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Friday gardeningI got this cutting board a few years ago because I love the graphic. The bottom has some water damage but the picture and sentiment were so great, I had to get it. Since it is Friday today, maybe it will inspire me to get out in the garden and do some watering and weeding…

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Filoli

img_2738img_2733img_2797img_2783Yesterday we spent the day at Filoli. It was stunningly beautiful as always. Heidi declared it a “Mint Julep Day” and I couldn’t agree more!

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Re-purposing

img_2667img_2663Re-purposing…have I gone too far? I think not! I believe it is in my genes! My grandma was wonderful at it. My favorite example of hers was when she re-used the plastic net-like packaging from the Thanksgiving turkey and used it as a hair net to cover her curlers while her hair was drying. Now that is thinking! And in today’s world it is not only creative, it is also very “green.” Ok, now on to my own re-purposing story. I must admit I am pretty excited about this one. On Monday I took the kids to Savers and promised them I would get them something for two dollars each if they would cooperate and let me do a power walk through the store. I made a bee line to the corner where I find lots of weird stuff. I could feel it in the air that there was something good over there. I came across six avacado green straw placemats made in the Philippines and knew I had struck gold even though I didn’t know what I was going to do with them yet. Then, it came to me! A placemat purse! Of course! How brilliant!! First I sewed vintage buttons on the centers of the straw flowers. Next I whip stitched the placemats together with matching DMC embroidery floss. Then I folded the the top sections down over some bamboo purse handles that have been in my stash for a while. Lastly I tied a thrifted hankie on to one side of the handle. I was beaming! I was over the moon!! I took the purse on a test drive to the grocery store and no one said a word about it but I am not worried. I know it is FaBulOuS! 🙂

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…and after!

finished chairAvery’s thrifted desk chair is now complete. The fabric on the seat is a light weight cotton so I put a clear vinyl on top to make it more sturdy and it can be kept clean easily. This is another big check of “the list.”

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kbf00073Happy Birthday Carrie! Thanks for being a great friend for (eeek) 40 years. Have a wonderful day! Love, Karen

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img_2408img_2413Eleanor's birthday cakeToday we celebrated Eleanor’s first birthday in a beautiful garden in San Francisco. The kids had a great time playing on the grass in the shadow of an old windmill in Golden Gate Park. The cake tasted as divine as it looked thanks to Cindy’s baking and cake decorating skills. Eleanor loved the pretty roses on top.

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Before…

Avery's chairWhen blogging about Avery’s bedroom project, I forgot about one important detail, her desk chair! I got this one at a thrift store for only $4.99! The thing I like best about it is the lattice work on the back. There is enough Bittersweet Chocolate paint to finish this chair and I already have the fabric and foam pad for the seat (which has been stashed on the top shelf of her closet for some time now). I am hoping to get the painting part completed today.

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