Local Plants Part II

It's time for the next installment of local flora. All photos of plants in this post (with the exception of the passionflower) were taken in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa and most of these grow in the Talbert Nature Preserve.
Sticky Monkeyflower (Bush Monkeyflower)
Turkey-tangle Frog-fruit (Garden Lippia)
I'm pretty certain this little beauty is Southern Tarplant which is a native, rare endangered species.
Small Horseweed
Peruvian Pepper Tree
Albizia, plume acacia, Stink Bean (not native)
Toyon (California Holly)
Blue Elderberry
Pampas Grass (not native and invasive)
Tall Flatsedge

I'm really enjoying this ongoing project and as I type I hear a hawk calling outside which is make me eager to get out there and take a walk. Speaking of birds, I might as well post a few pictures that I recently took at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.
Black-necked Stilt
Cooper's Hawk
Great Blue Heron

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can read Part I here.

♥ anne


Polaroid Land Camera

I thrifted this Land Camera at an estate sale many years ago. I thought it was broken but after I watched a few youtube videos I realized it just needed a new battery. It's been really fun taking pictures with it, frustrating but fun. Most of them are out of focus but for some reason they still are pretty awesome. Yesterday I finally got a good picture that was in focus and all (it's the one of Shane on his bike)! Here are some of the pictures I've taken over the last year.
The film is even reasonably priced at about $9 for 10 exposures. I use Fuji fp100c. I'd like to try out some black and white film but it costs quite a bit more so I'll be sticking with color for now. If you come across one of these at a thrift store or online and you like taking pictures, I'd highly recommend getting it!


24 Hours In Joshua Tree

Last week Ruben and I got away for the night to celebrate my birthday. We crammed one hell of a good time into 24 hours! Of course, that's kinda what you have to do when you have 5 kids and are never alone. We soaked in the sun, lounged in cool water, drank many beers, watched the sunset, stargazed (more on that in a minute), listened to the coyotes howling, watched the sun rise, went out to eat for breakfast! and thoroughly enjoyed each others company!

We were lucky to be there on a new moon and it was the night after the big meteor shower so the night sky was incredible! We saw a bunch of meteors and sat under the stars for a long time. All in all it was a terrific trip and a much needed break from home. A big thanks to my mom for watching all the kids and the generous birthday gifts (aka money) from my family which made our trip possible :)

We stayed here and ate at the yummy Crossroads Cafe.

♥ anne


My Finger Puppets

I don't think I've shared all the finger puppets I've made over the years. It all started several years ago when Shane was obsessed with the three little pigs. I searched around online for some cool finger puppets but couldn't find any good ones so I decided to make some myself. I was really happy with how they came out and since then I've made one or two a year.
I made Maisy for a birthday gift for a friend's daughter.
The Tomten
One day I was inspired to make one of Nick Cave. I found it interesting how a few stitches could look so much like someone.

I started a list of people I wanted to stitch and Gram Parsons was next. I knew his Nudie Suit would make it challenging but I gave it a go anyway! Are you laughing at these yet? Because I do every time I look at them!
The Dude.

And last but not least Jerry Garcia.
Jerry is my favorite. I think he came out perfect! I realized I can only make them when truly inspired and Jerry just flowed. I might make a guitar for him...we'll see.

And in case you're wondering what I'm ever going to do with these, the answer is...I have no idea! But there you have it! A few on the waiting list to be made are Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the rest of the cast of The Big Lebowski. The cast of Twin Peaks would be awesome too. I'd make the Log Lady first.

Hope you have a great weekend :)

♥ anne


Drink Me

I've been juicing, smoothie-ing and drinking lots of infused water lately. Here are a few of my concoctions from over the past couple weeks.

My favorite combo for water is lemons, cucumber and mint. Pretty simple. The picture has limes because I ran out of lemons and I found it really hard to drink this water. Yuck city!

I'm juicing again. It's a total pain in the ass, makes a huge mess and takes more time than it should but it's worth it. This carrot, golden beet, ginger, cucumber juice was so refreshing!

Not all juices need to be sweet to be delicious. This one had cucumber, kale, ginger, lemon, and some other stuff I can't remember. 
This tasty smoothie had frozen bananas and homemade "raw chocolate almond milk" made with almonds, water, a date and raw cacao nibs and was topped with hemp seeds.
Oh yeah, I had a few Coors as well ;)

What are your favorite summer beverages? Please share!

♥ anne


Shop Update

I'm cleaning out my closet and listing some great dresses, skirts and tops from my personal wardrobe to my Etsy shop! I'm trying to save up so I can purchase the rest of the things I need so I can begin practicing wet plate collodion/tintype photography. I took a workshop earlier this year and I don't think I ever posted about it. Hopefully I can get a post up tomorrow. Anyway, if you want to help this lady make her dreams a reality come check out my shop HERE!
These four items plus a whole lot more are available now!

♥ anne


Shane Turns 7

Happy Birthday buddy! Thanks for letting me interview you :)
How old are you? 7

Song- Pumped Up Kicks
Book- Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
Food- watermelon
Dessert- ice cream and cake
Movie- Wall E
Thing to do- play outside
Game- Uno
Holiday- all holidays but mostly the 4th of July
Place to go- the movies
Color- blue, red and turquoise
Time of day- morning
Plant- succulents
Wild Animal- Cheetah
Place to go on vacation- camping
Smell- Pancakes and waffles!
Sound- A mourning dove
What do you want to be when you grow up? A dad.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? New York City

How will being 7 differ from being 6?  I think I could climb more trees and read more books.

What do you think it'll be like in 100 years? I'll be dead in 100 years.

What if you aren't dead? Then I would be a grandfather.

What are you afraid of? Vampires. You should know that!

What do you love? My family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Flying because flying is awesome.

What is something you don't like doing? Being sick. I hate it because I don't get to do anything.

How would you describe yourself? I'm shy.
♥ anne