Giving Back.

I missed Giving Tuesday (when you take an extra day for a holiday for travel - you end up thinking that Tuesday is Monday...) But I didn't want to miss out entirely. Here is a list of the 3 places that I will for sure be donating to this season (in no particular order)

1. Homeboy Industries
If you haven't read Fr. Greg Boyle's book Tattoos on the Heart - you must run and get it (and buy it for every person on your list). He also just published his new book called Barking to the Choir

I love the work that they are doing in my own city of Los Angeles. You can find out all about their work with former gang members and formerly incarcerated men and women on their website

I will also be watching the documentary as soon as I can (how did I miss this). 

I listened to him on NPR Fresh Air on our ride home and this quote really struck me:



2. Heart's Home
Heart's Home is the organization I volunteered with for a year and a half in Brazil. I'm sure you've heard me talk about their work so many times. This year they are raising money to fix a roof in Romania. You can find the GoFundMe here!

3. DigDeep
DigDeep is run by my friend, George. They bring clean water to the Navajo Nation. Their website is full of amazing videos of their work. This year they are trying to bring clean drinking water to an ENTIRE village! Get all the info for the Navajo Water Project here

Today is the last day for our 40% off sale - we are so blown away by all of the orders. If you saved a lot from the sale, consider donating a percentage of that savings to a charity! Thank you for all of your support. We love doing this life with you!


DIGDEEP's Water Council Dinner


Water Council Dinner 18 It was such a privilege to design the Water Council Dinner to raise money for DigDeep and their Navajo Water Project. The event was held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club last Saturday and we raised a good chunk of money to help brining clean, running water to homes on the Reservation in New Mexico.

I loved getting to design the invitation suite and then carrying the idea through the decor.

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It ended up being a real family affair to get the pieces ready. We had a family emergency and I was so glad to be home with everyone and then they helped me! My sweet mother sewed the table runners out of a muslin fabric and I dyed them in a dye that Marylouise brought me back from Morocco! I wanted it to mimic the watercolor of the invitation.

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Then, instead of bouquets of flowers, I chose to pot cacti and succulents because of their low water usage. It must be my southwestern heritage, but I just adore them. Thanks to my cousins and aunt and uncle who helped with that. I also used little slats of wood and brass hinges to make quick table numbers.

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To add height to the table, I wanted to include brass candle sticks to tie in the gorgeous brass chandeliers, but then we discovered that we couldn't have candles in the venue. I turned them into little succulent holders, which ended up working so nicely.

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I watercolored all the print pieces, made name cards in the shape of the DigDeep logo and tried to make each guest feel special and important.

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The whole night was just so fantastic. (That's me on the right. I was so cold, so I borrowed a blanket that we later auctioned off and I wished I had money to have bid on it!!)

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Soon, DigDeep will be selling those gorgeous Pendelton blankets for their Christmas campaign to raise more money for this project. Follow them, if you're interested and want to be as cozy as I was!!

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And, if you have an event coming up and you need someone to customize the decor and make it one of a kind, I'm your gal. Contact me at!!