Thursday, September 26, 2013

I say Songria... you say Sangria...

For my 49th, I mean "Who's Counting?" Birthday Party, I decided to host a Sangria Party...
{image source:  Pinterest}

It's just something I love to do... host soirees, so to speak.  Feed people.  Good people.  Close friends who have become family-people.  These are the moments I cherish.  Sharing them, enjoying them, & holding them close. 
So, aside from all the mushy stuff, I've got some work to do... although, I can hardly call it work. 
Here's a simple list for you to make your evening Oh~so enjoyable.  Salud!

1.  After setting the date, sending out invites (I like evite), & cleaning/prepping the house,
make your shopping list. 
2.  Make your playlist.  This is important as music sets the vibe.
3.  Shop for ingredients.
4.  Buy yourself fresh cut flowers. 
5.  The Bar... Be sure to stock it nicely.

6.  Keep the menu simple.  This is no time to use your guests as guinea pigs.

 7.  Dim the lights, light some candles, and turn up the volume before your guests arrive.

8.  Add a little special something to a very simple dessert.  Voila!

9.  A simple toast for yourself.... {only one}. 

10.  Last, but not least... put on your red lipstick, relax, enjoy your guests, and have fun!  SALUD!
XO mo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

fall days...

I'm down with a head cold today, so I figured I'd take it easy & make a little aromatherapy using rosemary snipped from my yard.  Anise, nutmeg, or any of your favorite spices can be added as well.  Just toss them in a pan with approximately 16-24 oz of water and let it simmer.  Your house will smell lovely-amazing...

Lit some pumpkin and cinnamon candles...

 Watched this...

And a little later, I'm making myself a little of this {so I can rest}...
{image via:  Great recipe!}
If I must be down with a cold, I may as well enjoy it... Happy fall y'all!
♥ mo

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

trés tray chic...

Wood. Metal. Copper. Glass/Mirror.   
I love using trays in the abode...   


Just a few handy uses.  Coffee anyone? 
xo mo

Friday, August 30, 2013

It's dark in this closet...

"The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world."
— Alicia Keys
Why do we keep the clothes we never wear?
Every article of clothing has monetary value, and damn straight~ we expect to get our money's worth!  Our wardrobe is an investment.  By discarding articles of clothing we may perceive it as a loss of economic value, declaring it worthless, a mistake, or a compulsive shopping purchase.  (Gasp!)... and the classic  "Well, I  just might need to wear this... someday."

(image source:  Yep. A 'lady day' site.
When I googled 'how much do we actually wear?'  Some studies showed that most women only wear 20 to 30% of their entire wardrobe 80 percent of the time.
(image source:  Pinterest)
By streamlining our wardrobe, we save both time & stress getting dressed.  We have more disposable income in that we become selective (think quality vs. quantity & classic basics).  Your closet space becomes uncluttered and organized.  And laundry may not lessen, but it might become easier.       

(image source:  Pinterest)

So go ahead.  Tackle that closet with gusto.  Shine some light on your wardrobe and lighten your load.  And if you need someone to hold your hand, call me...  I'll bring some wine. 
(image source:

xo mo

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dreaming of wide open fields, grocery shopping {yep}, local farmers market, & friends...
"Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn."
Lewis Grizzard & Kathy Sue Loudermilk - I Love You.
{via:  Pinterest}
From the local farmers market...
to dining room.
From the local grocers...
to nightstand...
From open fields
to living space.
from friends...
to table...
from yard...
to vanity.
Just a few simple elements that make me smile & think of spring. 
xoxo mo ♥

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Take my hand.

All moved in to my little space in the studio...

with a piece or two tucked in the middle. 
{This one on hold for a sweet client, away on business at the moment}.
Beautiful new neighbor... an amazing Stylist. 
& No, I am not partial...   {okay, maybe just a little}. 
Ms. Scarlet Red... with an awful glare behind her (Apologies. Phone camera. meh.).  She's HUGE & solid.  I should've named her Big Red Bertha... but well, she has such a beautiful Scarlet Red hue to her.  She was a pine 'Bar', converted into a 'T.V. Hutch', & she  now has a lovely Red glow to her.
I'm happily adapting to my new space and some new changes in this chapter of my life. 
It's nice to work around/with such good people.  So fun creating with these ladies at the studio. 
I'm still figuring out which day(s) of the week are best for me. 
Currently working on some pieces for a client.  Images to follow soon and 
I'll be sure let you know which days I'll be at the studio.  
That way, if you swing by, I'll put on a fresh pot of coffee for us. 
♥ mo.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Three years of reflection & some fun along the way...

So many lessons learned along the way after closing shop...
I learned I can host one Hell of a show...
have some fun with really great friends {my Tribe}, and together create
The Burlap Harlot Show with pure shenanigans & adventures galore...
I dabbled in this and that...
& created a craft or two...
  so, come join me, 'mo' on some new adventures!
   With a paintbrush in one hand and a coffee mug in the other (or a wine glass), I go. 
I hope to see you at "Altered Wing Studios" where I'll be creating & placing my pieces,  most definitely hope to see your gorgeous smile at our show, or catch you on the FB, here on my wall:  mo.
Thanks so much for peeking.
 ♥as always, mo.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

checking out...

image from flikr by yvette inufio
Just a few smalls, fixtures, and props at the shop. I really need to focus this last week at my shop...
then, I can jump into my next chapter!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Most Lovely Final Diva Day it was...

I took a short breather just long enough to snap a few images...

So many beautiful chicas (& guys) stopping by just to wish me the best of luck and mentioning how much FUN it's been!

I can honestly say it was probably the hardest week of preparation due to all the end-of-school activities for both my moppets, plus my husband's job, evening engagements...

What I will not miss: Difficult customers!
The evening turned out SO very beautiful with my true, lovely customers & friends
who were, and will always be, the most loveliest of all!
And that is what I will miss most of all!

I say Songria... you say Sangria...

For my 49th , I mean "Who's Counting?" Birthday Party, I decided to host a Sangria Party...   {image source:  Pinterest...