Thursday, December 30, 2010

Celebrating New Year's Eve Las Vegas Style

Well friends, for someone who claims to never go down to the Las Vegas strip, I certainly have a lot of photos to share with you! 
I've decided since Las Vegas is notably a New Year's destination for some, what a better time to give you a taste of some eye candy from my home town. 
I took these photographs on two different occasions in December 2010;
A Holiday Party at the Ghost Bar which is at the "top" of the Palms Hotel, 
and on another occasion during my MIL's visit we went to see an amazing show at the Wynn Hotel, called  
So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy the sites and sounds (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elivs) 
I've put together for you from Las Vegas.

A lot of reflection from the glass that surrounds the patio on the rooftop deck.

A view looking down the side of the Palms Hotel.  A portion of the floor on the deck is see through.  (That's my shoe)

The night we went to see Le Reve at the Wynn it was raining.  It had been raining for about 3 days in a row which was strange,  but it made for some really cool shots.  The clouds and fog were so low it covered some of the hotels. 

Eiffel Tower, Paris Hotel Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood in the background

Inside Wynn Las Vegas on the way to the show

Inside the Wynn Theatre.
The water is the stage area.  I took photographs before and after the show. 
No photography was allowed during the show. 

A feast for the eyes from all sides before and after the show.  I could not stop taking photos.  The light and colors were amazing!

For someone that rarely gets to see rain and fog, I was almost as fascinated with the show outside as I was with the show inside.

Remember, these photos were taken a few weeks ago.  I don't think you could "drag" me down to the Strip on New Year's Eve.  I'll be watching the events on TV from the warmth of my home! 

How about you?  What are you doing New Year's Eve? 


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ready for Spring?

Now that Christmas is over, I am always ready to clean up and "get organized!"

Today, December 26th is my husband's birthday, so I don't get all crazy taking down decorations yet,  he still likes the tree up for his birthday, and since he always helps me put the decorations away, I don't think that's what anyone would like to be doing on their birthday anyway.

I did however, organize a few of my fibers, lace, beads & other embellishments.

I'm always on the look out for unusual containers for my art supplies.

I feel more inspired when things are out where I can see them.

This old tin holds new packages of sewing needles.

It's not that I don't like Christmas, I'm just ready to start a new year, and living in a mild climate where some days are so nice you can open your windows & doors, it's hard not to rush things a bit.

I guess it's always been a joke with us since I've been married, that the day after Christmas I'm ready for Spring!

I was surprised to see this, but it looks like my lavender plant is ready for Spring too!

So, goodbye Christmas 2010, it was lovely, but I am looking forward to and ready for a new year to begin!

Right now though, I'm heading out to celebrate my sweet husband's birthday!

When do you take down your Christmas decorations?

See you soon,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Happenings

Just thought I'd introduce you to my sister's new puppy, Ellie May.  
Isn't she cute?  My brother in law captured this perfect photo of her under their Christmas tree.

I've had fun making a couple of wine bags this year and hand appliqueing a design and sewing some Christmas buttons and bells on them.  Sorry I don't have a photo of the finished product, I was so busy, I stuck the wine in the bag and took off for the party!  Cheers! 

Every year my co-worker, Colene makes these yummy white-chocolate covered pretzels and gives them out to everyone at work.  They are so good, I won't even eat the store bought ones anymore! 

We're on our way to pick up my MIL at the airport. 
Our Christmas is usually pretty quiet.  It will be just the 3 of us and lots of eating, drinking, playing games, making candy & cookies, reading & relaxing and enjoying each other's company.  
I'll be checking in though from time to time and seeing what all of you are up to this beautiful week before Christmas!

Oh yes, and I wanted to tell you...
for those of you that know how much I love Seattle and the rain.
It's been raining here in Las Vegas for 3 days now, and we are loving it so much!   
It's not a down pour, but a light drizzle that reminds me of my favorite city, Seattle. 
I'd like to think of it as my little gift from God this Christmas. 


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday Photo Challenge

It's been a while since I've participated in Ashley Sisk's 
Sunday Scavenger Hunt  Photo Challenge.
 Ashley is using one of my suggestions,  "The Wind" 
So I figured I'd better not miss out on this one! 
I'm afraid I cheated a bit because every one of my photos are from my archives. 
Hopefully since this is such a busy time of year, she'll let me slide! 
The five items this Sunday are: 
1. Winter
2. B&W with Selective Coloring
3. The Wind
4. Framed
5. Remember When

Here are my interpretations for the five. 

1. Winter
(Las Vegas snow, December backyard)

2. B&W with Selective Coloring
(Half Moon Bay, California 2010)

3. The Wind
(Maui, Hawaii 2006)

4. Framed
(Our first home together, framed, 2005)

5. Remember when
(That's me, Christmas, a long time ago!)

Remember,  if you'd like to participate, or see some of the other entries in the Photo Scavenger Hunt you can visit here. 

Hope everyone is enjoying all of their holiday preparations and happenings!

I'll be back soon for more Christmas cheer!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

My December Rose

I took this photograph on December 7th of this rose that's in a container in my courtyard. 

As you can see from this photo, it's not a bud anymore. 
I almost cut it to bring it inside to enjoy, but I'm glad I decided not to, because 
it's still there...

...this is what it looks like today, December 16th.

Everyday this past week when I get home from work,  I look out in to the courtyard to see what my rose looks like. 

Is it just me?  Isn't that kind of strange that it's lasted that many days?  
It's also been the only rose on this bush for a while.

I keep waiting for it to fade, but it looks the same to me each day.

It's been 10 days now.  I know my rose will eventually succumb to the forces of nature, but I like to think that it "caught my attention" for a reason. 
It's been a good reason to practice my photography skills if not for anything else. 

What do you think?  
What kinds of mystery have you discovered in your garden?  

It's been crazy at work the last few days.
Only one more day to go and I should be able to enjoy a bit of time off so I can get caught up with everyone and finish my Christmas preparations. 

Have a great Friday!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Mr. Blue Sky

(If your listening...Mr. Blue Sky by E.L.O.)

"Sun is shining in the sky...there ain't a cloud in site." 

...and don't you know it's a beautiful new day hey, hey...

"See how the sun shines brightly in the city" 

"Mr. Blue Sky is living here today hey, hey"

"Mister Blue you did it right...

...but soon comes mister night creepin' over... his hand is on your shoulder, never mind

...I'll remember you this way. "


Just thought I'd share a little of our Las Vegas warmth with you today.   I spent some time in the garden, in my favorite chair sipping wine and soaking in the rays.  This song, Mr. Blue Sky always lifts my spirits and gets my toe tapping.
I hope those of you that live where it's snowing are safe and staying warm and hopefully you'll keep posting photos of that "white stuff" I rarely get to see.
These 70 degree days are coming to an end this weekend,
but Mr. Blue Sky is here to stay.

Sending some warmth your way!