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Christmas Holiday decorating touches in my home

I always pull out my uncle's Christmas postcard from his time spent in the military during the '40's while stationed in France. He sent this wonderful card to my grandparents (his in-laws). It's so sweet, and I cherish it so much. Uncle Chuck, you were a wonderful man! Cheers to you in the afterlife.

Decorating for the holidays in my dining room - simple strand of garland, a few mercury glass ornaments and stockings. Easy.


Wonderful Christmas! My sweet small Christmas tree...

We just got home and are about to snuggle in and watch one of our favorite movies tonight, but I wanted to post that we had one of the best holidays at my parent's home. All the family was there including new boyfriends, and fingers crossed, babies on the way!! :) We can count our lucky stars to have such kind, hard working, honest and loving new members join our crazy gene pool! Happy holidays to my family and friends in Houston, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Austin, Colorado, France, Sweden, Columbia, etc... Mistletoe kisses to all and cheers to a lovely 2011!!!! ******


Beautiful Christmas holiday designs for exterior and interior - Rhonda's home

Gina and I took only a few pictures this year. We were working back-to-back jobs, so we rarely stopped to shoot photos. I'll post the others later.


Santa under my outdoor Christmas tree

I redesigned the Santa I bought. I took some things off his attire that were cheesy and added some things like the cool clock he's holding. I found that at another store. Love it! I also took off the ugly red ribbon that was on the lighted present, and added my own ribbon and accents of light bulbs and gold sprayed coral picks. Everyone has commented on it when they see me outside. I've seen neighbors taking peeks. Just hope someone leaves some tuna treats and catnip for my cats. Lol!

My artsy outdoor Christmas tree = creative fun!

I can never have the expected look. Whatever I design has to have a creative twist and an amusing unusual flair. I used old and new keys, actual GE light bulbs and numbered metal tags. It looks really cool up close and personal. I used my old railroad spikes and hammered metal ornaments under the tree. The tree topper is just a simple feather bouquet. Nothing spectacular until you put it all together. For those of you who know where I live, stop by and take a peek. Just use things that you like and don't worry about whether it's appropriate to the holidays or if other people like it. Design for your tastes. Make it personal. Make it fun! Who wants to be boring? 


It's Fake and Bake Time Again! --- Food for Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles!!

I made two fake gourmet foods (grilled salmon with herbs and grilled swordfish with a bosenberry balsamic sauce). Pretty cool since this was the first time I've done anything like this (except for the fake oysters I made last summer for another theater production.) It's more amazing given the fact that I'm like Carrie on Sex And The City and use my oven for storage. I don't cook, but I'm a great fake 'n bake chef, so that counts for something! :) 
(If you guess what material I used, you win a prize! No cheating for those friends/family who know what I used to create them!)
Check out Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles which opened this weekend to great success and runs until mid-December.

Fake and Bake Time! Fake grilled salmon w/ with herbs - for Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles!

I'll try to post a pic (later) of the underside and bottom edges of the salmon. It looks like real fish skin. Bleck... but I looove me some salmon twice a week! Yummo!

Fake and Bake Time! Fake grilled swordfish w/ bosenberry balsamic sauce - for Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles!


My friend just passed away. Very sad. My other friend's mom passed away, too, when I originally posted this. Cheers to "S" - watch over the kitties...

Made me want to post the songs I want to hear when I'm exiting the world. "My Life's Been Grand" by George Strait

The other song is sung by Jason Mraz. It's the sweet song "Rainbow Connection" (Jim Henson's). I just love the beauty of his voice singing sweet, simple, and introspective lyrics while playing just his guitar.


Apples and crows and skulls - oh my! And Olive.

Easy Halloween Decorating with Chandeliers, Webbing and Crows

Quick Halloween Idea - Spray paint dead trees

Sorry for the dark crummy picture (no flash). 
Most of us have, at some point, spray painted branches or bought them pre-painted to use for centerpieces. A cool thing I did the other day was spray paint a dead tree that I was going to throw away. (I have a limited green thumb.)

I sprayed it with silver spray paint including the dirt and cheap plastic pot. I hung metal words from it that read "spooky", "boo", "trick or treat", etc... and put one green apple in the dirt with a crow. 

There are so many things you could do to this - group several together for greater impact, add spider webbing, crows in the branches, black bows, hand from the ground, tombstone, etc... or nothing at all for simple eerieness. 


interior spaceLIFT - An oil painting I found in Paris, FR - a gift from me to me on my 40TH BIRTHDAY! An everyday reminder of a FABULOUSLY *FUN* trip!

interior spaceLIFT - AFTER Teak Flooring

Theater Props for Opera Vista - Prop Designing for the Silent Prince at the Hobby Center - I turned a pedicab into a chariot!

Opera Vista Prop - I couldn't spray paint the actual pedicab body, so I covered it with kraft paper then painted it.

Theater Props for Opera Vista - I'm designing a chariot for our Hobby Center performance of the Silent Prince

Silent Prince - Chronicle Review and Pics

interior spaceLIFT - Removed old carpet on stairs & replaced it w/ a rich, hand scraped, black walnut floor & added custom paneling w/ painted insets.


Main Street Theater's Breakfast At Eight - Opened tonight! Congrats to Andrew and cast/crew. Superb! Tom Hagemann, atty, wrote a wonderful play.

Celebrating our success at Nino's tomorrow night. Yay! Go see the show! Andrew's direction, the acting....touching, funny, intense, suspenseful... So worth the ticket. It's an intimate stage, and you will feel like you are peering into the private happenings of loved ones.... I was so proud to be a part of a great production. Congrats MST!

Memorable Opera Vista post production party quotes

Fun time celebrating our (Opera Vista's) success with the Silent Prince at our director's lovely home. The 2 am conversation was the highlight. Some interesting quotes that had us laughing for a lonnnng time:
"If I'm going to stay with you, I need to know if you have a special skin cleanser at your house." - Viswa's ex-girlfriend
"If I'm going to stay with you, I need to know if you have blue M&M's [in a crystal bowl] at your house." Kirthi making fun of his friend's ex-girlfriend's comment and my insertion into his comment was the crystal bowl part. The delivery was so much better in person. So many funny lines... can't remember them all!


The Silent Prince World Premier last night - Huge Success!

Just completed the world premier of the Silent Prince last night. It was fantastic! Beautiful beautiful music! Sold so many tickets that the upper level balcony was the only available seating... sparse at that. We were all so proud of our combined efforts. I worked with one of the best teams...loved every minute of it! Joe, Viswa, Alex, Debs, Tom, JP, Russell, Manny, CW, David, Ryan - sweetest prince everrrr, Kirthi, Mahesh, Timothy, Gregory, many wonderful team members that I can't name everyone. And the post soiree was the best ever. Much much laughing... and champagne with reeeally great Indian food! I miss you guys already... but we're Bangkok bound! PS~ The chariot I created out of a pedicab was fantastic! The crew told me they heard lots of oooing and ahhhhing when it rolled out on stage. I blinged it out and was happy with it. If you need a chariot on a budget, I can give you some pointers on what I did to turn the pedicab into a chariot. L & L Cruizers - (Lisa and Pete) - are the owners of the pedicab business I discovered. They are wonderful to work with, so call them. Will try to post a pic of it later. Cheers to my new Opera Vista family!


Theatre Props - Hobby Center, Opera Vista's "Silent Prince" at the Hobby Center Oct. 15th - Passionately beautiful music! (Western Eastern fusion)

An amazing production. I enjoyed designing for this one and Opera Vista. What a wonderful group! The composer's bio (Sumtow Sucharitkul)... an interesting man.     (OV image credit) 


Funny Theatre Quote

Favorite quote from a co-worker: "I'm looking for a roommate who's a stage manager. They work terribly long hours which means they won't be at home very much. Better yet, I'm looking for a roommate who's a promiscuous stage manager. They're really never home."