Monday, January 30, 2012

Working on my taxes...

No time for creativity right now! Unfortunately. I'm trying to get my taxes done so I can file the FAFSA by the first of February, but I'm also in the middle of crazy stuff at work. My daughter is in the middle of finals. It couldn't be more stressful around here. Well, it probably could be so I must say I'm grateful for my job, my daughter, the helpful people at the TurboTax help desk, and the so many things that make my life easier!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lusting for Liberty (fabric that is).

Well who wouldn't?!!! This is so gorgeous, as is the whole collection.  First saw it over on this blog.
Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Link love...teabag cookies.

Oh my, look at these cookies...they're teabags!  My friend Kate sent me the link. You can find them here. Now I just need a recipe.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


On Monday whilst waiting for the doctor to see me I was thumbing through the latest issue of West Sound Home and Garden magazine when I saw one of my custom cards! I was indeed surprised, and proud that they felt it worthy to include in their article on "The Lost Art of Thank-You Notes" this month. Below it's on the third page up in the right corner...the custom monogram for Georg Syvertsen. (Click on images to enlarge if you want to read it.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oscar Nominations!

The nominations were announced this morning!  Here are the top categories.  
Best Picture: 
War Horse, The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help, Hugo, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actress:
Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Steep and Michelle Williams

Best Actor:
Damian Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt

Best Director:
Michele Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Martin Scorsese for Hugo, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, and Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

For a complete list, go here.
I still have to see The Descendants, Albert Nobbs, The Artist, The Iron Lady and a few more! Then I'll give you my picks.  : )

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year!

It's the year of the dragon!
Be prosperous!
These new stamps come out at the post office today.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Library book.

This fabulous book has to go back to the library today. I've already renewed it the maximum three times. Better put it on the wish list.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


...of having more time to quilt. Picked up this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett book at the library this week. The quilt on the cover is called "striped city" and the other is "barcode." Lovely!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow pics.

Yesterday was absolutely beautiful. I took a long walk and snapped a bunch of pics. Not sure when it's all going to melt, but I heard warmer temps are moving in later today and it should turn to rain. We'll see...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blue dawn.

There's this amazing blue light at dawn when it snows. 
 It's a beautiful morning here, hope it is where you are too!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snow day.

As long as we don't lose power, I'm so happy catching up on stuff on this unplanned day off. Thank you Mother Nature!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Golden Globes

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? I watched it at a neighbor's house where I'm house-sitting. Nice and quiet, no interruptions or distractions...a little getaway for me. I thought the show was a little boring overall and I didn't see all the movies so I can't be much of a judge, but I was so happy to see Michelle Williams win for "My Week With Marilyn."
And I thought this guy should have won over George Clooney....
But I was so happy to see this guy win for his performance in "Beginners!"
Academy Award nominations come out on January 24th, show is February 26th.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone! Especially you lucky ones with three days off. We're looking forward to snow in the Pacific Northwest. We'll see...
a little watercolor by my daughter when she was in 2nd grade

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Oh my cute are these? Little chairs made from champagne tops. Saw them over on the Watson Kennedy blog, one of my favorites! I happen to have a few tops I saved from the New Year...I think I'll give this a try.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Red sky in the morning....

This morning when I opened my blinds it looked like all of the houses across the water were on fire! Well because I face west and they face east this is actually the reflection of the sunrise in their windows...and I can't see any of it yet from here. What I can see is really beautiful! What you can't see is that it's frosty everywhere...a super cold morning. Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I inherited these scraps of paper from an artist who died a few years ago here on the island. There were no heirs except a sister that needed to be in a care facility so the community stepped up to sell her belongings and had an art auction to raise money to support the sister. There were a lot of things left over like these wrapping paper scraps. None of them are large enough to wrap anything except maybe a small jewelry box, but they'll look great in a collage! I love the patterns!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Collection a Day...the book!

Even though I'd followed the blog all of 2010 (still have the link to the left on my blogroll), I had to have the book. It arrived last week and I love it. I think you can only get it from UPPERCASE and it's on sale right now!  Lisa Congdon has a new blog for 2012....365 Days of Hand Lettering.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Southern California Dreaming.

About this time of year in the Pacific Northwest I start day dreaming of moving back to Southern California...actually the real dream is I live there October through April and up here May through September - the best of both worlds. This home designed by Pamela Shamshiri for Commune in the Dec/Jan issue of House Beautiful feeds my dream.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Gosling/Museum meme

I don't really know what a meme is, but I do know I like this one. So funny.  You can see lots more here.