Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Farmers Market, Fireworks and Evening Grosbeaks

Thursday evenings are North Bends
Farmers Markets and there is always
good things to get.

Then we had the Festival at Mt. Si
this last weekend complete with fireworks.

They were beautiful. I was worried they would not have 
them due to the fire danger. But they did and there was no problem.

And yesterday the Evening Grosbeaks arrived and put on
quite a show.

They flew back and forth quickly in and out of the pines'
landing for short times in the yard. They were to fast moving
to get any good pictures. They  all sang like a choir and  it was
so enjoyable. I hope they visit again soon.

It rained last night and a little this morning.
We sure needed it so I thanked the rain gods for sending
it our way. I hope eastern WA got some as the fires continue there. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Beautiful Sky.

Saturday night on my way to dinner. The day had been very hot.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the sky. My photo
doesn't even begin to show how grand it was, but
just wanted to share it with you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finished My Journal.

Stitched the Chevron stitch for the binding.
I sure am enjoying Mary Ann Moss' class Sketchbookery.
Having some fun with lettering.

More lettering

and more lettering. Love this journal as
I have used several different papers. Toned paper in earth tones,
140lb. cold press watercolor, hot press watercolor paper. All great
for experimentation.
These are some perennial plants
I purchased for the big pots on the deck.
I am planting lavender and wild grasses in the garden.
The elk don't like those.
I hope they don't like them!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where have I been....

Well I've been right here digging weeds and restructuring my gardens.
( Pictures soon). Plus watching the devastating wildfire here in 
Washington. I was over in Eastern Wa last week to see my friends
new home in a beautiful area.. So far they are safe. But it was very very
 hot. I used  to ski  and stay in Leavenworth a Bavarian  village just over
the pass and they have had fires near them. Further NE we lost a town
and the fires are still out of control. There are 50 fires
burning in Washington at this time. We have had NO rain until a 
quick drizzle last night here in my area. My heart goes out
 to all those families who lost their homes
 I also have all those wonderful fire fighters in my prayers.
I'll keep you posted.

On another note I started Mary Ann Moss's class
Sketchbookery. She is so entertaining and has me
laughing as I work. I am a little (lot) behind due to
gardening but have a whole year to catch up. So far this 
is what I've done.
This is the inside covers so far of the book I am making.

This is the covers.

Color charts for watercolor
Mixing color combinations 

Now I have to sew in the signatures (pages)
and I'll be ready to start the sketching.
If only the weeds would stop growing!
I hear them at night plotting their next growth spurt.
I do, really I do.

POSTSCRIPT....
When I went to water my vegetable garden it was gone.
Oh the garden was there but the vegetables are now in the tummy
of a very large elk. I hope he enjoyed the green and yellow pepper,
carrots, lettuce. winter squash, and cucumbers. I see he left a 
radish or two. He could have taken a few weeds. Darn that gourmet beast.
Broke the fence too.
Now you know where  have been.LOL 

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Flower Cards





All watercolors and fun to do on these
HOT days. Am loving all this glorious
weather. Went over to Green Lake in
Seattle and spent the afternoon sitting
by the lake painting. There was a 
nice breeze coming off the lake. 
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday
weekend.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Watercolor Cards



 Something bright and cheery!



We finally have a little rain which my garden so needed.
So my zinnias will be bright and colorful. 

Blackberries are everywhere and I don't like to think
about the chore of weeding them out near the house.
But if I don't want the bears to join me for dinner
it has to be done. At least I can snack as I weed.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Quick Sketches of Flowers I've Planted


Keeping a new sketchbook of plants around the property.



I really love adding potato vines to my pots. They really are hard working little plants 
that add some sparkle.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Puppies Being Puppies

Max and Cooper
"Just wanna have fun"
Max
Peek a boo

Cooper
Me too

Just a little Saturday night fun.
They both went to the groomer (first time) to get the faces clipped.
We couldn't see their eyes. LOL They did very good and our groomer
deserves a metal.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Few Gift Tags...




 I love making up a batch of gift tags large and small.


These are folded cards.


These have cute little envelopes.


These are tags.
All are done with pen, ink and watercolor.

I finally started planting my gardens and 
pulling weeds. Believe me my body knows
what I've been up to. LOL. The boys wanted 
to help..... 
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I've Been Painting

Some new cards I have been
making.






All watercolor.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The last part of Every Day in May

Here is the last part of my 
Every Day In May.


I have joined this group for the last 4 years, 
making books at the end of each year.
The one for 2011 actually I made a file box and \
slipped the pages in. After that year I made  books
using my rubicoil machine.