Spoiler Alert

shrek

I was just innocently driving home from soccer practice. “Mommy, how does the baby get into the mommy’s tummy?”  Thoughtful pause… “The Daddy puts it there.” (Why didn’t I say something about a stork, or God, or – look, there’s a motorcycle! Anything to delay this conversation???) “No Mommy. I want to know HOW the [Read More]

Advent calendars for everyone

lego city advent calendar

I know Halloween is creeping up like the spook that it is, but today, I’m leapfrogging a bit to get ready for Christmas. I know, it seems like I start planning earlier and earlier every year. Truth be known, I started shopping in July. Yes, I’m serious. As a child, we didn’t have shelves at [Read More]

The chalk paint beast

annie sloan chalk paint project

My list of chalk painting projects is NOT getting any shorter. It feels as though I always have a piece or three that are “in progress.” It’s my own doing. When we built our house, I convinced myself it was an ideal time to lighten up the office furniture with a chalk paint bath. Methodically, I’ve been [Read More]

The big tease that was Emma Bridgewater

Photo Emma Bridgewater

From across the pond, I’ve coveted and IG-stalked these unique and personalizible housewares from Emma Bridgewater. There’s something quirky, whimsical, and inherently British that made me fall in love with this chunky pottery. But they’re darn expensive to order from the US, so I haven’t a one. Opportunist traveler that I am, naturally I scheduled [Read More]

The Birdhouse Challenge

birdhouse challenger

Earlier this week I told you about ProtoSPARK! the creativity and learning playground coming to south Dallas in 2015. Last night, the Princess Cupcake and I attended their kick-off event at their offices in Southside on Lamar. Let me tell you, if even ½ of the vision they have for this initiative comes to fruition, [Read More]

Inveraray Castle

inveraray castle scotland

It’s sort of an unwritten rule that when you visit Britain, you have to visit at least one castle. Right? A real, live, majestic stone castle that when you walk through its doors, it magically transports you to another age in time. If you can manage to block out the hoardes of tourists surrounding you, [Read More]

SPARK! learning playground is coming to Dallas

SPARK

Let me tell you about something I’m really jazzed about. (Dallas is so cool.) SPARK! is coming. SPARK! is a learning playground for kids age 7 – 17, mashing up fun and education with creative disciplines from fine art and engineering sciences to culinary art, music, architecture and more. SPARK! is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor, 360-degree, hands-on [Read More]

Halloween fashions for your fur-family!

Martha Stewart Pets at PetSmart

I have Halloween brain. My mind is spinning about purple, and orange lights, where I can find a giant black tree for my porch, how fast I can make that Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice cake mix meet my new Sur La Table silicone ghost cake molds, and how, oh how will I execute on that spider [Read More]

Upcycling a mirror with chalk paint

close up of chalk paint mirror

Alternate title: How to horrify your husband. I wish you could have seen “Big Daddy’s” (aka, the hubs) face when we were dropping off a load to Goodwill and I returned to the car clutching this fantastic find. “Put it back.” “No.“ “We’re here to give things away. Not take ANYTHING home.” “Too late.” “Put [Read More]

A seriously big announcement

martha stewart fringe scissors

It’s serious announcement time. This is big. BIG. Are you ready? MARTHA STEWART CRAFTS is sponsoring our CRAFT EXCHANGE CHALLENGE! I’m so freakin’ excited. <<<<SQUEAL!>>>> As you know, our crafty club exchanges – by surprise – handmade gifts to each other 3 times a year. We’ve been going since January of 2013 and it’s a [Read More]

One day on Islay

scottish beach on is lay

The non-scotch drinker’s guide to visiting Islay Scotland I’ll wager a guess I’m not the first non-scotch drinking tourist to visit Islay, Scotland, accompanying their whisky-loving better half. I’ll also go out on a limb and say we probably covered more peat-covered ground than most 1st time visitors on Islay do in a single day. [Read More]

North Texas Giving Back Day

RealSchoolGardens

Hey North Texas. Mark your calendar for September 18th. It’s Giving Back Day, y’all. Launched in 2009 by the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Nonprofit Management, the North Texas Giving Back Day serves as a single day fundraiser for 1,500 local non-profit organizations. North Texan’s 75,000 donations resulted in $25.2 million going [Read More]