Sunday, May 26, 2013

Watercolor on Tea Bags

Hello Friends! 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, especially 

if this is a long weekend for you! 


It seems like I've been drinking a lot of tea lately, so I 

thought it was time to get out my tea bags 

and get creative! 






This is a mixed-media piece on watercolor paper.




First, I tore pieces of the tea bags and glued them to the 

watercolor paper to start my background.





This is another piece I started just today where I decided to use

a rubber stamp before applying the tea bags for added interest. 




I love the color and texture the tea bags create.




 After the background was dry, I started to sketch out my design.  

The dragonfly is a rubber stamp.

Finally, a little simple hand stitching on linen for added texture.




The light was so beautiful and inviting on my desk today.


Oh, and don't you just love my new pencil box I got at the 

second-hand store for 97 cents?  





What creative things have you been doing? 


***



Remembering the men and women who died while serving in the 

United States Armed Forces this Memorial Day. 


Becca 






Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Rhodies and Lucy

The "Rhody"

Making it's appearance in every garden, and just about anywhere you 

go around Washington.  I guess that's one of the reasons the 

Rhododendron is our state flower. 





This lavender Rhody adorns one side of our front yard.  




 These large, hot pink blooms hang over our yard 

from the neighboring yard, 

brightening up our dining area and kitchen. 




I remember one year ago (today in fact)  that I arrived here from 

Las Vegas and I saw the colorful blooms from the windows, 

 I knew I would love our 

new home. 




This red Rhody corners the other side of our front yard.  




This shrub comes in so many different colors and varieties. 




Large blooms go from this...




...to this!





While I was taking some of these shots today, 

I walked around the corner and saw 

Lucy in her spot looking out the window.  




I'm pretty sure it wasn't  the colorful Rhododendrons that was 

catching her attention.

More likely, the squirrels that run up and down the large pine tree 

near the window.

I guess that's why she loves this spot. :-)




Time to close your eyes Lucy and take a little cat nap. 





Those squirrels will be there when you wake up. 


Becca 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fern Leaf Doily

Finally!  

Oh my, I was beginning to think I was never going to finish this doily! 

This one was a bit difficult for me, and tested my patience for sure. :-) 

I've lost count how many times I had to rip out a round or two and 

start over. 

Whew! 




Fern Leaf Doily




This doily measures about 16" in diameter, which makes it the 

largest crochet doily piece I've ever made. 





I'm really kind of surprised it blocked out like it did because when I got it all

pinned down I could see a big mistake...can you?  

I'm not telling! LOL





I found this pattern from a fellow blogger and crochet buddy. :-)

Thanks Kate

for answering my questions and for your words of 

encouragement!  






If you'd like to see this doily in a different color and get the 

pattern, I hope you'll visit Kate 





You know, I don't really know why I'm so obsessed with making doilies.

I don't really use them in my home, however, 

I think this one found it's place in our guest room, and the lamp

kind of hides my mistake. :-)





So, what's next you say? 

Well, I'm thinking of something a bit smaller, however,  every time

I visit Kate's blog,  I see another beautiful doily she's made, 

and I'm hooked. 





The ferns I'm showing you today, are from my front yard.

Such an interesting plant, and they love the wet climate here. 





Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

I'll be over soon to get caught up with you! 


Becca




Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Mother's Day Wish

I just wanted to drop in and wish all of you 

beautiful women out there a 

Happy Mother's Day today! 





I chose a lovely, white lilac I picked from a

neighboring tree down the ally to share with you

on this special day. 





If only I could share the scent of this magnificent bloom! 

Even though I am only "Mother" to 3 fur baby cats, and my own 

Mother has since passed, I am spending my day 

reading, crocheting and simply being around those I love. :-)




The weather this past week has keep me outdoors, away from my computer, 

gardening, enjoying the sunshine, 

and working on this crochet piece.  

I only have two more rounds to go!  I'm also hoping it will look better once

I get it blocked.  Stay tuned for the final showing! :-) 




Overcast skies and rain have returned, so maybe now, I can spend some 

time indoors, visiting blogs and baking cookies! 


Becca 


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rainy Day Tulips

It's not raining today... 

In fact, we are expecting beautiful weather over the next several 

days with highs near 80 degrees!  


So, with that being said, I'm going to go outside to play. :-)























Hope you enjoyed my "rainy day tulips!" 


Becca