Friday, September 28, 2007

On the road again.....

The sewing road that is. Back to making striped cushion covers, aqua cushion covers, snapdragons on red check cushion covers. Looks like it is cushion cover week here.

I wanted to share this interesting list with you:

bed frame
large bag of recycling
bio hazardous material
ladder (always at least one ladder)
a hissing snake

No, these are not items found in the livingroom of a bachelor. These things were reported to be on Bay Area freeways within about a week and a half. Crazy, no?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Side Tripping

On the way home from a wedding in Redding, Ca. Tom and I drove through Lassen Park.
The same weather system that caused an unusual rainy day for this time of year, and made for a very damp outdoor wedding, also dusted the Lassen volcano with snow. It was a really beautiful drive. We saw snow on the trees, deer in the snow,and heavy fog that suddenly ended as we arrived at the summit. (I guess we were driving through a cloud.)

Someday we would like to go back and make the hike to the peak.

My daughter, Raya, of Paper Pony. (see my links to the right) Has helped me to pick out a camera that is going to be a late birthday present. (I told everyone not to buy presents, but to help me with the camera.) I am very excited to get it. We took these pictures with Tom's Bushnell outdoor camera, which can withstand the rugged use of a fisherman, but I am looking forward to having a camera that will take really good pictures. (with a little help from me, of course, and a little advice from Raya, who is a real photographer)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Little boy boots.

We just found out a couple of days ago that the expected grandchild will be a boy. I found these little rain boots at a yard sale a couple of months ago and couldn't resist. I was waiting until we found out the gender of the little one to either show them to my daughter, or look for some pink ones. The baby is due in February and we are so excited!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


A few days ago I went on a journey. I loaded my car and headed South. I drove past the Giant Artichoke:

past a pungent green onion harvest, admired a beautiful green victorian house in the middle of farmland flatness,

and ended up at the foot of Steinbeck's Castle Rock. I have not read this book (Pastures of Heaven), but it was fun to be there.

I unloaded this slipcovered chair from my car, and took a picture of this chaise that I slipcovered earlier:

On the way home I went to my favorite antique/collectible store down the street from the Giant Artichoke, but it had a big padlock on the door. I consoled myself by going into a couple of antique stores across the road from the giant smoke-stacks, but I didn't buy anything. I got home in time to put in a few more hours of work.

Friday, September 7, 2007

the Pomehuahua

Our dog Max is half deer faced chihuahua, and half Pomeranian.

I promise this is not a posed photo. I just walked into the room and there he was.

I definitely think the "pomi" in him made him seek out the biggest pile of pillows in the house, and I think the Chihuahau in him is just a little bit embarrassed.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Springing into fall.

After looking at this cheerful studio, (click on "tiny house") I decided it was time to add a little color and happiness to my work space, since I spend so much time there.

I almost gave this cute little cabinet away. It was unpainted and looking kind of sad, but I love it in it's new color.

I found these cardboard storage boxes at Michael's.

My sweet daughter Corrie gave me these sticky notes before she knew I was going with a green/pink theme.

I finally hung this nice old framed crewel embroidery.

And I'm playing around with the tie collection, trying to come up with a window treatment for the door.

Looks like I'm getting ready for spring instead of fall doesn't it? I guess I'm subconsciously bracing for the rainy season and colder weather.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

early morning inspiration

The fishman got up early to go surf fishing and I woke up too. I tried to go back to sleep, but you know how that is.

I enjoyed watching Jennifer Murphy show Martha Stewart how to make this pom-pom bunny on yesterday's rerun.

I went exploring this morning and found this awesome site. It features items made by Jennifer and her mother Pat Murphy and several other amazing artists. If you like folk art, altered art, vintage jewelry, etc. you will love it too.