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Archive for August, 2009

img_3285My mom and I were driving down the road last week and my neck craned at a handmade sign declaring “FREE!” We passed up these chairs at first but then I thought to myself, “If I don’t pick these up, I will regret it…” We turned around and checked them out. They definitely have a sixties/seventies vibe so I squeezed them in the mini van and drove them home. After a rinse off and a wipe down, they look pretty good.

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Deco hinges

img_3279img_3284img_3274The kitchen hardware story continues! I got an email from my aunt the other day. She found a box in the basement where my grandpa had his work shop. She looked inside the box and found twenty sets of these *FabUlouS* Art Deco hinges (genuine Buffed Kromoid none the less!). We will not be able to hang them up this year since we plan to paint first but they will be a perfect addition to our kitchen make-over!

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When everything is dry and crispy in my yard in August, I can always count on seeing big lush gardens on our trip to Mendocino. There is a major drought going on there this year but the gardens are still beautiful. We also saw an abundance of humming birds this time. I love how the hummingbirds will linger just long enough for you to enjoy their beauty then flit off to find another flower or to have someone else admire them.hummingbirdred hot pokerNaked ladiesSweet peasAngel trumpetHummingbird in flight

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Creative Mendocino

There must be something in the air here that gets the creative juices flowing. There is no better place to check out the unique and quirky works of art than the Mendocino Art Center. Every year we find new and delightful creations. We were walking down the street behind the art center and I saw this face propped up against the building in a bed of wild nasturtiums. Another thing that really stood out this year were these amazing driftwood garden sculptures. One day I would *LoVe* to take some classes here!img_3059mosaic sunflowerface:nasturtiumsimg_3044

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Mendocino architecture

The thing I noticed most on our first trip to Mendocino was the architecture. I loved the way the delicate Victorian buildings were perched on a very rugged California coast line. The buildings are usually chipped and weathered from the sea air which adds to the charm.green windowdoor and porch lightdove weather vanered shingles

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M e n d o c i n o . . .

img_3108img_3133Jeff and I returned from our annual trip to Mendocino yesterday. We have been going there every August for the past 9 or so years to celebrate our anniversary. It is our very favorite place to go to relax and get away from it all. There are so many reasons why I love this place so I will be posting about it for the next few days…

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Reno: Day 7

img_2951img_2953Am I dreaming??? Do you mean to tell me that not only do I get six new shelves for storage but they slide out for easy access too??? This is the best anniversary present a girl could ask for (fourteen years today, thank you very much!). My mom arrives today too. Happy day!

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