Thursday, May 31, 2007


I love that first blast of heat in the spring. It brings the roses on...

The yellow are the English Rose Jude the Obscure... one of David Austin's and a PROLIFIC BLOOMER.

The pink roses are Edens. Again another prolific one. The first blooming is incredible and then it tapers off a bit. I'll try and get a picture of the bush.

Tucked in there are a couple Sarah Bernhardt peonies- a classic beauty.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


The spouse and Miss Elsie go yard sale-ing and flea market-ing often. Elsie picked out this treasure for me a few weeks ago.

She knows what I like. She picked out a good one. I love the little jeweled bug.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I'm ready for summer....

I have washed off the porch and moved my christmas cacti out...

summer can start now. And since I was outside with my camera, I thought I would wander around and see what's blooming, since I really haven't spent much time outside for the last two weeks.
This is a David Austin English Rose... Alexander Hamilton.. I think... although it might be the Pat Austin, but since it is the first blooming, it is not blooming true to color... still it is lovely...

... and these lovely iris...

I bought them soley for the name "Caesar's Brother". Who knew Caesar had a brother? (I'm sure it was the iris plant brother of in iris called Caesar... but it does make you wonder.) It was on Portland Nursery's discount dying plant table... just add water.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Babies and Body Functions

I was standing in the kitchen today and heard some furious grunting. When I peeked around the corner, I was confronted with a very red little man deep in concentration. I captured the moment via an illustration rather than intrude on the moment with my camera.

Babies are so not shy about their functions

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Warm fuzzies...

What is it about cats in a sunbeam...

it just makes you want to nap...

I've been sick all week, and I'm still sick. At least my ears aren't stuffy anymore. The spouse is sick too. The kids were sick for about three days and didn't feel that bad. I think the germs mutated when they infected Dave and me. We have some super bug that has really hit us hard. Maybe after the weekend, I'll be feeling better.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful, dedicated Moms out there. It's hard work, and you all deserve a big "thank you" today, so you know you are appreciated. I was treated to a little sleeping in, breakfast in bed, and some lovely gifts: some chocolate from a local chocolatier, flowers from a local independent florist, and a belly dancing set! The set had a CD, cymbals, and a book. I had mentioned a while ago that I wanted to go try it with a friend. It looks like such fun.... anyway, Miss Elsie, who is totally Nutcracker obessesed and LOVES Arabian Coffee couldn't wait to try out those finger cymbals. So I got her all dressed up to match the book, and she treated us to an hour long performance and then posed for a few pictures.

She takes it very seriously. I love it that she wants to wear the costumes and accessories. We have a good time dressing up and having dance parties.
Tonight, they are all cooking dinner for me... noodles of some kind!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Morning Projects

I bought a doll cradle at Goodwill last year for $7.00 with an additional 30% off. Pretty good score. However, I have not had a chance to outfit it with bedding. I knitted a little doll blanket last week out of some leftover yarn. This morning I made a mattress and pillow.

Here is Miss Elsie stuffing the pillow...

The finished project...

It turned out pretty well. Elsie is pleased with it.

I'm getting into a spring cleaning/decorating mood. I want to make some new pillows for the living room and take down the velvet drapes. I came across these cool mobiles this morning. One of these would be so cool in the house... just what I need... another project. We still need to finish the basement. Although I did get the following things done:
chimney cleaned
carpets cleaned
oven cleaned
ice maker fixed
sent out area rugs to be cleaned
... so I'm off to a good start with the spring cleaning.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Good Mail Day!

Look at all the goodies that arrived in the mail today!

I love days like this. All these lovely things offset the large package I received from Taiwan for a freelance client which means more fittings and comments... ah well... back to the goodies...
These magazines are from Strikkelise. We've been swapping magazines. How cool are the sewing ones?

Why don't American pattern magazines have current, trendy fashions? I love these..

Then... I ordered some gorgeous hand-spun yarns from Camano Made. One of my internet gaming friends raises goats and dyes and spins. Look at these beautiful creations!

This one is 95% cashgora kid and is the softest, loftiest yarn I have ever owned. Just wonderful!

Black with a metallic eyelash...

Then 3 skeins of mohair/angora with beads!

I'm thinking for some kind of lacey wrap. The girls at Camano Made said it is a very hot yarn (apparently they have a sleeveless sweater that is so warm it cannot be worn). I hope my knitting skills do it justice.

A big thank you to Strikkelise for the magazines and to Laurie and Bec for the extra yarn goodies!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Pretty Flowers

I've been playing with the macro setting on my camera after being greatly inspired by Bec's photos.

These are some of the better ones...

I put the rest out on my Flickr account. Now I just need to get the yard cleaned up and everything weeded, and I'll be ready for summer. Mmmmmm... gin and tonics in the backyard!

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Soft palette is itching... nose is running.... ears are itching.... throat is scratchy... itching in places that I can't scratch!!! It is spring and the tree pollen is killing me! It's a bummer because I love to garden, and I can't even be outside without a box of tissues. My Claritin no longer seems to be working well. I've got a call into the doctor's. Hopefully they can give me something else.

I'm trying to think of better things to keep my mind off this general itching feeling coming from my head. Here's a picture of Miss Elsie and me at the luau in Hawaii... right before it started to dump rain... at least there were no allergies.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I love Target!!!!

Look at this great tote I picked up for the summer....

Just the perfect size to stuff with a picnic lunch!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The spouse's birthday

Miss Elsie was so excited to bake her daddy a birthday cake. She asked him "Do you want a pink cake for your birthday? or a strawberry cake for your birthday?" Putting aside all personal preference, my darling husband told her that a pink cake was just what he wanted. So off to the store we went, so Elsie could select the pink cake mix. I normally bake cake from scratch, but being pressed for time Mr. Duncan Hines was there to bail me out.

Elsie wanted to decorate the cake herself with her various toys. It sounded much simpler than mixing different colors of frosting and getting out the decorating tips. She selected the toys she wanted to use, and I washed them up.

Of course, we were out of birthday candles, so had to make do with a tea light. Probably better and safer than 44 candles anyway.

The inside is princess pink. As Elsie started to fill to capacity she focused on eating the pink cake rather than the cream cheese frosting... which is the opposite of most kids... and some adults. Typically you eat the frosting as you start to fill up...

These were some delicate bouquets she picked for Daddy over the weekend to decorate his office space...

She loves to pick flowers. I'm going to have to keep an eye on her this summer.