Archive for “September, 2009”

Grandma’s Garden

Meet Leslie. Born and raised in Longbeach, CA and known as a surfer girl. (Can you tell by the tan? By the way, she’s tan year round…)

She works in the garden while watching 10 kids. Not her own, but others. She runs a daycare from her home and teaches swimming lessons. Incredible woman.

This is her garden. I envy it, after just recently moving into a new home where the backyard needs some help, especially the garden…

Isn’t it beautiful? I think she should be featured in Sunset magazine or BHG. Don’t ya think?

A lemon tree in Colorado?

Two cute clocks that she found at Wal-Mart for only $10. Good find Les!

Neko, the cat.

Cute sign.

Lovely pathway.

Cute archway.

Fire pit and log bench. How fun!

Peaceful stream that recycles the water. And a cute bridge. Make note of the hot tub in background. Gotta love that! The best part is that it is off of the master bedroom.

These are Char’s new yellow rain boots. Aren’t they adorable! Grandma Leslie got them in Japan for her son when he was only like 1 yr old. She has kept them that long. I guess that makes them vintage right? And from Japan. Can’t get any cuter than that!


It took about 7 hours to make 19 quarts of applesauce, but I did it! With the help of my husband and some advice from my wonderful mother and grandmother. Thanks! Plus, only one of my quarts didn’t seal. Not bad, for my first go around at making homemade applesauce. Here are a few pictures.

picking apples

I had loads of fun picking apples this morning from the trees in our backyard. I picked 2 boxes full of them!

I’m going to make applesauce out of them tomorrow morning. I’ve never done it before, but with the help of this tutorial and a Victorio Strainer , I’m sure I can figure it out. Wish me luck!

I’ll make sure to post some pictures of the finished product.

fun with frames

I saw something like this in the latest Fossil Magazine and it inspired me to try something new in Photoshop. I purchased the frame from istock photo and painted the butterflies by hand with watercolors and put it all together. Fun huh?

This is an idea I had for a printable 2010 calendar. It was fun to hand draw the frame for it. What do you think? Should I do the other 11 months in the same style and sell it in my shop?

Amy Butler Skirts

I have been busy sewing skirts for Char and I. I like to call them “mommy and me” skirts. They are made from Amy Butler fabric, which I love! I have been meaning to finish my skirt for like a year now, but couldn’t get my friend to help me finish it. So, I decided I would just finish it on my own. No pattern! I kind of just made it up. And then I made up Char’s pattern as well, based on another skirt that she had. Aren’t they fun!

free desktop calendar

Just in time for fall, a FREE screensaver for September.

This time it is saved as full resolution for a 1920×1200 screen. Just right click on the image and save it to your hard drive. Then use it as a desktop calendar to see what day it is.


new photos

Just wanted to let you all know that I have posted some new photos of my work here if you would like to view them. Let me know what you think. And of course, feel free to purchase one of my books or cards for a friend, lover, or someone special in your life.