Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!

Just dropping in to wish you a Happy New Year! 

2013 was full of some fun local travels and discoveries of our 

beautiful new home in Washington.

 I was thrilled to even have a bit of snow for a day right before Christmas! 

(no laughing east coast friends!) 

Loved watching the little birds hop around on the deck in the snow. 

Winter sky over Lake Washington. 

Have a safe and Happy New Year! 

See you all in 2014! 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Season of Light

Hi Friends! 

How's your holiday season going? 

Not too stressful I hope.

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is "light."

I love the warm glow of holiday lights everywhere! 

It gets dark so early up here, so it seems like Christmas lights come on 

earlier in the day. 

Our lights come on about 4pm.  I love this time because the sky still 

has a bit of color to add to the "magic." 

I light candles, make a cup of hot cocoa,  and simply enjoy the peacefulness of the season 

by the warmth of the fireplace.

I had fun this year with "this old house" we're living in.

We decided to put our tree up in the front room which is what we call 

our "piano room." (since my piano takes up most of the room) :-)

I found some ribbon with music notes on it to add to the theme of the room, 

and since the wall color is sort of a "vintage green" (yea, I kind of made that 

color up.)  I decided to "go with it" and get some new Christmas ball ornaments 

to compliment the color.

We've also been staying busy keeping the birds happy in the cold weather. 

It takes a little work this time of year, but the humming birds stay fed and happy.

So, I hope wherever you are, you are warm and happy too! 

Share in the Season of Light!  


Monday, November 25, 2013

One November Morning...

One November morning…

I went for a walk, 

…close to home,


…listening to the sounds of nature,

…watching the reflection on the water, 

…feeling the sunshine, 


…quiet, peaceful,

…simply enjoying the beauty that surrounds me...

…on this November morning.

Feeling grateful for so many things…


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Getting Ready For The Holidays!

Hi Friends! 

Wow, time has gotten away from me once again! 

If you are here, reading this, than I want to say 

thank you for not giving up on me! :-) 

I'm here today, to share with you some things I've been 

working on for the holidays. 

I found this FREE PATTERN online to crochet these cute 

little pinecones.

I think they will make a fun addition to my Christmas

gift wrapping, don't you? 

Then, I picked up the magazine you see below that has the pattern 

for making these Christmas ornament cozies. 

I had fun standing out in the rain to get this shot today. 

…and of course, 

once a girl gets started crocheting covers for stones, she 

never stops.  

I made this yellow one for my friend, Stella.

This is my friend, Stella and her daughter Ginger.

I ask Stella if I could post this photo of the two of them.

I love this shot so much, and thought you guys would too. 

Don't they look cute in their hats? 

(photo credit Finfrock Photography )

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have

already seen this photo below. 

This winter, I decided to do something different, and instead of 

leaving our outdoor high top table and chairs to winter over in 

the rain and cold, I brought it indoors! 

This little corner of our bedroom has a nice view that we can now still 

enjoy while staying warm and cozy from the weather! 

I bought the lamp at Target and I keep a deck of cards there for a game of 

Gin Rummy over a glass of wine, or it's also been a fun spot to read

the morning paper with my coffee while watching the rain! 

Speaking of "watching"

I just had to share this photo of Lucy.

She's always very entertained by the squirrels and birds.

Something else I've done this year is keep some wine bottles for 

colorful decoration in the garden. 

It kind of helps keep the gray days colorful!  

The blue is especially my favorite! 

Although the leaves are gone on my Japanese Maple, I've noticed that now 

it often shimmers and sparkles with raindrops! 

 Oh, and finally, some of you might know my friend, Linda.

She and her husband are traveling all over the USA in their RV and have now

made a stop up here in Washington! 

It's been fun to see them while they are here.  You can see Linda's beautiful photos 

from their journey on the road on her BLOG.

So, I'm thinking I'll be back here again before Thanksgiving, but in case I let 

time slip away from me again I want to wish you all a 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

This year my Birthday lands on Thanksgiving Day, so we're going to 

spend it at one of Washington's beautiful lodges on the lake in the Olympic

National Park & Forest. 

Sending all of you good wishes! 


Sunday, October 27, 2013

A World With Octobers

Beautiful Words...

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

L.M. Montgomery

I've been working on another collage on canvas with

teabags and leaves.

You might remember this one below, that I did a couple of years ago 

before we moved to Seattle.

This collage has special meaning to me.  

I remember picking up this larger than my hand, maple leaf 

while visiting Seattle on business and trying frantically to 

get it back home to Las Vegas without it getting

squished on the plane...because, "we might not get the job and

 get to move to Washington, and I won't get to experience 

this kind of autumn again for a really long time." 

Yea...silly huh, but that's what I was thinking.

Anyway...I digress...

When you're a kid from the desert, you get excited about 

stuff like this. 

So, here we are almost 2 years later, and I'm living in 

a world where there are "Octobers," and leaves...

lots of leaves! 


This time, I wanted an aqua background.  I used tea bags to take away 

some of the brightness of the paint. 

I'm excited to see where this one goes. 

Also wanted to show you a cute little crocheted border I added to 

a kitchen towel.

I found this nice tutorial HERE

Now I'm obsessed with adding crocheted borders to everything!  :-)

View from my desk.

So grateful to be living now, in a world where there are



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Painting Leaves

Being inspired by all the colors of the 

season, I got out my watercolor paints 

to play.

Do you remember this post? 

Where I picked leaves and flowers and smashed them onto 

watercolor paper and fabric and some of the darker colors

printed right onto the paper.  So Fun! 

So, this time, I picked a few leaves and brought them in and painted them 

with watercolor paint and pressed them onto the paper. 

I think the Japanese Maple Leaf turned out the best print so far. 

I just kept repainting it with different colors.

An easy and fun way to make a greeting card or note.

This Japanese maple in our side yard has turned the most lovely 

golden yellow color. 

Directly across from it is another one but it's leaves are more reddish/orange, 

and it's where I got the leaf to make the print.

 I didn't take a photo of that tree, because sadly, it's starting to die and looks 

pretty scraggly. 

I think the weather here has been strange lately.  The evenings and mornings are 

VERY foggy which I think is pretty cool, 

then sun peeks out in the late afternoon for a few hours before it starts 

all over again. 

The strange part, is that we haven't had any rain in a while, and it's not in 

the forecast through the rest of October.

I hear November is the rainiest month anyway.  So, I'll continue to 

enjoy the colors of the leaves before the wind and rain blows 

them all away. 

I love this old school house on the corner of our street.

I took pictures of it in the spring too when this tree was

covered in pinkish white blossoms!  

I've been fighting with a cold for a while now that won't seem to 

go away, so there's been lots of hot tea, reading, crocheting, and napping going

on around here.  

So grateful I can just look out my door and walk around in my own yard 

and enjoy the beauty of this season!

Thanks for dropping by,