Free Styling Tips

My mother taught me resourcefulness from a very young age – and if nothing else, having ten siblings can really teach you how to be self-reliant.  I was involved in church groups and activities that encouraged increasing and developing our knowledge, skills, and talents.  I was in 4-H (does anyone else remember that or am […]

Patio Fire Pit

Last week, my quiet and tedious afternoon emails were interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell.  My neighbor had just had something delivered – a birthday gift from his wife: a stone fire-pit.  He needed to borrow the wheelbarrow to transport each brick down to the backyard patio, and we have no problem sharing tools […]

5 Tips // Cake + Fresh Fruits

I was making strawberry shortcakes for an afternoon snack lunch and I couldn’t help but be reminded of how naive I was when we registered for our wedding.  I ended up with drawers full of cool tools that I never used.  Over the past (almost 15!) years, and lots of trial and error, I’ve found […]

Prom Dress // 5 Tips

It’s Prom Dress season here in suburbia (when is it not, really?) There is nothing more rewarding than guiding my youngest clients through the sea of never-ending homecoming and prom dresses, to see their eyes light up when they have found the perfect dress (it’s a pre-cursor to wedding dresses, but without the usual tears!)  From strapless […]

Rose Lemonade

Several years ago, I tried a slice of Champagne Cake that was being served during a work party. It was Absolutely Fabulous (like the movie!) It was chilled (I don’t know if that was because like champagne, it’s meant to be served chilled or if it simply hadn’t been allowed enough time to properly come […]

Pom – Poms

I fell in love with DIY tulle pom-poms a few years ago when my brother got married, and when you apply a similar (but so much simpler!) concept to yarn – well, you get a pretty darn fantastic yarn pom-pom!  I’m going to get wild and crazy (eye roll) and try some multi-color pom-poms this year. […]

The Grateful Table

One of my favorite memories from visiting Turkey was an incredible dinner we had late one night in Goreme, bohemian style, after exploring the local museum.  It embodied every part of Turkey that I loved – the casual pace, the simplicity, the art in the variety of mismatched décor.  We sat on the patio, in […]

Red Roses

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’ve been planning valentine’s cards, and class parties and a date night (and I’m exhausted!)  I’m re-using these red, pink, and white pom-poms I made last here, and this year if I find the time I may experiment with using multiple colors for each pom-pom; I know, things get wild […]