The tree is dressed and the excitement of Christmas is in the air. Hello all, I hope each of you are enjoying a beautiful week. It certainly is a busy time of year for so many of us. Last evening Honey and I went in search of Christmas lights. If you have followed me for sometime here on the blog, you know how much I love all those pretty twinkling colorful lights, simply wonderful! Christmas is certainly a special time of the year!
Tomorrow I will be making a trip to the market in search of some lovely red delicious apples, some for eating and some for oven drying for apple cinnamon potpourri. I missed making them last year and was determined to do so this year. Once the slow process of drying the apples is done then the real fun begins. I then add to the apples...cinnamon, apple spice potpourri oil, cinnamon sticks and a few small dried pods. Once all ingredients are added, I place it all in a bag and shake shake shake. Once the shaking is complete I the potpourri in a pretty bowl. The wonderful smell of these apples certainly say Christmas and last and last. If the smell fades simply add a few drops of potpourri oil. Click here for complete instructions on drying apples. I hope you try it. :)
Continue to enjoy a lovely week each and everyone of you♥
I am indeed thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Discover Paper 2011 Holiday Guide. After receiving the notice and seeing this lovely guide filled with the most beautiful and talented paper artist and crafters my very heart leaped. You must take a look at this beautiful Holiday Guide. I promise it will not disappoint.
Thank you so much "Discover Paper" a sweet Christmas gift for sure. Enjoy a lovely Sunday and a beautiful coming week my friends♥
Honey and I jumped out of bed this morning with much anticipation of putting the turkey in the oven. It is Thanksgiving eve! I can imagine you too are making a list and checking it twice making sure you've not missed anything. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family dear friends. We have so much to be thankful for, indeed so much.
As a tradition at our house we set aside time to allow each person to give personal thanks. I want you to know that I am truly thankful for each of you. I hope you really know just how special you are, quite special I must say. Enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving Day each and everyone of you.
Wanted to take a moment to wish each and everyone of you a lovely weekend! I indeed do have plans for a restful one after a very busy week. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are certainly excited around our house. Turkey, stuffing and all the fixings, oh yes. :) I promise to be back with more in a few days.
Hello to each of you! Oh I know it has been a while since I was last here and cannot believe how time simply flies. The moments have been filled with lots of little things and a few big things too. :) I hope you are enjoying the season. I tell you I am enjoying this season to its fullest. The leaves with their golden hues are beautiful as ever. Some of you may recognize the photo above. It was taken a few seasons ago and is as beautiful as ever this Autumn season. The tree stands right outside my studio window. Its leaves are beautiful and golden in Autumn, and blossoms with pretty little white blooms in the winter. Visiting Nan's lovely blog "Letters From a Hill Farm" she had the most beautiful quote of Autumn. It read "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits". How true of this lovely season. If you have not visited Nan's lovely blog, I invite you to do so. There you will find a wealth of knowledge, beautiful reads and book reviews.
Winter knitting has begun as request from family and friends for warm chunky scarves are made. When it comes to knitting I love the intricate patterns, but for winter scarves I keep them simple but pretty. I have a half a dozen to be knitted in the coming weeks and expect even more request. When it comes to knitting, all I need is some sweet music, candle light and tea and I am good to go. :) I also have a lovely triangle scarf/shawl on the needles which I hope to finish not long from now. Knitting is one of those little delights that make me smile.
Continue to delight in the things that make you happy and I promise to do the same. :) Take care dear friends. Will chat with you soon♥
This feels wonderful!! Hello all! I hope each and everyone of you are enjoying a lovely week. I certainly have missed meeting you here. I thought of you often as I went busily about my work and hope you forgive me for such a long absence.
Summer is coming to a close and beautiful autumn is making her presence. Just a few days ago I shared with Honey just how much I am looking forward to our new season. Autumn is such a lovely, gentle and quiet season. I've been thinking of warm throws, hot chocolate, cookies right out of the oven, knitting and tea. :) The evenings are growing cooler with recent early mornings carrying a chill. Out for a drive a few evenings ago and I found myself reaching for a light shawl...oh yes those little signs of autumn. :)
By the way, the lovely leaves above are from a book I purchased several years ago. I wish I could show you the entire book, it is beautiful! Its actually a book for those who love to collect leaves and have lovely pages of parchment for pressing leaves right in the book. I found this beautiful book while browsing through the bargain book section at Barnes and Noble. For you book lovers, don't you just love the bargain book section! You can find some treasures there! I think I find myself spending more time there than any other part of the bookstore, I just love it!
The coming weeks will be busy ones for me, but I promise to make it back here soon. :o) Take care dear friends. Enjoy a lovely week!
Hello friends! How happy am I to be here! Are little signs of Autumn peaking its head in your neighborhood. I am feeling and seeing little subtle signs....cooler mornings and evenings and even a few fallen leaves. I am so ready for lovely Autumn how about you.
Do you believe that a daily practice of gratitude and thanksgiving make for a happier heart. I truly believe it does. According to "Webster Dictionary", gratitude is the state of being grateful; thankfulness.
I remember as a little girl Mom would often remind us kids to be "thankful". As a little one I really didn't comprehend the fullness of her reminder, I simply wanted what I wanted.:o) Mother knew just how fortunate we were even in mist of not having very much and reminded us kids of that fact. I now see clearly what mother was trying to teach, and presently teach the same to others. Let us not my friends forget to give thanks each and everyday for the goodness in our lives. Oh and while giving thanks, lets us not forget about the little things we sometimes take for granted...a hot cup of tea, a smile from your hubby, a warm blanket or a call from a friend. Gratitude and thanksgiving is a good thing!:o)
Hope each and everyone of you are enjoying a lovely day! Chat with you soon♥
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
A big hello and hug to each and everyone of you! Is it really August already, and a full week into it at that! July simply flew by! It seems as though I looked up and August was here.:o) I guess that is a good thing...they say time flies when you are having fun. My little studio has been one busy place this summer.
I know I promised lots of photos, but I am afraid Honey or I have not picked up the camera that much in recent weeks. He has been busy studying and I have been giving my attention to the custom bridal orders due to leave the studio soon. Honey has indeed been wonderful in helping me where he can. I've even taught him how to use the paper trimmer! Once he got the hang of it, he really is quite good.:o)
I hope your summer has been a beautiful one. We have certainly been enjoying a lovely one, but so hard to believe we are almost nearing the close of another year. Is it me or did this year simply fly by. My posting will be a little less for the remainder of the summer, but I promise I will be around to visit each and everyone of you...one can never go too long without visiting a friend. Enjoy a beautiful week!
By the way, the lovely swan photo came from freephotobank.org. They have lovely free photos. I hope you take a peek. Take care♥
Hello to each and everyone of you! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful month of July! As many of you know I am in the middle of a little summer break, but had to take a moment to say hello!
Things are moving along just beautifully. This break is about rest and catching up on all those little projects that needed my attention. Well I must say I am getting quite a bit accomplished!:o) Gathered all my notes and scribbles, pulling stuff from here and there and feeling quite good at the moment.:o) I tell you time waits on no one! It seems like just a few days ago I announced my break and here we are in the middle of July already and a beautiful July I must say. These days have certainly been beautiful ones. Skies a clear blue with big puffy white clouds and warm summer breezes...simply wonderful!
I want to give a big hug and thanks to those of you who purchased pretty summer jewels from my Syrenity Rose shop! Thank you so much and so happy you enjoy the jewelry, simply makes me smile.:o)
Any special projects going on with you at the moment? Summer is a wonderful season and hope you are certainly enjoying yours..:o)
Continue to enjoy a lovely summer dear friends. I'll be right back here in a couple of weeks with some fun things to share. Soak up some sun and enjoy!!
Hello all! Hope the start of your week is a beautiful one. Mine is moving along just wonderfully. Just a few days ago I celebrated yet another birthday! Yep, June 23rd a little girl was born whom my dear sweet mother gave the name Beverly.:o) I had a quiet and wonderful day and some presents too! I count it a Blessing to have celebrated another year of life...by the way, I am 57 years young.:o) I know many do not like to share their age, but I don't mind at all.:o)
We are having a lovely summer here in southern California. It seems as though each day is even more beautiful than the day before. Honey and I will be taking some time to relax and enjoy. I will also be taking some time to finish up some projects and do some writing. I am so looking forward to it all. I'm going to take the full month of July. I hope to return with lots to share with you.:o) Happy summer to each of you! Take care and will chat with you in a few weeks♥
By the way, the photo above was a sweet little discovery made while taking a stroll through the neighborhood. Wonder just what the owner would have done upon finding me sitting there quietly reading a book.:o)
As I sat and admired this beautiful photo of leaves, just what makes them so beautiful. Was it the gentle twist of some, the graceful folds of others. Was it the tiny leaves, the large, or the leaves in between. Medium, dark, light with other hues of green..... Indeed it is these differences that make the whole undeniably beautiful!
The world would be a dull and uninteresting place if we all were the same. Happy weekend and a lovely coming week to you dear friends. Enjoy a beautiful one!
Wanted to take a moment and share a tiny bit of just whats been going on in my craft room lately. Don't you just heart pretty papers! I turned these into some very pretty and romantic tags. Thanks to on-line tutorials I have learn to distress ribbon, but must say I added my own little twist to it with even more amazing and beautiful results. Ribbon with the look of a time past...beautifully crinkled, faded and gorgeous!:o) You can see them at the bottom of the post. I love them.:o)
I hope you are enjoying a lovely week. School is all finished for the children here marking the beginning of summertime:o) I'm looking forward to a beautiful summer and have a feeling we are going to have a warm one for sure. Seasons are one of God's many gifts.:o) Right now, right at this moment what are you most thankful for. I am thankful for you, I most certainly am. Enjoy a lovely one.
Hello all! Wanted to post even earlier but Blogger would not upload photos. For me a post without photos is like a banana split without the banana.:o) Anyhow all seems to be much better now. Visiting around blogland, it seems quite a few are having trouble with Blogger in one way or another. It can be a little frustrating and I cannot count the times I have threaten to leave them and never return. On the plus side, Blogger is easy to use and have made quite a few improvements in the right direction over the years...so I think I will stay.:o)
I hope each of you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Mine was wonderful and the weather oh so beautiful. Honey and I did take a little break from household chores and headed for the ocean. A sit by ocean, breathing in fresh air and admiring its beauty and vastness...simply wonderful. I could sit for hours listening and enjoying. Some of the best things in life really are free.:o)
The week will be a busy one for me. With plans to open my Tea Time shop in the coming weeks, there will be much time spent in my little studio. The sun shines brightly through my studio window late afternoons and can be uncomfortably warm so I try to get up early and finish before it makes its appearance.:o) What will you be doing this week. Gardening, sewing, quilting, painting, knitting, reading, household chores or chasing the little ones, be sure and make it a beautiful one. Take care and chat with you soon♥
Beginning to feel like my old self again.:o) Thanks to each of you for your well wishes. You all are certainly a great bunch!:o)
Well I knew it would happen, but I just didn't know when....the paper bug has bitten again. I spent a great part of yesterday pulling out all my paper goodies including stamps, punches, trimmers, stickers, clip art, embossing plates, ribbon and more! It is time to create with paper and I am so excited!:o) My little tea time shop on Etsy has been sitting waiting for me to return and that time has certainly come.
I have so many new ideas to share with you! I've promised myself to use just what I have in my stash, but will have to purchase a few new things I need. Using up my stash is pushing me to be creative in a new way.:o) When you love paper like I do it can be kinda hard not to go paper shopping, but nope no paper shopping for me.:o)
I hope to have lots of pretty things to show in the coming weeks. My goal is to be ready for Christmas in July! By the way, I am so looking forward to visiting each of you in the coming days. I've missed you for sure!:o) Enjoy a lovely Memorial Day!
You never know just what a day or a week will bring.:o) Last week was spent nursing a bad cold/flu that really had me good! I am feeling much better, though I am still coughing with a slight sore throat and sneezes here and there, woe is me.:o( I try so hard not to catch cold, but oh my this one grabbed me and refused to let go.:o)
I hope each of you enjoyed a lovely weekend and looking to a beautiful week ahead. I plan to take it easy again this week. My "to do" list is growing but will have to wait. I am using this little respite to catch up on my knitting and do some reading. Each of you enjoy a lovely week! Will chat with you in a few days♥
Hello all! I see Blogger has fixed its problem and we can continue to comment with ease. For a moment I thought maybe is was my computer, but soon found out it was certainly Blogger. I hope each of you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Mine was spent nursing a sore throat and a cough. I am one of those who seem not to catch cold often, maybe every three years or so, but when I do it seems to make up for lost time.:o) So it has been lots of fluid, Tylenol and cough drops for me. The worse part is the headache, boy does it hurt and I don't like it at all.
I made this sweet little card for a friend of my daughter who is having a little boy.:o) I could not resist using this sweet bunny, so cute!:o) This sweet bunny image came from Piddix, a wonderful Etsy shop with beautiful vintage images. What makes Piddix special is the fact that all images in her beautiful shop she either owns the rights to or are completely in the public domain, I love that! This allows me to design with confidence. I've been using her images for quite a while and love them!
I hope to be feeling much better in a few days, I have lots of work to do.:o) Each of you enjoy a beautiful week. I'll be by in few days to say hello♥
The morning is quiet, beautiful, still....the breezes gentle, giving just enough to gently sway the leaves beneath it. Quiet mornings are indeed something special. The kind of morning that beckons you to sit still and listen if even for a moment.
The week will be a busy one for me with new projects, promises to complete, organizing, along with a few other things that must be crossed off my little "to do" list.:o) What's in store for you this week? Whatever it is, be sure and make it a beautiful one. Happy week to each and everyone. Chat with you soon♥
Quiet moments, my little studio, making paper flowers, sipping tea...dreaming. Hope each of you are enjoying a beautiful and joy filled week. By the way, don't forget to carve out a moment of "quiet" just for you. Chat with you soon♥
I still remember the grandness and beauty of my grandmother's linen closet. Stacks of beautiful sheets, pretty aprons, linen hand towels and hankies, crocheted doilies and beautiful handmade quilts. As a little one it indeed was a nice place to visit, but now as a big girl I realize what a real treasure grandma's linen closet was.
It has been a real treat collecting these tiny treasures of vintage linen and lace. In no way will I ever have a linen closet like grandmother, but these lovely pieces certainly make me smile.
Pretty lace napkins make tea time even more special. The treat of a linen hand towel and a beautiful bar of hand milled soap...sweet little indulgence and no added calories!:o) One of my favorites books on the care and collecting of vintage linens and lace is Linens and Lace by Tricia Foley. A beautiful book full of lovely photos and decorating ideas.
Wishing each and everyone of you a beautiful and joy filled week!:o) Remember, it is sometimes the small things that can bring the biggest smiles. Chat with you soon♥
Hello! Hope your week has been a beautiful one. This week has certainly been filled with thoughts of our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Oh my how I love Him so. He is good beyond measure. My dear sweet Mother would often say "if I had ten thousand tongues, it still would not be enough to tell of the goodness of God".
It is my prayer that you and your family enjoy a beautiful Easter weekend. Happy Easter to each and everyone of you!
Another week's end has come. I hope yours was a lovely one and you have plans for a beautiful weekend ahead. Mine was a wonderful one, but I must say I miss visiting all of you. My computer simply did not want to cooperate for a few days, but all is well now I hope.:o)
Honey and I will be heading up the coast for a much needed and anticipated spring break. Bags are packed and ready to go! :o) My new Syrenity Rose shop will remain open, and would like to thank those of you who sent such lovely feedback regarding my new jewelry shop home! I think I am going to love it here! I will always have Etsy love:o) So many talented artist and crafters there. It is indeed Etsy that taught me a whole bunch about e-commerce. For anyone new to the handmade business, I recommend Etsy for sure.:o) The support is awesome!!
Any special plans this weekend? Simply curling up with a good book or venturing out, make it a beautiful one. Chat with you in a few weeks♥
Beautiful butterflies, one of the delights of springtime. Lately I have had to ask....where have all the butterflies gone. I remember as children the smiles they brought to our faces. Colorful, delightful, graceful, playful, so beautiful the butterflies. Quietly approaching for a chance to feel the feathery softness of their wings.
With just a little research, I come to learn that my observation was true. Many are asking where have all the butterflies gone and bumble bees too. Lots of different theories but one thing I know for sure...I miss them so.
Honey and I were awaken this morning by the gentle drumming sound of a happy little woodpecker. Rushing to the window to see just where the sound was coming from, there he was way atop a wooden pole this pretty little woodpecker drumming away.:o) Honey hurried to get dressed, grabbed his camera and off he went. Our pics were not the best so that lead to an online search for a perfect liking of our little Sunday morning visitor.
What a beautiful red crown he had, even more than this one in the pic. The males have red crowns while the female crowns are black. These beautiful birds are quite common throughout the United States and Canada, but are much rarer in southern parts of California. They use their stiff tail feathers to cling and balance on tree trunks and branches and are quite territorial.
This little sweetie went on drumming his territory for quite a while. I sure hope he comes back for another visit soon. I found him quite wonderful.:o)
Hello to each and everyone of you. March is here and promises of spring are near. A field of flowers, big puffy white clouds, blue skies, caterpillars, butterflies, birds singing songs of springtime, the laughter of children at play....Oh the lovely sights and sounds of spring.
The old world beauty of the calla lily is certainly a spring bridal favorite. An unfussy flower, beautiful in its simplicity. This lovely lily was photographed a few springs ago inside our court garden, simply beautiful don't you think. What will you be growing in your garden this spring.
Continue to enjoy a lovely week. Hang in there Spring is on the way!
Have you ever had a season or time in your life when you simply and what seems to be unconsciously reach for a certain color. For me it has been pretty shades of green.
Just a few days ago I purchased a lovely new pattern book. I have to admit the knitting patterns in the book are quite lovely, but the pretty green lacy socks on the cover sure helped with my decision to purchase.:o) Oh beautiful green how I love you so.....but could it be that this long and wonderful love affair with beautiful green just may be ending, for just today I saw the most beautiful shade of blue that caused my heart to simply melt.:o)
What is your present favorite color. I would really love to know.:o) Each of you enjoy a most lovely week.
By the way, I found this lovely pattern on Ralvery. I'm using a beautiful green malabrigo worsted merino, it certainly has been a joy knitting this one.:o)
Hello all! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend. It is still yet a few hours left what has been a most lovely Sunday. I certainly enjoyed my little break, a wonderful time indeed. I relaxed, cleaned, read, knit, planned, dreamed, organized my little studio among lots of other little things.
I am also in the middle of moving to a brand new venue for my jewelry designs. I will tell you more about that later, but I can tell you I am quite excited.:o) I am also excited about our soon coming spring season, a perfect time for me to relax enjoy a lovely spring and my writing. So I will be taking another little break the beginning of the season to do just that.:o) I so love beautiful winter, but oh how I am longing for springtime. I've been dreaming of the Prado and all its beautiful spring flowers, especially the poppies. Many of you have heard me speak of the Prado, but for those of you who do not know, it is a beautiful historic park with the most beautiful gardens. The rose gardens are breathtaking, the spring gardens amazing. Honey and I love to visit all year, especially during spring and summer. You have any special springtime plans?
Happy Valentine's Day to each and everyone of you! Take care and chat with you soon:o)
Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed a lovely Sunday and looking forward to a beautiful week. A rose from my photo archives for you. Oh the beautiful rose, indeed a lovely flower.
In just a few days Honey and I celebrate 37 years of marriage.:o) Tuesday, January 18th, is the day and we are certainly excited! I love my little Honey and my Honey loves me.:o) After all these years he continues to make me smile. I'll be taking a little blogging break and will be returning just in time for Valentine's Day. Take care dear friends! Chat with you in a few weeks.
Hello all! Hope your new year is moving right along just beautifully. I tell you time sure does seem to fly; we are more than a week into our new year already! I must say it has been a lovely past week. I spent the past few days putting together little packages to be gifted. I am a little late in getting them out, but I am finally catching up with it all.:o)
I've also spent a little time with "youtube" learning how to make resin pendants. Wow I tell you "youtube" is one great place for us crafters to learn new stuff!:o) I had seen these lovely pendants and fell in love with them, but had no idea just how they were made. Well after a few hours with "youtube" I was confident I could do it and even found out I could use glass instead of resin, just as pretty and a lot less work.:o) After a few tries and a few ruined pendant trays I had it! I think the results are lovely and love the digital artwork I chose.
I also knew I was on to something when my fifteen year old granddaughter insisted I make her another soon, she really loved it.:o) As for me, anything with roses and pretty crowns is a winner in my book. I think I will make a few more of these for sure.:o) Though it is quite early in the new year have you made any new little discoveries just yet? Happy week to you dear friends. Enjoy a beautiful week.