Monday, May 31, 2010

99 Things

I'm following suit with Letters from Coco and posting my 99 Things (experiences) List! What you do is highlight the items you have done and then enjoy reading others answers. Let me know if you decide to post your 99 list!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney
8. Climbed a mountain (I am not counting hiking.)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped or cliff jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (partially! not fluent)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (I've been to Italy, can you tell?)
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Been sky diving
66. Visited a Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Gotten a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Canvas Pop

I just love days when I stumble across a cool find on the internet. I swear most days I feel like I've reached the end of the internet and there is nothing else cool to see. Well today I came across Canvas Pop!

Canvas Pop is a cool service where you can upload a personal image and they place it on a giclee canvas for you to enjoy! Canvas art has become really popular over the past few years, so wouldn't it be better to have an image of your own on your all? Not some big box image everyone else might have?

Here are a few samples from their ideas gallery!

I have so many ideas now!! My inspiration has come back! I am definitely drawn to the three panel option. What images and panels would you use?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Music for YOU wednesday.

Hey all - here is my little playlist for this week. All of these songs remind me of nature. Enjoy!!

Music Playlist at

Sunday, May 23, 2010

eye candy.

you're welcome ;)

Etsy Finds!

Just some fun Etsy items I wanted to share with you this rainy Sunday (at least in Washington.) All handcrafted items featured today are from Seattle artists!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


One thing that really excites me every year is setting up my plants. I can't really call it gardening on my end since I've always lived in an apartment I'll just say setting up plants!

Today I came across the store profile on Apartment Therapy for Succulence! For a few years now I've seen the concept of wall-succulent planting and I love it. This is exactly what I want to do when I have a yard or even just a fenced in patio. The only problem is...anytime I've tried to maintain succulents I've killed them. I am great with herbs, ferns, flowers....but not these gems. I think know I over water them but am not quite sure if that is all I'm doing wrong. Anyone have tips or thoughts?

Enjoy these pics and the article on Succulence!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Old cat New tricks

Just had to post a few photos of one of my kids newest stunts/tricks.

She also got some kitty grass today...yumm!

I want. I NEED!

Just look at the fun bedding Ikea has to offer right now! I need one of these in my life - or maybe two choices would be better ;) About a month ago, one of our cats gagged up a hairball (gross I know...) on the bedspread and ruined it big time. I've waited long enough. Out of these choices, which is your favorite?

So many choices I can't possibly decide!!! I'm sort of in to the large graphics right now but this last picture is just so pretty.  These also make me excited to set up our new house in Tucson!
All images found on Ikea's website!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I wish I was wearing this today. A bright spring dress, scarf and cardi in case it gets chilly and a new purse (of course!) All lovely items (and images) from Anthropologie.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Day Trip!

Today hubby and I decided to take a day trip to Mt. Saint Helens. You can see the volcano from our street and can get a great view from our rooftop, but we've never made the drive to actually see the mountain up close! Since the weather was kind today we decided to make the drive!

Before reaching the farthest lookout we could get to (without doing an actual mountain climb!) we stopped to take some pretty nature pictures on a trail.

After a minute of trying to find a four leaf clover, we headed up to one of the next lookouts to snap a few pictures. Pictures do not do Helens justice. It is massively big, beautiful and snowy!

We dove a bit longer and stopped to take a look around a few more lookouts. Then we finally made it in to the "blast zone." From our apartment you see the font side of Helens but from today's angle you see exactly where the blast happened. It pretty much took away the whole back half of the volcano.

We were really close and it was beautiful! Again, pictures do not do anything justice. We were so close and Helens was so big! After a few more pictures we headed back down to stop at a Bigfoot shop we'd seen earlier.

We picked up a few funny shirts for gifts and were on our way home! A nice day trip for anyone living in the Pacific NW!

Today we are taking a little day trip to Mt. Saint Helens! We've finally had a few beautiful and warm days here in the Pacific NW, so we are taking fool advantage of a day off with nice weather. Hope you are all having a great weekend so far! I will post more pictures later with information about Mt. Saint Helens National Park.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I have, technically, played the flute for almost 18 years! Music was a huge part of my life from 6th grade until I graduated college. I was a drum-major in high school, had lots of auditions and was a flute performance minor in college.

I found myself thinking the other day "why haven't I played my flute regularly in years?" I can't believe I let one of the most important and natural talents I have fall to the wayside.  So this weekend I decided to pick up my flute and start practicing again, regularly, and not let my music slip away! Having something you are good at and can be proud of is a part of life everyone should experience! What is an old hobby or talent you have that you want to revive?

Monday, May 10, 2010

blog of the month!

Hey ya'll - I've decided to do a little "feature" each month of a blog I think you all should check out! I will do a little post about my pick for blog of the month summing up what their blog is about, etc. I will also place their button in the left hand column so you can easily go back and check out their blog again and again!

For my first blog of the month, I have chosen Decor8! I decided to check out Decor8 after many of the other blogs I read kept going on and on about how great it was - and they were right! I was blown away by the first article I read - Brass Razoo Shop Tour. The picture below (taken from Decor8) will give you a glimpse of the beauty found in the daily posts!

Along with inspiring DIY posts, blog features and decorating tips, Decor8 offers online classes about blogging. Check out Decor8 today and get inspired!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! I love you!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

simple sewing

For the past few days Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter has been my inspiration for gifts and housewares!

So far, I've made the Cafe Aprons (one style pictured below) and plan to make some simple tea towels and pot holders! This is a great book for first time sew-ers as well as those advanced seamstresses. Check out Lotta's site for products and more!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

music for YOU wednesday.

Hey ya'll! Today I decided to share my little music mix with you. Oldies songs inspire me and put a kick in my step. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Just spending time with my pretty kitty girl...waiting on the sun to shine.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Inspiration - Knitting

Some pictures and projects from around the web that inspire me in my daily knitting ideas!