Monday, May 30, 2011

FINALLY have some new pebbles in the shop....

And for the first week in June, my lovely followers get a DISCOUNT COUPON to use at checkout!

Note! You must use this code before June 6th... because it will (*Poof*) vanish on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Buena Creek Gardens: FREE Music in the Gardens on Saturday!

CHECK IT OUT! Anyone local wanna come see? :)

Buena Creek Gardens: FREE Music in the Gardens on Saturday!: "Saturday, May 21, local musician, Julianna McDuffie, will join us for music in the Gardens from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Julianna has been sing..."

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Lovely Day for Pebbles, After All...

So the sun came out.  And we hit the beach, with pebbles in hand.  And THIS time, I actually saw that four out of five were already gone by the time we went home.  I'll just call that happiness.

Let's not talk about the faceplant Little Girl did in the surf while wearing all of her clothes, ok?  (snicker)  It was funny, though, and she wasn't upset.  And, BONUS!  I got it all on film... 

Did YOU find one?  SIGN THE GUESTBOOK and tell us what you thought!

Today's Pebbling occurs near Cassidy Street, in Oceanside.

RED!  Red as Love.  Red as my Heart.  Red as... um... well....
I've run out of descriptors... use your imagination.

Red... Picked up almost immediately....

...By THIS couple, seen bent over it (in Pink and White).
 My husband told me that he heard her say, "Cool!", but I was too far away to verify... 
Maybe she'll log it in on the Guestbook, hmmm?  :)

PINK!  Ah.. I saw you escape in someone's hand....

...I hope you enjoy your new home....

...She seemed like a nice person. 


Orange was the ONE that we left behind... no one had picked him up when we left.  Although, there were children climbing all over the rocks above him when we left, so I still have hope...

He DID look lovely all tucked away there, though...


Some have asked what is written on the back.... they are always sharpied as "" and for this round, I added "Log It In" as well.  We'll see if that has any effect.

White on his Rock...

...was gone pretty quickly.


I tried REALLY HARD to plant this in front of a little boy... but he was runningrunningrunning, and I just don't know if it was he that found it.  I hope so.

If the Little Boy didn't find it, I hope that YOU did.  Did you?

Look closely in her left hand.... there's a pebble in it!  :)

Mmmmmmm.... Sunday at the Beach. 

See you later!



... It is officially raining on my parade.

Boo. Hiss.

A little later....
BUT WAIT!  There's the sun!  OK... We're Off....

Which one will YOU find?


Pebbling Today?

If the weather holds out here in usually Sunny Southern California ("sunny" generally doesn't apply in May and June, unfortunately), There MAY be a pebbling this afternoon... It's kinda cold and foggy today. Not the BEST day for a pebbling, but I'd really like to get some out there!

Stay tuned....


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I still can't believe that this happened...

Stefan Wernborg, Utopia

April is a killer in my house. Not literally, of course, but with both of my children's birthdays in April, and the inevitable (and lovely) visit from Grandma and Grandpa, not to mention all sorts of musical craziness, well... I'm a little behind.

So. My sweet Evan required not one, but TWO birthday cakes, the first of which was specially made by Grandma (as per his request), put in the freezer until the big day, and then frosted by momma (c'est moi). We had that cake ON his birthday, which was a Monday, so no friends, and Daddy had only 45 minutes in which to come home from work and blow out candles and unwrap presents, then zoom back to campus. Oy. That was kind of a hassle, but I suppose you are only nine once, and when you absolutely require a cake made by Grandma, and that it must be eaten ON YOUR BIRTHDAY (two weeks after Grandma had gone home to the other side of the country), well, then, I suppose you are entitled to such parental bending-over-backwards.

Cake #1 for Evan...
Cake#2 didn't sit for a portrait.  I was a little busy wrangling small children at that point.
But, it was yellow and green and quite cheery.

The second cake was made and frosted entirely by momma, and ready for what turned out to be an exceedingly good time with close friends and their kids, the core group of whom were born within 5 weeks of each other and have literally been hanging out together since birth. If you can't have cousins close by, this is a darn good replacement. We hung out from something like noon until 10pm. At one point, we had to go out and get more food...

So. Of course, there was also Miss Milla's cake, and required Cupcake Army for preschool, which I've already told you about, so I won't really get into that here. But, suffice to say she is the cutest little birthday-girl, and we have yet another memorable video on the YouTube. Last year's video installment is still being quoted in my circle of friends and family. Who can resist a three-year old, getting more and more excited, pumping her 'lil fists the air, going, "WHOOOO! I **LOVE** CAKE!!! WHOOHHH!!!"?

I must now apologize to Miss L for the overabundance of exclamation points and the caps in the previous sentence. But you were there. You KNOW. It actually happened like that. I think in this case, you will let it pass...

So. That was April family-time.

The other thing is also not so small.

Those of you are my irl (in-real-life) friends, have probably seen me posting all sorts of nonsense about my music on Facebook. Some of you even take the time to listen, and thank-you-very-much. There's a link up at the top of this blog to more music, in case you care to peruse it... I wouldn't be bragging if I told you that it's what I do best. It's the one thing about myself where I set aside the hard wired humility and just say it like it is. I am a singer. And I happen to be surprisingly good at it. Really. I'm all kinds of trained and everything. By a former Metropolitan Opera House Soprano. No kidding. So I've got some chops. I'm not going to pretend that everything I do or have made is something that everyone will want to listen to, but, I've done a little bit of everything (Puccini to Dylan to Trip-Hop to Industrial and back again) over time and have come to meet some incredibly talented people. I'm so lucky that they let me sing for them.

Which brings me to this other thing.

I go through fits and spurts in my life... A little of this one week and a little of that next week. So, musically, I hadn't been doing much lately, as I'd been pretty obsessed with crocheting pebbles and leaving them on beaches.

Long story short, over the past year and a half, I've been working with a band in Sweden. Yeah. THAT Sweden. The one I've never been to. The one I'd never really thought about, and now, suddenly, want no more than to go there and work with these guys in person, would that be so much to ask? So. I'm in a band in Sweden. Sorta. I'm the girl where the song title says "featuring so-and-so", because, the core band ("Chrome") is two guys and they pull in all sorts of interesting talent to get their ideas made. Out of 11 or 12 songs on their planned album, I'm on like, four of them. Maybe more by the time all is said and done. Who knows. It's a work in progress.

In any case, several months ago, One of the two guys in Chrome asked if I'd sing for this solo thing he was doing... Which was in no way unusual, because I sing all kinds of things for all kinds of people, oddly enough, the majority of whom are Swedish. Go figure. So, Stefan asks me to sing, and I do, and he posts it on this online music forum as usual, people comment on it, and it's this wild piece of rhapsodic/epic Swedish Metal that actually runs through several different genres in it's whole 6+ minutes, blah, blah, the world keeps turning, life goes on, etc...

Until last week when he posts that he's just released his first album, and it's now available from virtually any download site you can think of and ohmygod, he's thanking ME for being part of it, and Holy Hannah, I'VE NEVER BEEN FOR SALE ON ITUNES BEFORE!!!

I'm still a little giddy.

So. This, of course, throws me into a fit of music making, and letting the pebbles sit in the nest, wholly unattended, and I really need to so something about that....

But see... it's like a dam breaking... I've literally written 7 songs in the past three days, not all of them good or even worthy or listenable. But still. It keeps happening, and I kid you not, I am completely powerless to stop it...

So there's that.

And if that weren't enough, the OTHER Member of Chrome and I have just finished up a truly, TRULY lovely song for a dear, dear friend who really needs it right now. Really. It's very nice. You'll like it. We call it "Radiant".

Oh, and if that weren't enough, I'm currently working to mesh two different song ideas into one, and yes, also for someone in Sweden. But someone else. Weird, huh?

I've been singing for DAYS. And I couldn't be happier.

You can check out Stefan's album here (ubetoo). Or on iTunes.  Or Amazon, even.  Better yet, BUY IT. You know... If you're into that sort of thing....  The album is "Utopia", and I'm on track 4, "Then What?"


Love and apologies for shirking my pebbly-responsibilities....