Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday's Quotes

It's goodness is a decision for the mouth to make.
~Lu Yu

Friday, April 17, 2015

Backdrop to Beauty

Each seasonal change takes me to a special antique mall here in Portland,
As I strolled with my camera recently I just noticed how much structural
elements are being used as a backdrop for showing off a beautiful
vase, flowers, or bust.
There were windows, screens, concrete bench and table, plus ladders.
They just speak to finishing with a frame, a statement of delight.
When you think of decorating your world,
do you consider structural backdrops?
Even if you don't, just enjoy the tour.
It is where I go for a time of quiet reflection,
a time with my camera and to view beauty.

Where do you venture for a time of quiet reflection?
Happy weekend, dear friends!
May the sun shine upon you and delight your heart.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Each year I choose a word for the year, which I have mentioned here many times.
Last year my church started picking a word for the year also;
so I have ended up with two different words swimming in my mind.
The church encourages us to speak or in some way illustrate what this
word might mean to each member.
Recently I did this art piece for the church on what "transformation"
means to me.
Thanks to my friend, Jeanie at The Marmalade Gypsy, for sharing some
tips for finding and applying the butterflies.
The word "transformation" just sang to my heart of a chrysalis releasing
a church full of blossoming butterflies.
Butterflies that fly out into the world and make it a better place.
May we all be butterflies!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the Farm, Ei Ei O

Sweet little girl twins.  They had to be bottled fed for awhile.
Cleaning the barn.
Tucked in amongst the trees, a future venue for weddings.
Oh silly chicken, where are you going?
The quick escape artist, Wilbur.
You are too fat to escape your pen again.
Ha! You naughty little pig.

Have you ever dreamed of having a farm?
The song runs through my head of Old MacDonald.
Recently I visited this sweet little farm
where a dream is coming true.
A "niece" (really my cousins daughter), but we call each other
niece and aunt; she had a dream of such a farm.
Her husband caught the dream along with her
and their dreams came true.

How fun to walk around this farm and see dreams coming true.
The vintage barn in the trees will one day be set up for weddings.
My cousin is going to plant baby kiwi on some of the acreage.
I will share with you as the farm grows and flourishes.
A dream come true for this young family.

Do you still have a dream?
May it come true in ways yet unimagined.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

White Tea Time

Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling tea, a white tea from
I left this tea until the last to review separately,
not knowing whether I would like it or not.
White teas often seem a little bland to me and a bit to light.
I was delighted to be surprised with this beautiful
Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling.
Yesterday, on a rainy spring time day, I opened the package
to beautiful grey green needles.
It was recommended that it steep at a little cooler than
boiling water for 4-5 minutes, which is exactly what I did.
First sniffing, then tasting it was like a breathe of springtime.
A soft almost floral scent and flavor was enjoyed with each sip.
It brought the same pleasure as the first glimpse of spring.
A little more bold than some white teas and this tea just delighted me.
You can find this tea and many other delightful teas at

The teaware is from my collection of white children's antique teaware.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday's Quotes

"Every day you have a choice
to turn left,
or move forward."
~The Outlander

Sometimes the choices are for delight,
taking the road less traveled.
Enjoy the journey!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fragrance of Springtime!

Oh Spring I smell you.
I delight in the freshness of a Spring rain.
Tucking in bed at night my sheets say Springtime is here.
The blossoms fall as if it is snowing,
but there is a different feel in the air.
I smile for I know the flowers are beginning to shine.
Soon fragrances of roses and lilacs will fill the air.
Do you love the fragrances of each season?
Do you notice what you notice when it comes to natures gifts to the senses?
Take a cup of tea in your hand and stroll through the garden with me.
 The beginning of the lilacs reach for the sky.
Even the daffodils flavor the air.
Violets delight as they naturalize around the tree.

Take time this weekend to notice what you notice.
The fragrance of Springtime.
Happy Weekend, dear friends!