Tuesday, November 30, 2010

 Visit my sweet blog friend Jami at 

freckled laundry 

She is giving away

a collection of lovelies

and and a

collection of whimsies...

The lovelies...A star made with music, a marriage of French linen & Lavender, and vintage inspired trinkets.

The whimsies...Hand designed shapes of Christmas. How cute for your tree or to add a special touch on a wrapped gift!

A celebration of six months

and 500 (plus)


Congratulations, Jami!
(my number one)


Saturday, November 27, 2010

It all started with DeAnna's favorite childhood book.
The story is about a little guy that has the ability to draw his dreams with a purple crayon. This year the book celebrated it's 50th anniversary in print and one of DeAnna's dreams came true. She became Mrs. Matthew Fink.

We are connected to Matt & DeAnna through our close friendship with Matt's mom and dad, Bill and Doreen.

The wedding took place on a vintage Ferryboat moored at Lake Union.

DeAnna chose her favorite color purple with a French touch to accent their dream day! As a gift to the special couple, I interpreted DeAnna's theme using paper, ribbon, a few rubber stamps, wire, some crystal brads and a glue gun!  I am honored that I had a part in the setting of their amazing day.

Matt & DeAnna
17 September 2010

It was a beautiful setting. This is a photograph of the Seattle skyline framing the stunning couple. 

A close up of one of the "favor boxes"...Yes!, I cut out 250 "F's". I placed them on miniature squares of french calligraphy, then matted and mounted the little squares on  paper linen boxes that I cut using my Big Shot dye cutter.

 In keeping with the French touch... I also added the whimsical element of the chalkboard trend. I made 50 ( 2 sided ) menu cards. I set the cards in silver placecard holders. They were placed on the guest's tables with votives and the little boxes of "Bon Bons".  (The tables on the boat were small and narrow compared to standard banquet scale.)

Matt & DeAnna chose to serve cupcakes from "Hello Cupcake" in Tacoma. They also had a cake from "The Cheesecake Factory" for the cake cutting tradition. 

 I made a birdcage using paper, wire, ribbon  and crystal brads to top the cake!

Aren't they the sweetest couple? A vision of happiness and love. They are dancing their first dance together as Mr. and Mrs. Fink. 

The evening was magic. We all had a lovely time celebrating their marriage.
{We love you Matt & DeAnna!}

*Don't forget to take a "Bon Bon" before you move on to your next blog visit!*

 Photography by Lunabella Events Seattle

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am thankful that

for the holiday...and the weekend!

Today I have received the gift {blessing} of having my son Jay home for Thanksgiving for the first time in two years!

It's a good thing because my daughter Chrislyn his out of town today...She is newly married and is spending the day with her wonderful new {Jason's} family.

Jay is a sports director for a KLEW, a TV station in Lewiston, Idaho. (His first job after receiving his degree in Broadcast Journalism at Washington State University) {GO COUGS!}

Thanksgiving is always a big sports day (and weekend), so it has been difficult for him to make it home in the past. This year he was able to return to share a home town Thanksgiving tradition with his viewing audience back in Lewiston. Yes, our sports guy is IN THE HOUSE!

So for all of my sweet blogging friends... "a little different take" on a turkey day post! The Mud Bowl of Tacoma and a few Idaho sports stories! 

May God bless all of you...I hope you are having wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A little history lesson filled with 

grateful hearts and blessings...

*Happy Thanksgiving!*

It all started with an article posted in

a newspaper.

A little tough to read? Let's try the text below!

General Thanksgiving

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America


WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington

Thank you founding father.
We will always cherish this special day!

L *

Monday, November 22, 2010

Snowflakes are dancing in the

skies of the

Pacific Northwest!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love you!

Can you believe that my parents are both 81 years old?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Inspiration Room!!!!

First of all I wish to thank Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her post today! Mr. "dreams" and I are starting a big project. After all these years...we are tearing down walls and creating our {Grand Room} here on 34th street. 

I do not wish to mislead anyone. Our home is modest (about 1700 sq. ft). However, I have always loved the bones of our house. It's design... Northwest Contemporary.


A Northwest Contemporary/Rustic/Cottage...

I love wreaths...I have one tucked in each room of our home...so I guess you can say..."the room had me at Hello...Wreaths!" 

Step one is done!
The ceilings are painted and we have hung my unique Pottery Barn clearance rustic chandelier. Did I tell you that Mr. Do34thst is an electrician? Yeah, I'm lucky!
{ I plan to do many posts about this fixture of light in the future.}

I have to go now!!! I am going to Marysville to meet my new great niece Brogan Rae!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


A fall leaf trip without leaving your desk...

Visit Carol Spinsky at Raised in Cotton.

 Her lovely photographs wrap you up in the beauty of Autumn.

A hop across the pond to...

{Don't forget your Wellies! We're going for a walk in the woods.}

It's cool and crisp outdoors. {We're falling into winter!}

On your way back, stop by your favorite book store.

 Sit cozily on the floor and ponder through the paper leaves.

 {I love the smell and relaxed feeling of a book store.}

...back to work!