Red and Green Geometric Printed Holiday Kimono

Red and Green Printed Kimono
Red and Green Abstract Holiday Printed Fashion wear.

My Mom was the most holiday oriented mother I knew. She absolutely loved Christmas. I’m a mother of 4 and a Grandmother to 5 (so far) and my ideas of holiday celebrations are, and have always been, very low key. Very. lol So it’s no surprise to anyone that knows me to see red and green abstract designs for the Christmas season. Last year, this design was one of my favorite holiday greeting cards. It’s so exciting to see how well it’s translated into eye catching fashion wear. My Mom would have enjoyed wearing this kimono with a green top, slacks and cute red flats.

What’s in your closet!
:-)

Wearable Wednesday: Looking Fabulous this Fall

Wearable Wednesday fashion pick. You’ll be a show stopper this autumn wearing your versatile Autumn Mosaics raincoat. “Made from 100% Nylon the generously cut, lightweight jacket with side seam pockets is designed to accommodate layers and to cover you from head to mid-thigh. It zips up the front and can be fastened at the waist and bottom hem with Nylon drawstrings for extra security. The wide hood snaps closed on chilly days and lays open just as easily when the sun comes out.” Your new jacket should fit easily in most backpacks just to have on hand for those minute by minute New England weather changes.

Look absolutely fabulous this fall by pairing with complementary boots and bag. Green, brown, black, camel, beige – take your pick or buy them all!

What’s in your closet.  :-)

Gorgeous autumn colored raincoat
Fabulously Fall Fashion

Gluten free – Saturday Fish fry

Fried foods aren’t totally deleted from my meal plans. From time to time I really have to have a change from grilled foods. Today was the day to experiment with using gluten free coconut flour.

Five ingredients total and less than 10 minutes later I had a surprisingly tasty lunch.

Items:
Coconut flour
Haddock
seasoning of choice
a bit of oil
Vegetable – I chose spinach

Heat a pan with a bit of cooking oil, clean the fish, pour the flour into a container, place the fish right side up, season, flip and coat opposite side, season.

I like to take a few drops of water to check the readiness of the oil before placing the fish skin side down first. The presentation isn’t the best but the end result more than made up for it.

The smell was simply AMAZING! I admit that there was just a little concern using coconut flour but I was sold on the first bite. My gluten free, egg free, almost oil free recipe may need a tweak or two but I’m not exactly sure what that would be. lol.

Suggestions are welcome!

Experimented with gluten free flour
Experimented with gluten free flour

Fun and Games Friday

Fun and games Friday can sometimes mean, gasp, no electronics! No social media, no texting but actual face to face interaction reminiscent of the “good old days”.
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Stock up on stocking stuffers, sign up for sales alerts and let’s have some fun with our families and friends!

What will be in your Christmas stocking?

Family card night
Let’s play games!

Wonderful Wednesday: The Nazca Booby

San Juan, Puerto Rico

We were followed by several unusual brown and white seabirds while cruising to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It took quite a few tries as they swooped and dived before capturing any decent images. It would be a few weeks after returning to Boston that I was able to Google the name of the bird using the search term: what is a brown and white seabird with a long white beak.  Thirty minutes later scrolling all the images I found it!

A Nazca Booby

My highly anticipated return trip to San Juan was enjoyable full of exciting sounds and sights like the very weirdly wonderful Nazca Booby bird. Funny side note, when adding tags in Celeste’s gift products on Zazzle, the word booby was flagged. They offered me the choice of making the poster PG-13 or change the word. Booby was removed. :-)
©celeste@khoncepts.com

San Juan, Puerto Rico scenic images.
San Juan, Puerto Rico scenic images.

 

Fashion Friday – Neoprene Lunch Bags

Dual purpose items are absolutely the best when you stumble upon an unexpected use. One evening, while walking home, I got caught in rain shower. Normally this wouldn’t have been a big deal, however the backpack I had my Nikon and a few tech items in was not waterproof. A second before panic came, I remembered I was carrying my now empty lunch bag! Seconds later, my Nikon and techie accessories were snuggly dry inside the water resistant, neoprene bag. Whew!

Now a bag is always inside my nylon backpack. I enjoy the extra bit of cushion with items no longer are poking me in the back. Winning! lol

Also, my other lunch bag looks great in the frig, as a lunch bag. Mix and match designs as a fun Friday Fashionista.

What’s in your office refrigerator?
:-)

Fabulously fun fashion foodie bag designs.
Fabulously fun fashion foodie bag designs.

Throwback Thursday – first sale

For years I participated in, as well as, organized, art shows. Doing shows in person meant bringing tons of artwork, setting up and then dismantling the display at the end of the day. After 8 years of shows I began investigating print on demand companies also know as PODs with the lofty goal of reaching a broader audience. I felt my photographs would be good as starter items creating three colorful collage prints.

Properly re-sizing images, carefully tagging with the correct keywords,, choosing store front colors, learning a bit of html and much more took over my evenings. Once those basics  were somewhat mastered,  I woke up one morning and discovered in my In Box, my very first “you have made a sale” email!!!

My first online sale using Zazzle.com will always conjure up a tremendously exciting feeling as someone loved something I made, enough to actually purchase. The ultimate compliment.😀

 Photo collage of St. Maarten by Celeste Sheffey