Running Springs, California is known for wildfires! Yay! Oh wait that sucked. October 2007 our town was torn up by wildfires/forest fires (If anyone wants to laugh: when being evacuated I didn't grab photos, yearbooks, etc. I grabbed my sewing machine. It was new! It's pretty!). But being the eternal optimist instead of focusing on fire and burn I thought I'd focus the question "Wait why do you live up there again?"
Little facts about R.S.:
-Apparently 5000ish people live up here (but I could swear more than half of those are actually 2nd home owners...)
-We are safely above the smog at 6,129ish feet.
-We get snow
-We're about 20 minutes from Redlands, the "big town" or an hour and change from Los Angeles.
-The founders of University Redlands set up this town as a second home/leisure community.
-6 miles away from the former Santa's Village.
-All the houses here are off. From circular houses, to houses being held up by trees, the first house you see when you enter town is a castle (I wish I had a picture of that) with a little dragon under it, there are a few observatory looking houses...
Personal rules (creativity comes from rules) :
-No fire mentions
-No red, yellow, black, orange, or gray allowed (fire colors).
Here's the view from my bedroom that inspired this:
(sorry it's not at the right angle. Also normally it's a lot prettier. I just took the picture at the wrong time of day. It's usually sky blue and brown in the morning).
This was a picture from Rimoftheworld.net. I saw it and it was too pretty!
Here's what I made:
Twin sized quilt. I wanted it to look like my view in the morning. Bright colors and the calming brown of the trees. I used a teal bandana like material which I thought represented California (cowboys, trendy, small town...) and the floral made me think of a second home how people try to be classy but it's still cozy. I thought it looks like blue sky cut by brown tree branches.
Cozy flannel with breakfast food. Everyone loves comfy breakfast food. I end up eating breakfast food all day because of the elevation.
Santa's Village reference. Giant mushrooms in weird colors and yet snow on the ground....
I tried to copy that sunset.
Quail inspired... We have a covey of quail that likes to walk around my neighborhood. They're so cute!
Whole bed at a glance. You know how I said houses up here are weird? The staircase at our house looks like a Go-go dancer's cage. My room is right on the other side. Oh! And the tinier teddy bear (the gray one) is from Santa's Village. Had him since I was 2.
And the dinky sewing machine that did it: