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img_2084A few years ago on our annual anniversary trip to Mendocino Jeff and I happened upon this beautiful nursery. I decided to get a few plants to bring home. There is a wild version of a passion flower that grows all over the Mendocino area so I picked out a vine that had similar flowers on it. I planted it on the fence near the front door. It didn’t take long for the foliage to take off but we didn’t have any flowers. I guessed that it was in too much shade to flower but the vine is so pretty, I didn’t mind that much. This year though the vine developed flower pods. I was thrilled! Yesterday as Avery and I drove up the driveway we saw this spectacular flower. Gorgeous!

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The ungnamed gnome

img_1935This gnome was given to me by Leonard. She (yes that is HER name) works at a local antique mall and I have become friends with her over the years. She has the most AmaZinG collection of vintage holiday decorations, actually the best I have ever seen. She has told me that she will overlook something made by Tiffany to get something that speaks to her even it it is junk. Now that is the kind of thinking I can relate to. So on a recent trip to her booth, I found this gnome. He is cracked and glued back together but, like she said, it spoke to me. I bought some other things and she gave me this gnome for free! Thanks Leonard! Holly hasn’t seen this one yet so I will post the gname when I get it.

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img_1929img_1928 Holly the gnome gnamer named these two Seymore and Frederick. Seymore was found at Salvie’s Boutique (aka Salvation Army). He is holding an umbrella and riding on a turtle. Frederick was our first gnome. I found him at a garage sale in Sacramento. On the bottom it says he was painted by Pat in 1976.

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img_2024img_2012Here are some recent thrift store finds. I think the needle point pillow ($2.99) would make a really fun tote and the geranium embroidery ($2.99) could be turned into a fabulous pillow. I am adding them to my stack of future projects (hoping that posting my ideas will motivate me to see the project through…). And as for the chicken egg cups and salt shakers ($2.99), in a moment of weakness, I couldn’t resist.

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Another ceramic pet

img_2010There is a wonderful clay program at the kids school. This project was to turn a pinch pot into an animal. Avery gave her fish to me. It makes me happy. 🙂

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Front yard bounty

img_1999The apricot tree in the front yard is heavy with fruit. It is a really good year for this old tree. Jeff remembers playing in the dirt hole before it was planted when he was a kid. Now it provides a great climbing tree for our kids and delicious fruit in the summer.

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The little things

img_1985Since I have been on a sewing spree lately, the supplies are right there on the table for days at a time. There is nothing like a pin cushion endearment to make this mom smile. Thanks Avery. You are my elfin fairy pin cushion artist.

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