Ofrenda

My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy, meme by gwen on August 4, 2010

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

Saturday meme!

Posted in gwen by gwen on May 29, 2010

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Gwen
2. Mom
3. Honey

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. the perfect beige tank. i was kind of hoping J. would be wearing hers today, too, so we could be twinsies. but we did not coordinate.
2. beige lace top.
3. shorts. it is finally warm. i’m going to the beach in a moment.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. beach.
2. sleep.
3. stability.

THREE PEOPLE WHO YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
1. you!

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. saw SUCKS AND THE CITY, TOO. man, that was bad. really, really bad. though Aidan is back to his hot, firmish self. boy, he gives me the good-kind-of-willies.
2. talked about SUCKS AND THE CITY over truffle fries and Cuban sandwiches with old and new friends.
3. danced a little bit.

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. my friend who is in the hospital — good thoughts, people!
2. Chad
3. my daughter

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. Tim’s graduation party!
2. return the stupid census bag. because i quit today. HA.
3. I’d like to leave the third option open.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. lemonade
2. fizzy lemonade
3. lemon mint slushie

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. quitting the stupid census.
2. Chad’s haircut. Millie at Millie’s in Alameda is just super and super-affordable. i love Chad. he is so handsome and enjoyable to look at. see?

May 23: Chad as Gaius Baltar

3. my garden, which I did some work in while I was locked out of the house and waiting many hours for someone to come home and let me in yesterday.

Time keeps on slippin’…

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on May 16, 2010

The newly-renovated Oakland Museum of California is filled with all kinds of nifty interactive displays, like this one that allows visitors to add their own momentous events to a timeline — what would you add?

Instructions

Madonna Bursts onto the scene [1982?]

1987: THE INCIDENT.

1990

1992: Rodney King

Unofficial flower week

Posted in garden, meme, photo by gwen on April 21, 2010

Abby declared it unofficial flower week. Post yours, leave a link in the comments, and pass it on.

Heaven scent

Clover #2

Blooming echeveria [?] at the Big Long's

Spring color Friday

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on March 12, 2010

The photo of my daughter rocking the lunchtime girls rock camp show and one of her young charges was featured on Poppytalk Spring Colour Week! Purple Thursday.

A quick shout-out: Girls Rock Camp is one of the very, very best organizations around, my daughter [she’s the one playing the guitar] went every summer through her teens and now she is a counselor passing on the knowledge. If you have or know a girl who wants to rock [which I’m guessing is all of them], you can find a list of all the local camps here, and if you are moved to donate, they are always looking for some help, they are volunteer-run and offer full scholarships to a lot of girls who wouldn’t get to go otherwise, including mine.

Today is blue Friday. I’m beat so you’ll just have to make up your own stories about these photos.

June 4: Clouds, detail

Almost Summer #7, Confidentially Yours

Spring colors Thursday

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on March 11, 2010

One of my green photos was a Green Day highlight!

Today is purple for Poppytalk Spring Color Week!

Rosary and hankies

I actually took this one today, for this project, which I am a little bit ashamed to admit is something I have not done so far this week. I kept meaning to, but the weather has been wicked fickle, the second I realize there’s some good light, a giant black cloud blows in. I do not exaggerate, it was been careening back and forth from freezing and gloomy to brilliantly sunny in the space of 15 minutes all week. Plus there’s been some insane wind.

Anyway. The rosary came from a bag of rosaries I bought at the first estate sale of the grand Alameda dame who owned my lovely triangle corner house over on Gibbons. The hankies — which are painted, not embroidered — are from the antiques fair, a bundle of them in a satin, padding hankie case inside a box with some girl-pirate wrapping paper that I was oohing over a bit but not thinking about buying until the seller said ONE DOLLAR. Who can resist that.

Clover #1

Last May Day some friends had the idea to celebrate International Workers’ Day with a visit to a local organic farm. We picked strawberries in the rain next to the Pacific Ocean and I was astounded by the size of the coastside clover flowers.

July 8: Each one teach one

My daughter started attending Girls Rock Camp in Portland its second year in existence, 2002. In 2008, she moved on up to counselorhood with the brand-new camp here in the Bay Area. That’s her in the back, playing the lunchtime show [which is really, really cool — lunchtime shows when she was a camper included Peaches, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip, and The Decemberists] and one of her campers rocking out. Girls are so freaking awesome. If you have one, I can’t recommend anything more highly than rock camp. Seriously.

Passionflower, in color

We moved from a downtown penthouse apartment in the heart of Oakland to a quasi-suburban house a couple years ago. I hadn’t had contact with a garden since the 1980s and had never planted a single thing except an avocado seed, but the second we signed the lease, I ran out and bought a passionflower, dug up some earth, and there you go: I was a gardener. Who knew.

Pink and Green Are My Favorites Together [abstract?]

Even with tags, I still have no idea what this flower is. I went through a macro phase and this was one of those efforts. I love the color combo here, the lavender and green all bokeh-ed out with a sliver of petal in focus.

Spring colors Wednesday

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on March 10, 2010

Today is yellow for Poppytalk Spring Color Week!

Bicycle!

Not quite the lemon but I'm sure they're good

All I've got is a Photobooth.

Spring colors Tuesday

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on March 9, 2010

I am so delighted that two of my PINK photos from yesterday were highlighted at
Poppytalk. I am in some seriously good company, go check the others out.

Today is green for Poppytalk Spring Color Week!

...sure did treat me nice

Société Mellow Mints

Don't miss the flickr meet-up Sunday

Parrots are full of surprises

The last one is of the feral parrots in San Francisco that the book and documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are based on. They come down from the hill to nibble at the cherry blossoms in the spring and it is like nothing you have ever experienced. The movie’s pretty darn good, too, highly recommended if you can’t make it over to downtown SF.

Spring colors Monday

Posted in photo by gwen on March 8, 2010

Spring Color Week!

Today is pinks.

February 2: Blossoms in Berkeley

Salon Rhon-dez-vous

Lily, screen #1

recipe share

Posted in recipe by gwen on February 26, 2010

what are you making today?

two dinners I made this week, that both turned out really, really well:

1. pasta

while boiling trottole [which is this crazy top-shaped pasta they had at Safeway, photo, i am SO going to make some mac & cheese with it]:
halve and brown sausages [check kind with Chad, they were TJs chicken with fennel & red peppers & ?] then cut into chunks.
sauté 1/2 c. diced shallot or onion
add jar of TJs red pepper & artichoke tapenade and sausage & simmer
serve over pasta with grated parmesan.

veggie version: skip the sausage, and parm if you’re more like that.

2. pork tenderloin

butterfly pork tenderloin
sauté diced shallot
mix in bowl with olive oil, cumin, turmeric, coarse salt.
spread on butterflied tenderloin, roll up, wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks
place in pan with carrots [chopped into chunks] and mushrooms [small, whole] on each side
put slice of bacon across top of veg to keep them moist.
bake at 450° ~45 min til interior temp is 160°.
served with a baked potato though a baguette would have been preferable.

February 24: Pork tenderloin

nom!

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