Saturday, May 28, 2011

Somebody stop me...

This first day of the Memorial Day weekend is full of promise.  For those of us who want to finally get to our gardens after the deluge of the last month, there is a peek of sun.  For those who are picking up the pieces from the devastating tornado in north Minneapolis there is relief.
On Wednesday, Richard and I drove through the neighborhood that he lived in five years ago and were amazed at the loss of property.  Stately, hundred year old oaks, spruce and maple were ripped up by their sodden roots.  Those trees, fully leafed out, used to softened the landscape and rough environment.

I have a lot of clean up to do in the computer department.  My little G4 laptop was state of the art in 2006...has it been six years?  The iPhoto is churning and chugging along as I have downloaded some hundreds or so images and have not done clean up for weeks.

Richard is a long-time PC user and surprised me last week when he announced that he had ordered a new iMac for himself. Apparently the recording studio functions of garage band are more user friendly than pro tools.  I'm guessing that the 21 inch screen will look better on my desk than his.  He is also considering an iPhone upgrade because of the snazzy apps for guitar tuning, chords and recording quality.  i(hiccup) would consider one only for the camera quality as i(hiccup) now own 3 digital cameras and only use one.

Sun's out! It is decided...i(hiccup) am off to the farm supply for some peat and iManure.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Joplin cross from blogpost by Paul Douglas

My heart goes out to my hometown victims in north Minneapolis and those devastated in Joplin.
While the sirens were wailing Sunday afternoon, I was still at the Art-A-Whirl art open in a shared space with my friend Becky.  I hope to post pics soon from that event.
For now, a calming treasury after the storm.
from bonjourpoupette

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day 2011


As I was able to spend the evening with my mother,
I am thinking of friends and family who have lost their mother this year.
Most recently and most importantly, my dear Richard lost his mother Shirley,
early Sunday morning. 
We will be traveling to Illinois this weekend to honor her.

"...I'll sing a song for my mother, I'll sing a song like no other."
©2011 RJSzeluga
Chapel in Yosemite
©2007 Roxie and Lee Carroll -

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

lonny magazine top ten vintage etsy shops

March-April issue and I almost missed it!  But after spending several hours digging deeper into my google analytics (that sounds kind of dirty) I found out why I had a nice spike in my late April sales.
see page 31

thanks lonny!

in my excitement I hastily posted this link
so if you are looking for a piano bar entertainer go here:

I'm making a whole bunch of people crazy on my esty team's discussion thread.

color wheels

Items that have been cycling in my shop continue to be of the blue/green
and red/orange variety.

Part of it, of course is personal preference but there is science to support 
what the eye finds appealing.  
the old color wheel

Tertiary Colors
These are made by mixing a Primary color with an adjacent Secondary color. Turquoise is a mixture of blue and green, lime-green a mixture of green and yellow, and crimson is a mixture of violet and red. The other three tertiary colors (red-orange, yellow-orange and blue-violet) don’t have any recognized names.

Being an admirer of tertiary color sound a little wishy-washy.  
Like red, yellow and blue weren't enough.  
I'm not satisfied with the secondary choices either... green, violet. 
Nope, I want to see the whole color buffet and I go with plate #3


T U R Q U O I S E is the color choice for clarity of thought and communication
(I always have to spell check it)

O R A N G E is adventurous and affordable
(and isn't that what being a vintage seller is all about!)