Childhood Library

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My mother has a great love of reading that she has passed down to my siblings and I. She started with her favorite picture books to assist us in forming our own appreciation for the quiet act of reading.

My sister recently passed down a couple of books from our childhood that her little girls have been able to enjoy for awhile. The books are slightly tattered but still in very good reading condition with lots of memories.

The Book Titles:

No More Baths by Brock Cole

Oh, Were They Ever Happy! by Peter Spier

Bored-Nothing To Do! by Peter Spier

Burt Dow Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey

Thanks, Kay, for passing along a little family heritage!

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No wonder I learned to love to read! The imagery in these picture books is wonderful! Makes me want to sit down to paint and read all at the same time. To the love of art and reading!



Pucker Up Buttercup!

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Pickles are one of my top favorite snacks and sidekicks to a sandwich.

I’m a dill only kinda gal. I’ll eat bread & butter pickles or sweet pickles but there is nothing like the puckering quality of a dill pickle.

My late Grandpa Bee would agree with me!

My sister-in-law gave me a big ‘ol jar of homemade pickles with the recipe and pickling spice for my birthday! For some reason, I had never thought to make my own all these years. Now I’m eating a pickle or two any time the munchies appear.

We had a girl’s day with other family and friends to make refrigerator style traditional and unique pickled items.

Hmmm mmmm Delicious!

Thank you, Becky, for enlightening me on the delectable homemade pickle process!

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Beauty Tip: A good dill pickle will always create that perfect lip pucker.

Dill Pickle Recipe:

8 cups water

1/2 cup canning salt

2 cups distilled water

Bring to a boil, then place in bowl with:

1 bulb garlic

2 tsp pickling spice

8-12 stocks dill

3-4 small onions

pickling cucumbers

Let sit out for 3 days (c0vered), refrigerate for 8 months – 1 year.

Opening Act at the Big Top

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I’m excited for the next Family Camp already!

One of my birthday wishes, this year, was for special camping dishes. I was inspired by Deru, a local favorite spot, who serves their food on black and white enamelware dishes. Clean, functional and perfect for camp life. Add a dent or two and suddenly it has more character with memories.

Thank you, Mom and Dad^2, for a wonderful gift and many memories to come!

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Camp life is always a juggling act of some kind. But, oh is it fun!

Here is the link to the dishes I received.

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.

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

Miss Thank You's Mailbox

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.

Back to the Land of “S”

Art Doodles

While Hawaii was great. I mean freaking amazing!!! I’m glad to be back to all things Seattle. Space Needle, Starbucks, Sleepless in Seattle (perfect movie to watch on a cold day) and crossed fingers…snow! The temperatures have dropped here in the PNW and it has me dreaming of a winter wonderland.

A little song to help you get in the snowy mood too!

Thank you to my Daddi-O for picking The Man and I up from the airport. We super appreciate it!

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There is nothing like driving into the city and seeing the Space Needle beaming up to the sky.

The Getaway Car

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My mother-in-law (mom²) graciously volunteered to drive The Man and I to the airport for the beginning of our Hawaiian getaway. She did this before hearing what time our flight was… 🙂 I had purposely chosen the earliest flight out so that way we could have a half day in Hawaii. Well, even when she heard that our flight was at 6am and we would need to leave around 4:30am, she said yes!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending us off our one year anniversary trip!

Doxie 0325Here we are with Gretchen at the wheel of our Hawaii sunset vacation!