Month: March 2010

“What Every Garden Needs(at least mine do)”, Hybrid Mom Blog, March 25, 2010

What Every Garden Needs (at least mine do) Thursday, March 25th, 2010 Before I continue with the planting and transformation of my space to a beautiful vegetable garden, there is the creating of my scarecrow WOMAN.  This has always seemed so important to me.  The guardian of the crops.  Yes she probably does keep the crows and other birds away but she makes me feel like I have finished my project.  The space as a whole is like an art project to me and she is the piece de resistance.  After several years of a new gal every year, neighbors would stop by “just to see what she was wearing this year.”  I start with a large stake and nail a second stake crosswise for the arms.  I use my kid’s old trick or treating plastic pumpkins for the head that I drape burlap over.  I ALWAYS go to a great second hand store called Aardvarks to get just the perfect outfit, complete with apron and fanciful scarves.  One year I even used blue studded shoe clips (I had gotten at the flea market) for her eyes.  Sometimes I would put an old ski jacket of my husband’s under her dress to give her a body.  Lots of large safety pins later she was plump and looking sharp! Sometimes I’ll add butterflies, hats with flowers and always old garden gloves for...

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“Gardening Inspiration,” Hybrid Mom Blog, March 18, 2010

Gardening Inspiration Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by Mary Beth Evans As a follow up to last week’s blog I thought I would share where I get my gardening inspiration and hopefully give you some ideas in the process. One of my favorite things to do when it comes to gardening is to COPY.  I’ll go to high-end stores or look on their websites and get ideas and then shop around for something similar for far less. It’s kind of fun to see how I can pull off the high end look for bargain prices – trust me, it can be done, so don’t let what you think will cost a fortune deter you from trying. Great places to scout out some ideas are hotels. I have gone to some of my favorite hotels like, The Carnaros Inn in Napa Valley or San Yasidro Ranch (right) in Santa Barbara to get garden ideas.  I’ll snap photographs and keep them on my computer until just the right time when I’m feeling inspired.  I also look through magazines and make a file of “tear sheets” for …some day. It’s easier to keep a file and reference back than scouring your house for the magazine that you think you saw a great idea in once. Martha Stewart’s magazine serves as some great inspiration. My creations are certainly not as perfect as hers but they are my...

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“Even Busy Hybrid Moms Can Garden,” Hybrid Mom Blog, March 11, 2010

Even Busy Hybrid Moms Can Garden Thursday, March 11th, 2010 I love vegetable gardens.   I am not an expert but with a little bit of research and creativity, I continually craft different types of gardening spaces in my yard, each one unique.  Aesthetically it adds so much to the landscape. For the last few years I have had my garden on the side of my front yard and it became the neighborhood destination.  If I ever didn’t have my scarecrow up, the neighbors would complain.  An older man once came up to me when I was out working in the garden and told me he liked to come by each year and see how she (yes my scarecrow is a woman) was dressed.  So if you think that you don’t have the space for a garden, don’t be afraid of the front yard if there is a way to make it quaint and beautiful.  I like to use all the spaces on my property.  Even an unused side yard with good sun can be transformed into a little farm.  Scarecrow in my front yard garden After years of gardening and trying different things, there are a few useful tips that have always proven to work.  Keeping it tidy and uniformed is a must – DO NOT let it get tady and full of weeds.  I like to make my garden useful...

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“It’s a Wrap,” Hybrid Mom Blog, March 4, 2010

It’s a Wrap… Thursday, March 4th, 2010 So tonight is my closing night with Barbra’s wedding…what a run.  It was everything I wanted it to be and more.  The interesting thing about the theatre and I guess acting in general, is that you become a quick and close family with the people involved.  You spend a concentrated, intense time together, which in my case has always brought me closer to my compadres.  It’s strange because you are so close so briefly and then often don’t see the people again.  But tonight we will not say good-bye really, I have made sure of that.  We will gather at my house in a couple of weeks for a little gathering and reminisce on our successes, failures and in this case laughs, during the course of the run.  The reason I really wanted to write one more blog about this experience was because of the evolution.  Even though we had rehearsed it for six weeks and now performing for four, we are still striving for something different, something more.  You have to be on your toes and you have to really listen to the other person.  As I race around my day with all the projects I am always working on, I have been thinking about all this and how it relates to the rest of my life and yours too I...

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“DAYS’s Mary Beth Evans: From Pies to a Play,” Soap Opera Weekly Online, March 1, 2010

DAYS’s Mary Beth Evans: From Pies to a Play By Janet Di Lauro Posted: March 1, 2010 Perennially busy, Mary Beth Evans (ex-Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is at it again. Aside from her home projects, her blog on hybridmom.com, and her thriving pie business (her mini-pies sold like hotcakes over the holiday season via Williams-Sonoma), she’s also appearing in a hilarious play at The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theater in Hollywood. Soap Opera Weekly: Last time we spoke, you were making 12,000 leaves out of dough to decorate your mini-apple and pumpkin pies for Williams-Sonoma, when your industrial kitchen informed you they couldn’t do it. How did that go? Mary Beth Evans: [laughing] It turned out to be 34,000 leaves, because Williams-Sonoma wanted another run of pies. It was total insanity. It meant me in my house, day in and day out, cranking out those leaves. When I was finally done, it was like, “Okay. Enough of that. Moving on.” It was a nice accomplishment, and I learned a big lesson. Weekly: How did the pies sell? Evans: They did incredibly well over the whole winter. It was one of the top sellers in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. So that was groovy, and they loved me there. I can continue on in a different way…like never doing leaves again. Weekly: At the moment, you’re currently starring in a play. What...

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