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"Sending an Owl..."

... to say " HAPPY HALLOWEEN!"


P.S.  November 1st. is my one year blogging anniversary!  To celebrate, there will be a give-away.

Playing with Gourds, Dried Leaves and Mod Podge

I love playing with gourds!  Absolutely love it!  And, apparently, I am not alone.  So - I have planned a few posts to share crafty gourd goodness!

Since it is now officially Fall, I have chosen to decorate my gourd with dried fall leaves; but just so you know, dried flowers work just as well. 

I have these flowers drying right now. I just picked them from my fall garden - rudbeckia, delphinium, hydrangea, pansies, asters and lobelia - to create a fall flower gourd.


My friend Chris tagged me recently, so I must answer 15 questions about myself. Chris did say I could change the rules (if you read Chris's blog Prisim Trail! you already know Chris has never followed a rule in her life)! So, instead of writing out my answers, I am answering in pictures and that way, if you really don't care where I am going on my next vacation, you might still enjoy the photos!

Chris just returned from Hawaii and has posted a series of beautiful photos of her trip. Start here!

Chris also changed the "tag eight people" rule and only tagged one person! I like that change. I am tagging Liz, who just returned from a fabulous trip to Cairo and probably has all the time in the world to do this! Well, maybe not, but she is a wonderful photographer and I am hoping she will follow my lead and answer in pictures. Be sure to join Liz on her Cairo adventure. Bon voyage!


1. What is your current obsession? I have two right now and both will result in tutorials this year.

Gourd crafts


2. Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately?

3.What's for dinner?

Posole! Pork and hominy stew flavored with oregano, cumin, crushed red chili and onion.

4. What was the last thing you bought? A re-blooming lilac. Seriously, it blooms from May to frost! But it hasn't arrived yet, so no picture.

5. What is your favorite vacation spot? Olympic National Park:

Rain forests


6. What is your favorite movie? "MOONSTRUCK" and "LOVE ACTUALLY"

7. What are you reading right now?

8. What four words would you use to describe yourself?

"I believe in magic!"

9. What will be the first Spring thing you do?

Sit on my patio, drink tea, and eat cookies.

10. What was the best thing you ate or drank in the past year?

This photo is as close as I can get to a Cornish Game Hen with a ginger, curry, apricot, cranberry glaze.

11. What flower are you most anxious to see this Spring?

California Poppies!

12. What is your current "guilty pleasure"? BACON - always has been and always will be!

13. What are you most happy doing? It's a tie!


Photography trips.

14. What has had the greatest influence on who you are today?

Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

15. Care to share some wisdom?

"There are two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein



It wasn't Christmas when I was growing up without a drive around town on Christmas Eve to see the Luminarias. Actually, they are known as Farolitos (little fires) in New Mexico and the word "Luminaria" is reserved for the small bonfires used to light the way for participants in Las Posadas. But since most of the world knows the little bags with candles in them as Luminiarias or Luminaries, I am using that word in this post.

December 1st - Advent Calendar begins today - YAAAAAAAAAY


Here it is! The inspiration for the advent calendar I made my children 35 years ago. Another "must make" I saved from Mom's holiday magazines. This one I am almost sure was from McCalls.

And here is the last surviving ornament from the original set I made. My very crafty daughter Diane and I made new ones when she was in high school, and I tossed out the old felt ones. But she managed to retrieve one from the waste basket!

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