glorious garden colors

As October rushes head-long toward November, our garden glows with color. Piles of mums border the fence against a backdrop of evergreen, the last of the summer roses and a few herbs and peppers. With the morning sun turning each pile to pure gold, the whole thing is a glorious sight to behold. As Mr.…

the Prize Pineapple

Thought you might like to see this little jewel, which Mr. L grew from the top of a grocery store pineapple. It lived in the greenhouse for a while, then moved to the south side of the house this summer. First it produced a fruit, and now there is a baby plant coming up beside the original.…

meet Lou

Frieda Louise 22″ OOAK Cloth Doll This fire-cracker is Frieda Louise. Her friends call her “Lou”. You, of course can call her anything you like. Standing about 22 inches tall, she has wired hands and arms allowing you to pose her as you please. Her body is soft faux kidskin, firmly stuffed with 100% new…

awakening the garden

The first week of February in a California garden means signs of spring everywhere. So.o.o this week, between rain and a couple of nights of 31° temps, Dick carried ten bales of garden soil (3 cu. yards each), spaded them into the new beds and started the process of waking the new garden for spring.…

a new garden path

This week has been a roller-coaster of rain and dry, cool and warm. Today was sunny and just above 60°. I’ve always said our valley Holiday Season is Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Super Bowl and SPRING! They all run together and they come fast. When the temperatures start to reach into the 60’s you know…

meet Ami –

Ami 22″ OOAK Cloth Doll Ami is a good little girl, but her fashion idols are Kat Von D and Abby Sciuto from NCSI…so…her wardrobe makes a chic—goth—retro—punk statement. That makes her fashion sense every mother’s nightmare. Tats on neck and lower back and a belly-button ring add to her panache. Ami stands 22 inches tall. Her…

counting the years

Love is not a matter of counting the years, but making the years count. _Michelle St. Amand The past couple of days have been devoted to scanning all of our 35mm slides to digital format. It’s something we’ve been threatening to do ever since the technology became available.  Quite a job, believe me. There are…

reality series

Throughout the winter we’ve been house bound by the early darkness (who enjoys days being dark at 4:30 pm? Not me!) and the cold. Once upon a time we spent long winter evenings doing stuff out in the studio/sun porch, but lately, the Electric Company people stand gleefully over our meter, rubbing their hands together…

Give Thanks to the Lord

we give thanks

In my imagination our Thanksgiving dinner looks exactly like this Norman Rockwell painting. All of our children, and our children’s children gather together around the table, sharing love, mutual respect, and turkey—in my imagination. In reality—D, Kai Li, KiKi, and I will gather around our dinner table to give thanks for all of our blessings, and for…

calzone – crazy man!

Thursday D’s night to cook. Football and calzone. Crazy man! Love the man. Love football. And love his calzone. Super easy and Oh so yummy…yes both the cook and his creation. Here’s how: Put the pizza stone in the oven and crank up the temp. to 520° F.  Yes, it’s hot, but to get pizzeria…

meet Keesha

Keesha 22″ OOAK Cloth Doll Diva attitude and ready to par-tay! She’s all that. Twenty two inches tall and poseable, this beauty will add a little heat to any night on the town. Well…at least she’ll warm up any doll collection she becomes a part of. Her body is soft faux kidskin, firmly stuffed with…