Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bold Expressions.

I almost forgot to put together a blog post for the last day of the month...after blogging every day in September! It was a busy day...the highlight being a trip to the Bellevue Arts Museum to see "Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley." I had been meaning to get there since it opened in June and finally made it today, one week before it closes. I'm so glad I did...the show is amazing. Quilts from mostly the 30's and 40's and mostly from the south. A lot like Gee's Bend quilts, which I love. Some of these pics are mine, some are from the internet. A lot of mine on the iPhone were too blurry. If you're in the Seattle area this week, this is definitely worth the trip over to Bellevue!

This one was my favorite!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Dreaming of being able to shop here with an unlimited budget!
It's the new Heath Ceramics store in San Francisco. Read about it here in Dwell.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Friday. Happy Fall.

I'm so happy it's Friday!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


This was a birthday card from my friend Linda. She found an image that she really liked and mounted it on black, then on the card. I love it! Well, a bunch of us met at the Treehouse to celebrate our birthdays and it turns out another friend, celebrating with us, her daughter actually designed and cut each of these (plus a few more) as a logo for Taste of Lynwood. She's a young mom and teacher here on the Island, but I think she should be doing her art full time...she's super-talented in my opinion.  You can find her blog here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More links.

bookhou at home.

Black Eiffel.

A Day in the Country.

MaeMae Paperie.

Oh Happy Day!

SF Girl by Bay.

There are so many more, but these are few at the top of my list, where I go for inspiration. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quilting blog links.

A couple of years ago our computer died and I lost the links in my favorites file, among them were my favorite blogs. Well I just found a list of them and I feel like I just found some old friends. A bunch of them are no longer posting, but here are a few that are still going strong I'm happy to report (and share)....  (This one is on my blog list now. I'll add the others after cleaning the list's getting too long.)

I'm looking for inspiration! Christmas is three months from today. I gotta get sewin'.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Still celebrating!

My birthday was a week ago, but I'm still celebrating.
These were on my doorstep when I got home yesterday, in the shell!
I'm having some on my oatmeal this morning,
and of course I had some on ice cream last night.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

End of season hydrangeas.

Brought them home from Patty's on my bicycle!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Feeling like fall.

I have to find where I put these great leaf mobiles that I made a couple of years ago. And get ready to make some more for gifts. I saw some last year made from old book pages...another idea for a project!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Friday!

Fall arrives this weekend. I'm not ready!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

All grown up.

This little girl left for college today.
Happy and sad.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


This was my favorite dress from NY Fashion Week last week! It's from Jasper Conran and I first saw it over HERE on one of my favorite blogs. Quilting is in!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Birthday hangover.

I had the best birthday! I am so grateful for my friends and family, my health, my job, my community, the roof over my head, the fact that I don't have to live in fear or wonder where my next meal is coming from, and for the many choices and freedom I have!  Thank you Universe!  Another year, another chance to make a difference.  xo

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

And all of these people were born on September 17th too...
Nate Berkus

Anne Bancroft

Phil Jackson

George Blanda

Baz Luhrmann


actors John Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Roddy McDowell
sports stars Orlando Cepeda, Maureen Connolly, Rasheed Wallace 
racecar driver Jimmie Johnson
the man who invented Buick, David Buick
Pope Paul V (1500's)
and my friends Sue (same year as me too), Bonnie and Linda on Bainbridge Island.  

I took the day off from work. I'm having a massage and relaxing!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Matching bracelets.

These are the hospital bracelets given to my mother and I 
52 years ago tomorrow, the day I was born. 
Thank you for saving them Mom!
(The hospital did spell her name wrong; she spelled Cecilia C-E-C-I.)

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Working hard in my class, but loving every minute of it!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pratt class.

I'm off to a three-day clay printmaking workshop in Seattle taught by Deborah Mersky. This is her print below. And here is her website. I'm really looking forward to this escape from my crazy life right now.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Election season.

Must be election season. This is my neighbor's fence. 
Glad I don't watch t.v. I know all the ads would drive me crazy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Seed collecting.

This is the best way to collect the poppy seeds.
Just chop off all the seed heads and throw them in a bag.
Give the bag a really good shake, remove the seed heads and
you're left with a whole lot of seeds for next year!
I got out there before that little bit of rain arrived.  Now it's gorgeous out again.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


...and will never forget.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Update: It's sunny!

It rained in the wee hours of morning and it's absolutely gorgeous now....making my Monday much more enjoyable!

Rainy days and Mondays...

...always get me down. I'd enjoy it so much more if I could stay home.
This was sunset last night, on day 49 without rain.
We were so close to breaking the 51 day record, but rain is forecast for today. 
I haven't been outside may have already started.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


The older I get, the more I realize how much I'm like my mom....and that's a good thing!
This is a box she made for me in the seventies. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chalkboard paint.

Who knew chalkboard paint came in a bunch of fabulous colors? Images below are from Better Homes and Gardens. Check out Hudson Paint's website for a lot more colors!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Seattle ferry.

I went into Seattle last night for First Thursday. I did a little shopping and saw a lot of art, and best of all, ran into friends. This was my ride home....

As Mary Oliver says, "In summer, we all live in the dreamy place."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My grandmother's table.

I just had this old side table refinished by my friend Carol. She did such a beautiful job. She does custom woodworking and restoration. Check out her website!