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Spring has SPRUNG: East Coast + West Coast fairs! 0

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to ALL my New York, tri-state, New England friends,

4 days! count down to another fun weekend at the Basilica Farm & Flea in Hudson, NY. 

Farm & Flea is a great event, wonderful vendors, the Basilica is a beautiful space and Hudson, a gorgeous area.

Come thru. Make a day or weekend of it.

I’ll be there selling a range of sacs, cross bodies, key cases and carryalls.

Tell your friends and look forward to seeing you there!

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and to my West Coast peeps, SAVE THE DATE: May 13 + 14; I’ll be at the Echo Park Craft Fair, the following weekend, in Los Angeles, with more of the above mentioned and some surprises too!



epic yard sale! this friday saturday sunday 9 – 3 0

it’s become a tradition; every year I get together with my friend tricia (of estate sale company LA) for an epic, blow out yard sale! see you there!



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coyoacan is one of 16 boroughs of mexico city. it’s name, in nahuatl, means ‘place of the coyotes’ and is where the aztecs named this pre-hispanic village mostly populated by the tepenec people. hernan cortes and the spanish used this area as their headquarters making it the capital of ‘new spain’ around 1523.  over the centuries the urban sprawl of mexico city developed around coyoacan leaving its’ cobble stone streets, alleys, plazas, gardens and many homes relatively intact amidst a vibrant, thriving bustling community. for locals or tourists, i can think of no better way to explore this gorgeous neighborhood than by bike. so we did. heathermarie’s friend febo, a professor of urban planning at the university, also operates a bike tour company and was our knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide/host. in the cool of mid-morning we breezed through the streets, taking in the sites, while febo explained  historical and social significances, often stopping along the way to explore gardens or alleys or doorways or whatever caught our eye. you get to cover so much more ground, breezing around by bike. we had a light lunch at a nearby cantina and afterwards, walked back to wander some more on own. febo and his mexico bike tour offer tours of other areas i would’ve liked to explore, had i the time. next visit. when you visit mexico city i highly recommend adding their bike tour to your list of must-see + do’s.

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mexico city: primera parte 1

about that time i went to mexico city, to visit my dear sister heathermarie, for the first time, after many years of her living there! boy, did she show me a grand time,  take me to beautiful places, introduce me to wonderful people who also shared their gorgeous, vibrant city with me  – generally, make me wonder what the heck took me so long to get my ass down there! tlalpan, centro historico, coyoacan, tlalpuente, la condesa…pre-colonial, colonial, mid-century modern, contemporary modern -it’s all going on…good friends, fine food, textiles, art and culture -this long overdue trip was so up my alley.  i can hardly wait to return!

enjoy primera parte of my whirl-wind tour!

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echo park craft fair: may 12 + 13. see you there. 0

so much goodness: clothing, jewelry, accessories, everyw’air sprays, partout -the roll-on, herbal remedies, flowers, linens, art, stationary, sculpture, posters, stained glass, yummy eat treats + more.  be there and meet the makers!


apricots & valentina 0

june is apricot time! and one of my favorite recipes is featured this month at priscillawoolworth.com.this site is an ever evolving fount of  information to inspire us to  lead healthier,  more eco-conscious, impact-ful lives in harmony with nature.  be sure to check out the june almanac filled with inspiring projects, books and films, great tips for health and the garden -i especially love priscilla’s eco garden tips for gardening by the moon phases!

speaking of gardens, did you know valentina, the super attractive compact composter designed by priscilla, now has a facebook fan page? be sure to “like” valentina at your  next opportunity! if you have one, post updates, share  your experiences.

valentina is the perfect size  for the micro gardener, like me,  working smaller spaces or in pots on terraces, landings, porches etc. here are my tomatoes, strawberries and herbs thriving from valentina‘s bounty.



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