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Do You Watch The Show “Girls”?

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I don’t . . . but maybe I should start.  Not only is it ALWAY filming on our street but the creator, star and writer (Lena Dunham) may be my new down-the-street neighbor. 

According to this article she looked at the amazing penthouse at the Gretsch building on Sunday (its been on the market for months . . . I’ve been waiting and hoping for someone cool to move in there).


Love this portion of the article . . . we live in the “SoHo of Williamsburg”. 

Now the former manufacturing area west of the venerable Peter Luger steakhouse has “more a SoHo vibe compared to North Williamsburg, which feels like the East Village,” he said.

We shall see!

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April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits

The Balcony Gardener

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Design Sponge recently interviewed Isabelle Palmer.  She wrote a book called The Balcony Gardener and is also a proprietor for a garden supply company that focuses on balcony gardens.


Beautiful, huh?



Do you think she would approve of our patio garden that we spruced up this weekend?

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This year we added some bisset bamboo and pink rhododendrons (Mike actually picked that color! They have a TON of buds . . . can’t wait until they start blooming).   I also planted two little herb boxes . . . a full box of basil (I must be your daughter) and some mint (so you can have mojitos in Brookyn too) and rosemary (for Mike’s aaaamazing turkey burgers).  It was tough not having you there to guide me, but I think you’ll like what you see when you come up in July!

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April 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

Posted in Dara, Flowers

Going Green for Earth Day (Week)

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In honor of Earth Day, I replanted my earth box.  (Please don’t tell the Earth Box police that I did it incorrectly.) Hi my name is Beverly, and I am addicted to basil.  There are three varieties in the box,  regular, purple and spicy globe basil.  The other plants are chives, tarragon and parsley.


This herb  is for L.C.  Did you guess that it is catnip?

DSCN2250This is the first year that my mint survived the winter.   I think there is a mojito in my future.


I can’t post a Flowers on Friday without an actual flower.  My Amaryllis are still gorgeous, and still blooming.


I don’t want to shock you, but after several years of nightly use, my nook cover wore out.  I went green with that, too!DSCN2255

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April 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Posted in Bev, Flowers

Flora, Fauna, and Zigzags

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The pictures you posted at Kim’s are adorable!  Talk about gorgeous blue eyes, the baby looks like she is such a happy person.  

I had to run to the bathroom while reading the rooster story.  Neil, however, was totally annoyed at me for laughing so hard.  He seemed to be even more annoyed after reading the story and not understanding why it was so funny.  (He is looking for a 10 foot metal rooster for my next birthday.)

You saw this quilt by Claudia on my quilt frame.  Here it is finished:


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Sometimes the quilting shows up better on the  back.  I love swirls.
DSCN2233Claudia is making a quilt for each of her great-grandchildren.  She is getting quite a head start, considering that her oldest GRANDCHILD is 10 years old.  This is one , I had fun quilting it.


A close up:


And the back.  

DSCN2236The fauna is a birthday present for (Dear Jane)Kathy’s son. Can you tell his hobby?

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Yes, he likes to fish.DSCN2217The quilting was hard to see…I tried to quilt pond water. Speaking of Dear Jane, I have  the last 3/169 blocks to finish.  Of course they are not simple, each one has a gazillion applique pieces. 


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April 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Posted in Quilts

Abandoned Beauty

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Have you seen this post on 30 abandoned places that truly look beautiful?  So cool . . . here are a few.








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April 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits

Sunshine and Belly Laughs

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Encinitas must have known that it was my last weekend visiting Kim, Matt and Lucy in its beautiful little town  . . . it was absolutely beautiful the entire time (and supposedly it hasn’t been, for weeks!).  It was so great to see the crew and also to feel some sunshine on my skin.  We went to our favorite restaurants (Lotus Cafe and Claire’s) and some new ones (Fish 101 and Lean and Green Cafe) . . . and got pedicures and spent some time with Erica (Katya’s best friend who I’ve come to absolutely adore) and her adorable dog Bailey . . . but mostly I got to spend a lot of quality time with my bestest friend and her adorable little girl . . . which was much-needed . . . and I loved every moment. 

Here are a few more pictures of my trip (wish I got one of Kim and I! BUMMER!)

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Now for the belly laughs (even though I did laugh and smile a lot during my trip to Cali).  I read this blog post this morning and cried I laughed so hard.  Read it if you have a chance.

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April 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

Flowers on Friday – Encinitas Edition

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I’m in  Encinitas for the weekend visiting the Kraynyaks!  I am hanging at their house working today.  I took a little walk around their garden and took these pictures.  Its beautiful . . . sunny and 80 degrees . . . perfection.

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Have a great weekend! 

(Stay strong Boston!)

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April 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Dara, Flowers