Labeled Frenzy

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I am one of those people who receives immense satisfaction from organization. Nothing better than a clean space with appropriate labeled boxes, cabinets, pens, dogs, husbands…

This year for my birthday my parents gave me a label maker! How I’ve lived without one for this many years is a mystery to me.

Labeler Thank You

All of my Husband’s fears, in regards to label makers, are coming true in this sketch. You know sometimes you gotta label what is yours so everyone else knows. Hehee.


Girl’s Weekend

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A friend from college was recently married in Orlando, FL. Lucky for me, one of my best friends lives there too. A wedding is always a great excuse to have a girl’s weekend!

My friend, Angie, was the perfect hostess for me on this weekend excursion. She greeted me with a bag of goodies to help me fight through jetlag, the intense Florida sun and the occasional chocolate craving.

Thank you, my dear Angie, for making me feel like a super special guest!

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My PNW white skin definitely wasn’t ready for the rays of the Florida sun. Here I am slathered in sunscreen while eating my chocolate poolside. Sounds pretty good to me!

Real Life in Pastel

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When I first returned to the Seattle area, I was enrolled at Seattle Community College for an art minor. I studied under the talented Tatiana Garmendia along with many of my classmates.

One of my classmates, who is truly a natural with a great artistic eye, decided to use me as live model for his Drawing 111 Final.  The directive was to draw inspiration from a piece at the Seattle Art Museum and make it your own. Without even knowing it, he drew exactly what I would want to wear dressed up!

About a year ago, I started thinking about this pastel drawing wishing I could acquire it. I wrote the artist to see if he would part with it. He told me I was the only person who could entice him to say goodbye to “her.” And there you have it!

Now she proudly sits in my living room/ bar area for all to see. I really enjoy catching glances of her while I walk through the house. I remember the moments creating where everything is peaceful.

Basilio Bocalan-Eaton Pastel Drawing

Left: Basilio Bocalan-Eaton’s Pastel Drawing

Right: Inspiration Oil on Canvas Painting, Jessica Pen in Black with White Plumes by Robert Henri

Thank you for giving me a part of your creative self. I truly appreciate it every day!

Real Life in Pastel

Freud would say I value myself too highly in this painting sketch since I’m gigantic. Whoops!

Family Camp

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My husband was long ago adopted into his friend’s family tradition of “Family Camp.” The decision of two people started a much anticipated yearly event for all. Lots of people, games of all kinds, food and of course sleeping under the stars make for the perfect combo of a summertime celebration.

My husband and I are so excited and appreciative to be considered a part of this family excursion every year.

To The Nortons! Thank you for making us feel like one of the family!

Family Camp

The Columbia River at Maryhill State Park.

A few snapshots of camp life from this past summer.

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Wednesday Night Fútbol

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Great friends of ours gave us tickets to a Seattle Sounders soccer game! My man really enjoys soccer but surprisingly this was only our second game since meeting one another almost 3 years ago. It was great to get out for a date night to cheer on Seattle!

Thank you Marcus & Teresa for making a normal Wednesday a little bit more out of the ordinary! Go Sounders!!!

Wednesday Night Fútbol | The Art of Appreciation

We cheered our team on for a rallying win with only seconds to spare in overtime. Scarves up!


Wedded Cake Bliss

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I recently was a part of wedding where the two joining families were such a pleasure to celebrate the happy couple with. I just had to tell them my joy of being included in their new found sense of family.

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment in your lives. To many more to come!

Wedded Cake Bliss | The Art of Appreciation

Basically this is where I could be found at the party, near the DERU Market cakes. My favorites are: Chocolate with salted peanut butter frosting, vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting, vanilla with coconut frosting, poppyseed with vanilla frosting, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and wait…that is all of them! Seriously, they are that good!

The Best Time of the Year

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The time has arrived for big turkey dinners, mounds of mashed potatoes, Starbucks red cups, Christmas music and family! The greatest of these, Family.

What better way to start off the week of ultimate Thanksgiving then with a Thank You from one of my Tweedles. The gift of Transformers produced this precious note. The simple things in life are the ones worth holding on to.  This goes in the vault.


Nothing is more dear than a handwritten note from the littlest of hands.


Thoughtfully Crafted

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My sister-in-law created glass jewelry boxes for the women in her family as beautiful thank you gifts for helping out with her wedding. Such a thoughtful and gorgeous reminder of her love and appreciation.


Her handcrafted beauty held a glistening pair of earrings as well!


Thank you Becky for including me in such a beautiful moment!

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Sitting pretty with my new earrings and jewelry box.

Pump It Upppppppp!

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I really dislike when house, car or dog matters happen on my watch. For instance, when I lost Manny at the dog park for 35 minutes. Or, as in recent events, a tire goes flat. I suddenly feel immense guilt that I did something wrong. As if I would purposely drive over a nail so that it would puncture the tire twice!

Thankfully, The Man signed up for tire insurance with Discount Tire Store and the tire was replaced for free!!! When they said, “Oh yeah we’ll get that replaced for you in no time at no cost,” I was floored. They apologized for a 45 minute wait time while I jumped for joy! I was able to grab a cup of coffee (Starbucks red cups are here!) and read my book. Sounds like a good morning to me.

Thank you Discount Tire Store for being pretty freakin awesome!

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