Thursday, October 9, 2014


I embroidered these pillowcases for my mother about 40 years ago!
The embroidery has held up nicely, but the pillowcases themselves were stained
and threadbare. I've managed to get the stains out and I'm working on 
patching the torn bits. I'll see how it looks/feels. My next idea is to cut the 
embroidered ends off and sew them onto new pillowcases. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall abundance.

The best time of year! After berry season that is.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

a lovely evening sky...

Last night was First Friday Art Walk in our little town of Winslow. 
Every time I walked out of one of the galleries the sky was more and more beautiful.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello October!

Good morning!
It's a beautiful fall morning here in the Pacific NW.....
makes it very difficult for me to get out the door and off to work. 
I just want to dilly-dally, stay in my pjs, and drink tea all day. 
Wish I could, but heigh-ho, heigh-ho...

(calendar by diane kappa)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New job!

A second dreary summer day here in the Pacific Northwest. Can't complain; we really need the rain, especially in Eastern Washington where fires are burning.
Excuse my week-long absence from blogging. I had house guests right after working a bunch of extra hours and I was house/garden/cat/dog-sitting for three different neighbors. My guests have gone, all the neighbors are all back home, and I'm winding down one part-time job and I started a new one today! I wasn't looking for a new job, but it is next-to-perfect for me and I'll still be able to do my Joan of Cards business.
Another transition, but I'm learning to roll with it. The forecast is good!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watering for a friend.

I just finished a watering job for a friend/neighbor. She has a lovely and peaceful garden on the water that inspires me to do more in my own garden! It's a little slice of heaven...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Biking for exercise.

Good morning! I'm usually heading out on a morning walk about now, but on the 4th of July I hurt my foot wearing flip-flops all day. I cut it, it got infected and very sore. So I'm on antibiotics and while it heals I'm biking instead of walking. My bike is in serious need of a tune-up and it really is a clunker, but there is a nice flat 10-mile ride from my house that I'm doing. Every other bike passes me going twice as fast, but I'm getting a work out and it feels good!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's been hot here!

We can't complain about much in the summertime here in the Pacific Northwest, but this week has been hotter than usual and most of us don't have a/c. It's for such a short spell that it really is enjoyable and I'd take it over a cold and dark day anytime! But when you have single pane windows and face west, it's probably a good idea to move the candles, otherwise they might go a little limp. Hope it's nice wherever you are!
Happy Monday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

On my feet.

I'm in the middle of a seven-out-of-eight days of work in a row.
Feeling a bit like this guy...
Card purchased at Dana's Showhouse is by Palm Press.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


What a sweet idea! A friend asked me to make the tags for the little jars of honey she is giving away at a bridal shower this weekend. I love the way they turned out!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A night out.

I went to see Asleep at the Wheel at Jazz Alley in Seattle last night. What a fabulous venue and show! The band has nine Grammys and the original group has been playing together for 44 years. The show ended in time for us to catch the 10:05 ferry home and there was still just enough daylight to snap a few pics.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day.

Happy 4th of July to my American friends!
I'm avoiding all the downtown hoopla today and staying home. I have a cousin that just moved to Bainbridge Island so he will come over later with his family for a barbecue and bonfire, and we'll enjoy the fireworks from here. 
Wherever you are, I wish you clear skies and a safe celebration! xo

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I was trying to capture a photo of a bee, but every time I got focused it flew off. I have over a dozen photos that look just like this one, nice photos of the lavender, but not of the bee! Oh well, I love digital cameras just for this reason…lots of room for mistakes and once in a while, a surprise.
Now I'm off to get myself focused….

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In the garden...

This time of year, it's all about the garden, bugs and all...

Monday, June 30, 2014


Loving these quiltscape paintings by Rebecca Barker!
I picked up these cards at the La Conner Quilt Museum last year. I did send a few of them out, but I have not been able to part with these last three. It's why I have such a huge card stash. Gotta start letting go! Or go buy more : )
Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I won!

Michele Maule had a giveaway over on her blog last week and I
won this delightful little watercolor. So happy!

I'm hoping my luck holds because I'd really like to win the
raffle at the Rotary Auction today. I went to the preview
last night before the movie and although there is nothing
I feel I have to be at the starting line and run for, I am going shopping!


I saw this movie last night and really enjoyed it. It's a little predictable, but it held my attention and I really laughed. It was just what I needed after a busy day!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Walk in the rain.

Roger Miller said, "Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." Taking it literally, I just did my five-mile walk in the rain this morning and feel great. I am a little wet and by the end my sneakers were very squishy, but it was almost cleansing. Ready to take on anything! Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By the sea.

Tuesday was a gorgeous evening so I went out to sit on the rocks to just unwind. I took plenty of pics of the sky and sunset, but the colors on the beach caught my eye. So as the water ebbed and flowed ever so slightly I snapped away. I love the blues of the mussel shells the most!