Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vintage Vinyl

Hello everyone! 

Last weekend, when we were in Bend, Oregon

 to help my mother-in-law celebrate her

80th Birthday, she gave us boxes of record albums that 

has been in the family for years! 

Mostly jazz and classical which was right up my alley!  

So, Russell and I decided to get out his old turntable and speakers 

from the basement 

and set it up in our small front room where the piano is.

We already had albums of our own

packed away in boxes that neither of us wanted to part with, 

 such as his Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Eagles, and my Sonny & Cher, 

The Carpenters, Billy Joel, Captain & Tennille,  Olivia Newton John...

Sorry, I digress.  

Happily, my taste in music has expanded! Lol

 I think learning to play classical piano helped me expand my 

musical tastes, and somewhere along the way,  I fell in love 

with Jazz..."old jazz." 

So when I saw names like Sinatra, Ella, Billie Holiday & Louie Armstrong, 

I had to figure out a way to set up a place where we could enjoy

these vintage recordings!

This old craftsman house we're living in now has a lot of character.   

Not to mention the "pop-corn" ceiling,  so 

I've been trying to give it a bit of love.

My piano takes up most of the space in here,

so it has always been dubbed as "the piano room."  

An old,  comfortable chair sits in a corner...a great place for crochet or 

listening to music. 

I've been so used to listening to Pandora Radio from this chair that when 

I now play a record,  I have to "get up" to flip the it over! 

Can you imagine!!??

The best part about listening to these records was the memories 

that came to Russ of his parents & childhood.  Priceless! 

It's funny how something comes together so unexpectedly. 

 Our fondness for music and my attachment to 

"Vintage Vegas" has made this small, yet comfortable

room come together, (pop-corn ceiling and all) as the 

"Piano Bar."

Now, one of my favorite places in the house! 

So, I am now on a hunt for those old wooden crates that

holds record albums.  Remember? 

It's funny to think about something we had in our 20's, that can 

probably now be found in an "antique" store.

So, thanks for sharing this with me. 

I had fun last night trying to capture the mood with my camera.

 Do you still have your vinyl records?

Happy memories! 


Monday, January 21, 2013

Random Thoughts...

Hi Friends! 

Well, here we are at the start of a new week. Can you 

believe January is almost over? 

We just returned from a short road trip to Bend, Oregon to visit family.

Wow, was it cold there!  Yes, Seattle is cold now, but there was just something about 

the clear skies and snow on the ground that chilled me to the bone! 

We were only gone 3 days, but boy did I miss my kitty babies!  

I took this photo from my chair where I often crochet or read. 

Lucy decided it was "her time" and not "crochet time." 

So...this is only how far I am on my "Shells Galore" afghan project! 

I am really loving this yarn's so soft and was on sale for 

only $2.99 a skein! 

Another thing I love to do in my chair near the front window is read. 

Have you read this?  Russell just finished it and it sounded very interesting to me. 

It's almost 1500 pages though, so I wonder which I'll finish first...the 

afghan or the book?  Lol! 

This thread crochet project is supposed to be coasters.

I simply like the look of this pattern and will probably make more since I have 

it down. 

Shatzie loves this pillow in front of our fireplace.

She curls up here while I read or crochet.  

I got this pillow at World you shop there?  

I know my friend Linda does! 

Have you ever tried to "thread crochet" in the car on the road?  

That was a challenge!  

I was getting so excited about this piece, then realized that the reason 

it was "curly" was because it had too many "somethings" in the beginning.

So, the plan is to stop here...find something creative to use it with, and 

start over!  Ugh! 

And...since it's been so gray and foggy out, I thought you might like 

a break from my "foggy photography" 

and like to just see what I have on my desk.  :-)

The last time I walked down to the waterfront,  I picked up some 

smooth stones and wanted to try my hand at painting them! 

This was so fun and relaxing!  

I'm sure I will be doing more of these. 

So, is it cold where you are? 

What are you reading or creating? 

I love hearing from you...thanks for being here! 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Overwhelmed by Nature's Beauty

Last week I discovered another park near home. 

It was a crisp and clear afternoon. 

I was bundled up in my warm coat, boots, gloves and scarf.

The seagulls gathered in numbers.

Frost still covered the grass and along the shore.

A view of Seattle in the distance.

So many discoveries.

Oh what a treat it was to see this! 

A bald eagle keeping a close eye on all of the 

black birds flying around nearby. 

Nature's beauty all around me, and so close to home!

I spent a lot of time here enjoying the "feel" of this day. 

 Finally, as late afternoon moved in and before I 

got back into my car to head home, 

I sat here....

for the longest time...

swinging and looking out over the water.

 I would expect that this park in the summertime is 

filled with families and children running around. 

But for now...

This was my day. 


Friday, January 11, 2013

Frosted Flakes

No, not "Tony the Tiger."  Just me today to share the

 crocheted "frosted" snowflakes I've been working on. 


This morning we woke up to very cold and frosty surroundings! 

Even though Mr. Sun came out, the sky was clear and chilly! 

So, I'm thinking what a better background for my colorful 

snowflakes than frost! 

I'm sure if the neighbors saw me outside with my 

camera this morning, they are really thinking 

I'm nuts! 

And...because I can't seem to finish one project before starting another, here is a 

round table runner I am working on. 

This is just the first round...I'm sure you can make it as large as you'd like. 

I think I'll do at least one more round. 

A fun trip to the art supply store, and I managed to come home with this 

cute little wooden, storage box that I decided to decoupage with some  

papers I already had at home.  

I had forgotten how much I love doing this! 

I might add more paint and papers later...we'll see. 

So finally, I thought I'd end with this teal/aqua colored 

Mediterranean table piece I made. 

I already had the thread, and I enjoyed making this,

but now,  I'm not sure if I will actually use this. 

I'm thinking it's more of a summer piece that would look great with some 

chips & salsa and margaritas, 

what do you think? 

So, from frost to the Mediterranean today...what are you dreaming of? 

There's a chance of snow showers tonight.

If not,  I will have to just make some more of my own 

"Frosted Flakes." 

Have a great weekend! 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hydrangea Skeleton Leaf

 Hi Everyone! 

I hope 2013 has started of well for each of you! 

The first two days of the year were 

bright and sunny here, so a lot of people were out enjoying the 

January sunshine.

I took advantage of that time to rake and work in the yard a bit, 

and look what I found! 

A Hydrangea Skeleton Leaf. 

I've only seen photographs of these and always thought they were so 

beautiful and delicate.  

So, I was thrilled to find one right outside my back door!

 They sort of remind me of the "lacy crochet" I love so much.

Speaking of crochet...yes, I am still "hooked!" 

(hardy har har) :-) 

I have some colorful snowflakes to show you soon.  

Right now, it's raining outside,  so I'm off to spend some creative time 

in my art room. 

Enjoy your day.