Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break Happenings

Mr Sun decided to show his face for a little 

while today. 


I've been just like a little kid that won't take off my new rain boots. 

 I've had more fun with crochet lately.

I've also enjoyed using pieces of nature to help me wrap some special gifts.

It was fun to step outside into the rain with my shears to trim 

off a little decoration or two. :-) 

There's just something warm and comforting about 

crocheting in the winter. 

 This was the season for my

Star Garland, 

and Star Fish! 

Are you ready to start a new year?

Will you be starting off your New Year with a celebration, 

or a cozy nap? 

I'm kind of like Shatzie here and plan to just stay warm and cozy.

Even though Mr. Sun came out to play today, I'm pretty sure 

Old Man Winter plans to 

stick around for a while. 

These next few days I'm going to take a look back, 

have a few laughs,  shake my head at all the craziness and 

mostly, just be thankful.

A fresh, New Year is just around the corner! 

Sending good wishes to you! 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas from Seattle!!

Lots of baking,  sharing,  crocheting

holiday "get-togethers," and 

simply enjoying our first Christmas in our new city!

(There's even talk of snow flurries on Christmas Day!)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Simple Holiday Spirit

 Hello dear friends! 

Are you feeling the holiday spirit this year?

I'm feeling like a kid again seeing new things and 

experiencing this time of year in my new home.

Sometimes, it's all the lights I see that adorn the trees wherever I go.

Sometimes, it's the misty air on my face or the Christmas music I hear

when I'm out shopping and running errands. 

Sometimes, it's just the light that catches the raindrops and makes 

the branches sparkle and glisten.

Today, I'm enjoying a cup of tea from a friend, 


I almost got out the tripod today too for the raindrop shots 

when I realized, the tripod is in the closet where 

Russell said, "No Peeking!"

Oh well...I think they'll be more rainy days for the tripod shots. 

So my friends, I'm wondering...

what simple things put you in the holiday spirit? 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hydrangeas for the Winter Season

I thought I'd take a little break from holiday photography and 

show you something else today. 

Remember all those hydrangeas I gathered and dried

during the autumn season? 

Isn't it interesting to see the different colors they've

 dried to? 

Although the "blue hydrangea" has always been my favorite 

when they are growing in a garden, I think this 

dried hydrangea that has turned a lovely

aqua color is my favorite! 

Which color do you favor? 

Some have brown spots which I think means I probably didn't 

pick them at the right time, but I saved them anyway as I think 

they add a nice winter feeling to the mix. 

This wooden basket holds them all nicely, 

as long as I keep them where little Lucy can't get to them...

Lucy is so fascinated with them for some reason...

I don't want her to get sick if she eats one. 

So, the dried hydrangea...

I think it will become a winter staple for me each year. 

A lovely reminder of a warm,  summer day in the midst

of a dark and chilly winter.

Warm wishes, 


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seeing Stars

Handmade clay ornaments! 

I first saw these on Pinterest...are you still a 

"Pinterest Junkie" like I am?  

So many great ideas there! 

I also want to give credit to Jen over at 

Jen made some beautiful ornaments too and shares the link to the 

Pinterest site with the recipe to make these.

This was so much fun, I just had to share! 

I felt like a kid again, making these Christmas ornaments.

My star shape cookie cutter was the same one I used

 years ago, to make sugar cookies with my mom. 

For me, I like the simple white with natural twine.

If you want color, you could try painting them! 

Here's a shot of my ornaments on a doily 

I crocheted with my favorite linen yarn. 

(the same yarn I used for the star garland 

I made that you can see HERE)

"This is not your grandma's doily" 

(Although...I am still working on my fine, thread crochet skills to make 

those pretty, grandma doilies. Lol )

I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these "easy" clay ornaments.  I think they 

will make pretty gift tags too.

Let me know if you make some...I'd love to see your style! 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Time to Reflect

Hello friends! 

It's not even December, but I'm always so excited right after 

Thanksgiving to 

decorate for Christmas!
Have you started your holiday decorating and shopping yet? 

Last year was Lucy's first Christmas, and most of the time we'd

 find her, at the top of our 9ft

Christmas tree! 

This year, she's still fascinated with the tree.

Although, she's simply taken to just biting at the branches and playing

underneath the tree skirt.  Silly kitty.

For me, I just love the Christmas music, baking, 

and seeing the beautiful reflections from 

all of the lights.

Speaking of reflections...

I celebrated my Birthday yesterday!

I had Dim Sum in Seattle with a couple of friends then shopping

at Pike's Market in the rain.  

At the end of the day, I was quietly reflecting on my life a year ago,

 and how I was anxious and nervous 

about our upcoming move...

I never imagined I'd be celebrating my Birthday in Seattle with 

two new friends.

It feels good to make new memories, don't you think? 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Star Garland

It's been raining...and raining...

and raining some more today.  

You know how much I love it!

I still laugh at myself for thinking it'll rain hard for 10 minutes then 

stop for another 8 months like it did in Las Vegas.  

(even though I know better here in Seattle.)

  It's funny what you become accustomed to over the years. 

So I sat, drinking hot tea by the fireplace,

(a loose leaf blend called "Seattle Sunset" from 

 listening to the rain against the window. 

I started crocheting star garland with my favorite,  linen yarn.

Star garland...for the holidays, or everyday.

You can make them any size, or any color.

I'm using a 3.50mm steel crochet hook with linen yarn.

Step 1:   Ch 5, join with a slip st to form a ring.

Step 2:   Ch 3.  14 dc into the ring.  Slip st to 3rd ch of ch3 to form a circle.

Step 3:   *Ch 5.  1 sc in 2nd ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 
1 tr in next ch.Skip 2 dc, slip st in next dc.
Repeat from * to * four more times to create five points, ending with
slip st at base of first point.

Fasten off for single star,  
Ch 20, and repeat from Step 1 for garland.

I'm looking forward to a lovely, and quiet Thanksgiving with Russell.

Lots of cooking, watching football, reading, 

relaxing, and probably more crocheting.  :-)

However you plan to spend the holiday,  I hope you find abundance 

and happiness within your heart. 



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Falling for Color

Greetings dear friends!

November and the holidays are upon us, so I wanted to get one last 

Autumn post in before everything turns to winter here. 

I took these photos at the Washington Park Arboretum, 

a short distance from our home. 

This is the kind of place that you need to visit 

every season, to see the change. 

They even have a calendar to show you what's in 

bloom each month!

It was a lot larger park than I expected and we didn't get around to 

each garden that was on the map this time. 

We picked a beautiful day to do this. 

The sun was peeking through the clouds and the 

temperature was not too cold.

 Some places had benches and some 

had picnic tables just out in the middle of it all!  

I'm bringing munchies next time. :-) 

So many varieties of trees and plants.

Each with their own burst of color...hues of flame red, bright orange, 

and soft yellow stand out among the green grass and pines. 

The water was calm and lovely.

I imagined myself paddling quietly in a canoe trying to catch a glimpse 

of the busy beavers that are in this area. 

Reflections on the water were mesmerizing.

It was a weekday...not too many people peaceful.

I bet this artist is a "regular" here.

I think I will be too.

I'm heading back out to try and capture the 

essence of Winter next.'s a beautiful time to express thanks, and I 

have so much to be thankful for!  

I am thankful for the opportunity to live in such a green and lush area, 

and be able to enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds me daily.

It makes me happy when, on several occasions my sweetie and I will look at each other 

and say...

"we live here now!"