La Brea Tar Pits in LA

While my mother was out visiting we had the opportunity to visit the La Brea Tar Pits for the first time.  What a interesting place.  So many prehistoric bones have been found in these tar pits.  We had a great time exploring the area.

The park has beautiful grounds and you are able to tour at your leisure.  There are signs that explain every exhibit to help guide you on your own.  They do have tours during certain hours but we wanted to do it on our own.  We did the grounds first.  My reasoning was because it was still early in the day and cool  I figured the later in the day the warmer so by then we would want in the air conditioning. LOL   There are lots of benches along the paths and inside.  Plenty of places to rest and take in the beautiful area.

Inside we found really nice exhibits  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  They even had maps of where you can find food.  There is not a place to eat inside.

The Atrium is beautiful.

This is a small dent in the exhibits.  Can you imagine? All these creatures found in those pits and on that property!!  Its pretty amazing how old they are.

They still dig on that propery and they are still finding prehistoric animals.

If you visit plan on staying several hours.  There is plenty to do and see.  The grounds are beautiful.  If you have small children have a picnic or if your adults have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors.  There is plenty of places and plenty of shaded areas. By the way the parking fills up fast so get there early.  If you don’t, you have to pay to park and it can cost you $20.

There is lots of stuff within walking distance also, like the LA Museum of art, the Urban light exhibit, the Peterson Museum, the Sag  (Screen Actors Guild) Awards building is across the street, and several other museums.


All and All it was a very fun day.  As we were exploring I came across this on the sidewalk.  I loved it and took a picture of it.


We have one planet.  We need to take care of it.  We need to preserve our history and our local city, State and National Parks.   Love the Earth! It is our home.

I hope you all enjoyed the visit today.

Until Next time.

Tam =)


Christmas Spirit

Hello Everyone!! I hope you are all having a fantabulous day!.  Today I have been working on some gift items and a few other surprises.  My schedule has been pretty demanding and its only going to get more demanding as the holidays approach.   I can handle it though! Last week the Sugar Plum festival was on at the Orange County Fair Grounds.  I took my mom.  We had a great time browsing through all kinds of fun handmade items.  I really love that every time I go I find hidden treasures.  This past week was no different.  While browsing each individual booth I found someone selling all these amazing Boyds  bears. Then My excitement grew when I found a Boyds farm wagon.  From then on I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  I am always looking for things that would make lovely gifts.  I ended up buying 3 bears. Today I created gift items with 2 of the bears.  These are my creations.


A few weeks back I did a blog post on these great finds I found to create flower arrangements in.  Today I was able to complete a few.   The wheel barrel above with the cute bear holding the apple was one.  I had found this beautiful metal vintage looking basket. I created this floral arrangement using Vintage blush roses and vintage style daisies.  I used Moss to hide the ugly foam.  How do y’all think it turned out?

I also made this pretty arrangement.

Now I just need to find flowers for this birdcage that I found.  I am super excited to do this one.

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I absolutely love Milkglass vases.  I have two more that I was able to score at an Antique store my last visit to Texas.  I am waiting on flowers to arrive for them.  This is one I was able to complete a week ago.

I really appreciate you all visiting.  You all make my day!!!.  Have a fabulous weekend.

Until next time.


Christmas Wreaths


This week I was busy on vacation but I found time to squeeze in some pretty Christmas wreaths.  I have to say I was pretty productive.  I absolutely love the rose golds and golds with the pearls of the above Christmas wreath.  It is so unique and beautiful.  Definitely not traditional but beautiful and Christmasy all the same.  What do you think?

I was also able to complete some pretty traditional wreaths. Golds , silvers, reds, and greens.


A pretty icicle snowflake wreath.

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Unique and pretty Christmas Angel Wreaths.  This is a pretty unique take on the Christmas wreath.


and then I decided to do something more antique and less Christmasy.  I had these lovely milkglass vases and I really wanted to do something pretty.  I ended up creating this piece…

All in all I had a very nice vacation.  A nice visit with my mother.  unfortunately tomorrow I am back to work lol.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Until next time!! See you all soon =)


The Whaley House-San Diego


My Mom was here this past week on vacation.  We had the opportunities to visit and do some fun things.  One thing we did was visit the Haunted Whaley House in San Diego.  This house was built-in 1856 from Thomas Whaley’s own brickyard.  The house was the first two-story brick house in San Diego. Between 1868 and 1871 the house served multiple purposes.  The house was built on the old hanging grounds.  (creepy) It is no wonder it is haunted.  It is said that a notorious harmless thief in the area named Yankee Jim Robinson was hanged on the property and haunts it still to this day.  Here is some history on Yankee Jim. ( )

Not to mention Violet Whaley committed Suicide in the house by shooting herself in the heart.

Originally the house  was built and served as the  family home and business.  The business was a granary. Over the years it served many purposes.  Especially during hard times.   It was a school,  a billiard hall,  a ballroom, and a church.  From 1869-1871 it  was rented out to the county of San Diego as its Courthouse.


The house also served as the first commercial theater in San Diego from Oct 1868 to Jan 1869 by Mr.  George Tanner and the Tanner Troupe.  It ran short due to the fact that Mr. Tanner died shortly after the theater opened.  The room then became the home to the to meetings of Board of supervisors for the County and for storage of county records.

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Original floors.  They are in amazing shape for such an old old house.

The Granary has this creepy horseshoe wreath behind glass that is made of HAIR. YES, I did say HAIR.  I believe I captured a ghost.  What do you think? (left side) =)

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Can you see the face?

The house many rooms, the family lived in them and did not rent them all out.



I always love visiting this house.  It is a beautiful well maintained piece of San Diego history.  I hope y’all enjoy this visit!!!

Until Next time.

See you soon!


Getting organized

Today was all about getting organized for me.  I have been in dire need of a good organizing of my crafting work area.  I accomplished a lot today and I feel pretty good about what I accomplished.   Maybe later this week I can dig into some projects.  a organization2a organization1

Now this is an organized workspace that I can feel inspired in.

I am on vacation and my  Mom is visiting.  I will be posting some pics later this week of our little excursions.  We plan to take the train down to San Diego and go to Historic Old Town.  There will also be a trip into LA to see the La Brea Tar Pits and a Craft and Folkart Museum. I had to dig deep lol to find things that we have not done before.  I am really looking forward to getting out and about and having some fun.

Here is a pic of my beautiful Mom and I.

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I will see y’all later in the week.  Hopefully with some interesting things to share!! Have a fabulous week!

Until Next time!! =)