Wednesday, October 31, 2012




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

quarter of a century

Photo by mariagrimes Photo by mariagrimes

25 years ago we had our one and only child, Anthony.

I remember telling Kurt (months before he was born) I wanted to get the newspaper of the day he was born.
Thinking he would like to know the happenings on the day he was born.

Anthony was born Oct. 30 (11:12pm)
Being the great husband/father Kurt is, he went out in the wee hours looking for the Oct. 30th  newspapers (4 different ones, including the town he was born in) before they were replaced.
Anthony never knew we had them, we gave them to him this weekend when we celebrated his 25th birthday. It was fun seeing how things were 25 years ago. Anthony was surprised the cost of a new car back then, the good old days! Ha

Happy Birthday Anthony!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

So good!

Rich Ferguson from San Luis Obispo, CA

Friday, October 26, 2012

Design of the Month (November)

Lampwork Acorn Necklaces (DOTM)

I'm back ...
My shows are over and I'm back working on new things, including the Design of the Month.
November's design really isn't new, but I think it's perfect for Fall...
I'm offering the Acorn Necklaces in 4 different colors, Ivory, Green, Orange and Aqua.
If you'd like to place an order, they are available...HERE.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Hooters the Owl Hooters the Owl 

I entered the Hooters Owl Challenge over at Artisan Whimsy...

I made this Hooter Necklace complete with an Owl, Acorn, Branch, an Oak Leaf and creamy Lavender spacers.
(all made by me)

Voting begins Oct 28th Midnight - Oct 30th Midnight
All Artisan Whimsy members are invited to participate, so if you are not a member (yet), don't walk and sign up today! It's a fun group!
Plus, once you are a member, you'll be able to vote (wink wink)


Monday, October 22, 2012


I love the beach.
I dream of having a little beach house of our own one day.
A place we can escape to from time to time...
Where we can take long walks, hear the sea lions at night, a place we can curl up with a good book...
But living in California, this is usually just a dream.
In some CA seaside towns, a teeny tiny little fixer-up usually start in the high $400,000 range, if you can find one that cheap. And when you do, they need A LOT OF WORK! Which means a ton of money.

So when I found a little vintage (1958) Rex Mobile Home a couple months ago, I knew it was for me!
I fondly call it my "T-Rex"
OK, it needs a lot of work! A LOT! But, it has a tiny pink oven! 
Which does not work anymore, but it is super cute! 

Vintage Pink Oven

and the location is perfect...right a cross from the beach...perfect!


So over the next few months, we'll be gutting, building, fixing, redesigning, painting, laying new floors and adding a new deck. My T-Rex is getting a make-over...I'm so excited!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Secret Garden

Primrose Fairy Necklace

The Primroses are in full bloom...
If you look very close you'll find the little fairies amongst them.
Comes with a tiny lock and key clasp so she can find her way home...
You can find them in the Secret Garden.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Doing the salsa

Photo by mariagrimes 

It's that time..
Time when my friends and neighbors hide when they see me coming with bags of tomatoes.
This year, I only planted 4 bushes (last year I planted 10)
But with our warm Summers here, my tomatoes grow like crazy!
Last year I made tomato sauce with the extra surplus.
So this year I decided to make salsa. So tasty with home grown tomatoes...
Note to self: Even though the prep time says 20 minutes, it takes much longer to peel the tomatoes and roast the green chiles.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Instant Chihuahua

Photo by mariagrimes Photo by mariagrimes 

With a little tweaking of the ears and's now a Chihuahua....

Friday, October 12, 2012


Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012



32 years ago today...we said  "i do"...
Once in awhile we are asked "what is the secret to a happy marriage?"
Kurt's answer is always "Happy Wife, Happy Life"
I married such a smart man...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Keep on Truckin'

A few months ago I tagged along with Kurt to the Truckin' Throwdown.
Kurt ended up finishing 3rd.

0:18- Kurt (in the middle)
0:49- Kurt
1:27- Kurt
2:37- I added an extra "A" to Kurt's ARP sticker (Kurt wasn't so amused) Ha!
2:45- Kurt
2:56- Kurt
3:02- CUTEST dog ever! (Molly) :o)
4:03- FUNNY!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Booquet

Halloween Flower BOOquet 
Just in time for Halloween...

Halloween Flower Booquets
Little water (resin) filled vase with Halloween Blooms.

3-Glass Blooms-1-Black, 1-Green and Purple with Orange center, 1-Lavender (it looks blue in photo, but it's Lavender)
2-Creepy Purple Stamens
2-Ghoulish Green Leaves
 Over-all size, about 2 inches tall

(sorry, I ran out of glass vases...I thought I had plenty)

Please note- These are made to order. Please allow 4-6 days before shipping.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Witches Brew Bump in the Night I "HEART" Halloween

I have been getting requests for jewelry made with sterling silver. I agree, I too LOVE sterling!
BUT, it's so so pricey!
Today I have a few Halloween goodies I made with sterling!
And the best part, I priced them at a super low price!
But, once they are gone, they're gone!
You can check them all out HERE.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fun Fun Fun

~Filmed by Max Papola, age 14, as we were setting up~

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi on Saturday! It was a great show!
So much Halloween in one fun fun

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Please send me your email address again...