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Yearly Archives: 2013

Repotting A Small Succulent Bowl

It seems like I always have a planting or painting project going on.  My little terra cotta bowl, which I had painted and decorated, was in need of repotting.  The lobelia and ageratum that were in it needed too much water so it was time for a switch over to my old standbys - succulents.  I love sinking my paws into a new succulent repotting project because these water wise plants come... Read more

Two Christmas Napkin Ring Ideas

The holiday season conjures up visions of good cheer, decorations, gift giving and eating, eating and more eating.  We all know that lots of Christmas activities center around the dining table so I want to share with you two Christmas napkin ring ideas which are both festive and easy to make.  One is suited for an informal party like a cookie making luncheon with the girls or a kid's celebration.... Read more

An Edible Centerpiece For Christmas

I love making these edible arrangements.  And there's no better time than the holidays to adorn your table with a beautiful centerpiece ... that you can eat.  A big part of the fun is the adventure of shopping at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market to pick out all the bounty.  The ingredients that make up this piece are: fruits and vegetables, nuts,... Read more

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is upon us once again and I want to share with you some outdoor Christmas decorating ideas and inspirations.   I headed up north to the San Francisco Bay Area right after Thanksgiving to do a decorating job I’ve done for many years now.   Everything used has been collected over the years and is pulled out to turn the front yard into a holiday wonderland.  The porch... Read more

Two Christmas Centerpieces

This is the time of the year for gathering, being grateful ... and eating.  So many tables to decorate in so little time. I love decorating my own table with simple homemade elements, and if the ingredients come from nature, even better.  I want to share with you, in the video below, two very different Christmas centerpieces.  And, you'll see in the video that the supplies are a little unexpected.  Don't let this discourage... Read more

A Natural Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreaths are a holiday classic. We all like having a new one each December. They're a way to greet all the people that visit your house during this busy season. I wanted to share with you a tutorial on how to make your own wreath with a natural feeling. You can find it in the short video below. I know we are all busy shopping and decorating so this project won't take long.  And,... Read more

Two Christmas Ornament Ideas

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to deck the halls and trim the tree.  Why not make some ornaments of your own this year?  I wanted to give you two Christmas ornament ideas so you can add some handmade treasures to your tree.

Watch the video below and you'll see just how easy they... Read more

Cryptanthus: My Latest Plant Crush

I've been loving and using bromeliads in my garden for two years now but it wasn't until recently that I discovered those cute little Cryptanthus' or Earth Stars.  What horticultural rock have I been hiding under?  They are now my latest plant crush.

A Quick, Inexpensive Thanksgiving Centerpiece Your Guests Will Love

Thanksgiving day is so busy and filled with food and laughter that no one has time to make a complicated centerpiece. And, isn’t it  so much nicer to have a little something decorative on the table to brighten it all up?  What I’m going to show you here is a very quick Thanksgiving centerpiece that won’t break the bank and your guests (and you!) will love.  We’ve done a Read more

Red Trumpet Vine

Distictis buccinatoria, commonly known as Red Trumpet Vine, Blood Red Trumpet Vine or Scarlet Trumpet Vine, is not for the horticulturally faint of heart nor those who detest pruning.  This fast growing climber can reach up to at least 30'-40' and has tendrils that grab onto anything it in its path.   It will attach on to you if you stand still long enough!  In other words, do not plan on... Read more