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Monday Morning Walk, Part II

7 Oct

Time to head home…

A New House…

20 May

As you may or may not know, Jon & I have been house-hunting for a few months now. The market in San Diego is finally reaching a more realistic level and we have been wanting our own place for a long time. When we lived in England we lived in a cute little brick row home and we (I should probably say I as I’m not sure Jon thought so) had so much fun redecorating and making it our own.

Photo via isisbridge at flickr.

The above isn’t a picture of my exact house– I couldn’t find any pictures– but it might as well be; it was just like that.

One of the things I love about living in different places is that each home is different–I feel that each place actually tells you how it wants to be decorated. Not exactly literally, but almost. For example, that house in England had a completely different light and a different feeling than the loft I lived in in Brooklyn:

Photo via flickr (if you know who please tell me)

or my sunny apartment here in California. It wanted different colors & different textures than I would have used elsewhere. Grays, moody purples and mushroom colors just looked right there, as did the textures of rustic wooden floorboards, exposed brick, and slate. Even a little bit of chintz…

So needless to say one of the things I am most excited about when we move house is the opportunity to do something different. And I imagine different things for every house we look at, which so far have included a new-build, very open & light-filled condo in Golden Hill:

(which would have been fantastic with dark wood floors, white and splashes of color everywhere), a Spanish-style 1930’s home with fruit trees and a statue of Mary in the front yard:

another Spanish-style home with city views and ocean breezes:

(both an opportunity to do something eclectic and bohemian, mixing traditional with new), and, most recently, a 1950’s ranch style place with giant windows and a beautiful yard:

(I’m thinking light floors in this one, and modern with a twist, not a period-piece!).

Wherever we end up, I can’t wait to share the transformation with you. I just hope I can get it all done before I get bored with my original concept! Yes, I’m one of those…

Art Show

21 Mar

Just this past weekend, I entered one of my pieces in a local art show called Gluefoot. It’s at Bluefoot Bar in North Park, and for those of you in San Diego, it’s April 10th at around 7:30 or so!This is the piece that will be there:

The concept of the show was to bring together pieces involving collage. I’m excited to see what everyone else has made, and also, it’s my first show. 🙂

If you’re in town, hope you can make it!

A British Invasion

18 Feb

Just of the in-laws, though.

While they were here, we got to do a lot of sightseeing. One of the nice things about living in San Diego is that when people come to visit, you feel like you’re on vacation too.

We took a walk down the pier in O.B. I couldn’t remember ever having been down it, but then I remembered when I was 16 I threw a burning shoebox full of my ex-boyfriend’s love letters off it. He was a really good artist, and all of the pretty things he made me just went into the sea. 😦 At least it was cathartic, at the time.

We saw some pelicans:

Very colorful:

And also very greedy!

That one just sat around waiting for a handout.

After O.B., we drove up to La Jolla. Just a typical San Diego day:

The ocean was the most amazing blue-green and crystal clear.

We wanted to have a look at the seals. This pitstop seems to be mandatory for any visitor; the seals are always there and you can usually see their pups playing too.

Photo above by Mary via Flickr.

As San Diegans know, these seals are at the center of controversy. Their resting and birthing spot is in what is known as “The Children’s Pool”, which was created in the 1920’s. For a time the seals and humans shared the area, but for a few years in the 90’s it was declared a reserve and the seals took over. Apparently this is the only spot they have to give birth to their young. But they “pollute” the water, and now there are no human children allowed at The Children’s Pool.

They are quite entertaining to watch. You can walk down along the top of the breakwater to have a closer look. But this is where a (small) tragedy occurred:

My camera case fell down onto the rocks. My father-in-law asked the vegan guardian of the seals if he could go retrieve it, but of course he said “No.”

I was so proud of that little camera case. It was one of the first things I sewed by myself and it fit my camera perfectly (I’m still not sure how I managed that!) So, to honor its memory and to say goodbye, I wanted to share these pictures with you, when it was still in its prime:

Cute isn’t wasn’t it?

So where do I go from here, you ask? I guess I’ll have to make another one. I just hope I can get it to fit. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!