Some of you may not be old enough, but I remember Henry Kissinger always talking about Detente.  I knew it had to do with warring countries and making nice, but not much more than that.  I guess the USPS and I are working on a new kind of detente.  I comment on them and the mailman brings the peace offerings.  That is detente I can get behind!

dé·tente    (dā-tänt’, -täɴt’)  n.  

  1. A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.
  2. A policy toward a rival nation or bloc characterized by increased diplomatic, commercial, and cultural contact and a desire to reduce tensions, as through negotiation or talks.

Look what he brought me on Saturday.  This certainly helps!


This lovely packaging and the added FQs were only the beginning.  Inside was the sweetest little button fairy in my favorite colors of pink and yellow. 


Tangled Threads painted the wings and glittered her up prettily.  She is really cute and I love her.  She was for a 1:1 swap on swap-bot.   

And here is what I have been working on over the weekend and a bit this morning as I watched Regis and Kelly.

girl brooches

A couple of brooches.  I used a page from a thrifted Latin/English dictionary for the background.  The images on top came from a magazine.  I am going to try some new techniques inspired by Perpetual Plumand we shall see where they go.  I like the touch of adding the embossing powder and the acrylic sealer instead of the mod podge. 

And one of the button fairies for my swap-bot swap is headed to Germany.  I started working on her first.  The lady that is the recipient I am quite a fan of her work. I cannot read most of her blog as it is in German, but I love the eye candy and her creations, too.  I have participated in a few swaps she has headed and feel a bit of pressure to make this one great.  Enjoy, if you are checking, here is a sneak peek. 


As you can see, I found glitter!  Enjoy mentioned glitter twice in her profile, so I believe that means it is important to her.  I still need to do a bit of tweaking before she is mailed, but hope to have her out later this week. 

Here is a recipe I found in Real Simple.  It looks super easy and YUMMY!  I need to go to the store to get the biscuits and the bananas, but will give them a try.

Quick Sticky Buns


1 1/2 T butter, sliced into 10 pieces
1 medium banana, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
3 T brown sugar
1 (7.5 ounce) tube buttermilk biscuits
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop a piece of butter in the bottom of each of 10 compartments of a muffin tin. Arrange the banana slices on top. Sprinkle the pecans and brown sugar over the bananas. Top each compartment with a biscuit. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Place a baking sheet on top of the tin while the buns are still hot. Carefully flip the tin over, tapping the bottom to release the buns. Serve warm.

YUM!  Sweets always start the week well!