From Our House To Yours

"Bless the four corners of this house,
And be the lintel blest;
And bless the hearth and bless the board
And bless each place of rest;
And bless the door that opens wide
To stranger as to kin;
And bless each crystal window-pane
That lets the starlight in;


 And bless the rooftree overhead
And every sturdy wall.

The peace of man, the peace of God,
The peace of Love on all!
Arthur Guiterman
May your heart be full of peace and joy on Christmas Day.


Pink Wednesday

I'm joining the advertising slogan game. We've heard the hype about Black Friday, Super Saturday and Cyber Monday. Well it's my turn.
                          I'm officially launching my Mary Kay website marykay.com/pamelaschmidt   just in time for the holidays!  I am so excited to share it with you.  Please take a look.  You will find great beauty tools like trend reports and a virtual make-over where you can try different eye and cheek colors, techniques and hairstyles based on your personal features and face shape.   Not to mention a beautiful catalog with professional make-up artist looks, skin care lines for all types of skin and body lotions, shower gels and fragrances.  You can even fill out the wish list and pass along your subtle hints to your loved one.
           There is no obligation to register.  I would just like you to settle into a cozy chair when you've got a quiet moment, take a look and then give me your feedback.  If  you should see something that strikes your fancy I would like to offer you a $10 gift certificate for registering, which you can use on your order.  It will be deducted at the final check-out.  To register go to the bottom of the page on my web page to eCatalog.  Click...it  will take you to the sign in or register page.
          Just a sampling of great stocking stuffers for women, girls and men include hand cream, lip gloss, colored mascaras, moisturizing lipstick, after shave for men and colognes.

Zebra Tote with Professional Make-up Brushes, Oil-free Eye Make-up Remover, MK @ Play Chubby Eyeliner Pencil

        Make your own gift bundles by filling a basket or cute container with related ltems.  For instance a 'Beautiful Eyes' package with Eye Primer, Brow & Lash Serum, Lash Love Mascara and a MK @ Play Eye Shadow Trio.  You can be as creative as you want to be.
      I offer free shipping in the USA.   Orders made on line before December 13 will arrive before Christmas.  I have an on going Christmas Open House until Christmas in my studio.  Give me a call to set up a time to come by.  Many items are already wrapped to make your gift giving easier.
As a professional skin care specialist and make-up artist I love to help woman of all ages discover their natural beauty. E-mail or call me with your questions.  At a loss for gift ideas?  I can help.  Personal consultations in  my studio are lots of fun.  Have a facial and try amazing skin care products or have a make-over with the latest colors and glam looks for the holidays.  Absolutely no obligation to buy.
Gloves and Satin Hands Hand Cream
      It's Pink Wednesday all month!!  Thanks for your support by registering on my website.  Feel free to  share with friends who like girly time and love to play with make-up.

Have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to pamper yourself.   Thanks, Pam


It's Here!

The week of celebrating all that we hold dear is here.  This little chalkboard sitting on our kitchen counter has reminded us to remember all things big and small that we are grateful for.  It was a great opportunity to see Plymouth, Massachusetts this fall where the pilgrims set foot to start a new life in a new land of beauty and opportunity.  I love people with adventurous spirits.  Many of my ancestors have proved to be adventurous.  I guess that's where my free spirit comes from.
We look forward to having the family (this year 31) together for our turkey feast and as we uphold our family tradition it will be eaten on china with crystal goblets and silver, linen tablecloths and candles.  If you're going to spend so much time cooking you might as well make it something to remember.  Can't wait!
And then Black Friday will be the real beginning of the Christmas season.  The stores have been gnawing at the bit to get sales going way before Thanksgiving but I've held off concentrating on being grateful this month.  But Friday I will be happy to join the crowds and listen to lots and lots of Christmas music.
A couple of things I am grateful for....knowing the sun will rise each new day.   That life offers new opportunities each day.
A warm, cozy home that keeps us snuggy when the wind blows outside and the temperatures begin to drop.
What are you grateful for?
I do hope you have a wonderful week and especially a scrumptious Thanksgiving.  Don't forget to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade!


Time For Some Creativity

The cooler weather makes me want to hunker down in my workroom and create. Surrounded by supplies that enticed me all summer have been patiently waiting for me to get creative. I say okay, let the games begin...come out baskets of fabric, scissors and embellishments. Let's get to work!
Here is a fun costume project I recently finished for a friend of mine for a Halloween party. The goal: Efi Trinket from Hunger Games.

It began with a size 16 halter dress from D.I. It was whittled down on the sides and hem leaving enough fabric to create the filled in neckline and collar.
The headpiece was created with feather butterflies attached to various lengths of black wire and secured to the clip.
Lots of butterflies secured with hot glue. I made a seperate apron underskirt with layers of tulle, satin, even a cardboard tube which made for some very padded narrow hips.

She looked awesome for the party with her blonde wig, black gloves and long winged eyelashes. She got rave reviews and I loved the challenge of making the dress from a picture.


Happppy Halloooween!

 It's party time!
 Book page envelopes filled with treats.



 Off to find the witches at Gardner Village. And there are a lot of them.  They're lurking in the corners with their potions, on the roof directing witch traffic, hanging from the trees and swinging over the pond.  The atmosphere is full of festivity which makes a great place for some shopping, a nice warm bowl of basil tomato soup, a hot roll and because we deserve it a chocolate eclair. Yumm!  . 
 My new best friend and I having a chat.
 A little rain storm came and went while were enjoying the holiday decor of Down to Earth. The rest of the day was perfect.
 Having a great day with my girls.


Follow The Boardwalk

A path that has no end in sight is so intriquing to me.  Where does it lead?  What is at the end? Always the beginning of an unknown adventure starts at the head of  a path.  Kick off your shoes and follow me.....
A perfect blue sky fall day with a little nip in the air and just the right amount of a breeze to make ribbons and hair fly.
Ahh...the seashore.  Driftwood and miles of fine sand.  That's why you have to take your ballet flats off.  Otherwise you will be hauling around 2" of sand in your shoes.  
Tangled sea weed and nets washed up on the sand. Now there's a story. What crazy adventure caused the nets to get tangled up in the seaweed?

Mr. T and I love to hunt for seashells.  They speak of the roll and tumble of the ocean and the journey they have been on before resting on the shore. Aren't we all like a seashell rolling and tumbling through life with moments of rest?

Mr. T scores with a claw. I tried to put it around his ear like a Bluetooth put I didn't want to break it. I think it fits nicely on his sunglasses.
I'm so glad this boardwalk dropped us off here.  Cape Cod shoreline.
 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."  Hebrews 11:1


So Very New England

     You are probably thinking I am a slacker for not keeping up with my 30 day blogging challenge.  Well here's the deal.  We have traveled from the sunny west coast to the brillant red landscape of the east coast in a matter of a few weeks.  Many miles and a few time zone changes, which has made sleeping crazy.
      I didn't take any  techy equipment with me this last trip to Cape Cod and Boston. I just wanted to soak up New England with no distractions.  It was everything I hoped it would be; festivities, fall walks on the shore, shopping in the cute towns, and tons of history on Cape Cod.  The Freedom Trail in Boston was amazing, the cruise from the haaba (harbor), and the energy of Quincy Market were highlights.  What a beautiful country we live in.  Each State has it's own flavor and beauty.  Every place I go I think, Oh, I would love to live here!  But when our travels are over I'm always glad to be home, especially in my own bed.  So that's my excuse.  Now I'll pick up the pace for we are home for the holidays!
 Pictures from our strolls.  My camera with it's hundreds of pictures is my prized possession.  Infact, when I was boarding the plane I realized I left my camera under the seat in the waiting room and without thinking it through I bolted and exited the boarding tunnel and rushed to find the camera causing a bit of a stir at the desk.  You CAN'T leave the plane once you have checked in.  I think I knew that.  Anyway, luckily my camera was still sitting there on the floor.  I smoothed everyones feathers and I re-entered the plane.  The only problem is I think I left my charger in our condo. (psst..don't tell Mr. T)
 Plymouth.  The landing of the pilgrims in 1620.  The Mayflower II.  How would you like to be up there in that little bird's nest (yikes) and sight land?

 Gorgeous hydrangea bushes every where.  Martha Stewart made hydrangeas  the flower of choice years ago and how we struggle to get a few blooms in our desert climate.  Now I've seen how they are suppossed to grow.
More to come....


Welcoming the Season

A cozy day of rain with little ones around my feet and a pre-halloween luncheon for the girls.
 The menu: Savory stew with warm cornbread and Oreo pie for dessert.
 Starting to unearth the Halloween decorations.  I start out thinking I won't put out too many things.  Then I get caught up in the excitement of the holiday...  Always fun to pull out the treasures that were carefully packed away a year ago.
My party hats are a mixed media creation from last year.

This year I finished a decoupaged hatbox with vintage Halloween cards, tissue and bead embellishments.  Let the fun begin.  Costume creations and party planning are on the agenda for October. 


Gone From My Sight

Today I attended the funeral of a dear family friend and spiritual leader.  He has left behind a legacy of service and love to his fellowman.  He leaves behind a loving family.  Though they miss him greatly they find great comfort in knowing they will be together again as a family unit.  How greatful I am for the knowledge of the Plan of Happiness as given to us by Jesus Christ. 
 I am always touched by the reality of death when it touches so close to home.  It makes you think about your own mortality and the choices we make while we sojourn on earth.  Will our own influence make a foot print in the lives of others....in a quiet and special way?  
 In my reflection this morning I happened to pull off the shelf of my library a little book called 'Minute Masterpieces'. As I glanced through the pages I found this comforting thought..
I am standing upon the seashore; a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
 She is a object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until-at length-she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.  Then someone at my side says, "There!  She's gone."  Gone where?  Gone from my sight-that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just as the moment when someone at my side says, "There!  She's gone," there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!"

And that is dying.                  Author Unknown


Palm Springs-Little Hollywood

Palm Springs is an interesting place.  I mean it is literally smack dab in the middle of a desert.  The canyon winds are so constant and sometimes fierce that the eerie silhouettes of white windmills with their propeller wings whir as the the sun sets over the barren, rock mountains.  Where there isn't a store, business or home you will see the coral colored, shifting, whispering fine sands of California, here and there a withered tree branch and prickly cactus.  The towering palms cluster around the stuccoed desert homes and restaurants.  It has become a resort haven.  If you're lucky enough to be there when the temperatures are in the 80's and 90's it is a vacation paradise.  Golf courses galore, designer shopping, restaurants and huge sparkling pools. 
But just think about those early black and white cinema days.  Probably someone got a great deal on some land in the middle of no where and said, "Hey, let's make ourselves a little oasis....away from the maddening crowd of Studio City and Los Angeles."  And so they did.  They built it and 'people came.'   And what an oasis it is.  The streets are named after legendary movie stars and entertainers.  In fact, Marilyn Monroe was discovered in Palm Springs.  Her agent took her to a pool party and the rest is history.
Downtown.  I love Ruby's diner.  The best shakes ever!
What a surprise to see KC and The Sunshine Band had their very own sidewalk star.  They played at my alma mater, Granada Hills High school, during a Senior Assembly.
Retro theatre..looks very 1930's to me.
We'll be back soon for some more fun in the sun.

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