Prickly Pear

 Still loving cacti! I had to another prickly pear. You can find out more at my ETSY shop here.

For Sale: Brass Lotus Lights

I have 3 of these Vintage Brass Lotus pendant lights for sale. I debated long and hard about selling these because I love them so much but I just don't have a place for them in my home.
MADE IN HONG KONG AND IMPORTED BY THE FELDMAN CO., LATE 50'S-EARLY 60'S. Please contact me with any questions. I have a total of three lights at different lengths.The chains measure 16",12" and 7" long. They can easily be rewired to be longer or grouped all 3 together.
These are vintage and the wear is consistent with age and and can be kept with the current patina or polished for a brighter look. The lights measure 9.75" wide and 8.5"Tall.
Please contact me with any further questions.

Instant Makeover

After we renovated our home I kind of ran out of steam and had mixed feelings on glass shower doors so I threw up my old shower curtain that happened to match and let it ride. Then one day while perusing Pinterest I saw a few long shower curtains and decided to give it a try. I took off to my local Home Goods store and found a pair of 96" curtain panels and I ordered some 96"inch long shower liners from amazon and with a little tweaking I was done. I was amazed, yes amazed at the difference. I even dragged my neighbor over to show her the results.  I love the look and how high my ceilings feel now. I wish I had done this a long time ago.

Before - It's amazing how much that curtain rod dwarfs the shower!


Birthday in Belize

My husband spoiled me with a dream birthday in Belize. I live for clear water!!!! We fished a few days and my husband managed to catch his first tarpon on the fly witch was very exciting. While he fought it I floated in the crystal clear water and felt like I was in an amazing dream. I can't wait to go back again hopefully someday soon.
Photo: Carin Vaughn
Photo: Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo:Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Photo :Carin Vaughn

Tarpon Mania!!!!

Well, I caught the biggest fish of my life the other day and I am still sore from reeling it in. I couldn't believe the size of this tarpon when it first jumped. I had to use every ounce of strength I had to finish the fight and not hand it over to someone else. It weighed near 150 lbs and took me an hour to catch. Tarpon are my favorite fish to paint and catch so this was the thrill of a lifetime for me.
Below is a painting I had been working on before the catch.
You can see more on my Etsy page here.

Succulents and surf

The family and I made a trip out to my birth state California for a visit. We were near Huntington and Laguna beach. Every time I go there I become obsessed with all the beautiful succulents. I am so jealous  because they are everywhere you go, and they grow so beautiful and big. I think I feel a little painting inspiration coming on. Here are a few shots of our trip below. Enjoy!


International Surfing Day 2015

June 20th is International Surfing Day. Get out there and have some fun. If its flat you can  teach a kid to surf. Enjoy!! Find out more about local events on surfing day in your area here.

Panda Cupcakes

My daughter is obsessed with panda bears. She requested a panda theme for her 8th birthday so I decided to attempt a panda cupcake. I searched Pinterest for ideas and this is what I came up with.

These are the ingredients I used for the face construction. I found candy eyes at Walmart but I also saw them at Michaels. I got the candy flowers at Walmart too. The ears are one separated mini Oreo. The large part of the eyes are junior mints. I used a dot of the black icing to attach the eye to the junior mint. I use the larger sized Ghirardelli chocolate chips for the nose. The hardest part was strategically placing the chocolate sprinkles for the mouth.
The kids at my daughters school went crazy when they saw them and she was super happy I made them. Mission accomplished!

Think Dirty

I wanted to share an app with you that is changing my world. Think dirty is an app that allows you to scan the barcode of personal care and cosmetic products and find out their levels of hazardous ingredients. I scan everything from toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen, foundation and cleansers. What I found out was horrifying. I know it can be daunting trying to be as green as possible but this app makes this field easier to tackle. It is free and easy to use so try it out and see what you think. Find it HERE.