I finished a small project today. It’s one of those little projects that tickles me because I was able to repurpose something I already owned and make it “new.” Several years ago I purchased one of these 2-pocket embossed organizers from Ballard Designs… …only mine has the optional embossed fleur-de-lis instead of the quilting pattern you see above. (Sorry, I tried to copy and paste the fleur-de-lis pattern from Ballard’s website, but it would not cooperate…) 6 years ago when I purchased the organizer, my home was more Tuscan-style colors, lots of deep reds and yellows… so the copper was a beautiful complement. Now, though, in our new house, my decorating has taken a decidedly lighter, fresher turn.  Coating my main dining/kitchen/living room in Benjamin Moore’s Bone White was a drastic change from the wall colors we used to know and love. So creamy, so warm, so inviting…so CLEAN. But as creamy…

My delightfully crafty sister, Jody, passed on a Whoopie Pie recipe to me around Christmas time. Can you believe I actually purchased Marshmallow Creme for the first time after reading through the ingredient list?  I wonder if southerners would be horrified:  One of my favorite bloggers, Shelley from House of Smiths, posted a recipe one day of her favorite comfort food: a Marshmallow Creme & Peanut Butter sandwich.  (What?!?!?) Apparently southern moms fix these sandwiches as a treat for their kids?!? I had never heard of such a thing.  We northerners are certainly missing things we never even knew…. Anyway, although I did not get to the very festive-looking Whoopie Pie recipe at Christmas time, I figured Valentine’s Day was the next best thing. So, after my WONDERFUL one and a half hour nap this Sunday afternoon, and a very yummy white chocolate latte afterward, I dug out the recipe and dove…

The day has finally arrived and I find myself fighting off butterflies as I type my very first post. Once I actually sat down to design my very elementary blog and to figure out the details of posting, I was pleasantly surprised how fun it was.  I posted several pictures up and down the sides to bring in more color and excitement until I become more “developed.” (Is that the right word??)  Good pictures are one component I absolutely love about the blogs I follow, and I would be remiss to not add good photos to my own.  Which brings me to an agenda item I need to address soon: I must learn how to better use my very nice Canon camera!  We bought it in 2009 before we left for Disneyland and I haven’t once opened the manual to figure it out.  I know how to put it on automatic, rotate…