July 2009

  • Blueberries!

    My sweetie in the garden fixin' breakfast! Blueberries! Very, very healthy food! Easy to freeze! Fun to pick! Yummy to eat!

    I have said this before, but it bears repeating - if you have a u-pick farm near you, take advantage of the opportunity to spend a morning out in the fresh air picking your own produce and saving LOTS of money. And I mean LOTS!

  • More Christmas in July!

    Sarah's Holiday Handmade Crusade challenge for July is to "save summer"!  But what I want to save for summer isn't ready to be saved yet!

    Sarah is also sharing "long term projects" in her Christmas in July series, so  I decided to share a couple of my own "long term projects" as my entry for July! "Saving summer" will have to wait until August!

  • Christmas in July give-a-way WINNER!

    Thank you all for entering the Christmas in July give-a-way!  And for sharing your thoughtful sentiments about your favorite parts of the Christmas Holidays.  I loved every single comment. 

    Drawing results!!!

    Congratulations Chris!  Your ornament will be in the mail as soon as you return from Sedona!

     

  • Help me learn to knit socks!

    This post is NOT about Butterflies!  But I just had to share this visit from a Swallowtail Butterfly while I was in my garden taking photos for TeriC!

    This post is actually about knitting socks!  Actually - about the fact that I don't have a clue about how to knit socks

    Many, many years ago, I knitted lots of sweaters!  But I have never, ever given knitting socks a thought! In fact, I had pretty much put knitting completely behind me!


    And then I read Sarah's Christmas in July - Crafty Crusader All-Star interview with OneRedBootKaren has knitted 15 pairs of socks since January and is working on number 16! And she has shared these lovely photos of some of her gorgeous socks.  She is indeed a Crafty Crusader All-Star!

    Karen!  You have totally inspired me to learn to knit socks!

    Don't you think it is about time I do something about my dismal sock wardrobe?

    But, given the fact that I don't have a clue about where to begin, I need help!  Sock knitters out there, would you please comment with the name of your favorite book or other source of information offering EASY instructions for knitting sox - preferably big, bulky, cozy, crafting-while-watching-TV socks in an uninspired pattern like a straight knit stitch!  I'll add interest with variegated yarn!

    Thank you!

    PS:  Don't forget to enter the Christmas in July Give-a-way.  Deadline is July 24th (Friday) at mid-night!
     

  • Christmas in July Give-a-way

    July 25th is officially "Christmas in July" in our family! 

    While Diane and Michael were growing up, we would celebrate by visiting our favorite Christmas shop in Scottsdale, AZ  called the Scandinavian Shop to select an ornament for the Christmas tree.  Actually - we usually came home with more than one each. We couldn't help ourselves!  There were millions and millions to choose from!  The walls and ceiling were completely covered in garlands decorated with so many ornaments even the "pine needles" were invisible!

    This year to celebrate July 25th, I am going to give away the ornament above which has been on our family Christmas tree for the past 30+ years.  Since I gave Diane and Michael all their ornaments long ago so they could put them on their own trees, I don't have one from our July 25th trips to share.  But this is one Diane and I picked out on a Christmas shopping trip together many years ago, and with her permission I am giving it to one of you! 

    To be eligible to enter the drawing, please leave me a comment telling me the one thing you love most about the winter holidays!  Comments will be closed for this drawing at midnight July 24th and I will announce the winner on July 25th.

    Good luck to all!

  • Mini Pinata Advent Calendar - Christmas in July

    Only a little over four months left until December 1st  - so what better way to celebrate "Christmas In July" than to get started making your Advent Calendars!

    July? Christmas?  Absolutely!  "Christmas in July" celebrations have been a much loved tradition in our family since Diane was about 5 years old.  On July 25th we would take a trip to a local Christmas shop so my children could pick out a special ornament to save and then put on the tree in December.

  • Come explore with me!

    Do you recognize this view of Realto Beach from a recent post?  This is another of the many moods of one of my very favorite places in Olympic National Park.

    As promised, I am sharing a few images from our trip. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, and are planning "stay-cations" for the summer, perhaps these images will entice you to consider a trip to the San Juan Islands or to Olympic Park.