Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
It is a peaceful place with a large rose garden dotted with cactus. While it's odd to see roses and cactus growing beside each other, it's also quite beautiful.
This little guy was right at my feet.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I made collages with antique maps, postage stamps, and stickers. The silver around the edge of the cards is Memory Foil Tape.
I can't explain why I love antique paper so much, but I really have a thing for it. On Monday I spent a good hour in an antique store sitting on the floor rifling through a basket of post cards, train tickets, vintage images, and other ephemera. It was sheer heaven, and I brought home some great stuff which I will show you soon.
The background for the above card is embroidered paper.
This is just a quick post because I need to go and watch the American Idol finale. Go Crystal! Or Lee! They both deserve to win.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The beach is covered with sea glass, and we filled our pockets with it. I'm going to make a souvenir out of mine by putting it in a glass jar labeled with the name of the town and date we were there. (I'll post a picture when I find a suitable glass jar.)
I left this heart where I found it so that the next person can enjoy discovering it.
I didn't feel ready to leave on Sunday, but now that I'm home it's good to be back. Knowing that next weekend is a long one due to the Memorial Day holiday makes the work week more bearable ... I think I have vacation fever :o)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It's going to be cold, but I'm looking forward to seeing redwood trees and the rugged coastline. The village of Mendocino has lots of cute little shops, including a yarn store. Hurray!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The color I chose is red.
Focusing on one color heightens your awareness. You see things that were previously invisible.
I selected red because it is a color I have shied away from most of my life. Lately I've been adding touches of red to my home and feeling more comfortable with it.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way ... things I had no words for. ~Georgia O'Keeffe
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tomorrow is my friend Cathy's birthday, so tonight I wrapped up two hand knit wash cloths and a bar of good-smelling soap for her. (I'm pretty sure she won't read this tonight and see her surprise.)
That White Tea soap from Cost Plus smells SO good I bought some for me, too.
For those of you in the states, do you watch American Idol? This is the second season I am hooked on it. Now that we're down to four it's pretty exciting. I've been rooting for Crystal, but I'm okay with Lee or Casey winning.
Well, off to watch Idol and work on my shawl. Talk to you again soon.
Friday, May 7, 2010
If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.
That's right, "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. I bet that's the first time that song has been accompanied by a ukulele.
Last night I finally finished the ripple scarf I've been working on for weeks. (I think I must be the slowest knitter in the world.) Now I'm itching for a new project, something a little more challenging. Hopefully this weekend I will get started on it.
I wish you a very happy Mother's Day.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Last month I was tagged by Jane and Erin to list ten things that make me happy. Here is my list …
1. Really good books, the kind that make you wonder how in the world the author was able to come up with such a compelling storyline and interesting characters.
2. Spending time outdoors, whether it's walking, birdwatching or just sitting.
3. My two naughty, playful, loving cats.
4. Yarn. Love to buy it, love to knit with it.
5. Getting enough sleep and waking up feeling good. It just doesn’t happen often enough.
6. Spending time with friends who are positive and supportive.
7. Writing. I like it when I get so involved in my writing that hours slip by unnoticed.
8. Succeeding at something I wasn’t sure I could do, like learning a new knitting technique or traveling alone to a new place.
10. Rain. We don't get enough of it around here. I love to be at home during a storm, snuggled up in a blanket with a book or my knitting.
11. Silence. The absence of noise makes me really, really happy.
Oops, I guess that was eleven things that make me happy. What makes you happy?
Saturday, May 1, 2010
At Recycle Bookstore I picked up a few books that have been on my mind. The last time I read To Kill a Mockingbird was 8th grade and I can barely remember it. The Little House books were among my favorites back in elementary school, and I'm curious to read them again.
The festival offered a live animal show, so I got a ticket and a good seat in the front. When the woman from the wildlife rescue center said that she was going to show us a crow, I got annoyed. I can walk out my front door and see a crow pretty much any time of day. But it turns out this was a special crow-- it's an albino, and I've never seen anything like it. She was forgiven.
(I read up on how to improve my wildlife photography skills and learned that you should always make sure the animal's eyes are in focus. Unfortunately, my camera settings got screwed up and this was the best shot I could get before the bird was put back in his box. Grrrrr.)
I might not have made it to the beach, but I did have a fun day and I'm glad things turned out the way they did. Tomorrow morning I'm going to head for the coast again and see where I end up.