High Desert Cabin: Before--The Kitchen

Like almost every home, working on the kitchen is a high priority with the cabin. While it has some great features, there are a few projects here that I know I will need to put at the top of my 'to do' list.


Cactus Garden in Old Southern California: Riverside Cactus Garden, 1920

I love old regional post cards, and this c. 1920 colored card is distinctive, with cacti that look alive with dancing, like something from Disney's Fantasia.  It was at gardens like this one in Riverside, CA, that southern California began it's romance with all things cactus.


Origami Tote: Easy to Sew Furoshiki Inspired Bag

This easy to sew tote bag is a wonderful furoshiki inspired shape.  Loosely termed an 'origami bag', it's made from one length of yardage and has endless looks, depending on the fabric and handle used to make it.  Origami totes have become popular, but how to make them is something of a mystery.


Color Trends for 2016: Pantone Serenity & Rose Quartz

The color's you'll see here are drawn from Pantone's 2016 color trend predictions. Blue in a tint called 'Serenity' is paired with a soft pink 'Rose Quartz'. For this year, a surprising set of two colors are emphasized, and while they are different, their soft tonality gives them similar visual weight when used inside the home.


Exploring 1970's Macrame: Mixed-Media, Knots and Woven Details

Exploring the craft of Macrame during the 1970's is a journey into mixed-media and creative expression.  When macrame was rediscovered by crafters in the late 1960's, the major resources for learning this craft were old books on sailor's knots. Using the drawings from these, a whole new art was developed over the course of a few years. At first, the knotting was done using simple, plain cotton string and fine rope, but quickly this grew to include a wider range of hemp, wool and other fibers. Often hand spun yarns were added to create densely knotted or woven inserts.


High Desert Cabin: Welcome to My New Desert Hideaway

North of Joshua Tree the high desert landscape opens up, falling away from the San Bernardino mountains towards distant dry arroyos and lake beds. In this area, small homestead cabins were built in the 1950's and 60's mostly by families on the other side of the mountains, 2 hours away in the Los Angeles basin.

This is were my cabin sits, out in the open desert with creosote bushes to soften the sandy landscape. The views that surround it make for an endless day of sky, sun and shadows, clouds and winds. The desert slope here washes gradually down, like a tilted table top you can't quite get even. Look for the light blue rooftop to find the cabin.