11.30.09

Holiday Collections…

Posted in Main at 7:45 pm by carrie

There are several different holiday collections up on the website… here is a sampling…

Sweet Treats


Set of 2 felt ice cream cones Set of 2 Felt Candy Cottages Set of Snowman Cake Ornaments Set of 3 Felt Cupcake Containers
Set of 3 Cupcake Snowmen Set of 3 large Icing Trees Set of 4 Peppermint Striped Santas & Snowmen Hand-Painted Rosette

Robots and Rockets


Set of 2 Glass Rocket Ornaments Set of 2 Ray Gun Ornaments Metal Gear Garland 3 Assorted Atom Ornaments
8″ Aqua Blue Wooden Robot 8″ Lime Green Wooden Robot 8″ Orange Wooden Robot 8″ Red Wooden Robot
Revolving Robots & Gears Box Set of 2 Ringed Planet Ornaments Set of 3 Fused Glass Rocket Ornaments Set of 4 Robot Ornaments
Set of 4 Wood Robot Ornaments Set of Robot & Rockets Magnets Set of 6 Glittery Star Ornaments – Multi Set of 6 Glittery Star Ornaments – Silver

Vintage Holiday Collection


Merry Holidays Ornament Large Santa Boot Container Large Black Top Hat Red Velvet Santa Hat Garland
Red Velvet Stocking Garland Set of 24 Small Glass Ornaments Snowman Head Wall Pocket Santa Trimming the Tree
Felt Top Hat With Bottle Brush Tree Set of 2 Green Glittery Pipe Cleaner Trees Naughty or Nice Stocking Ornament Star Tree Topper

Vintage Victorian Collection


8′ Sparkley Teardrop Garland Large Paper Pulp Snowman Set of 3 Large Vintage Houses Set of 3 Small Vintage House Ornaments
Set of 4 Paper Pulp & Felt Vintage Snowmen Velvet Holly & Ivy Spray Vintage Paper Pulp Santa Vintage Paper Pulp Snowman with Bucket
Victorian Glass Bubble Ornament – Bird & Roses Victorian Glass Bubble Ornament – Birds Cuddling Victorian Glass Bubble Ornament – Happy New Year Bird Set of 9 Large Plastic Silver White Finial Ornaments

Green & Red Felt Collection


8′ long green pom pom garland Charlotte Lyons Magic Tin Container Charlotte Lyons Mitten, Heart, Home Ornament Set of 2 Charlotte Lyons Sweater Snowman
Charlotte Lyons Yarn Ball Ornament Set Cream Felt House Ornament Large Cookie Cutter Ornament Light Green Felt House Ornament
Red Felt House Ornament Charlotte Lyons set of 3 Glass Disc Ornaments Set of 4 Hidden Treasures Gift/Ornament Stocking Gift Card Holder

Wool Felt Collection


3″ Multi Colored Dot Ball Felted Wool Ornament 3″ White & Green Dot Ball Felted Wool Ornament 3″ White and Red Felted Wool Ornament 5″ Multi Colored Dot Ball Felted Wool Ornament
8′ Green Pom Pom Garland Large Wool Felt Red & Green Stocking Large Wool Felt Multi-Colored Stocking

Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments


Snow angel – Blue Snow Angel – Pink Baby’s 1st Christmas – Blue Stocking Baby’s 1st Christmas – Pink Stocking
Baby’s First Christmas Blue Porcelain Shoes Baby’s First Christmas Pink Porcelain Mary Jane Shoes Little Peanut Ornament Cotton Pom Pom Swag (shown under the little tree)

Glittery Silver & White Collection


7′ Long Silver Garland Antique Silver & Pearl Ornaments Bird Nest Spray Glittered White Flower Ornament
Large Silver Snowflake Ornament Large White Snowflake Ornament Serenity Angel Candle Advent Ring Set of 12 Glittered Glass Tear Drops
Set of 2 Deer Set of 3 Snowflakes Glittered Leaf Ball Glittered Cutout Frame
Wendy Addison Boxed Ornament Set Glittered Eiffel Tower Ornament Wendy Addison Set of 2 Mirrored Bird Ornaments Wendy Addison Glittered Bird Ornament

Bright Vintage Collection



Felt Reindeer in Stocking Ornament Green Elf Stand-up Felt Reindeer Large Mylar Multi Colored Ball Ornament
Set of 24 Mini Glass Ornaments Set of 16 Detailed Vintage Ornaments Set of 3 Balancing Reindeer Set of 3 Retro House Ornaments
Set of 3 Felt Snowman Ornaments – Skiing etc Set of 3 Felt Snowman Ornaments Set of 9 Large Plastic Finial Ornaments Set of 2 Sledding Snowmen

Red & White


Christmas Delight Ornament Christmas Surprise Ornament “Jingle Bells” Ceramic Ornament “Oh Christmas Tree” Ceramic Ornament
Set of 2 Ceramic Snowflakes White Pom Pom Swag (draped on the tree) Chenille Snowman Pillow Plush Bear with Santa’s Key
Santa’s Magic Key Ornament Set of 2 Red Birds Set of 3 Chenille Tree Ornaments Set of 4 Round Chenille Ornaments

Pastel Glitter Christmas


Pink Silver Gold Bottle Brush Wreath Set of 3 Large Glass Glittered Birds Glass Clip on Bird Ornament Set of 2 Lime Green Glass Birds
Large Blue Glass Bird Ornament Large Green Glass Bird Ornament Large Pink Glass Bird Ornament Pink & Cream Felt Garland
Set of 4 Glass Bird Ornaments Silver, Green & Pink Wreath Wendy Addison Fleur De Lis Glass Glitter Ornament Wendy Addison “Magic” Door Swag

Scrapbook Whimsy Collection – Most of these ornaments have the image on both sides and have lots of detail with glitter, rhinestones… some have metal chains that they hang on… very well made items.


Large Oval Deer Ornament Large Oval Pair of Deer Ornament Large Oval Tree with Birds Ornament Set of 3 Finial Ornaments
Set of 3 Pop Art Metal Finial Ornaments Set of 4 Small Metal Finial Ornaments Set of 3 Mirror Ornaments with Deer, Birds etc

There’s a lot of other fun stuff, too! :)

11.25.09

Thanksgiving Specials!!

Posted in Main at 5:15 pm by carrie



There’s lots going on over at www.violetcottage.com …

From now until Tuesday, December 1st at midnight (PST):

– Up to 40% off Holiday decor, jewelry and gifts!

– Free shipping on orders over $40.00 (after discounts). To receive free shipping, just enter “freeship” at checkout!*

– For every $50.00 you spend, you’ll receive a gift voucher for $10.00 to use after December 29th! Keep it for yourself or give it to a friend! You’ll receive your voucher(s) with your order.

P.S. if you would like Violets are Blue stickers included in your order for your packages and gift bags, just for the fun of it, please let me know in the “notes” field during your order! :)

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11.24.09

Trifling with a Trifle…

Posted in Main, Mind Wanderings, Sharing the Handmade Love at 4:22 pm by carrie

When one is deciding on what kind of dessert to make, and the birthday girl for whom it is going to be designed for tells you… “Chocolate”… that gives you some latitude.

I also know that she likes cannolis & champagne and peanut butter… so I picked two and ran with it.

My only experience with a trifle… old black and white drawings of parfaits, cakes and trifles and that episode on Friends where Rachel makes a trifle with ground beef… mine did not have meat… I promise ;)



I started with a layer of champagne cake,
followed by a layer of champagne custard…
Followed by a brownie layer
then chocolate mousse…
then some more champagne cake…
Then… cannoli cream and chocolate shavings

Not a traditional trifle… more like a parfait I suppose. I didn’t think fruit had any place in this creamy paradise ;)

About a gallon of trifle was made… after dishing it out to 7 of us, we had waaay more than half of it left. And, to my surprise, nobody wanted to take any home.




I got a similar reaction to my trifle that the folks on Friends gave Rachel… I know the thing tasted good (unless lies were told), but the 12 egg yolks, 4 cups of cream and umpteen tablespoons of butter made everyone’s head spin. Oh, and this was after a pre-Thanksgiving birthday meal which we consumed less than an hour beforehand.

The entire meal… 8-10 sticks of butter. Oh yeah. Rock on.



I think she enjoyed it, though :)



I know I was grinning from ear to ear… before promptly entering into a butter-haze. (Best mug ever… on a mug)

Here’s the reaction to Rachel’s trifle-gone-wrong on Friends



Sadly, the end was cut off… but… at least the “it tastes like feet” bit was in there!

I am making a Pumpkin custard trifle/parfait for Thanksgiving… I shall report back! :)