Monday, May 05, 2014

bouquets

day 5 of garden for sale, which calls for a fresh bouquet of rhododendron, weigela, lonicera and deutzia. by the way the garden sale comes with a house.  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Birdie

My 18 year old gal went to kitty heaven this morning. I do hope she is running around and enjoying herself, free of pain, and enjoying the sunshine. I'll miss you my dear puss. Bye sweetie. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Springtime

My delicious spring garden, yum!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

sunshine

I couldn't resist a bunch of white and yellow freesias! Their spicy fragrance transports me to my childhood in California where my dad would plant the bulbs every year. They are the happiest flowers, I just love them!
In an unconscious way I guess I was celebrating, since I never buy flowers, that dark simmering cloud had finally been lifted from above me. After two weeks of waiting and no word from my doctor I just couldn't take the stressss any longer and called for the results of my recent biopsy. Benign polyp! Removed. No cancer!!!!! Yipppppeeeee!!!!!! I now feel like life is starting again, my personal springtime, and I can enjoy what life has to offer, and enjoy I have! I went to an art opening of the most talented water colorist I've seen in years, then to the Joan Miró show at SAM (listened to live flamenco music!), fabulous dinner at Tulio's, overnight at the Monaco, breakfast at Portage Bay and ferry ride home. A mini vacation/victory lap. The flamenco music really stirred me. I love acoustic guitar,  but flamenco is such a passionate demonstration of life that just pulled me into its vortex. I wish I had kept at my classical guitar lessons in high school!!! Then i spent the day applying to be selected for an art installation this summer. I haven't felt so alive and present in such a long time. And to top it off the sun was shining all day yesterday, and the daffodils and crocus are blooming in the garden. The cherry tree is bursting in pink and the lovely Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry, is blooming in a mist of buttercup yellow. Hello spring. Welcome. I love you. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

knit

learned the German twisted cast on for this hat. I used Madeline Tosh DK in whiskey barrel. Great yarn. Soft!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

SEA

This city is completely nuts right now with Seahawks fever. 90% of the population is wearing some sort of team themed apparel. I like these alternatively spirited displays. I was in the International District today and a calligrapher was selling his work for the new year (it says Seahawks). Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ferry





During the winter when the ferry is less inundated with tourists it's really a joy to go on a mini voyage and appreciate the beauty of the boat, decay and all. 

upcycle


I ripped an alpaca vest I knit likely 30 years ago and am now making a crochet ripple lap blanket with the yarn. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hohoho


Paper cut pattern was from an old album cover I saw on line. 


Friday, November 08, 2013

Embroidery

I love Karin Holberg's new book, Scandinavian Stitch Craft, and used one of the patterns to make a new pillow. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

quilt show

This is my favorite quilt at the West Sound Show. It's a Hungarian appliqué pattern. I was thrilled to be the lucky winner of a door prize at the show, not so much for the prize itself, but for simply being randomly awarded as a winner. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The sweetest bunny in the whole wide world died this week.  
He loved to be petted, held and brushed. 
He loved rose petals and dandelion leaves.
He appeared in our garden, six years ago, nearly to the day, 
as a dirty thin baby.  
He let us pick him up.  
We cleaned him, gave him a safe place to live, 
and he went on to earn two best of breed rosettes 
at the state 4-H fair, amazing considering his origin.  
He was the perfect size bunny, 
not too big, not too small.
He was the softest creature imaginable.
It's so hard to imagine being without any bunnies after 18 years of husbandry, 
but the bunny years have come to an end.  
I miss you Carlos del Huerto!
Rest in peace sweet bunny.


Monday, September 16, 2013

soapstone

The TSA didn't like the fact that I put this seal in my shoe in my carry on bag. They swabbed every part of my bag, tested that strip, then swabbed the seal and tested that strip, put my bag through the scanner again and then let me go. As a cautionary tale don't put objects in your shoes to protect them in transit. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

maritime flags


yesterday I made maritime flags, with a slight booboo on L, for my son's room. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013