Buddy Dog isn't just for dogs! They also rescue and care for kitties...Here are a couple of Kitties to remind you why to support your local shelter!! These two live in Portland, Oregon...
Monday, March 31, 2008
Yesterday we (Mike, Sawdust our dog and I) drove up to New Hampshire to check out a Sugar House and see how Maple Syrup is made! There is still lots of snow in New Hampshire...and we were in Southern New Hampshire -- The Sugar House was actually in Dublin. We also hung out in Nashua a bit.
We got to see the giant bucket/kettle that the sap is boiled down...and taste some syrup that had just been made! YUM! Real Maple syrup is very buttery --and I'd compare it to the difference between mass-produced chocolate vs. the real thing. Its just better.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of Syrup! The steam coming out of this building is the water being boiled out of the sap. This is the Morning Star Maple Company in Dublin:
MARCH 29TH & 30TH, 2008
Borrowed from http://www.nhmapleproducers.com/
"Each year, the New Hampshire maple industry produces close to 90,000 gallons of maple syrup. Maple sugaring time in New Hampshire runs from mid-February to mid-April.
As the frozen sap in the maple tree thaws, it begins to move and build up pressure within the tree. When the internal pressure reaches a certain point, sap will flow from any fresh wound in the tree. Freezing nights and warm sunny days create the pressure needed for a good sap Harvest.
In late February, New Hampshire maple producers tap their sugar maples by drilling a small hole in the trunk and inserting a spout. A bucket or plastic tubing is fastened to the spout and the crystal clear sap drips from the tree. It is then collected and transported to the sugar house where it is boiled down in an evaporator over a blazing hot fire. As the steam rises from the evaporator pans, the sap becomes more concentrated until it finally reaches the proper density to be classified as syrup. It is then drawn from the evaporator, filtered, graded and bottled. It takes approximately forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.
Maple syrup is made in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada, and the maple season usually lasts 4-6 weeks. The days and length of the sap runs depend entirely on the weather.
We hope you will visit a sugar house during the maple season and learn for yourself just how this ancient tradition is carried on. New Hampshire's maple producers take great pride in the high quality of their maple products. Many sugar houses are open throughout the year, selling their pure maple delicacies. Click on our list of sugar houses for further information."And here's an awesome picture of Sawdust...who had a fun day too!
Sure, the picture above shows what we've all been seeing when we look out the window...until very recently! Now that Winter has given way to melting snow, blossoms, and sunshine, you're sure to need a little luxury Body Lotion to soften that dry Winter skin!
M Design Boutique designer Mystic Bliss Creations makes this all-natural Body Lotion in two unique fragrances. Celebrate is a lemongrass, sage and orange blend that fits right in with the explosion of Springtime scents. Dream is a lovely calming blend of lavender, rose and sandalwood which is a favorite of M Design Boutique customers.
These fragrances also come in the Bath and Shower Gel.
4 oz. Bottle - $8.00
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The global event, created by the World Wildlife Fund, encourages people around the world to turn off their lights at 8 p.m. (your own local time) tonight, March 29, for an hour.
At my house, we're going to light lots of candles and save energy!
Check out google during that time too...they're observing Earth Hour in their own way!
Any purchases made in my boutique during that hour will come with a special treat!
(Gesso Pictured Below)
Wolfie, motivational Pom and spiritual master provides sound advice for daily living and answers your questions about everything from grooming to relationships -- Click Here for THE WOLFIE REPORT!
Wolfie resides in Silverlake, California
Enjoy some photos of Wolfie Below:
Photos by Scott Lewis and Mike Machowski
Greeting Card Series by Scott Lewis
From Top Left to Bottom Right -- Syrrus, Sawdust, Ruby, Cowboy, Zippy,Xavier,Syrrus,Rex
Friday, March 28, 2008
The Mad Raven on Main Street in Waltham, MA has JUST donated a $50 Gift Certificate for the Raffle for the Buddy Dog Fundraiser at Gordon's! Thank you Mark and Kelly for your generous efforts helping us out!
It turns out that the very same night (April 19th)...at 7pm at the Mad Raven, there is a Breast Cancer Benefit. Please go support them and enjoy the raffle along with some free food and live music! The Mad Raven is my favorite bar/restaurant here in MA!!
The Mad Raven is open - Monday thru Saturday from 11:30am
until 1am and Sundays from 11am until Midnight.
Our kitchen serves a full menu until 10pm daily.
Join us for lunch, dinner or our Sunday Brunch.
Relax at the bar with one of our many signature cocktails
or choose from over fifteen different drafts and enjoy
a pint of your favorite beer.
Extend your lunch break and plug in your laptop - enjoy free
wireless internet access throughout the bar and restaurant!
Don't have time to dine-in? The Mad Raven is always
available for takeout. Just give us a ring and we'll
have your order ready and waiting for you!
Sadly, they don’t give out Nobel Peace prizes for premiere online designer boutiques, but if they did, Melissa Fouch would be making shelf space as we speak. A bold statement? Behold M Design Boutique, a specialized shop celebrating the DIY movement with a hand-selected arsenal of designers from LA to NY.
M Design opened its virtual doors in January to instant attention from discerning clients from Turkey to Japan to the good ol’ U.S. of A., all attracted by the unique collection of hand-designed, hand-made gifts, luxury items, apparel and home décor items.
Through the magic of the world wide web, a mere click of the mouse brings you face to face with the stunning stable of M Design talent including Tiny Armour Jewelry, Carolyn’s Kitchen, Meriday Designs and Smoy Photocuffs. These designers offer top-tier quality, creativity to the max, and brave new old-world craftsmanship.
Using SSL technology, M Design Boutique insures a secure shopping environment and accepts all major credit cards as well as PayPal payment options. The immediate success that M Design Boutique has experienced is an excellent example of what a business can do when it combines a great idea, technology, creative design, principled dedication to designers-as-individuals, and a commitment to the customer. It’s just that simple, and it’s just that fucking good.
Written by Peter Gilstrap (Gilstrap has written for New Times Inc, Dame Magazine, Variety, LA Weekly among others)
Don't be surprised when you go to M Design Boutique...the colors have changed to reflect the fair weather...which seems to be settling in...some of the time! Nothing else has changed besides a few tweaks and adjusments being made as designers arrive in the boutique (check out the new Yummy Mummy and Alter Ego pages).
Go in and have a look -- let us know what you like, or don't like about the new colors! And...Happy Shopping!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
- A Manicure from Life's Simple Pleazures in Waltham
- A Pedicure also from LSP
- Lazy Dog Inn (NH) Tote Bag
- LDI Mug
- LDI T-shirt
- Mystic Bliss Creations Gift Boxes (I think there will be 2 or 3)
- A Free Subscription to Fido Friendly Magazine
- M Design Boutique -- 2 Charm Bracelets
- Tiny Armour Jewelry -- Heart Stud Earrings
- Scott Lewis Greeting Card Sets
The goody bags also contain some great stuff. In every bag there is a voucher for a free issue of Fido Friendly Magazine, an M Design Boutique Wine Stem Charm and a Meriday Designs Button with a vintage image. There will also be a doggy biscuit in each bag! Woof!!
In each and every of the fifty goody bags at the Buddy Dog Event on April 19th...there will be a treat from Meriday Designs.
If you aren't sure who that is (...grab a hot mug of Yuban and keep your Sucrets handy from all the screams of joy that'll turn your throat into a murder scene...) they're the vintage image specialists who brought us such genius as the British Coaster Series:
You absolutely have to love meat that protects itself from evil veggies like that bitchy turnip troup or wow...look at the "I'll wait" bloody knuckle tomato....Look out angry cutting board army...I'm wearing my shield of pretzel bread! HA!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Private Benjamin, Laugh-In, in a relationship with Kurt Russell for um-EVER! Cool! She's Goldie Freakin' Hawn! And she wears Lucy's Sister Belts and Buckles!
You too can join the grooooovy wave and get a Lucy's Sister Belt Buckle and Belt at M Design Boutique...ROCK!!
Johnny Race Car is named after Johnny Briggs, who passed away 8 years ago to the day. Madisen Owen, pictured below, loved our friend Johnny who played with her when she was a little girl.
When Johnny Briggs went to "the big playground in the sky" (Madi's words)...Madi decided to name her new kitten after him. Madi loves animals and also has two dogs (Bacchus and Willie) and another cat Jack.
So here's to both Johnny Race Car and Johnny Briggs...two amazing Johnnys.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This goes under "R" for random post! It has nothing to do with M Design Boutique besides this post...because there is something so awesome out there that I bet lots of you don't know about yet...Rather than try to explain I will just leave you with this:
Ever notice how in musicals people just break into song with no explanation...and it can be about the simple little things in life (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, anyone? "We got the MUSTARD OUT!")...
Here's what happened when this prank/improv group did just that in a mall food court in Los Angeles! http://improveverywhere.com/2008/03/09/food-court-musical/?loc=interstitialskip
I highly encourage you to watch the video...check the reactions of the patrons eating their food court delicacies!
On April 19th M Design Boutique is hosting a fundraising event for Buddy Dog
For those of you that live far away and can't make it...you can still participate. 50% of all proceeds from sales on April 19th --at M Design Boutique will also be donated to Buddy Dog!
This is Kai (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier) and her brother Kobe (a Brazilian Mastiff)...They share a yard...and sometimes toys, balls, nylabones, couches, waterbowls...with Sawdust, my black lab pup.
Kai runs the show around here. She's put in several years in law enforcement and would very much appreciate your support in her election campaign. She is running for Mayor...which will inevitably lead to a presidential run in 2012 -- good luck to whomever runs against her. I wouldn't dare to dream of winning a race against her. She's badass. Click on her picture for a campaign button!
Kobe boasts some awesome scars from surgery...and a totally punk rock haircut too. He barks when Kai and my puppy annoy him, but he's gentle and playful. His giant head is nice to kiss, as it is super soft. You can get him on stamps here.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Yeah...These are one of those things I should just let the image speak for itself. High Heel Earrings by Alter Ego. They'll be in M Design Boutique beginning in April. And just as shoes should, they come in lots of colors! CUTE!
Kalli lives in Colorado, enjoying frequent walks through Bear Creek Lake Park. She spend her evenings watching for foxes and coyotes from her perch on the deck in the back yard, which overlooks the Great Plains. Kalli has allergies and takes lots of elaborate baths to keep her skin soft and clean.
Kalli shares her home with Otis, the cat pictured below. Otis only allows Kalli to give him affection in "The Love Room" which is where he eats his dinner. Otherwise, Otis prefers to call the shots and find warm places to rest from his major form of excersize -- begging for an early dinner.
Note that this photo is in "Otis Vision"
Being that these scarves are made from comfy light-weight knit T-shirts....they're perfect for Spring weather. Edgy and totally unique (one-of-a-kind, in fact)...these look cool with jeans or whatever else you'd wear to go see a rock show, hang out with friends or just the walk to class. Some of them even have a pocket perfect for your mp3 player!
At $25 per scarf through the month of April, you can afford something this cool!
And remember: Re-cycle, Re-use, and Reclaim! Go Green!
I will post photos of the scarves shortly.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Email your pictures with a little info!
The Wine Stem Charms are all different dogs, cats, paw prints and other pet stuff. They're in the fifty goody bags that will be for sale (100% of revenue from these goes to Buddy Dog!)...along with some other cool stuff that's been donated. Yay!
Friday, March 21, 2008
I am in the process of creating custom stamps that match the Greeting Cards in M Design Boutique!
They're available at http://www.zazzle.com/metalissa and cost just $18.05 for a set of 20...and there are discounts if you order in multiple sets!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got a picture you'd like to see on a stamp! Just attach the picture and I'll let you know when its available!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
To those of you who have myspace accounts: I am offering a "freebie" to the first TEN myspace friends who comment on my new page at http://www.myspace.com/mdesignboutique -- Add me as a friend, and then make a comment!
Two people have already won, and there are EIGHT prizes left. So...go comment if you'd like a little something from the boutique for FREEEEEEEEEEEE!
Enjoy the "Swirl Monster" to the left. A mysterious creature donning waaaaaaaaaay too many Swirl Yarnthings, and captivating scientists for hundreds of years. Part Big Foot, part Swamp Thing...completely awesome.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
M Design Boutique can now be "Friended" on Myspace!
Here's the link: http://www.myspace.com/mdesignboutique
If you have a myspace profile, click to "Add" me as a friend! There are pictures of every single thing for sale in M Design Boutique, along with prices and special coupon codes for myspacers only!
I will also feature a Photo Album with pics of happy customers using/wearing their purchases...so if you have a picture for that album, send it to email@example.com!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
These are beautiful. The cards are 5"x7" and blank on the inside. You can buy a single card or you can order a set of eight. The sets are either eight of one image, or one of each image. They will be available in the boutique later today!
Click the image up there to enlarge! Cards are $4 for one or a set of eight for $24. A portion of the sale of the Pet Series cards will be donated to Buddy Dog!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday March 17th through Friday March 21st -- Get a FREE CHARM BRACELET!
Purchase three sterling silver charms for a free single-chain bracelet (normally $15), or five or more sterling silver charms for the multi-charm bracelet (normally $25).
Limit one free bracelet per customer.
This isn't the usual "World of M" topic, but here goes!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! It is my first one here in the Boston area where there are of course...a lot of Irish people. All the local Irish Bars have bagpipers and other traditionl Irish folk bands playing today, and have throughout the weekend as well.
One year ago today we were having our going-away party in LA and preparing to move here! We arrived here on April 1st after 3,000 miles in the car with Cowboy, my stressed out kitty. We proceeded to live in a hotel for two months until moving into our current home.
Its almost Spring and the snow is melted. St. Patrick's Day '08...I suppose we should go with the local tradition and have a boiled dinner!
Here's a recipe...
(New England boiled dinner is a one pot dish consisting of corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. It is a traditional Irish-American dish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.)
- 1 (5 1/2 pound) corned beef brisket
- 2 large onions
- 15 small white (Irish) potatoes
- 10 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 heads cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
- Rinse the beef brisket under cold water, and place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the roast by 6 inches. Peel the onions, and place them in the pot with the roast. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 30 minutes at a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-low so that the water is at a gentle boil, cover, and cook for 3 1/2 hours.
- Remove the lid from the brisket. Remove onions, and cut into wedges. Return them to the pot. Add carrots to the pot, then place the cabbage over the roast. Place the potatoes on top of the cabbage. Place the lid back on the pot, and cook for another 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. The potatoes should be immersed in the water by now, but if not, keep the lid on so they can steam.
- Remove the vegetables from the pot, and place in a separate serving bowl. Keep the corned beef in the pot until ready to slice and serve because it dries out quickly.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I'm happy to report that we've been collecting some awesome prizes for the Buddy Dog Sip, Shop & Support Event on April 19th...
The prizes (listed below) will be given away in a raffle at the event. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 per ticket!
There will also be "goody bags" filled with lots of, well, "goodies" -- including a dog or cat themed wine stem charm from M Design Boutique! There is also a coupon in every bag redeemable for a free issue of "Fido Friendly Magazine"!! There will be fifty goody bags available for $2 each.
All raffle ticket and goody bag sales proceeds will be donated to Buddy Dog, along with 20% of sales proceeds from the local vendors selling all kinds of cool stuff at the event.
Wine tasting is free!
Here's the list of prizes SO FAR:
- Two copies of "The Dangerous Books for Dogs" -- autographed by the authors! (Thanks to co-author Janet Ginsburg for the donation)
- Gift Certificates for a manicure and a pedicure from Life's Simple Pleazures Spa (on Main Street in Waltham)
- A tote bag, a t-shirt and a mug from The Lazy Dog Inn of New Hampshire (an extremely dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast that we've stayed at...they're awesome)
- A one year gift subscription from Fido Friendly Magazine, who also donated 50 free sample issues for the goody bags!
- Greeting Cards (The Pet Series) from Scott Lewis of M Design Boutique
- Bath and Body Products from Mystic Bliss Creations (of M Design Boutique)
- A Charm Bracelet with Pet Charms from M Design Boutique
Buddy Dog also has a "wish-list" of items that help them do what they do...We will be collecting items from the wish list at the event. If you cannot attend the event, but wish to donate one of these items (click here to see the list) -- please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide information on getting those donations to Buddy Dog!
Thanks to everyone helping to make this event a successful fundraiser, and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
This is my almost-six-years old cat "Cowboy" who came all the way from Istanbul to Los Angeles...and now has crossed the country in a car (meow meow meow meow, meOWWW). He's very worldly and has a pink nose and pink toes and white boots. He hates going to the doctor.
This is my exactly one-year old puppy "Sawdust" who came from Indiana all the way to Connecticut where we picked him up and brought him to Mass. in June of 07, right after we moved into our place. He likes um...everything, and very much. You can tell by his full-body wag. He's a rock star.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Albanian - Mire se vini
Arabic - Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Aruba(Dutch Carribean) - Bon Bini (Bong Be-knee)
Australia - Cooee Cobber
Australia - G'day Mate
Australia - Welcome
Catalan Countries - Benvinguts
China - huan ying
Cyprus - Kalosorisate
Czech Republic - Vitame Vas
Czech Republic - Vitejte
Danish - Velkommen
Dutch (Netherlands) - Welkom
Esperanto - Bonvenon
Ewe (pronounced "EVÉ" spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin) - Woezor (pronounced WOÉZON)
Flemish (Belgium) - Welkom
French (France, et.al.) - Bienvenue (the first 'n' is nasal)
German - Willkommen
Ghana - Akwaaba
Greek - and Kalos ilthes (singular)
Greek - Kalos ilthate(plural)
Hawaiian - E komo mai (pronounced "eh como my" - literally, "come in")
Hindi - Swaa-gat hai
Indonesian - Selamat Datang
Irish - Cead Mile Failte ("One Hundred Thousand Welcomes")
Irish - Failte romhat
Italian - Benvenuto
Japanese - Irasshaimase (weclome to our store, often shortened to Irasshai)
Japanese - Yookoso (welcome to our city)
Korean - Oh so, Osay-o (welcome to our store)
Korean - Chun-manay-oh (your welcome)
Malaysia - Selamat Datang
Netherlands - Welkom
New Zealand - Kia Ora - Hello ("Key or ra")
Norway - Velkommen ("Welkommen")
Polish - Dzieñ dobry (daytime)
Polish - Dobry wieczór (evening time)
Portuguese - Bem Vinda- Female
Portuguese - Bem Vindo- Male (Bem vindos, plural "bain - same as in pain "VEEN-doe" Plural: "bain VEENdoes")
Portuguese (Be Very Welcome) - Muito Bem Vindo ("MOO EEN toe bain VEENdoe")
Romania - Multumesc
Spanish - Bienvenido
Schwiizer Duetsch (Swiss German) - Greuzi ("GREW-tzih")
Tagalog (Pilipino) - Mabuhay
Twi (Ghana) - Akwaaba
Ukraine - Laskavo prosymo
United States (South) - How Y'all Doin'?
Urdu - Tash-reef Laa-i-ye
Uzbekistan (Uzbek) - Hush kelibsiz (Welcome)
(Wales/Cymru - Croeso ("Croysso")
Yugoslavia (Serbia) - Dobrodosli
And to all you programmers out there: "Hello World!"
Thursday, March 13, 2008
So...I'm no authority on fashion...just ask my boyfriend or anyone else who sees me regularly...But I do have an eye for awesome stuff. Seriously...I do! That paired with my ability to read about fashion....have brought me to this: Big Crazy Accessories are the current trend! Wow! How great for a person who wears Big Crazy Accessories all the time anyway! I'm hip! For now at least.
Enough about me though...I'm writing because I want to announce that I'll be adding a new designer to M Design Boutique! She's from California and she's getting lots of attention from the fashion world...and me! I mean, a vintage "My Little Pony" necklace?!! Someone pinch me!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Starting a charm bracelet for someone special makes a great gift. You can start a bracelet with one or two charms and keep adding at every special event, or “just because”. Here are some ideas:
Teens: Parents can start a life-long tradition with their daughters by starting a bracelet for her on her first teen birthday. Pick a charm for a trip you went on, her favorite sport, etc.
Wives and Girlfriends: Score major points by giving her a little heart charm hanging from a bracelet. Great for an anniversary, or just because! A keepsake alternative to flowers...or to go WITH the flowers!
Brides-to-Be: Charms make a great gift from her fiance or future mother in law. A flower like she'll have at the wedding, a champaign glass or a heart!
Best Friends: Start a bracelet for each of you with a special charm only the two of you can appreciate.
New Moms: Starting a bracelet for the birth of a child is a cherished way to commemorate the new arrival.