No More Complaining! It Be a Garden Here.

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come join me for an early morning walk in my garden.

Snowy white poppies just opened this morning!

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Silver Dollar and Bleeding Heart are at peak bloom.

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Breakfast berries coming soon! My sweetie's pickin' fingers are twitching already!

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The seedling children seem happy in the tomato beds.

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My beloved Shooting Star welcomes a new day.

Thank you for visiting and letting me share springtime in my garden.

Futuregirl Love

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This is why Alice needs a Saori mug rug for her desk at work!

She made this beautiful pot holder for me for Mother's Day! I still can't believe, as busy as she is, that she took the time to do this.

I love it. Love the colors. Love the big surprise. Love Alice!

Tutorial For Portable Saori Vacation Weaving

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A quick re-cap about weaving in Saori Style and then the how-to!

And to repeat what I said in the last post, I am not really inventing anything new here.  Just putting things together in new ways.

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Portable Saori Weaving For Kids and Moms On The Go

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Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that I love weaving in Saori style.

For one thing, it just seems to me that Saori weaving is a natural for those of us sharing this community - because we love being individuals and expressing who we are - especially if it can be done using recycled materials.

Check Out My Beautiful New Wooden Shoes to Celebrate St. Nicholas Eve!

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My sweetie and I just got back from visiting the coolest shop!

Dutch American Market & Import in Beaverton, OR.

The whole purpose of the trip was to purchase a lovely pair of wooden shoes so I would be able to properly celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas this year.

But needless to say, things got a bit out of hand as my sweetie browsed the imported food aisles and I happily poked about among the shelves and shelves of Delft Blue pottery candlesticks, ornaments, dishes, canal houses, St. Nicholas figurines and of course wooden shoes.

I have come to the conclusion I am going to need more than wooden shoes and one Delft Blue Windmill ornament to celebrate my Dutch roots on December 5th!

And one of those things needed for the celebration is Edam and Gouda imported from Holland. We brought a big piece of aged gouda home with us but it will probably not last the week - certainly not til December.

The "Gouda" in the grocery stores - which I happen to like by the way - no comparison.

When I bit into the sample,  my mouth felt like it was tasting cheese for the first time.

Locals, you just have to visit! And go hungry because they have a lunch bar serving sandwiches featuring their lovely cheeses! Or you can just taste test the cheeses. Did you know there isn't just one Gouda??

And - did you know there are 32 kinds of Dutch licorice? Apparently licorice is a huge favorite in the Netherlands! My sweetie brought his share home - didn't even make it into the photo before it was sampled!

At the end of our visit, Joke, who helped us with our questions and purchases and whose heritage is Dutch East Indies, sat us down and served us complimentary Dutch coffee (in the most beautiful Delft Blue cups) and - get this - Speculaas windmill cookies!

I wish I could have taken every one of you with me.

They do have a web site here and will ship anywhere in the US. It is not yet set up to show the inventory but many, many items available are listed so, by all means, contact Hans or Lia Middelhoven. They are genuinely kind people who will be happy to assist.

If you are local, don't miss a visit with Joke. She will guide you through the food items from the Dutch East Indies.  We came home with both salty and sweet soy sauce (OMG) and packets of spices to be used in chicken and beef dishes and even one especially for green beans.

You might find the history of the Dutch East Indies interesting - I sure did.  Holland ruled the Dutch East Indies for 300 years before giving Indonesia it's freedom to self rule in 1948.  I found this story especially fascinating.

Now if you will excuse me, it is time for another piece of Gouda!

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