Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Good, The Random, The Fun

Driving past a house the other day we saw all these rock sculptures 
It must have taken hours of patient work to get all the random sized stones balanced 

We saw piles of stones in the back yard - so there may be more sculptures coming 
And for more fun - flowers on  our deck, taken yesterday.  This has been a glorious summer for flowers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Day With the Sea Gulls

Warm sunny weather, the blue ocean, a slight breeze and sea gulls - what more could one ask?

Birch Bay State Park 


 Bath time!

Weekly Top Shot - Sailboats

Sail boat races on Bellingham Bay on a sunny day.  Summer perfection!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Personal Photo Challenge - Movement

There is a lot of water in the Pacific Northwest - lakes, rivers, bays and the ocean - and there are a lot of kayaks.  I love the rhythm and beauty of the rowing - with the action and the colors too.
There are Kayak Clubs in our area - they often get together for a game of Kayak Basketball 
 This game was at Lake Padden, a city park  in Bellingham.  These were taken with my little point and shoot Canon.
The motion of the waves in the sunlight - taken with my Canon Powershot SX30IS - landscape setting 
And then the kayakers came into view.  They were all beginners and having lessons in kayaking on the ocean 
Back to Lale Padden - this was the same camera - action setting.  It allows me to take multiple shots quickly, without waiting for the review. 
The slower kayakers don't necessarily need the action setting 
A great day for a smooth kayak ride.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Little Things Thursday - Grandsons

Grandsons are such fun - always something new and interesting going on with them.
 Ben - this is the summer he learned to mow the lawn.
 And the summer he got a dog.  Daisy is a Beagle/Poodle mix and as sweet a dog as you could ever hope to meet.  Ben is 9 3/4 and is starting 4th grade.

.Jahn-Zyel moved to a farm this summer - here he is gathering thistles for his goat and his sheep. 
And he loves his chickens - and they love him.   Jahn just turned 13 and is Junior High now.
Donnie lives in West Virginia so we don't see him as often - but they send lots of photos.  In this one he has just come home from preschool where he "drawed his arms and legs" - with a magic marker, under the covers while "taking a nap" 
Add some dirt clumps to the water in the wheelbarrow after a storm and then fling it all about - good fun for little boys.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cottage Style Party - Embroidered Tea Towels

 I think any cottage is not complete without hand embroidered dish towels. My mother and grandmother called them Tea Towels

In the late 1800s the tea towel was very important in the great British tea ceremony. There it was combined with the finest crystal and chinaware and was designed to match the rest of the table linen. Often it was wrapped around the tea pot to insulate it, used to prevent drips or  draped over bread, scones and cakes to keep them fresh.

They were originally used just to clean teapots and delicate tea china.

The first reference in print is from 1863:
                   "Anna said she was going to keep house
                   exactly as Grandmother did, so after supper
                   she took a little hot water in a basin on a
                    tray and got  the tea-towels and washed
                    the silver and best china but she let the 
                    ivory handles on the knives and forks
                   get wet, so I presume they will all turn black."

I've embroidered many sets of Tea Towels over the years - I love the old Aunt Martha patterns.  Funny thing - you can buy them on ebay for 5.00 to 8.00 EACH - and yet all the old patterns are still available from Colonial Patterns  for $1.50 each.   I have lots of the patterns and still like to spend time stitching Tea Towels.

I made this set for me, after seeing it on a friend's blog.  I had such fun finding fabric for the bonnet,trim on the skirts and a border on the bottom of each Tea Towel.

Another of my favorites is this set of birdies, day of the week.

I started this pair of Tea Towels when I was 16 - they are kind of outdated now - but I have to say I like them simply because of when I made them.
Do you have some hand embroidered Tea Towels?   Did you make them or were they a gift?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Black and White Wednesday - Nasturtiums

I love nasturtiums - the colors - the scent - the taste - just an all around great flower.  Now here they are in Black and White.