Creative Estates Wardrobe Drama



This time next week I’ll be at Creative Estates!!! Woo hoo!!! Bring on the party!  I’ve been having some issues while gearing up for the big conference. See if you can relate…

And you heard my video self correctly! I’ll be tweeting live at Creative Estates all weekend long so be sure to follow me on Twitter @iheartBCD to get the up to date dish on all things CE!!!


You can also follow @CreativeEstates on twitter!


So are you ready or what!!!


San Fransisco report part 2: Bell’occhio

My trip to San Fransisco was one I will never forget! The food the sites and the new found shops that made themselves at home in my heart!

My new friend Joan, who I meet while visiting Timeless Treasures, suggested I go check out Bell’occhio just off Market Street.  I knew I loved Joan! She has amazing taste and sent me to a unique shop I soon loved!


Bell’occhio was charming and like nothing I had ever seen before! I felt like I was walking a Paris Street and jumped inside a shop that urged me in! This store had the most beautiful displays of the finest ribbon, the most delicate trims, the darlingest stationary and so many other treasures….

This beautiful wall unite displayed fun ways to wrap or store gifts! Hat boxes, bags, colorful string and more!

When you first walk in a canopy bed catches your eye. Atop the bed sits endless ribbon and trim that just begs you to touch it! I’ve never seen such a collection.

Note cards and paper have always been a weakness so when I found my way to the stationary I was in heaven!

These small spoons made from shells and bone were so darling!

But this is what did me in! The Vintage spools that help all the ribbon and embellished trim! It was like art! I could have stared at this display of ribbon for hours!

This is Claudia, the owner of this amazing shop! For over 20 years she been running this charming business and I can only imagine how rewarding it must feel! Could you imagine being surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things all day long! It was an honor to meet her an dbe a guest in her shop!


Add Bell’occhio to your list of MUST see locations when you visit San Fransisco! You’ll regret it if you don’t! And be sure to visit the website to get  a full look at everything they offer.


Even Martha Stewart Loves Bell’occhio–

“My favorite tiny shop for creative things in San Francisco is Bell’occhio.”

–Martha Stewart 2008


I can’t wait to show off what I create with some of my Bell’occhio finds!


“Welcome” Sign

I know there are tons of fun Holiday Door decor options out there all year long but what do you do between the holidays?

Here’s what you get when you add a Silver Platter from the Dollar Store and little Silhouette vinyl!


I This project was made by using fonts from computer and an image included in my Silhouette.

I’m becoming  pro and picking vinyl and masking it for transfer!

Once it was on the platter all I did was hot glue on a ribbon and it was ready to hang!

My Blue frame stays on my front door year round so when I try to picture things hanging on my door I always keep it in mind when designing a new look! Stacking and layering is a great look all year round!



Lady Gaga

Last night the hubs and I had a date with this little Miss! Lady Gaga came to town so I dusted off my best meat suite and we hit the town! WARNING!!! This probably isn’t the best show to take your kids to. TRUST ME! It was pretty CRAZY! It was a people watchers paradise and she has incredible vocals and stamina!  It was pretty amazing to see!

I haven’t been to a ton of concerts in my life compared to others but man do I love going!I’ve been to see…

Tori Amos, Rascal Flatts, James Taylor, the Killers (twice), Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga! All super fun and so different.

So here’s m y burning question for ya….

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to and who are you dying to see?


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Tip Jar makeover! Silhouette to the rescue!

Ok…what wrong with this picture? Do you see it? A Tip jar made out of a paper cup!!! That’s what’s wrong! Now, I understand that a 19 year old boy is probably the last person to whip out something magical when asked to come up with  Tip Jar so I’ll cut him a little slack but I couldn’t let my dear friends over at
The Chocolate have a paper cup sitting on the counter of their beautiful store for much longer!
Enter my Silhouette Machine:

San Fransisco report part 1: Timeless Treasures and my new friend Joan

I’m convinced that every corner of America has something just waiting for me to discover! When I was planning my recent trip to San Fransisco (the greatest city on planet earth!) I just knew an adventure was awaiting me! Because I used to live in the city for a short while I wasn’t in need of visiting Fisherman’s Warf or Lombard St. I wanted to get into the good stuff! I wanted to discover the gems that lived among the busy streets and find a few treasures!
When I put a call out on twitter for must visit stores in the city a sweet twitter friend sent me a link to Timeless Treasures! Who knew that a week later I’d be stepping foot in one of the most amazing stores I’ve ever had the privilege to visit! Timeless Treasures first peeked my interest because of their collection of vintage letters! They specialized in Salvaged Signage and their collection was extensive!
Each wall was dripping with beautiful Sayings and unique letters that ranged in size, style,and character! “Look on the Bright side!” How cute is that! You are more then welcomed to break up a word on the wall if you find the perfect “R”  or finally find that missing “E” you’ve been on the hunt for!
I loved this collection of letters that made up the word DIVINE! The V and the E are both metal  with reflectors on them!
And this little gem is a total treasure! I learned that certain letters and symbol are more rare then others! Ampersands are a hot commodity!
I was in awe of the amount of letters they had available! This beautiful display was chuck full of every letter in the alphabet. Organized by letter and so easy to look through. And the amazing vintage card catalog had even more letters in smaller sizes! There is nothing you can’t spell out!
The tiny treasures were endless as well. Ceramic letters used in old film making to create the credits were all displayed and ranged in price from $1 and up. I was thrilled to find the exact letters I need to create a fun project I’ll be showing off later!
These tiny stamps were from a collection of stamps for teachers to create their lesson plans. I dug and dug and searched and searched and found the exact word I needed! “Blue” came home with me! I would have died on the spot had I found the word “Cricket!”
The letters are drew me to Timeless Treasures but this beautiful store showcased so much more…
From frames to mirrors to baskets to jewelry. Everything looked like it had a story to tell. I loved hearing the back stories to some of the owners favorite finds. She travels the country finding items for her store that invoke such a wonderful nostalgia!
After looking through the entire store I kept being drawn back to this vintage handwriting  sign. Doesn’t it take you back! Maybe it’s my love for writing that makes me adore it. I couldn’t turn a corner without finding something special. I was totally at home in this shop. I’m funny that way! Things seem to speak to me. I’m a believer that you should decorate your surroundings with things that bring meaning to your life. Things that remind you of special people or places or ignite feelings of joy!
But my very very most favorite thing I discovered at Timeless Treasure was my new friend, Joan! Joan is the lucky owner of this must visit neighborhood shop. I was captivated by how she interacted with all the customers that visited in the same window of time that I was there. Everyone wanted to talk to Joan! She was personable and welcoming and not a single customer left the store without having a meaningful interaction with her! I could tell that she was in love with her job!
I was fascinated by this woman! We were lucky enough to slip away to a coffee shop around the corner where time slipped away from us and hours later we were saying goodbye to what felt like a life long friend! I hit the jackpot on my day of discovery! I not only found a new store I adored but I found a new dear friend!
So do yourself a favor and plan on visiting Timeless Treasures the next time your in San Fransisco! They also do custom consulting for out of towners if you’d like to create a beautiful word for a wall in your home.
So here’s my question! What word would you create from salvaged letters?

Trying something new: Rise and shine!

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So let me set the stage…. I’m a HORRIBLE sleeper! Awful at it actually! I’m the kind that will lay down at 11 pm and toss and turn for 3 to 4 hours before I dose off! I can’t seem to turn my mind off! I’ll make a mental “to do” list, organize my thoughts, plan my week and worry about all my responsibilities. I’ve always been this way! I’ve always struggles with falling asleep when I needed and waking up with hours of rest under my belt! Instead I’ve been surviving on 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep only to wake up and struggle through my day. Then, after a long sluggish day when you think I’d be ready to crash, I hit the pillow and stress out all over again about the things I didn’t get done, the amount of time I spent on line and the fact that I should have spent more time doing meaningful activities with my kids!
It was an awful daily cycle that exhausted me! That was until I tried something new!
4 weeks ago I made a drastic change to my daily routine! I knew something had to change and even when I first attempted this crazy plan I wasn’t sure it would work! In fact I was convinced it might in fact add to my chaos! So what did I do? What did I change?
I started getting up at 5:30 am!
Crazy right?! Why on earth would someone who can’t typically fall asleep till 3 a.m. get up so freakin early?
Well I tell you what! As crazy as it sounded I knew I had to give it a try! You see…most of the thoughts that keep me awake each night all revolve around my job, blogging! I struggle with the  time commitment it requires and how it keeps me from my family at times! It’s a struggle that results in guilt and regret. I thought that if I got up 2 hours before the rest of the family got up I could get two hours of work done GUILT FREE! Two hours of quiet time that I could dedicate to answering emails, scheduling posts, checking in on twitter and facebook and organizing my weekly work responsibilities!
Of course day 1 was a drag! I dreaded the alarm clock but I’ll tell you what…when 7 am rolled around and I had successfully made a huge dent in my work I felt great! It put a new pep in my step and I was on such a high my morning went better then ever! I had a happy attitude when I greeted my kids instead of my normal grumpy self! I was ready to tackle my household chores like folding the laundry, making beds and mopping the floor, all things I put off till 5:30 p.m.! I was a new person.
I honestly tried this new early morning start to try to get my work done before the kids woke up but one of the greatest side effects was something I totally didn’t expect!
By 10 p.m. I am soooooooooo ready for bed! I kiss my man goodnight and I am OUT! Totally out! I sleep like a rock and wake up before my alarm clock goes off the next morning! It’s the greatest feeling on earth! Stress free sleep! True honest to goodness sleep! Talk about hitting the jackpot!
4 weeks later I’m on top of my game! I feel in control of my work schedule and more rested then I have ever felt in my life! No more morning naps! No more dragging through the day. No more guilt! And all becasue I tried something new!

Guest Post: DIY Faux Crown Molding by Hi Sugarplum

You are going to love today’s feature post! Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum has a beautiful home and she’s worked hard to make it shine! This fun tip is mind blowing! After you see this post be sure to jump on over and see the rest of her magic all on display!


Are you ready to be mildly wildly impressed?!? Are you like me and easily wooed by an easy and inexpensive DIY project? Then today’s mega-post is for you!

A major component in Babygirl’s Room is complete….the Faux Crown Molding!!


Love it? What if I told you the total cost was $30?!? Now you’re impressed! Here’s the ‘How-To.’

I’ll save you oodles of time wandering the aisles of Home Depot, while on the phone describing every possible option to your aunt, and just tell you what to get!

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This 1-inch trim is literally like a condensed foam (you could dent it with your fingernail), weighs virtually nothing, comes in 8-foot strips, and costs $2.38 each!

First measure the perimeter of your room, then double it (for two rows of trim). Then divide that number by 8 (length of each trim piece). That’s how many pieces of trim you’ll need. I needed 95 feet, or 12 pieces, for a total cost of $29! I was feeling spendy and picked up an extra piece in case I goofed.

I’ll help you out again and tell you that even though these things are light as a feather, they do not want to be glued to the wall (even if you tape them in place and curse them up and down). But since they are so lightweight, and not a solid material, a simple finishing nail with a little teeth is all you need to adhere them to the wall.

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Most average rooms will require very few cuts since there are 4 straight walls and these pieces are so long. Babygirl’s Room has a bit of an alcove where the door is, so we had some smaller sections to contend with.

First I started with a full 8-foot piece and hung it by tapping in a nail every 18-24 inches. I did this on all the main walls and was left with a single space on each wall that required a smaller piece (plus the alcove).

To cut smaller pieces, simply measure the space and follow this pictorial demonstrated by my cute helper:

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Don’t worry if it’s not a completely clean break. Mr. Sugarplum rubbed a little spackle (so much easier than caulk) over the seams to bridge the gaps, then lightly sanded it down once dry. I didn’t bother covering the nails since they are white and teeny-tiny, you don’t even see them from the floor.

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Of course I found some discrepancies in the wall and the trim bowed in a few spots. No problem, just tap in a nail and it will lay flat.,

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A few trips up-and-down the ladder, and Voila!

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I could have left it with just the stripe and it’d have a similar effect. But the trim gives it a little heft and dimension.

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Here’s the process again (read about it here and here):

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I am thrilled with the outcome. I think it gives her room the added interest I was looking for, and my mishap became a blessing in disguise because I’m in love with the painted ceiling!

Picnik collage

True I could have installed a traditional crown molding…but it would have cost a lot more, and been extremely labor intensive (anything requiring a saw becomes too laborious for me!) My investment for this project was $30 in materials and a couple hours of time. And the trim pops out pretty easily and leaves only a pin hole if I change my mind later.

Here’s the door alcove I mentioned (and a glimpse into the Dining Room, where drapery samples are taped up!)


I love the mirror hanging over her door…it reminds me of a transom, and reflects the beautiful ceiling! I’m forcing myself to partially ignore the fabric samples laying all over my house until this room is complete.

So what do you think of my Faux Crown Molding? Do you have any faux treatments in your home?


St. Patricks Day Project: Tea Towels

I’m not exactly into commercial decorations for any holiday so this one becomes even more limited if I’m not in the mood for Leprechauns and pots of gold on my walls! 

Here’s an easy way to get into the spirit of the holiday without going too commercial! Spice up your kitchen with a simple Green Tea Towel and consider yourself good!

I bought these towels at the dollar store! Never under estimate the power of your local Dollar Store! Don’t limit yourselves to the holiday selection. These green towels were in the housewares section!

And all we’ll do is add some green Ric Rack and Ruffles! It really it that easy!

Pin them in place…

And straight stitch them on!

It’s the tiny little details that add just the right amount of personal touch! For less then $2 You too can create a St. Patty’s day Accent!


Coconut Macaroons. Falling in love with food!

 Have you ever tasted something so freakin fantastic that you had to get your hands on more immediately! Well that kind of sorta happened to me when I tasted Raw Melissa’s Coconut Macaroons. I had a sample of two and I was hooked and becasue I knew I need more more more and on more occasions then just once, I knew I need to learn how to make some!

**** HUGE disclaimer!! Theses are in no way as good as Raw Melissa’s nor did I have her recipe to go off of but they do the trick on satisfying my craving. Raw Melissa’s are 100% organic…these…not so much!

 I found a recipe on line from Healthy Green Lifestyle. A few of the items are hard to find in regular grocery stores or pretty pricey! Almond flour is really pricey and so is coconut oil! I also ran my coconut through my food processor to get it a little finer then it was.

Coconut Macaroons
3 cups unsweetened dried coconut flakes
1 1/2 cup coconut flour (or substitute almond flour)
1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
1/4 cup organic coconut oil or coconut butter
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
pinch of Himalayan or sea salt

** I added 1/2 cup sugar to help sweeten


Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients until well mixed. Taste the “batter”. If it is not sweet enough for you, add a little more sweetener until it tastes just right. Place spoonfuls of desired size on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for about 10 minutes. Be careful they don’t burn. Alternatively, you can cook these at a low temperature (like 200 degrees F) for longer (an hour or two), or you can dehydrate these at 115 degrees F for 12-24 hours if you want them to be truly “raw macaroons”. Store in an air-tight container; if they are dehydrated, store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

This is the consistency you are looking for!

 You will want to use your small cupcake tin and scoop even scoops of dough into each well. Press each scoop down with a spoon and now it’s ready to bake!

 Bake until the edges start to get golden.

 And….pig out!

This was all that was left after one day. One batch makes about 40 cookies! Yeah…I enjoy a good treat!