Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anemone Flower

I saw this beauty at the nursery last week and 

just had to take it home! 




It was a lovely sunny day and this Anemone was enjoying 

the sunshine as much as I was. 




With morning showers,  it takes cover,




only to start pointing it's face towards the light again.













I took the shot below, from my art room window. 

Suddenly, discovering new flowers has inspired me to 

practice drawing again. 














I love the simpleness of this flower. 

It sort of reminds me of the flowers I used to 

draw when I was a kid.

A circle, then a few big petals, followed by a long, thick stem. 

Did you draw those too?








We are anticipating lovely weather this weekend.

It's supposed to hit 70 degrees by Sunday!

Happy Easter!


Becca




Sunday, March 24, 2013

Feeling Relieved and Grateful

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your comments and concerns about my "Fetzer boy." 

It's so difficult when something seems wrong with your pet 

and they can't tell you what's hurting.  

The tests he had at the vet came back and everything was normal.

We are grateful he's back to his ol' goofy self again!  



Fetzer

Other than that, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a new 

piece I'm working on. 




This pattern is called the 

Apple Blossom Placemat.

I've had it printed out for a while now, but I believe it was a 

free pattern from 





I am using my favorite lace weight linen thread, and 

I hope to use this as a center piece on my dining table. 



Happy Sunday! 

Becca 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Just outside my window...

Outside my window I can hear birds singing.

Just outside my window I see snowflakes.  Yes, snowflakes!

Really?  I asked myself.

I put my order in for snowflakes for December 22nd, 

not March 22nd!




Oh well, no worries because right now, just outside my window, 

I see sunshine.  Strange. 

I guess that's what people mean when they say if you don't like 

the weather here in Seattle, just wait a few minutes and it 

will change.  




These lovely daffodils are popping up in my garden and

in everyone else's garden too...a sure sign of spring! 

****

We're going to just lay low this weekend. 

I've been worried sick about my little "Fetzer Boy" kitty. 

Yesterday, we took him to the vet for some blood work and X-rays.  


****

Thank you for being here friends.

Becca 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

No Stone Left Unturned

Oh dear!  

Now that I am getting better at this, I can't seem to 

stop crocheting covers for stones! 





I like to relax for a while at night and 

work on these while listening to my "yoga" playlist 

on Pandora.




I love how this olive green crochet thread pops against the black stone.





This smaller stone didn't escape my crochet thread either! 




Now, I look for stones to crochet covers for where ever I go. 

Hum...I saw this while visiting the Bellevue Botanical Gardens near 

my home a few weeks ago.    :-) 




This is a stone I have that is always out to remind me to 

RELAX! 





I haven't had a chance to ask about this plant. 

It seems to really be blooming in my garden, and I don't even know 

what it is...do you? 




I love the tiny white buds.




Finally, 

If you haven't seen this on my Facebook page already, 

this is a baby afghan I made for a friend at work that's 

 having a boy.  

There's some really fun patterns in this book, 

however, I'm pretty slow with a project, so it took me 

a lot longer than just "a day" to crochet this! 





I hope things are "Springy" where you are.

We have high temps in the 50's (F) and rainy here in Seattle.

It's different than the 80's I'm used to this time of year living in the desert for so long.

However, when I look out and see all the daffodils, and cherry trees

blooming it warms me up with a smile.

Hope you're enjoying St. Patties Day!

I can smell corned beef & cabbage with potatoes in the oven right now!


Becca




Friday, March 8, 2013

Springtime Bird Cage

Hi Friends! 

I took a little bit of time this afternoon to take some pictures 

of my iron birdcage that's on our deck 

just outside of my art room. 







Last summer I simply "guessed" at what kind of plant to buy for 

a container I wanted to put into my birdcage. 

I had visions of a pretty vine running throughout the cage.  






The plant I picked out is a "Vinca" 

which is actually a ground cover. 




I really enjoyed it last summer with it's simple purple flowers and little 

vines I started to train through the cage. 







Well, since I had never really "lived" trough a winter here with all the 

rain and chill, I just figured that it wouldn't survive, and 

come this spring I would be 

re-planting another vine for the birdcage.





Then, one day, I looked out and happened to notice lots of little purple flowers...

lots of them! 




This little plant survived the winter in it's little container and 

seems very happy weaving through the cage. 





When the sun came out this afternoon, it looked so pretty out there 

I just had to show you! 




I remember finding this heavy birdcage at an antique store in 

Las Vegas and I just had to have it. 

I think, like me, it's finally found 

it's home and is very happy. 





We're supposed to have a day of sun tomorrow, so I will be outside 

playing in the garden and also resting up for a few days of 

work next week. 

I'm looking forward to getting by to see what all of you have 

been up to! 



Becca 





Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Garden Inspiration and Design

A couple of weeks ago you might remember I attended

 the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Wow, what a fun day that was with my friends Priscilla and Stephanie.

I couldn't believe how much there was to see, do, and buy!  



So, today I thought you might like to see a few of the 

gardens that were on display this year.



The lighting was beautiful here in this contemporary garden design.




Loved this unusual gate...see the little cricket at the bottom?



I learned a little more about my camera settings too this day. 

I'm not used to shooting in artificial light and most of the displays 

were shown off with bright spot lights!




Then, the next display would be darker, so I had to adjust my 

settings each time.  

Look at this! 

Isn't this fun?  

I mean, who has a disco ball in their garden? 



Unfortunately, this one below wasn't my best photo, but I just 

had to show you my favorite garden display.

No, that's not a real body back there! Lol

 I love the vodka bottle, Camel cigarettes, and 

broken martini glass in the background too.

I loved how the artist/designer showed a real sense of humor with their display.





Love the vintage metal chairs.




From fancy...



to Hobbit...



Lots of fun ideas.

These bottles reminded me of the windows at the

Shakey's Pizza Place when I was a kid.

Do you remember Shakey's Pizza? 





Ah...this was more like me...

Adirondack chair, daffodils, dragon flies and a tea pot! 




The Convention Center in Seattle is very nice.

I love this area where you can see all the way down the 

street to the water and Pike's Place Market.




Beautiful area to sit and rest, grab a bite to eat and start 

walking around again! 




I hope you enjoyed my little tour of my day at the 

Northwest Garden and Flower Show.

If you are ever in the area during the show, it's something 

you don't want to miss! 


Hope your week is going well. 

Becca 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Just Some Stuff...

Happy Friday!  

Today, I just threw together a post to share with you some 

of the things I've been working on. 


These are linen thread hearts I made following this pattern 






Both hearts are crocheted with 100% linen thread.  The spool of linen

is called "lace weight" and the tan heart is made from 

 "sport weight linen"  which is 

a little larger thread.

Of course, you don't have to use thread to crochet these cute little hearts. 

I'm sure any type of yarn will work.  You know me...I'm just into the 

thread stuff right now. :-) 






So, other than that, did you know I have an Etsy shop?  

Well, more like a page with a banner and nothing for sale. 

I started it a while ago thinking I would like to put some of

my handmade items in there.

Then,  I got overwhelmed with the logistics and the fear that

no one would even be interested, so 

it's been on the back burner for a while now.  





The reason I even mentioned that is because I found this wonderful

tutorial for making a photo light box.

Living in the PNW can be tricky when it comes to photography and light.

The light box is also a nice way to photograph something you might

want to put into your Etsy shop.

The first 3 photos on this post I took using my new light box.

If you'd like to make one for yourself, you can find the tutorial I followed

HERE




Finally, here is the latest doily I made!

I'm using size 10 thread and the completed piece measures 10 inches across.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.  I just enjoy making them. :-)

I wonder if anyone would be interested in them

if I put some in my Etsy shop when I make one?

  Or, I kind of thought about making a linen pillow and decorating it with

this piece.  What do you think?





We have an early blooming Rhododendron in our yard.

Isn't it wonderful to see flowers this time of year? 




Thanks for letting me share all of this with you!

I've been having fun learning new things about my camera

and trying to become more familiar with the post editing process in

Lightroom 4.

 It can all be a little overwhelming for me at times, so I hope you'll

hang in there with me as I learn!

Wishing you a fun and happy weekend!

Becca