Friday, November 22, 2013

Party People

I spent the day getting ready for a party.
Siley and I were all low-key. We stayed in pajamas most of the day. I did a little cleaning up, which is the main reason I try to have company now and then.
But I also feel like I don't want things to ever be too perfect, cause that's just now how we roll.
And I don't feel as comfortable in someone's home if every single thing is spotless.

But I digress.

It really was a relaxing, productive day.
And here's the honest truth, I thought of you guys. I wished I could have a big Us party, and give you all treats. Do you believe me? Does this sound cheesy?

So what. It's true.
I was standing there dipping oranges in chocolate and thinking that you guys are my friends and my people. It feels weird to have a party and not invite you'ns.

Just know you're loved, okay?

Said oranges.
Aren't they cute?
Well, they very nearly killed me.

Melting chocolate is not my forte, okay?
But they were DELISH.

I found this recipe here.
I did something I've never done in the history of the world and made the cranberry sauce a day ahead. WHAT? I did. I planned ahead.
I sort of made up the cranberry sauce recipe as I went. It was easy and YUM.

We also had hot tea.

So the snacks were the easiest ever, minus the whole chocolate debacle, but I really don't want to talk about that.

I burned the chocolate.
Then I started over and it was perfect.
So I wisely thought, "I think I'll add some heavy cream! It will make it even smoother and glossier!"
So by that time, all the good chocolate was ruined.
But luckily I had some chocolate chips.
So I went ahead and burned those, too.
It's just what I do.

This is my new friend, Jolene. We live in the same town. I ran into her at the coffee shop two weeks after I got back from Ethiopia and she was wearing Noonday and I totally recognized it. Turns out, she's a Noonday ambassador. Also, she has 3 little sweeties adopted from Ethiopia. Anyway, yada yada, I instantly loved her and immediately blurted out, "I want to host a trunk show."

I haven't hosted one of "those" invite-lots-of-friends kinds of parties in roughly 8 years. I'm usually just not into it.
But this company has such a heart. All of their pieces support artisans from developing countries. Their work keeps families intact. It provides money for food and needed medication.

This is orphan prevention.
It's advocating for the helpless.
It speaks to my heart.


I Can't.



Everything Noonday Sells.

I earned some credit with my sale tonight. This is one contender. It's between this one and 18 others.

This stuff is so statement-piecey. But there's something for everyone. There were some really beautiful, delicate pieces. I may have literally drooled on the Ethiopian collection made from recycled artillery shells.

 It's definitely not the same, but pretend you're choosing a mug from my thrift-store mug collection and I'll boil the water.

Have a look at the Noonday Collection stuff and buy something for your mother-in-law who has everything, or your best friend because she makes you a better person, or yourself, because you're just so money and you don't even know it.

At check-out, put Shannan Martin in the section "Trunk Show Name".


And one of these days, let's throw a big bash and party together for real.
But you gotta melt the chocolate.


  1. Sure wish I could have been there. You are some party animal. Where were all the kids during the fling??

  2. Chocolate and oranges together..heavenly! Love Noonday, too.

  3. Sounds like fun....except for the burned chocolate part....but burned chocolate never ruined a good party!

    So as to make you feel better......I had a group of folks over last night for the first time and our chocolate dessert was a bust. It was TOTALLY overcooked and not gooey like it was supposed to be. Oh well....we didn't let it bother us and had a BEAUTIFUL time sharing life stories and getting to know each other. It was so wonderful that we are already planning to do it again in January!

  4. Such beautiful stuff. You just earned another $82 credit! I'll share a little of my Etsy money for such a good cause!

    1. Awesome, friend! I can't stress enough how gorgeous this stuff is. Everyone had so much trouble deciding. And it makes it easier to splurge a little because you know where the $ is going. Win/win!

  5. Noonday and Jessica their founder are two incredibly lovely things. One of my favorite places to shop :) Glad you fell in love too.

  6. I have never heard of this company but I'll check it out! And ganache is so NOT ruined chocolate ;>)

    1. AGREED! But I'm here to say: You can't dip clementine sections into ganache. :)

    2. Next time add a little cooking oil instead of cream and you'll be golden.

  7. I totally understand your Noonday addiction! I went to a trunk show for the first time a couple of weeks ago. When I got home I went through the catalog. Once I had marked everything on my wish list I totaled it up and it came to around $2,500.00. I just keep telling myself that even once piece helps. Maybe I'll just spend $20 something instead. But I really, really want that bag with the tassels. Yikes! $138 is about $118 over my bag budget. Maybe I'll save. Maybe I'll just stare at the picture in the catalog. Thanks a lot for bringing this all back to my attention. You're enabling me:)

  8. Melt chocolate in a bowl over boiling water (the bowl has to be metal or glass, not plastic, which hopefully would be obvious!). No burning possible and easy peesy. (And bowls are much more lick-friendly than pans.

  9. If I had rich friends I'd totally have a trunk show!! Swoon!! Me and my peeps are more of the thrift store crowd!!

  10. Oh, my! Sure beats the sales parties I've been invited to lately.

  11. so you had me at you'ns.
    (i thought only peeps in the appalachian mountains called each other you'ns.)
    (i know because we planted a church there in the all white hood and i loved being called a you'n.)
    and one more thing- how old is that baby with the 3 babies? Seriously. she looks 18.

  12. The chocolate debacle made me laugh because I can melt chocolate, I just can't dip it. It's always ugly which is why Ugly Truffles is one of my specialties. I'm going to check out Noonday. Isn't God good to orchestrate the introduction to a kindred spirit?

  13. I have burned my share of chocolate too. Yet, I find myself drawn to chocolate dipped goodies so I guess I set myself up to fail.

    Love the looks of these pieces, but I'd never heard of them before. I've been wanting a statement necklace so I'll check it out.

  14. Oh, I love Noonday too! I just don't own any yet. Maybe I'll put some on my wishlist. Jolene? She looks like pure sweetness. Bless her and her "little" family. :) And you know how to just take the easy way out with chocolate? Use Nestle chocolate chips and microwave them for 30-60 seconds per cup adn stir. Voila!

  15. As I looked on the site, I went to the artisans page. Is there a way to see what specific things the artisans from Vietnam make? I am all about Vietnam since that's where my kiddos were born.

  16. Noonday has to come to New Zealand! Until then me and the interweb are besties. Love their stuff!

  17. They don't ship outside the US *sob*.... ah well, my wallet thanks me!

  18. You got me so excited but they dont shop outside the USA .... anyway they can move on that .... the pieces look lovely and would be great xmas gifts

  19. Lovely, lovely trinkets! I'm perusing and thinking of who to gift these to, and I'll try not to put myself on that list. Really loving the hammered drop earrings.

    Totally off topic, does your new friend, Jolene, remind you of Scarlett from Nashville?

    1. Oh my word YES!
      You nailed it. They are Dopplegangars. Or however you spell that word.

  20. Well YAY! Now I have a new idea for a gift for my dear friend since the thing I finally decided on is now SOLD OUT!!!! Love the items and the heart behind it!

    And don't even get me started on melting chocolate. It should really be easier.