Feb 27, 2013

One Foot in Spring....

The seasons here change very slowly...
 
the signs of spring are everywhere,
yet winter is still holding on tight...
 
 
 
I added  Pussy Willow branches
to my tablescape today...
 
one foot in spring...


 
yet a hearty soup
 is whats on the menu...
 
the other foot in winter...
 

 
this starter set
of Black Transferware
was an after Christmas purchase...
 
four wide bowls,
a single plate,
and a sugar bowl or maybe a biscuit jar,
this was debated at the cute shop where I bought them...
 


my love for the rosy pattern,
non-debatable...
 

 
when I set the table,
I had only planned for White Roses
and Pussy Willow...
 
but then,
 I added the Pink Roses,
something warm,
on this very grey day...
 




 
 


 
I certainly don't shy away
from pieces doing double duty...
 
but, do question it's original purpose,
a tad big for sugar,
a tad small for biscuits...
 
(I will choose biscuits today)



 
 
 
 
wishing you a cozy night...
 
tonight I am joining...
and
 
Thanks for stopping by...

Feb 21, 2013

Dropping By...

 
I have been busy all week,
 
doing springy things,
a little spring cleaning,
a little gardening,
a little finishing up of winter projects...
 
just all those small things
that when they pile up
keep you so busy...
 
 
I thought it was about time
I dropped by...
 
a quick post
to share my Snowdrops...
 


 
the weather has turned nasty,
so I filled my soup tureen with them...



 
straight from the garden
moss and all...
 
so garden fresh,
a little worm
 crawled out while I took pics:-)


 
Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste Snow-drop,
venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
     
William Wordsworth
 To a Snow-Drop
 
you know spring is but a month away!!




 
over the weekend,
Mike and I took a mini trip to Eastern Washington...
 
the terrain is entirely different
on the other side of the Cascades...
 
we had been wanting to see wild Big Horn Sheep...
(do you see them on the hillside?)


 
during the winter they bring in hay
to feeding stations...
 

 
the Elk horn in on the free hay,
there must have been eight hundred of them...

 
I hope you are having a
 LOVELY DAY...
 
today I will be joining...
and
 
Thanks for (snow)dropping by....

Feb 13, 2013

Breakfast with My Valentine...

 
Isn't Valentines Day
the perfect mid-winter break?
 
a day to warm your heart,
and shake off the winters chill...
 
 
since Valentines Day this year
is mid-week..
 
and my Valentine will be working....

 
I decided to have a simple breakfast in bed...
 

time to lay around
 and enjoy pretty things...
 
time with each other...
 
because aren't most
 of the best memories of your life
  made in simple times...
 

 
simple bread...
 

simple fruit...
 

 
well,  
of course roses...
 


 
 

 

 
wishing you quiet moments on Valentines day
with the one you love...
 
 I am joining...
 
Thanks for stopping by....

Feb 12, 2013

Popping Open...

We had a mild winter...
 
to say we had a dusting of snow
would be stretching the truth a little...
 
 
the crocus are up,
and a little sun coaxed them into opening up...
 
 
there is a lot of garden clean up to do,
I am thrilled to be out poking around again...
 
 

 
an easy winter means
a lot of plants never really died back...
 

my dresser planter in a protected area
still had a few blooms...
 


 
but when the grocery stores
start having spring annuals and potted bulbs for sale
it's hard not to bring a flat or two home...
 




I plumped my drawers...
 

feeling very cheery!
 

 
 
 
 
happy little sunny faces
smiling at you...
 
today I am joining,
and
 
Thanks for stopping by...

Feb 11, 2013

Tea in The Sitting Room...

I thought I'd share tea with you
in my sitting room today...
 
give you a peek at the new sofas...
 
the room is a work in progress,
you know how it is,
you change one thing
 then you need to fix something else,
and so on....
 

 my little old man Berry
was sure all the pillow plumping was for him,
and settled in for a nap...
 
he is an old dog and sound sleeper,
he never moved an inch :-)

 
the new sofas are both from IKEA,
the long one is the Ektorp Sofa
and the one on the window wall is the Ektrop Hide-A-Bed
 
I have been using vintage crochet edged sheets
to cover the seat of the sofas,
cause with six dogs,
this is easier than changing the slipcovers...


 I am covering the sofas arms
with vintage crochet edges pillow cases...
 
I also plan to use a lot of throws
and quilts to cover in the muddier season,
yes,  in Seattle that is most of the year...
 

on to the tea...
 

 a perky cup...
 

 bite sized sugar cookies
sprinkled with powdered sugar...
 

 bottoms up...
 
 
 


 
 
 

 

 a cute book of poems...
 

 to ponder...
 
 
It's nice to take some time out,
for a bit of sweetness...
 
 Today I am joining...
and
 
Thanks for sipping with me today...