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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Keeping my head above water....

You ever have one of those weeks that no matter how hard you try, nothing goes right.  Well, I've had two of them in a row.  I am a very positive thinking person, I try never to allow things to effect me in a negative way. It was a little hard the last two weeks.  Here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the temperatures have been in the mid to upper 90's, with feel like temperatures around 105 - that's hot, and to make it worse we have had no rain in almost 2 months, except for one small cloud burst.  Here's where it starts...our air conditioner wasn't cooling our home.  We have vaulted and cathedral ceilings, so we thought it was just the extreme heat with no rain and it was working too hard to cool.   Our normal maintenance man was on vacation for 3 weeks, so we have two window air conditioners stored in the garage in case of a hurricane, we can at least hook them up to the generator.  Now, it's getting really hot, so my sweet husband put one in the kitchen window and one in my "Relax Room"...that helped, both placed in windows in the back of the house, not a pretty sight, but in this heat, I didn't care.  I finally decided to call some else out that works with our normal maintenance man...he came out on Friday, and I knew he was going to say you need a whole new unit, but ours is under 6 years old.  To my complete joy, it only needed a good cleaning, and now it works beautifully....my home is iced cold again.  OK...one problem solved. 

Onto the next, my dryer began making this horrible sound about two weeks ago, we ordered a new one and of course my old one wasn't a pedestal dryer, so that's what we ordered...it came a few days later than we planned, but it works so nice, no more bending over to get out my laundry.  I was hoping the older dryer would go so I could get the new pedestal model...couldn't see buying a new one if the other worked...so that ended all good as well - don't tell my husband, but I actually love doing the laundry again...

Alright, all problems solved now, right...NO!!!  I get a text message from my cousin in Texas stating that her Dad, my only Uncle still with us, who is 87 and suffering from Alzheimer's, was rushed to the hospital from his Assisted Living Facility, he stopped breathing and had no pulse.  This is also the Uncle that lived right next door to me when I was a little girl living with my wonderful Grandparents, he was, besides my Grand-father, the only Father figure I had, and he is actually the one who kept in touch with my Father, and got us together when I was 16.  So, needless to say, I was beside myself.  Well, as always, God is right there holding us up when we are in need.  My Uncle is fine, he actually had choked during dinner, and had they not be ready for him to go back to his room, they would never have called 911.  He was in ICU, but is now out.  I am so happy and grateful.

Next, my daughter and husband were in a charity golf tournament at Innisbrook Resort on Saturday, she, being a typical young woman, didn't like any of her other golf clothes so she left work to go to the golf store to buy something new during her lunch hour.  Pulling out of the parking garage, the gate slammed down on top of her car.  She drives a white Hummer (H3), luckily it hit the top of the vehicle on the black rubber things on top, don't have a clue as to what they are called.  She was in tears thinking it had dented the top...she got to the golf store and looked, thank God, no damage, just a little yellow paint from the gate, a nice washing, the problem gone.  But....leaving the Resort yesterday, she was coming down a hill, now we don't have too many hills here in Florida, but there at the bottom of the hill was a police car, yep...she got pulled over!!!  The police officer came over to her and asked if she knew why he pulled her over and she admitted, she didn't slow down enough going down hill, but she was only going 8 miles an hour over the speed limit.  He was so kind and looked up her drivers license and said "you've never had a ticket of any kind", she said no, and he said "well, we're going to keep it that way"...He actually told her, you're lucky it was me and not the State Patrol that was 2 blocks away, you would have been ticketed.  He walked away, and she began to cry, so my husband drove the rest of the way home.  A good lesson she learned though.

So today, after almost two months of no rain, we are having one storm after another coming in off the Gulf...my lawn and tropicals are so happy...it's amazing how fast everything can get so green, but it does.   I guess the reason for this post is that in life, nothing is promised, and no matter what you do to advert problems, they happen to all of us, but with my faith in God and my family, I have learned not to get panic, stay calm, keep the faith and know that it will all work itself out.  As with many people, after you've come through difficult situations, you can look back and laugh at yourself, and honestly know just how strong you are.

Here is to a wonderful summer, stress free for everyone, and nothing but good thoughts, wishes and a fun-filled summer 2011.  And, to never forget how blessed we are truly are!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Diamond Head Tacks....

For two weekends now, my husband and I have been painting the inside of our home, the main living area,which consists of the great-room, dining room and kitchen.  We put off painting the outside until early fall, only because this has been one hot June here in Florida, so inside it is!  After much discussion, and looking at, which seems like millions of paint swatches, we came up with Thunderstorm for the great-room and dining room.  Sounds like it would be dark, but it's anything but, it's a shade of light gray and it's not a true cool color, it is actually warm, but of course throughout the day, the color changes, even has a hint of very light green at times.  Well, we all fell in love with it, and I can honestly say, after 15 years in our home, and 5 different paint colors, I am totally in love with the color of that area for the first time.  For the kitchen we picked Coconut Husk, which is a light brown  with a slight hint of green, again at certain times of the day...very hard to describe.  Now that I have a clean pallet, I can begin to add all my tropical colored accessories that I've been collecting for a few months..still looking for a new sofa, which we know what we want, but haven't quite found it yet  .When complete, I will take some photos and post.  We just have one hallway to complete and part of the dining room...Yeah!!!

With all the painting and making some decorating changes within our home, my daughter came and told me that she still hasn't found a headboard that she wanted, well, not any that she liked which wasn't a cost of  over $2,000.  So, we did some research and found a few styles that she really loved, and asked her Dad if he could them as a template and build one for her, he said he would love to. Now we just need to keep him off the golf course long enough.... he is wonderful with wood working,  

She has similar taste to mine, she loves Hollywood Regency.  Her colors are champagne and teal, with mirrored furniture and beautiful vintage Hollywood styled framed pictures.  She wants the head board very tall, simple and glamorous, in a champagne colored fabric with nail head tacks...so in my research I came across the Diamond Head Tack's homepage  http://diamondheadut.com/.  My daughter, along with many of us, love items with sparkle, so we decided to use these instead of the regular tacks.  Below are some other ideas you can do with them, along with some pricing information.  I would love to do an ottoman for my great-room, so when we order hers, I may have to throw in an order for myself.   The customer service at this store is beyond helpful. I called, left a voicemail and Kathy Holt, phoned me back within 2 hours, they are located in Southern California, their number is 949-706-4391.   The pictures below are just a few items, their page has many more.  We are actually going with the acrylic Diamond Heads instead of the ones made with Swarovski crystals, pricing -  big difference.  She told me that many designers there in Southern California will use those on sofa's that cost $10,000, they sparkle the same and are just beautiful in sparkle and style as those that are made with the Swarovski crystals.  I think this will add the right amount of sparkle she is looking for and have it not too much over the top.  All the photos below are made with the acrylic except the teal headboard, and possibly the hotel headboard.


A couple of tacks, there are numerous others

We offer two unique and exciting product lines:
A. Diamond Head Elite - our trademark system allows you to change the crystal or stone and bezel without replacing nails.
    Totally customizable
    5 Sizes ranging from 11mm - 25mm
    13 Stones (Genuine Bohemian Crystals and Cabochon Art Glass Stones)
    3 Metal Setting Colors (Silver, Gold, Black)
    Interchangeable with like sizes (change out stones to create a new look on same furniture)
    Minimum order 100 pieces  

White Diamond in Silver Setting Pricing:
11mm $2.80
13mm $3.10
15mm $3.30
20mm $5.50
25mm $8.10
B. Diamond Head Acrylic
    3 Sizes - 11mm, 15mm, 20mm
    1 Stone - White Diamond (Acrylic)
    1 Metal Color Setting (Silver)
    Minimum order 11mm=100qty, 15mm=50qty, 20mm=25qty
    1 piece, install using a rubber mallet without damaging the acrylic diamond

Acrylic Pricing:
11mm box of 100qty $94.95
24 pieces covers 1 linear foot

15mm box of 50 qty $59.50
17 pieces covers 1 linear foot

20mm box of  25qty $44.95
14 pieces covers 1 linear foot

Both lines are COM available to any workroom or manufacturer.
Diamond Heads have raised the standard of luxury in the home furnishings market.
While brass upholstery nails have remained relatively unchanged; Diamond Heads are truly innovative, original and unexpected! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

35 Years of Marriage....

Last Sunday, was my 35th wedding anniversary to my best friend! I still can't get over the fact that it's been 35 years, I still feel as though I am 17, when I first met him.  We've done so much as a married couple and for that, I give thanks to God each and everyday for allowing me to have such a wonderful man in my life...I wouldn't change a thing.  We've traveled, we've moved to several different states, and have experienced things, that not too many people get to do, but most of all, we have always loved each other, put each other first (well, besides my daughter), and can look back and say,we have been so blessed by God.  First off, we never act our age, and that helps a lot.  Second, we don't care about what other people are doing, we do what makes us happy, and third, but of course not last, we were in love when we met, we were in love when we got married, and love each other more with each passing day - simply, we have fun!!!

Saturday evening we starting the celebration by inviting my daughter and her boyfriend to go to Clearwater Beach with us to watch the sunset and see all the events they have on the weekend.  Then we had a nice dinner on the beach at Frenchy's...been eating there for years, best grouper sandwiches around.  It was a beautiful evening and the breeze coming off the Gulf was wonderful.  Just sitting there with the warm breezes and watching all the people enjoying the beach, couldn't have been more perfect. 

We've have been so buy the last several weeks, for which I will post at a later date, so I haven't been on the computer much...I miss it and seeing what everyone is doing so far this beautiful summer.  Hope everyone is enjoy every special moment, and can't wait to get reading all the newer post and get caught up.   I've attached a few photos from last Saturday evening on Clearwater Beach.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Sunday...