Thursday, July 31, 2014

Starshine Doily

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It's doily time! Today I'm sharing with you the Starshine Doily. Now, some of you may not be able to tell the difference, but upon editing these photos I realized that I had the doily wrong-side up when I took them! It bothered me so much that I almost didn't post this, but I know it doesn't change the look of the finished doily too much...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends! (I hope you are not getting tired of lake photos!)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday my friends! You know what makes me smile? When two photos I think about sharing inadvertently seem to pair so well together visually (or maybe it's just me)! The lily pads kind of play off the color and shapes in the first photo... But anyways, let's move from the artistic composition to the content of these photos!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pink Petal Doily

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Ready for another doily? Good. This one is called Pink Petal. Your eyes are fine, I just decided to do the pattern in grey and blue instead of white and pink. I know, I'm such a rebel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that served no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art." -Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

The birds in the above photos are not mockingbirds of course, but I couldn't resist sharing a Tom Robbins quote with you after having talked about him in my last post. As for the actual birds in the photos, you're looking at some geese and a little hummingbird. I have yet to be successful in catching a hummingbird in flight; those little buggers are quick! But admit defeat I have not! Whether or not I get the money shot I'm looking for, the birds are certainly fun to watch.  Are you guys doing any bird watching this summer?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday was full of smiles! It started out with a lovely kayak ride to a little island I hadn't been on in a few years...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two-Tone Doily

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I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "my day won't be complete until I see a doily." I, being the kind and caring person I am, am here to see that your need is met. So I'm sharing with you today the Two-Tone Doily.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends!  Today I'm sharing a couple of shots from a beautiful sunset a few day ago...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday my friends!  Are you smiling today?  I sure am!  I'm smiling because I'm posting this from my new home on the lake!   My grandma and I now have internet, woot woot!  (Although, to be honest, I didn't mind having to "un-hook" from my computer and cell phone for a little bit as a break!  But it's good to be back!)

And do you see that awesome lamp?!  I'm still smiling about how cool it is.  I saw some similar lanterns in an antique store recently and wondered if I (ok, let's be honest again- if my dad) could rig it up with a light bulb for a lamp.  I mentioned the idea to my dad and he asked if I had seen the old lanterns that my grandma has right here in this house!  My dad took one of them, and in no time transformed it into that awesome lamp for me!  We think the lantern belonged to my great-grandfather.  How cool is that?  I'll tell you- REALLY cool. What could be cooler?  I'll tell you- The fact that my great-grandfather's lantern (with a slight upgrade from my father) is sitting on a nightstand that my grandfather built.  Super cool.  But I am a sucker for sentimentality.

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I'm also a sucker for a foggy scene.  The fog over the lake yesterday morning was just beautiful.  I think I want to say that fog has a bit of an ethereal quality to it.  (Or maybe I want to say that because the word "ethereal" was just recently on jeopardy?)  At any rate, I like how fog comes in all light and delicate, transforming the scenery into something more magical, and leaves just about as lightly and delicately as it came, almost unnoticeable.

What's been making you smile lately?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coaster Set

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This is a coaster set that I made to go with the other bridal shower doilies.  I just love the coral and aqua colors together!  The pattern is my own design, and I'm super pleased with how they turned out!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement." 
- Hermann Hesse

I really like the contrast between these two photos!  Perhaps today you'll notice the dichotomies in your life?  Hope you have a terrific Tuesday my friends!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pineapple Runner

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How about some more pineapples?!  This is a runner I made for the same bridal shower gift as the last couple of doilies I posted.  I love how it turned out! (Please excuse the poor cell phone pictures, which don't do the piece justice!)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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                            "Why I Am Happy

                             Now has come, an easy time. I let it
                             roll. There is a lake somewhere
                             so blue and far nobody owns it.
                             A wind comes by and a willow listens
                             gracefully.
                             I hear all this, every summer. I laugh
                             and cry for every turn of the world,
                             its terribly cold, innocent spin.
                             That lake stays blue and free; it goes
                             on and on.
                             And I know where it is."
                             -William Stafford

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These are some views I never tire of!  And I'm lucky enough to enjoy them even more often, as I'm in the process of moving in with my Grandma where I'll be completely spoiled with this lake everyday...  (I hope you guys won't tire of lake pictures either!)

How are you all doing?  I apologize for getting behind with blog reading and emails.  I currently don't have internet at the lake, but I will soon!

Have a terrific Tuesday my friends!!