Showing posts from December, 2012

Winter Break Happenings

Mr Sun decided to show his face for a little 
while today. 

I've been just like a little kid that won't take off my new rain boots. 

 I've had more fun with crochet lately.

I've also enjoyed using pieces of nature to help me wrap some special gifts.
It was fun to step outside into the rain with my shears to trim 
off a little decoration or two. :-) 

There's just something warm and comforting about 
crocheting in the winter. 

 This was the season for my
Star Garland, 

and Star Fish! 

Are you ready to start a new year?

Will you be starting off your New Year with a celebration, 
or a cozy nap? 

I'm kind of like Shatzie here and plan to just stay warm and cozy.

Even though Mr. Sun came out to play today, I'm pretty sure 
Old Man Winter plans to 
stick around for a while. 

These next few days I'm going to take a look back, 
have a few laughs,  shake my head at all the craziness and 
mostly, just be thankful.

A fresh, New Year is just around the corne…

Merry Christmas from Seattle!!

Lots of baking,  sharing,  crocheting
holiday "get-togethers," and 
simply enjoying our first Christmas in our new city!
(There's even talk of snow flurries on Christmas Day!)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 



Simple Holiday Spirit

Hello dear friends! 
Are you feeling the holiday spirit this year?
I'm feeling like a kid again seeing new things and 
experiencing this time of year in my new home.

Sometimes, it's all the lights I see that adorn the trees wherever I go.
Sometimes, it's the misty air on my face or the Christmas music I hear
when I'm out shopping and running errands. 

Sometimes, it's just the light that catches the raindrops and makes 
the branches sparkle and glisten.

Today, I'm enjoying a cup of tea from a friend, 

I almost got out the tripod today too for the raindrop shots 
when I realized, the tripod is in the closet where 
Russell said, "No Peeking!"

Oh well...I think they'll be more rainy days for the tripod shots. 

So my friends, I'm wondering...
what simple things put you in the holiday spirit? 


Hydrangeas for the Winter Season

I thought I'd take a little break from holiday photography and 
show you something else today. 
Remember all those hydrangeas I gathered and dried
during the autumn season? 

Isn't it interesting to see the different colors they've
 dried to? 

Although the "blue hydrangea" has always been my favorite 
when they are growing in a garden, I think this 
dried hydrangea that has turned a lovely
aqua color is my favorite! 

Which color do you favor? 

Some have brown spots which I think means I probably didn't 
pick them at the right time, but I saved them anyway as I think 
they add a nice winter feeling to the mix. 

This wooden basket holds them all nicely, 
as long as I keep them where little Lucy can't get to them...

Lucy is so fascinated with them for some reason...
I don't want her to get sick if she eats one. 

So, the dried hydrangea...
I think it will become a winter staple for me each year. 

A lovely reminder of a warm,  summer day in the midst
of a …

Seeing Stars

Handmade clay ornaments! 
I first saw these on Pinterest...are you still a 
"Pinterest Junkie" like I am?  
So many great ideas there! 

I also want to give credit to Jen over at 
Muddy Boot Dreams
Jen made some beautiful ornaments too and shares the link to the 
Pinterest site with the recipe to make these.

This was so much fun, I just had to share! 
I felt like a kid again, making these Christmas ornaments.

My star shape cookie cutter was the same one I used
 years ago, to make sugar cookies with my mom. 

For me, I like the simple white with natural twine.
If you want color, you could try painting them! 

Here's a shot of my ornaments on a doily 
I crocheted with my favorite linen yarn. 
(the same yarn I used for the star garland 
I made that you can see HERE)

"This is not your grandma's doily"  :-)
(Although...I am still working on my fine, thread crochet skills to make 
those pretty, grandma doilies. Lol )

I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of th…