beautiful!

Burt Reynold's Beef Stew

A great stew to go with our Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe Below!
Growing up this was a staple that my mother made on cold winter days! Now I like to make it for my family and it is a favorite. But who doesn't love Burt Reynolds?? Every so often I will call her to confirm the recipe she knows it by heart!

"In May, 1978 Family Circle magazine published an article containing advice from a young Burt Reynolds on how to be a good date. It included several of Burt's own recipes for at-home entertaining. Here is his recipe for Beef Stew. 

Burt stated that not only does this make a great meal with the addition of good, crusty bread and a green salad, it also has the advantage of being a 'make ahead' dish, so one need not be distracted from giving attention to one's date!"

3 slices of bacon, cut in small pieces
4 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp pepper
2 lb lean beef (burt recommends chuck), cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 can condensed beef broth (8 oz)
1 cup of good, dry burgundy wine
1 bay leaf
pinch of dried thyme
2 carrots, chopped coarsely (1 cup, about)
2 stalk(s) celery, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 4 pieces each
6 - 8 fresh mushrooms, sliced

Directions Step-By-Step
1. Cook bacon until crisp in a large, heavy pot. Combine flour, salt and pepper; dip beef pieces in flour mixture to coat completely. Brown in fat remaining from bacon, turning often (add a little vegetable oil, if needed).
2. Add onion and garlic; brown a little. Add tomato sauce, broth, wine, bay leaf and thyme. Cover and cook slowly for about 1 and 1/2 hours.
3. Add carrots and celery; after about 10 minutes add potatoes and mushrooms. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until vegetables and meat are tender.
(I always have extra beef broth on hand in case I need to add to this if it becomes too thick...)

House Secret Buttermilk Cornbread

House Secret Buttermilk Cornbread
Moist and flavorful, this cornbread is addictive.
1 cup stone ground cornmeal
3/4 cup unbleached all–purpose flour
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup Roasted Garlic Onion Jam (Secret Ingredient that makes this recipe wonderful! Pick Up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
1 cup fresh or frozen corn, defrosted and blotted dry

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan.
Mix cornmeal, flour, chili powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
Beat buttermilk and eggs together.
Stir Roasted Garlic Onion Jam into hot butter to melt. Stir in corn.
Blend with buttermilk mixture.
Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients, stirring just to blend. Do not over mix.
Bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean and the cornbread is golden colored, 20 to 25 minutes.

Antique Flaxseed Scraper

We love this antique flaxseed scraper, because of it's industrial vintage history and the texture/uniqueness of it. Made in Turkey, of locally sourced woods and stone, flaxseed scrapers were used to thresh flax into long, even, uniform strands for further processing into linen. Bring home a piece of history that is also a stunning and interesting art statement. 
Love the grain of the wood, stones, and texture...what a neat piece of wall art this would be in a rustic room or office.
It sure adds a beautiful touch to this room do you see it leaning against the wall?

An Art Room...

 A room that has been repainted a soft grey and reinvented after her boys have left the nest for college. She loves painting and art and wanted a special retreat just for herself. Yet it still needed to be a beautiful bedroom for guest. Now it's an inviting and sunny room that evokes creativity and art!