Saturday, December 31, 2011

Journey

"Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey."

"Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
(Greg Anderson)


My word for 2012...

Journey

This new year brings about many new and exciting changes for me.  
A move to a new city...something I have never done before. 

I suppose for those of you that know the "real me" you might wonder why I didn't choose the word, stress. :-)
(journey just sounds much nicer doesn't it?)

No, really, this word is such a perfect reminder for me!
Moving to the Seattle area is something we've dreamed of for a few years now.
So, hang on Becca and enjoy the ride!

Did you choose a word for 2012?
I would love to hear about it. 

I'm linking up over at
My Heart Art by Geri
Check out some other bloggers words for 2012!

Happy New Year! 
2012

Becca





Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Hand Embroidery Blues

Hello everyone! 

No, I really don't have "the blues." 
I've just been doing free hand embroidery while listening to some jazzy/blues by 
(If you care to listen, this is their rendition of Black Coffee)
(note...you always have the option to click pause/stop on my sidebar)


So, back to the embroidery.
Lately, I've been inspired by lavender...again.
Our mild weather as of late has been ideal for my lavender container plant.


I also find so much inspiration on the internet!
If I get stuck for an idea I just "Google" whatever it is I'm looking for and there it is.


In these pieces I used the french knot, stem stitch and back stitch on linen fabric.


If I don't know how to do a certain stitch I can usually find a helpful video on YouTube.


I haven't decided what to do with these pieces yet.
Possibly a pillow?  
The hydrangeas are rather small, so maybe I could incorporate them into a fabric tag or I might try a decorative cuff.  What do you think? 




Thanks for dropping by.
I hope you are rested from the Christmas holiday rush and ready for a New Year! 

See you soon, 
Becca 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Celebrate the Season



From my home to yours...

Wishing you peace, love, joy, and the many blessings this holiday season brings! 



Merry Christmas!


Becca

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Relaxing Qualities of Hand Stitching & Tatting

I still can't seem to find my "Christmas MoJo." 

No worries though...all is well and I listen to my favorite holiday music as I pack and pack. 
It's not as if I need to hurry...I'm just taking advantage of the time I have to "be prepared." 

I'm finding the easiest solution to my moving/holiday stress is "stitching n' tatting." 

I made this little burlap tag for a friend. 






So simple, and easy.


Lucy doesn't play into the whole holiday or moving stress thing...
maybe I could learn a thing or two from her. 

Or, maybe I just need one of those zen, peace collars with a
 jingle bell. 
:-)



Hope you are able to enjoy some stress free holiday activities! 

Blessings, 
Becca 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mixed Media Leaf Art

During our last visit to the Seattle area, I picked up a few autumn leaves. 

I carefully stuck them in between the pages of my Artful Blogging magazine and into my back pack hoping they would make the trip back home to Las Vegas. 

(not knowing at the time that Seattle would be my new home I was worried I might not see this type of leaf for a very long time)


Believe it or not, the leaves made the trip home without any damage!

So, now what do I do with this Maple Leaf that is larger than my hand?  

I decided to see if I could incorporate my leaf into a mixed media collage.


The substrate I used is a 9x12 piece of watercolor paper.

After coating the paper with Golden Matte Medium, I carefully placed the leaf and then applied another coat of matte medium over the top. 


To add more texture and interest, I used some dried tea bags and random stamping.


Still, I felt like it needed something, so I added some simple embroidery stitches.


I am pretty pleased with the results and I have decided to call this piece, 

A New Beginning


Now that we are moving up to the Great Northwest I won't have to worry about hoarding autumn leaves anymore!

Hum...I wonder if you can press a cactus in a book? 

Thank you so much for visiting! 

I know this isn't a holiday type post.  I guess I'm a little distracted and overwhelmed with everything else going on, that I haven't been able to keep up! 

I do though enjoy getting my "Christmas fix" by visiting all the lovely blogs out there with holiday eye candy. 

Sending you warm wishes of peace, joy & love this holiday season! 

Becca 



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspired by Nature's Colors


Blues, purples, greens...
These are the colors that I tend to gravitate to the most.



I created another Mandala, only this time with very few colors.


As I created this mandala, I thought of the beautiful, hydrangeas I hope to grow in my new climate when we move to Washington. 


So many varieties of hydrangeas just like there are so many varieties of mandalas.


I love the calmness this mandala brought while painting with my watercolors.


Do you have a color or colors that you are drawn to?


I'm linking up with 

be inspired...

Becca

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Musings

Last Monday I celebrated a birthday. :-)



So, on the weekend I got together with my friend, Linda
and she gave me a lovely gift!


This is the envelope it was in...so cool! 
It was all tied up with a raffia ribbon.


I just love all of the collage and stitching she did!


Linda knows how much I LOVE fingerless gloves, so she crocheted this beautiful pair for me! 
No, I don't play the piano with them on, I just thought it would be cute to model them this way since I posted the first photo of myself at the piano. :-)


Here's the color.
I like this color of yarn...I've always called it an "oatmeal" color. 
Someday, maybe I'll get past just making crocheted flowers and learn to make these too.
Thank you Linda, I love them!  


Then, on the weekend I was reading blogs and checked in with my friend Catherine over at 
and she showed a YouTube video of a cat playing with an iPad.
Well, not that I'm a crazy cat lady or anything, but I was on a mission to find that app.
(both "free" apps I downloaded) 
This is Fetzer and he seemed to be pretty amused with it for a while.


My husband said it was more entertaining watching me laughing at it, than watching the cats with it.
Oh well, what can I say, I guess I'm easily entertained by kitty antics.  :-) 


And, now a Lucy update...
Sorry for the blur, but my iPhone was all I had at the moment when I tried to get a shot of Lucy in our Christmas tree. 

"Lucy! You've got some splainin to do!" 



I think these cuddly, fleece sleep pants she found on the bed says it all...
"Naughty" 


or Nice?  
What do you think? 


Thank you for your sweet comments and wishes on my last post about our move.
We are so excited about this opportunity!  I am so thankful too about the fact that we will have some time to pack and process it all because we won't be moving until the spring.  

It's pretty windy and cold today, so I'm going to make some soup and enjoy a little stitching that I will share with you later. 

Hope you're staying warm in your "neck of the woods"! 

Becca 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Seattle Bound

A new journey begins...

Dear friends, 
it is with great joy that I share with you some news...a dream come true.
We are moving to Seattle!

Many of you know that I have been wanting to leave the hot, dry, desert of Las Vegas, 
(the only home I've ever known) and move to this Emerald City that I have fallen in love with over the last few years.

I would like to take this opportunity today to share with you some of my photography that represents this beautiful place.



























"Good Night Seattle, we love you!" 



Thank you for sharing this with me today. :-)

Becca