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It's my birthday today, which is pretty much the only day I address beauty issues here (you can see previous years here, here, and here), but this year is a bit different for me - Last month I took my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Just crickets around here, but I've been going over old territory lately, cooking things I've already shared and making a ridiculous number of paper flowers, which you've also heard enough about even if I'm hopelessly, hopelessly obsessed. I've even had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Strawberry season comes earlier in Louisiana than the rest of the country. Just when it nears the end and I'm finally in step with spring, I end up scrambling to pick the last of the harvest. Which is exactly what... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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In the midst of the hustle and bustle these last few weeks, I’ve been making flowers. Every day, a flower in the morning with a cup of coffee, a flower before bed, a flower in the stolen moments between those... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Three times in the last month I've been to the woods where the wild blackberries grow. I've learned one thing about myself during these outings - if I see a berry that's ripe, it's impossible for me not to pick... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It's been so quiet here, and yet my life has felt so full. It happens to me sometimes, the need to go away and do things without documenting every moment for public consumption. But then I get excited about stuff... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Whenever I ask any of my mom friends what they want for Mother's Day, they usually tell me they want a day off, an opportunity to sleep in, or a massage (which also, conveniently, gives them an hour to themselves).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It wouldn't be springtime for me without flowers, even if it's just in craft form. So this weekend I decided to reinterpret a floral painted wooden bowl from Mexico that I'd taken note of in a friend's country house last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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The random number generator selected "2" this morning, which means that Jan Vallar is the winner for the Exquisite Paper Flowers book givewaway. I hope everyone else will secure a copy for themselves immediately. You won't be disappointed! We're on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Aesthetically, I've never been a big fan of colored plastic Easter grass. Even as a child it was simply at odds with my personality (and I may have wondered why the Easter bunny couldn't just tone it down a bit).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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After a busy weekend of too many parties, I found I wasn't quite up to creating Easter projects yesterday, so I settled for the bi-annual purging and organizing of my son's room. Something mindless but productive. It's all good in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've done exactly nothing for Easter so far, but first up on my agenda this weekend are these striped eggs from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. The technique is so simple I can't believe I never thought of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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"Who needs another book of paper flowers?" you may ask. You do, because Livia Cetti's gorgeous interpretation of this timeless craft is not to be missed! The materials are humble - mostly tissue paper, bleach, and green paper, but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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The orange blossoms are nearly spent now, the courtyard awash in a cascade of yellowing petals, the pungent aroma lingering, slowly stealing up through the decay. When inhalation isn't enough to sate the senses, it's time to move on to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've got spring fever in my veins and the slightest signs of its appearance make my heart swell with delight. On top of that, I've been aching to jump into some projects with a decidedly springtime feel, but I don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've gotten lost in the rabbit hole of Carnival these last few weeks, something that is nearly impossible to explain to anyone who hasn't lived in New Orleans. Fat Tuesday isn't so much a single day of celebration as it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It's all about Mardi Gras now. My dining room table is littered with masks in process, the marching bands pass in front of my house for daily practice, filling the air with a palpable electricity. The bleachers have cropped up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've never been one to hang out with the girls, instinctively preferring the company of boys. The boys, they liked me, I liked them, and it was pretty easy to crack their code. Girls on the other hand, they were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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If I were brainstorming gifts for my son it's unlikely that a pencil holder would come to mind, but that's exactly what he's getting from me this Valentine's Day and I think he's going to love it. It all started... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I didn't mean to disappear for a month. It was an avalanche. Easter eggs, a spring party, and finally, a Halloween photo shoot. There was so much crafting, the more leisurely pace of February is a welcome relief. A relief... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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As I've mentioned before, I'm a complete Pinterest addict. Being a visual person, it works for me on all kinds of levels. But with more than 7,000 pins on my boards, I thought it was time to start unearthing the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I finally got it right this holiday season, finding that fine line between enjoyment and overload, slowing down just enough to feel hopeful in the new year rather than drained. In the quiet spaces, I found myself thinking about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Wishing you the merriest of Christmases! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I like wrapping Christmas gifts almost as much as I like giving the gifts themselves. It's my time to experiment, to indulge my many different decorating personalities. I can go whimsical, masculine, feminine, elegant, modern...for that moment I get to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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It feels good to finally have the tree decorated. I went all white, with touches of silver, which just works in my living room with the wall color and the quality of light. Admittedly, I was having a moment with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Urban Comfort