Showing posts from November, 2012

A Time to Reflect

Hello friends! 
It's not even December, but I'm always so excited right after 
Thanksgiving to 
decorate for Christmas! Have you started your holiday decorating and shopping yet? 

Last year was Lucy's first Christmas, and most of the time we'd
 find her, at the top of our 9ft
Christmas tree! 

This year, she's still fascinated with the tree.
Although, she's simply taken to just biting at the branches and playing
underneath the tree skirt.  Silly kitty.

For me, I just love the Christmas music, baking, 
and seeing the beautiful reflections from 
all of the lights.

Speaking of reflections...
I celebrated my Birthday yesterday!
I had Dim Sum in Seattle with a couple of friends then shopping
at Pike's Market in the rain.  
At the end of the day, I was quietly reflecting on my life a year ago,
 and how I was anxious and nervous 
about our upcoming move...
I never imagined I'd be celebrating my Birthday in Seattle with 
two new friends.
It feels good to make n…

Star Garland

It's been raining...and raining...
and raining some more today.  
You know how much I love it!
I still laugh at myself for thinking it'll rain hard for 10 minutes then 
stop for another 8 months like it did in Las Vegas.  
(even though I know better here in Seattle.)
  It's funny what you become accustomed to over the years. 

So I sat, drinking hot tea by the fireplace,
(a loose leaf blend called "Seattle Sunset" from 
Savrika Tea in Kirkland )
 listening to the rain against the window. 

I started crocheting star garland with my favorite,  linen yarn.

Star garland...for the holidays, or everyday.

You can make them any size, or any color.
I'm using a 3.50mm steel crochet hook with linen yarn.

Step 1:   Ch 5, join with a slip st to form a ring.
Step 2:   Ch 3.  14 dc into the ring.  Slip st to 3rd ch of ch3 to form a circle.
Step 3:   *Ch 5.  1 sc in 2nd ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch,  1 tr in next ch.Skip 2 dc, slip st in next dc. *  Repeat from * to *…

Falling for Color

Greetings dear friends!
November and the holidays are upon us, so I wanted to get one last 
Autumn post in before everything turns to winter here. 

I took these photos at the Washington Park Arboretum, 
a short distance from our home. 

This is the kind of place that you need to visit 
every season, to see the change. 
They even have a calendar to show you what's in 
bloom each month!

It was a lot larger park than I expected and we didn't get around to 
each garden that was on the map this time. 

We picked a beautiful day to do this. 
The sun was peeking through the clouds and the 
temperature was not too cold.

 Some places had benches and some 
had picnic tables just out in the middle of it all!  
I'm bringing munchies next time. :-) 

So many varieties of trees and plants.
Each with their own burst of color...hues of flame red, bright orange, 
and soft yellow stand out among the green grass and pines. 

The water was calm and lovely.
I imagined myself paddling quietly in a…

A Boost of Inspiration!

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of joining my friend, Judy
and we attended the annual 
Block Party Quilters' Quilt Show
in Issaquah, Washington.
Sadly, I didn't get the names for all of these artists.
I'm sure, however,  if you visit the BPQ website, I highlighted above, 
 you can get more information.
Here are some of my favorites: 

Even if you are not a quilter, or fiber artist, I think seeing these lovely 
pieces is an inspiration for your creative soul.
My photos do not do them justice either.  I wish you could have been there! 

Below is Dreams by Maria Michurina.
I love what she says about her piece. 
"All of my works are based on something I've seen; therefore, 
as a quilter, I definitely make what I see.  
Like everyone, I perceive the world in my own way;
so if you can't recognize the lady on the portrait, just believe me.
I meet her in a mirror everyday!" 

Some, were machine quilted, others by a Long Arm, and some, 
by hand.  This reminds me I ne…

Around our House

A Perfect Autumn.

Our first one since living here.

I know you've seen a lot of posts already, about this time of year.
But, I still can't get enough of it.  

Today, I'm just walking around our yard, taking in every step and moment.

Decorations from nature, adorn the ground. 

The sun comes out briefly to show off the colors.

The leaves...they're everywhere! 

Maybe that's what this rake is for 
that's been leaning against the house since
we moved in.  :-) 

Some branches are starting to show signs of winter already, 
as the leaves flutter to the ground, 
leaving me feeling a little melancholy.

   I'm not ready for Autumn to end!
("It'll be back next year!" Russell reminds me with a smile.)

All the different types of leaves, 

and all the different colors.