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!" 



Monday, November 12, 2012

A Boost of Inspiration!

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of joining my friend, Judy

and we attended the annual 

in Issaquah, Washington.

Sadly, I didn't get the names for all of these artists.

I'm sure, however,  if you visit the BPQ website, I highlighted above, 

 you can get more information.

Here are some of my favorites: 

Even if you are not a quilter, or fiber artist, I think seeing these lovely 

pieces is an inspiration for your creative soul.

My photos do not do them justice either.  I wish you could have been there! 

Below is Dreams by Maria Michurina.

I love what she says about her piece. 

"All of my works are based on something I've seen; therefore, 

as a quilter, I definitely make what I see.  

Like everyone, I perceive the world in my own way;

so if you can't recognize the lady on the portrait, just believe me.

I meet her in a mirror everyday!" 

Some, were machine quilted, others by a Long Arm, and some, 

by hand.  This reminds me I need to practice free-motion quilting on 

my sewing machine! 

The show's featured artist was 

Linda Haddan.

Here are some of her works.  


Some other artist's quilts were more in the mixed-media category.

I wish I had my macro lens with me,  so you could have seen the

detail better in my shots.

I think it would be fun to try something like this!

Who doesn't love owls? 

Here is Judy

showing the row of hearts she pieced and contributed with other members of her group, 

The Friday Morning Strippers.

They are graciously, giving the quilt to a child at Ronald McDonald House. 

So many holiday themed quilts too.

I loved the face on this moon and how the scarecrows are dancing

by the light of the moon. 

Ok, I'm not a quilter, but I hear these tiny points are difficult!  

This show had a lot of vendors and quilt kits for sale.

Loved this one with Seattle in the background. 

No, I didn't buy it, however I did by a small, everything included kit, 

with cats on it...not that I'm a crazy cat lady or anything.

(maybe you will see my finished piece one year) 

I wish I had a better photo of this...this piece was outstanding and so beautiful! 

and finally...this cute little piece that would be fun to make. 

So, I hope you enjoyed my little tour of quilts from some of the 

talented quilter/fiber artists at the 

Block Party Quilters' 27th Quilt Show, Expressions. 

I will be back with one more Autumn post from my very recent visit to the 

Washington Park Arboretum...oh my, what a lovely place! 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Around our House

A Perfect Autumn.

Our first one since living here.

I know you've seen a lot of posts already, about this time of year.

But, I still can't get enough of it.  

Today, I'm just walking around our yard, taking in every step and moment.

Decorations from nature, adorn the ground. 

The sun comes out briefly to show off the colors.

The leaves...they're everywhere! 

Maybe that's what this rake is for 

that's been leaning against the house since

we moved in.  :-) 

Some branches are starting to show signs of winter already, 

as the leaves flutter to the ground, 

leaving me feeling a little melancholy.

   I'm not ready for Autumn to end!

("It'll be back next year!" Russell reminds me with a smile.)

All the different types of leaves, 

and all the different colors.

Hum, nature's tears, or mine? 

Thank you for being's still Autumn here at Patina Moon for a little while longer.  :-)


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