Friday, December 16, 2011


heads up, party people: santa meetup tomorrow. be there...plan an alternative to reindeer for getting back home.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

interior design

i visited my friend john's house the other day after lunch at ted's bulletin...his place is fantastic! this remodeled church on capitol hill is a multi-unit multi-level condominium building with 14 foot ceilings and fantastic light through the large windows, perfect for displaying his trophy heads (he's from texas) and lovely artwork.
he also has a nice hat collection.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

national pastry day

it has been sooo long since i have eaten any, but i like looking!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

today's problem: flat tire

arghh! i parked too close to the storm drain and the metal edge popped my tire:(. it really popped and i actually jumped! when i got out to look, the tire was hissing as the air emptied out of the hole.
luckily i have triple-a: i called them...walked the dog...they were there. i learned where my spare tire is and how to crank it down from inside the back of the truck: enlightning!
now, whose gunna fix my wheel?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

set the record straight

today is the day to get your world record attempt in the books, er book: guinness book of world records. it may be too late to grow your nails the longest, but you and your friends/co-workers could dress up like clowns and stuff yourselves into a mini cooper or vw. sadly, you can no longer enter your extra long dreadlocks into the competition as they have removed that category.

Monday, November 14, 2011

today's problem: shoes

more specifically, ballet flats.
i'm the type who buys multiples of things that work for me...and i love shoes: this combination can lead to problems. i just bought twelve pairs of ballet flats. actually, i bought fifteen but three havent arrived yet. i dont even have room for anymore shoes.
but they're cute, right?

Friday, November 11, 2011

happy nigel tufnel day!

the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 2011 is nigel tufnel day! why? watch this clip from one of my all-time favorite movies.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween

happy halloween!
not so sure if oto's "li'l stinker" costume was such a good idea: maybe once around the block!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

today's problem: sleeping

one of the problems of living in an urban area is being able to sleep through sirens, trash trucks, barking dogs, howling cats, school buses...i dunno: what else? so for years i have armed myself with a sound machine to mask all noises evil.
i prefer 'ocean waves' to lull me into a deep slumber. then i sleep like a baby and awake refreshed! the mister has grown used to the masking machine: other people think its a bit weird. i once took the sound device with me to a workshop in tennessee. my lawyer/potter roommate said "fine" to it, but i really didn't want to impose, so i set it to wake us at an agreed upon hour...then i left for an all-nighter in the metal shop. when i returned around 4:30am, my roommate was asleep, but awoke as i got into bed, mumbling about a rooster crowing repeatedly. i thought she was talking in her sleep, so i ignored her. she suddenly sat up and said: "the f-ing rooster in your sound machine has been crowing all night!". i must have accidentally turned one of auxiliary sounds on and she couldn't turn it off!
lesson learned: farm noises are not soothing.
(uhm...that's the miami sound machine above: also not soothing)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

new work

earlier this year i started a new line of work featuring vintage plastic charms cast in sterling silver combined with gemstones and some of my herban elements findings. i recently had them photographed by my friend sandra of cole rodger photographics, and i couldnt be happier with the results! here is the first piece which combines a little bird with a large blue topaz on a ring shank fabricated from a tulip poplar stamen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

today's problem: fruit flies

i thought fruit flies were a summer phenom, but this past week i have been over run by them! they are on my fruit, my vegetables, the kitchen cabinets, the stove...they are even in the fridge! i vacuum them up: they seem to multiply! i tried cider vinegar to attract them away from the fruit, but that just attracted a million more. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

bethesda row art festival

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
shop local and support the arts saturday and sunday at the bethesda row art festival.

Friday, October 14, 2011

winnie the pooh

i have a specific memory of me turning six years old: we were not rich, so my gifts were only a few but very carefully selected, special gifts from my parents. on my sixth birthday in addition to several coloring books and crayons,  i received a collection of pooh books, including "now we are six".
i was six: how weird!
i read these poems over and over and still cherish them to this day!
happy 85th birthday, pooh bear!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

how to score points with your laundry

start with this gaming machine and your dirty laundry...dont forget the coin and bring your game because this washer wont spin if you suck!

Monday, October 10, 2011

today's problem: columbus day

we never got the day off when i was in school, so i never celebrated columbus day when i was growing up. but now as an adult, it's a three day weekend: score!
so today i celebrate the discovery of india by a murderous rapist who loved a good slave now and again: salut!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

graffiti umbrella

with most of the month of september stormy and rainy and the farmer's almanac predicting more of the same for the next few weeks, it is time for me to break down and replace my old wind blown umbrella! the on line search began and this multi-function number is what i came up with.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

autumnal equinox

trying to get excited about 'sweater weather' and not freaked out by the impending chill.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

how to get vintage style

start with a vintage purse, of course!
i have collected vintage bags since i was knee-high to my grandmother, but recently felt the need to update and expand my collection, much to the chagrin of my closet! it all started on etsy when i purchased a woven chrome oval-shaped number with a lucite handle...then it escalated to ebay:
seven bags later, i felt complete!
some were wicker...some were metallic chrome...others were wicker and metallics...many had lucite handles.
then i saw this one:
its italian!
yes: a neon yellow plastic beaded vintage purse from the 60's could not be more perfect!
irony is, cherie has a coordinating red and white one:
of course she does!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

got bees?

it has been overcast and cool, so the bees are slowing down. i see them sleeping on my sedum. more bee stuff here.