Super Close up of s transparent jelly fish swimming in an aquarium

9-2-23

Yesterday Was my Birthday!


And The Hubs surprised me with tickets to opening day at

The Sobela Ocean Aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo

(followed by dinner out with a great group of treasured friends and neighbors)

This was a jellyfish birthday for me:

As beautiful as the day and celebration was, there’s still a bit of a painful sting about it!

The Aquarium is amazing!

That perfect Goldilocks size of not being so large you get overwhelmed and a bit burned out, but large enough to give you a great sampling from Mangrove forests down to the ocean’s depth and back up to tidal pools.

a school of silver and yellow fish with one black and yellow fish

But it also came with the reminder:

Stop trying to be like everyone else!

YOU and I are OKAY just as we are. We are enough, actually we are more than enough!!!

On the Blog This Week

closeup of painted napkin folded into a silverware pocket

One big post and video this week!

(and more Christmas stockings designed)

How to turn plain white napkins into custom designer (as in you) napkins perfect for your home, your event, your style.

I am crazy about these napkins:

  • No cutting and sewing
  • Inexpensive — less than $2 each!
  • No artistic experience required
  • Any color can be substituted for my blue
  • Any simple motif can be substituted for my brushstroke
  • And they’re washable!!!

What’s not to love?

Coming Next Week:

I’m diving head first into all the Fall feels! Next week is all about leaves with maybe a few acorns, and if time allows, dried grasses too.

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Sharing From Around the Web

Target is having a great sale on some of the best home decor pieces. The sale prices for most end Monday.

collage of home decor accessories on sale at Target

Fig Leaf Branch in Stoneware Vase — great price and reviews 32″ tall. One size is already sold out, don’t wait on this one!!!

Burgundy Leaf Wreath — 26-inch and FULL, greatt price at 40% off

Bread board — versatile size and shape! 2 color options. great sale price!

Brass Stand Planter — 12 x 12 x 12, 40% off


Tortoise Shell Mirror — That shape and depth of frame! And 30% 0ff

Gold or Black Aluminum Candle Holders — think Halloween and beyond — 40% 0ff

collage of candle holders and a mirror on sale at Target

Who doesn’t need more realistic, “care free plants” to tuck into corners, fill out displays, brighten a shelf, welcome guests, on and on?

These are amazing. They ship free with a $35 order, so add a couple onto another item and you have a charming bargain! Many more sizes and styles.

collage of faux plants on sale at Target

Sale prices end Monday!

Banyan Leaf Potted Tree – Amazing Sale Price with exceptional reviews

Small Philodendron plant — sale $3!!! and so realistic with great reviews.

Small Eucalyptus plant — in the pot $3!

Variegated Leaf Plant — also $3

Maiden Hair Fern — a bit larger $9 (40% off)


I really wasn’t planning on another shopping share this weekend, but when I saw this sale and what it included . . . . Well, I just couldn’t help from sharing.

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I hope you enjoy your weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

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2 Comments

  1. Barbara A Jones

    Happy Belated Birthday. I love the painted napkins.l will definitely be making some.

    Reply
  2. Cindy Rust

    Sounds like you had a great birthday Diane!

    Reply

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