How to Make a German School Cone

I know and I cannot believe that we are thinking about Back to School again. I am never the one to start these conversations, as you can usually find me at the pool feeding my family sandwiches until 9:00 p.m. the day before The Big Day. As much as it pains me, I think our…

IKEA Erktorp Slipcovers and Other Ways to Fancy Up a Rental

When I first considered moving from Texas to Germany, I pictured us in a chateau with vintage wood beams on the ceiling, an upstairs and downstairs and sprawling backyard. Hey, it could happen. The German housing market continues to humble those of us who flock to her nature and care, but I’m here for the…

How to Make Grocery Store Flowers Look Nice

On Fridays in Dallas, my favorite thing was Markus walking in the door from the grocery store with two drinks for us from the coffee bar, a paper bag filled with supplies for his amazing nachos and a cello wrapped bouquet of flowers poking out of the top. They mean everything and brighten up the…

Easter Gifts on Etsy

After a beautiful but gray winter, it’s been a treat to begin to see cello wrapped chocolate molds and bright candy displays in the shop windows for the upcoming Easter season. As I plan our first Easter living in Germany, I’m getting easter basket gifts from Etsy.  I love how Etsy celebrates handmade gifts and…

Kids Gifts on Etsy

One thing I really enjoy is being around children. Whether I’m getting to enjoy the company of children at one of my art parties in Dallas, getting to spend precious time with my nieces and nephew and, of course, being with my daughter, I find getting really present with a child reminds me that there…

Handmade Valentine’s Day: Gifts & Decorations

I am a Christmas over-decorator. It’s a special season at home and I am that person who likes a little something special in almost every corner of the house so I can walk around in the morning, sipping my coffee from my Christmas mug, and savor the season. By January when everything is packed up…