Thursday, December 9, 2010

sitting in glitter

I have been up to my eyeballs in glitter. You know you have had a good day when you go to blow your nose and lovely silver glitter comes out. Yes, I seriously just told you that. Anyway, I dropped my daughter off at the airport on Tuesday for a cheer leading championship competition in Orlando. So instead of drowning in self pity, I glittered. It is now Thursday and I have not stopped.

I wanted my mom tree, the one the kids don't get to decorate to be covered in vintage book ornaments. So I tore up a few old books I have been collecting and folded and glittered my heart out.

This is what started it. Saying goodbye to my baby girl.

And I am still going strong. Tomorrow I will be sitting in front of the TV all day watching the competition live. Screaming my lungs out and probably still blowing glitter out of my nose.
Happy glittering.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A little late

I know I am a little late posting Thanksgiving and most of the blog world is sharing there Christmas decor. But, no, not me. I am a procrastinator you see and still have the china stacked on my dining room table. Sigh.... oh Christmas why do you sneak up on me so fast

Yes, I know another wreath but I can't help myself. I am full blown obsessed. I saw this at a store up north and had to make me one. I have also seen them on a blog somewhere and can't remember at the moment to link up.

At the last minute my husband said I could not sit the rest of the guests outside. Last year we opened the doors and had two long tables outside and it was beautiful. But this year apparently it was to cold. I was still going to stick them out there but my husband said that would be rude. So I rearranged all the furniture and squished two more tables in the living room and it worked out just lovely. I think he was probably right, I just don't like my plans changing at the last minute.

Then we ate lots of this so we had to do this

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE. The wii dance game will allow you to eat seconds and then thirds of Costco pumpkin pie, and maybe the apple pie too and a few dollops of homemade whip cream.
Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed.
Christmas here I come.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Homemade swap

I am seriously considering doing only a homemade Christmas this year. For one I love to make things, and second my daughters cheer team just qualified for Nationals in Florida which is in two weeks. So my bank account is officially in a state of distress.

What about a homemade swap? I have not really thought about any of the details since I am a fly by the seat of my pants type of gal and I am sure I am not the only one who has ever come up with such an idea. I am a flower making nutcase. In the post below is one of my designs. Wouldn't it be fun to swap for something else homemade but different so we could have a variety of goods to give. HMMMM....... ideas anyone??

And what is a post without a picture

Not only do I do flowers, I also do wreaths. I am singly handedly obsessed with them. I could seriously count 8 of them in my home as we speak. I have left the idea of the swap in a comment on a blog that I recently found and I rather like it. I found her etsy shop first and then poof I found the blog. I have my eye on one of her flower necklaces. Like I said, I like flowers. Let me just tell you her recipe for the maple syrup dressing is divine it really could change your life. I am off to create something oh who am I fooling I am off to clean something. I am expecting at least 25 on turkey day how about you? Let me know what you think about the swap???


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

flower necklace

Well I finally finished my favorite necklace ever. I love the romantic, yummy colors of this one. Every time I wear one I get asked at least 5 times where I got it. So I thought I would put a tag on this one. You can wear these with anything and it takes your outfit to a whole new level. A plain t-shirt has never looked so good with one of these bad boys around your neck so here you go.....

She is $30.00 email me at

On another note I received this email this morning from a mom who I have prayed with.

"In conclusion, be strong in the Lord (be empowered through your union with Him); draw your strength from Him; (that strength which His boundless might provides!)
Ephesians 6:10
I am listening, I am listening.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I am longing, longing for change. I went to a beautiful conference this weekend. It made me search, deep inside of myself to unwrap some layers of ugliness and lies that society, and the devil himself have placed there. I long to be free. Free from the ugly lies that I tell myself. That I am not worthy, that I am not good enough. That I do not deserve to be set free from my past sin. That I am not loved.

One thing slammed me straight in the heart. That I am free in Jesus Christ. I always have been and I always will be. That I am loved, that I am beautiful and that I am good enough. Just as I am flaws and all.

That did something, it unleashed a furry of creativity. Journaling, painting, creating. I just had to get it out. It was the strangest thing and the most exhilarating. Here is what happened in my creative awakening

This one is my favorite mix of colors yet. I just have to put the chain on it and it is ready to wear.

I still long to let it ALL go. I am getting closer. I am grateful in knowing that God is carrying me every step of the way.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Taking down the cobwebs

Yes, I know this poor little blog has gotten completely forgotten about as life gets busier and busier. I took a ton of pictures of my Halloween decor that I have never posted so here is a peek as I take them down dust of the cobwebs and begin to put up fall.

This was a neighbors house as we trick or treated. She had full blown Michael Jackson video projected onto her garage with surround sound and lights. My girlfriend and I were glued to her driveway dancing and then a bunch of kids joined in. It was a lovely evening with family and friends. Ok, I really will try not to let the cobwebs form on this blog again.
I am wearing my voting sticker are you?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What happened?

Not sure what happened and how all this time has gone by from blogging. Life, and Summer baby. Last night my daughter and I decided to make homemade strawberry freezer jam. Oh my gosh, so EASY and delicious. We poured some over vanilla ice-cream last night, yikes was that good. Here is what they looked like when done. I am going to give some to the new neighbors, even though we are new neighbors too and nobody has brought me homemade strawberry freezer jam. I'm just saying.
It went from this
to this baby!

Oh yeah. This recipe you do not have to cook, did you hear me peoples you do not have to cook this. After we finished the jam we made homemade pizza with the homemade pizza crust we made earlier in the day. I made the pizza on the grill because it was to hot to turn on the oven. Yikes, pizza on the grill kicked my butt. It turned out great, but kicked my butt.

Not sure where all the domesticating is coming from. Today woke up and did yoga, made two loaves of homemade french bread which is rising as we speak, prepared beef roast for sandwiches that we are having for dinner and stuck it in the crock pot, did two loads of laundry working on third, returned all emails, cleaned, dried and put away all dishes by hand (dishwasher is broken for two weeks, handyman said). Cleaned and prepared third floor guest suite for guests that are no longer coming, had seven cups of coffee. Which is probably why all things on list have been done so far.

Off to check on bread and make decorations for the 4th.

Martha Stewart eat your heart out sista!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Flower Power

I have been a bit absent. I went up to the desert on a Church retreat. Our church has been planning the retreat for a year so it was so nice to see the fruits of our labor unfold. To see so many women blessed (180) of them. I arrived thinking we had Friday to our self to relax and enjoy the resort. It did not turn out that way. It became a day of getting all last minute things put together. I went to bed that night with a complaining spirit. I did not like that side of myself. I really prayed that night that He would release me from all that negativity. He did, but not without some life lessons learned.

What an amazing God I serve. He brings joy and light to me even when I don't deserve it. What an honor to serve Him .

On another note I have been making flowers like crazy. Here is the latest necklace that I have for sale. I used vintage scarves and fabrics and some old vintage buttons of my grandmothers.

Will be adding this one to my etsy shop by Monday. If you are interested in getting your hands on this beauty before I list it shoot me an email @ It is on sale for $45. When it hits etsy it will be $55

Hope you enjoy every part of your weekend. Oh ya, and Happy Mothers Day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


and more flowers. That is what I have been up to.

so far total is seventeen. I am making them for the retreat team for our church. We will be wearing them this weekend up in Palm Springs for a weekend getaway Beth Moore retreat. I am counting the days.

And these beautiful lilacs were given to me by a lovely lady on the ministry leaders team. I had a meeting at my home last night and she cut those from her tree. I have never had fresh lilacs in my house before. They smell just divine.

And these pretties I picked on a hike yesterday. They were growing wild in the hills behind my house not sure what they are called but I love them.

Going to dinner at a friends tonight and then another last minute retreat meeting to wrap up all the loose ends. We have 180 women coming and I am so excited to be spending the weekend in fellowship with them.

Off to finish adding buttons to all the flowers. Wishing you all could join me. I could really use the help.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


So what do you do when you spend all morning mopping very dirty hardwood floors and then run to drop the kids off at school. When you get back your husband tells you that while he was on a work call he left the back door open to let the cat out, while he was on said business call the cat caught a mouse, then brought it into the house then the dog saw it. Who went banana's running in and out of the house through the mud trying to catch the cat, who had the mouse in the house. All the while getting mud all over the freshly cleaned hard wood floors.

So here I now sit with very muddy floors and a couple of these that I picked up. I am not I repeat am not cleaning the floors again today, I am however going to shove not one but maybe even two of these bad boys into my mouth so that it keeps me from saying a few choice words to my husband.

Caution drooling ahead.

Rose Petal Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes

I am going to stop talking now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Today I am just dreaming a little, here is what is on my mind

House decorating natural beauty - Kitchen
Isn't that kitchen fabulous.

House decorating natural beauty - Breakfast Room
If my dining room looked like that, I would totally invite you over.

House decorating natural beauty - Bay Window
Sigh..... nap time, don't ya think?

House decorating natural beauty - Cabinet
My weakness, white dishes!

House decorating natural beauty - Mercury Glass Collection

Shazame, really, I mean look at those.

House decorating natural beauty - Guest Bedroom
All photos from here

What are you dreaming of?

Monday, April 12, 2010

my favorite place

This is the place that I dream of in the morning, and crave in the afternoon. It brings me great delight and joy to my taste buds morning, noon and night. Without further anticipation my favorite place

My coffee nook. Can you smell it. She makes fabulous lattes, iced or hot, a great cup of hot coffee with a strange Italian froth on every cup. She had me at hello....... on my way to brew another cup. And don't say a word about the dead plant in the back, I seem to do that to anything green in this place.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rocked and rolled for Easter

What a beautiful Easter and spring break we are having here in So cal. I am feeling the spring cleaning bug. However it never lasts for long. I get all clean crazy for about an hour or two and then caput. I am over it. So I brew another latte and wait for the caffeine high to hit.

You got to love living in So cal. You never know when a good old earthquake is gonna scare the CRAP out of you. Nothing like a good old adrenaline rush while you are trying to shove down another slice of ham. I actually thought I had to much champagne and could not figure out why I could not stop swaying and feeling so dizzy. Until I heard my mother yell EARTHQUAKE! I grab my kids and run outside and you could actually see the earth rolling and could hear the house making a creaking sound. So when it finally ends we all head back inside to scarf down another helping of scalloped potatoes. Good times, I tell you, Good times. Growing up with earthquakes does not make you used to them, they still scare the crap right out of me.

Anyway, the weather is starting to call me to the outdoors. This is what I am dreaming my yard will look like one day.

or how about this one

Now this one is possible

I am dreaming of a mint julep on this porch.
I have never actually had a mint julep come to think of it.

Ok, done dreaming and back to the grind of my Tuesday.

Pictures courtesy of House Beautiful