Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saying Goodbye to 2017

Here are two vintage New Year Cards to enjoy. I like the wildlife art in them.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Stand in Your Power

Your daily truth from Brave Living...
Dear Amazing Soul,

We always have the power to choose a different way. We always have the power to choose a different reaction. We are never powerless.

You are not powerless. You just aren’t. You can get up and begin again. You can make different choices. You can take complete and total responsibility for the life you live.

Your power is in taking responsibility…in knowing and remembering that no one can make you feel badly without your consent, no one can control your decisions or your life without your consent… knowing and remembering that every day is a new day to make new choices and turn things all around.

Stand in your power and use it. You are not powerless.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

1923 Winter Fun

I think that these 1923 photos from St Moritz, Switzerland are great. The wealthy young aristocrat's enjoying wintertime in the snow. The middle photo is wonderful. It really shows how the young women of that era dress, and they are showing off the ski wear of the wealthy. I really like the young woman on the left...wearing that long tasseled scarf with her riding style pants.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Look for what is Right

Your daily truth from Brave Living...
Dear Seeking Soul:

Looking for beauty and truth and what is right has magic in it...but as you know, it almost always takes work and effort to see it. 

No matter where you are, you can find something about that place that is beautiful, true or good, even if it is simply the lessons you are able to learn there. 

Look for what is RIGHT about a situation. No matter what situation you are in, there is something good to find inside of it. 

Look for what is RIGHT about others. No matter who you are with, you will be able to look in their eyes and see their value, finding something wonderful and good in that person.

Most importantly, look for what is RIGHT about you. No matter what mistakes you have made, no matter how disappointed you are, no matter what has happened, you can ALWAYS find your own value, you can always look for what is RIGHT about yourself and take a break from looking for what is wrong. There is so much that is right about you, beautiful beautiful amazing you.

You are so loved. Please see it.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kala Ukulele Christmas

I received this photo today, and it is uniquely fun for Christmas. I wish that I had thought of doing this with my Outdoor Uke. The photo below is from Outdoor Uke, showing their Christmas Wreath. I have an get a small broken uke or toy guitar, and decorate it for next Christmas. I might get a string of very small led lights operated by batteries with a timer.

Monday, December 18, 2017

DIY - Decorating a Nutcracker

I know someone who purchases Nutcrackers at a thrift store and then puts gems and glitter all over them, and resells them. The result is very special, unique, and stunning.  I found this 20" nutcracker about 3 or 4 years ago. I am finally getting around to adding the gems and glitter to the nutcracker.

Today, I put some gems on...and I will continue for the next several days. It is going to snow, and I will be in my studio working on a few projects.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Little Red Cabin

I love this tiny cabin in the woods. A special place for a short getaway, just for 1 or 2. I picture a lovely spot, and sitting on the porch reading a book. Some simple comfortable furnishings, a place for a campfire. A comfortable and peaceful tiny home, made for rest and relaxation. A wish of mine....

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Little Christmas Crafting

I visited my favorite shop, today, The Vintage Industry, in Springfield Oregon. The shop is a combination of Junk, Antiques, and hand crafted items. The merchandise is carefully curated and is very special. So, let's say that there are no crochet scrubbers here. I took a pic of these little cuties, they would easy to make, and I like the sparkly glitter.

This is one reason why I visit the shop often, I get wonderful ideas for crafting, and ways to decorate in a new way...with my own stuff.

I like fresh ideas for creating fun and different ways to use my collections, such as the white plaid throw in my last post. I rarely purchase anything...but I leave with inspiration.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lovely Wool Plaid Throw

I have a love for collecting these vintage wool blankets and throws. I found and purchased this one yesterday at my local thrift store. It is in nearly perfect condition, and I love the colors. It is the only one in my collection with a base color of white. The white is not yellowed, stained, or moth eaten. The fringe is in perfect condition. The blanket has no tag, and so I can not definitely ID the manufacturer. It is probably from one of the Pacific NW regional makers, and most of them are long gone. I doubt that it is a Pendleton, it is thick and heavy.

Vintage Nativity Sheep

The last two years I have been attracted to these special nativity animals. I have found all of mine at thrift stores, small lonely remnants of an old nativity. I would never take one out of a complete set. My little flock of nine sheep are special to me. They have a special place year around.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Really Yummy Cookies!

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies - I just made these, they are by far the BEST holiday cookie recipe on Pinterest!

Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract


  1. In a medium bowl beat butter medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the the 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Beat until well combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with electric mixer and then using a wooden spoon stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each ball. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the jam into each indentation and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to finish cooling.
  3. For icing, in a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon water and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract. Add enough of the remaining water to make a drizzling consistency. Drizzle cookies with icing.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cute Little Christmas Card

I am sharing this pretty little card with you. I have been sidetracked recently...and just wanted to make a blog post.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

One of Those Days

I woke up to a cold, snowy day...and decided to take on a project, since a last of the guests left yesterday. And...I received my new Dyson mini cordless stick vacum. BTW, it is terrific.

I had to do some cleaning in my studio, it was a terrible mess. I had stacks of gifts, boxes, magazines, paperwork and clutter in the way. I took many hours to get the room back. I found some things that I have been looking for too. There is still work to do...much work.

I created a cozy place for me to be. I got new batteries in all the timer candles, put up some tiny fairy lights, put out a new room scent jar, and changed up some areas. My little room is a hygee...charming, cozy, and lovely place to be during the winter.

I hope to see the super moon tonight, and it puts out about 15% more moonlight...I noticed that it was pretty easy to see last night at about 1 am.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Silvan Ridge Early Muscat Wine

I want to recommend to you my current favorite wine. This winery is just outside Eugene Oregon. I love this wine. It is a white wine that is fruity and a little bit of sparkling.  It is a winner of some competitions.

The price is very reasonable at the regional Bi-Mart stores, about $11.79 for a bottle. I think that it is a reasonably price gift for friends and neighbors.

Today, we stopped at our favorite Bi-Mart and purchased a case. I think that everyone we know will love a bottle for Christmas.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Toys for Tots

I started giving to Toys for Tots several years ago. My strategy is to purchase things when I saw a great sale throughout the year. The last few years I have focused on a special group that has been hard to serve. Who? Teen girls, and the kinds of things that are good for them. I don't mean the typical hats and glove sets...boring. I focus on art project kits, and similar fun items. I wish that took a pic to show you.... I had a box full of donations.

Today, I dropped off my donations at the local credit union. These donations go to local kids. I hope that the girls enjoy my donations. I feel good for my simple things that I give anomalously.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas is coming to town

There is still a little Thanksgiving turkey, but it is giving way to our normal things we eat. 

My physical therapist told me to elevate and ice my foot yesterday. 

I think that a holiday ukulele song is a good thing to learn while I am taking it easy on the left foot. This one is on my list to learn.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Positivity Manifesto

To Be Positive, And To Live A Positive Life,
 Means That I…

Live with love, compassion and respect in how I treat myself, others, animals and the environment.

Have gratitude for whatever blessings I have in life.

Prioritize self-care (holistically – mind, body and soul) to honor the life I’ve been gifted.

Acknowledge that it’s human for me to have difficult thoughts and feelings, and choosing to live consciously – by each day practicing being my best self with how I manage my thoughts, feelings, actions and interactions.

Be present and calm in the face of difficult people and situations, choosing how I respond.

Look for the most empowering perspectives and effective actions available to me in any situation, no matter what life brings.

Cultivate self-belief and confidence by remembering that I am stronger and more capable than I realize.

Be open minded and understanding with people who are different – remembering every person is unique, on their own journey in this life, with their own goals, dreams and challenges.

Practice forgiveness and letting go of the past in order to be truly free within myself and in my life.

Proactively contribute to life in the ways I am able to, no matter how big or small (a simple smile goes a long way!)

Wholeheartedly accept life is a journey with both highs and lows, enjoying the ride and making the most of my time here.

from The Daily Positive

Sunday, November 26, 2017

New Ukulele Song to Learn

The holiday weekend is over and it appears that the weather has become rather ugly. It is time to start playing my ukulele, and learn some new songs. Here is one I am going to begin with.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I pause today to think about my blessings, large and small that I have in my life. I have so many things to be grateful for, it is a rather long list.

I want to wake up each day and be fully, boldly, and profoundly grateful to be here.

Tonight, I will ice my foot and rest it for healing. My face has had 8 days to heal, and is improving very well.  My cat and dog are sleeping by my side. The kitchen is cleaned up, and there are many bowls of food for tomorrow. I will sleep well, and under my own roof.

I am happy that this day was good. I let it go, and I am BRAVE.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Orange Cranberry Bread

I made this recipe today! Wow! It is so good! AAA+ If you need to bring something to a potluck, or to family event this is really good. Maybe, you like to bake some for gifts. I baked mine in two smaller pans...rather than one large pan. I also put some extra cranberries on the top of the batter before it was baked. It is from Pinterest.


Sweet orange bread dotted with fresh cranberries and drizzled with an orange glaze! This bread is perfect for the holiday season!

yield: 1 LOAF

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 70-75 MINUTES
total time: 95 MINUTES



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk into the flour mixture. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 70-75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. If your loaf starts to get too brown drape a piece of foil over the top to finish baking. I did this during the last 10 minutes of the baking time.
  6. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove loaf from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.
  7. While the bread is cooling, make the orange glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the bread. Cut and serve.
Note-store the bread, wrapped, on the counter for 2-3 days.
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