Metallic Streamer Dessert Toppers

There are still many festive holiday projects coming up, but today it is pouring out and I am home sick with my daughter. It’s a day in need of sparkle, so I thought I would give a quick nod to New Years with these simple metallic sparkler dessert toppers. Make the toppers using one of my new favorite products, glitzy metallic streamers.

The basic idea is to fringe the streamers and wrap around a kitchen skewer, see the complete tutorial I designed right here. Mixing metallic hues on the toppers will give your holiday desserts a sparkly dose of depth and style.

Photography done in collaboration with Pictilio.

Posted December 05, 2012 5 Comments
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lemon drops falling

Recently we spent a few hours in the park celebrating the coming of summer. Jackie took a multitude of lemon drop photos. It was originally planned for a video, but upon seeing the final work I just fell in love with the instantaneous shots.

There is an active discussion these days about film vs. video for weddings and events. While it is true they both give unique and important angles to remembering an event, I am partial to photography. I love how a photo captures such enormous depth in its perfectly still form.

Tim Walker in a recent interview said, “Stills are powerful because they freeze the moment…” When I remember celebrations it’s often the quiet, frozen moments which seem most powerful.

Photography by Jackie Wonders.


Posted June 13, 2011 5 Comments
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Alligator & Daisies – inspiration board

*Reminder- This is the last week to enter the 30×30 contest to win a $50 spa gift card. It has been wonderfully fun to read through your party theme ideas, some of them are downright brilliant!

Today’s reader question is from Kim, who recently asked for ideas to begin the planning of her twin daughters 2nd year birthday. She has been inspired by this adorable kids line at Gymboree and is excited about making the alligator theme work for a girlie party. Adding daisies + a bit of pink + good dose of moss & a few white ruffles will make her celebration gator friendly & also wonderfully girlie!

A little gator & daisy inspiration-

Ruffled shower curtain.
Closet daisies.
Alligator cross-stitch.
Easy paper daisies.
Reindeer moss frame.
Smiling fabric gators.
& The girliest gator purse around.

A great party idea that is sure to translate into a beautiful afternoon.


PS. Thanks so much for all your questions, you all seem to come up with the best things to talk about! Thanks also for your wonderful patience as I answer in due time. If you have a party planning question, contact me here to have it answered.

Posted April 07, 2010 2 Comments
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* Please click on the image above to read the entire D.I.Y. football banner post-thanks.


PS. This is how you will know when there is a new DIY/event post listed from now on. Simply click the picture if you want to see the full post. This one includes a laughable free download for your football viewing pleasure- enjoy.

Posted January 08, 2010 Comments Off
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Footballing bunting

This footballing bunting project was inspired by a funny article Bill Simmons wrote, by this clip from Scrubs where J.D. embarrasses the guys by watching footi-ball like a girl, and by the fact that I now live in an NFL team city so it was due time I got into the footballing spirit.

Go Bronco’s…. oh wait… nope… oops… I meant… Go Chargers;)

An ironic take on a football pendant banner.

The download includes 10 funny and completely stereotypical girl sport phrases. It can be printed out directly from your computer onto your teams chosen colors and hung up to decorate for the big game day.

Once printed you will need to think back to high school geometry and cut each page into an upside down triangle (Isosceles to be specific). Then hole punch the two top corners and thread your ribbon behind to add a fun detail to your next football gathering.

I will be hanging mine above the veggie tray to give the ladies a little laugh during the play-offs.

Here is the link-

* As always please do not reproduce this download for anything other than personal use. Just a fun project from me to you- thanks.


PS. This is meant to be a lighthearted fun project so if you are a girl who actually does love football please don’t be offended. I am not anti-you liking sports, I am just trying to make it laughable for those of us who prefer the commercials to the game.

Posted January 08, 2010 7 Comments
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lively work balance

Everyone of us hits a space in life where things seem tipsy, a little chaotic, and euphoric all at the same time. It’s moments like these that I’ve most often found something amazing about to happen.

Writing a post on my work/life balance almost makes me laugh out loud, which is why I decided to title this post something different. Because at the end of the day, work and life are not two opposing ends that I am hoping to balance.

My life is work and work is my life.

Some of that work happens behind a computer. Some of it happens running around town on a photo shoot. Some of it happens while bathing my kids, and cooking their dinners. Some of it happens while helping a friend.

It is all work. It is all life.

I don’t think when we look back on our life one day we will have that clear delineation I often aim for. This was my work… that was my life 50/50. No. We will look back at the entirety of our life, every day, every moment being what we are actually living. Our Life. And we can not do it alone.

When you think about it that way… all the lines of stay-at-home, work-from-home seem to fade away. We are all working, and breaking for lunch, and living, around the clock – it is life.

I learned a long time ago after starting a new business from home the whole work ends/life begins ideal would not work for me. Because, inevitably a child will become ill on a work day, or a book deadline will have to be attended to in my evening hours at home. I’ve decided to stop fighting it and to simply embrace what I am calling my lively work balance.

It’s the balance Matt and I dance around to daily.

It’s all work. It’s all life.


I was writing the ackowledgements for my book a few months ago and realizing how many people actually help me day in and day out. I am grateful for the ways my husband, family, friends and neighbors have jumped in so many times when I’ve needed help with whatever I was doing.

When all of life is work – then everyone becomes my co-worker.  

Posted July 16, 2014 2 Comments
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