Saturday, April 27, 2013

Discovering Lilacs and a Tribute to Betty

Hello everyone! 

This past week brought lovely weather to the Seattle area, and  

even though I still confess to loving the rain, there's just something about 

the sunshine here that's so wonderful this time of year! 

It's so much fun being outside, working in your garden, seeing your 

 neighbors out and about,  sharing seeds, ideas, flowers, and

maybe a "happy hour" on the deck, in the sunshine admiring our 

days work. :-)

(my first little garden...lettuce, sweet pea, basil, onion, and cumber)

Just two doors down is a lovely and heavily blossomed Lilac tree, 

belonging to Bob & Betty.

(Sadly, Betty passed away last year, but always loved to 
share her lilac blossoms.)

My neighbor asked if I wanted to walk down there with her 

and cut a handful of "Betty's flowers."

Talk about one of life's simple pleasures! 

 There I was, strolling down the ally in my flip flops with a handful of 

 lilacs that I cut from a tree!

For me, it felt like pure bliss! 

(remember, I grew up in the Nevada desert..."lilac" to me was a 

scent that a candle had.) 

I'm only sorry I didn't get to know Betty more before she passed. 

I am enjoying my lovely bouquet so much, and 

what a lovely memory of our neighbor and friend.

The scent of the lilac is so powerful, I thought I had a candle 

burning when I walked into my studio.

I think I found a new, favorite flower to love. 

(well...that is until the blue hydrangeas come out again!) 

Still trying to paint stuff. :-)

Need work on my drawing skills.

Thank you for being here, and sharing my discoveries! 

Happy weekend to you, 


Saturday, April 20, 2013


Hello friends, 

I'm here today to show you some fun photographs I took of my 

neighbor teaching her friend how to make pasta ravioli.

I've had Anna Maria's homemade ravioli before, and it's fabulous! 

So, I was very excited to have the opportunity to see the process 

first hand and share it with you! 

She makes it look so easy and wanted me to give it a try, but I decided 

to stick to just being the photographer for now. :-) 

It didn't take long before Anna's friend had it down.


Spaghetti too!


Are you getting hungry yet? 

Thanks Anna Maria for giving me the opportunity to share 

this homemade goodness on my blog today!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Playing with Watercolors

So, here we are at the beginning of a new week already.

Where does the time go?  

Last week I spent a relaxing time at home with Russell 

during his spring break from work.  

I did a little painting with watercolors.

Pretty basic stuff I'm doing...I'm still trying to figure it all out. 

I love the way the colors work on the paper using the 

wet on wet technique.  

I'm also feeling inspired having things around me that I love. 

This is some pottery my father-in-law made, 

that I use to hold some of my watercolor brushes, 

 graphite pencils and Micron pens. 

Of course, I still can't put down the crochet hook either. 

I've made a few simple dishcloths.

I love using these in the kitchen.

100% cotton yarn is nice to work with. 

There's been a lot of just kicking back, reading and relaxing 

around here too.

 Now it's time to get back into the "groove" and 

get some laundry and house cleaning done! 

What have you been up to? 


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blossoms of Love

 Hello Friends! 

Last week, I took the advise of my friend, 

and made my way over to the Washington Park Arboretum  

to photograph all of the blooming trees before the spring 

wind and rain blew them all away. 

It turned out to be the perfect day except for the fact

 that I didn't get to share it with my sweetie because he had to work. 

I mean, who can stand under this tree with all of it's blossoms

and lovely sweet scent and not be in the mood for love? 

I've never been to Paris in the Springtime
(not in any season actually). 

Living here in Seattle, however, makes me feel like I've always imagined 

I would feel seeing Paris in the Spring.

Speaking of my "Sweetie," he saw an artist supply store near his work,  

and signed me up for their Artist Club Card. 

Oh Boy,   have I ever been having a fun time visiting this place! 

I've been breaking out the watercolor tubes of paint and getting my 

hands dirty! 

Wishing you a lovely week ahead, 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Just Down the Street...

This little red pre-school sits on the corner of our street. 

Often times, I'll see children wearing colorful raincoats and rain boots 

walking under umbrellas with their parents.

It's fun to watch. 

This day however, it wasn't the children's colorful rain gear 

that caught my eye, instead it was the beautiful,  

 blooming crab apple trees that line the side of the building. 

How lovely it was walking over to the school, with the sun 

shining brightly and the blue sky peeking through the branches.

A soft breeze came, and a few petals fluttered down around me.


You know, I said "crab apple" but I actually don't know that for a fact,

they could be cherry I suppose. 

There are so many trees blooming here I can't keep up! 

Whatever they are, I am enjoying every minute of it! 

Sometimes I'll just sit on our front step with my morning coffee, 

listening to the birds and taking it all in.

I hear some people say the trees make a mess.

I'm thinking,  a mess of spring blossoms is one mess I can live with! 

What lovely weather we've been having! 

Although we are back to grey skies today it still feels like spring! 

Hope you are feeling springtime in your part of the world too. :-)