Sunday, December 7, 2014

Getting All Decked Out

 Just getting started with all the traditional things  we celebrate every year. The Santa in the
picture with the deer, we call Broken Santa as he was broken in one of my many moves. I have had him since my childhood and broken or not I love him and would never not have him on the tree.
 The front hall is filled with lots of treasures and beautiful memories. Gifts from 
friends, some who are no longer with us but their memories warm ones heart.
 And giggles from the powder room when people come upon 
my merry mice. I found them on a trip up to Whistler BC and fell
in love with them.
The tree is up and we are still decorating it. 
Yes decorating all but the bottom part as 
Max and Cooper wanted to remove ornaments as
they were being put on. They sure are wide eyed
and fascinated with everything.
Today it was actually 50 degrees out, snow is all gone.
The storm we had a week ago brought down lots
of evergreen boughs, so today Cooper and Max helped me collect
lots of boughs and we are filling the outdoor pots with them.
They smell wonderful and I truly love decorating from
what nature gives us.
Today was wonderful and I hope yours was too!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sunny But Cold...Very Cold

Thanksgiving Day
We drove over to Snoqualmie Falls and couldn't believe how
full and furious they were.
Lots of neat things growing in the woods that day.
Then the weather changed and we had at least 4 inches of 
snow here on the property. The deer and elk came looking for food Not as much snow down in town.

The sun came out but it has yet to come above freezing.
I guess I'll wait to get my greens from the woods.
I am hopeful about getting out tomorrow.
Have packages to mail and food to get.
Hope your weather is a bit warmer.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Woke up to this

 and it is still snowing!
Here is a little video of

They sure thought it was fun.
Now I need a cup of coffee.!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cooper and Max Just Wanted To Say...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
This will be their first and I anxiously await what happens.
We usually put the tree up for Christmas and that should be
interesting to say the least.
We hope you all have a great day!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Need To Get a Move On.!!!

I have done no shopping but at least I have finished some cards and

tags.
The weather has finally come up a few degrees.
They are calling for snow in the pass just above us.
So I better hop to and get my shopping done. My 
son has returned from Kyoto and has wonderful
pictures. Things have sure changed from when I
was there some 47 years ago. But the beautiful
gardens are still there.
Have a great weekend and stay warm.
I can't stop thinking of all the people in
those horrendous snowstorms in the East.
Stay safe. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

They said it was coming and I caught this shot
from my living room window 2 days ago. They 
said we wouldn't get anything from this giant
storm, that it would be east of us.
I woke at1AM to no power and high winds of
50 mpr and more. I could hear things
 crashing and falling outside. When
daylight came, still no power and freezing cold.
I put the puppies in some sweaters that were suppose to 
be Teddy's gifts last Christmas. For those who don't
know Teddy was my precious Bichon who passed away
right before Christmas. The sweaters are a little big but
they helped. Outside the wind was still gusting and the temps were
still dropping. I went from window to window and saw the 
destruction. My beautiful cedar arbor which was new was now in 
pieces on the ground (and it had been anchored to bricks).
Tree branches. lawn furniture all strewn  about.
Talking to a neighbor on the road below, she said trees had come down
on the power lines and had started two fires. She is still without
power. Mine came back on around noon.

 They huddled together all day and were terrified from the 
sounds of the wind howling outside.
On a cheery note I finished making my own envelopes
Here they are waiting for the glue to dry.

Some of the finished ones.

And some cards all finished , packaged and 
ready to go.
Figured since there were trees hanging over the power lines
on the road, I'd stay home and finish some projects.
I even cleaned my big desk top.
They say we are in for it again tonight so maybe 
I'll get more done. You never know.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Catching Up Again


 It all started with the removal of their lovely
head gear after 2 long (and I mean looong) 
weeks.




OK mom we have been clipped,snipped and chipped
and we have been sooooo good. Can we go out and
play in the leaves?
Well OK but it is starting to rain so you must 
stay close.

So out we went and the little devils took off and 
disappeared into the woods. Now it was really
raining. I called and called to no avail. So off I went
up the hill after them when I realized I was 
running (or trying to) up a hill filled with moss.
Yup down I went and when I landed I just kept going
down hill until I hit the gravel driveway. I really
struggled to get up and I was soaking wet and full 
of moss and mud, not to mention a little gravel too.
I limped to the house and sounded the air horn. Low and behold
here comes the pups over the hill at rapid speed.
They took one look at me, sniffed me then bowed their heads.
Off to jail with you two. 
But mom we didn't hear you calling and it was so
much fun to romp free of those helmets you made
us wear. Really mom....... and on and on.
I limped upstairs put my bruised and battered body
in the shower and some warm clothes, not to mention
slathering on some Arnica gel for pain relief.
So today I woke with a nasty cold and cough.
Not to mentioned a bruised body and sore muscles.
Needless to say the pups are taking care of me. LOL
I have the feeling you will see a lot
more of the above photo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Small Journal for Writing, sketching,etc........

The front
Close up

The back.
Watercolor with pen and ink

 24 pages (counting both sides)
paper is buff colored laid paper
which is great for writing, pen and
ink sketches. Not for watercolor.
Handmade paper beads.
5 by 6 1/2 inches.
A fun little journal!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Where Have I Been.......

 I have been busily making small journals to sell 
at the shop in Snoqualmie. Filled with 140 lb. 
watercolor paper.
  Used some of my handmade paper beads.
 Have been asked to do a painting of Mt. Si. 
Still trying to get a good photo. I think this photo
looks like a large meatloaf.....
 Went to eastern Washington to have lunch with a friend.
Saw this wonderful old church,will try a sketch &
watercolor later.
And last put not least, drum roll paleez
Max and Cooper.
They are not happy with me because they had 
to get extremely short haircuts.
They got wet and matted up so........ off with 
their long furry coats. At least I can see their eyes now. 
They won the heart of their groomer. They were very
good considering this was their first complete 
haircut. I keep telling them it will grow.
Next week it's off to the vet for a snip snip.
I wonder if they will ever speak to me again.

The rains have returned and the leaves are 
turning and falling. We still get some
beautiful days but I feel it in my bones "old man winter"
is coming round the bend. 
Hope all is well with you and what have you all
been up to.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I've been experimenting

 I have been trying new things. The watercolor above
was started with a sketch, then traced using acrylic white gesso 
that I had put into my gutta bottle with a tiny fine tip. I let it dry
 and then proceeded with the watercolor, painting the 
background first. I did this on 140lb watercolor paper in my 
Sketchbookery hand made journal. I think I would do this process
again only using a larger format.
 I do like how this turned out even though it felt strange painting
watercolor on canvas.  I used Daniel Smith watercolor grounds on
 the canvas letting it dry for 24 hours. It really has a different feel to it
when painting. Very different from wc paper. Will try this again.
 front view
 I was looking at different blogs I like. This one gal is a oil painter.
She paints with a palette knife. So out came my acrylics and I 
gave it a try. There is a lot of paint on this canvas. LOL
(sorry about the shine)
It was fun. I shall keep practicing with the palette knife,
it takes some getting used to.
So that's what I've been up to.
How about you???

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I have been invited to do a post for the
Around the World Blog Hop, by my blogging friend
Barbara Lilian. She is a delightful lady who lives in 
France with her husband "Mr. France". She has the most gorgeous flowers
and she paints. I was delighted to find her posts awhile back. You 
should visit this delightful lady and enjoy here posts.

So for those of you who do not know me , this is me
on a good day....
and this is me after I have finished painting cards, weeding the 
many gardens I started 23 years ago, when I had the energy and playing with my new little 
puppies Cooper and Max.

Cooper and Max
came into my life last February. These wonderful little bundles of joy

helped heal my broken heart after losing my beloved Teddy to cancer.
They have done a great job and They are growing up into wonderful
little dogs.

So here are a few of the questions that were asked of me,
What am I working on.?
 Boy that's a loaded question that could take pages to answer. But
mainly I have a shop on Etsy called Wildflowerhouse that I try to keep 
filled. I also sell my cards in a shop down in town. I am also working on some large painting for a gallery show in Oct.-Nov.  I am a water-colorist and I do acrylic painting. Had to give up oil painting due to allergies.
Why do I create what I do?
I love all things nature  and love capturing it on paper, canvas, etc.
I love making my own journals when time allows. They are filled with 
memories and paintings.
 I guess I have been creating ever since I got my first box of crayons.
How does my creative process work?
I always have a sketch book with me. I have been known to draw on napkins
when in a pinch. ( you just can't take this girl anywhere) Camera is always at the ready too.
Things pop into my head in the middle of the night, so I have paper and pen 
on the bedside table. From all these the process of creating my painting comes
to life. I like plein air work when no one else is around. I'm a bit shy about
that but I am working on it. 
I will end  with telling you that I live in the foothills of the Cascade mountain chain
in Washington state. We usually get around 90 inches of rain to Seattle's 40 something.
 But this summer we have had little to no rain and one worries about fires.
I designed (with the help of a fabulous architect) my log home. Had it assembled in 
Montana and then brought here and reassembled on my 13 acres. I am surrounded by 
trees and mountains and lots of wild animals.

 The weather is turning to Fall with warm days and cool nights.
So as I close I have invited two fantastic ladies to join in this hop.
 They are, drum roll please.
Marcy Antle  and you can find her here with all her absolutely gorgeous
jeweled creations.
and 
Donna Liljegren and you can find her here. Now Donna is the most fantastic quilter that I know.
I must add that she shares her blog with her wonderful little Corgi named Tag. He blogs on Tuesdays and always has a lot to say.
These ladies will be posting on Sept. 22nd for the the Around the world blog hop.

I must add that I am a few hours late posting but I had computer 
trouble. So sorry but all is OK now I hope.
Thanks for visiting and I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Enjoying the Fall Weather

You wouldn't think it was coming into Fall
what with the temps in the 80's. When the sun
goes down it cools off just enough.
But soon it will turn chilly as it is already showing
in my Japanese maples with touches of red and orange.
But the pots on the  deck are giving their last hurrah!
The flowers are spilling over and enjoying the early morning sunshine.
I love the fact that the elk can't get to them. I know they
would if they could. LOL
Have been painting deck rails and botanicals. I prefer the botanicals.

So that's what I have been up to besides praying for a mild winter.
That would be nice.