Levi James

Levi James
Born : August 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm
These are our dear frineds Bob and Sue McLure who are just welcoming their 2nd grandchild, Levi...a brother to for Summer.
How cute is he?


In the Craftroom...

fibre art
I have been sewing a few things together for my having a project that lets me use my little scraps...makes me feel like I can keep adding on to my vintage fabric pile...
On this piece from back to front I used a dryer sheet (tea dyed), a piece of dress pattern paper, some netting, cheese cloth, pink & white vintage fabric, chenille, ric rack, doily, chenille heart and vintage table cloth heart.
Word" Treasure your Heart" printed on computer...
I glued this piece into my journal as a reminder, don't let someone else steal yours days, treasure what is important to you.
Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
Catherine O'Hara



1. feathers and roses, 2. Pasteles, 3. La Vie en rose, 4. La Vie en rose, 5. Butterfly/flower cakes- top view/differnt light., 6. Butterfly mint cupcakes (from my signature collection), 7. Rose shabby chic cupcake, 8. Peanut Butter Cupcake with Dark Chocolate Ganache., 9. Rojos y Rosas, 10. Girlie stile, 11. Girlie stile, 12. Vanilla Nilla Cupcake Bath Bombs, 13. The Princess's Decree, 14. peppermint.05, 15. peppermint.08, 16. Time for another mosaic, pretty pretties, 17. Strawberry Swirl Icing, 18. Ballerina Cupcake and Ice Cream Cones, 19. Cupcake Jewerly Box, 20. Cupcake Keepsake Box, 21. Playing around..., 22. Hawaiian themed cupcakes, 23. For A Shop Opening, 24. daisy cupcakes, 25. alice in wonderland cupcakes

Farmer's Market....

Farmer's market
I have been so lucky in the last couple of days to do a tour with our guests for work to the Kootenay Land and Orchard here in Kelowna.
It is a very large orchard and they have all this wonderful fresh fruit you can buy from their stand. A great visual experience and one that I am glad I had my camera with me.
Congratulations to our dear friends Bob and Sue McLure becoming grandparents again with little Levi...Love and best wishes to your family!!!
Photos to follow!!


Grapes in our Valley

I go out on tour several times a week and I try to remember to take my camera so that I can show you how the grapes are starting to ripen. Some of these grapes will be harvested over the new few weeks and made into great Okanagan wine by some of the 120 wineries that we have in this lovely valley.
Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.


Berg Lake...

Shirely @ Berg Lake
Berg Glacier
Mountain flowers by Shirely
My good friend Shirley sent me these photos of her latest hiking trip to Berg Lake....The scenery and flowers are just stunning. It is amazing to see what is remaining of such a large glacier in a high alpine lake.
I hiked this very trail more than 20 years ago, not sure if I could of made it now without some serious training...but Shirley is as fit as anyone I know as she hikes , bikes, kayaks, runs and skis all the time.
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.


Up Close....

white peony
pink peony
A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.
Adabella Radici


Handmade Brooches...

vintage brooch
vintage brooch
These are my new items I just put on sale in my ETSY shop.
Fun to make and a lovely little gift for yourself or a friend.
Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
Thomas La Mance


Baby News!!!

Laurie & Shane - Quebec City
We are so excited to announce that Jim's daughter Laurie and her husband Shane are expecting their first child in Jan. 2010. They have been transferred to Sri Lanka from Australia for 3 years. They will come back to Australia to have the baby then return to Sri Lanka. We wish them a happy journey, new adventures and a healthy pregnancy.
When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels.
Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Happy Birthday today my brother Werner in the Baja!!! Hope you have a great day and the fishing is good!


Happy 11th Anniversary...

Happy 11th Anniversary, Jeremy and Julie. Hope that Hawaiian sunshine is shining for the both of you.
We send our love and happiness to both of you.
The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.
Peter De Vries
A big 70th happy birthday to our brother-in-law Larry for yesterday!
He and some of the boys are fishing in Kodiak Alaska!!!


The Visit...

colleges Jeremy and Julie's visit Aug 14, 2009

It was such a fun overnight trip to have Jeremy and Julie with us. Seeing your kids at your home just doesn't get better than this.

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.

Joyce Brothers


Paint Chips...

These lovely whimsy painting are done on paint chips from one of my favourite artists
Geninne D. Zlatkis...
(click on images to view larger)
This is her Bio on her Etsy Shop.
Hello! My name is Geninne D. Zlatkis and I live in a forest near Mexico City with my husband Manolo and our two handsome boys. I'm in love with watercolors and I couldn't be happier to share my work with all of you. Thank you so much for visiting my Etsy shop.
I keep a blog at where you can keep up with my art adventures.

Geninne was kind enough to let me post these on my blog for you to see.

Arts and Crafts keep you Sane!
Mary Engelbreit


Shadow Box..

I am going to make one of these this weekend. I think they make such a lovely display of things that you have around and want to keep behind glass. Or maybe re-purpose a cereal box and just cut away the front...stay tuned


Lunch @ Quail's Gate

Jeremy and Julie arrived mid-morning. We got to catch up with each other and went to lunch at Old Vines restaurant @ Quail's Gate Winery. The lunch was wonderful.
Jeremy says that it always rains when he and Julie come here, but we sure needed this rain.!!
Shirley arrived for supper and it was a good evening just having different ideas discussed and debated. This morning the kids headed off to Grand Forks to see Jeremy's Dad, the they are off to Hawaii on Monday.
Jim is off to do a wine tour, Shirley and I will go do a wine tasting then off to Bliss in Peachland for lunch.
[love and friendship should always be kept close in your heart.]


Somerset Home..

New ideas to check out from Somerset Home. You can buy these magazines
on-line if you can't find them at your Magazine Store.
Everything that is done is the world is done by hope.
[martin luther]


Raspberry Ice Cream Cake...

Sent this recipe to Cindy as a birthday cake hint...will show and tell when she comes down in September with my cake that I always get from her...
No pressure, Cindy!!

Raspberry Ice Cream Cake
Mashing berries with sugar releases their juices and intensifies their flavor, creating a rustic puree for desserts.
Prep: 15 minutes Total: 15 minutes, plus freezing
Ingredients ~ Makes 8 servings

1 loaf pound cake, sliced horizontally into thirds
1 1/2 cups raspberries (6 ounces)
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
Confectioners' sugar, for serving
Place bottom layer of cake on a large piece of foil or in a loaf pan of equal size. Sprinkle half the raspberries over cake, spread evenly with half the ice cream, and top with another cake layer. Repeat with remaining raspberries, ice cream, and cake.
Wrap with foil and freeze at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove cake from freezer about 30 minutes before serving. Serve dusted with confectioners' sugar.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Frederick Keonig


New magazines...

Today will be a good day to look thru these new Somerset Magazines and enjoy being inspired!! I think I might make some of these today!
Overcast and cooler here today, the fires nearly contained. The smoke has cleared the sky.
It is a good day.
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Harold Whitman


Muffin Tins...

This is what I use Vintage Muffin Tins for...
collecting little things in my craft room, easy to move around and get a project underway!
muffin tin   metal stuff 1
muffin tins, paper flowers
muffin tin with flowers


Home from the Baja..

Werner and Patricia near Fernie @ "The China Wall"

My brother Werner and his lady Patricia here for a few days back in BC from the Baja where they live.
What a lovely lady she is and she loves to craft!!! How good is that.
They have already gone back to Cabo, but we hope to see more of them over the winter.


Some of July's banners

a red rose
a heavy metal
a sea scene
Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.
minor white


Picnic time...

picnic college
This says it all...summertime fun!
The other thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn't matter if it's a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life.


We need some rain....

Looks like rain, but just sprayed the rose with some water to give it a break from the heat!!

J.D.Robb books

Summertime reading at it's best.

I really am enjoying reading these detective series of J.D. Robb who is really Nora Roberts.. Each one stands one it's own for a good read, but they all connect with the main character. I get them for our library. Between crafting, working, reading, going on picnics and spending time with Jim, Cookie, family and friends, it is a great summer.
A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958


These Hands...

I took this photo awhile back and when I saw it today, I knew that this was going to be my post.
These hands created this journal, they caress, soothe and make a home. These hands once rocked Jeremy's cradle and held him close to my heart. These hands hold hands with my husband. These hands pet our dog. These hands wear my mother's thin wedding band. These hands wear my own wedding band when I go out. These hands work in the garden, in the house and in the craft room. These hands dust, polish and turn pages as I read.These hands pick up the phone and call my family and friends.
These hands are happy, busy hands.
These are my hands.
The hand that rock the cradle, rules the world.


Summer time fun...

Tim and Emmy-Lou
Note from Cindy:
Still hot as heck here and imagine there too. Tim and Emmy Lou nailed the synchronized dive off the wharf yesterday as you can see in the photo.
We have been in the lake alot!!!
I simply can't understand
Why swimsuits are in such demand
They're soggy and damp
Bind like a clamp,
And hold about three pounds of sand!
D.R. Benson


New banners...

I have been learning a new way to create banners on Picnik, part of Flickr.
It is going to be a whole new learining curve for me, one I am up to for the challange of it all.
studio d banner
a blog thing to use