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I took these photos in Old Town Lake Elsinore, I love the old white wood buildings with the overgrown grass. I used simple props , vintage suitcases, a chalkboard and red roses. It was about 1pm and the natural light was perfect. I didn’t have to lighten , just contrast for a perfect picture. I am going to make postcards out of these and send them out.

Have you done your Valentine cards yet ?

My new blog address is ” The Paper Mystique “


A perfect spring day….

Leonardo and I had a perfect spring day in old town Temecula, we went to his favorite kids museum Penny Pickle with his classmates(preschool). Then we had our lunch dinning Al fresco, and then we walked all along this quaint old town. He loved running around and looking at all the cute little shops and was quite the gentlemen  . He surprise me with his charm and his wit as we entered each store and the store attendances were amazed at his good manners. Well I guess he has no choice in the matter, he has come by it naturally by his  mom !  (the poor kid has been in boutiques  shopping since he was 6 months)



hope everyone has a nice spring day….

Our back roads…

It was a nice and relaxing weekend. And thanks for all the comments and emails on my,  Almost perfect day.  Darrill installed pergo flooring in the dinning room which by the way he did all by himself and it looks great ! I guess I could do a before and after photo of the dinning room, maybe later on this week.   After I have spent 20 years designing room and kitchens for soooo many clients, I have lost interest in decorating. But when people come to our home everyone does comment on my unique style, and how comfy our home is, but I  wished we loved in a little romantic cottage by the sea, or a loft in a cosmopolitan city, where I could ride my bike everywhere. We live in a big Tuscon tract home, pretty much like everyone else in Southern California. But I do love our back roads, and our beautiful views. You can see all the way to the snow-covered mountains.  And all our mountains are  snow-capped as the weather here has been usually cold and rainy. I don’t mind one bit , I love cold crisps mornings here in California, something we don’t get enough of. Leonardo and I went for a walk along our beautiful back roads…




… we had a simply wonderful time… I think these back roads would be a great place for a photo shoot ! 

 I hope you have a nice week ! 

Hansel and Gretel



Famished, Hansel  and Gretel  are home alone with not a morsel to eat.  


Far far from home they venture out to look for wild strawberries in the woods. 


They came upon an evil witch and they were so frighten , 


  they ran as fast as they could  deep  into  the woods. 


They were so sleepy ,  they layed down for a nap. 


Something woke them , and they were  frighten to find the evil witch watching them. 


Oh no what should they do now ?  Then ran away and ended up deeper  in the woods.  


Hansel  said to Gretel, I found some seeds to eat. 


Gretel  cried out , that’s not enough to eat we are going to starve here in the woods. 


They came upon the witch cooking in the woods and they said,  can we 

join you , and the witch said yes, I’m cooking stew and the stew is you !! 


Before the witch could put them in the pot, they put the witch in the pot instead. 


Poor poor witch, they felt sorry for her so they took the witch out and they all became friends. 


And they built a stone house  in the woods and lived happily ever after, and Hansel said I’ll do the cooking !

                                                            THE END