Live from New York it's...

New Years Eve 2010!
We usually don't do much on New Years Eve. We watch the Times Square ball drop and festivities around the world. What do you do to bring in the new year?

Photo credit: Countdown Entertainment

Hope you have a blessed 2011!


Over the River...

OK, over the (dry) creek that leads us...

Through the woods..(which are lush and green in the spring...)

To the 'ol fishing hole.
 My "baby boy" Noah taking it easy..

I inched up to the waters edge...

And plop! first cast-2 feet out. Not going to get dinner this way.
 The jig waves it's pretty pink feathers at me from under the water. 

Down stream...

We're in the wilderness (5 miles from town) but came prepared...
Starbucks keeps us going even when the fish don't bite!

My gorgeous sister-in-law Katie and her equally pretty daughter Madison...

Fishing can be beautiful! Love the bright pink bait!

We found this little shelter someone left behind...
My Brother Greg dreaming of the "big" one...

Mr. Wonderful getting his fish on  in between helping me untangle my line...

 My nephew Aiden, discouraged he couldn't get the fire started...

 And then he put his boy scout skills to work and...success!!

Guess who caught a fish?!! OK, full disclosure. I caught my FIRST fish about a week before, but hey...I can still brag, right?


I bring you Good Tidings of Great Joy

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!


Color my world silver!

Silver is exciting... yet dignified.
I especially love sparkly silver!

Add a splash of pink...

A cozy reading nook...

Silver is one of my favorite colors.

To read about the designer and for more pictures visit House Beautiful online.


A sweet gift idea...

I saw this gift idea over on Karyn's blog, French Charming. I thought it was a lovely idea and wanted to share it with you!


A Magical Evening...

Her house was beautifully decorated...


 Sally of  UNCOVERED RUBY is not only gorgeous but a gracious hostess as well...She definitely deserves the princess wand, a gift from Michelle of  My Shabby Passion.


Had a fun time with lovely friends, that's me top and right. If you look close you can see the rabbit ears I "snuck" above Sue's head...

It's only natural to find me around the food! There was a whole 'nuther table of  delectable goodies just steps from where I stood...

Great friends and great food. What more can a gal ask for?

Thank you Sally and Lisa and Christmas Blessings to all!

Photo's by Lisa Honel, used without permission.


Artisan fair fun...

Here are a few pictures of my table/little booth at the fair. I didn't have my camera so took a few pictures with a cell phone. I had the best time visiting with friends and fellow vendors! I finally had a chance to decorate our tree tonight but realized the lights I bought are on white cord- all you see is tangled white cord against the green tree. Sigh. Guess I will try again tommorow.


Don't miss the Holiday Artisan Fair!


Friday, December 3rd  5:00-8p.m. and  Saturday December 4th  9a.m. to 4:00pm

Join us for the 5th annual Holiday Artisan Fair  featuring vintage, handcrafted, boutique and specialty gifts from tons of talented vendors!

Kurea Furnishings  16320 N.E. 202nd Ave Brush Prairie

(Take Finn Hill to show. Watch for signs!)



I am thankful for...

  • Faith...
  • Family...
  • And friends...
What are you thankful for?


If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won't survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.

By Stephen Eardley


Ok, don't laugh...

Welcome to my little corner of...the garage. After the book-and now magazine "Where Woman Create" was published, I said I would show you my "studio." Go ahead and laugh-or gasp if your inclined.

 I cannot even claim that it is organized chaos. Nope. It is just plain 'ol chaos.
What begins in it's proper place...

                                                                  Usually ends up like this.

I wonder if I had all the perfect furniture and containers...would it stay in place? Somehow, I doubt it.

                                               Do you ever judge a book by it's cover? I do.

I am getting ready to be a vendor in a Artisan faire- taking place Dec. 4th. More on that later...

                                  I love costume jewelry - it is hard to part with my vintage brooches...

Projects under construction...

Photographer, I am not. 

The bright spot in my room -A tangle of romantic roses, but peonies are my true love.

 Projects needing attention...Will they turn into something beautiful?

I was inspired to make a top hat. Mr. Wonderful (a.ka. my sweet husband) helped me make a pattern. I am excited to make another!

Yep. Another table of stuff. Can you have to much stuff?

I know.

I should be embarrassed shouldn't I? Acceptance is a better policy:)

And in other news, Mr. Wonderful kept me company yesterday. He kindly entered addresses in my handy dandy GPS. We skipped around Portland with ease, from one estate sale to the next. As you know, there is no time to waste when  you're on a treasure hunt!

 I found a few exquisite things- and then the big one. You know, the thing you just HAVE to buy.The one that makes your heart beat a little faster...Well it happened. There it was in all it's rusty glory. The tallest, most unusual, to die for plant stand. ( That will likely never hold a plant. You understand don't you?) It twisted and turned in glorious splendor. Or a hunk of junk according to Mr. Wonderful. I had a decision to make. Buy it and call it quits for the day? Ooooh. torture! I decided to place a bid and try not think about it going to someone else. The very perky  lady at the register rung up my "smalls" and offered a tip...

"Put odd numbers and uneven cents". I paused for a second and thought brilliant! Why had I never thought of that? I furiously scribbled out my first number out and took her advice. I jotted down a uneven dollar amount and 51cents. If someone was just a dollar or a penny off...I could reign triumphant!

To my utter delight it worked! Tomorrow I get to pick up my hunk of junk for half the listed price. plus or minus a few cents. All in all I had a great weekend with a great guy- and tomorrow he gets to take me to pick it up. (needless to say, it won't fit in my trunk!) Guess he didn't think of that as he watched my anguish over how much to bid!