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First family christmas

A curiation of words on cards, fancy tote bags, sprinklings of glitter snow flakes, festive apparel and adornments for body and tree continue a family tradition of seasonal giving. Mum’s an expert at hiding hard currency in unsuspecting places with scribbles on paper scraps prompting that we buy treats and experiences that pamper. Brightly color Continue Reading »


flower1 1100We found a set drawers in a dumpster and here’s one we made into a cactus garden. We used waterproof roofing paper and heavy duty plastic sheet to line the drawer – you could build on top of what’s there in terms of finish (we sanded – primed – and stapled some old potato sack and primed that as a white texture for the brush & ink.)

We found a soil that is cacti friendly and used some pebbles and oyster shells Mum picked from Morro bay beach. Note to self – remember to put some broken old clay pot pieces in for drainage (esp. if you plan to leave it out in the sun & rain) Cacti don’t like too much water. We water them once or twice a week and we gave a little organic feed and let nature do her thing. We bought the cacti at HomeDepot 5 months earlier and the poor things were giving us guilt trips when we looked to the garden and saw then fighting to survive – it made us happy to see them moved into a new Sm+Ko custom home – and we are learning to talk cactus. The large white flowers are spectacular to experience – looking like asparagus spears sprouting out from the side of a cactus – when we wake to these in full bloom – it’s perfect – so perfect that when we return from a day of work they have already closed and died…the last picture is what happens after a day of beautiful life, the whole thing (include “Asparagus-spears”)  dries out and eventually drops.

One of most inspiring life we recently experience.


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