Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
A Fairy Christmas!
Here is a holiday recipe for you to enjoy!

Holiday Whiskey Cake


1 package (18 1/2-ounce; 2-layer size) yellow cake mix (without pudding)
1 package (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
5 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup whiskey
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons whiskey, depending on desired consistency
2 tablespoons milk, mixed with
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maraschino cherries or walnut halves for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, blend together dry cake mix and dry pudding mix. Add eggs, oil and whiskey and beat together until well-mixed. Blend in walnuts, maraschino cherries and chocolate chips.

Pour into well-greased Bundt pan and bake about 40 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool before removing from pan.

To make glaze: In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, butter and whiskey. Frost cake and decorate with maraschino cherries or walnut halves.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bottle Brush Whimsy!
The Tinselette Tree Danseurs!Here is an array of holiday projects I created using bottle brush trees and wreaths, which I either bleached or hand dyed, then decorated with vintage embellishments and Lisa style!Sweetie Swizzlestix!These doll are the Sweetie Swizzleberrys!

Meet Miss Sweetie Swizzleberry, a bottle brush tree doll ornament. Made from vintage bottle brush tree, vintage millinery, paper wire, distressed old fashioned tinsel, chenille, my handpainted vintage styrofoam heads, crepe paper, mercury beads and more.

Sweetie's tree body was hand bleached, dyed and painted, then lightly sprinkled w/clear glitter.
Sweetie Swizzlestix! 2Sweetie Swizzlestix! 3Meet the Bottle Brush Wreath Ornaments!Pink Pinecone Doll Ornament!This is one I made using a bottle brush wreath I dyed a kitchy pink and added a pine cone doll I made and aged with distress inks, and other fun embellishments!Pink Pinecone Doll Ornament! 3Pink Pinecone Doll Ornament! 2Here is another bottle brush wreath ornament I made using a hand dyed kitchy aqua bottle brush wreath, hand dyed pink bottle brush tree, vintage flocked deer which I hand dyed and various other embellishments!Pink Deer Ornament! 4Pink Deer Ornament!Here are two more versions:
Miss Sugar DeerfieldMiss Pinky DeerFieldNow meet another version, The Matryoshka's!Matryoshka Wreath, Pollyanna's Fairytale! 6Meet: Pollyanna and she loves fairy tales!

This new piece is made from a hand dyed, vintage bottle brush wreath I created, then embellished with vintage kitchy pieces, vintage beading, millinery, berries, my own scrapbook paper and my handmade Matryoshka Dolls, glitter, paints and more. Matryoshka Wreath, Pollyanna's Fairytale! 3Matryoshka Wreath, Pollyanna's Fairytale! 2Matryoshka Wreath, Nellie's Fairytale! 3Meet: Nellie and she loves fairy tales!

This new piece is made from a hand dyed, vintage bottle brush wreath I created, then embellished with vintage kitchy pieces, vintage beading, millinery, berries, my own scrapbook paper and my handmade Matryoshka Dolls, glitter, paints and more. Matryoshka Wreath, Nellie's Fairytale! 2Matryoshka Wreath, Nellie's Fairytale!The Matryoshka Wreaths! 2I hope you enjoyed some of the fun I had with bottle brush trees and wreaths. All were made from recycled bottle brush ornaments which I dismantled, re-dyed and re-made into my own style!
Have a wonderful Holiday filled day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Pink Baseball Cuff!
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Who doesn't want to be Queen of her own Baseball Game? Now you can with this baseball cuff created by me!

The cuffs are created from leather baseballs, rhinestones, felt, clasps, sewing, etc.

All cuffs fit standard wrist size, if your wrist is larger, the cuff can be adjusted to fit your wrist specifications.Pink Shabby Chic B-Cuff! 2Pink Shabby Chic B-Cuff!

I have been making these cuffs for years for customers, friends and family. These cuffs are the original, one and only, Lisa Kettell Baseball Cuff aka the B-Cuff.

The B-Cuff's are original to my idea, creation and design, no two are alike and can signify your love for the game.

The cuffs have been featured in Bead Unique Magazine, several print magazines, blogs, etc., and now I am can offer them as a custom bracelet for you!
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This is a pink shabby chic baseball cuff for the frou frou baseball fan, made w/hand dyed baseball in a pink color, salt water taffy color insert, clasp, pink rhinestones, lacing and tiny pearl strand.

Most of the baseballs I use are vintage ones from game left overs and lots.
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This cuff is now for sale in my Artfire store!
Any questions, please ask,

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More Original B-Cuff Baseball Cuffs!
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Its that time of year when orders for the B-Cuffs are at a high, from Yankee's fans to Red Socks fans, High School teams, College teams, Little Leagues and Regular fans all ordering cuffs.New Cuff Orders! 6New B-Cuff Orders! 4Custom B-Cuff, Texas AM! 3

This group of cuffs incorporated the customer's colors and teams, Texas AM, Sonoma State, Yankees and the Basic Original Style. The next batch will have more Yankee fan cuffs, a pink cuff, pink polka dot cuff and Angeles Cuff.More Custom B-Cuffs! 30More Custom B-Cuffs! 25More Custom B-Cuffs! 15New B-Cuff Orders! 2
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Each of my cuffs are original, the one and only B-Cuff, as published in Bead Unique, Up-cycled Jewelry, Stitchin Steampunk, NJ Herald, Pipeline Newz and more to come.
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Thank you for buying an LK original designer B-Cuff, check inside the cuff for the label, LK....Its original.....
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Have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cougar Ville, Men vs. Woman, Vintage Marriage to Modern Day Socializing!

Today I came across a very interesting article that a friend sent me:

Cougars Inc.: The Lady Predator Lifestyle
The phenomenon of older women dating younger men

This was an article written by Peter Savodnik on Bloomberg Business Week, which discusses the Cougar Economy and gives an inside glimpse on older woman dating younger men.

A fascinating highlight of the article:
In the decade since Valerie Gibson published Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men, the very notion of older women dating younger men has gained acceptance in popular culture, in part, due to the emergence of high-profile women—such as Demi Moore, Katie Couric, and the fictional character Samantha Jones on Sex and the City—who have no qualms about dating younger partners. "There is a new archetype that's emerging," says Amy Luna Manderino, the reigning Miss Cougar International. "There have always been free-thinking, vital women over the age of 40. The difference today is our numbers have reached a critical mass." Christine Lehtonen, a principal at Asterix Group, a marketing and advertising agency in San Francisco, says there are more women in the U.S. aged 51 than any other single age. "Can you imagine what could happen," she says, "if all these women were marketed to?"

The article also elaborates on the widespread trend of this topic through extreme marketing in various circles from television (cougarville), books, groups, themed dating sites, conventions, pageants, fashion and beauty, there is a huge market for this and people are cashing in, but how long is this trend going to last? Is it a phase or a re-emergence from history, perhaps a reversal of roles, begun by men in which case it wasn't uncommon for a man to marry a much younger girl in early times as portrayed in the photo at the beginning of this post, its an age disparity in relationships.

According to a reference in wikipedia:
In a Brown University study, it has been noted that the social structure of a country determines the age difference between spouses more than any other factor.One of the concerns of relationships with age disparities in some cultures is a perceived difference between people of different age ranges. These differences may be sexual, financial, and/or social in nature. Gender roles may complicate this even further. Socially, a society with a difference in wealth distribution between older and younger people that may affect the dynamics of the relationship.Sexually, it is noted that older people tend to have lower sex drives, and younger people tend to be sexually inexperienced. Legally, there is the issue of consent, where minors and older people with certain health problems are considered unable to consent to a relationship.

Relationships with age disparity of all kinds have been observed with both men and women as the older or younger significant other. In the modern Western culture, older men often seek younger women.Older women often date younger men as well, and in both cases wealth and physical attractiveness are often relevant.

On average in Europe, most men marry women around three years younger. A study released in 2003 by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics concluded that the proportion of women in England and Wales marrying younger men rose from 15% to 26% between 1963 and 1998.

In August 2010, Dr. Michael Dunn of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff completed and released the results of a study on age disparity in dating. Dr. Dunn concluded that "Not once across all ages and countries...did females show a preference for males significantly younger than male preferences for females" and that there was a "consistent cross-cultural preference by women for at least same-age or significantly older men." A 2003 AARP study had previously brought results that 34% of forty-year and older women were dating younger men.

Sociobiological considerations

For women the average age of menopause is in their late forties and early fifties, and before that infertility is known to increase with age. While men do not necessarily become sterile with age, infertility does go up with age.

Definition from Urban Dictionary:


An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. The cougar can be anyone from an overly surgically altered wind tunnel victim, to an absolute sad and bloated old horn-meister, to a real hottie or milf. Cougars are gaining in popularity


An attractive woman in her 30's or 40's who is on the hunt once again. She may be found in the usual hunting grounds: nightclubs, bars, beaches, etc. She will not play the usual B.S. games that women in their early twenties participate in. End state, she will be going for the kill, just like you.


An attractive woman in her 30's or 40's who is on the hunt once again. She may be found in the usual hunting grounds: nightclubs, bars, beaches, etc. She will not play the usual B.S. games that women in their early twenties participate in. End state, she will be going for the kill, just like you.


An older woman who is past her prime & who is attracted to younger men, often as an act of desperation or as a last resort.
That woman's a typical cougar, unable to score with men of her own age so she's out chasing younger men.

So what do you think about being an older woman dating a much younger man aka boy, is their a balance? Is he your equal, will it work? There is a lot of pressure for woman to look their best and to gain acceptance. I think if I had children, what would they think, my family, my friends, then again age could really just be a number. But I'm not in my mid 40's, never been married, no children, so what does that make me, a cub?, lol...In the wild that is what it could be referred to, a cub! The reversal is I'm desirable to a much older man, a lion I guess he would be called, lol.

As I type this post and come to a close I found :
Dorothy Parker on the subject of romance:
Dorothy Parker
By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.
—Dorothy Parker,


If there is any aspect of dating which is common for both sexes, then perhaps the idea of being in love can be scary; one said "being really intimate with someone in a committed sense is kind of threatening" and described love as "the most terrifying thing." In her Psychology Today column, research scientist, sex columnist and book author Debby Herbenick compared it to a roller coaster:

There's something wonderful, I think, about taking chances on love. Going out on a limb can be roller-coaster scary because none of us want to be rejected or to have our heart broken. But so what if that happens???????

To me, if that happens, you can look at it many ways:
-He or she wasn't the right one
-Bad timing
-Served a purpose for the time they were in your lives
-You weren't meant to be together at the time your heart breaks, but if you set a bird free and they come back, then that is when it is meant to be

I believe sometimes we have breaks in our lives, we are always recycling our emotions, especially with love. One partner will love more then the next, one will not, one will carry the torch and the other one won't. One man's trash is another man's treasure, we discard old toys and make way for the new one, once the novelty of the new has worn off, do you just discard again and move on, or do you face it head on, and figure out what you can do to re-invent it. Communication is the key to everything never hold back from this, make that vow to yourself.

One thing is for sure the universe is always working, that karma you put out there eventually comes right back so make sure its positive and good!

Have a wonderful day and celebrate who you are everyday.

P.S. Enjoy all the vintage images....

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Pink Circus Themed Tree at Piddlestixs!
Inside my Studio! 2
Every year I try and pick one or two themes to decorate in during the holidays, this year my themes are:
Pink Circus
Purple Steampunk

The back of my store is filled with yummy pinks and circus-y delights. As a store with a budget, I am always recycling and up-cycling items giving them new purpose all the time. For the circus tree I needed a garland that symbolized and screamed circus, but what would fit? After seeing this stack of connected red tickets, something exploded, this would make perfect garland and now has become one of my fave decorating materials. I simply wrapped the ticket strand around the whole pink tree, voila, the finishing touch!
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Pink Circus Tree at Piddlestixs 4Pink Circus Tree at Piddlestixs 5The whole tree was filled w/artsy and circus-y style ornaments, handmade, vintage and some new. Even after Christmas I might keep this tree up, brings the area so much whimsy!Pink Circus Tree at Piddlestixs 3Pink Circus Tree at Piddlestixs 2Pink Circus Tree at Piddlestixs
I continued the circus theme right into my studio located in the stage area at the back of my store! This tree I add to all the time and leave up all year! This is filled with my personal carnival and circus goodies, cupie dollies, elephants, rabbits, handmade crafts and more.Inside my Studio! 2Inside my Studio! 3Inside my Studio! 4The moon ornament is one of my faves, I picked it up for 50 cents at a rummage sale this past October, so excited about it!Inside my Studio! 5Tomorrow I will showcase the Purple Steampunk tree in the front of the store!

Have a magical day!
Magic and Joy,