Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Petals for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Petal Pusher will donate 50% of the October proceeds of either product below to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Wear 'em on your walks, your runs, your hats, your shirts...
Give 'em to moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, survivors...

Show your support and get your pink on!

Hot Pink Mini Petal
3 inches in diameter, backed with pin and clip
$8 each

Hot Pink Itty Bitty with Bling
2 inches in diameter, backed with pin and clip
$5 each

Monday, September 26, 2011

Soup Season

It's still hot here in Arizona, but the official first day of fall has passed.
Why not kick off Soup Season?

Making soup is so simple, virtually foolproof.  Dump ingredients (or even leftovers) in a pot, simmer for a few hours and voila you come up with something savory and comforting.  Plus, they always seem to make the house smell warm and inviting.

This year I plan to branch out and try an Asian meatball soup my cousin created and a chicken & dumpling soup from my husband's side of the family.  But the first soup of the season is usually my tried and true veggie and bean soup with croutons and this year was no exception.  This recipe originally came from Sunset magazine, but I've made a few changes of my own.

You'll need:
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
32oz chicken broth
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1 bunch kale, chopped
1/2 loaf rustic wheat bread, chopped or torn in 1 inch cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
shredded parmesan cheese 


1. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in broth and beans, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes and kale and simmer another 15 minutes, covered.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Lay bread pieces on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toast in oven until slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Set croutons aside.

3. Just before serving, add basil and cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Divide soup among serving bowls and top each with a few warm croutons. Grate parmesan directly over soup if you like.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Did You Know?

Petal Pusher Accessories has a Facebook page. 

Petal Pusher happily accepts custom orders for:
wedding or bridal parties
school uniforms
team colors
home decor - pillow and curtain embellishments
clothing lines, such as Matilda Jane
Mommy & Me
Sister Sets
party favors

Petal Pusher is no longer on Etsy, but the good news is...
You can order direct via email and PayPal
We will be at many local craft shows this fall and winter season (yay!)
Petal Pusher is available at retail locations
Petal Pusher is available for hostess parties

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Favorites

The temps have finally dropped to double digits.  We can once again enjoy the outdoors. Last night we took the kids to the park and the strong breeze and gray clouds had me thinking of our fall traditions.

We've spent several fall seasons in Central California.  Engaged in Napa Valley and returned there for crush before our first child was born.  A fall visit to Carmel Valley a few years ago allowed us to take in spectacular foliage and a gravity-defying pumpkin patch at Earthbound Farm.  The flame red leaves on this tree stopped us dead in our tracks and we had to make a quick swerve with the rental car and pull over.

Aren't those stacked pumpkin sculptures unbelievable!?

A few other fall favorites of mine...

Bath & Bodyworks Slatkin Pumpkin Patch candle
We buy this one in early October every year and it lasts us 'til Thanksgiving.

Costco pumpkin pie
Cooking is my thing, not baking.  So I cheat and get our pumpkin pies at Costco, then make my own whipping cream.  Tastes like homemade - the crust is super thin and never crispy.  I still can't believe they sell these huge pies for only $5.99.

Chai tea lattes
Around town: Press Coffee
At home: Keurig K-Cups
Frye - Melissa Button

This pair by Frye is gorgeous.
    Charlie Baby Boot Jeans - Lucky Brand

All time favorite: Hudson Signature Bootcut
Best newcomer: Lucky Brand Charlie Baby Boot

HARVEST....Beautiful Glitter Burlap Banner

I've got a huge crush on burlap.  Last year I made a burlap tablecloth, wreath and banner similar to this one that said "give thanks".  This "harvest" banner is from here.

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Halloween Banners and Petals - Spooky & Sweet

I've had so much fun making banners that I decided to whip some up for the holidays.
Fell in love with these vintage-y Halloween and orange polka dot fabrics!

The banners look cute hanging from a mantle, railing, in front of a mirror or just on the wall.
A fresh way to decorate a playroom or child's room for the holidays too


Each banner is 9 feet long and has coordinating elastic loops at each end for hanging.

Banners are $15 each - Limited quantity

I also have a few Halloween Itty Bitties and orange and black Mini Petals left.
These will jazz up a plain black or white top and get you and your little one looking festive at all the parties without even having to don a costume.

Itty Bitties are $5 each, Mini Petals $8 each - Limited quantity

Email me direct at to order.
Also available at Maui Playcare at DC Ranch Crossing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

iPad Love

My husband surprised me with an iPad the other day and it has changed my life!  Such an awesome gadget.  I'm still figuring out all that it can do and discovering some pretty neat apps.  

The size is handy to tote along and kill time while waiting at the doctor's office, airport, etc.  The first week I would gingerly slide it down the side of my bag, hoping it wouldn't get scraped or damaged or sat on.  Now I slide it in to this super cute case from XS Baggage Co. on Etsy.  Perfect size, style and price combined with durability. 

No plain black or utilitarian plastic for this girl!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Creating a Special Place

When my friend moved a couple of years ago, her oldest daughter, Ava, was transitioning from nursery to big girl bedroom.  Out went the crib and rocking chair and in came the day bed and surfer girl bedding.  Her new room is spacious and colorful, but one thing my friend struggled with was an odd-shaped sunken nook inside the wall.  It was the wrong design to use as a bookshelf and too low for a display shelf. 

It sat empty and then last week during a playdate we talked about covering it with a curtain and making it a little nook just for Ava.  A special place to read, hide, put on puppet shows or rest. 

I found some pink fabric that coordinated well with her patchwork surfer bedding and green walls.  Sewed a simple curtain, slid it on a tension rod and voila!  A special place.  I used the remnants to make two small pillows.  Each pillow is embellished with a green Itty Bitty.  In the center of the Itty Bitty is a fabric-covered button stamped with a lower case "a" for Ava. 

Toss in a fuzzy blanket, add a clip-on light inside and she has a very special place all her own.  Kinda wish I had a hideout like that!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Salty Bird Seaglass

My cousin Julie is such a doll.  Seriously, the best word to describe her is bubbly.  Throw in talented, strong, adventurous and *amazing* in there for good measure.  I sure hope my daughter turns out like her when she grows up.

Julie is a graphic designer and made my blog logo, but she is also an avid seaglass hunter.  She turns her found beach treasures into delicate jewelry.  Take a peek at some of her wares in her Etsy shop, Salty Bird Seaglass:


 Another fun fact about Julie?  She and her beau are sailing across the ocean blue from Marina del Rey to...Well, who knows where they may end up, but currently the boat is docked in El Salvador (yup, she found seaglass there too).
Check out her blog, Follow the Arc, which chronicles their surfing-drawing-photography-bartering-hiking-culinary adventures as they go about their journey.  Stunning photos and fantastic writing.  So proud of her!