Preserving Family Recipes


Some years back I met someone that wanted to preserve their family recipes that had been handed down. They were also gathering  favorite recipes their children grew up with so they would not be lost until one day they would appreciate them or would want them.

So I gathered up my mom’s and my grandmother that have become familiar and well loved. I included the ones I have made recently and others that my daughter loved as a kid.  Now if you know me I like to be creative when I give a gift whether to family or friends. Have you ever received a gift and you liked the package better than the item?. That actually happened to me this past Christmas. But of course I would not say anything to indicate this.

I looked for a photo album that would fit 4×6 recipe cards. I didn’t want it to be to big or awkward. I wanted to make sure it would fit on shelf and not be oversized.

I found a photo album that fit my criteria. The pages had plastic sleeves that my recipe cards would fit in perfectly.

I like that idea that families that garden together stay together. Based on that concept – my daughter seems to like bird things in her house. So I decided to use that as my theme. I came up with “Birds of Feather, Bake Together”

Then I gathered all my materials and made a mixed media cover to house the recipe cards. Here is picture of what I came up with. I used tape around edges using her favorite colors blue and green.  Assorted paper to make my collage, ink, rubber stamps and rub on letters and then put modge podge over the entire front and back cover. I put the date on front so she would remember when she received this.

I am really happy to report she was really excited with her gift. She loved the cover too! Bingo nice when your daughter appreciates something you made for them.  She also loved this because I left room for her to add some others as time passes by. It seems- she uses the same size card I use. Like Mother like daughter. She’s my daughter. So that all in nut shell for today!










Silver Keys Earrings

P1050281Light weight silver keys dangling from silver metallic bicone and clear faceted rondelle.

The length is 2 inches and ear wires are nickel free for the sensitive ears.

Cost is $15

Handmade by Mary O. @ Prairie Pine Peddler. From smoke free environment.

Decorative Watering Can



Wow it’s a picture perfect gift for the First Time Home Buyer, a Welcome Gift or for a Birthday or  a Mother’s Day Gift!

This is metal watering  pot made to look like a watering can. When you take out the seeds and tools and gloves  you will still have beautiful flower arrangement. What more could you ask for? Two great gift ideas in one.

I have always been attracted to watering cans. I remember having a watering can as child. I know some folks like to collect them. I remember my grandmother having a galvanized one when we would go to visit her.  We would use her well in the backyard and pump water into the watering can to water her zinnias. She always grew green zinnias. I find that I am starting to like them in my garden too. Although my watering can here doesn’t have a green zinnia in them; there is a miniature green daisy next to the trowel. Did you know that green flowers are hard to find?  This was designed by Mary O at the Prairie Pine Peddler.

Please note that each bouquet is unique, one of a kind, and the ordered item may not be exactly like the one pictured.


1 An Orange Red Decorative Watering Can

1 Heavy Duty Trowel

1 Heavy Duty Cultivator

1 pair of garden gloves one size fits all

2 packets of flower seeds ( may very with each order)

Flowers consists of assorted daisies, a rose, daffodils, and green ivy

This will be wrapped in a clear cellophane bag with a bow and ribbons ready to give as gift.

This is from Central Illinois, North of Peoria. Cost for this arrangement is $37  Illinois residents tax is included. Shipping is additional.

Interested parties can reach me at pinepeddler at

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Cool Green and Blue Pierced Earrings


A Cool Blue and Green pierced earrings. The two tone blue and green really compliments the glazed pottery square beads. The top bead is a two tone (green and blue) faceted round bead. The pottery beads are square and have been glazed, they have brown, cream, teal, blue/green in them.

I have had the square beads for some time and then about few years later I found the perfect match for them. Thus they became the pair matched in heaven. Sometimes your lucky! I am pleased with the way they came out.

All my jewelry is lead free. Ear wires are hypo allergenic meaning they are nickel free.

Looks nice with casual wear such as jeans. Cost US $10 and this includes shipping. Handmade and designed by Mary O at Prairie Pine Peddler in smoke free environment.