Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pink Gingham--Check!

It's always so cool when I find a pattern that has the garment partially made...and this person wanted to replicate the pink gingham binkini on the envelope (although this is actually the bikini in the back, not the pink-and-white one on the front). Fun to imagine the person in the 1960s who sat down at her Singer to make this...

(Even if I ever dared to wear a two-piece suit ever again--and it ain't gonna happen!--this one is too small fo rme).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Craft Craft Craft/Sew Sew Sew/Glue Glue Glue

Crafting madly to get ready for the Mercantile Mix @ Mira-Dera, a fun pop-up shop my friends and I are hosting on Saturday, August 16.

I plan to sell vintage AND handmade, so I'm busy busy...there's a Barbara Stanwyck marathon on TCM next week, so I may be glued to the TV as I sew (and glue!) away.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pointy, Spiky, Lovely

Beautiful but spiky: artichoke flowers.

I wish they were mine, but those of you who have read my blog for a while might remember the Great Artichoke Massacre of 2012 (perpetrated by the gophers), and I haven't replanted any artichokes since.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Café glacé avec du lait

Or, "iced coffee with milk." It does a (or at least THIS) body good!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Tallulah Mae executing a perfect adho mukha svanasana (Downward Dog).Namaste!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just Peachy

Peach pie! Easy peasy...easy as...PIE!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's Go Lie Out by the Pool (tweet tweet tweet)

Wheeeeee...all they need are tiny Panasonic ball radios playing 1970s AM hits and some Hawaiian Tropic. No, wait, that's me who needs those things to transport me back to 1975.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

File Under: Weird/Creepy/Umm.../Fascinating/Not for the Faint of Heart. Also? Ewwww!

So B. was tidying the yard on Sunday when he came upon this. (As my mom put it, one's natural reaction is "What the [blank] is THAT?"). Ewww...

The top of it is limp and slimy...and it is smelly. 
 The "stalk" is spongy.
  And it is apparently hollow.

And yes, I know EXACTLY what it resembles! {Giggle}. What is it? It is a stinkhorn mushroom, in the order Phallaceae (um, yeah!). Let's see what Wikipedia has to say, shall we?

The Phallaceae are a family of fungi, commonly known as stinkhorn mushrooms. Belonging to the fungal order Phallales, the Phallaceae have a worldwide distribution, but are especially prevalent in tropical regions. They are known for their foul-smelling, sticky spore masses, or gleba, borne on the end of a stalk called the receptaculum. The characteristic fruiting-body structure, a single, unbranched receptaculum with an externally attached gleba on the upper part, distinguishes the Phallaceae from other families in the Phalalles. The spore mass typically smells of carrion or dung, and attracts flies and other insects to help disperse the spores. Although a great diversity of body structure shape exists between the various genera, all species in the Phallaceae begin their development as oval or round structures known as "eggs". According to a 2008 estimate, the family contains 21 genera and 77 species.

Oh, nice: "foul-smelling," "carrion," and "dung." All that AND a penis shape!

And once you have phallic mushroom visitor, apparently you'll have others, because this is the one I dug up yesterday...check out that pink weirdness at the bottom (ewwwwwww!).

 And here it is still growing...not quite as disgusting in situ.
Kinda gross, sorta weird, definitely phallic...but SO fascinating, yes? Nature--it never ceases to amaze.

You simply MUST check out Google images of other 'shrooms in this order/family: Wow! (and: ewwwww!).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Busy Buzzy Monday

Today I present to you: bees, busily buzzing and being bee-like. The end.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

KA-BOOM! My head has exploded...really, Tallulah Mae? The mushy face and little white eyelashes? Really?! It's too much cuteness...

Thursday, July 17, 2014


File under "Plants that are happy to see you" or "Is that a squash in your pocket, or...?" Puerile, I KNOW, but I can't help it! And yes, I guess I AM a 12-year-old at heart.{Giggle}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yellow and Green

When the utility company cut down a palm tree in front of our house--and good riddance to palm trees--they replaced it with a tiny tree. It's now grown quite a lot (and with really no extra watering from us) and this year has bloomed nicely.

Its botanical name is Cassia leptophylla, common name Golden Medallion tree. These photos show four stages: closed flower, full blossom, after the petals have fallen, and finally, with long green seed pods. It's a pretty tree, if a wee bit messy. Now we just need to get the other 50-foot-tall palm tree removed!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cloud Oddity

As noted yesterday, you'll see a LOT of sunsets here at Foziewisp...but this is one of the weirdest! What the heck is up with that Cheeto-esque cloud? Odd, but cool!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le poulet le jour de la Bastille

Anyone who visits this blog (all dozen of you, my sweet and loyal readers!) knows that you can count on seeing the following with great regularity: 1) Tallulah Mae; 2) bees; 3) sunsets; and 4) birds {subset: chickens}.

So here you are: a lovely chicken doing her chicken thing.

And Happy Bastille Day, mes amis!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Objects in camera lens are larger than they appear...or something like that. That nose begs to be kissed, I think.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In the Pink

It's been a flowery week here at Foziewisp, so let's close it out with some hydrangeas, shall we? I love them, such a lovely old-fashioned flower (these are not in my yard, BTW).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rosy Outlook

Just perfection, yes?