The Gold Egg & The Boy Who Ate It

4-17-14n 090 Golden Eggs @ CharmingZebra.com

Many years ago, when I was just a wee lass, we had a goose that laid a golden egg.  Well, actually, the goose's contribution was a standard white goose egg, but it soon was turned into a lovely golden hue through the magic of spray paint. It all started the year I was in the fourth grade.  It was Spring and our class was excitedly looking forward to our big Easter party and egg hunt that would take place the following week.  The egg hunt … [Read more...]

Lost In a Tropical Garden

4-4-14n 033 Tropical Garden @ CharmingZebra.com

To my children, California is this amazing utopia of nice beaches and great fun. To my husband, it's the center of the universe. He grew up in the Bay Area and has many wonderful memories and experiences from his childhood.  Our children are growing up in Texas, so their only experience with the state of California is centered around enjoyment.  We go there to visit with relatives, vacation at the beach and the occasional trip to … [Read more...]

A Weekend Wedding

4-4-14n 129 Tropical Garden @ CharmingZebra.com

Thunderstorms, flowers and a tasty burrito. Three apparent ingredients for a successful wedding. And a successful wedding it was. Last week, my family and I boarded a plane for sunny California to attend my nephew's wedding.  It was fun meeting up with relatives we hadn't seen in a while and despite the near constant rain, the wedding festivities went off without a hitch.   Of course, I imagine there were many hitches behind the scenes, … [Read more...]

Ringing In Spring

3-22-14n 013 Spring Decor @ CharmingZebra.com

Welcome, Spring! The calendar says it's official. Even though in Texas, Spring comes a bit early.  For the last couple of months, I've been enjoying all the nice weather we've been having.  And of course, the multiple bluejay, cardinal and butterfly sightings.  There are even little brown bunnies out and about.  (Preparing for Easter, I suppose.) So, to extend a great, big "hello" to Spring, I'd like to share three easy ways to welcome … [Read more...]

That Huge Brass Thing

3-22-14n 023 Brass Urn @ CharmingZebra.com

My big brass bowl. Or maybe it's an urn, container, planter or vessel? I'm not quite sure of the correct term, but I do know it's my new favorite place to stow all the extra blankets and pillows.  The living room ones made especially for snuggling during movie viewing, of course.  This unidentifiable brass item replaced the thrift store basket I re-stained last year.   And despite another picture of my frisky feline, this … [Read more...]

That Time I Went To a Stranger’s House To Buy An Ugly Coffee Table

3-18-14n 062 Craig's List Coffee Table @ CharmingZebra.com

"Hello, yeah, it's been awhile.  Not much, how 'bout you?"  Well, I'm back from my self-imposed blogging hiatus.  And despite the groovy 70's song lyrics, I'm ready to unveil my most recent Craig's List acquisition. For the last six months, I've been on the search, on the prowl and totally desperate to find the perfect coffee table.  Something that would work well with my existing furniture, be teenager proof and cost little to no … [Read more...]

Photo Heart Collage

2-24-14n 355 Photo Heart @ CharmingZebra.com

Today I attached some memories to the wall. Yep, I did. Because that is basically what photos are, after all. Memories of events, time and people. Now, making a giant heart shape out of a group of family photos isn't anything complicated, unique or even slightly spectacular. But it is amazing how much I love it.  A large gathering of memories from a pile of random family photos.  (Many not even frame-worthy.)   I … [Read more...]

DIY Snakeskin Planter

2-10-14n 031 Snakeskin Planter @ CharmingZebra.com

"The cruel, frozen wind whipped shards of icy rain against the shivering girl.  She stumbled across the slick lawn, pulling the thin fabric of her shawl tighter around her shoulders.  The chilling cold wrapping tightly around her like a frigid arctic blanket." The above passage sounds as though it might have been taken directly from an overly dramatic novel.  But it was, in fact, only the description of my trip to the mailbox this … [Read more...]

I Never Thought I Would Be a Cat Lady

2-1-14n 141 cat @ CharmingZebra.com

Cat Lady. The term usually conjures up a mental image of an unkempt old woman stooped over by the ravages of time.  She is wearing a faded, shapeless house coat or muu-muu and is shuffling through a furry sea of felines.  She lives alone, as her companions are her kitties.  She feels needed, loved and accepted by them.  Her mutterings and odd behavior don't seem to bother the cats, because after all, they are her family. To be honest, I've … [Read more...]

January in Review (2014)

2-1-14n 122 Jan 2014 @ CharmingZebra.com

January just seemed to whiz on by. Incredibly fast and super quick-like. So I gathered up a few bits and pieces of this unpredictably speedy month for review. Just the highlights, of course.     All That Glitters Is Gold was my week of coating random items around the house with glorious gold paint. I mean, what's not to love?      My husband's birthday this month, was the perfect time to try a … [Read more...]

Design Crush (DIY Show-off)

Design Crush DIY Show-off pantry edited

Super awesome, incredibly amazing pantry. (That is how I really wanted to title this post.) This gorgeous pantry makeover is the magic of the talented, Roeshel at the DIY Show-off.  Using plumber's pipe is Roeshel's secret to creating this rustic look. So go visit DIY Show-off where Roeshel gives detailed instructions on how you can create a cool pantry shelving unit for yourself. ~Miss Charming … [Read more...]

Mini Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1-16-14n 085 Snickerdoodle Cupcakes @ CharmingZebra.com

Last week was my husband's birthday. The perfect opportunity to experiment with a new recipe. Now, my man's favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle.  Me?  Not so much.  I'm more of a gooey chocolate chip cookie kind of girl, myself. But anyway, back to my husband's love of the cookie with the funny name.   I usually try to bake a batch for him on special occasions.  This time though, I thought I'd try making snickerdoodle cupcakes … [Read more...]

My Gold Crush (A Week Of Projects)

Collage All that glitters is gold edited

Last week, I had fun painting, gilding and spritzing everything in sight. All with glorious gold. I was busy with gold leafing, spray paint, liquid leaf and duct tape. An attempt to bring a little more glitz and glam to my home. So here is a review of last week's projects of golden goodness:     1) Gold Leaf Terra-cotta Pots   2) DIY Gold Magnetic Letters   3) Liquid Gold Flower … [Read more...]

All That Glitters Is Gold (DIY Mason Jar Vase)

1-16-14n 018 Mason Jar Vase @ CharmingZebra.com

When one thinks of the term, DIY (or do-it-yourself), usually a project full of power tools and stacks of lumber comes to mind. Removing walls, laying tile, building a deck or ripping out a kitchen. Tasks that require muscle, a tape measure and a moderate to hefty amount of cash, patience and a bit of insanity. But, DIY can also encompass modifying something for a different purpose.  Something small and quick and easy. Like changing a … [Read more...]

All That Glitters Is Gold (Easy Duck Tape Garland)

1-15-14n 043 Duck Tape Garland @ CharmingZebra.com

It's party time up in here. Celebrating my man's birthday. Now, my dear husband, is definitely not a lover of glitter, glam nor glitz.  No, sir.  So, it's up to me to bring a little sparkle to his life. Perhaps a birthday garland made of shiny gold duck tape will do the trick.   Did you know that you can find Duck Tape in shiny gold? For those times when you need to whip up a stylish prom dress or impress someone with … [Read more...]