Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fall Garland

Easy steps for a fall garland or centerpiece.

A fall garland like this is easy to put together. The best part is you can add your own touches and it will still be a wonderful addition to your fall decor. I put mine up when I decorate for Halloween and leave it up until I take down my Thanksgiving decorations.

Start with a faux leaf garland. This one is glittered for fun.

Add some pumpkins and gourds. I bought these at the grocery store for $4.99 a bag.

Add some bits of nature's beauty, like dried berries, acorns and the like. These can be faux too but  I like to mix a bit of the real deal in. I have re-used these dried berries for years.

These are perfect for a garlands along your mantle or a shelf. You can also center it down your Thanksgiving table, like a runner, or round it up in the middle of a table.
No matter how you spend it...enjoy the crisp fall weather and your warm home.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sweet Lady Jane

We were recently visiting Southern Cali for our high school reunion and our school's 50th reunion. We had such a fun time catching up with friends of the days gone by and and sharing fun memories.
We did a lot of the usual things like the beach and Disneyland plus a wonderful musical. The weather could not have been more perfect for us. I wanted to try a new place I read about on a blog I follow.
Sweet Lady Jane www.sweetladyjane.com is a fun bakery and lunch spot. We went to the Santa Monica location on Montana Ave. We were all starving by the time we got there, so we ate some lunch. This leaves little room for the reason you want to go, which is...dessert!
I was so busy eating that I didn't pause to take a pic of lunch, darn it. My husband decided that this is a chick place and not manly food but he went along with the group (all ladies).
These chocolate covered macaroons were the favorite! Don't you just want a small bite?
This little lady looks like she can't wait but truth be told, she isn't partial to sweets. It looked amazing! This was my lemon meringue tart and it was yummy! Next time, I will skip lunch and try more desserts, even if I have to take the leftovers home. Stop by next time you are in LA!
PS ~ There are great little shops on the same side of the street going west, including
Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic and a wonderful children's store, Peek!