Monday, March 23, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Things

Oh my, have you seen a copy of 

Bella Grace  yet? 

I've been hearing so much about it from all of you lovelies out there, 

for so long now, that I'm probably one of the last to talk about it!   

I did start with the last winter issue, so cozy and heartwarming, and now 

this spring issue is just so lovely! 

I guess I'm telling you this now, because today was one of 

those days where I just felt blah and all I wanted to do was 

surround myself with some of my favorite things. 

So, it was a great day to just sit with my coffee 

and get lost in pages and pages of inspiring stories and images!  

Rain Drops on Roses?  No, just lavender, lots of lavender!   

Looking through the photographs I took while visiting the lavender farms 

in Sequim last year makes me 

eager for warmer days and catching whiffs of lavender while strolling 

through the purple fields. 

Whiskers on Kittens? 

Yes!  I can't resist a sweet kitty face, can you?  Of course I'm especially partial 

to our 3 sweet cats. 

Lucy will often times curl up on my lap while I'm reading and purr until 

she falls asleep. 

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String...

 ...and speaking of "string," 

I find the process of crocheting covers for stones to be very meditative. 

Well, unless the string you're using to crochet a springtime scarf turns into 

a pile of Raman Noodles!  

(It's actually better now...I've found my mistake and I'm moving on) 

So, while I probably would love to have a "copper kettle" and a pair 

of "warm woolen mittens" I'll just stick to these 

favorite things for now. 

Just sharing this post with you, and thinking about 

some of my favorite 

things has already made me feel less blah.

Enjoy your week my friends! 

Until next time, 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket...

...or at least in this case, maybe it's ok. 

I'm not even sure when Easter is this year, April 5th right? 

All I know is that the weather has been telling me it's just around the 

corner, and if I want to crochet some egg covers I'd better get busy!  

I picked up this vintage wire egg basket years ago and the dealer gave me the 

plastic eggs that she had displayed in it.  

I remember thinking that I'd decoupage the eggs with colorful paper. 

(still like that idea...hum, now I need more plastic eggs) 

But, for now I decided to crochet covers, since I 

love crochet so much!  You DO know that about me don't you? :-) 

I pulled out all of my thread stash and decided on 

"natural" colors and threads; cotton and my favorite, linen. 

It was a great way to use up thread I already had, and with the 

natural color selection I think I can get away with leaving them 

out in the vintage basket through the end of April, don't you? 

So, will you be decorating eggs for Easter this year?  

I love deviled eggs so I'm thinking I might even get one of the little 

PAAS coloring kits and color some "real" eggs the old fashioned way! 

 Spring has arrived early here in Seattle. 

Everything is in bloom!  

I can only hope that doesn't mean a long hot summer for us 

"cooler, rainy weather folk." 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and that spring is heading your way too! 


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!