happy valley yard

Hi! A couple weeks ago when I was showing you the interior of our house and the loop hiking trail, some of you asked to see pictures of the front and back yard. We rent and I don’t really like the paint job on our house, but it is quite a lovely view from our deck. Here are some shots of our front and back yard, enjoy!

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What are you up to this week?


happy valley news

It’s been a fantastic week, lots happening in happy valley. The garden is in now. We’re having a drought, so it will be interesting to see how I can water less, but still have a small garden.



Also, got news last week that my hex sign art was chosen to be featured at a local store called Stripe Men. It’s an awesome store in downtown Santa Cruz right off Pacific Ave for men decorated in mid century furniture and vintage items. They provide an inspirational playground for customers to find products from some of the best local talent, like me 😉 The art show is on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 PM  and the art will be on display and for sale through out December. Super EXCITING. Everyone is invited.

Lastly, I am super stoked to be featured a couple weeks ago on a blog called a Daily Dose of Pattern. Check out may pattern and if you like patterns, check out Esther Bley’s patterns. She does some really lovely work.

What have you been up to this week.


spring garden

It’s spring here in Happy Valley and that means garden planning time. Last year I grew many varieties of lettuce, onion, kale, spinach, and peppers. Below is a picture of the garden when it was 30 days old.

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The second picture below is a drawing I did in my journal, tracking what was growing and what didn’t make it. Well, it’s time to start planting.

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I have two small beds that we cut from an old pear box. First I have to gather the worm castings in order to fertilize the soil. Check out our worm bin it is thriving!


After I turned in the worm castings I got a nice mixture of soil that looked like this in the beds.


Then I planted the veggies. This year I got two kinds of lettuce, kale, spinach, bok choy and two kinds of tomatoes. I’ve never had luck in town with tomatoes, because of the fog. I’m hoping since it’s usually 10 degrees warmer out  here in Happy Valley, that they’ll do really well.


And we ended up with two boxes filled with veggies!

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What are you planting this spring?