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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