Nov 25, 2015

November sale --disco ball ornaments 50% off at Macy's--think of the endless possibilities

Craig's List stuff

Craig's List : Two Chinoiserie foot stools $35
Left stool covered with vintage chenille bedspread. (temporary --not sure yet if these should be *matchy matchy ")

Brunschwig & Fils fabric found at local church thrift store "This 'n That" $2

Oct 31, 2015

Daisy wearing a wig for Halloween. 

Lonchocarpus violaceus trees

My backyard "lonchocarpus violaceus" trees are blooming . The beautiful blue Venini "Monofiori Balloton~1970" vase was a gift from our exchange student from Venice, Italy who is staying with us for the school year. I planted the trees in my backyard last year and this is the first season of blooms. The flowers are attracting bees and hummingbirds and they have a lovely scent. 

Feb 22, 2015

Old windows from Craig's List

I bought two very heavy, thick mahogany sidelight windows from Craig's List and had them painted and installed as doors on my upstairs linen closet. I still need to install handles. Or at least make a decision about handles. 

Dec 10, 2014

Statue of Liberty patina in minutes.

So rather than wait decades for my copper flashing to achieve a beautiful patina I decided to force the issue by applying Miracle Gro. All I did was rub a strong concentration of Miracle Gro on the copper and it immediately started turning "Statue of Liberty Green". Less than 10 minutes. 


Nov 29, 2014

Coconut Grove neighbors band together to save 1920 Mediterranean villa on St. Gaudens Road.

The 1920's Villa on St. Gaudens Road built by Albert William Frantz of the Sunshine Fruit Company. "The two-story L-shaped house, with a picturesque wooden balcony overlooking the front yard, was designed by Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott. The firm introduced the so-called Mediterranean Revival style to Miami with its design of the El Jardin estate, today home to the Carrolton School, in 1917." (Miami Herald)photo by Andrew Bosch

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Who is going to live in that house???

Who is going to live in that house???
A few new monkeys for the neighborhood