Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Playing Tourist

Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted...

The New Year got off to rough start for me as I lost one of my best friends to cancer.

There has been a big void in my life without her and even though I know she is in a better place,  I miss her every day.

So, it was a wonderful treat to have my 2 cousins come stay with me last weekend. 

They made the trip up from Southern California to visit their Northern California Cousins and to check in on their Godmother who recently relocated to a lovely Senior Retirement Community in my neighborhood.

On Saturday morning my cousin Allison suggested we walk the Golden Gate Bridge which I thought was a splendid idea as neither I nor my hubby had ever done it before!

We couldn't have asked for a nicer day!

It was simply amazing, everywhere we looked were breathtaking views, sailboats, and frolicking dolphins.

I still pinch myself over how blessed I am to live where I live and how I need to get out and be a "tourist" more often!

I hear there is a path you can ride your bike on starting in Emeryville that takes you over the Bay Bridge and onto Treasure Island!


That, at least, is what many thought until Joseph Baermann Strauss and his team of engineers proved them wrong.  Here at the Golden Gate strait, ocean winds are fierce, tides are strong, currents churn, fog rolls in like clockwork, and a major geological fault lies less than twelve miles offshore.

But in November 1930, just thirteen months after the stock market crash that brought Wall Street to its knees, residents of six northern California counties voted to put up their homes, farms, vineyards, and businesses to back $35 million in bonds to build the Golden Gate Bridge.  The project had been the focus of heated public debate, not to mention multiple lawsuits, for more than a decade by the time the bond issue was approved.

Today, the bold and elegant span, a marvel of engineering, stands as a powerful symbol of American ingenuity and perseverance.   From those who proposed and supported it to those who designed it and built it, the Golden Gate Bridge represents the triumph of optimism  and conviction over doubt and a willingness to take risks that continue to inspire us.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

it is here!!!!

My Favorite Day of The Year!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All I want for Christmas...

Is an Attic Closet!

Yep, that's right!

There is still one more space left to decorate in my little house!
My heart skipped a beat when I came across this image on Pinterest the other day!
Visions of attic closets are swirling around in my head!!!
A girl can dream right?

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Gallery Wall

Several weeks ago Miss Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home and Cindy Hattersley of Rough Luxe Design got together and sponsored a gallery wall challenge with several bloggers.

(The Old Gallery Wall)

Well, I had tried my hand at a gallery wall several years ago...

And while I gave it my best shot I knew I could do better!

 So after being inspired by their challenge I decided to take another stab at a gallery wall installation.

Actually, truth be told, I had taken down the existing gallery wall and had the wall patched and painted in anticipation of putting up this Antique Herbarium that I purchased more than a year ago on Ebay.

It consists of 25 individual plants so it took me a while to figure out how to frame and hang them.


In the end I decided on the simple and inexpensive black Ribba frames from IKEA.

They have been framed and sitting in a large stack in my office for close to a year!

 I'd been lying in wait all that time for the right moment to ask my sweet husband to help me figure out the best way to arrange and hang them as I figured it would be something of a weekend long nightmare.

We knew we wanted 5 rows of 5 and laid them out like that on our living room floor. At that point it was easy to see that we needed to space them very close to each other creating one big frame so to speak.

With laser level in hand, we made our way into the hallway where we centered, measured and taped off a great big square.

This large blank wall has challenged us for, wait for it... 30 years!

It can be seen as you walk up the long walkway to the front door as well as from the mancave whose window is directly across from it, making it a prominent feature wall.

Because the IKEA frames were so lightweight we used velcro hanging strips which made the job a piece of cake!

My hubby would actually hang a few at a time during the commercial breaks of the football game he was watching!

It was fun to watch it come together.

I must say it turned out AMAZING!

We couldn't be happier.

I love my husband!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A gift from a friend

I just finished cleaning this lovely little chandy that was gifted to me by a dear friend who has sold his home and is preparing to move at months end.

I am thrilled to be its new caretaker and have this beautiful reminder of the sweet man who brought it back from Italy more than 60 years ago!

I will be hanging it in my powder room which recently got a new mirror. I think the two will complement each other perfectly!

Stay tuned...