The California Women’s Conference is being held in Long Beach next week on May 19th and 20th. I live nearby and am excited to attend. It’s a place where powerful and influential women from all walks of life share their stories, encourage others and celebrate each other. Sheri Riley, Life Strategist and Michelle Patterson, President […]
New Faux Bois Technique: Bad Quality Spray Paint & Serendipity
This post could also be called Even Cheap, Crappy Quality Spray Paint Can Be Beautiful. It technically isn’t faux bois since it’s real wood grain… but I don’t even know how I’d go about trying to create this on purpose. With faux bois being so popular, I was delighted when this happened by total accident. I […]
Mother’s Day: The food, the family, and the funny.
Our annual Mother’s Day Brunch was a bit smaller than usual, but it was still filled with love, laughter and some really good food. I know some people think it’s a bit unusual that I (a mom) want to have hostessing/cooking duties on Mother’s Day, but I enjoy it. Me and my beautiful mom. Love […]
What to do with tart strawberries… Strawberries “Brulee”
It’s strawberry season here….. almost. Oh, they’re in the stores, but they are not perfectly delish and totally sweet. Yet. If you buy them from the farm stand, you’re good to go, but from the store in the clam shell…? A little on the tart side. Here’s what I do to fix them: slice strawberries […]
I’m helping to write a new blog!
So guess what? Yesterday, I “met” Mandi from Vintage Revivals on twitter. I stuck my nose into some tweets about a hateful/mean comment she received, and… well… A New Blog is born. Within hours, we started My Favorite Hate Mail: where mean comments go to die It’s an outlet for any of you who get […]
Rust Converter: Outta the auto shop and into the craft store.
Spring has (mostly) sprung and I am beginning to turn my attention to my patio area. Not. Good. I have some tall hurricane lanterns that have been sitting out in the elements (if Southern California really even has elements) for 2 or 3 years, and although we had sprayed a clear sealant over them, the […]
The tribe has spoken: I’m still on the island.
I’m happy to say that I made it through the first round of the One Month To Win It contest! My wine cork artwork*** received enough votes to keep me in the competition another week, so thank you to anyone who voted for it. Here’s a quick summary of how this works: The 4-week competition […]
I didn’t make my wreath this year. I usually try to make it from the tree clippings. However, I found a faux-frosty one on clearance at Target (my favorite post-Christmas place!) last January. I needed to add a little to it. Since we’re all white and silver this year, I decided to add pearl beads […]
Hug them? Smack them? I can’t decide…
There are times in every mother’s life when she feels under appreciated and misunderstood. Times when she just thinks that no one notices what she does during the day. It appears that my boys do indeed notice. My 3 oldest rode their bikes to Target the other day, allowance money burning holes in their lizard-filled […]
What’s the best way to store celery?
You know how there are some items that are common in some people’s kitchens, but for whatever reason, it just isn’t common in yours? Celery is one of those things at my house. I buy it if I’m making stuffing or Bloody Marys. That’s about it. This celery? I bought it in mid November for […]