Thursday, October 30, 2008

Panettone it's amore!

I went to Costco. I bought a Gran Panettone. I am taking it to my Dad's for tea tomorrow.
Hi Dad!

Cactus Monster's Foot

Eventhough the top of our hill is known as Devil's Bridge, the only scary thing aroud here this Halloween is the Cactus Monster.

Original Slate Entryway

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Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
After scrapping and chipping off old boat varnish inch by inch, I need to seal this slate entryway. You know, just in case it sprinkles. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I think I'll ask Pam over at Retro Renovation!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mystery House: Week 5


I went up to Lake Ave. (Pasadena) to purchase more lawn signs, and to see if the Macy's store had re-opened! Yes on the lawn signs, no on the Macy's! Oh what to do? I still had 40 minutes in my parking spot. Oh yeah! I turned around and there was Anthropologie. I bought a cute retro hen timer there for my kitchen last month. In a Pasadena minute I came out with

a retro butterfly potholder,

a pearl in-lay switch plate

and decorative hook for the bathroom.

Check out their door knobs, pulls and switch plates at
{for your home}.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How About Blue ?

The "old" kitchen

The "new" kitchen.
Not a single inch of original paint was harmed in this process.
I was inspired by the Fall Colors Contest over at
What do you think? Yeah or Nay?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

"Short Course in Miracles" by Richard Stein (1994)


Possum up a 'simmon tree
Raccoon on the ground
Possum says you son of a gun
Lay my 'simmons down.

- mid to late 1800s, author unknown.

The verse also forms a portion of the traditional song "Bile Dem Cabbage Down", in various permutations in black spirituals, and many other folk songs.

Thanks to for the song.

My parents have a persimmon tree. As the years have gone by, our family has looked forward to the harvest each fall. Persimmons have replaced pumpkins as my preferred fall home decor and fall fruit. The tree had some magnificently large persimmons on it that we could see from the second story window. Despite the net, some critters shimmied up the trunk and ate most of the fruit! The hubby will hand carry on de plane some to the Lambster for her 20th b-day. I bought these from the market !

Mystery House Week 3

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Playing House: Contemporary Dolls' Houses 1957 - 2007

Emilie at AT blogs on all things Australian on the LA page. This morning as I am looking for pillows I saw her post and got all excited and then realized they were NSF ! Ha! Never mind.

With all the negative press about housing these days, it is a relief to come across an exhibition that puts us "Martha types" back into "happy home" sphere. Dolls’ house collector, Anna-Maria Sviatko has chosen fourteen houses from her collection to display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery Check out her blog too!

I'm still looking for pillows.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tea Towel of the Month: October

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Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
I purchased this tea towel from "Mr. Linens" at the Veterans Stadium Market (3rd Sunday) in Long Beach a few years ago for a couple of dollars. Who would want a cheesy souvenir tea towel from Chicago?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Do I really have to turn the sprinklers back on?

OK, it just started spitting! You just can not call it rain! It won't really rain because just beyond the top of that hill to the left is Dodger Stadium and they have a game starting right now! Ugh!

Mystery House Week 2

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