Sunday, September 2, 2012

Record party

What are you doing this holiday weekend? I'm decoratin'!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Children's Fairyland is a storybook theme park in beautiful downtown Oakland, CA. It's been operating since 1950.

Grownups are not allowed inside without children, and children are not allowed inside without a grownup. It's been a long time since I was a kid, and I hadn't been inside since sometime in the early 70's.

A few weeks ago, Fairlyland opened the gates for a grownups only party! ALL proceeds from the event went to Fairyland and help them keep admissions low (or even free) for local kids.

I drank a refreshing adult beverage in the little pig's house of bricks! I don't remember it being this tiny.

Magic Keys open the talking storybooks at Fairyland. I still have my original key and it STILL WORKS!

Have you ever been to Fairyland?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

28 days later

Things are growing fast. This is what I found today:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Broken light fixture from the thrift store.

Broken terra cotta pot on the bottom for drainage.

The right soil.

Add plant. This one is called String of Pearls.

Ta da!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Preston Castle

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit Preston Castle (AKA Preston School of Industry) in Ione, CA. The "castle" was built between 1890-1894 and was intended to rehabilitate juvenile offenders as opposed to simply imprisoning them.

According to Wikipedia, "The institution was opened in June 1894 when seven wards (minors under the guardianship of the state, but not necessarily juvenile offenders), were transferred there from San Quentin State Prison. The original building, known colloquially as "Preston Castle" (or simply "The Castle"), is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was vacated in 1960, shortly after new buildings had been constructed to replace it. The abandoned building has since been named a California Historical Landmark (#867) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-75000422)."

Let's take a look inside, shall we?

Public tours are held twice a month. If you're really feeling adventurous, they also offer overnight ghost tours.

Would you do it?

Friday, February 10, 2012


Now in the shop- Vintage button necklaces!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012