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Big Daddy Antiques

February 1, 2012 by Matti | 12 Comments


Succulents, Rust and Wood

Succulents, Rust and Wood

We’ve wanted to visit Big Daddy’s Antiques forever and final made it this past weekend during a mini SF roadtrip.  This place has all our favorites…rusty old objects, outsider art, flea market finds, and even a couple of succulents scattered about.  Speaking of plants, this wall of shelves cool.  What a great way to dress up a plain wall along a patio.

Papier mache

Papier mache

Big Daddy is that place where you can find monstrous objects…the type of ‘goto’ place where your designer shops for focal point pieces.  Check out these macabre paper mache animals.  Part folk art, half creepy…I bet these creatures have quite a story to tell.

Biggie Birdcage

Biggie Birdcage

Don’t know why, but I’m drawn to birdcages.  We see them every so often at flea markets, but it was sweet to see a ton of them on display all in one place.  Big Daddy even has a couple of resident doves that were born and raised on site.

Scrap wood Art

Scrap wood Art

Here’s another reclaimed lumber project that I want to tackle.  What a fab architectural object to add to the living room.

Fireplace mantel

Fireplace mantel

Their warehouse hosts many vignettes comprised of salvaged doodads spanning over many eras such as this fireplace mock up.  Oh…and how about this 25-foot American flag hanging high above.  Okay, maybe too over the top for my taste, or maybe I’m not thinking big enough.

Over the TOP

Over the TOP

Rancho Reubidoux turned us on to Big Daddy after one of his treks in Los Angeles.     Rancho always, yes always finds the coolest stuff.  Thank you for doing what you do.  Hey, wanna see more?  You must pop over to Rancho Reubidoux and see Big Daddy through his eyes.  You won’t regret it.

Far Out Flora

Whale of a Story

August 18, 2011 by Matti | 6 Comments

Grass is Greener.

Grass is Greener.

There’s a guy up in Westport, CA who’s on a mission to build a giant whale in his front yard. While up in Mendocino last month, we journeyed 25 miles further north on Hwy 1 to see how his progress is coming along.

Westport Whale.

Westport Whale.

Local artist, Carlos Amigos (aka Kyle Siler), is the man behind this cool project. This roadside attraction measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 feet long, 10 feet high. Seems to be more of a rebar and mesh sculpture at the moment, but believe he’s gonna be coated with fiberglass in the end. Check out his blog on more of the story.

Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata

While there, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t stroll around to check out some of the gardens in the hood. Love these Echeveria imbricara. They grow into there tight concentric patches that are mesmerizing to the eye.

Neighbor's place.

Neighbor's place.

This garden is chock full of color and texture. If you take a closer look, just up to the right, you can see the afternoon fog rolling in. Even though summers are dry here, that fog drip helps keep our coastal plants hydrated.

Westort Whale.

Westort Whale.

So I was convinced that a lot of progress has been made on this whale project. Looking back to last Thanksgiving when we originally saw this beast…it looks about the same as before, lol. Still an impressive sight nonetheless and worth checking out if you’re anywhere near this small town of 200.

We can’t wait for out next trek north. Any suggestions for other offbeat objects or gardens we need to go see?

– Far Out Flora

The Albany Bulb

March 11, 2011 by Megan | 6 Comments

Warning!  Hazardous shoreline.

Warning! Hazardous shoreline.

Ahh, the Albany Bulb.  So many things to so many people.  17% dog park, 23% urban homestead, 39.5% outsider art, & 109% Anarchy.  We heard about this place from a friend, and finally ventured there.  This is not exactly our typical plant post, but it does fall into the unusual category.

Concrete junk.

Concrete junk.

The skinny on the Albany Bulb, aka The Bulb.  This former landfill is located in the East Bay just west of Berkeley / Albany, CA…and has some of the best views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Frankly, I don’t know all the politics behind this small plot of land, and it seems to be self-governed by those that visit and inhabit the area.  What I do know is that there’s a ton of concrete, rebar, and rusted metal all over the place.  Wiki does it best if you want more details on the history.

Yellow brick road.

Yellow brick road.

A short distant along the main trail, you’ll come up to a yellow brick road…an assortment of disregarded chunks of concrete painted gold.

Weird little plaque.

Weird little plaque.

As well as many embellished chunks cement.

The church.

The church.

Near the tip of the peninsula, you can find the “Church”.  Our friend describes it best, “the only thing holding the Church together is years of paint embellishments.”

Max chasing squirrels.

Max chasing squirrels.

One unexpected treat for Max the Border Collie was the 100os of squirrels frolicking about.  The place turned into a dog obstacle course for agility training.  Lucky that Max is quick on his feet because all that rusty metal made me a little nervous.

Acacia dealbata - Silver Wattle

Acacia dealbata - Silver Wattle

One shrub that was looking remarkable was the Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata).  Here’s one of many blooming all over the place.

Three robots.

Three robots.

Let's paint everything.

Let's paint everything.

I’m torn about the paint on this tree.  It does look pretty awesome in person, and if there had to be one place allowing plant abuse…this would be the spot.  [Those reading...please don't try this at home.  Paint is not good for plants.]

Dog beach with Golden Gate Bridge (in background).

Dog beach with Golden Gate Bridge (in background).

After a short hike around the peninsula, we made it back to the dog beach.  Gorgeous views can be seen from every direction including the Golden Gate Bridge in the far background.  For some more great pics of the Bulb, check out My Back 40 (feet).  chuck b. has captured a lot more little nooks and makes me want to head back soon.

– Far Out Flora

December 3, 2010
by Megan
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Westport Whale Sculpture

We’re going off topic today, but can’t resist sharing this (soon to be) road side attraction.  Outsider Artist, Carlos Amigos aka Kyle Siler, is building a ginormous whale sculpture in the little coastal town of Westport California…just along Highway 1. … Continue reading

May 28, 2010
by Megan
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Weird Wisconsin

While back in Madison, WI walking back and forth to Olbrich Gardens, I took some pics of yards in action. I could work with this larger than life chicken in the back garden. Real chickens would be better of course. … Continue reading