Pumpkin Carving Fails with Candle Flame Magic

Ahhh…the Classic Jack-O-Lantern.  Fun.  But Not for Us. We’re Going All Avant-Garde this Year. And We Have Great Inspiration. Hello Pumpkin Carving Masterpieces! Our Inspirations… A Country Living Magazine Pumpkin Wood Stove.  Love the Orange Glow and Stacked Wood. A Country Living Magazine Pumpkin House.  Bark Door and Roof.   Cotton Puff Smoke.  Cozy. And […]

Shopping a Sexy Salvage Yard

A Remodeling House Project is in the Wind. The Back Door Entry and Laundry.  Just a Bit of a Nip and Tuck. Contemporary Rustic Design.  Maybe that’s Not a Thing.  But in My Head it is. Tin for the Walls.  A Barn Door for the Laundry Storage Closet. And since it is a High Traffic […]

When Autumn Comes Knocking, Just Stain It

The Summer Heat has Blown Through.  Finally. Hello Autumn in All Your Pinky Orange Hot Air Balloon Glory. So Glad You’re Here. My Plan is to Do a Little Sprucing Up to Enhance the Autumn Glow. On a Quiet Sunday Morning We Take Stock of Mini-DIY Autumn Projects that can be done in a Flash. […]

A Sea Captain’s Cottage in a Flash

In the Middle of the Desert.  In a Tiny Cottage for 4. Lived a Sea Captain who Longed for the Sea to be Outside Her Door. All the Collected Shells Placed Round the House. Didn’t Bring the Ocean Feel…Not a Drop…Not a Douse. With Dwindling Funds for a Cottage Remake. The Sea Captain Made a […]

A No-Vampires Dinner

Created in Lightening Speed. 15 Minutes.  Just Enough Time before the Pool Swimmers Return. Faster than Fast…Angel Hair Pasta and Meat Sauce. With Garlic as the Star. A Cooking Lesson for a Grown Up Girl. Taught by a Not-So-Great Cook who does know Italian… Garlic and Red Peppers Sauce. First Attempt at Made-from-Scratch Garlic Bread. […]

Falling in Love with a Butter Boat

Collecting and Collections.  Over the Years, I’ve loved a Varied Bunch. Blue and White China.  Blue Willow and all-things Spode.  Check. My Newport Mansion Teapot with a Message for the Centuries. Chickens.  Born when we had 28 goofy birds. Friends and Family created This Collection.   A Chicken Tote Bag.  Check. A Life-long Passion for British Royalty. Lady Diana.  The Queen. William and Kate. Check.  […]

This is Sizzling Hot

50 Days of 100 Degrees F.    37.78 Degrees C. Yes, I’m Counting the Days. Zero Humidity.  Crackling Hot and Dry.  As We Wait for the Healing Rains. In case 100 degrees isn’t in Your Backyard…Here is a Snapshot of 100 Degrees in New Mexico. Find a Shady Spot.  With a Cold Drink.  And Stay Cool […]

10 Rules for the Best Yard Sale De-Cluttering

The Best Yard Sale You Need to Have…Now! Remember the Focus of the Sale is to De-Clutter the House. Simple Sale nets Simplified House. Now is the perfect time for a Mid-Summer De-Clutter the House Sale. Start Saturday Morning.  7AM.  Before the Heat Sets In. Catch the shoppers who are not away on vacation. End […]

Santa Fe Style Meets Costco Alfresco Dining

The House is On the Move. Staying Close to Home has given me an opportunity to evaluate how we live in these spaces and what we can do to change it all up.   Without Spending any Money. Moving Furniture.  Flip Flopping Spaces. Utilizing All the Square Footage of this Home is the Goal. Having Fun and […]

Best Summer Bang for Your Buck

The Ultimate Fruit of Summer.  Watermelon! Round.  Wet.  Cold.  Christmas Colors.  And Cheap. But Beware… Left Uncut in the Refrigerator, it will Stay Whole Forever. Cut into Chunk-Size Pieces, It’s Gone in a Flash. Perfect Anytime Anywhere…Breakfast.  Snacks.  Late Night.  Eaten Inside or Out. But hey…where did all the black watermelon seeds go??? I’m kind […]