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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Weekend Sale!

Basically it's a sale that will last now until Tuesday, December 3rd! (I made it longer because the 3rd is my birthday :) 28 years young!

Make sure you type in the code at checkout or the discount will not take effect. I want you to get a deal this weekend!

Just head on over to the store and take a look at what is in stock.

Also, you can check out my new Super Sale section. All of the paintings in that section are already marked down to 50% off.

I am clearly clearing house.

Happy shopping, friends!

Monday, November 18, 2013

In a little town called Sun City

Imagine a town where you must be 55+ to live there. Golf carts are permitted to roam the streets alongside cars, a shoe shine shop still exists, an organist plays in the local restaurant, people still wear pastel polyester pants, and women go to the hair salon to get their hair set.

That is the town where my grandma lives.

In fact, it is less than ten minutes from me in Southern California.

As described by Wikipedia:

Sun City is a master-planned community for senior citizens over age 55. The four-square mile residential community has two public golf courses, two recreation centers with tennis courts and swimming pools, and a commercial center of small shops for resident consumers.

Originally built in 1960, it was one of four "Sun Cities" designed by Del Webb who later created retirement communities in Arizona, Nevada and Florida in the 1970s and '80s. The Del Webb company opened Sun City Palm Desert, California east of Palm Springs in 1991.

My husband is really the one I should be interviewing to talk about it. In the 1980s they built a little subdivision adjacent to Sun City and that is where his father bought a house and where he grew up. He knows every street thanks to his childhood years of exploring on a bicycle. My grandma didn't move there until the late 90s and even then it felt like you were in a different land. It still does!

Although they are not considered their own city now that Menifee became incorporated, we still call it Sun City. In its main shopping center they hold the best library in our area and the only nearby McDonald's, so of course we frequent it often!

After a library trip one day, I drove around and snapped some photos of the AWESOME houses. This is from only going down a few streets. Can you imagine if I had my nice camera instead of my cell phone? Or if I had a whole day to explore?

In this little city rock lawns are normal. It's more surprising if you find a house that features grass. I can't blame them though! If my husband didn't mow the lawn I would want a rock garden.

A lot of times they will be lined with the scalloped brick. Cute additions like the fake well aren't unusual either.

Fruit trees in the front and/or back (my Grammy has a persimmon tree and grape tomato plants).

Cacti are perfect plants for our sunny and dry weather.

Garages usually only have room for one car. If there is no garage, there is a car port.

Potted, hanging plants adorn porches.


This one has a cute little weather vane added to the top and the rocks were painted green.

 Little statues parade across the rocks.

 Now what do you do when you want a lush, green lawn but don't want the maintenance that comes with it? Simple!


Did you always dream of a little pink house? Here you can easily find one!

A rarity: grass.
Not so rare: pink flamingos.

 I think this is a great example of a Sun City house: rock lawn, potted plants, sculptures, hanging doo dads, and a golf cart. There is a golf course that runs through the city.

For example, here is a golf cart in the town shopping center.
 The shopping center contains lovely stores like this Comfort Shoe Center.

 A truly awesome library.

The Action Mobility Center for all your mobility needs (wheelchairs, walkers, scooters).

Or get your couch reupholstered.

But be warned: there are a lot of senior citizens behind the wheel. And worse: the town center is so wacky!! One way streets, random intersections with no signs, single lane alleys. You have to be on high alert when you drive there!

The citizens are also very concerned about young folks driving too fast. These beauties are stationed around the town to ensure the safety for all. Once my husband was driving us down a street and there was a man sitting on a bench holding a megaphone yelling that he was going too fast. I agreed with man. But I love that he decided to be proactive about people like my fast-paced husband.

And on some streets there are even rounded curbs. No more tire marks on the sidewalk!
But I saved the BEST homes for last!
 The statue and fake flower garden.

 And the famous Raiders house.

From a younger person's perspective this place seems otherworldly, but heck, when I get old I wouldn't mind living here. I want a pink house and for there to be no noise after 6pm. My kids and I love to visit. Their Great Grandma lives there. The library is the nicest out of all the local cities. Old ladies always delight in seeing my children and offer them candy while simultaneously telling them not to take candy from strangers. The estate sales are pretty cool. You want vintage? Come here! Although, usually the items have not stopped being used for the last 50 years.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Clothespin Dolls and Painted Cardboard Doll House


I saw this little cardboard house box being clearanced at Michael's and thought it would be cute to paint one up for my daughter. She is a little collector, akin to Ariel's hoarding obsession. To be fair, it runs on my side of the family. I have a bit of it myself.

Anyway, I started out with this cute little house:

I started to paint the top and then I stopped because I realized I needed a before picture.

Then I sketched out a rough idea of what I wanted it to look like.

Then I gathered my old fashioned clothespins (estate sale, oh yeah!).

And while I sat and painted, my children ran amuck. But I didn't care because I was listening to new episodes on Hulu while I worked.

It turned out pretty cute. There is the brother Ethyn, Daddy, Mommy, Clara, Grammy, and PapPap dolls in this picture. She misplaced brother Calvin and PopPop dolls already.

Here is what I learned:
  • This is perfect for a three year old. Or at least mine. She likes tiny things, collections, dolls, and boxes. This encompasses all of her favorites!
  • Next time I will paint on something more sturdy. Cardboard will not last long.
  • The clothespin dolls look super cute going the other direction so you can make the split wood look like legs, but if you do it MY way they will stand on the edge of things. In this case, the house!
  • I am going to mod podge the dolls because after a couple weeks they are starting to look worn. That's okay, though. I made them really simple on purpose because I knew she would be handling them a lot and they would not look brand new for long.
  • Overall, a fun project to make and a great gift to give to a little girl!

She is pointing at the Clara doll :)

Lady Poppins Interview and Studio

This Summer I was emailed by the talented Candice Lesage from Sense and Sensibility. She lives in Paris, France and is a freelance web designer. She is a wonderful photographer and a complete sweetheart.

She asked to use my tropical flowers watercolor to redesign her website. Look at what a great job she did using it:

She also asked to do an interview with me and show what my workspace looks like. You can look at the pictures and read the interview here.