Thursday, April 28, 2011

transition...from basic font letters to the moon!...and a day off!

if you have been following my blog, you can see

that i have been having a "picnik" with my banner.

when i started blogging back in late October,

i knew nothing.  the only thing that i did know,

the image in my first post

is that i wanted to be a part of the amazing community.

i have met some of the most talented,

gifted and generous people during this past

 six months!  i absolutely adore my first visitor,

 who also became my first follower!

(and she was not a relative)

most are women, but one day, 

a very cool guy that balances the

corporate world and his amazing garden popped in

to follow! how fun is that?

i just wish to tell you how much you all mean to

me. you help inspire some of the dreams here on

34th street. as mr d and i remodel our home,

you will also see a transition here at dreams...

~tomorrow is mrs d's (that's me) day off~

i will be taking on the list for Saturday's Pink Picnic...

when our family will gather with love and gifts

to celebrate the soon to be arrival of

Jason and Chrislyn's baby girl.

i wish you all the best of weekends, free of

storms and tornadoes, please dear God.

i'll be back on Monday to talk about the picnic!

{with love}

pink picnic... day three...

visit perfection here!

the strawberry ~ caramel and raspberry

macaron's have been ordered.

i am making the

"mama biscotti" & pie pops...

a tutorial will follow!

{with love}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

the Tiffany & Co rabbit spoon...

i was fortunate to have had an amazing career

while i was in my childbearing years!

i was a jewelry buyer for Frederick & Nelson

in Seattle, Washington.

Frederick & Nelson was a beautiful

carriage trade department store.

if you are from the Mid-West

you are probably mourning the loss Marshall Field & Co.

~ anyway ...

...a little off track here ~

i used to travel to NYC for buying trips about

five times a year...

when i found out i was pregnant with Chrislyn,

we (my F&N girlfriends) and i just had to go to Tiffany's

 to purchase the rabbit spoon!

we all loved to visit the place where the scene from

{Breakfast at Tiffany's}

(that lives in the hearts of  all romantic fashion

conscious woman everywhere), was filmed some

twenty years before!

who would have thought that a pearl torsade,
a tiara and RayBan's could look so good.
after this movie, every woman's closet
has Audrey's black dress hanging in it!

the rabbit spoon was one of the "in things" with my

little circle of girlie's back in 1982!

this is Chrislyn and Jay's (bunny) spoon!

i polish it on occasion...and keep it in a little

dish on my kitchen window sill.

 now, i need to make it shine bright,

as i will be putting it to use once again

 with my wee granddaughter pretty soon!


sadly, Tiffany & Co no longer make the spoon,

but you can occasionally find one

on eBay now and then...

like this one, i found today.

more shower details tomorrow!

{with love}

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

planning a pink picnic!

it's baby shower time!

first...a visit to the linen closet...

everything is washed...

tonight, i will be ironing!

do you recognize the little spoon?

i'll tell you about it tomorrow!

have a great day!

{with love}

Monday, April 25, 2011

gather to inspire!

about a year and a half ago, when

Chrislyn and i were busy working on

the details of her wedding, we met Glenda.

Glenda has a beautiful little bridal accessory boutique

in Olde Burien, WA.

she has a pretty little dish that is filled with

these simple little anonymous calling cards...

she encourages one to "take a bunch! ~ i just had

a thousand printed at Costco!"

it's such a sweet gesture.  (i will be blogging

about Glenda's boutique in May.)

i have continued Glenda's gesture... i just ordered

my own little anonymous calling card...

{the heart that gives ~ gathers}

i will be blogging about those who gather

to give, now and then.


Today's perfect gathering...


this publication is truly amazing!


{with love}

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Saturday and a few of our simple backyard treasures...

for our 7th anniversary, mr d. surprised me with

this little copper kettle with a blue bird that

someone had tossed along the side of

the road.  he spotted it and thought

"my wife would love this!" it's been a treasure

in our back yard for almost 31 years!

(by the way... copper is the gift you give at seven years,

talk about pennies from Heaven!)

it may be junk to some...but it's relief

or sculpture to us! copper lined...

this was my gift to mr d.

bird spa rock! i am thinking of planting

a flower garden around it!

our sweet garden gate!

mr d. took the rototiller the garden yesterday!

soon the crops will be planted!

Raku pottery art by Chrislyn & Jay.

visions of rabbits and ferry boats...made with the

dearest potter on Orcas Island in the San Juans.

C & J were 5 and 6 years old. the little sculptures

have been hanging under the light on the back porch 

 for over 20 years.  mr d has carefully removed them

and painted the house 4 or 5 times...


although the yard looks pretty stark right now...

soon it will be filled with color, conversation,

live music and song from the music teacher's

summer students across the fence!

 i just have to SHOUT IT OUT!!!!

TODAY... (thus far)



celebrating in the golden SUNSHINE

 on Easter Saturday!

{with flip flop & sunroof love}

Thursday, April 21, 2011

sweet lilies...

simply beautiful and white...

 a symbol of love and reflection...

there is a miracle in sight!

{with love}

dear e.e. bunny, please stop

by Fran's on your way

down the bunny trail!

for Seattle's best chocolate...

...visit Fran here!

{with love}

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


... ease, free from stress...

a sculptural technique...


Maggie Weldon

if you google Maggie Weldon,

you will find that she is firstly known

for her techniques in crochet!

in an effort to preserve some of her grandmother's

intricate work she experimented with slabs of


how beautiful and intriguing...

i love the natural tones...and white...

and this linen square is my favorite...

how perfect for

my granddaughter's nursery.


Maggie has a very gracious

and generous spirit!  If you can grab a

copy of the May / June Victoria Magazine,

there are step ~by~ step instructions on

how to create a lace plate!

visit lace pottery here!

{with love}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

dearest Grandmother(s)...Elizabeth, Hazel and Marjorie,

wow, can you believe it?... in June,

 i shall be grandmother.

i am surrounded by an aura of joy.

i really do not know how to explain it...

it kind of feels like all three of you are wrapping your

arms around me. warm and wonderful!

 i just wish to let you know

that you all had a profound influence on my life.

i have so many cherished memories...

and i am writing this to thank you...

you let me stay up past my bedtime to watch

  the late... late show {old movies we now call classics}.

all three of you brushed my

 hair with the mother of pearl, gold filigree and

bakelite hair brushes

that you all displayed on your vanities.

you taught me to knit, to weave,

to crochet and to embroider.

there were filled cookie jars, homemade jams, the

aroma of Sunday gravy cooking on the stove,

biscotti and chicken and rice.

 i was so fortunate to wear your handmade sweaters

and dresses. (some were made from remnants sent

by a best friend that was a designer in Hollywood.)

 there were beautiful gifts, wrapped

with elegant pressed ribbons from your fancy store.

we rode the bus to Seattle and you taught me 

 to set my watch by the clock at the jewelry store.

you gave me a tiny sip of Chiati on Thanksgiving,

and made a mean Bloody Mary

when I became an adult.


a pink bubble toast to
you, as we anticipate 
arrival of your

 you were the cutest, you were sweetest,

so creative, fun loving, and 

God's gift from your generation to me!

 it will soon be my turn to share

you and me and i will.

i love you!

* Lynne, Lynnie, Lindy *
{Lynne~patricia!... when i was in trouble}

Monday, April 18, 2011

first flowers...signs of Spring and Chocolate Gousse!

i feel a bit guilty complaining about the weather...

this past weekend brought some pretty bad storms

around the US.  my heart goes out to

all that are picking up the pieces!

just taking in the Monday morning light, loving

the touches of Easter time and the visions new life

around our place here on 34th street.

it's time to take a little peek outside before

getting ready for work...  

i will also take this opportunity to introduce

 you to our Chocolate Gousse!

we call her Goose. she loves snooping

around her back yard, and our mornings

outside when weather permits.

i just had to snap a photo of our first flowers

in the garden... not much...just a few little white

blossoms...but it's a start!

good morning day lilies! welcome back!

i missed you!

i tried to capture the dewdrops on the Rhody...

but we'll just have to settle for polka dots!

the Rhodie's will be in full bloom for Mother's Day!

and welcome blue sky above our cherry tree!

mr d. has pruned it so it's like a giant umbrella

in the Summertime! ahhhhhh Summertime.


it's time to go to the office...

should i wake Goose? she looks pretty

tuckered from our morning activity outside!

{with hello Monday love}