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!