Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa and Little Sherri

Little Sherri stands dreaming about what she 'really' wants for Christmas this year.
" Good morning, are you ready to see Santa now?" Asks Rudolph.

"Yes, but I am afraid that even Santa may not be able to get what I want."
"Impossible, there are very few wishes that Santa can not grant on Christmas. He is ready to see you so let's go tell him.

"Ho, Ho, Ho, hello Little Sherri. I see you have been a very good girl this year."
"Yes Santa, I have tried to be very good."
"So what would you like Santa to bring you this year? Don't be shy, climb up and whisper it in my ear."
"Oh, I see...hmm, well we will see what the elves can do about that, now run along and be a good girl."
This may be difficult...I quit making the original "Spirograph" years ago, the ones being made now are a joke and don't work. Little Sherri has her heart set on the vintage model, someone must have one in a closet somewhere....I have an idea, I will ask Big Sherri if she might trade some vintage sheets from her own 'very nice personal stash' or some other treasure to make an 'offer they can't refuse', for the vintage Spiro.
Will Santa's idea work? We will have to wait and see.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Little House Thanksgiving

We had planned to go to the other house and have Thanksgiving at Mom and Sisters house with the rest of the family but the snow has changed that trip. It will be Mr. B. and I with the dogs. We slid into Mt. Vernon and did all of the shopping for the feast so we are all set.
The table will be groaning with the turkey and all of the trimmings.

We will be all cozy inside, safe from the howling north wind with a wind chill factor getting close to single digits.
I will use this special bowl for rolls. It blew off of the fence 3 times before I could get a few shots to share.

It looks like a wood burning but seems to have been done with a fine instrument...maybe someone knows something about this type of bowl.
Miss E. is all safe and warm in her house, if you look close you can see the far right chimney has smoke coming from her little wood stove.
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and if you are traveling that you are safe.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Photo - Etsy shop, Ladies and Gentlemen
My heart skipped a beat when I saw that Wild And Precious had this on her post today. I totally see why she had to share as I am doing right now.
I love it....$600.00, I will Not be putting this on my list for Santa.
An Arctic front is on it's way down to British Columbia and into the Pacific Northwest...that means things can get real ugly, so Mr. B. is taking me today to get new tires so that his precious cargo gets around safely, bless his heart, if they made car seats for dogs we would have them. ha, ha, ha.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Festive Hooking

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having hook in hand. I learned the craft in my teen years from my great auntie Ella and when Lola Nova made little crowns for her pumpkins I was smitten and was excited to follow the tutorial that she offered, thanks Lola Nova.
Please do not look too close as I made some goofs (there might be some extra petals) but I decided to just have fun with these little gems.

How about adding a little cozy decor for your candle while addressing your cards or . . .

. . . while listening to your favorite tunes as you get in the mood to put those decorations up. These could be used at any time of the year and in so many different ways. They are really quite quick to whip up especially after you get the first one down, so I suggest you check out Lola Nova's instructions.
Have a nice Monday.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


"Oh no, is that what I think it is in that pot?"

"Indeed it is...potato soup. You know what that means, someone is feeling under the weather."
It is true, I am feeling a bit on the queasy side, but not to fear as I have much faith in the family 'remedy' and look forward to sharing with you a little holiday project that I am working on. The idea developed after following a fun hooky tutorial from the lovely Lola Nova.
Hopefully Monday will bring a full recovery and I will be able to show you something from the pretty parts above, until then have a delightful weekend.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You Veterans

Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
I want to take this time to thank the Veterans and their families for their service for our country. The many lives and the time given have kept this great country free, may we never forget the high price that has been paid for this freedom.
I will be visiting my fathers grave today at the Willamette National Cemetery. Thank you Dad for your service for our country.
Thank you to my loving husband for your service for our country.
Thank you Colin (son in law) for your service for our country.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Many years ago I met my sweetheart and my best friend, the man that would deserve my heart and so I would end up giving it to him.
As you can see ladies, it wasn't a real stretch to fall for this man, loving and gentle but with that Green Beret mystique.

He took me out to a marvelous dinner at the Oyster Creek Inn, located on the creek and as you can see the side of the hill. You can't see it but is right by one of the many bays that are in the area. This is the bridge next to it.

It is small and intimate which makes the service great.

That's our table at the bottom of the photo but you need to picture it at night and dimly lit, a perfect setting for a romantic gourmet meal. It was a nice evening and we ended the meal with the best creme brulee that we have ever had, yum! I will be working on reproducing that in the future.
Tomorrow I will be down the Interstate again (my head is beginning to spin) and have a list a mile long but on that list is some fun things too.
Have a really nice Monday.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Little Bits

Yesterday Lola Nova was kind enough to pass on this award to me . . I am honored, as I have followed her blog since I first started snooping around blog land and just happen to think that she's the best. . . .Thank you Lola Nova!
I will now pass this award on to three wonderful ladies and they can choose to join in or just keep it in their heart.
*Hood Acre Farm
*A Wooden Nest
*Bord and Butik
Now I am to tell of 7 things you do not know about me.

#1. I love to drive . . and I drive as fast as I can get away with, which is most of the time, 10 miles over the speed I don't do that in school zones or around animals etc. . .
#2. I love, love, love coffee and drink a lot of it.
#3. I drink my coffee with half and half and Organic Blue Agave.

#4. I am left handed but I only eat and write with it and most everything else such as crochet, shooting, bowling, batting and etc. I do right handed.
#5. I always paint my toenails, for as long as I can remember I have painted them. . my 82 year old mother still paints her toenails too.
#6. I love makeup. It is more of a challenge to apply it as I get older but I still feel so much better with it on, I guess I could say I enjoy wearing it.

Finally # 7.

James Beard . . .

James Beard was born in Portland Oregon, where I was born and raised. His family had a beach house on the Oregon coast in a little town named Gearhart. He would always come in the summers and give cooking classes and my dream was to take a class those days we didn't have the money but I knew someday I would . . .He died before I could do it and I still deeply regret not somehow 'making' it happen ...moral to that story for you all is MAKE it happen when it means that much.
So there you have some little bits that you didn't know about me.
Have a very nice evening.

Modern Prairie Girl Photo Tutorial

Leaving you with a quick link to Modern Prairie Girl blog..she is doing a photo tutorial and is on day 4...looks great but I haven't had a chance to follow along but fully intend on starting at the beginning. Please check it out if you need some great pointers....looks like she makes it fun too.
Be back later today.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Three Things

Three things that make me happy in the backyard at the Vancouver house . . . . .

Our beloved big Maple tree, even the leaves that need to be raked.

Molly the Basset Hound that lives next door, even though she has been working for years to get through the fence (looks like she's getting close).

And finally, feeding the squirrels and birds on the patio.
Have a lovely evening to you all.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Winner Of Baking Book

Happy November to you all! I can hear all of the switching of gears out there as we set our vision on the whirlwind of activities that really begin now. It will be such fun to share bits of what we are up to and I invite you all to drop me a line if you would like me to post anything on either of the blogs...Please go over to The Kitchen to see who won the book.

Have a great day.