Monday, April 28, 2008

Sore Legs...Really?

It was only 6.2 miles, and my legs are sore. Ok, Ok I get the hint. Time to hit the gym more often. I must say I feel really good about walking and raising monies for a good cause. I can't thank you enough for supporting me and donating to March for Babies. I, being the dork that I am forgot the camera! I know, what kind of blogger am I?

"The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm."
- H. W. Arnold

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Little Miss Resourceful...

Happy Belated Earth Day! I hope all of you did or was influenced by something Green. Here's my contribution! Lately, I've had the urge to save every container that may be usable for something else (flashbacks of my Grandmother's container collection). See the little sprouts peeking up? Those will grow into yummy tomatillos. I also reused an old six pack and a plastic croissant container (used as a hot house) to sprout Hidcote Lavender.

For those of you who read about my trip to Art in Ashland in Oregon and want to attend but it's too far...check this retreat out: I signed up for this too! I couldn't help myself. There will be really good artists there such as Pam Garrison, Sally Jean, Jennifer Murphy, Kari Ramstorm and many more right here in the Bay Area! If you decide to go, please let me know and we can get together!

" I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Mama Joy!

I hope you had a wonderful day!

"Getting old ain't for sissies."
- Betty Davis

Monday, April 21, 2008

::March for Babies::

As some of you know already I decided to walk for a good cause this year and I signed myself up for March of Babies. I thought it is a good opportunity to shed a pound or two and make some $$$ for babies in need. If you interested check out my March of Babies homepage For those of you who have donated, I was shocked and pleased at the amount everyone pitched in! I love you guys and Thanks a million for supporting me!

In other news:

As I was taking a break from working on my veggie beds, this little one couldn't get enough of the "poo" ball. The ball started out as a brilliant green but kept getting dropped on a pile of mushroom compost and by the smell of it, manure! She loved it and we thought it was hilarious.

We finally filled the beds with FREE mushroom compost and I planted them up. But I didn't get a chance to snap any good photos. Included this year in the veggie garden: Black, Green and Grape heirloom tomatoes, eight ball zukes, Jalapeno, chocolate and red bells, basil, parsley, borage, green onion, cantaloupe, tricolor beets, eggplant and sugar snap peas. Boy, now that I typed it out I hope I didn't over plant!

"Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration."
~Lou Erickson

Sunday, April 20, 2008

City Wide Garage Sale

I love the city wide sale! But I missed my dear friends and family (Karin, Mama Joy, Pam, Levi) that have scavenge with me in the past! I did however, bring along a very willing co-pilot:
She even got to do a little o' bit of running through the park.

I feel that I made out like a bandit on this round of shopping:
The most I spent on the items pictured here (actually all my items) is $5. One sale or should I say lack of sale was giving everything away for free. Hence the thermos and enamel plate.

I also purchased these from the sweetest old lady:

It was as if she knew exactly what I was looking for! She asked if I crafted and told me what she used them for in her own crafts. I adored her, I practically bought everything she had!

This was my first purchase:
a mushroom jar displaying a game of Jacks!

Oh, and for the grand finale...drum roll please...
Remember back on this post when I mentioned I needed a cart? This one was perfect! I was going to drive right past the sale and decided to stop, as soon as I walked up I saw 2 carts. This one and a newer one. But like I said in the previous post I wanted a cart with history! It was only $3!!!!

All in all I spent $30. That's really good since I'm trying to pinch my pennies! Hope you all found some great treasures this weekend.

"I was at a yard sale one day and saw a box marked "Electronic cat and dog caller -- guaranteed to work." I looked inside and was amused to see an electric can opener."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hidden Villa

Hi! Just dropping in. I haven't checked in for awhile! I'm bringing you photos of what I did last weekend:

Borage plants. These gorgeous flowers are edible!

These sweet peas are growing on an expandable bamboo lattice. Brilliant!

Goats, Chickens, Pigs! Oh My!

Fresh air!

Hidden Villa...check it out!

I've been working on a project of my own...

More to come!

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
- Victor Borge

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Book Review

Remember the days when we read books over the summer and came back to school only to do book reviews to our class? Well, I never would have thought I would be doing this when I grew up! Here are some books and magazines I was catching up on during my internet outage (I still haven't let it go).

Art books:

I've written about Teesha Moore's Art and Life zine before. This issue (#11) is filled with her journal pages done while she was in Japan. She also includes her own book review, which I love (if you're a book connoisseur like me)! ***Kudos

I received this book the other day in the mail. I love the "country crafts" in this book. But I must admit I probably wouldn't sew the stuffed figures offered, not my style. Although I would sew the fragrant strawberries, slippers, bags and needle cases. The fabrics used are sweet and delicious. I believe in every book, you can learn something from it! **Kudos

I know I'm not the only one that "collects" stuff to be made into fantastic creations someday and receiving this book only confirms my "obsession". It features artist collections like Gail Rieke's and Lynne Perrella's fabulous items. It also features their artwork too! ***Kudos

For the cook:

I ate at a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Cali called Malabar. They serve vegetarian dishes that are full of flavors and the dishes were unique. I even stole one of their paper menus, foolishly thinking I would be able to "recreate" the dishes at home. But instead I found this book filled with many vegetarian dishes from around the world. I haven't tried to cook any of the dishes yet, however just reading the recipes makes my mouth water. ***Kudos after skimming through the recipes

For the Farm Girl in all of us:

I've been on this kick lately about wanting fresh eggs, which lead me to checking this book out from the library. It's an easy read on how to care and raise chickens for eggs in a city dwelling. When the day comes where I don't have a shared backyard I WILL get me some chickens! ***Kudos

True Crime:
Bitter Harvest by Anne Rule :: NO IMAGE AVAILABLE-SORRY
I love reading true crime stories-it is really unbelievable what humans are capable of! I've read a couple of Anne Rule books before but this one was finished in 1 week (after work reading)! It's about a Dr who has a wonderful career, lovely family and immaculate house and jealousy tears everything apart. I would highly recommend this book if you're into this sorta thing. **Kudos

There are many more books, but not enough time. If you have any recommendations for me, please leave me a comment I would love to read what you're reading!

"I no longer feel bad about my stuff. In fact, I now classify it all as 'collections'. They are my tools. They are both the materials and the art itself".
-Lesley Riley from Art Making Collections and Obsessions

Queenie in Trouble

I first saw the video on this blog. I thought it was too funny (kinda freaky, but funny) not to share!

Happy Sunday!

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies."
- Gene Hill

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Did I mention...

I bit the bullet and I'm heading to Oregon! I'm so very excited to meet all the artists that are teaching and learning. Actually, a bit nervous too! I'm also excited to check out Oregon. I think there's only 4 spots left if you're interested check out this website for more info.

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Product of the Machines.

Oh, how I've missed you! I have been internet-less for 1 whole week! We're talking 168 hours people! I felt like it was a whole year. I woke up everyday bitter because I couldn't get a connection. I'll spare you all my whiny sob story (thank you to the ones that listened to my unpleasantness), but I'm gonna feel sorry for the Comcast rep that answers my call tomorrow. I realized that I am definitely a "product of the machines". I rely way too much on them, it's sad really.

For all the time I've had, you would think I got a lot of crafting done...I didn't. But I did read/thumb through a few books. I will have to review them later. I'm just excited to be here.

I did make it to a car show though!

*Sigh* First million I make, I'm buying me one of these!

Sorry for the quickie but I have much blog-catching up to do. See you soon!

"Hooked on Internet? Help is a just a click away." ~Author Unknown
(I'm guilty as charged)