29.2.12

a sweet hello...

I hope that when you take stock of your day....
it will be filled with some joy!
......like this 99 cent Ikea vase.....



28.2.12

celebrate.....

A few eggs, flour,sugar, oil, water, baking powder, a dash of salt
and you are on your way to making some cupcakes..
cream cheese frosting with flaked coconuts
to top it all off....
have you baked anything lately?



27.2.12

@14 months

I totally know that I am prejudiced...but I believe it is my right as an Oma to believe she is just the sweetest little girl...now who wouldn't agree with me?






25.2.12

Happy Birthday Darling Frosso!

Your wedding and both of your birthdays in this special week!
Happy Birthday, Frosso...Happy Birthday Robert.
love and best wishes to you both!



playing with water colors...

Having fun playing in the sun with
some water colors...
making a few cards, hanging them out on the banner line!.
Happy weekend!


From this lovely blog....a turorial❤ HERE

24.2.12

the gift

Yesterday I had a few minutes to stop in at one of my favorite thrift shops...the first place
I always head to is the knitting and crocheted items..
I am always finding such great little gifts
of unfinished crochet inside these balls of thread..a gift left behind for me to discover.
The best part...the handwritten instructions on how
complete the tablecloth!




23.2.12

Just hanging out....to dry

The best part of laundry day is hanging things out to dry..
so lucky that our walls are high enough
that I can hang laundry outside in the back garden
in privacy..
The smell of pillow cases that have been outside drying,
is one of my fondest memories as a young girl!



















22.2.12

Celebrating Frosso's marriage to Robert



Yesterday I made and hung this bunting in our garden to celebrate one of my oldest and dearest friend's wedding.
Yesterday Frosso and Robert were married on Saltspring Island in BC.
Our love goes out to them for many years of happiness and joy.
I will post a photo of them when I receive one later on in the week.
Oh happy day dear Fro!



21.2.12

Crocheted rocks...

I had fun yesterday crocheting a few rocks..just to add a bit of color to outdoor table top...have you ever crocheted a rock?











20.2.12

In our garden


This amazing vine is called lilac vine...it blooms for weeks in late February to mid March.
sadly this beauty has no fragrance but the birds love
love hiding under it for cover.


.
The honey bees and I adore this spot where the rosemary has grown around the pot.
It buzzes with delight!


18.2.12

Mollie Makes..

Issue 11 just hit the news stand and I think this is the best issue ever...these are defiantly going to be on my list of things to make...Are they cute or what?






Happy weekend reading and crafting❤

17.2.12

Projects on my table......

This is an adorable book!
Filled with some easy sewing projects perfect for
making gifts. 
I love having a few small handmade 
gifts on hand.
What's on your list to make today?




16.2.12

knitted love....

knitted love


This is my second short row scarf.
When this one is done I am moving on and upgrading my skills to knitting on a circular needles....another learning curve to make me a more confident knitter.



15.2.12

Tubac Golf and Spa Resort

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is the most luxurious and tranquil vacation destination in the Southwest. Set on the historic 500-acre Otero Ranch in the Santa Cruz River Valley, the Spanish Colonial architecture and lush grounds are enhanced by magnificent views of the Tumacacori and Santa Rita mountain peaks. Once owned by Bing Crosby and hosts to many older movie stars.. The movie "Tin Cup" was filmed here....these are a few of my photos of our good time away.



Surrounded by amazing pots....



The old ranch house..


The chapel.....



The door handle...



One of the breakfasts...yummy!

12.2.12

The Art @ Tubac...

I hope you enjoy seeing the Art of Tubac thru my lens today..colorful
and lots of fun! This first piece is for Cindy and Caroline..Don Swanson pottery..Cindy has quite a few pieces of his..but alas at $300.00....this one stayed on the shelf..but what a beauty!




Bright and cheerful metal sculptures everywhere...












This interesting piece of tile work was made by the same lady who owned the tile store In Bouquete, Panama..no wonder her work looked so familiar..I have a piece from that store! A very good day was had by all!





Tubac Art Festival

Today we are headed to the 53rd Tubac Art Festival.

175 juried artists from around the country will be on hand exhibiting their works. Festival booths will line Tubac’s streets as they are juxtaposed with more than 100 unique shops, galleries and working artists’ studios. Free horse-drawn trolleys, diverse entertainment and fine festival foods round out the experience. Admission is free, parking is $6 per car. Parking revenue benefits local organizations....good idea!

My camera has a fully charged battery as well as a spare...we are staying overnight at the Tubac Golf and Spa and playing 18 holes on Monday..with 3 other couples and a great weather forecast, we should have a great time!



Patricia Wyatt, an artist from Santa Fe has created this years commemorative
poster..."A path with heart".


This is where we will be staying...we are looking forward just seeing all the crafts the festival is famous for..I promise to take lots of photos to share.

11.2.12

A little plate of thanks..



Just a few brownies and some coffee beans { from Panama } to say 
Thank You
to neighbors who looked after our home
while we were away.
Jim was glad I baked enough for him to have one or two!



10.2.12

Latitude & Longitude...

Having fun with all the shells and sand I have collected on our travels...recycle and re-use.
I got all the longitudes and latitudes of the where we found the shells,
ripped an old blank page from a book and printed on it.
I aged the tags with an ink pad and wiped it off
until I got the color I wanted..
glued them on, added bakers twine and a shell..


This is a very special sand dollar..
When we were in Panama we were invited over to see this amazing condo just down on
the beach from us.
I commented on my love for shells when I saw this 
sand dollar on Barb's counter in a lovely bowl.
Next thing I knew..it was mine.. thanks so much Barb and Tim,
we will see you in Kelowna.
I found that I had a small canvas, a map of South America,
which included Panama and my
idea for this display was born.


Sea Shells from Panama.



I just had to make a little banner to 
complete my 
display.

Aged label to perfection.
{at least in my mind}