Archive for February, 2010

Peacock on the Roof

When we first moved here over five years ago one of the big perks was that there were peacocks in the neighborhood. I do have a fondness for most birds but of all the birds that I have seen in my lifetime, the peacock has to be one of the most spectacular. Imagine our delight when one of the neighborhood birds (in my mind his name was Peter) was drawn to the roof of our family room. He would come and perch there most days and display his glorious tail feathers for us to admire. Unfortunately, Peter is no longer with us but in honor of him, our family room will always be referred to as “The Peacock Room.”


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Photo Archive #1

Since I am camera-less and still want to keep my posts somewhat frequent I have decided to delve into the past for pictures to share. This project has to be one of my all time favorites. When Will was in preschool, I was in charge of school wide parties. I needed to plan a family picnic so I decided to do an Eric Carle themed picnic based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The main backdrop for the picnic was a large cardboard structure made out of large appliance boxes. They were painted white then I painted large pieces of fruit, candy and cakes based on the book. I cut holes into the painted food so the kids could peek through. The kids loved it and I had a blast making it.

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Feels like spring…

The crocuses are in bloom and we are headed to the pool this afternoon. Looks like February means spring in California this year.

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These totes were made with an array of repurposed items. The kite tote is made of a Brady-era bedspread with bits of vintage calico. The yellow and orange one is made of a cotton dish towel. The ticking tote features straw coaster flowers and a pair of Jeff’s old jeans. Jeff named the next one “The Palace of Fine Arts” and is made with a vintage bark cloth fabric sample. The last one I am keeping for myself and is made of a vintage “Vera” linen dish towel. I named it “The Holly” after my friend who is a chef. The orange ball fringe on these bags came from two hideous ball fringe tassles that I bought at the White Elephant Sale. I took them apart and they yielded a total of ten yards of ball fringe!

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Look what I found under the iron fence! Love that color and what a sweet little flower. The name is kind of appropriate too because I am sad to say that my camera is broken. I am borrowing Jeff’s camera but will not be posting as often until I decide to save up for a new camera or send mine in to be fixed. I love that camera… Anyway, I have been busy at the sewing machine and took some pictures that I will be posting tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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Wallpaper scraps

This thrifted Brady era wallpaper border has been one of the best $1.99 items that I have ever purchased! I have made dozens of greeting cards out of the owl and songbird areas of the design and when I was at the end of the roll, I had the idea of getting out my Fiskars round scalloped and daisy punches and using them on the remaining scraps. I now have loads of little embellishments for scrap booking and card making.

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Incredible mosaics

While Lisa was walking to meet me at the White Elephant Sale last weekend, she discovered this building. We walked by it on our way to our cars after the sale. Wow! Is this place amazing! The mosaic artists outlined all of this incredible work with pieces of mirror for an incredible sparkle. The colors and whimsical detail really stand out in this otherwise gray and industrial neighborhood.

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