Sunday, May 8, 2016

A job well done!

The house siding and painting is complete. The job was scheduled for two weeks
 and it took four.
A few days of rain along with a few days of high winds, only added to the time. 

A few changes were made along the way too, but finally the job was done!!! 

It started with removing the old cedar shingles.

Proper supervision is a must if you want it done right.

It's a little hard to see, but the shingles start to split and curl after
time and can only be painted and stained so many times.
Several spaces were painted with tester paint just in case you
were wondering.

I tested the stucco and the shingles, and different parts
of the house depending on the light exposure.

Now that I made it through this, I can start thinking of the back patio.
Staying present, I  can can focus on some basic landscaping 
for now. I'll be taking a break during the summer before I start the
"big dig".
I do have a few projects inside that are small, but important.
So I'll be concentrating on that during the summer.

It feels so good to see the old shingles gone, and a fresh coat of paint.
I added the urns and white hydrangeas.

  Once the fence gets replaced, and landscaping gets done, it will look like a different home.
I'm adding a hedge, and a green trellis growing up the chimney.
A white arbor will be placed  directly across the chimney, with decomposed granite 
as the the hardscape. I plan on having a blue stone step out the doorway.

  Fresh flowers always look good!

 Thanks  for stopping and seeing the progress,


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Given with love...

I'm really excited to share with you the bridal shower that was "given with love" for my oldest niece. I was one of six hosts that helped create this magical day.
This post is very personal, and I'm happy to share it with you.

I have to disclose that most of the hosts are extremely talented, and 
that made it even more fun for me to be a part of.

Let's meet the bride, Shelby!

The shower was held at a French restaurant, 

13422 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Let's take a look at the cake below. One of the hosts is a 
professional baker and she brought her "A" game!
This cake took 8 hours to make, and tasted beyond belief.

Once cut, each slice was plated with a chocolate covered 
strawberry with an "I do" note.

And there she is! 

While Michelle was busy baking the cake, she also made
the name cards, a plaque for Shelby's chair and helped with the 
amazing floral arraignments.

You can contact Michelle for all your sugar needs at
Sugar Me Sweet

Next to her is another great talent! Meet Jodie, her job is...
Regional Visual Manager / West Coast
for Tory Burch.
You getting the picture here?
She, also helped with the stunning flowers.
I kept hearing her say buy more French Tulips.
 "We need texture".

The room held 5 tables, and we had 40 guests.

My job, along with Andrea, was to provide cookies as a take away.
Easy enough, until I picked them up and decided to add some color...
24 hours before the party. 
Nothing like a little stress...
Sticking with the French restaurant feel I thought an ombre ribbon
that complimented the flowers was just the ticket! I filled little boxes with 
three macaroons purchased at Napoleons Macaroons.

Once we all arrived, Michelle had the name cards and we decided to tie them to
the boxes and use them as place cards. 

Susan purchased extra flowers and she added them to the napkins
with twine. 

Everyone was having a great time!

Sam arrived as a surprise with a beautiful bouquet just in time to open the gifts.
(How did he know to get flowers that tied in perfectly with the art work?)

Her sister having some fun with the gifts!

Upon leaving, the wedding dress cookies were handed out at the door. 
Seriously, between the chocolate candy on the table,
the cake, the macaroons, if you haven't had enough sugar, please take some with you
 for the car ride home.

It was a heart felt day, filled with love.
Jodie , Shelby's step mom, gave a wonderful speech recognizing the passing 
of my sister 12 years ago, and acknowledging the women in the room who
forged very strong relationships with her.  They are still very present in her children's lives.

What I have learned is to remember the past, but stay present.
Have gratitude for the blessings that surround me daily.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you feel inspired to expand your
creativity, and celebrate the good times with friends and family!

We have a lot to smile about,


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's been far to long...

Hi everyone! It's been far to long since my last post. I've been busy with the house and it's been taking quite a bit longer than expected. The rain has not helped, and now high winds are in the forecast. Not so good when spraying the house with paint. Now I will be weeks behind....

Until then, let's see some inspiration.

Great Zuber wallpaper from Yrmural Studio with competitive price by hand painted at

I'm considering wallpaper like this. I love the black & white
mural. I think it could
make an impact in the entry. Let's just say it's
under consideration.

hand painted mural | zuber:

It could be my seasonal fascination with Bravo's 
Southern Charm.
I'm not sure what has triggered my traditional mood, but
I can't deny I'm feeling it. 

Red benches with black & white scenic wallpaper create an eye-catching entry when paired with this large, round, Empire pedestal table!:

I also admit I have never been able to live with red.
Ever. Now, strangely I'm craving small doses of it.

Interesting how things can change.