Tuesday, March 30, 2010

POR AMOR AL CHOCOLATE/ FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE


I love chocolate and consider my self a chocoholic. I decided to make a chocolate shop just for the "Love of Chocolate" I present to you the "Godiva chocolatier" one of my favorite brands.









Close up of right window

















Closeup of left window

















I made all the chocolates and boxes on this table






















I took pictures of each counter outside the shop so you could see better the details of the chocolates.


Closeup of middle counters




right side counter



























Inside view of shop.






Middle shelf



rightside shelf





left side and middle shelf




I started this shop many years ago. I have collected chocolate pieces made by Betsy Niederer, Lola Rener and Kerry Alexander for this shop. I also made all the Godiva chocolate boxes, bags, posters and chocolates that have the Godiva logo on it. The chandeliers were made by Tim Kraft and the litte girl dolls by Bonnie Justice and Carol Mcbride.

We tend to think of chocolate as a sweet candy created during modern times but chocolate dates back to the ancient people of Latin America who drank chocolate as a bitter beverage. Chocolate comes from the seed of the cocoa tree. The first people known to have made chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America. These people were the Mayas and the Aztecs. The Mayas called the cocoa tree "cacahuaquchtl" and the word chocolate comes from the Aztec word "xocoatl" which means bitter water. The Mayas cultivated the earliest know cocoa plantations from Central America to the northern portions of South America. It was consider by them as the "god's food". The Aztecs believe that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the cocoa tree and that it had nourishing, fortifying and even aphrodisiac qualities. The cocoa beans were also used as currency. In 1528 the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez took the cocoa seeds to Spain where new recipes were created. The Spaniards mixed the cocoa beans with sugar,vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon. Eventually the drink popularity spread throughout Europe. I hope I did not bore anyone with some of the history of chocolate.





































Saturday, March 6, 2010

THE EASTER TEA PARTY
















Welcome to the Easter tea party! join the girls for tea and sweets. Easter is one of my favorites holidays and I had lots of fun putting this mini party together. I hope you enjoy this Easter scene. All the little girls were made by Bonnie Justice. Grandmother Antonia was made by Cynthia Howe. The chandeliers were made by Jason Getzan. The wonderful table with tea and sweets was made by Betsy Niederer. The china was made by Marsha Hedrick. I am sorry that some of my pictures are not that sharp. I need a better camera.












The little darlings have a sweet tooth!












Toys on shelf made by various artisans, Easter basket by Lola Renner.
















cakes and candy by Betsy Niederer







































lovely pink cakes and chocolate...















































































Grandma enjoys chocolates too...








All these goodies below and pictures are made by Betsy Niederer.











A closeup of the table....




I love this table and everything 0n it!




A delicious chocolate bunny




and tiny lollipops!

Happy Easter to everyone! Felices pascuas a todos!