I’ve been a fan of My Neighbor Totoro for a long time. A group of friends even fantasized of doing a lift sized Cat Bus costume, long ago. Imagine my glee last night seeing a Totoro plushie while watching Toy Story 3.

This print was posted to Pinterest and I just had to snag it for the new studio. }:)

My Neighbor Totoro Print

Purchased from Kannaya. Etsy Store


We’ve started the slow process of unpacking our belongings. We spend time in one room, then head to another, and so on. I have been itching to get my studio unpacked, as I need to get back to work. I have a design/website project on hold and I need to make/finish several new pieces. I took some before shots but won’t share them until we’ve made more progress. Now, none of the upstairs rooms have ceiling fans. It baffles my mind how anyone could live here in the ‘warm’ months without them! I can agree with many that fans can be a bit of a challenge to live with, aesthetically speaking. On one hand they provide much needed relief in air movement and power bills, but on the other hand they can be quite an eye sore. Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge both featured articles on ceiling fans recently. There are some absolutely gorgeous fans available. Some reach deep in the pockets and some are very reasonable. We hit Lowe’s today and scored some lighting and circulation for my space today. We brought home four lights and had to order the fan. We decided to order a second for Michael’s space. I think it will fit in perfectly.

Michael is definitely going for a vintage lab/science room look for his space, and I eventually want to bring in more vintage elements into mine. I think I’m off to a good start.

Studio Accents

Garden Goddesses

Whimsical, yet powerful focal points for your garden by Colorado artist Arabella Tattershall.

Garden Goddesses

“I am enamored with leaves. They keep falling into my pieces, as they would from a tree, and I accept their gifts of seasonal engagement in the guises of frailty, tenacity, color and shape.”

San Marzano Tomotoes – Saucy!

I used to consider myself a ‘foodie’, but when my mother asked us if we’d heard of San Marzano tomatoes before, we were stumped. How had we missed the boat? We began to research them and were completely fascinated. They are considered by many chefs to be the best sauce tomatoes in the world. Nestled at the base of Mount Vesuvius, the sun-drenched volcanic soil of San Marzano is believed to act as a filter for water impurities. They are very similar to Roma tomatoes, but are pointier in shaper, have thicker skin, and fewer seeds. We decided to make a simple sauce to go over linguine last night for Father’s Day. Wow! They are delightfully sweet and it is said that some describe the flavor as bittersweet, along the lines of high-quality chocolate. I concur and I don’t know if we’ll make sauce with another type of tomato!

{ Photo Credit: Local Flavour }

We’re still looking for our camera and my phone just wouldn’t take a good photo last night so I borrowed this image.

We used the Cento brand tomatoes. Many products out there are made from tomatoes that are either grown in Italy outside the San Marzano region, or domestically from seeds. It’s the volcanic ash that makes these particular babies so wonderful. Be sure to look for the DOP (Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta) label. These labels are within the Protected Geographical Status (PGS) framework, defined in European Union law to protect the names of regional foods. They may be a tad pricier, but are so worth the cost in terms of taste.

Bon Weekend

We don’t have any photos of the new house to share just yet. We had a crazy storm move through here this afternoon, so I thought I’d ‘lightning’ things up with a shot from Michael’s old lab.

Bon weekend!

Flocked Skull & Crossbones Wallpaper

Posted at Pinterest by Victoria, aka sfgirlbybay.

For the sauve pirate or dark alchemist!
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Whoops! The movers came Tuesday to pick up the ‘big’ stuff. We brought several loads over here to the new house, but have been working everyday to finish. I don’t think we’ll finish till the weekend, however. We’ll have the last bits out tomorrow and will spend the next couple of days cleaning and touching up paint and such. We promised the owner that we’d have it looking nice. We want our deposit back. You would think that this being the third MAJOR move in 2.5 years, I would have this down by now. Nope.

We have intermittent internet access here. We’re out of the 3G network -good grief – so our mobile technology is crawling on the EDGE network. Thankfully, Comcast will be here on Tuesday. We’re so excited to have access to real broadband again. Let’s just say that what we had at the old house was a bit crunked.

Oh, and while I’m here for a moment, I wanted to give a big shout out to my friend Lindsey, of Lost and Fawned, whose absolutely gorgeous wedding was feature in the June magazine edition of Portland Bride and Groom. Congrats lady, you are an inspiration to so many! Please stop by her blog to see some of her photos. She’s posting them as different sections of the day. A real feast for the eyes. You can also see the magazine’s online feature here.

Simply Awesome

I got to know Rachel through the OBT (Offbeat Bride Tribe) while we were both planning our weddings. She and her husband Tom are pretty badass. Our wedding was on Beltane and theirs was the following Halloween. Well, today I read that they’re featured today on Offbeat Bride.

{ Photo credit: Tinywater Photography }

Congrats you guys!

Lowcountry Artist Market

Yesterday’s show was a lot of fun but I missed having my posse around. It’s the first time I’ve done a show by myself, in like forever. Kristen did a great job organizing the event and I’m already excited for the next one, which will most likely be in the fall. I met a couple of very cool people and had great response from vendors and people attending the event. I had a nice dose of ‘we’ve heard about you’ in a very positive tone and that really blew me away! I sold a few shoe clip and wristbands. I’m so happy I had them and am motivated to keep making them. I had some nibbles on necklaces and hopefully someone who grabbed a card will visit my Etsy shop.

{ Photo credit: Kristen Thompson Gastaldo }

As usual, I was last minute getting some of these finished and didn’t get photos of the new stuff that sold. I will snap photos of what is left of the new inventory later in the week so I can upload them to Etsy. We dropped all of the booth goods at the new house after we left the Farm.

I’m also working ideas on a better table display. I had my standard dress form and a smaller decorative table version, as well has using my small velvet jewelry busts for the ribbon chokers. We started on papier mache bust but just couldn’t get it finished in time. Michael also brainstormed the stand for them.

More photos on the Music Farm FB. >>

Electric Mavis pedant lights by Melbourne designer Gregory Bonasera and others.

Oh, looks like I’m not the only one who fancied having their love of tea cups illuminated.

More photos and artists. >>

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