Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ghost Motel

Abandoned places, roadside attractions, cabin, motel, Yosemite, California

Two summers ago, my husband Michael and I visited Yosemite National Park in northern California. It was one of our best trips ever, and Yosemite proved to be one of our favorite national parks. On the drive between our cabin and the park, we passed this deserted and forsaken roadside motel. Since we share a love of abandoned places, we had to stop and poke around.

Vintage road sign for the Silver Tip Lodge beckons: Vacancy

Ghost Motel - abandoned roadside motel near Yosemite National Park, California

View from the porch of the abandoned roadside motel

The Silver Tip's rusted screens and desolate porch

Your room is ready.

Light filters through the crumbling ceilings and paints patterns on the walls and floor.

If walls could talk


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Keeping a good friend in my thoughts

Assemblage, curiosities, wood box, cigar box

A treasure box of curiosities I mailed to my friend Pam. Nothing precious, or even particularly meaningful. A little handmade envelope, a kraft paper jotter, a tiny card, some seashells, a polka dot feather I found on a summer walk, some vintage buttons, scraps of French lace, a starfish, vintage jam labels. Just to let her know I’m thinking of her.

cigar box 1000

Bits and baubles 1000

kraft paper jotter and gift card 1000

I hope you’re in someone’s thoughts right now, too.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Sorry state of my studio


The sad state of my studio right now.










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Oh well. Might as well have a glass.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Awesome Austin Part 2 -

A month and a half later, here is the follow-up post on Austin, Texas. While we were there, we did a lot of shopping on South Congress. Of the many fine retail establishments we visited, my favorite was Uncommon Objects. I had run across this amazing shop when Secret Leaves was still selling wholesale and fell in love with it immediately, so I was excited to visit in person. The unusual antiques and curios they stock are right up my alley:

vintage doll at Uncommon Objects

He's got the whole world in his hands 

Plastic Jesus at Uncommon Objects

Santa, fertility figure & taxidermy  


Vintage clothing, cowboy boots, antiques, gifts and curios from Mexico and around the world, handmade jewelry, home goods — there were many, many other great shops along South Congress, none of which I can remember the names of now. But no matter, just step out onto the sidewalk and start walking — they’re everywhere!

Next up, County Line Barbecue. After all, you can’t go to Texas and not eat some barbecue, right?

The food at County Line was good, no doubt, but the best thing about it was the Texas Hill Country location with its stunning views:

Texas Hill Country view

They have a beautiful patio to enjoy it from:

County Line patio

I loved all the Texas memorabilia on display:

Texas memorabilia at County Line barbecue

County Line barbeque view

Finally, in one of the highlights of the trip, I met Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips in the airport:

Me and Wayne

He couldn’t have been a lovelier guy.

There is so much more to do and see than we had time for. I loved Austin and can’t wait to go back again.

If you’re so inclined, leave a comment about some of your favorite places in Austin.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Awesome Austin Part 1 – Hotel San Jose

Austin, Hotel San Jose, Jo’s Coffee, Home Slice, Woodland, South Congress

Earlier this month, my husband Michael and I spent the weekend in Austin with three other couples, celebrating his sister Vicki's birthday. It was the first time I'd been to Austin and I liked it a lot. Because we didn't have a car, we weren't the masters of our own destiny, so there were some things we might have done otherwise that we didn't – visit our friend Marcia, or go hear some live music, for example. Still, it's a cool city with lots to see, do and eat. We stayed at the San Jose, a fabulous boutique hotel on South Congress, smack dab in the middle of all the action:

San Jose Hotel Austin 1000
Welcome to the San Jose 1000
The rooms were super-cool and funky -- modern and retro at the same time. Rock posters served as the artwork throughout the hotel.
San Jose hotel petite suite 1000

San Jose hotel petite suite 2 1000

San Jose hotel room 1000
The patio was filled every night with people drinking and socializing. 
San Jose hotel lobby 1000

The outdoor spaces were beautiful too:Hotel San Jose courtyard 1000 birdhouse
Jo’s Coffee is right next door to the hotel:Jo's Coffee 1000
While we were there, we had some tasty pizza at Home Slice, awesome shrimp & grits at The Snack Bar and a transcendent chocolate bread pudding at Woodland.
More later…