Saturday, December 31, 2011

pear art-new!

My latest mixed media painting. 12x12 painting on canvas with acrylic paints and vintage papers. The numbers on the bowl are from a Reading Book from the early 1900's. This original canvas painting is painted on all of the edges of the canvas, therefore a frame is not needed and it's ready to be hung in your  home.  Available in my Etsy Shop.

Close Up of Pears and Bowls

Original Painting by Alyssa, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

insta friday!

This picture is crooked, so if you turn your computer you can see it right side up! Last night my niece came over and we did art, of course! I took out the crayons, a canvas or two and my hair dryer and we made some pretty cool modern art! Will and my niece peeled crayons for an hour! This pic was taken with my iphone on instagram! Remember those Kodak pics?

I linked this to: InstaFriday at Life Rearranged

Thursday, December 29, 2011

flour sack kitchen flower popper towel

I've been a blogging fool lately...see what happens when you get a week off for Christmas! I'm stocking up my Etsy shop, Boston Bee Market with lots of goodies for the new year. Here's my newest creation. Flour Sack Large Kitchen Flower Popper towels. These are 100% cotton and are soooooo nice! More are on the way!

Chocolate Flower Poppers with Lemon Stripes

  I linked this post to the following linky parties:
 The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday
 Chic on a Shoestring
My Simple Home Life

got milk glass?

~I love milk glass and a big special THANK YOU to my cousin Dawn for the big package of it to add to my collection! Perhaps these pics. will inspire all of you~
images from pinterest, of course;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

**New Red Fizzy accent pillow**

Added to Boston Bee Market- New "Red Fizzy" 15x20 pillow cover available in my Etsy shoppe! This fresh pillow cover has been made by yours truly ;) The back has an easy and pretty black and white toile lined opening for pillow insert. 
Click here to go to the shop!
p.s. I found my seamstress;), yes it's me!

Cute Flora Accent in the Right Corner

Sunday, December 25, 2011

our soldier came home for Christmas!

Last night, we welcomed my step-son home from Iraq at Logan Airport! He walked out in uniform with his arms open wide and hugged all of us at once! He then knelt down and right away said to his little brother Will, "I've been carrying these around with me for months in Iraq. These are for you!" He then gave him the same two patches that he wears on his uniform and our Will was SO excited! Will walked beside his 6'3" brother through the airport and was SOOOOOO happy and proud, as we all were!
Just had to share this Christmas present ;) Merry Christmas to all of you! Happy Holidays too!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

1908 vintage paper birds

Just added to my ETSY shoppe! Vintage paper birds with a heaping handful of shredded vintage paper all added into a glass vase to create a vintage bird tree. This can be displayed all year round. So much fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

new items added to my etsy shop!

Like it? Love it? Buy it...At Boston Bee Market!
All jewelry handmade by Yours truly, 
~Alyssa of Boston Bee~
Click on the "Come On In, We're Open" Sign on the left of my blog to shop 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

the darn elf-BAHUMBUG!

The Elf on the Shelf a.k.a Fred,  has only been out for about 4 days and seriously, has forgotten to make a trip back to the North Pole already! Who thought of this crazy idea?! Then, to make it all worse, I touched Fred and had to sing a Christmas carol, (Son's Orders!), so Fred could get his magic back to make the journey to the North Pole tonight. This was all so awesome at 6:30 a.m. this morning!

Fred better shape up! ;)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

i just have to share!

We had our son's pictures taken today and OMG! He got in front of that camera and owned it! He did all of the poses on his own!! My husband and I were SHOCKED! LOL! Jennifer Seward in Northbridge, MA is theeee best photographer! With vintage props in hand, we traveled to a train track/an old mill and her in-home studio. Her in-home studio had even more amazing vintage props!

Friday, November 25, 2011

annalee dolls bring back memories

My love for the Annalee doll began when I was young girl riding up to Lake Winnipesaukee. I knew I had arrived when I began to see the big billboards for all of the fun spots! One that I loved was for the Annalee doll shop and museum in Meredith, New Hampshire.

My sister and I used to call these "the Aunt June dolls" because their big wide smiles and cheeks looked just like our sweet Auntie June.
I bought my first Annalee doll the other day. My mom said I had some when I was younger, but I don't remember. Well, I can't believe that I waited  something years to do it seeing that I LOVE to shop! But, perhaps I was just waiting for that particular one to get me and it did!
With it's blonde hair swept off to the side, wide smile and little divil eyes peeking over to the side I saw my son and said, "This is the one!"
I told my sister the other day that I bought an Annalee doll and she said, "An Aunt June doll?" We both laughed ;).
Do you collect Annalee dolls? Visit or go to the Annalee Outlet in Meredith, NH.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

thankful and decor day

"There is nothing like a Fall winter blast of snow"
I've been thinking a lot of how thankful I am for everything...My health, loving family and friends, my tiny home on a backroad in the pines, my rewarding career and my husband's too, and of course my faith- cause ya gotta have it! As we all snuggled on the couch last night for movie night, dog included, with our home so cozy, candles lit, and afghans covering our toes it filled me up with such a feeling that this is what it's all about. Being together and enjoying the simple things. I wish all of you the same as you gather on Thanksgiving, as it's a time for quite reflection, not busting your buttons! (I think we're all guilty of that ;)

As it begins...
My sister and I are busy planning activities for all the cousins; Gingerbread house construction, baking dough ornaments, family holiday dinners and yes, christmas shopping! It's all so much fun!

New snow shoes have been purchased from L.L. Bean for my son for x-mas and the ski gear comes next. We are looking forward to winter days here, hiking through the woods with our snow shoes and hitting the slopes!

Decor Day:
Today, I will begin cleaning out a dry sink that I own. It's time to reorganize my dishes, switch plates and do some redesigning of some decor, which I LOVE to do! Getting ready for the holidays is so much fun! Here's to decorating! I'll share some pictures as I go... ;)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

take the road less traveled

Today we drove up to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving Dinner #1 at my cousin's home. My hubby and I took the scenic route up, avoiding the highway on purpose.  We just enjoyed the dips and curves of the backroads in Massachusetts to New Hampshire.
We drove through covered bridges and I waved to all of the antique shoppes as we drove by to get to our destination! Seeing that we drive on the highway daily to commute we needed the break. I encourage you to take the "road less traveled."  
It's totally worth it!

Monday, October 31, 2011

my beautiful paperwhites from trader joe's

It was a snowy morning in October. I woke up to beautiful paperwhites abloom in my milk glass vase. I bought my paperwhites at Trader Joe's for only $4.99. I'm going to buy some more and add them to my milk glass and let them bloom all winter long.
*A blooming tip: Last year's article in Yankee Magazine said to add a 1/2 shot glass of gin to a cup of water when they are up about 3". It will stunt their growth and make them not "as leggy."