Hot Hue For 2012!

Meet the HOT HUE FOR 2012!
Tangerine Tango

According to the people at Pantone (a global authority on color for the design industries), the reddish orange Tangerine Tango builds upon last year’s Honeysuckle (the color chosen for 2011).  Honeysuckle encouraged us to face our troubles with verve and vigor while Tangerine Tango gives us the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.  The tangerine tango is labeled as “sophisticated, but at the same time seductive.” It’s an orange with a lot of depth to it.

The color of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.

Maryland-based interior designer Samantha Friedman says the color’s recent spike in popularity can be traced to its versatility. She calls the shade “fresh and fun, but not overly feminine.”

Samantha Friedman used Tangerine fabric to update this bedroom. Photograph courtesy of the designer’s Web site.

Friedman, who transformed a teenage girl’s room (above) using Duralee fabric, recommends starting small. Pillows, throws, and accessories are the quickest way to update a room. But tread lightly, because one too many additions can have your home resembling a radioactive pumpkin. “The color has a lot of energy, so it needs to be toned down with neutrals and patterns,” she says. “It’s also important to spread it evenly throughout the space. You don’t want to oversaturate one area with the color.”

For a touch of glamour, Friedman suggests pairing Tangerine Tango with hints of gold, like shimmery picture frames, hardware, or trims. And “don’t be afraid to try it with new combinations,” she says.

Here’s a fun look back at the colors named in previous years:

2011: Honeysuckle

2010: Turquoise

2009: Mimosa

 2008: Blue Iris

2007: Chili Pepper

I’ve had this article written for quite sometime now.  This morning in our Fresno Bee there was an article on the “Tangerine Scene”.  So I thought it was time to post this!  I have to say, that ever since I learned that this is the new color for 2012, I see it everwhere….and Michael Kohrs has some pretty incredible leather purses in this color!!!! Just sayin’.

Might I add that it’s already on Pinterest?

Tangerine Tango Are you going to take the plunge and do the Tango Tangerine somewhere in your home???

If so, I want to hear about it! We ALL do!!!!

Okay, back to working on my 2012 Resolution List.



Creating a Vignette

I’m lovin’ it here in California today…foggy and cold!!! The sun tried very hard to peak through that fog around 2pm today….

It’s feeling a little bit like Christmas.  I was out and about running errands.  I could hear the Christmas music in the stores…nice.

Have you ever had a grand plan of what your week was going to look like and then Monday rolls around and you realize that it’s NOT going to go according to plan?  Yup, that’s me.

Remember when I told  you on the last post that my Christmas decorations are in the attic and the only person who can “hoist” himself up in there is my hubby?  Well, he isn’t going to be able to hoist himself up this week… THAT plan, will be happening on Sunday!

So, in the mean time, I have to switch gears here.  BUT, I’m still going to be planning and thinking and sharing about Christmas decorations.

For many of us bloggers, decorating comes kinda natural to us.  BUT for some of our readers, that might not be the case.  So, if you are a reader, I encourage you to spend some time (not ALL of your time – like many of US can do) on Pinterest and do a search for “Christmas Decorations”.

I want to challenge you to pick one spot in your home (your mantel, some shelves, a bakers rack)… and create a vignette.  Be sure to take a picture before you take it all down for next year, so you remember how you did it.  Then next year, create another vignette somewhere else in your home.  You’ll get the hang of it and you will love it and be pretty darn proud of yourself.

Here is a way to start (and yes, it can be this simple):
1.  Choose something TALL and place it in the middle of the area you are decorating(maybe an apothecary jar filled with ornaments or pine cones).
2.  Choose two SHORTER items for each side…maybe a stack of books with an ornament placed on it or a candle, maybe a frame with a Christmas picture (from a Christmas card) – OR you could use a MEDIUM and a SHORT item for each side.  Get the picture?
3.  Now, can you set a wreath around the base of the tall item? Can you place greenery around the base of all 3 items?

Here are some examples:

Let’s go through these real quick:

1)  The wreath in the middle is the TALL item, 2 shorter candles (same size on each size).
2)  Chalk board in the middle is the TALL item, candle holders on each side.
3)  Two candles in the middle (TALL item), 2 ornaments (pairs) on each side.
4)  This one is a bit different, but same idea. Wreath in the middle is the TALL item with 2 wreaths on each side.

Notice the “layering” in all of these pictures.

1)  The wreath is hanging on the iron piece.  Notice the greenery that is covering the mantle creating another “layer’.
2)  The “layering” here in this picture is the snowflake stocking hangers in front of the chalkboard.  Then added onto that is the greenery.
3)  The beads are the “layering” piece in this picture.
4)  Lots of layering going on in this vignette!  All of the white ceramic bowls, greenery and stockings.

You got it? Easy peasy.  Now, go create that vignette.
Let me know how it goes!




My Halloween Mantle

Happy Friday! This feels like it has been the loooongest week!  I have a busy but fun weekend planned – baby shower and a craft night.  We are going to be making the yarn fall wreath with the felt flowers.  Should be a fun evening!

I’m going to try VERY HARD not to go by the thrift stores today….ugh.  BUT Fridays seem to be the BEST days!!! Pray for me! 🙂

My Halloween mantle is finally done! When the kids were little, I decorated more for Halloween.  I decided this year to just decorate the mantle in our family room.  I’m very proud of myself…I spent a total of $12 this year on my Halloween decorations!

I’m keeping it simple this year….there is a black raven sitting on the Cinderella Pumpkin but you can’t see him!

I glued my “Happy Halloween” blocks to a wicker tray (sprayed black) that I found for $1.75 at the thrift store and added a black and white checked ribbon.

I love my witch.  I bought her a few years ago.  When you wind her up she  plays the song from The Wizard of Oz…”The Wicked Witch is Dead”.  I added the orange spider to her dress.

Here’s my black cat that a friend gave to me.  I added a bow and a spider.  I love it!

I purchased this 3 tiered plate from a thrift store  for $2.75.  The plates were white and the metal part in between the plates is actually plastic.  It was gold and all scratched up.  I took it all apart and and spray painted it.  I love how it turned out.

I keep picturing the old fashioned black licorice spirals on it.  I need to go buy some…or cupcakes would be cute too.

Yesterday I made this fun Halloween Banner.   So simple – felt, wooden letters (paper decopaged on it) and 2 different styles of ribbon – one for trim and one to hang it with.

So that’s it!  FINALLY decorated for Halloween.

We had a storm roll in a few days ago…rain and temperatures dropped down into the 60’s.  I woke up this morning and it was foggy!  It is starting to feel like fall around here and the trees are starting to turn colors.  I’ve had a tough time getting in the mood to decorate around here with it being in the 90’s!

I will be posting highlights from #3 Link Party on Sunday night.  #4 Link Party will go live on Sunday evening, instead of Tuesday because of scheduling conflicts.  I’ll send out a reminder.

Have a wonderful weekend!

I’m linked up to:

Home Stories A2Z

Halloween Decor

I’m feeling a smidgen of fall in the air! Last night I thought it was at least 9pm because it was dark (it was only 7:30pm) and then this morning I got up around 5am (yes, one of those lovely sleepless nights) and it was cooler outside than in the house…and it smells different. Do you know what I’m talking about? (or do you think I’ve lost my mind?) If I was to “label the smell” I would say it smells like Fall. Now you know what I’m talking about…right? ha!

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of my Father passing away. Here’s to you Dad. I have no idea where the years have gone…seems like just yesterday I said good-bye. Looking forward to seeing you one day again.

On a happier note, our grandson, Tyler, was born 3 years ago today. I’m always amazed how God shuts one door, and opens another. Happy Birthday Ty-Ty!!!

I love Halloween.  It’s such a fun time for kids and it signals the change in seasons….not to mention going through the kid’s “loot bags” and stealing all of their Milk Duds.  They used to hide them from me!!!! Terrible children.

I’ve run across some great Halloween decorations on the internet.  Maybe they will inspire you to decorate this year…maybe they will inspire you to change up the decorations from last year…maybe after your kids go to bed you’ll be going through their loot bags and stealing all the Milk Dudds :-).  You don’t do that do you??  Kitkats? Starbursts? Twix?

You can do something as simple as this – 3 black candles, bag of candy corn and a platter.  Perfect! Except in our house the candy wouldn’t last long…

This is awesome! Love all of the details.  Shelley at The House of Smiths will show you how to put this whole display together.  Thank you Shelley!

Check out these Burlap Wrapped Frames with the Silhouettes…

and these smashed witches’ legs that Craft Lady Lindsay has made.  She has the full tutorial on her blog.  So cute!

Love this little set up for a cocktail party.  Doncha’ love the dry ice, scary wreath and screaming pumpkins?

How simple, easy, cute and clever is this? Missy at Lookie What I Did has a tutorial on Painted House Number Pumpkins!

This is a really a simple, cheap decoration that Robyn from The Pink Peony of LeJardin made for $1! She has a tutorial and print out on her blog.

BOO in apothecary jars! Who would of thought of that??? Chris at Just a Girl  has done a great job decorating her mantel.  She has labeled it “Mantel Madness”. Love it!

Last but not least, I LOVE what Nest of Posies has done to her stairs and entry way.  Check this out…I bet she is a fun Mom.

My kids would have loved this!!! Of course I don’t think they would have come down the stairs at night! ha! If I had stairs in my house I would do this for my grandchildren….all boys. Right up their alley.

Cutest entry way.  I would KILL for that Chalkboard Tray!  Wait till you see a close up of those Halloween pics….

Don’t you love the simpleness of these? Love that orange and black.  She has Halloween print-outs on her blog for free…

Where is my Halloween decorations you ask? In the attic in a box!  Have to get hubby up there very soon.  I still have until October 1st…right?

Finishing up my daughter’s bed today.  Nope,  I’m not having a NO CHORE/NO GUILT FRIDAY….this blog is making me work….and I love every minute of it.

Thanks for stopping by my friends ♥



Gotta give a “shout out” to Ange at the Blooming Hydrangea for putting together an amazing event – ROOMSPIRATION!  I cannot wait until Monday to see all the room inspirations… you won’t want to miss these so mark your calendars.

In case you don’t recognize the woman in the picture…It’s me. Didn’t recognize me from the back…did ya????  Such a cute picture.  I wonder where she is going? Her little suite cases all matching.  I would not want to be sitting in the car, no a/c in that netting….sweating…..(ha! poet didn’t know it)….


Yup, getting ready to head on a party bus with a group of senior citizens (my Mom talked me into going) to Laughlin, Nevada! Whoohoo!  A little bit of heat, dust, money dropping and buffets is what I’m looking forward to …. oh yea, and BINGO on the bus!  Ha! The 5 hr. ride on the bus part isn’t my cup of tea…BUT, being with my Mom and making memories is something that I will remember forever.

I will have my laptop and will be keeping up with all the news and linky parties.  If all goes right, I will be posting a few blogs I have in my back pocket :-).

I pray that everyone has a safe, enjoyable weekend.



What’s a Cloche?

CLOCHE: pronounced closhe (the “o” says it’s name and the “e” is silent); noun

1.  a woman’s close-fitting hat with a deep, bell-shaped crown and often a narrow, turned-down brim

2.  a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force it’s growth

3.  a bell-shaped metal or glass cover placed over a plate to keep food warm or fresh

The French developed the Cloche (aka Bell Jar) in the late 1800’s.  They used the cloche to protect an early garden plant from cold and frost which would hasten the crops to maturity.

This is what they were originally used for:

Pretty cool huh? My first thought is, these are pricey! Wonder how much each one of these large ones would cost to use in the garden and cover your lettuce?????

I always called them a “dome”.  How’s that for “okie” talk????

I love the way a cloche makes whatever it covers look so special – fancy – sparkly.  I feel like a little kid…whatever is under the dome cloche you aren’t allowed to touch…which of course, makes me want to touch it more.

Look how beautiful these are and all of the different items they are covering.  See the picture with the lemon being covered?  Doesn’t that lemon look special???

Do you have a cloche? What do you put under yours?  I think I’ll take a trip to Homegoods and see if I can rustle me up one and put something pretty under it…like a pumpkin!

It’s tough living in California (central valley) and getting into the fall spirit when it’s still HOT! I’m soooo tired of it.  My husband doesn’t think it’s hot until it’s in the 100’s.  Ugh.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m hoping to finish up on my daughter’s table and chairs today.  I’ll reveal tomorrow!



Upholstery Heaven

I have always loved COLOR and TEXTURE and FABRIC.  I could spend hours in a fabric store and be happy just touching all the different fibers, dreaming of the chair I would recover and the headboard and the settee…..the problem you ask?  I DON’T KNOW HOW TO UPHOLSTER!  I’ve been dying to take a class.  I can’t seem to find one offered here in Fresno. They seem to be offered everywhere else, EXCEPT Fresno!  Ugh. I could go to Long Beach and stay at my son’s and d-in-law’s and enjoy my g-son for 6 weeks while  I take a class.  I’m sure they would LOVE that! ha! 🙂

I ran across this blog late, late, last night and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The blog is called Fiber and Fire.  It’s run by a mother (Patricia) who lives in Arizona and her daughter (Andrea) who lives in Salt Lake City.  How they coordinate this, I have know idea. But it’s working for them!  I can’t describe any of these pieces more than just plain FREAKING AMAZING!  You can also follow them on Facebook OR you can click on their button on the right hand side of this page (all the way to the bottom) and it will take you straight to their website.

Ready?  I’m tellin’ ya you are going to die and think you’ve gone to heaven also!!!





























Can I just say, “I TOLD  YOU SO!!!!!” Head over to Fiber and Fire and click on the pics. You will be impressed by the detail on these beauties.

If you live in Fresno and know of  a place offering upholstery classes, please contact me.

I’m working diligently on a project.  Can’t wait to show you soooooon!!!

Don’t forget tomorrow is


so get everything done today my friends.  It will be soooo worth it.