My all time favorite Hartmann item is my cosmetic case. I love it because I can put it on the bathroom sink in a hotel and work out of it. When I am finished, I simply close it up and put it away.
I had my first case for 10+ years and it was lost at the airport. Because I forgot the combination for the lock on a trip to LA, the second case (purchased on ebay) had to be opened with a crowbar. Instead of sending in it to get it repaired (which is expensive because of the postage), I am simply looking for another case on Ebay.
While watching non stop television for the past week, I happened to watch Martha Stewart and her Inaugural Luncheon edition and it reminded me of my husband's many experiences working with her while he was a executive at Kmart. Even though I do not care for her personally, I am a stil a huge fan of the Martha Stewart machine
1. Anytime she was hired and was put up at a hotel (paid for by Kmart), she would empty the mini bar! Yes, this multi-millionaire would empty the mini bar and bill Kmart for it. This was even before her prison days.
2. While in the receiving line to meet Bill Clinton which she was a guest of Kmart, she was appalled that she had to wait in line with everyone else. You heard it right. When Clinton met her, he just said hello like he would to anyone else and she was unbelievably bothered by this and would not calm down for about an hour.
Her Inaugural show focused on the Congressional Luncheon meal served after the actual Inauguration. She managed to give indirect little digs about how she would have done things including having a table setting. Guess what Martha, they did not consult you or hire you!
While preparing the meal, I saw Martha slyly wiping her nose with a tissue and then went on cooking without washing her hands--perfection and great catering lessons--I think not!
Not to be hard on Martha, but she not a very nice person. I know she is talented but her Inauguration ticketed looked the same as mine or yours which is probably hard for her to believe. You are just one of the people some days girlfriend.
Size: Generally, the size of the pearl affects the price.
Mikimoto pearls are rated on the scale above and once you see the AAA pearls, nothing else will really do. My old set was a AA with a slightly pink tint and I loved them. One more thing for my birthday!
So, for the 2009 election, my husband and I were not going to be left behind. We joined the Texas State Society and purchased 4 tickets. Even though we did attend the Clinton Inauguration in 1998 as well as the Bush 2000 Inauguration, we have no interest in being part of the craziness that will surely descend on DC next week.
So, like most others who were optimistic on the election outcome and were not going to miss this party again, we are trying to sell our tickets via ebay. We sold the first set, and for the second set, let's say, we can barely give them away.
If you are interested, please let me know. We have two left at a very reasonable price.
ICE CREAM CHARMS: My daughters each have three charm bracelets, C has: a 14 or 18k Gold and a Tiffany Silver. B has silver one, a Tiffany silver and a Juicy Couture. B is getting a gold charm bracelet for her birthday. I guess you can say we love charms. . I am thinking I may invest in a gold bracelet too (my silver is from my childhood).
Even the jewelers know what this means to us. My other ice cream cosmetic products will be posted at another time due to blogger having problems today.
Are you a Charm Bracelet person?
Off to Target for an ornament box, my cleaning lady did not come, my kid's have several friends coming over tonight, etc. After target, of to my son's belated New Year's party (Christmas party was cancelled because of snow). Let me know your thoughts.
One of my favorite dining experiences was at this incredible restaurant (why don't I write these things down) in London. Ice cream was wheeled in on a cart and hand dipped from silver containers like these featured below. It was truly an fun experience with something so simple.
FOR FORMAL DINNER PARTIES
When I am entertaining and really do not feel like cooking (which is always), I can always rely on serving three scoops of Zingerman's Gelato for dessert. I usually serve pumpkin, burnt sugar and pistachio. I serve it in my little Waterford Powerscourt Footed Dessert dishes on a plate with an ice cream fork. It looks nice and tastes great.
FOR BIRTHDAYS OR BUFFETS
Whenever we had a birthday party, my mother always made ice cream balls and put them in a large crystal bowl that as passed. It as such an elegant way of serving ice cream for a birthday. For my son's Buzz Light Year birthday party, I rolled lime green sorbet and put purple sprinkles on it. I have also paid Baskin Robins to make ice cream balls for me (see below for a way to do this at home).
Ice Cream Balls
Way to make ice cream balls ahead of time
I made a version of this for my son's 1st birthday. He was born on July 6th.
This makes scooping a little easier. New gadget received for Christmas for my sis.
OUT OF THE CONTAINER
FOR THE MONOGRAM LOVER:
FOR THE PINK LOVER:
FOR THOSE WITH KEYS TO MUSEUMS:
1878 Ice Cream Server
FOR THE BEACH LOVERS
Tomorrow is wearing it!
LICKING VS. BITTING (Well, let me know what you think of this one)
WALKING AND EATING ICE CREAM
Informal Dinners: Ice Cream Spoons (shown below)