Monday, March 28, 2011


Last weekend the music man and I escaped the cold rain and went to the desert with friends. It was cool but sunny and it felt so good to feel the sun on my skin. For us the desert is the first place to feel the seasons warmth and see the flowers in bloom.

Spring has Sprung

blooming cacti

summer wrap


I even got a little pink on my cheeks. I'm waiting patiently for warmer days the weather man promised are coming. Until then I'm thankful we had this weekend and for the rain we left behind as my growing garden drank it up.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Winter recap and Spring awakening

This winter season was sort of a wonky one for us here in So Cal. We had days that felt like summer, followed the next with flooding rains and winds that wrecked havoc. I didn't get as much knitting done as I thought and barely sat down at my sewing machine. Work was busy,thankfully busy, weekly doctor appointments and bad back days left me less time to create. Though we did have many nights with good food, good conversations, visits with friends and family, played games with the kids, finished the place mats for my mom and sister, made a couple trips to where the grape vines grow and started my spring seedlings successfully (hooray). I guess that's life, at least for me I know my "hope to do" list always seem bigger than reality. No complaints, life is SO good!
mom's place mat
S set

So here's to Spring! I am so excited for the possibilities this season brings. When I think of you I think of:

longer and warming days
my growing garden
enjoying Pasta Sunday outdoors
flip flops
the Easter Bunny
tulips and ranunculus
fresh strawberry jam

more fun in the mail today, whoohoo
new projects. I got some more fun in the mail recently and have cast on for a summer wrap.
summer wrap

Thanks for stopping by I would love to hear what the Spring season mean to you?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

1000 Cranes for Japan

The Terrible events in Japan are a stark reminder to us all to live life and appreciate our blessing as such sadness and devastation can happen in the blink of an eye.

The crane is a mystical, holy creature in Japan and represents luck, good fortune, and long life. The act of folding cranes, specifically, 1000 cranes, is said to make the folder's wish come true. In times of tradegy it is also said that people can help in the folding of cranes and are often seen displayed around an affected area.

The Project of 1000 cranes is sponsered by a group of wonderful people on flickr that gives us, living here a way to send hope and peace to Japan's people.

If you would like to fold a crane and post your picture on flickr you can follow the links here;

1000 cranes
how to make a crane

Sending thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan and everyone on the planet who is suffering.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lots of good stuff going on around here

I finally finished my slouchy and love it! I know when I finish a sweater I seem to always say that it could be my new fave so I wont this time but... I really love this one! I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino because it's so great to work with. The cashmere and wool blend is warm and cozy, but light enough to wear on a summers night. I love the light silver gray color its perfectly neutral and will go with everything.
finally finished the slouchy
The weather has been warming and Spring is coming I can feel it. I've been out in the garden transplanting my lettuce and spinach, getting my basil and carrot seeds started and soaking in the sunshine. I prefer to have my hands in the dirt versus in a glove so sometimes I get small nicks but I don't mind, I think there is something therapeutic about playing in the dirt. Do you use gloves or just dig in?
walla walls bing bang...
I planted my Walla Walla sweet onion bulbs too and am already dreaming of fresh roasted peppers and onions this summer, yum!
not so amused
There was a little knitting and sewing around here too. I made a market bag for my sister and those few minutes at my machine have my fingers itching to do more, perhaps its time to finish this. This is Jack's grumpy old dog face. He isn't so excited right now but I sure am.
Yes it is...
A couple times a month I drive down to south OC close to my sisters for Dr. appointments so we use these days to meet up for a walk and lunch before. Today we walked through this tunnel that led to the beach. It was really neat and seeing this on the tunnel wall made me smile. The new header picture was our amazing view while we ate lunch at a restaurant on the beach.

Life is beautiful and oh SO good!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

hello March

i mean it no more cookies
I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the month of March then with Jack the brown dog, aka cookie monster, well he's a lab so really any kind of food monster. Ohhh I love this sweet face. He is so full of personality especially when he wants something. This is his "I love cookie treats and would really like just one more please" look. Yep he got one more.

I finally finished my slouchy and am blocking it now. Once done I'll be back with pics to share. Oh gosh i am so close now, whoohoo!

Happy Thursday and Happy March to you!