THE SPICE CUPBOARD at THE CINNAMON STICK

THE SPICE CUPBOARD at THE CINNAMON STICK
STORE HOURS
Thursday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday - 12 pm to 4 pm
CLOSED- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Saturday, March 31, 2012

GLITTER EGGS -

My weekend gift to you - Glitter eggs are 50% off  - were $7. now $3.50!  Take advantage of this weekend special!   This bunny is tired of carting them around!!  (big smile)!!


Friday, March 30, 2012

BERKS COUNTRY "BEST KEPT SECRET TOUR"....

My 2,000 promotional gifts are complete....ready to be delivered tomorrow.  That was a project to say the least.  I am excited about the "tour" -  customers who have taken part in the "Lancaster County Tour" just RAVE about the fun they had...many taking 3-4 days to visit each and every location.  The first 2,000 tickets sold will come with a "carry-all" bag with the promotional gifts inside - along with a packet revealing the location of stores, map, coupon booklet and more!  After the first 2,000 tickets are sold just the packet will be given...SO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY...We will have 30 bags in the store to start with !! Info will be in the store April 15th and tickets/bags (of promotional gifts from 35 participants) will go on sale then.   Click on our sidebar postcard for more info!
The store still looks pretty good with Easter goodies...if you need a treasure or two to make your house look super good when company comes for dinner....just visit THE CINNAMON STICK to find something unusual, unique and fun !!
Have a splendid day -



Thursday, March 29, 2012

BACK IN STOCK...

The "Egg Trees".....perfect way to display your Easter eggs and then a great accessory in your kitchen with just plain white and brown eggs!!  I have also displayed Christmas balls in mine  - just a fun piece to build a vignette on! (stop in the store and sign up for our Egg Tree Drawing for a chance to WIN one) !!  Drawing will take place Friday, April 6th !!
Some vintage fabric eggs and a cute little chick - adorable!
 Berry crate and metal hardware store bin....
...and our April "SPRINKLES" is in the store now ! (monthly store newsletter)
I am making plans for our Herb Faire - what herbs to sell, what goodies to serve etc.!!....Almost finished (125 left) with our 2000 promotional inserts for the Berks County "Best Kept Secret Tour" (due April 4th) Whew!!  Sometimes "life" is very busy!!!  Hope everyone has a day of sunshine!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

DONE !!!!

YEOWWWWWWWWWWWWW......that was a Primal Scream...!!
Income tax - accountant tomorrow....New Year's Resolution 199 - DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!



Sunday, March 25, 2012

LITTLE EASTER HOUSES...

Friday afternoon we received four of the sweetest little Easter houses - completely handmade by artist Debbie Marinelli !!   I am "all in clover" (stole that phrase from the song "Easter Parade" -(    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIiM_whAa9U  ) over these beautiful additions to our store.....!!  What a unique - and one of a kind - gift for Grandmothers, Mom, Aunts, Sisters, best Friends!!  Start a new collection NOW!!!  (Deb is going to make Halloween houses and Christmas houses....oooohhhhh "all in clover" is right!!




I cannot pick a favorite....they are all so special.  $15. each

Saturday, March 24, 2012

GIRLS NITE OUT WITH JIM!!

That is how I think about the workshops we have...I have so much fun creating with those that take the class!
Last night was super fun - we made an Easter Bookcover wall hanging!  There were MANY steps to doing this and everyone -  EVERYONE - did such a great job.  New techniques were learned and they even taught me a thing or two on how to do something easier...(Thanks Michelle)!!  MICHELLE was our "heroine" as it was 80 degrees yesterday - the Attic Studio was warm to say the least (air conditioner in March??? who would have thought)!!  Thank goodness we had a fan - but the heroine part came cause we had a wasp flying around and she got it...and then another ...and then another....!! (also 2 stink bugs but we left them alone....ewwww)!!
Sharing some pictures of our fun!!
The Sample....
Creating....
Mom and Daughter - Cathy and Ciana
Patti - and Sara
Grace and Joan...
 EVERYONE!!   This picture says it all....
Now to finish those 2000 little gifts for the Berks County "BEST KEPT SECRET" Tour and then make plans for our next workshop!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

BA-BA- BLACK SHEEP...

,,,have you any wool??  Of course we have wool...select pieces of wool for sale in our Threadgoods Room....perfect for making  penny rugs! Twenty-five cents to One Dollar!!  Some from my stash of 30 years and others from pieces of wool I purchase locally - most is not 100% wool but great for making woolies!!
We even have the "wool bearers" for sale....like these -


The store is "blooming" with lots of spring flowers -
 ...and a new old shoe rack - Tony took the pegs racks off (most were broken) and made one row of pegs - made shelves from old wood found in Lancaster - and put together this wonderful shelf unit.  The wheels all work perfectly and it can be rolled here and there quite easily.  What a great addition to your sewing room - you can reach your supplies from either side...move it out of the way...spin it around - perfect!! I should keep this piece !!!  It is for SALE - so come and get it!!
We have our Easter Bookcover Workshop this evening....so looking forward to spending time creating with a group of really creative gals (and guy)!!  Strawberry Shortcake is on the menu......yummy!!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TIME TO "MOW"...

...the Bunny Grass!!  It is the perfect time this week to come in and purchase your Bunny Grass Seeds...if you plant it this weekend you will have a "unique" centerpiece for your Easter table!   Going to give these pots a "haircut" today and see if they will "resprout" for my table.   (they look so funny)!!
Joanne brought us some new Easter rug hooked goodies on Sunday -  (2 bunnies sold before she left)...here is another sweet little guy and some hooked eggs...these look sooooo much better in person...with all the sunshine I just couldn't get a picture of the "true" colors!

The egg background is a blue/brown wool and the other is a great red ware color...if you are interested I will try to get better pictures today.

 Sherri's wool felted sheep....she has sewn, stuffed (nicely) and painted the bodies, hand stitched facial features and then needle-felted the true sheep's wool onto the body....a lot of work but so worth the outcome!  The baby lamb is made of wool and comes in black too! (there is also a large "black" sheep)
Still working on those "2000" little gifts for the Berks County Tour...today bags I still need (1200 more) will arrive and the other "ingredients" not until Friday.....talk about cutting it close!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

SUMMERTHYME, SUMMMERTHYME, SUM, SUM SUMMERTHYME...

...that is the "song" playing in my "head" today....It is so warm outside (I am loving it but a tad bit worried what summer will be like)!!   Flowers are blooming, the flowering trees are looking "majestic" and the woods are starting to turn green (well the weeds are turning green).  I am expecting to see traces of "fairy dust" in the store when we reopen on Wednesday!!  (I do love my fairies)!!
Easter is only a little over two weeks away and we still have a great supply of Easter decorations and gifts...lots of rabbits that you will want to keep out all spring and summer~they look so cool in a garden vignette!
Tony has been working on a batch of new "old" stuff too!  We have some wonderful old jars in the store now...and I have labels for sale that you can attach that can be easily washed off if you tire or want to change)...We aim to please!!
I didn't get any pictures, but Joanne brought us new rug hooked bunnies and Easter eggs that you HAVE to stop in an see...she is one of the best "hookers" and her color combinations are unique!
Well...I am off to work on the 2000 little gifts for the BEST KEPT SECRET TOUR OF BERKS COUNTY!!
HAPPY SPRING! (hoping it lasts for 2 months!!)
Basket with taper holder in center...Easter decorated battery taper!  (only two left)!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

OUR YOUNGEST IRISH LASS !!


Trilby Blue Doyle - 8 months old the first day of SPRING!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY....

Born Judith Lee Dugan and married Anthony Aloysius Doyle.... had two Irish babies...Shannon and Tad...and YES lots of "shenanigans" went on in our house while they were growing up.   Tad married Wendy Galloway and they have 5 Irish babies (can you even imagine the "shenanigans" going on in that home)!!  Shannon married Jeff Lotz and although he is only part Irish her 4 sons have lots of "Irish" in them....you don't even want to hear the stories!!!  Never a dull moment in this Irish girls life....So my Irish blessing to you - 
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back. . .
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

AND REMEMBER -" IRISH WISDOM" -
Be kind to those that meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall.
Who gossips with you will gossip of you!!! 

My little nephews trap to catch a Leprechaun!!  Too cute!!



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"OH"-THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS "DELIGHTFUL"..

WOW...what a wonderful gift this week is with temps in the high 60's and 70's !!  Just makes you want to take day trips everywhere - hope The Cinnamon Stick is on your list!  We certainly have lots of spring and Easter for you to have the "most unique" home on the block.  Also, wonderful gift ideas for family and friends.  
Spring flowers have sprouted and bloomed everywhere I look, and my chives... they are ready to be cut.  Makes me hungry for our Radish & Chive Spread....here's the recipe in case it makes you hungry too...!!!

8 oz. cream cheese -softened
1 T. butter softened (a must!)
1 c. radishes -chopped fine
1/'2 c. fresh chives - cut 
1/2 t. salt
Dry radishes with paper towel,  cream cheese and butter together - add radishes and chives - add salt and mix well - Chill.   Serve with crackers, party bread, veggies - DELISH!!
This is always a favorite when I serve it at home or at the store.   I use Pepperidge Farm Butterfly crackers - and add a sprig of fresh chives when serving!

The rabbits keep "multiplying" and I am wondering what is going on in the store when I am not there....see for yourself !!









There are many more....they just keep coming and coming!!!  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

RAINY BUT WARM....

It is sprinkling today, but it is suppose to be in the 70's temp wise...so who cares!!  A "spring" rain smells so good - gives a good cleansing to everything outside.  The sweet daffodils are smiling, as are the crocus' and johnny-jump-ups that are popping up all over. WAIT...it isn't quite spring yet.... this week is going to be a real "teaser" here in PA - mid to high 60's all week!  Hey - I'll take it with a smile :)
Dianne brought us the sweetest little bunnies last week and two rather big rabbits - these guys are perfect for your spring/summer decorating.  I will take pictures tomorrow.  The store looks so pretty all dressed for spring and Easter!
Thursday we will be closing at 4 pm - as we have been selected to take part in the Berks County 'BEST KEPT SECRET TOUR" - Melissa Nordoff  has been conducting these tours in Lancaster County for the past few years and they have been so successful that she decided to do one for Berks County.  We will find all the information at a meeting on Thursday - looks like it is going to be a great way to start the summer...tour is June 15 - 30.  I'll bombard you with info as soon as I know all the details.
I am off to enjoy this beautiful day -

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

BUNNY GRASS....

Tony planted the flower pots with the Bunny Grass.....but I think he "buried" the seeds a bit too much !!  FINALLY, however, they have "sprouted" and soon will be ready to hide some eggs!  (the other pot is just starting to peek thru)!!  Bunny Grass seeds are available at the store packaged with instructions!

Yesterday, with the beautiful "spring like" weather we had, I cleaned the "outhouse" !  What a mess - as I had shoved  bittersweet vines and Christmas greens in there!  It is nice and clean now and ready for spring plants and garden treasures.   (do I sound anxious??)
Not so sunny here today - I am really in need of some "Vitamin D"!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LET IT SPRING LET IT SPRING LET IT SPRING..

Oh my!! What a beautiful day it was in our "neighborhood" today.  Hope yours was as delightful.  Birds were singing and so was I !!  (only when no one was listening - tone deaf I am)!!
New ribbons, (twill and woven burlap) were delivered today...along with Baker's Twine in beautiful springthyme colors - only 25 cents pyd.  So much fun to "tie a bow" on everything!!
Easter Egg pillows add a fun decoration to your Easter vignettes.... (more bows tied on)!!
....and some yellow pansies always make me smile!
I am still working on our next workshop....didn't get time to get it together today ...so I am  going in early tomorrow morning to work on it.   Problem is - I have some supplies at home (computer) and some supplies in the Attic Studio....ah...to live an work in the same place would be perfect!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

WHAT A FUN WEEK...

Open House week was truly great - a big thanks to everyone who came...and now it is time to get down to the "serious" stuff....!!
I am working on our Easter workshop... hopefully I will have it ready to post soon.  We are expecting new goodies to arrive on Wednesday - new ribbons, pillows and who knows what else.  That is the most fun....never knowing what is coming next!!  I hear the "tweeting" of some really unusual birdies!! (we can thank Dianne for them)!!
Joanne has replaced the "chicks on a bobbin" that sold last week and another tall bunny...too sweet!
Painted and lightly covered with wax - these egg picks add something very special to a bouquet of flowers!
Today I am home "cleaning" what I have "neglected" for the past ...well let's not go there....Have a good day my friends~~~

Friday, March 2, 2012

..IT CAME IN LIKE A LAMB....

First day of Spring Market that is....but woohoo.. it.went out like a "lion" !  (yes I literally "roared" at the end of the day)!!  Thanks to all the fun customers that visited us!
Two big boxes of new goodies also came in yesterday that have yet to be priced and displayed....will get that done before we open this morning!  I am gearing up for a great weekend...although it is cold outside, once you walk in the door you will only have "spring" and "Eastertide" on you mind.
Joanne also brought us a batch of new rughooked treasures Wednesday and I know you will just have to take something home with you!


Bird nests with battery taper holder - and battery tapers with a bird nest design....so much fun!



Thursday, March 1, 2012

HAPPY MARCH 1 -

Rainy and dreary morning here in PA....cold too...at least for what we have been use to.  Today for our Spring Market we will be serving a warm orange tea,  Yankee Doodle Chicken Noodle soup from Cooke Tavern Soups and a Pansy Tea Bread with rosewater glaze....and almost forgot...Cherry Almond Dip from Country Home Creations!  So you can nibble while you shop and dream of the spring days ahead!

BUNNY GRASS SEEDS AND INSTRUCTIONS...
Looking forward to wishing you a happy spring !!!