Bramble Patch February 2013

A list of my favorite internet distractions from the month of February.  I wish someone had shown this to me twenty years ago. For anyone who has a shy kid (or adult) in their life, read this. Cats the look like pinups. Enough said. Have an event coming up? Consider bulk flowers at a great […]

Giant Candy Bar Gift Box

Ten years ago I ran a side business making centerpieces for Bar and Bat Mitzavahs. They were large, hotel ballroom type affairs filled with loud music, bad food, lycra-clad dance teams, and people named Mel.  I loved it. My work was not much to look at. It was a lot of soccer players. Magician hats. […]

Weekend at the Movies

Usually when people talk about putting children on reality television I envision some poor child dragged into their parent’s doomed and pathetic pursuit of fame. Toddler beauty queens. Balloon boys. Racially ambiguous octuplets. Or really, any run-of-the-mill, doe-eyed spawn of a histrionic psychopath. You know the type. But it hasn’t always been like this. In […]

Disco Giraffe

Why is there a glittered disco giraffe in my living room? Why the Hell not? Giraffes are great. Glittered giraffes are especially great. They lend a certain Out of Africa meets Leslie Hall je ne sais quoi. Plus, they look just like Donna Summer. See what I mean?I made this giraffe last fall but I […]

Let’s Talk

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My Work is Done

 Considering it’s Monday – in February mind you – and I am still coming off last night’s 30 minute post Downton Abbey ugly cry, yes, you could say I was having a rough morning. Somewhere in-between clearing my inbox and watching videos of Pomeranians dancing to Beyoncé, I opened an email from a long-time reader, […]

Love is in the Air

My mailbox has been busting open with so many Valentines I hardly know what to do with myself. Y’all, I don’t even know. Here I am, going all year with nothing but junk mail and coupons for Thai food and snow tires….then February hits and I feel more loved than a baby sloth. AND THAT’S […]

The Gift of Sloth

It’s valentines day. I just couldn’t decide what to get you… Chocolate? Been there. Flowers? Done that. Jewelry? You like to pick it out yourself. Poetry? I’m useless. The gift of sloth? Yep. That’ll do it… My gift to you: a party sized bucket of sloths. Happy Valentines Day! PS: Thank you everyone who loving […]

Confetti Cake Toppers

Cold evenings in late February. Cottage pie with friends. King cake for an appetizer. Chocolate cake for dessert. Paper valentines on the walls. Mardi Gras beads on the door. Paper hats on our heads. There is so much to celebrate… Cake Logic I have a five minute rule about cake decorating. It goes like this: No […]