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Our favorite route to Monte Rio from the Bay Area is out through Petaluma, Valley Ford, Freestone, and Occidental. It’s a gorgeous drive and when Friday night traffic’s heavy  it’s the first place you can jump off 101. More than a year ago, we stopped at a little store in Valley Ford called Gabby Girl […]

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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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Framing art has gotten incredibly expensive. I was overjoyed when Cheap Pete’s first opened in San Francisco and for many years that was my go-to, but even that’s pricey now. But I’ve found a few cool sites and solutions that I think are worth sharing. First, I’ve decided that I love small multiples – postcards,  […]

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Among our several collections is an impressive stack of vintage Vernon Kilns souvenir “plates of the states.”   We used to have a huge collection of plates of the states and we ate off all of them, and served our friends. We had glasses too. We put the glasses in the dishwasher (note to self: […]

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