Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Around the House


Is anyone still there?  What happened to September? 

Ok, well if you are still here, reading, thank you!  

All is well here, I just haven't posted as much lately. 

I've been dying to get out with my camera!  You see,  I have these crutches 

for a couple of weeks that have been holding me back a bit, but I'm not here to talk

about that.  I'm fine really...just a minor setback. 

So, today I hobbled out with my camera and snapped some things 

around home I thought you'd enjoy. :-) 


I've taken photos of this schoolhouse on the corner before.  

I mean, isn't this just the kind of school you see in movies or 

read about in novels?  I'm from Las Vegas remember, and my school 

was a drab, no windows, concrete building with a playground on asphalt. 

Today, I heard the kids and looked out as they were running down the stairs, 

to meet their parents.  It's about 15 minutes of laughter, chatter, backpacks 

and papers flying and some scuffling through the leaves. 

(I have a neighbor who would tell you she's looked out before and 

has seen me out there scuffling in those leaves!) 

 This October hasn't been as cold as last year.  So, our Japanese Maple still has a hint 

of green before it changes to vibrant yellow. 

Then, I noticed "the stump" (yes we have a tall stump in our yard...don't get

me started about why that's there. Lol) 

This is the first time I've seen fungi growing there. 

I'm always fascinated with mushrooms and the different varieties. 

Growing up in the desert I NEVER saw anything like this. 

Don't you think these kind of resemble candy corn?  

No, I didn't eat any. Lol 

Amazingly, this butterfly has survived it's spot under the arbor where I 

placed it over 3 years ago when we moved in. 

Looking up and over the roof to the other side. 

 Well, it felt so great to get outside today with my camera and share a few

things around the house with you! 

I've had to do a lot of sitting with my leg elevated and when I 

look out the window, there's this neighbor across the street that's 

been keeping an eye on me.  (there's a light on her at night) 

The funny thing is, sometimes I look out, and she's facing a different 

direction...or maybe I've been going a little crazy sitting too long! Ha! 

Then, if I step out to get the mail or paper "Dr. Bones" waves 

at me from next door. 

So, are you enjoying Autumn where you are? 

Is your neighborhood all decorated with pumpkins and skeletons? 

I'll be back on my feet and back to normal before Halloween, so don't be 

surprised if you see me scuffling through your leaves or 

knocking on your door for some candy. ;-)


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Botanical Mixed-Media

Hi Friends! 

I hope everyone's had a great summer!  

I've been working on some mixed-media pieces lately, and one of 

the things that recently inspired me again, is this dragonfly.

Isn't she pretty? 

My new neighbor, Camille has only known me for a short time, but she

 knew me enough to know that when she found this poor little dragonfly 

in her garage, that I might appreciate it too.  I'd say she was right! 

I'm not sure I can work the dragonfly into one of my mixed-media pieces 

without damaging it, so I might just continue to photograph it as a 

botanical piece...this is a start. 

So, after the dragonfly, I started

 to get out the paint, paper and my pressed flowers and leaves again.

My desk continues to be a mess.

I picked out a fern leaf from our garden, 

and some hydrangea petals I pressed last year for this piece. 

My sewing machine has been calling to me too, so I added machine 

stitching on the sides. (above) 

There's just something so relaxing about sewing with a needle and thread.

I find embroidery relaxes me. 

I keep pieces of my thread crochet to use in mixed-media art. 

Here's the dragonfly that ended up on this piece. 

I love when I get a boost of inspiration for art. 

I'm grateful for all the things in nature that inspires me to create.

When that inspiration happens because of a friend and a thoughtful gesture, 

it's even better.



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hydrangea Love


I can never get enough of them, and this is the time of year they 

show off their moody blooms! 

I love referring to them as "moody blooms" because of their ever changing 

colors depending on the soil's composition.

This hydrangea at our house used to be completely blue and now the past couple

of years, it's given me a variety of color from deep blue to lavender and pink! 

Below is something I found online that describes the meaning & symbolism

of the hydrangea.  The name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning 

water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel.  Roughly translating the word to 

"water barrel," referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water. 


HydrangeaView our bouquets containing hydrangea >


First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel.  This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s color ranges from white to blue to pink and purple, determined by the acidity level of the soil.
There remains some debate over the hydrangea’s symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver’s gratefulness for the recipient’s understanding.  Still others suggest it represents anything that’s sincerely heartfelt. Despite this variation in flower meaning, there appears to be an overwhelming consensus that this 4th wedding anniversary flower possesses enduring grace and beauty.

I'm glad I was able to take the time to photograph these blooms because with 

this heat wave we are having in Seattle, they won't last long. 

I shot these images one morning right after I watered them. 

Notice the bottom of the blooms is divided down the middle 

with lavender on one side and pink on the other. 

This blue is still my favorite. 

Look at this!  As I was shooting I noticed this flower that was white.  I'm guessing 

it will change to the pink that surrounds it. 

Isn't it lovely how different they can all be? 

That this stunning flower can go from this, 

to this, 

and finally this! 

So, here it is, summer of 2015.  I wonder what surprises this moody bloom will have 

for me next year? 

I hope you enjoyed my photos, 

thank you for visiting me here. 


Monday, June 15, 2015

What's New?

Hello friends, 

Gosh, I hate it when I get behind on blogging! 

I've just been staying busy and sometimes I don't 

always take the time to use my "big girl camera" and I just snap off 

shots on my iPhone.  How lazy is that? :-) 

Anyway, it's great to get back to my blog! 

These beautiful, blue hydrangeas belong to our neighbor, Camille. 

I must say, we are SO fortunate to live in a fun neighborhood with such

great neighbors all around! 

How's your summer so far?  Well, technically it's not quite summer yet, 

is it?  I guess it feels like summer to me since we've been enjoying summer like 

temperatures already! (summer weather usually starts in July for Seattle.) 

In fact, I'm kind of wondering if it's ever going to rain again! Lol

This is a new shepherds hook we bought that will keep

 the squirrels at bay.  I love seeing squirrels around, I just don't want 

them eating up all of the bird food! 

Now I have a great place to hang my favorite copper moon feeder, 

and Lucy can see it from her favorite spot on the chair by the window. 

Oh, and for those of you that know how crazy I am about crochet, well, 

I finally decided it was time to see if I could learn how to knit! 

I'm very impatient when it comes to learning new things.  

I'm still feeling clumsy with knitting, and only at the very beginning stages, 

 but I keep reminding myself, that I felt the same way when I started to crochet. 

So, I'll keep practicing...just don't expect any sweaters by Christmas! :-) 

I found some lovely outdoor fabric for 50% off and recovered a couple of 

pillows for our deck chairs. 

I'm happy with how they turned out, and I think they'll be a nice addition 

to our "mix & match" patterns this summer. :-) 

Here's sweet little Shatzie, she likes to be close when I'm at the computer. 

Well, so long for now, I'm off to enjoy a "cold brew" in 

one of my favorite mugs!  

Oh, and if you'd like, remember you can follow me on Instragram 

I'd love to see you over there too! 

Thanks for dropping by, 


Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day!

Hi friends, 

I made some simple little May Day baskets  to share today. 

It's always good when you can use supplies you already have 

to create some happiness. 

I also wanted to share some crochet stuff with you. 

This is a scarf/shawl I just finished.

It's worked with two strands of size 10 bamboo thread. 

The thread is very soft, and wasn't really all that difficult to work with. 

So, now that I still have "how to work" the pattern in my head, 

and remembering my mistakes, I'm 

thinking of trying it again only in a different color. 

Found these cute little sun and moon motifs in a 

book I have.  You know I just had to crochet some, especially 

the moon!  I'm thinking they might look good on my denim 

jacket or maybe an old pair of jeans. 

Remember wearing those iron-on 

patches on your jeans when you were younger? 

Then finally, I crocheted this pillow cover from a free 

pattern I found on line.  

This was the first time I have ever really tried 

Aran Crochet, so it was fun to learn some new stitches.

Here's another shot of it on my new rocker I picked up at a 

yard sale just down the alley for only $25.00! 

I love the textures of Aran Crochet so now I'm working on an 

Aran Afghan in cream that I hope to finish by Autumn.  That too, has 

a lot of stitches I've never done before, so wish me luck! 

Finally, I thought this was so beautiful seeing this little, tiny 

yellow pansy that found it's way to the sidewalk on our street.  

A perfect May Day find. 

Wishing all of you a very happy weekend ahead! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Beautiful Spring Day

Hello friends, how is springtime in your part of the world? 

Today is my friend, Priscilla's Birthday, so I thought 

it would be a good time to show you this 

beautiful rhododendron she has in her front garden.

Beautiful buds burst into soft, pale color. 

"Rhodies" come in so many pretty colors.

I love this soft peachy pink one that Priscilla has. 

Yesterday, it was 70 degrees here in Seattle!  I took Priscilla to 

one of our favorite nurseries to have lunch in their Garden Cafe (outdoor table of course) 

and to shop for plants. 

Oh, and there was a couple of mimosas involved too. 


Happy Birthday Priscilla! 

I'm so happy to have you as my neighbor and dear friend.