Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello stranger!  Yes, it's me the prodigal blogger.  Been quite a bit since I've last post.  My only excuse is that life's priorities prevailed.

I just wanted to say that I'm sorry I left you hanging for some time now.  Some of you who follow my pinterest know I'm still around. 

About a year ago, I started my own home staging business on a shoestring budget. 

My hope is to be able to better support myself and my mama by building a successful home staging business.  Mama will turn 89 years old and I am still her full-time caregiver.

Right now I'm a one-band-woman who wears many hats.  It's taken some time but I've finally built up the staging inventory to stage two homes simultaneously.  Hopefully, the SF bay area housing market will stay healthy and I can pickup a few more clients.

I did started a blog to catalog my journey in building the business.  If you are interested you can find out more about it, just follow this link to Staged Interiors Inc.

Regardless of the (all too many) challenges life has presented me these past few years, I've been determined to keep moving forward.

I just wanted to let you know that I didn't abandoned you because of boredom or lost interest.   My creations and vintage china mosaic gave me much pleasure and I look forward to the day when I can return to creating more; and sharing it all with you.

In the mean time, some of you may have noticed that the tutorials for the DIY projects and mosaic tutorials are still up and will remain so.  I do answer the emails as time allows, so feel free to send in your questions and photos.

Thank you for sticking with me, your kind words and support have meant so much to me!

Be well!


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Greetings dear bloggers! Hope all is well and you've been having a lovely spring.

I haven't posted in a bit (as usual). So sorry about that. Time, life, procrastination, what can i say? Mostly, I feel like I should post something helpful in a problem solving sense, or, useful in a tutorial sense. Well my darlings, today is not one of those posts lol, but I promise, loads of fabulous photos.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pink Saturday Pinterest and Me

Greetings Pinkettes! Lovely to see you! How are you? Me? Well, I'm late for my post again *sigh*. Hope you don't mind.

A huge thanks to Beverly How Sweet the Sound, our fabulous host, who keeps this pinkalicious party going for us! If you haven't already, do stop by Beverly's blog and say hello.

Today I'm taking down two (pink) birds with one stone....Pink Saturday and Pinterest. I know many of you use Pinterest. There was much concern about Pinterest's policies and several have either deleted their accounts or many of their pins. I'm thrilled to say that Pinterest has seen the error of it's ways and has changed their policy. What a relief! I was on the verge of closing my account. It's still a good idea to watermark your personal photos.

One of the many reasons why I am addicted enjoy Pinterest is to be able to create my boards and fill them with such goodies as...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

How To Tutorial Finally Finished!

Hello all! Lovely of you to drop by! This is just a fly by post ha!

I just wanted to let you know that I have posted the how to tutorial for making paper/book page roses and the rosette wreath, as well as some helpful hints!

It is now available on my How To's page. You can click the link under the page header or simply click the photo below!

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Be well! See you soon!


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pink Saturday I'm Tardy for the Party

Greetings Pinkettes! Lovely to see you! How are you? Me? Well, I'm a bit frazzled today because I'm running so very late today! I don't understand where the time has gone.

I didn't want to miss out on the pink fun. Afterall, Beverly How Sweet the Sound, our fabulous host, has planned such a fun pinkalicious party for us!

If you haven't already, do stop by Beverly's blog and say hello.

But I'm late! I'm late...for a VERY important pink date!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Photo Fun, Art on a Budget

Greeting friends! Always a thrill to have you stop by! Hope you had a good week. It sure flew by for me. How about you? Sure hope it slows down for the weekend...yes?
I enjoy creating things, wreaths, broken china mosaics, embellishing photo frames, and so forth. But I cannot sketch to save my soul! I so admire people who can. My sister is one. You may have noticed the "Swans" on my side bar.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bird Houses Painted and Broken China Mosaics

Greeting everyone! Sweet of you to drop by! Hope your weekend was a superb one! We had lovely weather here. It's pouring today though. Good for the flora n fauna (everything has an upside...yes?)
I probably should have titled today's tasty treat as...yep, I'm a goober!! Those of you who've been with me for a bit are quite aware of this. Status quo can be such a comfort ha!
Has this scenario happen to you? I spend oodles of time thinking about a post. When I (finally) decide on one, I'm all excited and charge full speed ahead. I can't get the post up fast enough!
Anxious as I am, unfortunately the most time consuming element is getting the photos together; the lighting is off, the photo is crooked, the exposure is too light/dark, and so forth *sigh*.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pink Saturday Eye Candy for the Pinkettes

Greetings and Happy Pink Saturday Pinkettes!! Don't you just adore Pink Saturday? I've been away for a bit, but am so happy to rejoin all you Pinkettes!
First, a shout out and special thanks to our fabulous queen of pink, Beverly of How Sweet the Sound. If you haven't already, do stop by Beverly's blog and say hello.
Ok, time to get comfy, grab a cuppa and enjoy all the fabulous pinks the other wonderful and clever Pinkettes have posted to delight our senses.
Let's start with a WOW factor (now where did I put my tiara?)
Sings to the princess in all of us..yes?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chandelirious! Fly by PhotoViewing Opportunity!

Greeting dear friends and fly by photo viewers! So happy to see you so soon. You know, I too am guilty of (occassionally) being a fly by photo many blogs, so little time. And, we do love the eye candy...yes?
Well today's tasty treat is another great opportunity for fly by photo viewing. Although, I'm fairly certain you may need to hit the breaks a time or two. For today I'm sharing one of our favorite things...chandeliers! Ohhhhh I love me some sparkly chandy dripping in lots of crystals. I also have a few other favorites I'd like to share as well.
So grab a cuppa, get comfy, fasten your seatbelt, and let me fill your senses with delight!
First up, the dripping in sparkle chandys.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hello, it's me....again

Hello my dear friends and readers! I've missed you all very much. I've not been around for a bit I know, bad blogger! I do have a reasonably good excuse. I've been on a very long pity party.

Me at the peak of my pity party

Several months ago I went into the hospital to have my ovaries removed and came out with a brain tumor. Hence the pity party lol! Now, no worries, I'm (finally) at the point where I am determined to get myself out of this seriously funky place I put myself in. What better way than to catch up with my beloved friends in the blogosphere!
First things first. One of the most motivating way to fix one's mindset is through inspiration...and favors lol. I've got a little favor to ask. I've been inspired by a very lovely woman. Her name is Heather Von St. James. Here is a picture of her and her oh so beautiful little girl Lily.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's Not About The Glamour, It's About The Function

Long time no see. I am so sorry for taking so long to post. I love you all so much and am sorry that I've been a bad bad blogger the past few months. It's been beyond hetic around here for me.

I have so much I want to post about and have been busy trying to get things in order.

First off, my daughter and SIL moved out, so I moved into the master.

I know, the wall color is beyond hideous! And ignore my birthday balloon (photo taken in January). Oh and ignore me leaning against the bathroom door trying to be inconspicuous. I would absolutely love to paint those awful walls when time permits.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Broken China Mosaic Birdhouses and Design Inspiration

Hellooooooo bloggers and bloggerettes! Lovely to see you! So sweet of you to stop by for a visit! I hope that all is well (and warmer) in your world! It's been raining so much here in the SF peninsula, might need to build a boat! ha!

There is always a lot of talk about inspiration here in the blogosphere. We also have lots of before and after post.

For this post, I thought it would be fun to show you the inspiration behind the broken china mosaics I created.

I was looking for some inspiration for my mama's 75th birthday present (she will turn 85 this year). Since we are Russians, I thought it would be fun to create a design in the spirit of Russia.

Here, the inspirations...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wreath much? The tale of a faux rosewood wreath (aka paper rose wreath)

UPDATE: MARCH 22, 2012 The complete tutorial is now available HERE

Greeting! So sweet of you to stop by for a visit! I hope that all is well (and warmer) in your world!

Do you have a cuppa and a comfy seat? You know my post are photo filled ha! But I must confess, I love spending the time with you!

Let's begin with this interesting little diddy. According to, a glutton for punishment is: someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unplesant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work.

Hmmmmm now why does that sound somewhat familar? ha! Let's see shall we?

First, credit where credit is due!

Most of you may be familar with Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming and her post and tutorial about her stunning faux rosewood wreath here.

I was so inspired by Stephanie's gorgeous creation! (Thanks so much for sharing with us Stephanie!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Faux Hydrangea Wreath with a Twist

Greetings snow bunnies and non-snow bound bloggerettes! I am so ready for spring, aren't you?! The weather here in the SF peninsula has been amazing around 75 degrees. Poifect California weather! See, this is the reason we put up with the earthquakes, insane state politics and high prices ha!

I'm sure you seen faux hydrangea wreath all around the web. I thought I'd make one...with a little twist of my own...

wreath flower hydrangea spring

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hearts Wreaths For Valentine

Lovely of you to stop by! Hope all is well in your world!

We celebrated orthodox Christmas this past friday marking the end of the holiday season!

I always find packing away Christmas takes much longer than brining it all out. I dread it, don't you?!

I tucked away my Christmas header and did a little tweaking here in my blog.

Since valentine is just around the corner, I thought I'd share some of my heart wreathss I recently finished.

I just love hearts, don't you?

I made this pretty in pink heart wreath with vintage pink buttons and added some faux pink gems for some sparkle...

buttons wreath pink

Friday, December 31, 2010

My (Late) Holiday Decor Post ~ Last Post for 2010!

Happy New Year! Have a fun party to go to? Or perhaps you are having a quite evening in? Or maybe you are reading this post with a bit of a holiday hangover...yes? ha!

This is my last post for 2010, so I thought I would share my holiday decorating.

Here is where I left you....

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas darlings!

So sorry I've not posted but it's been more hetic than the norm!

It's early Christmas morning (1 a.m.) and I wanted to say Merry Christmas to you!

Have you been naughty or nice? ;)

I'm be posting after the New Year.

Hope you and your loved ones are safe, warm and having a lovely holiday!

See you next year!

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