Cheeseburger in paradise...countdown.

Happy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing my son soon.
Days away....countdown.....





Seize the opportunities.

Have no regrets.

My cheeseburger is waiting,
along with a Pina Colada....or two.

Pass the sunscreen.


The best of all gifts

Missing my son 
and looking forward to seeing him soon.
One of my favorite gifts.
A photo of him, with the 
word "MOM" on his snowboard. 

My little Santa collection.

 A gift from Michele.

Polly and Amy contributed to my nutcracker collection.

Our first nutcrackers.

Back in the day when I was painting.


Love at first sight when I spotted 
this little paper mache elves.

Whimsical snowmen shelf sitters.

Remembering our first Christmas by candlelight.

The dynamics of the holidays do change year-to-year.
This year I am not having a tree,
and decided to simplify my decorating.

I only brought out my favorites;
snowmen, Santas and Nutcrackers.

It feels right.
and feeling totally blessed.


Punch Needle Ornies with Bling

 Red Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

I love beads!
Can't resist adding a little zest
to punch needle ornaments!
Traditional red snowflake.

 Kelley Green Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

The snowflakes were a little tricky.
Green & purple together; a little funky!

 Cream Punch Needle Beaded Ornament

I love the natural soft tones on this one.

Merry Holidays!
Did I really just say that?

Scrappy Chic

 Scrappy Chic Applique Pillow

I decided to create something with my HUGE stash
of painted fabric used to clean up paint spills.

I cut out shapes without a pattern,
and without an idea.
I love flowers, and decided to go with flower shapes.

I am a huge fan of Rebecca Sower,
and the artistic/poetic compositions 
she creates with thread, buttons, and lace etc....

She was my inspiration for this pillow.
I didn't fret about the composition.
I just let it all fall into place.

When I was done, I decided to sew it to a pillow.
It's very scrappy, but it's speaks to me.
I like to think of it as "scrappy chic".

Today is a rather chilly fall day,
and I am playing with a new camera lens,
after my primary lens has become quite blurry 
and sadly requires repair.
I panic when I don't have a camera handy,
so yesterday I purchased a new basic lens.
This pillow was a perfect subject for that project.
I think I'm happy for now.

I have some new fresh ideas
to use up some of that painted fabric.
Stay tuned, as I think my muse is back!

Thanks for looking.


Disguised to protect their identity...

It's going to be a special day today....
A day filled with surprises...

this couple is travelling to their new home today

 As well as this little guy....
but just in case someone is wise enough to peek here,

We'll just add a little filter or two....
So you get the idea.....
I LOVE surprises,
especially when I'm giving them.


Our amazing Autumn vacation in Upstate NY & VT

Day 1 Arrival - Lewey Lake, Adirondacks, NY

We met up with friends to spend 2 days here.

This is our view from our site.

We camped side by side.

Just setting up
This is our campsite Mascott named Hewey Lewey.

He was a loner, and stood apart from the others.

He would be at our door in the morning,

and frequently visited.
 I couldn't resist getting closer to these ducks.
They spent more time with their heads underwater,

than above water.

This went on for quite a while.

Our first night dropped into the 30's

and we woke up to steam on the water.

It was quite lovely.
Day 2 - Sunset

We were preparing to sit outside for our last dinner.

Quite suddenly, the trees lit up as the sun set.

It didn't last very long.

We had Chicken Fajitas for dinner, followed by
cocktails by the fire.....
and this gorgeous full moon.
Day 3 - St. George Battlefield Campground

We followed the path from our campsite.
to this park....

and from our site we could this view between the trees.
Our campsite is just behind this statue (see the blue vehicle).

This is the view from park, as we headed to the village.
 There were several cruise ships, but we were too late.
The village was like a ghost town.
All the shops were closed for the summer,
and left behind, were beautiful flower displays 
like these everywhere;
a reminder life did exist here.

The foliage was outstanding.

I loved the color of the  mountains,

 as well as the sky.

As we were walking, a couple monarchs caught my eye.
 We packed a lunch, 
and headed for a drive around Lake George.

Someone had already pulled their dock.

We decided it was a great spot to eat our lunch.
The contrast of the mountains to the foliage was striking.

Day 5 we headed back to Vermont,
and couldn't resist snapping a photo 
of this covered bridge in Woodstock.

 As well as this red covered bridge.
I had to use my iphone for this shot, 
since I brought the wrong lense on my camera.

I love this angle, also taken with the iphone.
 Next town over from Woodstock,
we found Quechee Gorge.
In contrast to the ghost town at Lake George,
this town was hopping with many tourists.

 Stunning views from the top,
and stunning views from the bottom.

Having a little fun taking selfies with my bestie.

Happy Kiss-a-versary sweetheart.
It was always BAM from the start.

We hiked from the bottom of the gorge
to check out the dam.
I had to stop and take a photo of this chapel,
along side of a gravesite, 
with a sign that read: 

Love this!

Sadly, it was our last day.
A great way to end our vacation in the fall.

Thanks for visiting!