I'm just a mid-west girl, who's traveled the world and would love to share some of my favorite things with you. Some of my favorite things are: cats, dogs: especially huskies and pugs, all things art: painting, pottery, card-making, stamps, the ocean, indian food, all things moroccan, italian, hand-made goods, soaps and candles, bright colors, blues, dark chocolate, coffee and tea, kringla, nesting dolls, tudors, medieval times, english cottages, history, reading, traveling, and learning about other cultures.
I'm sooo sorry, I haven't blogged in such a long time! I need to get back to my creative side. I love Halloween and autumn, cooler temps, and enjoying all things pumpkin: pumpkin lattes, pumpkin lasagne, pumpkin risotto, anything with pumpkin in it. I highly recommend William and Sonoma's Pumpkin latte syrup. It has real pumpkin puree in it, not the fake artificial flavoring stuff that you usually see. Anyways, here are some of my favorite Halloween things.
I made this ceramic pumpkin bowl and the candy treats.
Well, first off I'm so sorry I have not been blogging, I have been busy lately. I just had my birthday and my husband got me a pug dog, yay!!!! I had been searching and wanting a dog for months. I finally got one!!
We had had a wonderful, siberian husky, named, Atrael, but she passed away a few years ago, and we were finally ready for a dog again. It is so different going from a husky, large dog to a small pug. We got her from a family, who didn't have time for her. They were a lovely family, and Luna is the sweetest little girl!
Oh, and we loved her name! She's a year and a half and I'm working on her training and socialization skills.
She's coming along. At first, when we brought her home, she was like a tornado! Now, I'm walking her and getting her energy out, so she is a calm sweet girl. The cats aren't too happy, that this little monster has arrived, but they'll adjust in time. I'll keep y'all updated on her progress. Right now, we are just so happy with our new little puggy!
I am so excited about all the flowers that are blooming in my yard. This is all new to me, since we moved into our new house. I'm so thankful to our previous owners for planting such beauties out there and everyday I find a new flower blooming. And by the way, I am loving the South!! The weather is just gorgeous right now, actually we have had months now of beautiful weather. I am enjoying it now, because soon summer will kick in and then it's miserable with the heat and humidity, feels like a sauna come June-August. Oh well, have to go to the pool or the beach and cool down. Here are some pictures of my flowers in my yard. Enjoy!
Sorry, I haven't blogged in awhile, I took a trip with my husband to Italy and Spain, now I'm back and ready to share my adventures.
I have been enjoying downtown Savannah lately. I think Savannah is such a romantic, beautiful, old city, that just takes you back in time, every time you visit. I am never bored with Savannah. I seem to discover something new each time I'm there. It's lovely during all the seasons, but I think it's prettiest in the spring. I wanted to share with y'all some photos that I took this past weekend. They're with my iphone, so not the greatest, but you can imagine all the beauty that is there.
If you have never visited Savannah or Charleston, I highly recommend you do so. They are one of a kind here in the States. You will feel like you've been transported in time and you will experience the southern charm, both of these 2 cities are magical.
My friend's courtyard in downtown Savannah, it's in an old carriage house.
Carriage tour with my friend visiting from Washington State.
I had to write about this. Italians know what the perfect breakfast is. I'm so happy I married an italian and get to eat sweets every morning for breakfast, along with a perfect cappuccino. Okay, this has always cracked me up, check out the photo below: it's a picture on the back of a package of italian cookies. It's so funny, it says, basically for kids to have 8 cookies, a cappuccino, and a pear, that makes a perfectly balanced breakfast!
I love it, love the italians, they know what's good!
I have been so spoiled lately, by all my wonderful, dear friends, who have surprised me with special goodies! I just wanted to share with y'all my latest surprises in the mail.
Katie, sent me this lovely paint brush holder, that she sewed, it matches my coastal theme. Along, with a packet of flower seeds. What a special surprise and it holds my brushes perfectly and great for traveling!! Thank You Katie!!!
My friend, Janice sent me some Cafe Du Monde coffee from New Orleans. It's the coffee with chickory in it. I had always wanted to try it, along with beignets! Well, it was the perfect evening, I received the coffee and that evening, we went to Huey's, downtown Savannah(New Orleans restaurant), and ordered beignets for dessert, they were out of this world!!!! If you have never had fresh beignets, you must try them! It was like tasting heaven. They were hot and fresh with powdered sugar.
Yesterday, I received a letter and all kinds of paper goodies from Sally(Queenie and the Dew), she is so sweet. I found out, we have a lot in common! She sent me some tea and a postcard from Cambridge, England, it brought back a lot of memories for me, since I used to work in Cambridge.
Well, it's been a great week of good mail days! Thank you dear friends!
I had a great week, it was our wedding anniversary and I received 2 packages from 2 very special people in my life. The first package is from my exchange student, who's like a daughter to us, from Pakistan. It arrived on our anniversary, so how appropriate. It was a huge box, full of goodies. She put letters in it, jewelry, 2 pairs of shoes, a beautiful sweater, home goods, some knick-knacks and a sweater and hat for my husband, oh, and 2 necklaces for the cats with their names on it. Here are some pictures.
Slipper shoes from Pakistan
Me, wearing my sweater and trying to take a picture
The end of the week, I received another package from my dear friend and neighbor back in Washington. She is so creative and talented. She sent me a journal that she made, along with a box and mini cards, also, that she hand-made. She also, sent me some other non-hand made goods, such as tea and napkins. You can check out her Etsy site at: www.psloveyoudesigns.etsy.com
She makes the neatest hand-made cards, so check out her Etsy site. Here are some pictures:
Well, this is my first attempt at one of these challenges. I had fun making them. I chose to do a bird collage, since I had all these great papers from Stampin Up and also, chose to do Bird Girl, since I live near Savannah. Here are my creations: Bird Collage and Bird Girl(watercolor painting).