Sunday, March 22, 2015

Out In The Yard

Guess who was chosen to pop-up at The Yard At Mission Rock, right across from the SF Giant's stadium?
That's right!  Les Méchantes!

You're probably wondering what The Yard At Mission Rock is.
It's a pop-up village featuring shopping, food trucks, a beer garden and just a general gathering spot, put together with repurposed shipping containers.

Les Méchantes will be there for six weeks, selling our own curated collection of SF Made brands, along with our own private label apparel, featuring caftans, capes, jewelry and tee-shirts.

So if you want to find me, you know where to look.
I'll be there seven days a week for next six weeks!
Come hang out at The Yard with us!

You can read more about Les Méchantes and The Yard here, here and here.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Undermount Bathtubs

Ok, so there's no possibility of a tub in our master bathroom, and as much as I would love one there, I've had to come up with an alternative option for the house.  

 So many of you had strong opinions about a tub in the house, or the lack of one.
I listened to them all and realized that I need to find a place for a tub--both for resale value and to give me a place for a long soak.

The two downstairs guest baths were designed for showers.
One of them would have to change to a shower-over-tub, something I'm not fond of.

I came up with the idea of an undermount tub with a marble surround.
It gives the tub added importance and elegance.
Plus, I love the look--think candles lined up on the ledge!

 This is very close to how the guest bedroom bath will look.  Same basketweave floor, same subway on the wall, minus the black detail.  The marble deck surrounding the tub is a little wide, but you get the idea.

I like the wall mounted faucets for showering, with a side tub filler as an option for bathing.
I'm still trying to decide if a glass door is an option.

I'm really excited about this change.  It's a win win because now I can sneak away for a bath, but also the grandkids can now have a tub too when they visit.  

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Finding Respite

It's been a very long time since we've been to Asti.  So last weekend, we headed north for some much needed respite.
As we climbed the hill, it was as if it was the very first time again.
We were so excited to be there!

 The weather was unbelievably warm at almost 80 degrees.
It's definitely an early spring.

 Inside the house, it was quite cool and needed airing out after being closed up all winter.

 I walked around, attacking the cobwebs and dusting everything...

...changing the sheets and looking for any critter invasions.

We were only there for a night but plan to go back soon to plant the garden and do our annual spring cleaning and maintenance.
One night was just enough respite for now...

Thank you for your kind words and condolences.
It really lifted me up.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

My Mother's Final Journey

My Mother's final journey began this last December when she arrived in San Francisco with just a suitcase and her precious little dog.
She had literally closed the door behind her, leaving her home forever in Oregon.  Leaving all her worldly possessions and memories to come to California to live with me in the last months of her life.
Neither of us knew how long she had, only that she was terminal.

On good days, I pushed her in a wheelchair around the Marina and showed her all the sites.
She loved to sit by the Bay and watch the boats and birds.

I knew she was terrified, but only now do I realize how afraid she really was.
She tried so hard to be brave.

She looked to me for "salvation," but in the end, I couldn't save her from the hideous disease that took her life.  All I could do was make sure she was comfortable and surrounded with love and family and dogs.

When things got bad, I called Hospice By The Bay for help.  They were wonderful and with their help, I was able to make my Mother as comfortable as possible as her disease progressed.
Day or night, they were there for us.
I'm eternally grateful.

When things got even worse, I called Compassionate Community Care for assistance.
Helen, Julia, Vinma and Victoria took care of her so I could sleep.
I'm eternally grateful.

Mom passed away peacefully last Wednesday, February 25th at 1:11 pm.
Her journey is over now.
I'm eternally grateful for the gifts she gave us all.
May she rest in peace.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine For You

 Happy Valentine's Day to all my Vignette Design friends!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We Will Rebuild

"Stormageddon2" hit hard last weekend with torrential rain and wind gusts as high as 65 mph.
We had broken hurricanes, candlesticks and flower pots but the tent really suffered damage.

Somehow the tent must have been airborne because one leg literally jumped the fence and landed in the neighbor's yard.

 Speaking of legs, I'm afraid it is on its last one!  In fact two of the legs are now bent.  
This Zgallerie tent has been such a source of joy for us and I'm just not ready to let it go yet!
I'm hoping it can be salvaged for the time being. 

We will rebuild!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

How To Cure The Winter Blahs

Our flat in the City is very dark because there isn't a lot of natural daylight with windows only in the front and the back.  
 Add dark painted walls and you get the picture.
Dark and gloomy, especially when cloudy.

I was telling my friend about how my dark flat was affecting my mood, giving me the winter blahs, and she suggested three things:
Flowers, candles and music.

Ok, let's see if this works.


Flowers and candles together.

 Flowers and candles in every room, like the kitchen.

 Flowers and candles in the bedroom.

 But what about the music?
All my music is on my iPhone and I have no way to play it.
Until now...
Introducing "The Pill" by beats.
This little "pill" picks up my music from my phone and plays it in the room for us all to hear.
The quality is great too.

Have a listen...
They're playing my favorite song!
And that's how you cure the winter blahs!

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