Monday, July 25, 2011

Check Out PBDorm :-)

This was a really fun shoot we did here in LA.... really great new concept for Pottery Barn and some cool stuff! I mainly did the lifestyle work for the project, like these here :-)

check out PBDorm website

Thursday, July 21, 2011


We have been enjoying the bee's so much! 
Everyday at about 4pm they all rush to get back to the hive. It's so interesting to watch. Patrice noticed today that there seemed to be one bee guiding all the traffic in the door

Monday, July 18, 2011

Surprise.... Send in the Bee's

I have wanted to keep bee's  for a while so I was surprised  to find out Conor's friend Andrew, a local beekeeper,had a hive that needed a new home. I volunteered immediately!!! They came the other night and seem to be adjusting well to their new home :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sustainable and Chic

Thank goodness for Nysha of Ardenwood edibles! She came by to check out the minifarmBoxes and help plant some late growing summer vegetables. Nysha has her business landscaping and sells organic non-genicically modified heirloom seeds for gardening. Her plants have really grown SO well at our house. She pointed out that the seeds are a healthier stock and normally you get more plants per seed pack and stronger better producing more nutritious plants as well. Our garden has really been a testament to that.
We had a great time planting. Nysha gave us some tips like when planting the cucumber and the squash  that you should be very gentle with the roots ....don't break them up or disturb them too much. She also reminded us what Conor had pointed out about planting tomatoes. If you look you can see like little hairs on the stem, those are roots,if you remove the lower leafs of the plant it can allow you to plant the tomatoes deeper into the soil giving the plant more stability and a stronger root system :-)
Looking GREAT... notice the beautiful platform Conor built at the end for me??
Hopefully I will have a surprise coming :-)

Check out Nysha's site Ardenwood Edibles

Monday, July 11, 2011

Are you ready for more Garden :-)

It is so amazing and then Conor and Jose came and built this brilliant box along the wall! 

SO Awesome !!!, It's really making that old unmanaged and never used area such a  fun  and relaxing place to go and see how things are growing and what's happening! 
thank you
minifarmBox and Conor and Jose

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Garden Growth

Some things have just exploded in the garden ... remember I got things in late and wasn't sure what might do well in the area or with my wind and strong sun . I am so excited to see what is happening and watch the daily growth. My friend beth came over the other day to help me manage some of the plants ... for example the tomatoes have gone insane (which I am really excited about) I learned from her that I can prune it back some by looking for the elbow joints and if you see a runner coming from the middle, clip it off ( not all but most) plant may be smaller and produce slightly fewer tomatoes she said but the ones it it does will taste better :-) 
some exciting things I am looking forward too :-)
all these tomatoes, squash and eggplants

thank you

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cheer's Dirty Pickled Green Tomato Martini

Happy Fourth of July!
We broke out the pickled green cherry tomatoes and WOW! They turned out Amazing !!!! Pickle recipe really worked from the previous blog post. I am anxious to try with cucumbers as well :-)
Enjoy the Holiday and be safe

Friday, July 1, 2011

Welcome minifarmBox Garden :-)

Ok sorry I'm a little late for this but its never too late to start a minifarmBox garden!!! We were lucky enough to have our friend and neighbor Conor of minifarmBox put in an official minifarmBox garden in at our house
Here is where we started:-(
 here is the dry sandy soil we are dealing with on the hill which is a great reason for raised beds
ready to Plant :-) We purchased some amazing heirloom varieties from Ardenwood edibles nursery...LOVE them Organic and Non GMO plants
A healthy watering and I will let you know how it goes