Endings. To every ending there is a sense of failure. Even the necessary endings bring a sense of loss to the most optimistic thinker. Why? Because there was a starry-eyed dreamer, full of joyful hope and expectant trust at the beginning. Successes. Failures. If it seems as though I am moving through all stages of […]
It’s just a few weeks until the official start of fall. I was browsing Hometalk (a fave hangout for DIY and crafty peeps) and found so many bountiful ways to lay a gorgeous table…many of them easy and economical with items found in your yard and pantry! Just click the image below to see all […]
With a little paint and a couple of shelves, unassuming plywood becomes an unexpected work of art.
Oh how I love a celebration!! I also love shopping Wayfair.com. Today I have combined my two passions for some hot picks for a cool 4th of July Celebration.
Paint your own Rustic Painted American Flag with this simple Step-by-Step Tutorial using paint pens. It is a Pottery Barn Knock Off project. I love to browse the high end stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm for decorating ideas I can knock off.
Our Summer Solstice Fete for Two occurs each year on June 21, when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Celebrating 16+ hours of sunlight is a Florida ritual for HIMself and me. This year we enjoyed a berry dessert and cool cocktails by the lake at days end. Wayfair invited me to share my Summer Solstice traditions and […]
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks. I am a fan of organic cleaning. I love, love, love to use the power of steam in my home, car, grill…everywhere.
We are moving toward the edge of what’s possible here at C8C. Check back often to see what’s new. From today forward, Monday’s will almost always be about DIY style ideas and resources. DIY makes my heart sing…I love creating something from nothing or something for less than I can buy it in a store. […]
This is a sponsored post as part of the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge by P&G. #TideThat #BrightIdeas All opinions are 100% my own. The Ghosts of Furniture PastTM Epic Fail for Me! I have to admit a mistake. I purchased this beautiful antique pie safe several years ago in Georgia. I was thrilled with it, but was not so savvy in […]
I have always loved color. From my wardrobe to my decorating style, color makes a statement for me. How then did I end up with a blah bedroom? This Wayfair Homemaker was compensated with a gift card to add a pop of color to her bedroom. I fixed it with a beachy spin of the color […]
A handmade Christmas is such a blessing for me. Creating something from nothing makes my heart sing. I created some Felt Christmas Trees from Recycled Wool Sweaters a few years ago. I often search through thrift stores for items to repurpose. This year I have scored some great finds for holiday crafting projects. I often find […]
I decided to be daring and break out of my decorating comfort zone. A good area rug can anchor the entire composition of a room. My choice brings something unexpected to the space – texture, pattern, and loads of light! It quickly became the room’s focal point.
What? No Fireplace? HORRORS!!!! Well how on earth does one decorate a mantle when they don’t have one? Ah Ha…that’s the magic! I am not going to let a little thing like no fireplace stop me from my decorating dreams!!! You know how creative I am…so it took about three and a half minutes to […]
Social Media Has Taken Over My Life Okay…I had to have a serious talk with myself last night when Groomzilla had ruffled my oh so sensitive feathers falling from my overly lacy sleeves. I was trying, for the umpteenth time in as many days, to explain my vision to him. The loooooong table in the […]
I have the kind of home where people pop in frequently. When they come for dinner, I like to have a few quick dinner recipes at hand, so I can enjoy my guests and not slave in the kitchen. Here is the story on my plate… Family Time Pasta Bar This week I was needing some […]
I close my eyes and trace the chilled liquid as it slowly cools my parched throat. I can taste each of the exotic flavors one by one – mango, pineapple, lime, mint and rum. The frozen Chunks O’ Fruti #FreshNFruti ice cubes tickle my lips and make me smile. Ahhhhhhh…relax and chill! Florida gets hot, […]
Commedia del’Arte Mural By Jeff Monsein Our Commedia del’Arte mural was inspired by a recent trip to Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city, filled with a colorful history. Although we unfortunately didn’t get to go during Carnival, we were still able to see many examples of costumes, masks, and Italian pageantry. Our mural was […]
We have all had the experience of sensory overload..as well as sensory deprivation. We may experience overload when entering an environment filled with loud sounds, bright colors, an array of patterns, and a variety of textures…to say nothing of what we may be sniffing, tasting or touching there. We may experience sense of deprivation when […]
You know I love a good party and am always looking for ideas and inspiration. This time I will feature one-of-a-kind Outdoor & Summer Party Themes and Ideas. Here are some of my new favorite party ideas and websites that have great party ideas. I favor a casual get-together with friends and family, but am […]
I am foremost a decorative painter, but my greatest joy lies in teaching the trade to anyone who wants to learn, and once in a while a painter who has taken a class with me will contact me to help on a job. One of the most interesting projects came to me through my friend Anita Medina, a gifted painter I met in one of my faux fresco classes. A client of Anita’s was interested in replicating the entire fresco cycle of the life of St. Peter, as depicted in the Brancacci Chapel. The “Capella dei Brancacci” is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. It is sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance.”