Archive for May, 2011

Our First Harvest

May 31, 2011

We have been eating the best salads from our garden for the last couple of weeks.  Everything we planted from seeds just over a month ago (April 23) are going to town  in our stock tanks/raised beds.

We are growing two kinds of potatoes in these garbage cans, and are thrilled they are doing so well.  I am eating my lunch outside in the veggie garden nearly every day.  Even with our less than spring-like weather.

The seeds planted directly in the ground are growing slower, but they are growing.  These sugar snap peas are trying to climb this rescued plant stand.

Next year, we’ll be raising up this section of the garden.  Scooting the bark out of there is on the top of my to do list for later today.  I’ve learned baby slugs are very fond of kale and lovage.  The coffee grounds are helping deter them.  I’m going to add ash from our community fire pit too.  Any other suggestions for organic slug control?  I keep meaning to check on the price of the copper tape to build little fences around these plants.  But I’d need a fair amount.  I’m also trying to pick off the little buggers when I see them.

And thank goodness, the slugs don’t like to shimmy up stock tanks!


Street Fashion in NYC

May 26, 2011

In the Chelsea neighborhood, I spotted this stylish young man.  I asked him if I could take a picture of him and his scarf.  He told me his friend made it from a damaged sweater, and added some more artistic tearing to it along the way.  He then proceeded to ask me if I had a light.  I didn’t.  And I resisted from mentioning the evils of smoking.  He looked like he was twelve, but probably was older than that.  Yet I was flattered that he thught I was a possibly hip enough grandma to ask!

Terrific Tablescape

May 24, 2011

Such a cheerful and colorful party spread!  The yellows and grays together are such a nice balance of sophistication and friendliness.  Just like my friend, Christie – the hostess with the mostess for this shower.  My favorite detail is how Christie glued the silverware pieces to the galvanized flower containers.  What a smile-making display!

Brooklyn Flea Market

May 20, 2011


A highlight of our recent trip to New York City was our day in Brooklyn, starting with the Brooklyn Flea at Ft. Greene on Saturday.  (There is a Sunday session of the Brooklyn Flea  at One Hanson Place.)  The Evans-Ramos team of The Good Husband Raoul, and tour guide/subway masters Morgan and Eileen hit the flea as soon as it opened.  I was meeting my newest friend, Kathy Malone of Fofolle and Clementine Events, for a skirt/poncho special delivery. 

I had spotted Kathy’s designs in this extremely handy book, Markets of New York City by Karen E. Seiger.  After a couple of introductory emails back and forth, we had a plan to meet in person at the flea.  I loved my new skirt on sight!  It will be the perfect travel clothing – as it doubles as a poncho/shoulder wrap or an ultra-comfortable skirt.  Kathy has since introduced me to Karen.  I can’t recommend her book enough.  It contains the best info on the artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC.

This flea has lots of vintage wonders.  What an amazing collection of vintage eyeglass frames.

These repurposed barstools were spectacular.

The handmade crafts were most tempting.

Eileen modeling her new dress.  I bought a little flowered number from this charming designer, Cornelius.  I’m sorry I didn’t get a better picture of him.

Team E-R was well fed. 

The puposa stand provided our favorite selection.

I bought several pieces of Wrecords jewelry made from recycled vinyl records.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn – finding another great flea market, terrific food and one indie shop after another.  It was heaven!

Twinkies, Salt and More in NYC

May 18, 2011

We are just home from five fun-filled days visiting our youngest son in New York City.  Morgan moved there three years ago, and we really enjoy visiting.  Each time there are new neighborhoods and shops to visit, new food places to try, and the people watching is tippity-top.  This picture is a display of rock salt serving pieces at The Meadows, a shop devoted to an amazing collection of salts for sale.

Our tour guide extraordinaire, Morgan, and hubby Raoul.

Another memorable foodie stop was the Lulu Cake Boutique.  I had read about their twinkies being served as the wedding cake at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.


Next up – The Brooklyn Flea Market.

Outside My Studio

May 16, 2011

I created this work table outside of my studio.  An old cupboard door tops the base of a vintage treadle sewing machine stand.  I’m looking forward to crafting outside one day soon!


May 11, 2011


July 1997 – May 10, 2011

One of the bravest, strongest and sweetest cats I’ve ever had the privilege of loving.

Photography Fun

May 5, 2011

One of my favorite days of the month is when I get together with my pal Julie for our skills swapping day.  She teaches me a bunch of new stuff about photography and using my camera.  In return, I am her gardening coach.  After working on taking some action shots, I’ll be more prepared for next year’s RE Store’s Trash Fashion show, and our upcoming visit with our two year-old granddaughter, Claire.

This shot was working on back lighting.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to have this paint-by-numbers quality, but I’m darn pleased with it all the same.

Petite Retreat Spring Boutique

May 4, 2011

Here’s something really fun to add to your weekend calendar (besides visiting our Mill Creek Garage Sale bright and early on Saturday, the 7th at 7:30 a.m.)  I’m sure you can fit both things in!

This is the debut of Deb and Bob Kennedy’s latest creation, the Petite Retreat Boutique.  You’ll find Retreat original furnishings and accessories, as well as a selection of handmade, vintage and antique wares from other wonderful vintage industry vendors.  For more information, please visit this link.

More Purging

May 3, 2011

More purging, de-cluttering and de-crapping are underway here this week.  The Mill Creek Garage Sale is this Saturday, May 7.  If you find yourself in the Evergreen subdivision, look for the sandwich board that says Beth’s Sale.  We’ll roll up those garage doors at 7:30 a.m. 

Our prize for sale will be an antique upright piano that came from Wales with my family over 100 years ago.  It’s a sentimental beauty, and its time has come to be loved by another.  We’re only asking $495 for it because it will need a major tune-up.

Another highlight will be my snowdome collection, which is extensive.  Many will be 50 cents each, and there will be the “sub-sets” – figures, treasure chests, teeter-totters, the world tour, and other themes at higher prices, but still very affordable.

Bargain prices on other vintage items and some household goods will be waiting for you.  Ours will be a short and sweet sale – only a few hours long.  It would be swell to see you!