Friday, November 30, 2012

a perfect fit !!!

i love to use the Ikea KVARNVIK 
hat boxes for organizing and gift giving.



while i was organizing some twine and lace a
couple weeks ago, a light came on!


i remembered two pretty crocheted pieces that were made by my
Grandmother, Hazel.  ( i think that she made them to
cover some lidded baskets.)  hmmm... i wonder...
would the pieces fit the Ikea hat boxes?...?


look!  a PERFECT fit!


Grandmother's pretty handwork is now out of that old keepsake
 box and crowning the new boxes!


so pretty...and put to practical use!


i wish you a wonderful weekend!

( i will be hauling out the Christmas boxes tomorrow! )

withLove!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

sharing just a few of my blessings today!


Mom's view from her room at St Joseph's.
( that's our majestic Mount Rainier!)


just a peek at the some of the pretty in her room.


since Mom has some visual and sensory impairment
on the left side, the nurses have instructed us to
direct activity to her "left".  Mom has three hours
of rehabilitation activity scheduled each day.

we are blessed to be four "G's"!

there is a strong chance that Mom will here when
Chrislyn delivers our new grandson next week.

with work, and travel back and forth to the hospital,
i am a bit behind on correspondence. i have been 
popping in to keep up with all of you!  i wake each day
to be so very comforted by your thoughts and prayers. 

the image above confirms the power of
 prayer and love through family and friendship.
the staff at St. Joseph Medical Center
has been wonderful.

withLove.

{Joy, thank you for capturing these wonderful images!}

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

this morning, at the farm table...

just a quick little hello...


... from the heart of our home!  


( i have yet to start decorating for Christmas.)


two books by Alexandra Stoddard are back on the table. 

Living The Beautiful Life and Creating A Beautiful Home.

when life gets a little overwhelming, Alexandra's books are my go to place.
  the books are over twenty five years old. back then, we didn't have blogs to
visit for inspiration and escape. Alexandra taught me about "Grace Notes"


my camera bag is shaped like a heart, and holds my Nikon Cool Pix
point and shoot, the cords (USB) and a lavender sachet. it's made of
printed linen and lined with Dupioni silk. 

in a few minutes, i will be heading to the office to address some paperwork,
and on to the hospital to take a long lunch hour with Mom and Dad.

Mom is doing okay so far. she has a little difficulty finishing sentences, and 
some residual visual disturbances.  the good thing... thus far...
 is... that she recognizes all of us, and appears to have full use of her arms
and legs. her focus is on her great grandson, who is due to arrive in the
 very same hospital in nine days.   

i feel very blessed as i write and sip the last drop of coffee before i
start this day!   

withLove.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

our marathon man...

good great husband

good great father

good great son-in-law


today's the day!
The Seattle Marathon
Sunday, November 25th 2012

withLove.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

the Saturday morning post...


good Saturday morning, dear friends.
the past two days have held joy and bittersweet
for me and my family.  

we spent Thanksgiving at Chrislyn, Jason and Holland's
home. our hearts were filled with joy and our tummies 
with yummies. Chrislyn cooked the turkey with all
the trimmings, and the beautiful desserts.  i made all of the "sides",
Mr D and i transported them layered in a big wicker baskets
wrapped in vintage tablecloths from Grandpa Bozzello's Italian
Village restaurant.  we danced and sang with Holland.

grand parenting is heaven on earth!

{it was also my father's 83rd birthday. he is well. thank you, God.}

Mom, however, became very ill on Thanksgiving morning.
Dad took her to the emergency room.
she had a brain bleed. they transported her to a
bigger hospital in the city. she is now in a neuroscience
intensive care unit at Saint Joseph's. 

she is conscious.  the pain is worse than a migraine.
i think it even hurts to talk!

Mom has had a very tough two and one half months, starting with
her fall in September. i have held onto all of your prayers, friendship
and encouragement.  she's going to win this battle, as she is 
surrounded by brilliance, love and prayers!



 during the trying two days we have been blessed with joy...
our beloved Washington State Cougars won the Apple Cup, yesterday.
( we were HUGE underdogs) 

those of you that follow me, know that my son is a sportscaster in Boise.
he loves to spend Thanksgiving Day out covering family and friend 
turkey bowl games. this year he reported a sweet surprise!


visit here!

Jay always makes me smile! ( i'm not quite sure if he was
on team Turduckin or team Cornucopia )

life is beautiful...life is joy!  

thanks for listening...

withLove.


Friday, November 23, 2012

let's see...

going outside to into cold and calculating 
black Friday...

.: or :.

making a cup of hot chocolate, heaping with
mini marshmallows and...

visiting here!

withLove.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

when a gracious fashionista invites you to her holiday home...

a few weeks ago, i received a very special invitation via facebook.

" please hurry down the chimney tonight!"
"Lynne, on  November 17th, i am having a gathering of girlfriends over for an
 ornament exchange. bring an ornament that everyone will fight over.
bring an appetizer, and what you would like to drink...


...dress to impress. NO JEANS!"

Arlene and Doyle's family room.
"some of your friends from junior high and high school will be coming."


we shared hugs and history.

we held hands and told stories about days over forty years ago.

it was a gathering of girl friendships both vintage and new.


my dear and gracious friend Arlene said, YES to my request

to share a few images of her holiday home with you!


her formal living room is both elegant and playful,
with it's mid century "Golightly" expression and a tree filled with Annalee.


posture perfect seating on tufted lime ultra suede and red silk.

" i'll have a Cosmopolitan please."


 are you singing "Santa Baby" yet?


fire and ice!


a vanity fair.




can you find a piece of history to hold in this treasure chest?


are you feeling "Vogue"?


where are your pearls?


at this breakfast bar, Chanel is cooking light in the kitchen!

withLove.

Friday, November 16, 2012

on the weekend before the rush!

 we will be gathering the goodness for our meal of gratitude.

while we're gathering, we'll see the signs of the month ahead.

we will embrace tradition, and welcome the new.


our hearts will be both heavy and light
as they fill with homespun memories and frosted dreams.


don't forget to add grace notes and a prayer to
every load along the way.

withLove.


 :: images from here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

apple i QuickFix... a.k.a. my very simple apple crisp!

375 + 10 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 45 = 
 apple...iQuickFix.

this is a little "i know this by heart" recipe that has lived in my
head for a long time. i believe that i adapted it
from a Bed & Breakfast cookbook about 30 years ago.

pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees


wash, peel, core and slice 10 apples.


  pile them up in a 13 x 9 inch pan!

(if you wish to add a little shot of  34th street ...
sprinkle and toss in some French apple brandy.)


place 2 cubes (sticks) of cold butter on top of


2 cups of  flour and 2 packed cups of
brown sugar in a food processor.
add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg.
whirl and twirl until completely blended!


more piling of sugary yumminess!
bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.


mmmmmm.... sweet, sugary, crumbly and yummy!
it is best warm from the oven, and for breakfast on the next morn.


e n j o y! 

withLove!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

rescue a French cookbook (and Lynne's spirit...)

nothing better to get one out of a lost spirit funk than a little DIY!

to all of my great blog girlies...giant hugs!

i mean it!  GIANT HUGS!!!!

i have put the world on the back burner this morning to 

share my my latest go to DIY therapy!

a cook book rescue!

as always, here on 34th street,
 there is a short story...

on an occasional Sunday afternoon, Mr D and I love to
 pop in to TJMaxx and HomeGoods.


this past summer, i had been keeping my eye on this 
pretty shopworn and wrinkled French cookbook.

no one bought it.


i was sort of hoping that a markdown would occur...but it didn't.
so...during another visit, (about two weeks later),  i took my own
 initiative and asked a sales associate for a price reduction
 due the the book's shabby condition.

 she sold it to me for  five dollars.  yay!




i was so (more) hoping that she would because...in the back of my mind
i thought that the pretty images in the book would be useful
in the packaging of little holiday gifts and favors...


what do you think?

i have only just begun!

there will be more to share!

see ya soon, have a blessed day!

withLove