Thursday, March 7, 2013


Sorry 'bout that tease yesterday.

I had high hopes, but got the cleaning/purging bug and decided to run with it.

Purging = Love.

I love to purge.

I love to collect and then purge.

I think I need to open a little Etsy shop!

The only problemo is that some of my little pretties are not actually vintage and Etsy, dear girl, has some rules about vintage.

Rules = Blech.

Maybe I'll just open a little pretties shop right here on the bloglette.


Would y'all wanna peruse my goods?  (TWSS)  I've got some stuff that would need to be sold locally only (big things), but I've got a stack of goodies that are quite mailable. 

Hmmmmm. Thinking cap.

While I'm thinking, let's talk about the lovely Pam Penick's new book:  LAWN GONE! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard.

Isn't that a wonderful cover?

I would so totally buy this book even if I didn't know Pam just because that cover is so enticing and colorful.

Now, you know The Wabi-Sabi House is in the book, right?    Page 61 to be exact.

So I do have a bit of a vested interest in it, but I am being 100% totally honest in saying that this is SUCH a good book.  

I mean it's really, really good.  

It's loaded with photographs which I love and find very, very helpful.  Nothing worse than ordering a garden book only to find that it's low on photos.  

I wanna SEE what's happening.  I can only read so much about a yard.  Must see yard.

So, yes, pictures, pictures, pictures galore.

Even if you're not contemplating losing your lawn, this book is crazy full of ideas and inspiration.

I will warn you though that, for me, this is one of those "Ohhh, I want that, and that, and that and that too" kind of books.

The kind of book Jackdaddy hates for me to buy because I immediately start plotting and planning and asking for things to be moved around or taken down or, worse, built.


I am currently obsessing about the set-up on Page 48.

The couch on Page 62.

The tall pavilion on Page 68.  (Did you know that pavilion only has one L? Drives me crazy because I have always believed that it has two Ls.)  I really, really want a pavilion in my yard to block us from the tall duplex next door which has a balcony on the top floor that pretty much looks directly into my yard.  This makes peeing in the yard difficult and I really feel strongly that I want to be able to pee in my yard if I want.

Oh like you don't.



Pretending like that never happened.

The hammock on Page 71.

The whole garden on Page 76.  (Pam, if you read this will provide a link that garden?  I think it was in Dallas, wasn't it? I remember droooooling over it on your blog.)

Hugely obsessed with the path on Page 92.  

Hugely.  So much that I think I am going to attempt to make a similar one.  I've got stacks and stacks of crap bricks/stones/stuff that I think I can manipulate into a close copy of this.  It's all that boring leveling and crap that bums me out.

I can't stop looking at that page. 

Loving the yoga deck on Page 99.

Envying the pond on Page 106.  (This envy was recently trumped by my extreme envy at seeing my friend Hedrich's stock tank pond.  Huge.  Gorgeous.  Perfect.)

Drooling over the groundcover on Page 117.

Dying over Jenny's garden (as usual) on Page 139.

OK, I'll stop, but clearly you need to buy it.

I really wish you would because it is a wonderful book, but also because Pam is my friend and it was her post about my blog that got my blog more popular than it had been (way  more), and plus I just adore her and want to support her now that she is a published author!!!

Can you imagine the thrill of seeing your book for sale in a store or on Amazon?


Now, if I was any kind of blogger, I would now link you to this book on my Amazon page and make half of one cent on that purchase, but I'm not.  I'm lazy.  So go buy the book and Amazon can keep their damn half-cent.


I'm gonna try and cook something from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook tonight so hopefully there will be a Friday Food tomorrow.

Don't hold your breath though cuz I am just having the hardest time with logistics these days.  

You know how that goes sometimes?  Sometimes you just have it all workin' and happenin' and then, BAM, all the timing of everything is off and you can't get a damn thing done and the house is a mess and the kid(s) are eating crap and you're out of toilet paper and ... .

That's what's happening here right now for some odd reason, Timothy Green.

Did you see that movie?  The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  SOB LOVE SOB LOVE.

That's my  new blog name:  SOBLOVE

When I read that my mind says SLOB.

Even better name for a blog!

Here's to slobbing and to you buying LAWN GONE today, dammit.

Do it, or else.

Or else nothing, but its fun to say that sometimes.


  1. I'd be happy to see what you are letting go of. you have neat stuff.

    And ETSY can be flexible if you know how "wink,wink"

  2. I think Etsy would be a great idea or Pinterest? Would that work? with your blog website and all. I visit lots of shops when I do Pinterest. Plus this just in: I would so love not to have grass. I am working my way in the back yard bit by bit. I would so rather have other things than grass grass grass.
    Keep on keepin' on!!
    ms mdd
    oh p.s. Look at Pioneer Woman's blog .. she sells stuff right from her blog! You could totally do this.

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  4. I quit reading, I'll go back, but I have to say that you gotta let me know what you're getting rid of - I'm lookin for stuff. ;)

  5. Open up an Ebay store. Link it to your website. DONE.

    I would buy your stuff, yo. I'm all over that beautiful stuff.

  6. I am looking forward to checking out that book! Our lawn does terribly because we have too much shade. I would love some other ideas!! P.S. You are hilarious- thanks for the laugh :D

  7. Mamaholt, you are the BEST! Thank you for plugging my book so generously, and for being so funny at the same time. I enjoy your posts so much -- even when they're not about me. Ha! ;-) I was flipping through my book looking at all the photos you mentioned, which was fun. Yes, that garden on page 76 is the wonderfully named Blue Lotus Garden in Dallas: . And the patchwork path you admired on page 92 is in Tait Moring's garden here in Austin: . I look forward to seeing the Wabi-Sabi interpretation of that one day.

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  9. Michele: I'm glad you liked my pond. Coincidentally it was inspired by Pam's popular blog post on the subject. ;-)

  10. I'd love to take a look at your stuff! Though I have to say, I did an online yard sale, put a LOT of time into it and only one person bought something. It was kind of depressing.
    I think you might be better off just doing it the old fashioned way, in your own yard.
    BUT, some people have had success doing it, who's to say.

    That books looks awesome. Right up my alley.

  11. Cane was not so super-excited about the idea of tearing out the front lawn and putting in a vegetable garden, but these look like things he might prefer. He's got some kind of relationship going on with the lawn that I don't understand at all. I think he enjoys battling with the moss. Boys. They seem hardwired for warfare to me. Glad he channels that into jui jitsu and grass and various things that aren't working quite right. Really looking forward to getting the book!

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