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Monthly Archives: September 2015

A Fun and Sparkly Budget Halloween Centerpiece

For me fall centerpieces are all about foliages, berries, pomegranates, persimmons, pumpkins and mums.  You know, classy grown up stuff.  Halloween, even though it lands smack in the middle of autumn, is a totally different ballgame.  I say: it's a time to bring on the glitter, glitz and paint and get your spook on.  This halloween centerpiece project is fun, sparkly, a bit out of the ordinary yet very easy on the wallet.Read more

Weekend Musings

 Fall has officially arrived!  I love this time of year at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market because the summer produce is still abundant but the fall and winter squashes are starting to make an appearance.  Tomatoes fresh from the farm and kabocha squash anyone?Peppers, like the ones you see above, love our warm temps and sun filled days that are signaled on by late summer lasting well into fall here along the central coast of California.... Read more

Learning About African Violets

 Whenever I mention African Violets, I always get the response "oh, they were my grandmother's favorite flower or my mother loves them".  My grandmother grew them with great success in a bright window in her Connecticut home atop a tray of pebbles with water in it.   I however, have only grown a few of them so this app on African Violets interests me and I thought you might find it useful.   Note: this is a guest post & was written... Read more

A Forsaken Frame & Succulents Turned Into Art

 I've lived in California for a very long time but I'm originally from New England.  Yes it's true, you can move the girl clear across the country to the other coast but you can't take the Yankee ingenuity and frugality out of her.  I found this forsaken frame in a heap of discarded junk and treasures next to the sidewalk a year or so ago.  I just knew this tossed away treasure would be used in 1 of my succulents crafting projects at some... Read more

A Quickie Tour Of Spooky Halloween Decorations

 It's that time of the year again when we get to decorate our houses to creep and not to greet.  Hold on to your witches hats because Halloween is coming!For me that means hopping in the car and heading north.  I’ve done this decorating job up in the San Francisco Bay Area for 16 years now.  Pick up truck loads of spooks are taken out of  hibernation and the decorating extravaganza begins.   The characters and props, collected... Read more