Showing posts with label makes me happy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makes me happy. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You gotta see this...

My sis sent this to me yesterday because it reminds her of my nephew. He l-o-v-e-s Star Wars!! It reminds me a bit of him too...he's a little character. I can totally see him doing this.

Regardless, you have to watch it...'s HILARIOUS!!

Take care,

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Charms squares are sew fun!

Since my niece told me she's started sewing lessons and a quilt in particular, I've been cutting charm squares to send to her. She's already made a tote bag and a pillowcase and her quilt is halfway done.

I'm so thrilled that she seems to love sewing already and I'm thrilled that my sister thinks it's important that she has the opportunity to learn. I think my sister is a wonderful mom to her two children.

We're having absolutely wonderful weather here - very "summer like" with temps in the high 70's and low 80's. I even managed to do a bit of pruning in the garden today since it is so nice out.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What will our weather be like tomorrow?

This was what the beach looked like yesterday afternoon around 1pm or so. Beautifully clear, gorgeous water color, and 72 degrees! Amazing. And I was almost the only one there. It was so nice since this area is super crowded during the summer months.

Right now, it's windy, cold and raining so I'm wondering what it will be like tomorrow.

I was also playing around with my camera a bit today. Trying to get some good bokeh.

Christmas tree lights always provide a good opportunity! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nothing crafty to report.

I've not been doing any crafting/sewing/quilting for awhile now. Just getting ready for the holidays ahead.

I do need to get photos of my "Trip Around the World" quilt taken which has been finished now for about three/four weeks. It's in the back of my car because I'm just sure that while I'm out there driving around I will come across the perfect place to photograph it. The only trouble is....I only seem to remember it is in the back of the car when I pull into the garage after being out. -sigh- Wonder if I'll ever remember? :)

We are having some really wonderful weather - still very fall-like, which I am simply loving! The trees are glorious in all their color and there definitely needs to be some raking done. Do you think anyone in So Cal owns a rake? Does anyone in So Cal even know what a rake is?

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I'm still enjoying our "fall" color and the gorgeous leaves on the trees...

...and those that have fallen.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. We planned on attending Long Beach Swap Meet tomorrow, but rain is in the forecast, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, October 31, 2011

I've been playing...

around with Photoshop Elements. I'm still a firm believer that the best option is to take photos that are as perfect as you can get them in the camera. But, I do have to admit that it's fun to be a little creative with PSE.

Oh, I received my "Trip" quilt back from the quilters and now will be adding the binding. I'm really loving it and think it will get tons of use this Fall season. Photos to come soon, I promise!

Anybody else having problems "previewing" your post with blogger? Ever since I changed my template it hasn't worked properly. I keep thinking blogger will fix the problem but maybe I'm being a bit optimistic.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's been a fun week...

We took a little drive up the coast this last week and had lots of fun along the way. We stopped at wineries, pumpkin stands, and farmer's markets, picked apples, ate cotton candy, watched sea lions, drove in fog that was so thick we couldn't see the car ahead of us, sent postcards, ate apple pie a la mode, fish and chips, and the best spaghetini with marinara sauce I've ever had, took pictures, picked and ate wild blackberries, bought taffy, Snaps, and winged gourds, and drove the most beautiful country roads and charming city streets.

We had a wonderful time.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I know you've seen all kinds of gorgeous "Zentangles" out there in blogland and I have too. Two of my good friends (Diane and Terri) do such excellent work that I hesitate to even show mine. Of course, I would never dare to call mine "Zentangles"...they are merely doodles.

I had a good time when I did these. It's a bit like quilting in the sense that you really lose yourself in what you are doing. It's almost as good as therapy and it's very relaxing. As you can see I didn't use special paper or special pens (as most do)...I just grabbed what I had handy. I'm sure I'll do more of these because they are fun.

Friday, September 30, 2011

I am grateful...

Sometimes I have to remind myself of how lucky I am to live in such a gorgeous area. I tend to take it for granted since I've been here so long and have seen most of it many times before. But it really does change... every day, every month, and every year with every change in the weather and with every season.

Even a trip to the doctor's office for an annual visit delights me with it's lovely views along the way.

I hope you take the time to appreciate where you are.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Here's a different view...

After visiting a very dear friend in the hospital (he just had triple-bypass surgery), we took his wife and visited the new spot we discovered just a few weeks ago.

It was a lovely, warm but not too hot day and we had a leisurely lunch before embarking on our little walk. My DH asked me why I was taking more photos since I had already taken them on our previous trip. What a funny question. This was a different trip with different opportunities and besides, I love taking photographs and practicing.

This photo is taken as we were approaching the entrance to the walking bridge. Yes, it is for walking - no cars allowed - and it's wonderful!

Look at the Bougainvillea....this is one of the most gorgeous plants I've seen. Wish it would grow this way in my yard! :)

We spent about three hours here....eating lunch and then wandering the pathways. It was so peaceful and refreshing. Finally, a cold breeze starting blowing and chased us into the car. Love those Sunday drives/discoveries.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A new place to visit...

on our Sunday drives. This was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise. We found one of our favorite restaurants had opened at a new location and once inside we realized it was sitting right on the water! You certainly can't tell that from the front of the restaurant. Anyway, it was lovely and warm so we took a little stroll after lunch.

This next photo was taken looking from the bridge seen in the last photo.

One of these days we're going to rent one of these little "dinner" boats and cruise the harbor while we enjoy a meal. Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?

I especially loved the Palm trees that lined both sides of this walkway. So peaceful and green!

We'll definitely go back to this restaurant and take this gorgeous walk every time. I just love discovering new places that are actually right around the corner from us.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I'm still alive...

That's in answer to my friend Sally's inquiry. I have company and we're staying really busy going to the beach, barbequeing, hiking, shopping, watching movies, swimming, eating, running through sprinklers, playing basketball, and lots more!

Hope you're having fun too!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I think these peonies are the most gorgeous ones I've seen in real life. They are stunning and about 5-6" across.
And I found them at the supermarket. Can you believe it?

Life is hectic right now as I'm preparing for company. Sometimes I just need that kind of motivation to get things done. :)

Tomorrow is the first day of summer! It looks like it might be a great one this year. At least I'll keep my fingers crossed. It doesn't have to be too hot, but a little sunshine each day would be nice.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cherry-picking time...

They are all washed and in the refrigerator. Fresh cherries right off the trees. And, man oh man, are they good! The cherries you get in the market just cannot compare.

Ladders are provided, but hardly ever needed. My hubby is tall and there are millions of cherries within reaching distance anyway.

We wear our oldest and crummiest clothing since there is usually some cherry juice that finds it's way onto clothing and/or shoes. :) And, plenty that goes right into the mouth. We always make ourselves sick with cherries before we are even done picking.

Apparently all of the orchards lost a lot of cherries to a late frost this year. In fact, some of the orchards have not even opened yet, which is highly unusual. The end of May is the normal time for cherry picking for us, but not this year.  Everybody's weather is weird this year, right?

It was an absolutely gorgeous day today. About 72 degrees with a slight breeze, which is just perfect because some years have been scorchingly hot. Plus, we've been having our usual June gloom and where we go for cherries it's far enough away from the coast to have sunshine. Yippee!

By the time we were finished, we had picked 30 lbs of cherries. And, they'll be gone within the week. Once a year - what a treat! Hubby and I have been doing this now for 18 years!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Have a wonderful Memorial Day/Weekend...

You may have noticed that there has not been much quilting or knitting content on my blog for awhile. That's because I'm not knitting and I'm barely creeping along on the Trip Around the World quilt. It's ready to sew the two sides of the top together, sew a backing and get it packed up to send out for quilting. I've just lost a bit of interest in it all right now but I know I'll get it back. I know we all go through these creative slumps from time to time and I hope you'll hang in there with me in the meantime.

I've been cooking a whole lot more though in an effort to eat a more healthy diet. Plus, I l-o-v-e to cook and I've got a husband who loves my cooking and all the experimenting I've been doing with new recipes. I think we were in a food rut.

I started out the long weekend making Strawberry Rhubarb jam which is one flavor of jam I haven't made before. The Rhubarb has been looking so good this year I just had to find a use for it other than pie.

And, then of course this was breakfast....

I posted all of these photos because I've been playing around with custom white balance in my camera since my kitchen is extremely dark and difficult to photograph anything in. The iso is high so they are a bit noisy/grainy, but I'm still pretty happy with them.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend.