Thank you, Cindy.

Sometimes it takes a good bump upside the head from a loved one to get things going. In my case, my dear sister-in-law told me today she wants to see more of my blog, which prompted me to see when I posted last…January 1st!? Well isn’t that just the craziest thing.

I guess the easiest way to catch up is to give you a photo dump from my cell phone…this is what I’ve been up to. Let’s see if you can guess which photos are from California and which are from Wisconsin…;-)

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Not all those who wander are lost

Happy Summer to you…it’s been a while!  Hope you’ve been involved in just the right amount of shenanigans this season. I think I need to turn my mischief-meter up a little. I’ve only been to the beach once this season, and to not nearly enough flea markets! Even though the calendar says there are four more weeks left to the season, the San Francisco bay area is just gearing up for its warmest days of summer. There is still plenty of time to play!

Speaking of shenanigans, I’ve really been feeling my inner-hippy lately. I’ve been daydreaming of being irresponsible and taking off with abandon in a little vintage trailer like this (notice the poppies on the table):

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And in these daydreams I’m wearing flowy clothes in colors that are new to me and I think I even have feathers in my hair

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And as I travel along in my little camper with my flowy clothes and feathers in my hair, I meet new hippy friends along the way and we have happy beach parties in tents with fairy lights…

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Now this reverie usually ends right about here. It’s about the time the dryer timer goes off, or kitty Bean brings in a walking stick bug from the yard.

One of the reasons I enjoy Pinterest so much is that I can escape for a while and get lost in photography that moves me (without getting myself into trouble). To appease my wanderlust, I’ve been spending time on two of my boards, Boho Dreams and Take me Away. Have a look if you ever feel that need to get away from it all for just a little while..and the collections are really pretty.

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Another outlet for me has been sewing with some incredibly beautiful antique kantha blankets that I’ve been lucky enough to come across recently. The blankets are made by layering six vintage saris together and hand sewing them with small, straight running stitches called kantha. Working with these beautiful colors and the super soft texture of the old cotton fabrics makes my inner Bohemian happy.

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I love upcycling these into pillows, knowing that each sari has a history, as does the making of the blanket itself.  In Sanskrit, the word kantha simply means rags. What we see as an amazing work of art was really a humble woman’s way of keeping her family warm. The women of Bangladesh have been passing this tradition on to their daughters for generations, teaching them how to make those stitches small and straight. The attention to detail is amazing.

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I’ve added the first two pillows to the shop in a new category entitled Boho Pillows and I’m on the lookout for more vintage kanthas.  I hope you’ll take a look, and while you’re there check out the sale. A bunch of items have been marked down to make room for whatever new inspirations come along. I’m excited about this fusion of cottage and boho styles – all still very comfy, and very, very nesty.

 

 

 

 

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This last weekend I really wanted to go to the Remnants of the Past vintage show in San Luis Obispo, but since I’ll be dog sitting there in just a week and a half, I couldn’t see doing the four and a half hour drive twice. Luckily they will be back November 9th and 10th – I can hardly wait.

I was happy, then, that my favorite furniture store, Sonoma Country Antiques, was having a container opening event this weekend. I tell you, when that postcard invitation arrives in the mail, I practically jump in my car.

Most of the furniture and large accessories in my cottage are from this delightful shop. The staff treats us like family. Everything in the shop is unique, hand selected in Europe by the talented buyer. We’ve walked out with everything from a fresh scented candle to a chippy painted wooden beach locker. Every visit promises a surprise!

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Welcomed by such a pretty entry table.

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There are always fresh flowers throughout the store…

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…and in the outdoor/garden section of the shop.

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I brought this little wooden chair home with me. The happy green was a must-have.

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It is nearly impossible to stop yourself from taking a left out of Sonoma Country’s parking lot and driving one minute up the road to all that is CornerStone Sonoma. Conveniently located at the Southern Gateway to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Cornerstone Sonoma is an eclectic collection of art galleries, shops, wineries and a gourmet café & market set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world’s leading landscape architects. You could easily spend hours here, but my “must stop” is Artefact Design & Salvage, one of the most eclectic stores I’ve ever experienced.

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The scale of the indoor and outdoor items is not to be missed.

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something for everyone…

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And if you’re very, very lucky, you’ll meet the shop’s mascot, Axel!

As if this day wasn’t perfect enough, I decided to stop at two more favorites on the way home. Whenever I go to this next shop, my heart beats a little faster as I get out of the car. Beach House Style is “home” to me. I love everything about this place…everything! Just take a look…

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Am I right??!!!!??

I hope to set my pillows out at their next flea market, but they are so stocked with wonderful things right now there’s no room to have one for a while!

Our last stop is for those of you who love everything South of France. Coquelicot in downtown Larkspur specializes in French tablecloths and unusual vintage items collected throughout Provence. Don’t even get me started when I tell you that they have an outdoor flea market once a year, the Friday and Saturday after Mother’s Day, and I was out of town during the last one. I still haven’t gotten over it.

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Coquelicot is “poppies” in French!

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If the poppies above didn’t get my attention, this welcoming front door did!

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I hope you enjoyed coming along on this shopping trip. Which shop would you most like to visit?

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I’m having the sort of day where I have so many thoughts running through my head I can’t focus on any one thing.

should I write today?

should I sew today?

should I start on my taxes?

I should tidy up. I should work out. I should make green juice. I should call a few friends.

I’m feeling wanderlust-y.

Perhaps it’s time to take a nice walk and sort this out.

While I’m gone, here’s some lovely eye candy from my Pinterest board ‘pink and turquoise’.

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