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Stamped Quote on Wood

23 Nov



I have always loved this quote (always, as in, since it started popping up all over on t-shirts and tacky Pinterest inspirational images). And while I was most certainly not familiar with John Muir before moving to California, I'm now so grateful for all the work he did, especially in preserving one of the most beautiful places ever — Yosemite National Park. [...]

Personalized Clay Cross

1 May



Greg and I made this cross as a baptism gift for our nephew James (since he couldn't partake in the cross cookies). This is the Santiago cross, or cross of St. James. I love the interesting shape, but it was certainly my most difficult clay project to date! [...]

Ribbon Christmas Card Display

6 Dec



Every Christmas season I seem to grapple with the wonderful challenge of Christmas cards — how can I display them so that they're all visible, yet organized and undamaged? [...]

Alphabet Shower Decor and Activity

28 Jul



I hung alphabet flash cards as a garland for my French-themed baby shower. After a bit of searching, I found several adorable free designs — I'm so thankful for the generous individuals who share their high-quality printables online! I love these cards, but decided on the French cards — the most fitting for the party! [...]

Window Boxes and Trim

9 Jun



Did you know that there's a disadvantage to living on a property with nearly 200 rose bushes? (I know, it's hard to imagine.) [...]

Spring Entryway

4 Apr



I'm currently loving our little entryway nook; it was decorated for Easter but is staying this way until the flowers die. Our painted cabinet has come a long way! This spot changes constantly depending on holidays and flower arrangements, but I'm particularly fond of this setup. Aren't the New Zealand Tea flowers amazing? [...]

Easter Basket Bouquet

28 Mar



I planted a few flowers in an Easter basket for our front "porch," and they're surprisingly cheerful for such a small amount of effort! I love seeing them on my way in and out; they're a nice reminder that it's almost Easter. [...]

2012 in Review

9 Jan



Bird Seed Snowman [...]

Mini Pumpkin Vases

15 Nov



If you have mini pumpkins left from Halloween and you're up for a tiny bit more carving, these vases make great Thanksgiving decorations! [...]

Eiffel Tower Pumpkin Carving

26 Oct



What's Halloween without pumpkin carving? Just an excuse to wear a costume during your Saturday morning surfing session. (No, seriously that's a real thing.) While I love the idea of pumpkin carving, when it comes down to it I always struggle coming up with a design that is sufficiently cool to merit disemboweling that poor, innocent little—or not so little—pumpkin. Last year I managed to tap my Mexican ancestry and carved a calavera (skull) for Día de los Muertos, which also gave me a good excuse for why I had carved my pumpkin several days after Halloween. (Día de los Muertos is November 2.) [...]