Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Remnants of the Past

I have been dying to attend this show for  some time.  For one reason or another I have never been able to make it.  This year I have it on my calendar and I can’t wait.!! If you live in the area or happen to be game for a road trip to the little town of Nipomo don’t miss it.  It is held at the historic Dana Powers Barn in Nipomo and is the brainchild of Judy Watkins who lives on the property.  At one time Judy had a little shop called LaDeDa.  She later partnered  with a friend and opened CaLa in Old Edna which later expanded again and moved to downtown, San Luis Obispo, California.  Judy now devotes her time to putting on the Bi-Annual show which is held each Spring and Fall.  The theme of this springs’ show is….stylishly green—generously giving. There will be 40 plus hand picked vendors offering up a wide variety of wares.   The best part? A  portion of the proceeds will go to the local Habitat for HumanityRepresentatives from the San Luis Obispo Habitat for Humanity will be on hand to meet and explain all the wonderful things they do to help the community.

Here are some photos from past shows courtesy of Judy Watkins blog


photo courtesy of rustyclover.blogspot.com


Here is the adorable Judy!

8th Bi-Annual
Remnants of the Past
Vintage sale on Saturday,
April 30, 2011

at the Dana-Powers Property
in Nipomo, CA.
Entrance Fee: $7

For more information about the show and all the vendors who will be attending please read Judy’s wonderful blog here:


For directions etc. please visit the website here:


The show was also featured in Country Livings April issue



If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up you can read about it here:


The Dana Powers House and Barn are also wonderful wedding venues.  If there is a wedding in your future you can check it out here:


Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


We have had a busy Winter and Spring. Our daughter is getting married this summer at our home so we have many projects to complete.  We have had non stop rain the past few weeks.  We really needed it.   It is also wonderful for Villa Cantina because the lake view is really a “full on” lake view for a change! We also have a new puppy.  His name is Beau.  He is adorable.  Have you read the book or seen the movie Marley and Me?



  A couple of years ago we had to put our other yellow lab Bridger down.  It was devastating.  Bridger was a once in a lifetime dog.  We made friends with complete strangers because of him.  He was a wonderful dog who was loved by all who knew him. When he died he was immortalized by our good friend and artist Pat Huber.




We had to think long and hard before deciding to get another dog.  My husband wanted a puppy. He said he would take Beau to work with him a couple days of week.  Steve loves Beau.  Steve leaves really early in the morning and he doesn’t get home until dinner time. He took Beau to work last week.  That night Beau got really sick.  We took Beau to our Vet.  Beau ate something he wasn’t supposed to.  Beau does that a  lot .  Here is Steve with Beau on the Gator.  Beau looks so sweet doesn’t he?


We have two cats.  Their names are Furry and Tiger ( clever I know).  They were feral cats.  For those of you not familiar with feral cats, they are afraid of practically everything because they were raised (or birthed) by a feral mother.  They are afraid of Beau too.


The reason they look scared is because Beau is barking at them AGAIN. 


Beau has lots of beds….



Most of them he doesn’t lay on…



When we take him in the car he rides in this cage.  You probably can guess why. 


When Beau sleeps at night he sleeps here.  Again no need for guessing.



We let him sleep in our bed a couple of nights but that didn’t go well.  He also likes to sleep in this bed.  This is another reason why Furry and Tiger  don’t like him.  



Beau also likes to sleep here.  This is our game room sofa.  He likes lots of pillows.



Or in the wingback chair….



I just brought this chair home from the upholsterer.  I had it covered in sheets (can you guess why?).  He didn’t jump on it until I removed the sheets.



Here is Beau on the console table behind the sofa.   I HAD a bowl filled with shells and coral on  the console.  He kept stealing them out of the bowl.  Apparently he is looking for them….



Beau has lots of toys.  He loves Mr. Skunk. Mr. Skunk has not one but two squeakers.  That might be part of the attraction. Beau especially loves things that aren’t toys at all (peoples’ shoes, toilet paper,  zebra rugs, and things that belong in the bathtub)…




Beau doesn’t have very many friends.  He likes to jump on and bite dogs.  He sometimes  has the same M.O with people.

He loves our gardener Sebastian.  I am not sure the feeling is mutual.

Beau found a friend though…her name is Isabella….she loves Beau


Beau usually wears people out. He was very tired after he played with Isabella.

Beau went to a “puppy reunion” with his litter mates last weekend. Some of the puppies had really nice manners.  I doubt they jump on console tables and sleep on the sofa. Some were friskier than others. Here is Beau playing with the  other “frisky” puppy. That’s Beau on top.



Here is Beau “playing” with another one of his litter mates. Apparently Beau thought he would make a nice chair. 

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Here is Beau again.  He is the one with his teeth around the other dog’s neck.



Here is Beau looking for his next victim



But….who could resist that face?