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Archive for June, 2010

Happy Summer!

We will be traveling back East so I have have to put the blog on hold for a month or so. Wishing all of you a wonderful summer! xo K.

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Last evening when I was watering out front, I noticed that there were (what seemed to be) ivy plants literally growing out of the apricot tree. Will confirmed that I was correct. He and his friend Mason had put ivy berries in the cracks of the old tree. They sprouted and are starting to grow. I am tempted to leave them and see what happens.

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Blue wax flower

Last August when Jeff and I were on our yearly trip to Mendocino we met a woman who is the gardener at the Mendocino Cafe. I have admired her garden for years! She took us around and showed us different plants and answered our questions. Before we left, she picked off some seed pods of her blue wax flower (a.k.a. blue honeywort or shrimp plant) and gave them to me. I can’t remember quite when I planted them, but they are growing well and seem to be happy here. The mysterious smokey greens and purples of the flowers and foliage are otherworldly…

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Entrepreneurs

The kids have been asking to have a lemonade stand for years… I like the idea that “timing is everything” and when Jeff decided to tear down an old redwood fence two weekends ago and had lots of old boards available, he decided to build a stand for the kids. They helped with everything from tearing down the fence to nailing the stand together and then finally painting it. They even used up some ond paint that was in my stash. It was a great project all the way around. They opened up shop on Saturday. They got lots of customers and were thrilled when a car drove by, backed up and gave them a dollar just because they looked so cute! Even though my “inner Martha” cringed at the fact that they used powdered lemonade mix, they made a total of $48.00!

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This one is for my dear friend Lisa. We celebrated her birthday yesterday at the Alameda Point Antique Fair. I knew I wanted to make Lisa a Peacock tote and was inspired by Enid Collins, The Partridge Family logo and a t-shirt from Baby Gap. All of the fabrics are repurposed. Adding the sequins was a fun addition.

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This tote was ordered (back in March…eeek!) for a tween girl headed to Mexico this summer for a vacation. She lives in the South and I knew that she like Vera Bradley purses so I thought this fabric was a good choice. I had this yellow barkcloth and polka dot fabric in my stash already as well as the ball fringe so I didn’t even need to leave the house to buy supplies. In fact, I bet I could make over 100 totes without leaving my house but that is another story. I just delivered it and her aunt who ordered it for her was very happy which makes me very happy which motivates me to get back to the machine and create more totes! I get to cross this off the list AND it was really fun to make. 🙂

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We went back to Hakone Garden yesterday. It was amazing how much difference a few weeks can make. Last time we were there, it was definitely spring and now it looks like summer. All the trees are in full leaf and there are not nearly as many flowers blooming. What stood out most to me this time were all the different shades of red and green. So beautiful…

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