Thursday, July 28, 2016


so, as you know... the daughter and I have been upcycling and (sometimes) restoring stuff we find into new, (hopefully) more functional things. It's a process. And sometimes projects take longer than we thought... or things just don't work out the way we thought... you know how it goes. Anyway. I am a huge lover of plants. When we lived in Albuquerque I had started growing succulents... but once we moved here, they were difficult to find, or more costly than we could do.

This past week, I splurged; and bought half a dozen beauties online. They've arrived.
And after letting them "settle in" for a couple of days.... we went about finding just the perfect containers for them.
The grouping in the photo at the top, are two we are keeping. I've put them in a very old Maxwell House coffee tin that I found in a friend's basement. I love it. I love the kitch, I love that it's coffee... I love the weathered paint. For today's post, I thought I would share with you photos of some of the others... which we will be listing for sale on the yard sale page here. I am thinking they would loook super adorable in someone's office... on the kitchen windowsill... on the kitchen table... there are just so many possibilities. I hope you like them... 
See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Several weeks ago, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will...    
 And so on Wednesdays; I intend to post an old photograph to inspire your creativity.  Write a poem!  Plot out a short story! 
Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.  
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

I love this photo.
I love it because the couple seems to be having a great time...
I love it because someone took the time to try to hand color it...
And I love it because on the back it says "Jim and Mae West, July 1937"

Now, I find it hard to believe that this is indeed Mae West. 
In 1937, she was (by all accounts) just past the height of her career in 1933-35, and finishing a string of movies. 
She would then go on to radio shows and more; so I don't think she was just hanging out in front of the house posing for photos.
And, I think the woman in this photo is older than the 44yrs that Mae would have been in 1937.
But it's still an intriguing thought.

Even if it was just a lady who thought of herself as similar to Mae West, 
what a great story! Was she gutsy? Did she aspire to make movies?
And who is the fellow? with his dapper hat and suit?

Let your mind wander.... get your creativity tools out and see what happens...
See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


There are days when I feel like I am just filling the cracks in the dam...
treading water in an endless swirl of undertow... just about to go under.
And, there are days... when I float. 
Staring up at the sky and wondering how it can possibly be any more blue than it is at this very moment.

I think we all have our days. Days that are hard... days when it seems like we are smooth sailing.
The catch.... is to remember that the other exists. 
And to tread...ever so lightly.... ever so thoughtfully... ever so appreciatively... on.

See you all tomorrow.

Monday, July 25, 2016


It's "Maker Monday" ... my series of posts where I show you something I've made (or am working on)over the course of the previous week... and encourage the maker lifestyle.

Yes, I am a bit behind today...
It's been so hot that I feel like I am not getting a whole lot done, and then my daughter reminds me of all the things I do every day... and I feel a bit better. Yesterday, we dug up several bushes and plants from a friend's house, and while they look (mostly) dead (because of the heat and no rain)... the daughter dug holes in our back yard and plunked them in. If they live, next year we might have some blueberries and a currant bush... and maybe some rhubarb. She and Jim also dug up a fledgling maple tree... that is also now in our back yard.
While they were doing this, I planted 12 planters of flowers... the flowers were from a friend who thought they were (mostly) dead. But after a couple days of TLC here, I got them all planted... and took 9 of them back to her late last night as a surprise. That left me 2 for my mom's porch, and one for us. We also planted some succulents (hence the photos for today) into various pots.... and they now grace our front deck.

So... my "Maker Monday" post is about taking care of plants... even when you think they might be a goner... you just never know.
And this afternoon... as if to reward us... it rained.

See you all tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

for the weekend

I love teasel plants.
According to one online source, the name of the genus of this plant comes from a word that means "to thirst of water"; and refers to the cup-like shape of the plant. Apparently, rain, indeed... collects at the points where the leaves meet the stems, which is thought to deter certain sap-sucking insects and aphids from harming the plant. Isn't that cool?

It's amazing what information you can find online... although I have been trying hard to read more (actual books) lately. We've been without tv for several months I think now, and while at first I missed certain shows and such... I've gotten accustomed to not having it. And there are certainly ways around it... shows that can be accessed online or at Netflix and such. 

And, of course, it's summer and there is ever-so-much to be doing anyway.
That said.... per my usual weekend blog-post routine... I've gathered some links to share with you all:

*Shout out to New Mexico car culture
*some fantastic metal sculptures
*ever hear of a "spider frost?"
*25 books to read when you feel the world is falling apart
*South African Elephant murals
*miniature artist Ali Alamedy
*peaceful Tokyo
*have you heard of Karen Mueller? listen here 
*and then, there is this.
*and this.

I hope you have an awesome weekend... get some rest! 
And I will see you all back here on Monday for my "Maker Monday" post.

Friday, July 22, 2016


So, my friend Chris has the most amazing gardens... and I aspire to have something like them; some day.
They are lush... and productive... and gorgeous.
Today I am working on lots of things around my house, including weeding my own (little) garden.
Hope you are all doing well, and I will see you all tomorrow for my weekend post.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Have I mentioned how much I love photography?
I took a bunch of photographs the other day at my friends' place... and here are a couple of them.
I hope you like them.

I've got so much work to do today... so I better get back to it.
I will see you all tomorrow.