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? 


Becca 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Faded Beauty

It's that time of year again when we begin to 

notice signs of Autumn. 



The longer, brighter days of summer 

are fading away just like 




 the brighter, vibrant colors of my hydrangeas. 




However, there's just something I find so inspiring about these

fading beauties.




If you look at them closely,  you can see all the 

different colors and stages the pedals take on. 




Stages of life. 












So,  recently bought some new yarn for another 

lap sized afghan I wanted to make.




When I got home, I realized why I might have been attracted to the 

colors of yarn I picked out.  




Now, crocheting this piece takes on a whole new meaning for me. 

An Autumn Hydrangea Afghan. 




 There is no season in all the year so beautiful, 
so radiant with glory, as the early autumn. 
There is no time when the human soul 
drinks in so fully the glory and beauty of nature. 
All objects of beauty are more beautiful 
while passing away from us. 

(quote found on fiveminutevacations.com)



 Becca 










Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September

I am so happy September has arrived! 

Cooler breezes and the cozy sound of a wind chime 

are filling the house today. 




It's only the first of September, but I am so ready to say 

good-bye to summer. 




All those beautiful Autumn colors! 




I know a few people that aren't ready to say good-bye to 

summer just yet, so I created these little sachets filled 

with lavender to help keep those warm summer memories alive. 





I've been wanting to sew again,  so this was a fun way to 

get back to sewing and still use my crochet. 




Every once in a while, I still find a stone that needs a cover.




I think I'm starting to get the hang of making these. 

First I start with a pattern, then sort of adjust it to fit the shape 

of the stone. 



You might remember my linen starfish from a previous post. 

My friend, Sharon mentioned how much she loved them, so 

I made her a small chain of them for her Birthday. 





Here's a photo she took so I could see how 

she was decorating with them. 

I'm thinking if I can get busy and make some more of these,  

they'd be pretty on a Christmas tree!

Hum...how many more days until Christmas?  





So,  how are you feeling about September where you live? 

Are you happy for the change of seasons, or 

sad to see summer end?  


I don't think Lucy here is bothered either way, 

do you? 





Hope you have a great start to your week! 

Becca 


Friday, August 22, 2014

A Summer of Lavender

Hello friends, how are you? 

I've started thinking about autumn already! 

Most likely it's because fall is my favorite time of year, 

which is why I thought I'd better get in gear and share my summertime lavender 

photos with you before I get caught up in those pretty autumn colors! :-) 





I've been dying to go to the lavender farms since we lived here, and 

we finally made it this summer. 




It was everything I expected it to be and more. 







As soon as you got out of your car,  you could smell the lavender, 

it's amazing! 







This little girl was so cute carrying her freshly picked lavender bouquet 

in one hand and her stuffed kangaroo in the other arm. 

I couldn't resist a shot as she strolled through the fields. 




Bees happily buzzing around




The field workers kept busy picking bunches for those that 

didn't want to pick their own. 




 This house is on the property of the lavender farm. 

I think I could see myself living there, sitting 

on that front porch sipping iced tea and watching the birds. 







This little house is the gift shop, 

where I purchased some lavender buds for sachets I'm making...

(stay tuned. :-) 



and this hat...








So, there's my summer of lavender. 



I hope your summer is going well, and I thank you for 

visiting here and leaving a comment or simply just 

taking a peek at my photos. 


Happy weekend! 

Becca 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer

I'm still here friends, and if you are here reading this, 

thanks for still being here!  

We've had an eventful summer so far with friends visiting from all over.

It's been fun catching up and showing them around Seattle. 





I've been pretty determined lately to do projects with the supplies I already have,

rather than spending money on stuff I don't really need. 

(although, there is an afghan I have a pattern for that I really

want to make, that I will need to buy

yarn for…eventually.  Lol) 

It's pretty nuts when I think about the stuff I already have in my craft room

to create.  

So, here's just a simple little flower necklace with buttons, and a star made of 

cotton yarn that would look cute on a package or strung up with a few more.





and here's my current afghan blanket project. 

This is yarn that I've had for believe it or not, about 10 years.

I found this lovely flower motif granny square.  I still have a few more squares to go, 

then I can start piecing it together!  Yay! 




 Summer here in Seattle is simply lovely.

 It rarely rains in the summertime though, and that would be my biggest 

complaint. I know, I know! …most people don't want the rain, but these dry, 

sunny, days for weeks at a time gets boring to me. :-)

(remember…I lived in a dry desert climate for 48 years) 

Although, this is perfect weather if you are on the water. 





 We've been enjoying taking a ferry and driving to different places in 

Washington that we've never been. 




Last week, we did some hiking at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.

It was so beautiful…I wanted to run down this hill with my arms open singing 

"The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music" 

The deer were everywhere, and seemed to enjoy 

the attention they were getting. 




We even saw some different wildlife right here at our house! 

I walked outside onto our deck one day and saw this Blue Heron sitting on 

the neighbor's roof!  


I like how his shadow looks in this shot. 

He was really keeping an eye on me from that safe distance. 



Port Townsend, Washington was another little stop we made for 

some oysters on the half shell and a beer.  This was the view 

from our spot on the outdoor patio. 

The temperature was perfect. 



This photo isn't great, but this was a beautiful little yarn shop in 

Port Townsend called 


I can't wait to go back to their store when I can spend more time in there! 

Check out their link, they even have a blog. 






 Well, I wanted to say hi and let you know a little bit about 

what I've been up to. 

How is your summer going? 


Becca