Friday, February 20, 2015

Pink Magnolias

Two days ago, I woke up to this beautiful surprise. 

Pink Magnolia blossoms!  

It was quite a surprise because we've been living in this house now 

just under 3 years and I have NEVER seen this bloom. 

I didn't even know it was a magnolia tree! 

It's always been more like a wimpy looking "stick-tree" growing out of the 

middle of some thick and unruly bamboo.

So, one gray and rainy morning, something pretty and pink caught my eye!

I've been so fascinated with it, because it wasn't until we moved to 

Washington that I ever really saw a Magnolia tree. 

Don't you just love the brown felt-like buds that open? 

A happy surprise indeed! 

Found this vintage botanical postcard print on Pinterest.

(original source unknown)

I'm feeling inspired to draw or paint. 

Wishing you all a happy surprise and burst of inspiration! 


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just Some Green...

Hello friends, 

I stepped out into the misty rain the other day to shoot some things 

around our deck area, looking for color. 

 This time of year, the rainy season, there doesn't seem to be 

that much color around..just mostly green. 

I am quite happy with green though...

so much more than the brown desert of my past. :-)

In fact, I do tend to lean toward the neutral tones just like this

beautiful taupe color of the gloves that my friend Judy knitted for me. 

Aren't they beautiful?  So soft too. 

Perfect for shooting in the light rain. :-) 

Made this crocheted wrap bracelet for my sis-n-law that lives in Bend, Oregon. 

The hardest part is stringing all the beads on!  

Lots of great tutorials on YouTube. 

Happy weekend! 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Now That's One Big Doily!

Hi Friends! 

I just wanted to take a second to show you the 

latest "afghan" I finished. 

It's called the 

I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it yet. 

So far, it makes a nice cover for some of my old and battered 

leather furniture in our basement.

This was the first time I ever ordered a "kit." 

I was a little worried about what the yarn 

would be like, but was really pleased, and it's actually soft! 

This is a queen size bed in our guest room, so you get the idea 

of the size. 

However, Lucy here thought this was a better photo to 

show you the size of the afghan. :-) 

I'm "hooking" up for the first time today with 

"Hookin On Hump Day! 

You can check out some of the other fiber creatives, or join the party,  


Well, I'm off to do some housework, but the sun is shining and I'm 

thinking some sun time on the deck with a good book is a 

better idea! 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Fresh Start

Greetings friends, Happy 2015! 

The holidays came and went like a flash for me this year. 

Since my last post, ("A Real Pumpkin Farm") Thanksgiving happened, I 

celebrated the big 50th Birthday, then Christmas was here and gone before I 

could catch my breath! Whew! 

Last year, 2014, I started a photo a day challenge on Instagram and managed to finish 

that without a hitch, Yay! 

  While I did meet lots of new friends and had a great time, I feel like I 

neglected my blog, and that made me sad.  

So, here I go 2015 slowly but surely making a fresh start! 

Hopefully they'll still be a few of you out there that haven't given up on me. 


This week is my MIL's birthday, so one of the gifts I have for her are these 

crocheted, heart coasters I made. 

(yes, I am STILL a crocheting, crazy cat lady) LOL! 

Another project I finished is this afghan/throw I made for my 

favorite reading chair. 

Hum...looks like I might have to see if Fetzer and Lucy will let me 

use it. :-) 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to 

getting back to visiting all of your blogs to see what you've been up to. 

I'll be back...:-) 

Sooner than later this time! 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

A "Real" Pumpkin Farm

Hi Friends! 

My favorite month of October is coming to an end.

A couple of weeks ago, the "hubs" and me jumped into our car and 

drove north an hour or so to  

I have a lot of photos to share with you, so I won't bore you with 

too many more words.  I think this place speaks for itself. 

What a fun time we had that day! 

This was my first time visiting a "real" pumpkin patch/farm, and 

I had to laugh when I remembered 

living in Las Vegas and how excited I would get 

when the dusty, vacant lot next to the shopping center set up a 

pumpkin patch.  

You'd be out there, breaking a sweat picking out a pumpkin

because the desert hot sun was still in the 80's! Lol

WOW...things have certainly changed and I'm loving it! 

Hope you had a fun and lovely October too! 

Thanks for dropping by, and

have a safe and Happy Halloween! 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Decorating for Autumn

Hi Friends! 

Have you started decorating for Autumn yet? 

This year, I just had to try using one of my crocheted doilies to decorate 

a pumpkin. 

I'm very happy with how this one turned out. 

I applied the doily simply using a glue stick around the edges because 

this pumpkin is real and won't last forever, so I should be able to salvage the 

crochet piece to use with something else later. 

Do you guys know this plant below? 

Chinese Lantern.

I never heard of these until I moved to Seattle, and now I look 

forward to them every fall.  

So much fun to decorate with! 

There's so many unusual pumpkins out there, and I 

loved these tiny orange ones.  Didn't take any time at all to 

crochet a decoration for this baby. 

I thought this was a very interesting one too and ties in the light 

pumpkins with the orange ones. 

Right now, I have some placed on our mantel.  The two little ones are not 

real but I wanted to give them as gifts. 

I still can't get enough of these moody blooms! 

A couple of weeks ago, we had some of our neighbors over for a BBQ and 

Stephanie brought me this lovely bouquet from her garden.  She placed them in 

a large Ball jar and tied a bow of crocheted lace around it.  Wonder how she 

knew I was crazy about crochet?  Hee hee. :-) 

I think those sweet friends will be the recipients of my little crocheted pumpkins! 

We have been blessed with some very lovely weather lately! 

Foggy, somewhat chilly mornings followed by afternoon sunshine. 

I spent some time yesterday cleaning and winterizing things on our deck and 

it feels so clean and nice to still be able to enjoy sitting out there. 

Hope you have a lovely week, 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Surprise

Hi Friends!  

You might remember my POST about the beautiful Dogwood Tree in 

our garden. 

Well, to my delight September has decorated this Dogwood with 

lovely cherry like berries! 

After doing a bit of research I discovered the name of the Dogwood is 

or sometimes referred to as "Japanese Dogwood."

It seems the berries are edible, however I haven't tried one yet...

I might just leave it up to the birds and squirrels to enjoy. 

This year, I decided to decorate with some of the 

beautiful grasses that are at the nurseries. 

Just a couple of plants in containers on the deck that can be seen 

from inside, and when the sun shines on them they 

give off that breezy, autumn feeling. 

So, the dogwood berries were new this year, and so was this 

sunflower in the garden! 

Ok, I know it's a big birthday for me this year, but I really don't 

remember planting this. 

I think the birds had something to do with it

by dropping their seeds. 

I would have picked a sunnier location, but it was 

a nice surprise indeed! 

 So using some of my collection of pressed leaves from last years 

garden, I created this mixed-media autumn collage on canvas. 

I'm thinking of adding some beeswax. 

This season always seems to heighten that creative sprit within me. 

 What have you been creating lately, or have you 

discovered any Autumn Surprises in your garden this year?