Glass Pumpkins…? YES, please!


One of my favorite things to do in the Bay Area during October is to go to the Fall Sale at the Cohn Stone Studio.  If you are not familiar with Cohn Stone, they make fabulous hand blown glass objects that are sold at many high end department stores.  In October every year they open their studio and they have a great sale that includes many “slightly imperfect items.”  Even my children will accompany me to the sale because they love watching the glass blowing demonstration and “picking” a new pumpkin out of their garden.


The sale this year was only for two weekends in October.  It ran October 9, 10, 11 and Oct. 16, 17, 18.  The sale is over for the fall, but if you are looking for something particular, you can call them and they ship!  Also, you can head to their website where you can subscribe to their newsletter.

Cohn Stone Studio  560 S. 31St.  Richmond, CA 94804 phone: (510) 234-9690



You can never have too many glass pumpkins…right?


Oh Deer… The baby is almost here!




A cute lady, Ali moved into the area a few month ago from the Bay Area. She has two darling little girls and is pregnant with a BOY!

Since this is Oregon and she is having a boy my friend and I decided to do a rustic deer themed masculine shower. We kept it simple with pulled pork sliders, cole slaw (recipe) to put on your pork (If you have not tried cole slaw on pulled pork you are seriously missing out!!!) a delicious kale salad (recipe below), and to die for brownies (recipe HERE). For drinks we had water bottles and Henry Weinhard’s root beer. It was simple but yummy and fun.







For the table I pulled out yards of different wool plaids (from my rug hooking stash) layered them on the table with a cool branch covered in moss from my yard.  All the serving pieces were galvanized metal or wood. Very simple, natural and masculine.

My awesome friend that was hosting the shower with me made this darling bunting for over the fireplace out of plaid and felted wool balls.



The shower was super fun and Ali went home loaded with super cute boy clothes!



Melissa’s Super easy kale salad (with an assist from Costco)

1 bag os sweet kale salad mix from Costco

1 avocado

1 can mandarin orange segments

1 1/2 cups Red grapes

Dump everything in a bowl including pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries that come with the salad and mix everything together with the poppy seed dressing that comes with the salad mix.



My favorite Halloween Decor




I LOVE Halloween!  I also LOVE children’s artwork!  So my favorite Halloween decor is created by my kids.  Although mixed in with their creations are, a pumpkin my husband made in elementary school and a ghost I made in kindergarten.  Framing was super cheap. All the frames are from Ikea, Goodwill or the Dollar store. I just spray painted them black or white to hide their less than stellar appearance.




My other favorite Halloween art comes from my Father in law and my Father.  My father-in-law Ken carved this awesome pumpkin and stand from one log. You can’t tell but the eyes are and the mouth are carefully carved out. I love the quirkiness of this and had hoped to talk him into carving more for us but unfortunately he passed away. I think of him every time I see this!



My father Gordon collected antique paper jack-o-lanterns (before the days of Ebay).  He was very picky about their faces and condition and had 13 for our mantle.  My mom, sitter I have split up his pumpkins so I only have four of them.  I have been watching Ebay to add to his collection, but so far I can’t justify the purchase. These remind me of my dad.



I also LOVE pumpkins! Not eating them but I love their color.  I used to feel guilty spending lots of money on gourds that would be thrown away in a short time… now I just view them as future chicken feed.





Meet the City Girl…

I’m Tiffany.  I’m the older sister; the “City Girl.”  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I’m a mom to 3 boys and one girl.  My oldest Child is 18 and a freshman in college.  My youngest is 11 and just starting middle school.  I have a wonderful husband and a happy life.  I love decorating, entertaining, fashion and traveling.  This blog will be the place for me and my sister to share our thoughts and adventures with you.  We are looking IMG_1082forward to getting to know you.