Transitioning your home from October to November

Now that Halloween is done, time to pack up the pumpkins and get out the Christmas decorations- right? WRONG!! Did someone just forget to tell Pier 1 about the best holiday of the year?? Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for Christmas, but Thanksgiving will always be number one for me. A simple, cheap and…

Perky Painted Pumpkins

Ok yes – my blogging has slowed… or stopped rather. I confess, this idea of the balanced career woman isn’t as easy to master as I thought! But, balanced is the key word here; so while my career life has picked up (yey), I’m going to try and share some of my crafting and cooking adventures…

Decorating with Herbs: Mint

It’s great to mix it up a little by using herbs instead of flowers to decorate your home. This mint makes a beautiful arrangement while also making your home smell amazing! Mint is one of those plants that will keep growing and growing anywhere you plant it! You will have plenty to cook with and…

Budget Bouquets

These homemade arrangements are so easy make, and would make the perfect centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower. I found these adorable pantry jars at Marshalls for under $4 to use as the vases. These ranunculi and viburnum from my local farmers market made this arrangement look both rustic and elegant. I love the…

All Tied Up

I finally decided to hang my curtains- and stop giving my neighbors a show. I needed a way to tie them back but didn’t want to use tasseled ropes because it seemed so formal. My solution was both affordable and girly: Grosgrain ribbon. Grosgrain is a heavy ribbon made from silk or nylon with ribs….

A Little Bit Country

This weekend I flew home to Sacramento to celebrate my baby sister’s 16th birthday. My mom and I whipped together some fun country-themed decorations with the help of Rustic Event Rentals. They supply great custom accents for any occasion. Check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/RusticEventRentals Some sand blasted glass jars, tied with burlap and twine made…

Extra Versitile Olive Oil

I love finding new uses for my glass jars and bottles! This bright green bottle used to contain extra virgin olive old from California Olive Ranch. As you know, I use olive oil pretty frequently when I cook, so I didn’t have to wait long to decorate my home with the bottle! One way to…

The Not- So Temporary Bedside Table

Yep – a moving box. I moved into my apartment a year and a half ago. Didn’t have much furniture; had plenty of moving boxes. Fast forward to my current bedside table: still a moving box, but don’t tell anyone! I found some great fabric (shocking – in back and white) at a local craft…

Quest for the Perfect Cafe Table: Rose Bowl Flea Market

  For the first time in my adult life I have a backyard! (well in reality a 3×6 foot balcony). But it’s just enough space for some flower boxes, herbs and potted tomato plants. What was missing was seating to enjoy it all. I searched all the usual places: Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Craigslist –…

Spring Cleaning! Polishing the Silver

Polishing sliver seems so far away to me, like it’s from another Downton Abbey-esk world. But sure enough it still needs to be done in 2013. I have three silver pieces in my home: a pitcher (from Napa Style  http://www.napastyle.com/), a little hand mirror and a cosmetic jar. I’ll be honest I probably polish them…