My Favorite Ideas for Decorating Easter Eggs!

For me, along with its spiritual meaning, Easter is always the official kickoff to Spring! Flowers are blooming, bunny and chick motifs abound, and lovely pastels make winter seem oh so far away! Plus, there are plenty of wonderful traditions, a few of which I learned more about last year. But, out of all the traditions, my favorite has to be decorating eggs!!! No doubt my excitement for Easter eggs stems from my obsession with all other finishes - plaster, murals, stencils, aged ...

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A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!!

It's Valentine's Day again! So how do you show that special someone that you care? With my husband of 28 years, I have found that it's never the monetary gifts never that show him how special he is to me – after all, his eyes don’t light up at a blue Tiffany box like mine do!! But he always appreciates little notes and handmade gifts which bring out that youthful smile I fell in love with all those years before. When we first married, we were as different as black and white, but ...

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Christmas Crafts, Food and Fun!

Even though it'll be a hot Christmas this year in Houston – an unseasonable 78 degrees! – I can't help but be in the Yuletide spirit!!! I love this time of year, not only because I get to visit with family and friends, but also because I can usually carve out some time for cooking, crafts and art projects I've been wanting to try. Here are a few of the projects I hope to do this week: Seasons Eatings!!! Source This chicken salad looks delish! Great for a healthy yet filling ...

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Monica’s Gingerbread Mansion

I have so many fun clients who have interesting hobbies!! Monica, whom I have done various projects for throughout the years, has always impressed me with her crafty ideas! An accomplished graphic designer and cook, each holiday season she spends weeks baking magical gingerbread houses. Even in person it was hard to believe this was made from a cookie! Having entered and won many contests, Monica enlightened me that the art of gingerbread making is actually pretty ...

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Our Thanksgiving Getaway!

I had recipes and tablescapes already planned for the annual Thanksgiving at our home when I found out from my kids that the only time they could all get off this year is Thanksgiving! Breaking the news to my parents, brother, sister, niece and nephew, I started planning a last minute vacation for the five of us. My family loves the beach, and, with limited time to spend, we wanted to try a new destination that was less than three hours away and had beautiful water. I have a lot of ...

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Build Your Fall Around a Feast Board!!

Before you start to think about autumn decorating and holiday entertaining, consider the feast board! A feast board is as simple as it sounds: a big, beautiful board ready for your food, flowers, meats or sweets. Think Thanksgiving, holiday open house, or any gathering that calls for a feast! This is definitely my new favorite fall trend!!! Here is where you start... Source ... and the results can be this enticing! Source Imagine your feast board running down the middle of ...

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All Things Pumpkin

Not only does the image of a pumpkin immediately get you into the Fall spirit, the veggie itself is high in carotenoids, protein (seeds), zinc, essential fatty acids, vitamin C & A, magnesium, potassium and fiber, so it makes a healthy intro into the season! With the kiddos all grown up, I thought for Halloween this year it would be fun to invite some friends over and make a meal of all things pumpkin. The Appetizer!............ I love hummus, so this white bean and pumpkin ...

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Stars & Stripes Forever!

Fireworks? Sign me up!! July 4 is one of my favorite holidays -- always happy to celebrate all the graces Americans enjoy. With our home renovation complete, we can finally entertain, ring the bell of freedom, and wave the red, white & blue! By July, it’s a tad hot here in Houston, so my July 4 party planning is super easy and breezy! Décor! Since my overall landscape theme is green and white (rosemary, roses, boxwood) – I am going to use BIG star stencils on my back lawn and ...

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Fathers: to be Admired & Celebrated!!

A Father. A son's first hero. A daughter's first love. As we get ready to honor all of the wonderful Fathers out there -- be it with a cookout, a round of golf, a big hug, or another necktie -- I thought I'd offer a collection of quotes. My guess is the best quotes come from your Dad. Like my Dad saying, "Please stop trying to save me money!" (when I would come home from a sale). These quotes -- from the inspiring to the funny -- are sure to remind us that parenthood is not be ...

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A Mother’s Love

I hope each of you will have a wonderful Mother's Day week!! We have still been having trouble with the blog sending out, so if you haven't been getting the articles, hang in there and go back and read the last several posts--SOME GREAT PROJECTS!!!  I thought about doing this year's holiday blog on gifts and recipes, but realized most of you are Mothers yourselves and are, hopefully,  busy being treated on this special day! Instead, I am sharing with you a cherished family photo, some sweet ...

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