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Archive for June, 2011

Full disclosure: we totally stole this idea from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma. But we did make it ourselves. Actually Steve did all the work. I just helped choose the spools and the board. These are antique spools from some kind of industrial sewing machine. Heritage Salvage has bushel baskets full and they make these really […]

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The first path I made at the Schoolhouse, which tamed a steep area from the driveway down to the house, was a success from a budgetary perspective, in that it looked great and was made entirely out of things I’d found or gotten for free, but it was a dismal failure in the water management […]

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My first big framing project involved vintage postcards and photographs and I was pretty  darn proud of the sources I discovered and of how cheaply I got everything framed. But for my paint by numbers gallery, I wanted to go even cheaper. As in, free. And guess what? It’s not actually that hard to make […]

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Let me be clear – as with investing in California real estate and seeing Bruce in a small, intimate club, I missed the boat on collecting paint by number paintings by a good number of years. The time to do it, REALLY do it, was before I was born, when they were in disfavor and […]

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Last weekend we took a new route and passed a funky looking consignment store we hadn’t seen before. My husband didn’t want to stop but I pouted so he turned around and we went back. It’s called “Great Finds” and for anyone traveling in Sonoma County it’s 6140 Highway 12, just outside of Sebastopol. It’s […]

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