favor-“ette”: the perfect pair of shorts

sanctuary long shorts

August 13th, 2013

At some point early on in my 40’s, I just stopped wearing shorts. I found them to be too casual, not very flattering, and for some reason, “not befitting” a woman of a certain age. And then the lovely gals at Tumbleweed sent me a version of these, to wear under a few summer dresses […]


favor-“ette”: the best way to freeze herbs

freezing herbs in oil

August 6th, 2013

So it’s August, aaaaand – herbs. I’ve got lots of herbs. In pots. In baskets. Outside my front door. And I’m in that end-of-season panic of what to do with all the herbs. Cannot. Waste. The herbs. Here’s a nifty trick for preserving most herbs – and I like it even better than just straight […]


favor-“ette”: herb lester associates

herb lester associates

October 19th, 2012

Wow, it’s been a while since I shared a favor-“ette” with you – I’ve been so consumed with new projects and series that I’ve let a few of my initial projects gather some dust. So, without further ado…… Herb Lester Associates! I absolutely adore all things vintage – especially graphics, books and artwork from the […]


favor- “ette”: wantist


April 17th, 2012

I have never put much stock in psychics or fortune tellers. Till now. I had the absolute pleasure of attending Blogstar’s Sunday Supper this past weekend, hosted by the lovely, engaging and uber-supportive Sarah Bryden Brown. I can’t wait to share my experience with you but I HAD to tell you right away about the amazing gift bag I […]


favor- “ette”: liddabit sweets

liddabit sweets

April 4th, 2012

Repeat after me: Bourbon. Coffee. Bacon. Caramel. Popcorn. While these are five most excellent ingredients all on their own, they also happen to come together in the amazing kitchen of Liddabit Sweets (in – what else? – their Bourbon-Coffee-Bacon Caramel Corn, of course). My sweet tooth has been well-documented on this blog, and Liddabit Sweets is […]


favor- “ette”: beauty balm

favor- "ette": beauty balm

March 19th, 2012

So remember when I told you that I used to be a make-up artist? I’m working on a post about my favorite make-up tips and tricks, but this latest find was too good to keep till then. I had been looking for an upgrade from my daily sunscreen/tinted moisturizer, but didn’t want a full-on foundation, which would be too […]


favor- “ette” friday: one of my favorite kitchen tips

how to know when liquid is reduced by half

February 17th, 2012

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with you yet. What do you do when you come across a recipe for a sauce/stew/soup that includes this: “Simmer till reduced by half”? Now maybe I’m a little neurotic/anal/clueless, but I used to stress over this. How do you know when it’s half? It’s not like there are […]


favor- “ette” friday: chilewich

favor- "ette" friday: chilewich

February 10th, 2012

We are really tough on our things. And I’m not just talking about the kids. Well, okay, I’m not talking at ALL about Mike. It’s me. And the kids. AND the dog. WE’RE tough on our things. We drip, we spill, we drop. Remember the ape from that 1970’s American Tourister luggage commercial? That’s us (again, NOT Mike.). So it’s essential that […]