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Happy First Year Little Free Library!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

One year ago this month, I installed a Little Free Library outside my house. I had no idea how it was going to work out. Was anyone going to use it? Could I manage looking after it? How was my neighborhood going to react to it?

From day one, it’s been a hit. My neighbors discovered it as they walked their dogs, strolled with their children or power-walked in the mornings. Coming home, I’ve often seen clusters of people looking into the library, making me think of a Normal Rockwell moment. It’s little door fell off after six months from over-use, appearing in the arms of a neighbor who brought it to my gate for mending.

I’ve stocked the library with books and art auction catalogs from my own library, and books donated by friends or dropped off by neighbors. The Little Free Library works as a neighborhood lending library, where the community is welcome day or night, to peruse the selection of books, borrow one or more and return them once they have been read or contribute some of their own.  It works on an honor system, where you take a book and return a book.

Sometimes we take for granted the community we live in, and it is true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what is possible is to make that little corner of the world where you live just a little better.

If you would like to install a Little Free Library in your neighborhood:

Holiday Decorations 2013

Saturday, November 30th, 2013


I love the holiday season and especially beautiful decorations. These are some of the favorites I came across this past year. Naturally, the ones that I really love are made using natural or recycled materials.

painted tangerines197

Use acrylic paints, to first paint a base coat. Let it dry and then paint another color over it. Use a sharpie pen to draw the finer designs.


xmas cards210

I found this in an old Martha Stewart magazine. Nice idea for displaying cards.


xmas branch208

This may be one of my favorite kinds of decorations. All you need is a found branch, some red and white ribbons and any decorations you love. You also need to be able to hang the branch up as well!


paper trees192

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose bits of white paper into small paper trees. Add a metal stick into a base made from air drying clay, for example. Carefully push the squared bits of paper onto the metal, starting with larger pieces and finishing with the smallest ones. Top it off with a little star!

white paper tree195

This is so charming but I don’t think I’m up to making one.


russian gifts196

Stunning wrapping paper. Inspired by these, I’m going paint my own version, using plain wrapping paper (recycled kraft paper) and acrylic paints.













Wooden cave for reindeer watchers, at the Wild Reindeer Center, Norway. This is an organic hut built in the heartland of Europe’s last surviving wild caribou. This pavilion is open to the public every day of the year and is used to observe reindeer.

joyeux noel198


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you in 2014!




Monday, February 13th, 2012


We are not alone when we live from a place in the heart

Painted Heart by John Baldessari, seen in Los Angeles…


Wood Hearts seen at the lovely Livia Firth’s store near London, Eco Age…


LED Heart Created and shot at my home studio using LED lights from my store…


Metal Heart  from Mexico…



French Heart art project….


LOVE created in my home studio…


Crazy Love shot at my home studio…


One is not loved accidently, one’s own power to love produces love

-Eric Fromm-

Satsuma Tangerine Candle

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

My daughter Lucie sent me the information on how to make my own Satsuma candle at home. Thank you Lucie :) This is very easy to make and so lovely, besides being inexpensive and all natural/non-toxic. I bought  four thick skinned Satsumas, even though I only needed one, just in case I made a mistake. All you need  to make this candle is a small serrated knife, a small spoon, matches and olive oil.

You will need to make a cut about a 1/3 down from the opposite end of the stem. You need to keep the stem side intact because it holds the wick. The wick is very important…

Tangerine cut 1/3 down…and carefully remove the skin


Using a small spoon, gently pry the fruit from the skin, working your wall slowly around the inside and being careful to keep the middle stem intact because this will be your wick.


Add a little bit of olive to the inside, about 1 to 2 tbsp, keeping the wick from being covered up in oil.


Here is the beautiful, all natural, clean burning candle you will be in awe of because it’s so gorgeous and amazing.

Note: The olive oil might leave a mark where you set your candle down, so be mindful where you put it. I put mine in a small dish…


Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Just went to an Art Fair in NYC and saw a few pieces that were really wonderful, especially the ones made with recycled materials. I also came across The Envelope Project, envelopes decorated by inmates at prisons and jails from several states, and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Read alliance, a New York based nonprofit serving at-risk kindergarten and first-grade students. They


Haitian piece made with recycled cans


The Envelope Project




The Envelope Project-The one envelope I really hoped to buy was already spoken for


Haitian piece made with salvaged wood



Love the name of this artist, translates as : Albert Beautifulspeaking

Super cool elephant  head sculpture made out of aluminum foil



Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I rarely find gift tags that I like so this year, I decided to just make my own. Using a few blank kraft paper tags I had, and adding some recycled cardboard from the organic boxes of tea I drink and perhaps even parts of a box of Weetabix cereal, I cut them in different sizes. Using a couple of stamps, and a black ink pad, I stamped them first, and  when the ink was dry,  I used a hole puncher, punching larger holes for the chubbier ribbon to make it through. The ribbon is actually remnants I had saved for a rainy day.

I’m not bothered about the smudges

The ribbon remnants really dress up the tags


Sunday, November 27th, 2011

The holiday season is upon us and to get in the mood, I love looking at cool alternative, attractive and simple decorations, made using natural or repurposed materials…Enjoy



N A T U R A L    C O T T O N    W R E A T H

S T I C K S        S T A R S          C A N D L E S

I T ‘ S     C H R I S T M A S

D R I E D    O R A N G E   P E E LS  AND   C A N D L E S

S I L V E R    M E T A L   B I R D   F E E D E R


Saturday, January 29th, 2011


What you need:

1 -12×12 piece of wood

White acrylic paint


38 nails


Red wool or Red string


How to Make:

1-Paint the square of wood and the sides and let dry

2-Enlarge the image of the Heart below and print out

3-Put that photocopy on top of the wood

4-Hammer a nail in each numbered spot

5-When finished remove the paper

6-With Red String or Wool, tie a knot around nail #1

7-Go back and forth following the numbers 1 thru 38

8-You are all done when you get to #38 and tie a little knot



American Independence Day

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Happy July 4th!

I love celebrating certain holidays and July 4th is one of my favorites, marking the beginning of summer for me.

Over the years, I have looked out for the kind of decorations I would like to do if I was giving  a party and here are three of my favorites:

Store bought flags in different sizes shown with vintage blue medecine bottles.

This one has a frenchie vibe to it but love all the great red white blue colors mixed up together.

Various red white blue flags hung draped in a informal manner on this lovely porch.

A Tree hugger at Tree People

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Last year, I was so thrilled to be invited to the opening ceremony of the newly redone Tree People public use area located in Los Anegles. What got the most attention was the large catch basin they built, for saving and then reusing rainwater, a vital infrastructure improvement for the parched Los Angeles area. The trees in the Tree People trails that so many of us enjoy walking by, are therefore kept happy and healthy from this saved water, which is trickled down to these trees as needed.

Recently, I was there hiking with my dog Leroy, and we came upon the remains of a party/event that had taken place there the night before. As all the tables and chairs were being folded and carried away, what had not been dismantled yet, were some clever “Repurposed installations”, using found objects or recycling others for a useful purpose. Shovels were lined up, to create a temporary fence and in another spot,  pvc type pipes were cut and made into a chandelier, hung artfully overhead with LED fairy lights, which must have been a lovely at night.

Repurposed plastic piping as lamp

Repurposed shovels as fence