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Junk Man Joe

Posted on: Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, Joe was coming to town with some freshly picked goods and we jumped on the oppotunity to meet him. We have been following him for some time and felt instantly like we had met a kindred spirit. After meeting him and working with him, we know we had it right!  


Joe had some great stories--we could have listened for hours (maybe we did). Anyway, we are hoping to host Joe in one of our summer pop-up shops, maybe we can talk him into a story hour.  Follow him on his blog and on Facebook


Hope to meet up with you in your neck of the woods, Joe!

Blog World

Posted on: Thursday, April 12, 2012

With the demise of a handful of magazines, I, like alot of you, have been drawn to this black hole of endless blogs. There are some that I read daily, some weekly and some not so much as I find new ones. Recently, I was 'tagged' by a friend that writes 'Smiling for Grandma'. It seems that a handful of us will answer 11 questions so that we can get to know each other better.


As I was thinking about this and the blogs that I follow, I am questioning what blogs I am drawn to regularly and why. Inspiration is what comes to mind--and not just the pretty pictures, but also the inspiration surrounding said blogs. I am largely inspired by blogger lifestyles as well as the beauty--how this person views life, family, work, and business. What I love about Tamara of Smiling for Grandma is how much she values her family, I can really feel it. Tamara is in love with her enviroment as well as all the simple things around her, I can feel that too. What really really bonded us, is when they acquired Fireball Judy, her and her families vintage trailer, and now I looooveeee her. Ok, here we go!

The Rules: must post the rules
....answer 11 questions the tagger posted for you
....create 11 questions to ask the people you tag
....tag 11 people
....let them know you've tagged them

1. How long have you been blogging and in this time, has your blogging focus changed?

I believe about two years now. I hope the focus hasn't changed, although I'm not yet where I want to be. I guess at the end of the day, I hope to keep up a current view of the store, what we are amused by, and what we are loving. The second part that I would like to delve into is promoting 'like' buisnessness and all things related to this crazy junk world--creating more of a community with us locally as well as those who are far. We really feel as though we are stronger as a group than individually.

2. What was the name of your first best friend... are you still friends?

Her name was Denise. About a year ago, Denise found my brother on facebook and we were back in touch! She now lives in pennsylvania so I don't think I will see her, although we will probably be in touch from time to time.

3. What is the best meal you have ever had?


For me, it has to do more with the company and the setting. I have had an amazing meal right out of our airstream, in Big Sur, in a park in Paris, and lovely meals at Kathy's and Heidy's.

4. Do you have a pet? Share a picture!

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Yes, we have Charley. A few years back on a road trip, we brought some books on tape and we all so enjoyed Steinbecks 'Travels with Charley'. When we found our Charley (girl), we knew that this was our Charley. And yes, we will travel with her.

5. Did you want to change your name when you were a child? If you what?

I don't recall ever wanting to change it...I did however feel like my life was a movie, as I walked home from school I thought there should be cameras following me. They weren't, but I pretended I was being filmed. Does that count?

6. With regard to your creative passion...who do you admire?

I really don't have enough time or space to list my many inspirations. ;) But let me just start with Ralph Lauren, Mary Randolph Carter, Mary Emmerling, Bill Cunningham, Todd Selby, Carol Bolton, Emily Chalmers...and did I mention Ralph Lauren?

7. Tell us about a memorable trip as a child.


They were all pretty much the same and now that I look back, it's what really carved out this crazy life of ours. My pop would work all year long and live for those three weeks in the summer. We would load up the vista cruiser with our luggage on top, and the six of us would drive anywhere and everywhere that there was a monument, a fort, or historical info on this side of the continental divide. We saw roadside attractions, trading posts, mountains, lakes, rivers, praries, mountains with presidents heads, mountains with a crazy horse in them...OK you get the picture. Every year, no matter what, we always ended our trips going down highway 101 through the central coast. My dad would always manage to find a route leading here from anywhere--from South Dakota, from Montana, from Washington--we just always thought it was on the way. I knew we would end up living here.

8. Do you enjoy live music? If so, do you have a favorite concert?

I have always enjoyed live music! I started going to concerts in my teens in the 70's. I cannot even imagine picking a favorite. I'd have to say my top eight have been Led Zeppelin in '78, Pink Floyd Animals, Neil Young, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Annie Lennox, U2, and John Hiatt. I am hoping to go to Outside Lands in San Francisco this year. I love outdoor concerts!

9. Do you use butter or a substitute when you bake?

Butter, always butter. Until I die...butter.

10. Are you in a book club? If so...

Nope, maybe someday.

11. My grandma is no longer here but i think of her everyday, and this blog was created with her in mind. I love talking about grandmas and grandpas too. Do you have a grandma or grandpa memory that you would like to share?

Sadly no. I never really knew my grandparents. My mom would talk about her mom and I know I would have loved her. She loved to garden and shop. What's not to love?

OK, here are my tags:

Lisa Leonard
Roxanne Rosensteel of Tender Turning Quietly
Vanessa Holguin of The Bilinguista

...and the questions!

1. Dinner party--What six people would you love to have at your table?
2. Flash back to 17--What did you want to be when you grow up?
3 What does a perfect day look like to you?
4. Favorite movies?
5. Online shop or "touch and feel" shop?
6. Who or what has had an impact on your life?
7. I have a 16 year old--What advice would you give her now that you can look back on that age?
8. What would suprise us to know about you?
9. What five things would you grab if your house was burning down?
10. Do you blog daily, weekly, monthly? What do you do when there is a lack of inspiration?
11. Fly or drive to a vacation?

The Ruby Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Posted on: Monday, April 9, 2012

Salmon Fishing

5 Stars

After a long string of movies at the Palm Theater that didn't exactly peak my interest, I found a great one! Starring the Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, this film combines excellent cinematography, perfectly placed moments of comic relief, beautiful and talented actors, and a just wild enough to be believable storyline.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

McGregor plays a sensible government expert on fishing who gets dragged into the project of bringing salmon to the Yemen River, by a consultant played by Blunt. While working on accomplishing this, the two learn invaluable life lessons from the man behind the idea, a wealthy Sheik, and begin to see the world in a different perspective.


I went into the movie a little worried it would revolve completely around the sport of fishing, but was happily surprised how well they used the past-time to exemplify the importance of faith and hope, as well as common ground between two seemingly opposite people. Definitely a must see for any lovers of Ewan McGregor, fishing, British films, and uplifting movies.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Skipping Into Spring

Posted on: Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Two years old! This little shop of our has grown up. I can still remember driving by, with no intentions of starting a new venture, and spying a "for lease" sign in the window. The planter filled with weeds, a frayed awning, and the exterior painted a color of brown that shouldn't be sold. With all the hurdles that it would take, the flaws that would need attention, I couldn't shake the beauty and charm that could be. I imagined the lovelies inside and all the special visitors that would gather and create and inspire.


From this point on is when I stopped using the word 'I' and moved on to the 'we'. Friends and family jumped in with paintbrushes, soil, burlap, laughter! There is the saying 'it takes a village'--and this is so true. This shop has become all of us--workers, vendors, customers, visitors.


A special friend just had a Sound of Music birthday party and the songs have been swirling around the store, "The Hills are Alive", "Pretty White Dresses", "Brown Paper" etc, etc etc. This is what the store is singing too! We are alive with greens and all of our pretties, and of course, a song and dance.


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