Friday, July 30, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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This room is very important to me. As a single mother of a boy AND a girl, I often went without a room, giving the rooms to my children. While raising them, I was in school and then a teacher so funds have always been tight. A three bedroom house is much more expensive than a two bedroom house, so we often lived in tight quarters. I guess this is why I love my room so much. And my bed. And the door. Oh, how I love the door. Our last home had no doors. The children were wee most of the time, so it wasn't an issue, but as they grew, the boy child would often ask for his own door for Christmas. He now has his own room way on the other side of the house...And this? This is my sanctuary. New curtains were just made, will post photos when they are hung! Xo.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I am sorry. I couldn't resist. Merry, The Wonder Beagle, is my first dog. Before this sweet thing, I was an official Dog Disliker. Didn't touch dogs. Didn't look at dogs. Didn't acknowledge their presence on the earth. Although I did attend a doggy wake for a former student of mine, that was nice. Fast forward a year and here we are...The Beagle sleeping on a brand new couch with her latest toy, which she loves with all of her heart...
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Monday, July 26, 2010
We turned our berry picking adventure into this! Mixed Berry Finger Pies. I got the recipe from this cute blog, Made By Melissa. I apologize for the weird 1970's editing on the berries. They actually looked so yummy...
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My hands have been hiding inside, away from the heat and I have been sewing up a storm! I am not really a window treatment kind of girl. I like to look out onto the scenery, windows clear and open. My choice of window treatment is usually white. I have a romantic feeling about white curtains blowing in the breeze...
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Friday, July 23, 2010
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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It is true. I will never be purchasing another envelope again. As long as I have random bits of paper around, I have an envelope. The fun part is folding them just so...I often pen pal with a former art student, she's 10. These envelopes crack her up. They kind of crack me up too. How about you?
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Monday, July 19, 2010
Merry, The Wonder Beagle and I took a little walk around Hoyt Arboretum. Apparently this lovely mountain in the middle of the city is responsible for keeping the air clean...go figure. Maybe we should keep natural spaces in our cities, it cleans the air and soothes the soul. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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Friday, July 16, 2010
We went early. We picked only what we could eat in the next few days. There is no need to rush. We live such a lovely drive away, through woods and water, over bridges that look like churches and through fields of ripening berries. Summer. Makes my heart swell. Makes me want to go berry picking EVERY DAY.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
My friend, Isabel, has lots of little statues that are unique and very sweet. I fell in love with this flute player. She thought it was silly how I loved him so. On our departure, I was gifted this wee musician. I still love him so...Now he sits atop this quirky shelf I picked up at The Goodwill for $2.99. Play for me, my sweet! And yes, the little bottle on the right is an old bottle of Sneezing Powder...God Bless You!
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Monday, July 12, 2010
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I snatched this up from a pile in one of my hold thrifty haunts in Pasadena. It was always packed to the gills, unorganized and chock full of treasure unimaginable! I found so many great, useful items in that tiny store. This bit of cloth floated around the fabric bins for some time. Eventually, I used it as a curtain for a french door.
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Portland's perfect lunch. We are enjoying every bit of the handcrafted food here in The City of Roses! The Rouge Creamery Smokey Blue is great with crisp romaine, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and cracked black pepper. It has been the perfect supper during the heat wave...The Willamette Valley Cheese Company makes a great soft cheese for spreading. So mild, even the teenage boy likes it. Hide the bread! Have a delicious day.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
I am so fortunate to have time to create new things for our delightful new home, The Alberta Hen House. Trying to keep things simple and uncluttered, I made these jewelry frames from old frames I picked up at a thrift store. They have had many incarnations since I have owned them, but this, by far, is their day of glory.
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