Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Lesson for Humans

This is an amazing video on the qualities of a pure heart.

Click HERE to watch Lilica's story

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  Posting some photos from last night.  We had a quiet & fun evening.  Everyone enjoyed the dinner and Cameron played Santa this year.  These three boys are my favorite gifts of all!

Cameron helped me cook the linguine with shrimp scampi and a fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad.  I don't think a holiday meal would be complete without the Martinelli's cider that the boys love so much.  Tonight, we will hopefully be enjoying handmade tamales!  

This year's mantel with the memorial candles of our loved ones.  The planter in the middle is a find from Anthropologie that once had a pretty miniature cypress and two poinsettias.  I just can't keep poinsettias alive the whole season :(

Hope your day is filled with good memories!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Welcoming Wreath

This has to be one of the cutest wreaths I have seen for Christmas.  Found at the Martha Stewart website.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Honoring Grandpa

Today marks the one year passing of my beloved Grandpa Toki.  He was the best grandpa ever and I miss him.  I picked a photo of him in his garden that he loved so much.  He is drilling holes in the logs for his shitake mushrooms.

The photos below I took last July at his Celebration of Life gathering.  There were signs of him all over his garden, but these really reminded me of him.

His garden hat

 His typewriter and he loved writing letters to editors.

Grandpa enjoyed making & drinking the wine he made from his garden's grapes.

The fish net he made when he lived in Hawaii.  

Grandpa was repurposing found objects way before it became trendy.

Grandpa, I can't believe a year has gone by since we all heard your voice.  Although I can no longer hear your upbeat voice saying hello to me, I know that you are with loved ones and continue to watch over your family.  I love you Grandpa with all of my heart.

Friday, December 19, 2014


A pretty Christmas song by Mindy Gledhill

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FRIENDLY Decor Part 2

Today, I'm sharing Rebecca's sweet Christmas feather tree.  I love how she combined the vintage glass ornaments with my wood and clay pieces.  Fun to see who has what ornaments and it's great that they are being enjoyed!   

Two snowmen who now reside with Rebecca's family.  I think these were from two or three years ago???   
Thanks Rebecca for sharing and sending your photos! 

This little gem is from Robert Brawley.  He's a fellow artist, so leave it to that artistic mind to display the ornaments among beautiful poinsettia plants.  Love those ceramic planters too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Thank you Anne for sharing photos of your tree with my Christmas ornaments.  It's always nice to recollect the ornaments that were created in the past.  You forget over the years and I love to see how people decorate with them.  I was hoping to make more of these ornaments, but the neuropathy in my hands is preventing any work this week.  

Doesn't Anne's home look inviting and festive?  The beautiful tree in the background, the cute pillow on the bench, I bet the whole house is decked out!

Another view of the table top tree and another large Christmas tree in the background!

Last view of the same tree.  Thank you so much Anne for taking the time to take the photos and send them.  I spy the "Cole" ornament and had forgotten that you had that one.  I'll send you the real one for Christmas, especially with those raging teenage hormones right now!

I will share some more photos from other collectors, so take a peek in the coming days :)