Collage Wall Decor

I have added a new section in the shop "Collage Wall D├ęcor". It is to feature several items that I have put together to create an instant wall display, like a "starter kit" for decorating walls for just about any room in the home.  They will consist of wall worthy items, paintings, drawings, eclectic prints, mixed media, etc.  Stop when you get a chance.

Thank goodness for fall

I have been gone for the past year due to my father being rather ill, he had emergency surgery exactly a year ago.  He has had his ups and down with the recovery, but he is now holding his own and getting back to his old self.  I will have a whole lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but I am not waiting, I am thankful now and for this past year.   

I am now back in the swing of things and getting back into the studio and posting more in the shop and working on a new venture, more about that later.  I am just glad to be back to doing what I enjoy doing.  Hope you all have had a good year since I have been gone and here's to more.


Holiday Sale

It's that most wonderful time of the year again.  Thought I would get a jump start this year myself.  I want to have all my shopping and decorating done by the second week of December so I can relax and enjoy the festivities this year, wish me luck.  Hope all goes swimmingly for you as well.


Hot summer indeed

Ugg...what a summer so far, I am just no a heat person.  After spending a week at Gig Harbor, WA, back in June, I seriously did not want to return to hot, sticky Dayton.  Blah.  I am all about the sound effects to describe the summer months-can you tell.  Hope your summer is going well and able to get to spend some free time just lazing around.


Summer Sale

Yay, yay!!!  Summer sale is right around the corner. 


Catching up

One of my most favorite markets in town, Dorothy Lane Market, I always find what I am looking for, regardless how exotic it might be.  Thank you DLM for being awesome.  I wish my closets were as organized as their produce-one of these days.

We just finished the best pancakes ever on a lazy Saturday morning.  Some mornings you just want to linger a little longer then usual, this was one of those slow weekends where we did a lot of porch sitting and readig.  Just what I needed.

Downtown Columbus on a rainy afternoon, the Episcopal Church. I just love Columbus.

A lazy afternoon in the home office.

Chocolate cake and frosting experimenting and shooting for the candles that will be available in the shop as well.  I think this is what I had for dinner that day, pretty addictive stuff.

I love walking around the old seminary, what is left of it, they have taken two buildings down already, the library and the administrative offices-classrooms, not sure when they will remove this one, it used to be a dorm and in the basement is a cafeteria.  The architecture is just stunning, I will truly miss it when it is gone.

Started some Brandywine tomatoes from seed this year, we will see how they turn out.

Pretty cool artwork under the bridge for the entrance to the Community Garden downtown.


Spring just came and went so fast for me,  I think mentally I am still back in April.   I spent a lot of time in Columbus going to see Seibie's soccer games an spending a lot of time with family.  I enjoy gardening a lot and did some gorilla gardening in my neighborhood of which I highly regret as I had two separate cases of poison ivy on my arms, no fun at all, the hubby has banned me from ever being around ivy, oak and sumac ever again.  Then most recently root canal work, when I get back from Washington State towards the end of June, I will have some crown work done-such fun.

I m looking at July to changing some things up to see what direction I want to go into next, a different/ new shop and a new format for the blog.


Spring time

Spring has sprung and so have new ideas and ventures.  Thank you for the great response to the Spring sale in the shop, the next sale will be June 15, hope to see you then as well :)


A new blog is coming, the name will be The Ohio River Mercantile, should be up next week.  I will post a link to the blog and the new website shop will be one and the same name-later on that.


Here is the families favorite cake recipe that I have been using for most of the fall and winter months.  I am trying to convert it over to a banana cake version, I will let you know how that works out.  The recipe is virtually full proof, I never had it go belly up on me at all.

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing
*This makes a three layer cake, it is rather on the large size, and serves up to 16 or more as it is on the rich side as well.

2 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil, divided (see mixing cake below)
4 large eggs
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup (1-15 oz can) canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup whole milk

12 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
Chopped pecan nuts for decoration on the sides of the iced cake - optional

Mixing the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter and line with a round of parchment paper three 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a mixing bowl thoroughly mix or sift together dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and set aside.
  • In a bowl or large liquid measuring cup, mix together the pumpkin and milk.
  • In another bowl beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and 3 tablespoon of the vegetable oil until pale and fluff.
  • Mix in remaining 1/4 + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
  • Blend in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla.
  • Divide batter among three prepared cake pans and spread batter into an even layer.
  • Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 30 - 35 minutes. Cool in cake pans 15 minutes, then run a knife around edge of cake to loosen and invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Once cool frost cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing.
 Mixing the icing:
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add cinnamon, vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until combined, then increase to medium and whip until pale and fluffy. 
  • Add as much sugar- up to the 5 cups in order to make the icing spreadable.
  • After icing, take handfuls of chopped pecan and place them against the sides of the icing, it will create a informal look, this is optional.
  • For easy cutting, best to chill for 12-24 hours.
Bon Appetit!