Plethora of Petals…

What do you do with all your flowers from the market? I felt like throwing them away without commemorating their beauty just a bit more was a shame! So, I clipped a few and plucked a few petals right before they wilted away. And, captured some color and had some fun creating some captures via camera…


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Butterfly Crowns and Crocodile Tears…🐊

Isn’t he a beauty with a butterfly crown? I just learned this Is process called Lechryphagy in which certain insects like #butterflies drink #crocodile tears for salts and proteins. And, some serious “side-eye”. Isn’t inspiration from nature amazing? I find it seriously fascinating….

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I can’t stop thinking in that crocodiles head they are thinking “I’m a very delicate flower”. Haha. . .

Photo by Mark Cowen

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Cookbook Mania and Food ArtπŸŽ¨πŸ“š

Alright, the real reason I have my colored pencils out…a food illustration class at Skillshare.

And, of course I need inspiration from a few amazing cookbooks. So, cookbook crazy…

And, it’s making me hungry and thirsty. Luckily, I’m dedicated to getting back in shape (day 4 this week at the gym. So yumminess will have to wait! For now!) Favorite sexy food? Favorite sexy cookbooks? Tell me everything…πŸπŸŽπŸ‹πŸŠ

Be Beary Brave🐻


I don’t know if you know this but, when you have a child, at the beginning of the new school year they ask you to make an emergency bag. You know, with food and things. In the bag, they ask you include a note. Now, I don’t know about you fellow parents or those without, using your imagination but, I’m like,what do I write in this damn card. I mean I hope he never has to be using the darn bag, let alone reading the card. That means the shit has hit the proverbial fan. Pardon my language. But, late last night and very free hand, I put together a little tri-fold on a section of leftover watercolor paper. I wrote the note and thought if I were a scared out of my wits, 5 year old, having to read this thing I would probably want to see something goofy and happy. You know, lighten the mood a bit…Well, there he is, WA-LA. One goofy bear with funny toes. Totally unplanned out and Jack saw him this morning and thought he was really cute, which made me smile. 

And, I hope we won’t be seeing you again bear until a school year is in the “books”, if you will. I am showing this clearly unperfected piece of work because, well, it’s a good and light adage for life? To all my TDLoves “Be Beary Brave”. πŸ’•πŸ»

DIY Industrial Chic Clothing Rack…


I have never had enough space in my closet. Not because there’s too many clothes (okay, there’s some clothes) but, because it’s a house that was built in the 50’s with extra small closet spaces. 

I finally had enough of not being able to see what I had for the seasons! This was a quick and easy DYI project that will get me back to seeing what I already have. And, more importantly what I can add! 

I personally looked on Craiglist for any of the items I had to gather. The wood was here and the casters were a successful Craiglist find. The rest is at your local hardware store. The piping exists in different sizes and can be cut and threaded to easily screw into your elbow pieces. Truth be told there was 3 Home Depot trips to find out the cutter/threader was broken and I’m suspecting because someone ran the machine untrained and broke it. 3 stores! After a return Lowes finally got it done. I suggest calling ahead. Save yourself all the driving and frustration. 

There is a lot of screwing together and down. Easy for someone moderately handy. The casters at a discount cut the total project cost quite a bit. 

Overall, the cost to make this should be  roughly between &80.00-$100.00 depending on where you get and gather your materials. 

What you will need: 

4 casters- 3″or 4″ 

2 pipes galvanized or black @ 60″

1 pipe galvanized or black @41″

2 matching metal anchor discs

4  1×5 wood planks 44″ in length. Your width will be roughly 20 3/4″. You can modify all of this by shortening you planks and cross bat accordingly. 

2 1×5 20 3/4 cross planks 

Screws 

Assemble your platform with your boards and cross planks by screwing down 2 screws per board. Once solid, flip over and screw down your 4 casters. This is not a skateboard. Don’t be silly. Now flip back over and screw on anchor discs. Your ready to add your vertical threaded pipes. Secure these and twist in tightly. Okay, screw in your cross bar. And, you have your new industrial chic clothing rack! You could get even more creative by adding a shelf at the top or I the platform. Modifications could be awesome. 

I think it looks more extensive and more expensive then it actually is! What do you think? Would you have one of these in your space? 

I can now properly get ready for my fall and winter wardrobe the right way. At least that’s a bonus. πŸ˜‰

A Fantastic Slippery Slope…

Have you ever had that moment you have to choose up or down? I literally had to choose up or down today. I took my rambunctious son to the local county fair, in my old home town. Just he and I, and I didn’t know I would be doing such choosing but, there I was on the narrow stairs stuck with a flood of little people coming at me. It was go up or fight the flood down. I choose up…

So, the climb started because my kiddo lost his blanket a quarter of the way down for the tall slide. There was no one at the top to help him and I started to think he was going to be stuck. He was panicking a bit.  So, before think how stuck I would be I started up. With no blanket. 

In me middle of the climb, he rushed by me and was coming down the slide. Ha. Luckily, his little friend was coming back up and somehow I convinced her to take me down with her double. Cotton candy, lemonade and purse in tow. I forgot how fun…

Outdoor Movie Night🎬

In an effort to squeeze every last little moment out of Summer. This last weekend was movie night! 

It was equipped with a plethora of dogs, hot dogs, popcorn and candy. 

The Goonies was the feature of the evening. 

I scoured Craiglist and found an amazing 13′ blow up movie screen by Airblown that’s awesome. I got a great little projector off of Amazon by a company called Corprit. It wireless and connects itself automatically to my Wifi. How great is that? So, I just plug in my speaker and my Roku and that’s it, good to go! 

I spread some rugs, pillows and beanbag chairs. 

When you dress your backyard with hanging lights, it makes it magical. 

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

I won’t even take credit for this amazing recipe. It’s featured in the Homecooked Cookbook. It’s amazing. A friend of mine made it in a glass canning jar instead of the typical looking cheesecake form. Still delicious and quite frankly, way more convenient to take and enjoy anywhere, really. The best part of this recipe is it’s actually delicious and healthy. No flour or sugar. You won’t be disappointed. And, I will be trying this on my own…