Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas

The 8 hour view when you drive from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada.
I thought I'd go ahead and post a few photos since they turned out ok even though I took them through the windshield. 

More scenery 

I was so happy to finally see some clouds in the sky!  This photo shows the shadows from the clouds on the desert floor, which I thought was pretty interesting.

Finally, I wanted to show you a photo of Walker Lake.
This lake is in Hawthorne, Nevada and I've always found this lake fascinating because you don't see an inlet or outlet.  It's like it's "just there" in the middle of nowhere.  
If you are interested, you can read more about this lake here.

So, there you have it, "the desert" for those of you that aren't used to seeing it that often.  I guess it really can have it's own beauty when you take in all the colors in the mountains. 
Tomorrow, will be green and trees as we head into Oregon & Washington, but don't worry I won't bore you with daily photos of my vacation.  I just wanted to share my 8 hours of scenery today. :-)
Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments about my last post about "missing my kitties."  It really made me feel better to know that I'm not the only one that feels that way. 
Hope you're having a great week! 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Traveling Light

"take me with you" 

"don't leave me" 

"when are you coming home?"

I just wanted to post a quick hello before we left for our trip to the Pacific Northwest. 
Yes, I am looking forward to a nice trip, but I'm not very good at packing nor leaving home for that matter.  
I'm always frantically running around last minute making sure I have everything and worrying about what I might be forgetting, but ultimately, the 2 most important things I worry about are my "babies." (yes, I am a crazy cat lady!)  We do have a very sweet person who will be house/cat sitting for us so I know they will be fine, but the night before we leave my cats always seem to say, "Hey, where are you going?"  "When are you coming home?" "Can I go too?"  I always feel so sad leaving them.  I know, weird right?  I can't help it, I love them so much. :-)

This will be a "road trip" this time too.  There's going to be lots and lots of driving, and the first day is the worst, most boring, hot, ugly, desert day, then the next day will be cooler, green and "almost there." My hubby doesn't mind the driving at all, I'm the one who's whining and asking "are we there yet?" 

Oh, and another thing, I'm trying to decide what to bring as far as books, art supplies, etc.  So, other than my camera, & Macbook, (which is probably all I'll need) I think I'm going to bring a needle, thread, and some fabric to practice my stitching!  

This is another one of my little pillows, that I'm working on.  I don't really know that many stitches yet, so maybe I'll have time to work on a few different stitches & beading while I'm away. 
What art supplies do you like to take with you when you travel?  
Hope everyone is having a good week, and I look forward to sharing some fun photos with you during my trip. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Puffed Hearts and early morning sunshine

This time of year it's so much easier to get up early.  The sun is up early and if you live where I do and love to be outdoors, the early mornings are the coolest time of day. 
Now that I have time off,  I can get back into a little creating/photography, so I started off simple with these little "puffed hearts." 
(I love that name, reminds me of the puffed heart necklaces from the 80's) 

Nothing fancy, I just enjoy making them. 

A few sunrise shots at my home

Thank you to everyone that left well wishes and comments on my last post.
I hope your Friday and weekend are off to a great start! 


Thursday, June 24, 2010

White Sandy Beach

Four years ago today, I stood barefoot on this beach in Maui, Hawaii and married the man of my dreams.

A small, simple,  yet memorable ceremony, and a "first" for us both.

I can clearly remember this moment when the surf rushed up onto the beach while we were walking.  
Exhilarating, cool, breathless, and pure bliss!

I saw you in my dreams
We were walking hand in hand
On a white, sandy beach of Hawaii
We were playing in the sun
We were having so much fun
on a white, sandy beach of Hawaii

The sound of the ocean
soothes my restless soul
The sound of the ocean
rocks me all night long

Those hot long summer days
Lying there in the sun
on a white, sandy beach of Hawaii

The sound of the ocean
soothes my restless soul
The sound of the ocean
rocks me all night long

Last night in my dreams
I saw your face again
We were there in the sun
on a white, sandy beach of Hawaii 

(This song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is on my playlist at the bottom of this page)

It was a blessing that we found each other, neither one being married previously and into our forties.
So, while four years might not seem like much to some, we cherish our life together everyday. 

Thank you for letting me share on this special day. 


Monday, June 21, 2010

Blog Party Hangover!

"Wow!  My Mom's been on the computer all weekend!"

Yes, I'll have to admit, I didn't get much else done, but I'm having a great time taking a peek into everyone's studios, and I've even met some new bloggy friends along the way! 
Thank you to everyone who has dropped by for a visit and for leaving me such sweet comments.

If you are like me and still getting around to visiting studios for the blog party,  you can still see my post here.
Also, a big thank you to Karen Valentine for throwing such a fabulous party!  If you visit her site at
 My Desert Cottage you can visit all of the party goers from there.

So, for now, I'm going to "stop and smell the roses."
I only have two more days of work before I have some very much needed time off!  So,  after Wednesday I will feel "footloose and fancy free",  and have some more time to visit  blogs and do a little sewing and creating, sew so I can't wait!
Hope everyone's week is off to a great start, and I'll be back on Thursday with some "happiness" I'd like to share with you.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II Party!

Hi friends, welcome to my creative space! 

I hope you are enjoying the party, Where Bloggers Create II so far, I know I am!  I can't wait to see everybody's creative niche!
I think my room is too small to call a "studio."   It doubles as a guest room and sometimes it's just a place where I like to hang out, blog, listen to music, or just relax after a long day.  So, if I'm not working on a project and being "crafty"  I like to think of my room as my
"inspiration room." 
So, I hope you'll hang out with me for a bit and take a peek into the nooks and crannies of my room where inspiration begins for me.  
I love keeping left over fibers on vintage spools.

This library card catalogue style cabinet is where I keep my stamps. 

Fabric?  Well, I have a "problem" with fabric, you see I just keep accumulating more and more and no where to store! Help! 

Oh the quilting bundles and fat quarters make me weak in the knees!

Not much counter space, so most of my projects are small, like fabric collages, mini quilts, pillows, soldering... 

More fabric hiding in bins.

I like things out where I can see them and they are readily available, so space is a challenge for me. 

I enjoy bringing the outside in so I use terra cotta pots from the garden, for pens, pastels & chalk.

Part of the inspiration, is just being surrounded by my favorite things!

Storing supplies in vintage containers is like eye candy for my creative soul. 

I love my comfy chair for reading, and I like to burn candles, and even sometimes patchouli oil.
I know, don't laugh, maybe I was a hippie in another life. :-)
I usually always have music on too, even if it's just the ocean or rain nature sounds.
(If you've listened to the music on my blog, you'll know my style)

I also love to hang a few interesting things from the ceiling.

Cozy surroundings for blogging or taking a nap.

Even though my room leans toward a "coastal" theme, because that's where I hope to live someday,  I still use my neon cactus to remind me of the "neon jungle" where I currently live.

I love storing some embellishments in an old printer's tray.

This is Fetzer giving his approval on my polymer clay heart...and

...this is his sister, Shatzie, always wanting to be in the middle of any project.

I keep this soldered charm I made with a photo of my Mother near my sewing machine for inspiration.
(she loved to sew)

Finally, "my chair" with the burlap covered pillow I made.
Well, at least it's my chair when Shatzie isn't using it.

Thank you for visiting and letting me show you my creative space!
Have fun at the party, and I'll be seeing you there!