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Custom Ornaments at my Happy Shoppe (orders close 12/5/17)

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It’s that time of year again!  I’m making ornaments like a crazy woman for my Happy Shoppe on Etsy!  I’ll be posting more as I complete them, but here’s a little sneak peek at a few custom pieces I just completed – custom Nutcracker Sweet ornaments for a beautiful client who wanted her daughters’ ballet costumes for the past few years preserved on her Christmas tree.  These were SO fun to make!  

Just a reminder that Custom Orders MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 5th to insure delivery by Christmas. So if you want a custom piece don’t wait! 

Christmas Tree Decorating & Color Palette!

Christmas Tree Decorating & Color Palette!

Happy Holidays my friends! (yup- there’s no denying it)

If you follow my instagram you know that last weekend was Christmas for me as a Christmas tree designer for the Boys and Girls Club annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.  It was SO much fun – once I got my head in the Christmas mode!  There is nothing more like Disneyland to me than walking around the stacks and shelves and boxes of ornaments, garlands, trims, ribbons, flowers, glittery coated things, etc…. and putting them together to create a themed tree!  Total bliss!  I ended up with 4x created –  all very different from each other and fun.  Last year I heard my Mele Kalikimaka palm tree went for the highest bid so I’m hoping for another win this year.  No matter what the outcome I am so happy to support such an amazing group as the Boys and Girls Club!

The color palette below is a picture from my “Rose Gold Wonderland” tree –  the colors were insane!  If only I spent as much time on my own tree!  

Cemetery Glow – Color Palette

Cemetery Glow – Color Palette

 

BTW – This is a Photo MashUP – Check out below the images I used.
I absolutely love doing this!

Happy Spooking!

Photo MashUP – Appian Way

Photo MashUP – Appian Way

Check out my newest Photo MashUP installment, this one inspired by my recent trip to Rome!  See the images below that were used in the final piece on top.  I’m totally loving the peacock colors and and broken tiling look.  :0)

 

 

Pumpkin Glory! Color Palette

Pumpkin Glory! Color Palette

I finally eeeked away with my hubby to a Pumpkin Patch in Ojai this weekend! If only it wasn’t another heatwave here in So-Cal, but whatever ~ I am still loving all the orange glory to be found!  

Happy Pumpkin Season my friends!

Beautiful Italy

Beautiful Italy

Buon giorno!

I just returned home from an amazing vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice with my sister and all I can say is that Italy is an enchanted country! Wow what an experience we had.  We saw as many monuments and historical places as possible, but also enjoyed getting lost and finding our way back to our temporary homes in each of these spectacular places.  It seemed that with every turn a new glorious vision opened up before us. I’m apologizing in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. It’s just so hard not to click away when you’re there.

I’m still coming down from my blissful high.  I can’t say that any of these cities held a heavier place in my heart because they are all so vastly different from the next.  Rome is so ancient and mind-blowing, Florence is so spectacularly beautiful and full of art in many forms, and Venice is, well, the most unusual and crazy-beautiful city I’ve seen.  I don’t know if it’s the water energy that makes it so profound or its fighting spirit that you sense just walking the little cobbled streets navigating around sinking walls.  Ending our travels there was a perfect way to conclude our visit – though we didn’t want to say good bye to any of these places.  It is easy to say that the unifying force in Italy’s dramatically different cultures is its friendly citizens (we met such wonderful people), and of course the food and amazing Italian wines. I was shocked to discover when I got home that even though I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted I somehow ended up losing weight?!  Go figure?! I guess that’s the beauty of travel and de-stressing. 

More to come, but for now I’ll bid you ciao ciao and amore.

 

Photo MashUP – Bloomin’ Buttercups

Photo MashUP – Bloomin’ Buttercups

Time for another Photo MashUP and I’m loving the definition on these little buttercup flowers.  Keeping the blue-green highlight hues was my goal and I’m loving how it turned out.  I’m working on creating a delft colorway of this as well and so far it’s looking really nice.  I’ll keep you posted on how that one turns out.  :0) Wishing you a beautiful week!

 

Photo MashUP – Autumn Napa Ivy

Photo MashUP – Autumn Napa Ivy

My husband and I just spent a fabulous weekend in Napa with my sister and brother in law.  What an oasis and retreat from regular life.  It is hard to go there and not come home with a boat load of gorgeous pictures (and amazing wine). I came home with both (yay!).  Feeling inspired I decided to make another “Photo MashUP” for my series.  This one incorporates a beautiful ivy covered wall outside Oxbow Market, and a gorgeous variegated tree at Chappellet Winery. I’m loving how this turned out.  It makes me dream for some autumn weather and Fall color.

Stay tuned for more!  Wishing you a colorful and fabulous week my friends!

xo