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Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 | 2 comments

Studio Tour: A Home Devoted to Art-Making All the Time

Studio Tour: A Home Devoted to Art-Making All the Time

I want to relive my childhood in Susan Miranda’s home where art abounds and at any given time, a big project is unfolding in her living room turned art studio. Susan is an art teacher at a local coop preschool and she creates art in her free time in a variety of mediums. Susan says she “does what she loves,” which means scrapbooking, quilting, painting, quilling, sewing, embroidery, clay sculpting, mosaics, wire sculpting, and “anything else that floats her boat.” Susan took me on a tour of her jaw-dropping studio space, the first thing you see upon entering her home. Her studio takes up the entire front living room. It used to be in the basement, but when the family renovated, they realized they would hang out in the new addition in the back more frequently, and the front living room would become one of those look-but-don’t-touch living rooms. A friend urged her to set up her studio space there, and she got the okay from her husband. (The...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 | 2 comments

Designing a Personalized Birthday Cake with P.S. Cakes

Designing a Personalized Birthday Cake with P.S. Cakes

Del Ray resident Sarah Savarie runs a home-based business called P.S. Cakes. She makes luscious cakes and cupcakes and she just created these adorable turkey cake pops for a client. I know how scrumptious Sarah’s cakes and cupcakes are first-hand because Sarah’s daughter Bea and my daughter Ana are in the same Brownie troop and we made pre-ordered cupcakes as a troop event. When Sarah said she’d have time to make Ana’s eighth birthday cake (triple layer no less!), she recommended that Ana design her own cake using fondant. There are several ways to make fondant, but essentially it is an edible icing that has the consistency not unlike play dough.  It is pliable and can be used to make figurines, letters, or you can use it to drape a cake for a smooth, clean appearance. Ana was so excited to spend time with Sarah and her two daughters on the morning of her birthday party, learning how to design a cake step by step. Sarah had made the...

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 | 0 comments

It’s Time to Party! Orange, Blue and Teal 1st Birthday

It’s Time to Party! Orange, Blue and Teal 1st Birthday

One year ago, my son Henry was born.  He was 3 months early and had a loooong road to recovery.  Now he’s a healthy little baby whom we’re so proud of. Saturday we hosted an open house for his 1st birthday to show our appreciation for the many people who helped us through those difficult months.  I also used it as an excuse to hone  my DIY party skills using a blue, teal and orange color palette.  Below are shots of the party.  Enjoy! Balloon walkway — so easy and fun to do! After the party the kids had a great time with them. Birthday banner and first glimpse of the food stations: Our fun balloon garland. We took a needle and threaded string through the balloons — so easy! The food mecca. It’s hard to find orange and blue food so of course I had to rely on goldfish, cheese balls and other fantastically terrible food for this party. The cupcakes are compliments of our fantastic friend, Jill Agudelo....

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

When my brother and I were little, we snuck and drew all over the underside of my parents’ marble coffee table. We never got busted. I wish my children were more surreptitious, especially my youngest. She scribbles on furniture (and herself) with total abandon and even goes so far as to blame it on the dog. My friend and Del Ray neighbor, Dana, often expresses her desperation on social media about her children’s latest scribbling “masterpieces.” She has become an unwitting expert of sorts on how to clean up “graffiti scrawls,” as she puts it. Dana has four young children, each of whom is bright, exuberant, creative, and has at one time or another drawn on the furniture and walls. Josephine, one of the middle twins, decorated her big sister Esme’s bed with curlicues. She also wrote her name in red in the hallway. Tobias, the youngest, scribbled with Sharpie on the white couch. But those marks have dulled over time. Or, as Dana says ruefully, “perhaps it’s all...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 2 comments

A Shared Bedroom for Two Fun-Loving Little Boys

A Shared Bedroom for Two Fun-Loving Little Boys

My sons Jack (age 5) and Calvin (age 2) share a small bedroom. So far it has worked out fine and for the most part they seem to enjoy each others’ company. But the room itself has been in need of some updating for some time. The walls are dingy, storage space is lacking, and poor little Calvin doesn’t even have a bed. He didn’t like his toddler bed, converted from his crib, so instead he either sleeps on his mattress or snuggles up with his older brother. It’s cute, but I can’t imagine it’s very comfortable.      What has mainly kept me from redecorating their room is my trouble picking paint colors. And then I saw Sara’s sons’ shared bedroom and I knew I found the perfect color — Benjamin Moore granite. It’s an all ages kind of paint, cozy and playful for a little boy and sophisticated and mature for a young gentleman. After picking the paint, my husband and I looked for new beds. Not only...

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