by gwen harlow

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Time keeps on slippin’…

Posted by on May 16, 2010 in meme, photo | 2 comments

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

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Transamerica sunset + headshots at Crown Beach

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Alameda, photo | 4 comments

It is freakin’ WINDY today. I continued census training today on the base, which is this big swath of concrete on the end of the island, which allows the wind to sweep right across at maximum velocity and I rode my bike there and home for lunch and back and home again for a total of 8 miles, pretty much all against some serious gusts [there were points when I could’ve strolled faster than I was pedaling, no joke]. It’s kind of a long walk, especially when I have to be there so early, and I like the option of riding home for lunch, but it is supposed to be windy again tomorrow, so I’m debating…

Chad and I went over to the beach at sunset — the other day I noticed that the sun is setting directly behind the San Francisco skyline if you are along Shoreline near Dead Man’s Curve [this is my own little joke — there is this almost-90° curve which is relatively harmless because 1. the speed limit here is 25 mph and 2. even if you flipped, it would be onto the nice flat stretch of sand, and actually that happened a couple years ago, someone took the curve too fast — they were probably going 30! — and rolled over onto the sand. No injuries, minimal damage.] and I wanted a shot of that, and Chad had been asking for headshots. The kite surfers were flying across the waves and the sand was pelting us in the face and my right ear is still ringing but it was worth it.

Greetings from Alameda

That little sliver through the setting sun is the Transamerica Pyramid, and if you look hard, you can see parts of both the Oakland-Bay and Golden Gate Bridges.

The headshots came out great [this is my choice for the final — straight outta the camera! How awesome is that? I am never this pleased with any of my photos] and I love-love-love this outtake. It makes me think of Steinbeck, through I’m not sure why.

Chad, reminds me of Steinbeck for some reason

[and that is what’s going on in my creative space — photos.]

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More flower tutorials

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in craft, photo | 0 comments

I’ve been gathering a few more flower tutorials:

Zucchini and Me: Knitted flowers for dummies
CRAFT: Easy Ribbon Rosettes
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff: Zipper flowers
Mary Janes & Galoshes: Roses or Peonys and Petals
100 Layer Cake: DIY fabric flowers by Michonne
lilyella: Fabric Rosettes

BONUS — not a flower how-to but it includes flowers and is super cute and springish:
Joli Paquet: A Lark’s Tale Cuff

Yellow with bokeh

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Spring at the duck pond

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in Alameda, photo | 1 comment

I think I’ve mentioned that I live near the beach and like to go over there as often as possible. The beach is part of a regional park and includes small and bigger dog parks [where I met up with some friends the other day — so many cute doggies!] and a duck pond [which is surrounded by a dozen different kinds of wildflowers right now]

Purple #1

and a big park-type park where the ground squirrels sprawl all over the grass on warm days and come right up to you if they think you might give them a treat [don’t! they’re adorable but an ecological invader — they use up all the resources that are needed by the native wildlife].

April 23: Oh hai! don't feed me!

I wore the vintage dress I bought at Blue Rectangle. It was an as-is piece and the front seam was split but I figured it was an easy repair. I had a really hard time sewing it up because the fabric is so old and worn and my stitches kept pulling right through, but I eventually got it done. I wanted to give the dress a short test run near home to make sure the seam wasn’t going to split wide open if I wear the dress on a longer day trip. Nothing cuts a day short like having your ladies exposed!

The threadbare dress

So I put the dress on, biked around the park, played with the dogs, then sat on the beach and read for an hour, and it held up just fine, which I guess means the dress is ready for a full-fledged picnic or day at the ocean.

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Produce or produce?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in photo, travel | 1 comment

Three more bits of sea glass. Are you sick of it yet? How was your weekend?

Produce!

Green stopper

Pyramid sea glass

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Look out weekend / unofficial flower week #3

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in garden, meme, photo | 3 comments

I am thinking about this weekend, it is GLORIOUS out. I have some work to finish up, meeting a couple folks at the small dog park this afternoon and testing out the vintage floral sundress that had the split boob seam that I sewed up — hopefully it will hold, the fabric defines threadbare. I figure the park isn’t too far from the house to expose myself for too long riding back if need be, and I’ll bring along a cardigan just in case.

I am hoping tomorrow involves some more road tripping, Chad has been frazzled all week so I don’t know if that will happen. There are plenty of lovely outdoor spots around here so it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if we didn’t make it all the way over to the ocean. Though I’d really like to. I cannot get enough of the Pacific.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Two more for the end of unofficial flower week. Post yours, leave a link in the comments, and pass it on.

Spanish lavender

Does the juxtaposition of red and purple always make anyone else think of Flowers in the Attic? Or is that just me?

All abloom

Bonus photo of my daughter’s cat, Casey. He is a giant beast and if you come over, you have to pet him the whole time you are here because any break you can give me from his constant, pathetic meowing for attention is desperately needed. Thankfully the sun finally came out, because warm pavement is about the only thing besides direct contact that that shuts him up.

Everybody loves the sunshine

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Unofficial flower week, day 2

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in garden, meme, photo | 0 comments

It’s unofficial flower week. Post yours, leave a link in the comments, and pass it on.

Blossoms #1

Japanese maple

I realize my neighbor’s Japanese maple is not a flower, but it is quite spring-like so I say it counts.

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Unofficial flower week

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in garden, meme, photo | 4 comments

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

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More sea glass

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in craft, photo | 7 comments

What to do with all this sea glass? I thought I’d be able to drill it but the video tutorials I’ve watched feature some fancy machinery I do not possess. I tried a wire wrap but that’s going to take a lot more practice before it’s presentable, and I’m not sure how I feel about so much of the glass being covered up anyway. I do like the sea glass chandelier I saw on flickr, but I’m a ways from having enough glass to start thinking about that. I think for now I will just admire it. Maybe I’ll pile some up in the sunnier windows of our home.

Purple sea glass

Sea pottery

April 12: Texture-y sea glass

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Date Day: Natural Bridges, March 25

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Finally getting around to the travelogue for our drive down to Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. I figured I’d better get to it because we went again on Saturday and I don’t want to be two road trips behind.

We started off with a stop at Wescafe here in Alameda. They make a mean americano and serve some extraordinary almond croissants.

Food stop #1, Alameda

We used to always take 880 down through San Jose and over the mountains to Santa Cruz, but got in the habit of the slightly longer but less traffic-y and more scenic route across the San Mateo Bridge [which, I have just read, is the 25th longest bridge in the world!]

The Mighty San Mateo Bridge

over the hills to Half Moon Bay then down Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean [world’s largest!]. The view is pretty spectacular and there are gorgeous beaches all along if you want to take a break.

Lone surfer

I prefer to have the windows down because of the delicious ocean smell.

Rearview Mirror

We often stop in Pescadero, which is a one-light town halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

Daisies in Pescadero

We picked up a to-go cream of artichoke soup from Duarte’s and a hot load of artichoke garlic bread from Arcangeli’s and had a little picnic right there.

Food stop #2: Pescadero

Another 40 minutes or so and you arrive at the western end of Santa Cruz — Monterey Bay is a big C shape, with Santa Cruz at the very top — which is where one of my favorite beaches is.

Lying in the sand at Natural Bridges

Natural Bridges has one of the two monarch butterfly sanctuaries on Monterey Bay [the other’s in Pacific Grove] and if you’re up early enough in the winter months, you can see the huge bunches of them hanging from the eucalyptus.

Monarch trail at Natural Bridges

We were there too late in the year and never get up that early anyway, so we walked down to the beach…

No Lifeguard

…where we spent some enjoyable hours lolling about doing nothing in particular.

Young lovers on the first of spring

Then it was time to dust the sand off and head home.

Chad, all sandy

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today, by the bay

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 in Alameda, photo | 1 comment

i went to the beach and it was FANTASTIC. the tide was super high, i sat on the little landing strip of beach [seriously, it’s about 5′ wide right now, edged with all the flotsam from last week’s storm] and it was warm enough to remove my jacket.

i sipped my iced coffee, read the weekly, wrote a journal entry for the first time in ages and ages [i have been more diligent about the hardcopy daily 5s]. thought about where i can cajole chad into going tomorrow [forecast temperatures]:

santa cruz [76]
capitola [70]
monterrey [63]
bodega bay [61]
guerneville [63]
gold country [70]
maybe point lobos or even big sur if we could get up early [65]

so santa cruz or jamestown.

i forgot my camera so i will share one of my old photos of Crab Cove that is similar to today’s vista:

I'll have the usual

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New Jumble Necklaces on etsy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in craft, photo | 0 comments

I showed you my yellow Jumble necklace yesterday, today I listed three other Jumble necklaces on gwen.etsy.com for you all to have. I am quite pleased with how they turned out.

Under the Sea Jumble necklace

Queen of Hearts Jumble necklace

Teal or Turquoise? Jumble necklace

and this was the first one I made, which has been snapped up already:

Brass bow Jumble necklace

This morning I saw the Mademoiselle Anna necklace by Thé Dansant and the similar pendant there surprised me. I don’t know why I would be so, people have been hanging beads from bows forever and pink is lovely with brass and that is that. It’s just funny having had the same idea as someone across the world…it is such a small one sometimes.

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