Saturday, June 28, 2008


This is how our front porch looks this Saturday
morning, lush and full. When you sit there
you are completely blocked from view by the plants.
Not good if you want to people watch. But, oh
so cozy.

This is a little fairy spot in hubby's garden.
I love the moss on the rock and
suppose the fairies do too.

Here is a little 5x7 shadow box I made with a cutie
blowing you a kiss. It has a sawtooth hanger on the
back. It will be in my etsy shop.

Happy Saturday!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

New York - part 2

In New York City, my family was gracious enough to indulge me in a visit to Tinsel
Trading Co., famous for miles of vintage trims, buttons, and millinery flowers.
Here is a portion of the flowers wall, organized by color. You really could spend a day a
day in there but it was near closing so I got a mere 30 minutes.

This is the ceiling in a gorgeous restaurant named Serenditpity 3 where we ate this

And that is the small, or "coward" size as they call it. They also served frozen hot
chocolate in soup bowls.

You would think most of our time was spent eating and you'd be right. My daughter knew some
great neighborhood spots like this Indian restaurant where we could hardly stand up without
getting tangled in the lights, and sparkly do-dads hanging from the ceiling. What a fun spot.

Now this is something you would only see in New York! Cupcakes from a bakery ( which we sampled of course) being delivered by bike courier. Isn't that cute?
We sure packed alot into our 3 days as we also visited MOMA, Museum of Modern Art and the Botanical Gardens. Thanks for sharing my little trip.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thank you!

A big "Thank you" to Shirl at for the award. Appreciation is such a lift for my day. Here are the rules:
1.You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributeto the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award
4. The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.

I appreciate so many blogs for so many different reasons, it is hard to choose.

1. Rhea at
2. Ele at
3. Lori at
4. Diane at
5. Cindy at

Thanks again Shirl!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New York part 1- Renegade Festival

While visiting my daughter in Brooklyn, NY last
weekend, we attended the Renegade Craft show
put on by ETSY, which is based in Brooklyn.

It was held in a swimming pool in a park. Yeah, a
pool. Remember when parks had huge wading pools
in them? Well, this is held in the long ago,abandoned
pool, it's that big, and
there is a stage set up on one side for concerts and outdoor
movie showings.

Of course it catered to the edgier crowd, no shabby's
displaying there, but it was still fun to see.

We bought a screen printed t-shirt for my daughter
who had to stay at home.

I wanted to get pics of the items but that is a no-no.
Other fun places in New York coming in the next post.

Monday, June 9, 2008


Well, I am as done with the porch as I am
ever going to be. Good thing too, as
it has been over 90 degrees for the last 3 days!

The table cloth and table skirt, I cut
from shower curtains from the Target line
"Simply Shabby Chic".

The covers for the cushions on the adirondack
chairs are pillowcases so I can remove them and
wash . I don't know if it is because of the
trees or what but it gets quite dirty out there.

The curtains in the corners are just
for decoration to soften the corners.
I can't put too many accessories out here
as the wind blows right thru here and
knocks things to the floor.

Come on over for an iced tea!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Porch part 2.....or ugly rug

Yes, I am still working on my porch redo and yes
I lost my mind a long time ago. This sisal rug was
stained and water marked so at the suggestion of
my friend Sharon, I stenciled it. I used the same fushia
that I used for those crazy chairs in an earlier post , and
a lighter pink for the trim. I still have 2 metal chairs
to paint before I will be able to put it together and see
the disaster...I mean porch....that I've created. At least nobody
can say I'm not fun.....ok , you could say it but you'd hurt
my feelings! LOL