Cristi’Ali Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Cristi'Ali Sauce

I love it when someone sends me a new product to try and dinner “just happens” that night! This chicken recipe was such a simple and delicious dish, I had to share both the product and the story behind it. Cristi’Ali Cuisine is a company founded in 2009 by Romanian native Alina Trandafir, who now [Read More]

DIY Framed Pressed Flowers

demia frame

Today I am featuring my hip friend, DeMia Keppel and her beautiful project from the Craft Exchange. DeMia has the best coffee maker in the world, is a big deal with MAC cosmetics and just about the nicest person you’ll ever meet. This was such an unexpected craft, and the simple elegance of it became an instant [Read More]

Bananas Foster Butter Recipe

bananas foster butter recipe

One of my absolute favorite desserts is Bananas Foster. I could just take a bath in it I love it so much. That’s funny, because I’m only mildly interested in bananas by themselves, but I do love a fancy flaming dessert made with them. It’s probably the flaming part that makes bananas foster not on [Read More]

DIY Keepsake Box

keepsake box

Today I am featuring my friend Sevi Ware and her pretty keepsake box that she made for the Craft Exchange. Sevi is a kindred spirit that I met through of love of Vera Bradley, the Pink House (aka The Vintage House) and our shared adoption of our dear Miss Nan. Sevi is also the laughter [Read More]

DIY Felt Flower Wall Art

DIY felt flower wall art

Today I’m featuring my friend Sabrina Perrenoud. Sabrina always comes up with crazy cool projects for our Craft Exchange, (check out these from the kid’s exchange) and this time was no exception. In fact, I loved what she made so much, I asked for a second so I could hang them both on my office wall. That doesn’t [Read More]

DIY Memory Lane Pictures

a walk down memory lane

When my friend Camille Burgoyne started asking 1001 questions that can only be described as a “This is Your Life” type interview, I had no idea what she had up her sleeve for our latest Craft Exchange. Her last Craftmas project was handmade baskets from outdoor chair straps. And she had a broken arm when [Read More]

Triple Berry Mojito Jam Recipe

triple berry mojito jam dinner

8:24 a.m. Yank covers off Princess Cupcake. Departure time in 16 minutes. 8:26 a.m. Have forceably inserted soccer socks and shorts onto Princess Cupcake while she is still horizontal in bed with eyes firmly closed. 8:27 a.m. Princess Cupcake sits upright with big eyes and says, “MOM. It’s TEACHER APPRECIATION day at Camp today. We [Read More]

Retail Therapy at the Vera Bradley Launch

vera bradley cake ziggy zags

I just saw a preview for the new Disney movie, “Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” and it hit a little too close to home as I declared yesterday, “I AM DONE.” It was the culmination of worst few days I’d had in a long while. It was definitely a 1st [Read More]

DIY Pom Pom Bouquet

pom pom bouquet

Today I am featuring my crafty friend Dorie Herman. Not only is she crafty, she works for one of the craftiest people on the planet (not to name any names but you can see who here…) so just by association, I think I’m uber cool too. And I have to give a shout out to [Read More]

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Event

planes fire rescue preview

There are some pretty excited 6 year olds in my world. They’re counting the days until the much-anticipated new Planes movie from Disney opens on Friday, July 18th. I’ll admit I was also jazzed when the Disney Store asked us to come to a preview event, but then crushed when I realized we’d be out [Read More]

DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters

alcohol ink coasters

Today I’m featuring my good friend and fellow Craft Exchange member, Summer Ball. We actually met through the Craft Exchange which is a total bonus to participating in it. Last exchange, she made these beautiful alcohol ink wine glasses that are so gorgeous I’m afraid to drink out of them.   So I just keep them [Read More]

DIY Mesh Tote Bags

personalized mesh totes DIY

Today I’m featuring my good friend and fellow crafter, Debbie Ernst. She made these AWESOME mesh tote bags for everyone in her Craft Exchange group (with their initial – of course) out of WINDOW SCREEN material. I kid you not!  I used mine right away as a pool tote, per her suggestion. Now, even if I forget [Read More]


craft exchange projects

I can’t believe we just complete our FIFTH craft exchange! These ladies never cease to amaze me with their talent, ingenuity and sheer commitment to this crazy group that I started last year. Every four months, these super creative women from all over the county choose a project, keep it a secret, make multiples for [Read More]