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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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 California-Style Centerpiece

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. Orange... Read more

Bougainvillea in the Fall: How My Plants Look in October

It's been a little while since I've filmed some videos in my own garden so I decided that a beautiful sunny day in mid-October was a good time to change that. I've shown you my 2 Bougainvilleas before but I wanted you to see how they look in mid-Fall.

No foliage... Read more