Monday, September 30, 2019

October and into Autumn, 2019

Looking back, our summer was not entirely what we planned. 
We started a garage remodel and were pretty excited about it. 
From our (way cool) "dance-moves" video... be glad its just the stills.
However, you know there is a saying, 
"It's all fun and games until somebody... (in our case it was) falls off the roof."

Yes. So, Mr. Black took a fall coming down off of the roof
when the ladder decided to go one way and he went the other.
That considerably changed our summer.
After almost 6 (long) months, he is close to 100% back to "normal"!

We got to spend some time with our family - kids and grandkids. 
And, that is always the BEST part of Summer! 

The best way for a grandpa to recuperate!


This summer we also did a fun photo-shoot over at the shop and the garden. 
The models and photographers are from Honey and Sage Photography 
and I think we all had a fun afternoon. 


By August, we were on the road over to the Baja Blues Fest. 
This was the second year that I reserved 2 booths. 
It is always a great event. 
Baja Blues Fest 2019

We spent a few days in the Valle de Guadalupe (Baja's Wine Country) 
extending the time away from the Heat and Humidity of August!

Overlooking the Pacific near the Bufadora in Baja Norte

 I set up with the local artists on the malecon a few times this summer, too. 
Tianguis Cultural 
Always a fantastic view! 

 Then, one last little roadtrip with my parents to visit part of "Old Route 66" 
...I think we nicknamed the "eating" trip. 
Met up with our daughter and had a bit of fun with the grand-baby
(who isn't so much of a baby anymore.) 

Well, that was my summer... more or less.   
Now. Back to work! 

My Off the Beach Studio and Workshop is open this Friday
and we are back to the "On Season" schedule. 
Open every Friday from 10 to 5. 

Hope your Summer included some Ocean time.
See you soon! 



Saturday, May 18, 2019



 "Time Flies!" 

  Those words swirl around in my head a lot these days
We are mid-way through May already and I am
still barely comfortable thinking of this as 2019.
Fast approaching is Summer and our slow season as
Snowbirds and "Part-Timers" depart for cooler temps.

I feel anxiety whenever I stop to think of how fast
I travel through the seven days of each week.
During our busy season, I am packing and unpacking
so often it makes my head spin!

When it is over, the quiet is nice...
(for a bit)
and then I get ansy!
Now, we have another local art market
on the Malecon or "waterfront" and
I can pack up and head down there on Saturdays.

I like busy. Busy is a good thing.
I guess if I had nothing going on,
life might slow down.
And, I am not sure that I would like that.

(Enough of my "I can't be 55" yet rantings.)

What does my Summer look like? 

I will be sewing - of course - that is therapy!
Working on a new cross-body bag design. 
Making some men's shirts for summer and fall.
And, Always looking for new ways to recycle garments. 
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On June 1st the Seashell Museum 
and  Off the Beach Studio will go to 
"by appointment only" for the summer. 
For June thru September,if you are in town
I am happy to open up for you!  

Just make an appointment by email:


 In August, we head over to the Baja Blues Fest. 
This has become an annual tradition and is such a blast! 


"It's been such a funny day
I don't know why
Walking on an endless lane
Life passing me by

Tomorrow is calling
But I'm dragging my feet
The skies are indecently clear
But I can't stand the heat

You know, time flies
And the rebels, one day, they all go quiet
Ain't no money, ain't nobody
That can buy you peace of mind
Ain't no money, ain't nobody
That can buy you peace of mind."

~ Lyrics Time Flies by Vaya Con Dios 


"She said luck is all you make it
You just reach out and take it
Now let's dance a while

She said nothing ever happens
If you don't make it happen
And if you can't laugh then smile

But after a while
You realize time flies
And the best thing that you can do
Is take whatever comes to you
'Cause time flies."

~ Lyrics Time Flies, Porcupine Tree  

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spring 2019

It is March already! 
And, we have had a week or so of really fantastic weather - after a really long and wet winter. 
I guess it is Spring Break this week; and, I heard a funny new term.
Spring is the time for the annual "Bikini Hatching". 

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I always get excited to announce our 
Pirate and Mermaid Extravaganza. 
There are more details on the website 

I will share the poster here too.
We have a fun COSTUME CONTEST with great prizes.  
Most of our vendors will be dressing "on theme", too