Author: Diane

Bonnie Jo Manion – A Taste of French Country Living

While perusing my e-mails a few weeks ago, I saw this: “More than a cooking class, it is a culinary experience. Come spend the day in France, and enjoy a leisurely French Country cooking class and lunch. Your day includes an overall extraordinary culinary event with a garden and vineyard tour, cooking class, lunch, and a chance to shop!” (from I LOVE the French countryside. I invited a couple friends and we had one of the best “French” experiences of our lives–in San Diego County! Yes, it was much more than a cooking class and much more than...

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DIY – How to Make Easy Succulent Covered Pumpkins

I have had more fun each Fall making succulent covered pumpkins. I make a couple large ones for the main centerpieces on my Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, and then several small ones to sprinkle around the tables. A Fall pumpkin centerpiece may be transformed into a Christmas centerpiece by adding a few pine cones and pieces of pine greenery! There is no cutting of the pumpkin, so they are quite fast and easy to make and will last several months as long as the pumpkin is not pierced. The succulent covered pumpkins also make wonderful hostess gifts–just wrap in...

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35+ Creative DIY Tutorials for Making Pendants and Charms

A few years ago I did a post  55+ DIY Tutorials for Creating Pendants and Charms on my old blog. It was so popular, I am posting DIY tutorials for new pendant and charm projects–hope you enjoy! Stylish Pendant with Shrinky-Dink Plastic tutorial at Better Homes & Gardens: Leaf-Imprinted Clay Necklace with Paper Clay tutorial at Happy Hour Projects:             Grow Your Own Crystal Necklace tutorial at The Crafty Goddess Vintage Key Necklace tutorial at Dishfunctional Designs: Baked Marble Pendant (Sorry, I am no longer able to find the link to this tutorial.) Mod Podge Washer Necklace with Enviro Tex tutorial...

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Succulent Magic in Escondido, California

I was working on an art project at the home of Kathleen and Larry Delancey in Escondido, California, and took a little break to stroll through the garden. With camera in hand I slipped out, hoping to get a photo or two. I had been to Kathleen’s garden on several occasions and was always in awe of her plant artistry and her way of incorporating succulents into the landscape. But this time I really noticed the myriad of decorative elements throughout the garden. Her use of color, textures, pots and whimsy provided interest and delight virtually everywhere I looked. Kathleen’s attentive soil prep...

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I am Diane Uke (pronounced “you-kay”) and would like to welcome you to my new website and blog. This is where I get to share all my many and varied passions with you including my favorite DIY tutorials, recipes and lots of inspirational garden and travel photos! There is also a Shop for my mixed media paintings, prints, jewelry, and anything else I feel you may enjoy. Please stop by often as there will be regular updates.