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Yearly Archives: 2014

Some Of The Many Gardens I’ve Visited

I love visiting gardens, any style or any size!

 The chilly days of winter have set in . Anyone dreaming of their summer garden? Then cozy up and please let me take you on a virtual tour of some of the many gardens (13 to be exact) I've visited. All happen to be in California and Connecticut - I guess I'm stuck on 2 of the "C" states for this one.Read more

Christmas Cactus Care Tips (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!)

Christmas Cactus, an old holiday favorite, is such an easy care houseplant.

Hi Everyone,

No matter what holiday you celebrate at this time of year, may it be merry and bright.  This is to let you know that we really appreciate... Read more

Outdoor Decorating Tips & Ideas For A Festive Christmas

Here are some tips to make your decorating endeavors as merry as can be.

The holiday season is upon us once again (could someone please tell me where did this year went?!) and it’s time to add a little sparkle and festivity to our lives.  I owned a professional Christmas decorating business in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years and have a few pointers for you as you get ready to deck the halls.  Read more

A Holly Berry Vine Wreath Christmas Ornament

This festive wreath can hang on your tree, on a door, in a window or be used as a pillar candle ring.

This holly berry vine wreath ornament how to comes hot on the heels of the candy cane snowflake. It's another one of the  ornaments you'll find in our recently published DIY Christmas decorating book, Read more

A Candy Cane Snowflake Ornament That’s Oh So Festive & Easy To Make

Candy canes & snowflakes come together to create a jolly ornament for your Christmas tree.

This candy cane snowflake how to comes hot on the heels of the shimmering Pom Pom Ornament and is another one of the  ornaments you'll find in our recently published DIY Christmas decorating book, Read more

An Easy To Make, Colorful Pom Pom Christmas Ornament

This ornament is a fun & easy Christmas crafting project for kids.

 We've just published another DIY Christmas decorating book, Ornaments... Read more

A Magnolia Cone & Succulent Wreath for The Holidays

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. This magnolia cone and succulent wreath DIY comes together in no time and is fitting if you like your decorations simple and natural.I wanted to share with you a tutorial on how to make your own wreath, au natural.... Read more

Christmas Penguins All Gussied Up

Lots of glitter & a touch of paint makes a world of difference 

These adorable Christmas penguins, who belong to my client by the way, have spent many Decembers on the front porch along the California coast just south of San Francisco. The sun and moisture have dulled them a bit, and as you can see from these 2 photos, their nutcracker companions are still quite colorful. Time... Read more

Ornaments To Make Your Christmas Sparkle


25 Easy Handmade Decorations You'll Treasure For Years To Come

 Christmas is coming so grab the glitter and the glue gun - it's time to create!  I love to play with plants and flowers, but anything to do with the holidays also tickles my creative fancy bone as well. I love to decorate, especially at Christmas. Glitter makes my heart go pitter patter!  And that... Read more

A Fall Centerpiece, California Style, That’s Right On For Your Thanksgiving Table

I used California ingredients, mainly from our farmers market, most of which made it into my salad or smoothie

I love a centerpiece I can eat - now that's really double duty. Great for the eyes, great for the stomach. These centerpieces (or table decorations) created with vegetables, fruits, flowers and foliages come together really fast and make any holiday table jump for joy.... Read more