Wednesday, December 12, 2018


CNPS stands for California native plant society.  They have chapters all over California and even in Orange County.  So why should you join and attend their monthly events?  Because if you are interested in California native plants, then their events are a great way to learn about California natives and connect with like minded people that are just as interested in California natives as you might be. 

There are also tons of events and garden tours held by CNPS that you can attend to get ideas on what you can do with your garden.  You may even make some friends. 

Monday, December 10, 2018


I used to watercolor in college (circa late 90's, early 20's) and had a blast.  Then somehow I stopped doing so more regularly when I graduated college.  I recon starting a full time job and adjusting to adulthood took me in a different direction.  So I thought that today I would share with you some watercolors of my past. 

The first two were inspired by two painting I saw at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam when I was there in 2001.  There was something that caught my eye and I had to paint them.  Sometimes I find inspiration, when I am not searching for it. 

The third was based off of a post card I got in Castiglion Italy in 2001.  I wish I still had the postcard but at least I have the painting to remember.  This was a time when I was in Italy for 3 months on a study abroad program and spent another month around western Europe.  It was the time of my life. An experience that I am forever grateful to have had. 

The fourth I cannot recall from what it was painted off of.  I do recall however, sitting on my BBF's couch painting it, while she was also painting.  We used to get together weekly and paint.  It was fun and relaxing.  Now she lives 1.5 hours away and painting with her just does not happen like it used to.  That's how life works I recon.  Things change and you adjust accordingly. 

Friday, December 7, 2018


It may seem like a great idea to buy a design that you can immediately download.  It's cheap and easy.  You don't have to go through the process of working with a designer.  But those designs are not tailored to your needs and your house.  Also why would you want a design that everyone can have as oppose to a design that is custom to your lifestyle.