by gwen harlow

to-do list

Happy Canada Day!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in meme, photo | 1 comment

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk — today is red + white for Canada Day — have a cupcake!

Red velvet cupcakes at Santoro's
D'arby & Lily & red #2
Canal Street - Cemeteries
Feel Better
Local artist
April 14: Waiting for Wizard of Oz to start
Driving While Sleeping
December 2: My birthday!
Esther vs. the Tomatoes

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It’s Green day!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in meme, photo | 0 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

I finally found my pluots at the farmers market yesterday! I have been waiting for so, so long for them to show up.

Pluots! [green]

[For the unacquainted: pluots are a DELICIOUS plum-apricot hybrid. Try them. You will love them.]

Green sea glass in Rome #2

… some souvenirs from recent trips — sea glass from various locales, pebbles from Moonstone Beach …

Souvenir sand dollars

… bitty sand dollars from Morro Bay …

Gwen in the elephant

… a thrifted green elephant …

How much is that me in the window

… and my reflection in the window of the cutest cabin ever in Carmel.

[that last one was a Green Wednesday highlight]

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pink! [belated for Monday]

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 5 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Pink at Lily's in Cambria

Tea tree #1

Pink flower’s at Lily’s Café in Cambria, California. There is a whole little row of very cute shops there.

Tea tree lives down the street. they’re Australian natives but do wonderfully here in the Bay Area. So do the eucalyptus.

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Yellow!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 1 comment

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Lemon drop cupcakes at Lily's

January 9: Lemons for you!

Mustard

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My creative space

Posted by on Jun 2, 2010 in craft, meme | 2 comments

It’s my creative space day! It’s been a little while since I participated…

I’ve been working on jewelry. Still. Always. I should take a photo of my stockpile of things I can’t seem to get around to photographing, much less posting on etsy. It’s just ridiculous.

I did photograph these. Two weeks ago and I am just getting around to editing. The first two, I just listed, you can find them at gwen.etsy.com. The 3rd and 4th, well, I *intend* to list them but who knows if that will ever happen. The last, I made for myself. I am quite pleased with it.

Blue charm bracelet

Tropical flower earrings

Strawberry garden bracelet

Some kind of gemstone, I forget which but it's got a purty glow

Muertos fiesta necklace -- mine!

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Take it easy

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in love, travel, wishlist | 1 comment

Musical accompaniment: Tinashe – Zambezi (Fool’s Gold Remix)

Summer is obviously coming, a bunch of my friends are posting open road-type photos. I am working every day and it’s going to be ages before I get out like that, so I am living vicariously.

by Kevin Collins, one of flickr’s finest and an island neighbor of mine.

by Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, which you should check out.

by harpy, queen of the polaroid and all things summer.

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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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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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Spring color Friday

Posted by on Mar 12, 2010 in meme, photo | 3 comments

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

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Spring colors Thursday

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in meme, photo | 0 comments

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.

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