Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lucky Dog

As most of you know, there aren't many young children running around yet in my family.  SO I like to spoil all the dogs instead.  Each festively wrapped small, brown paper bags contain the most delicious holiday cookies any dog could ask for.  Just ask Noah... he's had his share this holiday season. 

"A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad. "

~Robert Wagner

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dreaming of Snow

Wishing it was colder this close to Christmas but I guess Miss Kitty still has the right idea. 

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. "

~Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's Beginning to Feel Alot Like Christmas

The yahoo temperature reads 45 degrees and the heater just clicked on.  Lights are sparkling on my tree and you can buy holiday colored hershey kisses (which I've already consumed one small bag...).  This time of year my house always feels cozier, more "homey."  Hot chocolate, peppermints, and warm covers to snuggle in are daily thoughts of mine.  The grey sky makes it even easier to find the excuse to pause for a moment and enjoy this season.

I invite you to grab a warm, fuzzy blanket and cup of hot chocolate and just relax while we take a tour of holiday whimsy, Cupcake Cottage style.

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Death of a Hedgehog

Dear Mr. Hedgehog #2,

Please kiss your fuzzy bottom goodbye.

Love, Noah

"Every dog must have his day."

~Jonathan Swift

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter Sneak Peek

Yesterday I peeked outside and thought I saw snow... it was just a leaf blowing in the wind.  Eventually we did get a few flurries but Josh and I were getting new cell phones and I didn't get any pictures.  The cold weather has finally crept in and all I want to do is snuggle deep in my covers and enjoy it... which is what I've done most of the day.  Dishes... what dishes?  :)

I never do much decorating for the holidays, but here are a few sneak peeks until I finish.  I need to make a tiny tree skirt for my petite, cupcake cottage tree and find a few finishing touches to complete the look I'm going for.  Last year I went crazy and did a Keep Austin Weird tree, complete with tie-dyed tree skirt from dog tees that were printed wrong.  I've calmed down a bit since then and decided to stick with the classics.  I'll post the finished project either Monday or Tuesday, so stay tuned! 

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show. "

~Andrew Wyeth

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Turkey Day At Circle Turtle Ranch

There is always something to do at Circle Turtle Ranch.  Eat turkey, wear your pj's all day, visit with family, play some hoops, or just be entertained by the silliness that always comes along with visiting my family. 

I'm FINALLY starting to feel somewhat better.  Please excuse the delay in posting anything.  Sleep and I have been trying to become friends again while I break up with cough.  Sometimes it is a long process.  :)

An early Christmas gift of the History (thus far) of Circle Turtle Ranch.

"Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts."

~Wayne H

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dog Gone Tired

Once a year the dog boutique I work at participates in a huge Holiday Event called the Christmas Affair.  There are hundreds of vendors with all kinds of goodies just waiting to fill Christmas stockings.  Hopefully I'll get more pictures of everyone else tomorrow. Until then, here is what our booth looks like this year.  Don't you just love all the fun stuff to spoil your pets with?!?! 

"The more people I meet the more I like my dog."

~ Unknown

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just on the Market!

Check out this adorable vintage goodness!!  I'm feeling so much better right now... no coughing at all!  :)  I bet this house won't be on the market for over a week.  This Travis Heights cutie even has an attic tall enough to put a room up there as well.  I'm loving this home.  Check out the front door on the virtual tour... and all the original features.  *Drool*

To see all the photos go to the virtual tour:  Travis Heights Home

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."

~Jane Austen

A Lovely Home Always Makes Me Feel Better

*Cough*  I'm still battling my cold and this morning, even my calming tea is trying my last nerves.  *Cough* I'll take body aches over coughing, please.  This little lovely soothes my throat better than any cough drop.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. "

~John Muir