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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Few Things

It's only Tuesday but, I've found a few things I'd like to share with you.

First up, I couldn't contain myself when I found this recipe! What could be better than a warm chocolate drink that has red wine in it!?  I haven't made it yet but it's on my to do list for this weekend! Just adding red wine to this hot chocolate recipe I shared last year would be tasty.

I've been busy making soap for the holiday rush and a Christmas bazaar I'm participating in. Consequently, I now have the popular Mug-o-Beer Soap restocked in the online store.

The Pepperwood Goats' Milk Soap has been restocked as well.

Pick up a few while supplies last!

Friday, October 21, 2016

San Francisco

We took advantage of the low airfares and visited San Francisco last week. As it worked out we picked a good week to go since Portland had the "Storm of the Century". We only had one day of rain in San Francisco and we picked that day to visit the Museum of Modern Art.

Here are some photos of our trip.
The Golden Gate Bridge.

 I went a little crazy with the row house pictures!
Most of these are from the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood.
They are so cute but besides needing a lot of money to buy one, we noticed a lot of contractors working on them.
 Ah, the details!
 And the colors!
They look like little doll houses.
Love the curved windows on these homes.
I really love how bright the houses were painted. Purple, pink, yellow, blue; these colors look good on a row house.
Of course, all white looks good too.
As you can see the weather was pretty nice for wandering around taking photos of people's homes.

Seriously, how do you curve glass?!

We took in a little shopping in the neighborhood as well.

I loved how there were so many open air produce markets all throughout the city.
Wish I could have flopped down in a sunny spot for a rest about then too!

What's a trip to San Francisco without a trolley picture?
Of course we had to get some Ghirardelli chocolate!
Like Portland, San Francisco has it's homeless problems.
We spent a lot of time walking around the city.

We had major pepper envy over these! Our peppers didn't do so well this summer.
Our last day there we hit a farmer's market and craft show on the pier.

And finally a shot of the Bay Bridge on our way to 21st Amendment Brewery!

Ah, made it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Repurposed Window

This was an easy re-purposing. We found this mirror free on the sidewalk one evening as we were walking to dinner.  We left it as we didn't want to carry it to the restaurant.  I figured if it was still there when we walked home then it was meant to be mine.

I sanded the rough spots and flaking paint off it then I hit it with some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Ironstone and sealed it with hemp oil.

I added these cute watering cans I picked up at a garage sale for hooks.
They would work well to hold flowers.

Or, if you want, they can hold pencils and pens.

I added a sturdy way to hang the mirror as well using a couple hooks and some wire.

I think this mirror would look good inside or outside.  I will be selling this at my Home and Patio Sale next July!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Every now and then we get some beautiful birds in our yard. My sister was an avid bird feeder and watcher and we've continued her legacy by keeping our bird feeders well stocked.

Western Tanager
We get hummingbirds, bushtits, nuthatches, chickadees, flickers, finches, jays, and many others. One spring we even got tanagers and I've seen a peregrine falcon sitting on our back fence more than once!

Cedar Waxwing

Just last week as I was working from home I saw two cedar waxwings land on the lilac bush. I googled what things they eat as I wanted to attract more. That's when I stumbled on this great website.

You can filter by region, food preference, feeder type, or just click on a bird and see what they like to eat.

If you don't already have any, pick up a few bird feeders and start enjoying nature's parade!

I recommend these feeders:

 A simple basic feeder works great for hummingbirds. Mix 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups water for food. Hang close to a window so you can see the birds and feed year round in the Pacific Northwest.

 These are great for bushtits and flickers. We've found these suet cakes with hot pepperskeep the squirrels from eating them, especially when there's plenty of other food available, and the birds still love them.  In really hot weather (over 95 degrees), the cakes may melt.

Keep in mind that feeding birds begins an unending battle with squirrels in your feeders. We've found that this feeder helps keep squirrels from eating your birdseed.  However, in the dead of winter when there's little food for squirrels they will try anything to get to your feeders.

Monday, October 10, 2016

This and That in the Yard

Autumn is in full force in the Pacific Northwest! It's definitely getting colder and wetter but before winter hits full force, I thought I'd do a quick round up of what's still blooming in the yard.

This rhododendron is holding it's own. This particular one blooms in the spring and fall.

Of course I've got a few mums in the yard for fall blooms, like this yellow one.

My asters are hanging in there too, although they're looking a little ragged.

What a surprise this was!  I've got about five daisies blooming!  Next year I'm going to cut them as soon as they finish blooming to encourage more blossoms.

My morning glorys are still blooming their beautiful deep purple color.

Finally, my lone pumpkin. I'm going to pick it soon as the elementary kids going to school across the street have been eyeing it lately!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Recent Free Finds!

I've been out and about and have found some nice items for free (or close to it) lately! I haven't had a chance to work on them yet but here's a sneak peak at what I've found so far.

This table we picked up one evening coming home from an ice cream trip! Ice cream IS good for you!

I'm going to paint the legs and sides and hit the top with a sealant.  This table also needs a little shoring up but it's otherwise in nice shape.

Even my son is finding free stuff! He picked up this chair the other day.  I think I'll paint it similar to the table and make them a set.

This little chair is in excellent condition.  The seat is rawhide and is very sturdy.  I'll need to fix a couple nail holes in it but I'm not sure if I'll do much else to it. It was another great free find!

You can't go wrong picking up free windows! I've got plans for this one.

Did you see that little box peaking out from behind the window?

I may keep this, it looks like a homemade tool box.  I could definitely find a use for it!

Inside there's even a pull out tray!

And finally, this black beauty Jeff and I threw (heaved) unto the roof of the car last weekend.

I think it would make a great kitchen island. It even has a pull out cutting board. It will definitely be painted and I'll probably add a towel bar and some hooks on the side.

It already has casters and moves quite easily.

As I work through these items I'll post after pictures!  All of these (except maybe the box) will be in my Home and Patio Sale next July!