All posts filed under: This is Life

keep on growing.

Tiffany Turner, paper flower extraordinaire, released a paper flower book and it is gorgeous! Hard cover, beautiful photography, and all of them flower how-tos and tips! Tiffany recently spoke in Walnut Creek as part of her book tour so I got to listen to her share her story and process. She makes realistic paper flowers and larger than life paper flowers (so we can experience them zoomed in and close up!). I like how she pays attention to the imperfections from her flower specimens to create a perfect paper flower. They really do look more real when they have imperfections — a fallen or bent petal is the perfect touch. Tiffany did a quick poppy demo after her talk, and then I got to meet her and admire the paper flower display she brought to share. Flowers!!! Of paper!! They look so real. I’m super excited to add this book to my collection, and to attempt making some of the flowers in the book. Tiffany includes suggestions on what materials to use for each project, …

always on vacay.

I embroidered a hat for my Mommy to take her retired life to the next level. I found a wide brimmed hat at Target and used embroidery yarn to hand sew on this fun phrase: always on vacay. Then, I made her model it for me. She’s a natural vacationer! It’s perfect for actual vacations, or for enjoying the garden or taking walks. What do you think? What other fun phrases belong on giant hats? Share below!

kitchen things.

Stumbled upon dejumo in Old Oakland. Nearly died. I mean, look! Bamboo, olive wood, recycled glass, … stoneware, marble, … seashell, horn, … teak, mango wood, acacia… gold things! OMG! This is what my kitchen dreams are made of. Can I giveaway everything in my kitchen and replace them with this store? I’m super-mega heart eyeing. Is this your cup of tea? Shall we take a trip to Oakland together to touch all the goodies? 

fat head.

When you wake up on your birthday and see a giant you. My fantastically creative Hubby decided THIS is what I needed for my birthday this year, and he was all the correct! He even made the “Happy Birthday” garland! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I know what’s you’re thinking —ย what do you do with a giant face?ย You letย the people dance with it, of course! Throughout the course of birthmonth, as I celebrated with friends and family, the brave and the silly danced and jumped around for what turned out to be the best birthday gift ever. Turn the volume up! โ€‹Unfortunately, my fat head got left behind at the park, but these memories will live on!!! Thank you all for celebrating my Jesus birthday with me this year!! My birthday wish is that you all take time out of your busy schedules to act a little silly and dance around. xoxo โ€‹

an ode to nissan.ย 

Many of you know by now – my long time roadside companion had to be retired. There were too many things missing and needing a fix after he was recovered so my insurance company ‘totaled’ him out. Poor Nissan. I remember when my Dad brought Nissan home the summer between fifth and sixth grade. That was 21.5 years ago! OBD, that’s “Old Dirty Blue,” you will be missed! Thanks for the memories! Mini road trip adventures to Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, Morro Bay, Murphys… Aย frequent photo taking spot. My craftmobile and present-delivery mobile. Our wedding car. Fits three lovely friends in the back and a handsome hubby in the front. Plus all the flowers. Nissan is at Insurance Auto Auctions in Bay Point, CA if anyone wants to buy him and fix him up! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Give a shout out to your first car below!

gwen.

I’ve been a No Doubt / Gwen Stefani fan since sixth grade (OMG, that was 21 years ago!). I remember listening to Tragic Kingdom everyday! And then in high school, my sister took me to my first No Doubt concert. Back then, I colored my hair hot pink (spray in hair color for the win!) and was fine sitting in the nose bleeds. I had to ZOOM IN for these photos. Today, I sport my L.A.M.B. crossbody bag (a birthday gift from my college roomie – Hi Maivi!) and I refuse to sit more than fifteen rows away. #aintnobodygottimeforsquinting My friend Lennie (also self-proclaimed Gwennabe) and I snagged tickets for Gwen’s latest tour. We’ve gone to a few No Doubt and Gwen Stefani concerts over the years and each one has been an awesome dance party. This last show was particularly cute because there were a lot of moms with their now tween and teenaged daughters rocking out to Gwen’s music. GWEN!ย I love Gwen’s sound and style, and how she’s consistently creating and being inspired …

backyard boutique.

My friend invited me to Archangel Boutique, a shopping event to benefit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. The boutique raised funds to support local foster children and aimed to spread awareness of the need for more volunteer mentors. This was a shopping event with heart. The event was held in someone’s backyard! What a fun venue. I arrived with just ten minutes to shop but it was plenty of time to make some purchases. Here’s a quick look around: This holiday season, let us be thoughtful about our purchases and let us give back to our communities.