Busy in The Studio {the launch is near}

We have been busy, busy, busy over here.

We have had photo shoots, last minute alternations and finishing touches being made.

We have more to do this week than we can probably get done….but we are so happy to be doing what we love!

The studio is messy, the house has taken a beating, my bottom has permanently formed itself to the computer chair and the coffee is constantly brewing.

We are getting there!

Items are being added to the shop (but you won’t see them until the launch…sorry).

The lookbook will be finished this week and our countdown will be begin.

{Feel free to look at our LAST lookbook}

Keep your eyes on the blog for the launch date.

SOON!!!!

In the midst of the busyness of launching we will be slowing down to celebrate our family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives.

It seems like such a simple thing to do but our abundances in life can often go unrecognized.

This year we have decided to just stay home and keep the day simple.

I will be making my family’s favorite Thanksgiving day foods.

The kids will get to start creating some of the Christmas gifts they will make for friends and family while I cook.

After we eat we will decorate our tree.

Our evening will end with one of our favorite traditions….making homemade caramel corn and watching Little Women.

We love that movie and it offically begins the Christmas season for me.

Here is my favorite caramel corn recipe (courtesy of Brave Girl Club).

{crazy photo of me and my love of caramel corn by Lara Blair}

The World’s Best Caramel Corn

1 C sugar
1 C dark brown sugar (packed)
1 C butter
1 C light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 – 4 bags buttered, salted microwave popcorn (we use 3 bags because we like to go a little light on the popcorn and heavy on the caramel)

Put some sheets of foil on your counter to cover a space about 30″ x 30″ (I like to make sure there’s plenty of room). Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Pop the popcorn and place in a very large bowl. Transfer by handfuls to ANOTHER very large bowl, letting the grannies drop to the bottom. (This step is critical – you don’t want any grannies in your caramel corn!)

Now place the other ingredients in a large, heavy pan with high sides. Cook over med – med high heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramel almost reaches the Firm Ball stage (about 240-245 degrees on a candy thermometer). Pour over the popcorn and combine with a LONG wooden spoon so you don’t burn your hands.

Pour the caramelicous goodness out onto the foil, and let it cool as long as you can stand it. Then share it with someone you love!

Do not…I repeat..DO NOT contact me after your pants don’t fit.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving day?

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I wanted to let you know that there is a feature and interview of me in the newest addition of Folk Magazine.

You can also find me on My Craft Channel as Christy Tomlinson’s guest.

Christy is the host of Art Redefined and I talk about how you can use vintage items in your art (episode 6).

I hope you enjoy the show.

 

 

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  1. I love that picture of you…so funny everytime I see it. Little Women is a great movie. I’m thinking my 3yr old isn’t budging from The Grinch this year though! Hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving!

  2. Would it be alright to use stove popped popcorn? I do not have a microwave. Thank you:)

  3. Wahoo! I’m excited to see your new line. I’ll just make myself some caramel corn and munch on that until the LookBook comes out. :)

  4. Lollollol My pants already dont fit!! Love this post, and cant wait to see your goodies!
    I will have to try this caramel corn for Christmas..you look like you are crazy about it! Lol
    I adore the movie “Little Women”..my absolute favourite!
    Oh you are cute!!

    Deborah xoxoox

  5. can’t wait til the launch. good luck getting everything finished up.

  6. Laura Jane commented:

    Are the GRANNIES the UNpopped kernels?
    LOVE the PHOTO!!

  7. I made your caramel corn last year and it has been a big hit ever since. So addicting…Happy Turkey Day!

  8. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  9. Serena commented:

    Jeanne,

    You are the caramel to my corn and I couldn’t love you more for it! Wishing you and your family a lovely, peaceful holiday.

    Best of luck with the launch!

    xoxo

    ps… Is that an earplug in your nose, or is it just me?

  10. jeanne, do you hear that? it’s my fingers tapping the table WAITING for your launch. EAGER {and I want say the cliched BEAVER} afterwards because well, that’s just crude. But then again, i still chuckle like a school girl every time i hear those words together. can’t help it and i KNOW you understand. now…get back to work.

    and guess what, i’ll be bringing caramel corn to ALT…ha! bring lots of dresses because who cares about the pants, right?!! we shall feast on caramel corn and coffee. the diet of champions.

  11. I’m really looking forward to your launch ( I was afraid there wasn’t going to be anything new until spring!) I’m also sure we will try out that caramel popcorn soon – thank you for sharing your recipe. And the craft video is absolutely lovely- loved it! xo K.

  12. can’t wait to see, jeanne. i know it’ll be beautiful! and i love your simple holiday ideas. little women and carmel popcorn sounds excellent!!

  13. Wishing I was there stuffing my face with the carmel corn too….I could be your sidekick with witty comebacks and a boom laugh like Ed M. Thoughts?

    wishing you so much love in these last few days of the crazies…it will be BRILLIANT and I can’t wait to see all of your hard work.

    Loving you so much!
    Lara

  14. I adore Little Women! When I got married I walked down the isle to, For the Beauty of the Earth. The same song they sing at Meg’s wedding. :)

    We are going to make that caramel corn tonight!!!! YUM!

  15. thinking of you as you work that caramel corn off…….I seriously think uploading stuff burns calories!!
    How funny I made caramel corn for my peeps thurs eve. although I like your recipe……will try yours out.
    {I also sprinkle fleur de sel on as soon as I coat the popcorn with the caramel. :)}
    xo
    kara

    • The fleur de sel sounds like a perfect addition. I am staying far away from the caramel corn now…I am living off coffee:-) I may puke if I eat anymore sugar:-)