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
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