Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hydrangea Love

Hydrangeas...

I can never get enough of them, and this is the time of year they 

show off their moody blooms! 




I love referring to them as "moody blooms" because of their ever changing 

colors depending on the soil's composition.

This hydrangea at our house used to be completely blue and now the past couple

of years, it's given me a variety of color from deep blue to lavender and pink! 




Below is something I found online that describes the meaning & symbolism

of the hydrangea.  The name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning 

water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel.  Roughly translating the word to 

"water barrel," referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water. 


hydrangea

HydrangeaView our bouquets containing hydrangea >

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
HYDRANGEA

First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel.  This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s color ranges from white to blue to pink and purple, determined by the acidity level of the soil.
There remains some debate over the hydrangea’s symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver’s gratefulness for the recipient’s understanding.  Still others suggest it represents anything that’s sincerely heartfelt. Despite this variation in flower meaning, there appears to be an overwhelming consensus that this 4th wedding anniversary flower possesses enduring grace and beauty.


I'm glad I was able to take the time to photograph these blooms because with 

this heat wave we are having in Seattle, they won't last long. 




I shot these images one morning right after I watered them. 




Notice the bottom right...one of the blooms is divided down the middle 

with lavender on one side and pink on the other. 




This blue is still my favorite. 








Look at this!  As I was shooting I noticed this flower that was white.  I'm guessing 

it will change to the pink that surrounds it. 




Isn't it lovely how different they can all be? 

That this stunning flower can go from this, 


to this, 



and finally this! 




So, here it is, summer of 2015.  I wonder what surprises this moody bloom will have 

for me next year? 



I hope you enjoyed my photos, 

thank you for visiting me here. 

Becca 

Monday, June 15, 2015

What's New?

Hello friends, 

Gosh, I hate it when I get behind on blogging! 

I've just been staying busy and sometimes I don't 

always take the time to use my "big girl camera" and I just snap off 

shots on my iPhone.  How lazy is that? :-) 

Anyway, it's great to get back to my blog! 



These beautiful, blue hydrangeas belong to our neighbor, Camille. 

I must say, we are SO fortunate to live in a fun neighborhood with such

great neighbors all around! 






How's your summer so far?  Well, technically it's not quite summer yet, 

is it?  I guess it feels like summer to me since we've been enjoying summer like 

temperatures already! (summer weather usually starts in July for Seattle.) 

In fact, I'm kind of wondering if it's ever going to rain again! Lol


This is a new shepherds hook we bought that will keep

 the squirrels at bay.  I love seeing squirrels around, I just don't want 

them eating up all of the bird food! 

Now I have a great place to hang my favorite copper moon feeder, 

and Lucy can see it from her favorite spot on the chair by the window. 






Oh, and for those of you that know how crazy I am about crochet, well, 

I finally decided it was time to see if I could learn how to knit! 

I'm very impatient when it comes to learning new things.  

I'm still feeling clumsy with knitting, and only at the very beginning stages, 

 but I keep reminding myself, that I felt the same way when I started to crochet. 

So, I'll keep practicing...just don't expect any sweaters by Christmas! :-) 







I found some lovely outdoor fabric for 50% off and recovered a couple of 

pillows for our deck chairs. 

I'm happy with how they turned out, and I think they'll be a nice addition 

to our "mix & match" patterns this summer. :-) 




Here's sweet little Shatzie, she likes to be close when I'm at the computer. 




Well, so long for now, I'm off to enjoy a "cold brew" in 

one of my favorite mugs!  




Oh, and if you'd like, remember you can follow me on Instragram 


I'd love to see you over there too! 

Thanks for dropping by, 

Becca 






Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day!

Hi friends, 


I made some simple little May Day baskets  to share today. 

It's always good when you can use supplies you already have 

to create some happiness. 




I also wanted to share some crochet stuff with you. 

This is a scarf/shawl I just finished.

It's worked with two strands of size 10 bamboo thread. 

The thread is very soft, and wasn't really all that difficult to work with. 

So, now that I still have "how to work" the pattern in my head, 

and remembering my mistakes, I'm 

thinking of trying it again only in a different color. 




Found these cute little sun and moon motifs in a 

book I have.  You know I just had to crochet some, especially 

the moon!  I'm thinking they might look good on my denim 

jacket or maybe an old pair of jeans. 

Remember wearing those iron-on 

patches on your jeans when you were younger? 





Then finally, I crocheted this pillow cover from a free 

pattern I found on line.  

This was the first time I have ever really tried 

Aran Crochet, so it was fun to learn some new stitches.




Here's another shot of it on my new rocker I picked up at a 

yard sale just down the alley for only $25.00! 

I love the textures of Aran Crochet so now I'm working on an 

Aran Afghan in cream that I hope to finish by Autumn.  That too, has 

a lot of stitches I've never done before, so wish me luck! 




Finally, I thought this was so beautiful seeing this little, tiny 

yellow pansy that found it's way to the sidewalk on our street.  

A perfect May Day find. 



Wishing all of you a very happy weekend ahead! 





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Beautiful Spring Day

Hello friends, how is springtime in your part of the world? 


Today is my friend, Priscilla's Birthday, so I thought 

it would be a good time to show you this 

beautiful rhododendron she has in her front garden.






Beautiful buds burst into soft, pale color. 



"Rhodies" come in so many pretty colors.

I love this soft peachy pink one that Priscilla has. 








Yesterday, it was 70 degrees here in Seattle!  I took Priscilla to 

one of our favorite nurseries to have lunch in their Garden Cafe (outdoor table of course) 

and to shop for plants. 

Oh, and there was a couple of mimosas involved too. 

:-) 





Happy Birthday Priscilla! 

I'm so happy to have you as my neighbor and dear friend. 



Becca 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Weekend Happenings

Just dropping in to wish you a Happy Easter!




Here it is the night before, and I'm playing at my desk 

decorating some eggs, while my sweetie has a leg of lamb roasting 

in the oven.  Smells so good! 




Beautiful weather is expected here the next few days so 

I'm looking forward to spending some time outdoors around the house. 




 We have new neighbor's moving into the house next door. 

This is the little bird house in their garden and they have already 

put a lovely wooden bench under this magnolia tree.

(I'll have to shoot that later to show you.) 





We're looking forward to getting to know them. 

So many blessings this Easter! 




Wishing you a lovely weekend! 


Becca 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Repurposing Tea Tins

We've been blessed with such nice weather lately, that

I've been wanting to be outdoors all the time! 

(yes, I crochet outside too. :-)





So, it was the perfect time to get out all those tea tins I've been saving and

do something fun with them! 




I admit, I am a bit of a hoarder "keeper of things" 

Ok, not THAT bad, but you know what I mean.  Right?

I had a hard time throwing out these cute little Tazo Tea tins because 

I wanted to eventually repurpose them, so this is what I did. 




I decided on succulents because I want to keep these indoors.

I wish I had one of those cute little kitchen window sills over the sink to 

keep herbs and such.  I just love that look! 





So, instead, we have this little "coffee bar" area that's fun to 

decorate for the seasons. 




There's a lot of coffee and tea drinking going on over here. 

I mean, it is Seattle after all! :-) 




Come on over, I'll fix you a cup. 




So tell me, are you a keeper of things too? 

Do you usually find ways to repurpose? 


Thanks for dropping by! 

Becca 

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Things

Oh my, have you seen a copy of 

Bella Grace  yet? 

I've been hearing so much about it from all of you lovelies out there, 

for so long now, that I'm probably one of the last to talk about it!   

I did start with the last winter issue, so cozy and heartwarming, and now 

this spring issue is just so lovely! 





I guess I'm telling you this now, because today was one of 

those days where I just felt blah and all I wanted to do was 

surround myself with some of my favorite things. 

So, it was a great day to just sit with my coffee 

and get lost in pages and pages of inspiring stories and images!  



Rain Drops on Roses?  No, just lavender, lots of lavender!   

Looking through the photographs I took while visiting the lavender farms 

in Sequim last year makes me 

eager for warmer days and catching whiffs of lavender while strolling 

through the purple fields. 





Whiskers on Kittens? 

Yes!  I can't resist a sweet kitty face, can you?  Of course I'm especially partial 

to our 3 sweet cats. 

Lucy will often times curl up on my lap while I'm reading and purr until 

she falls asleep. 




Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String...





 ...and speaking of "string," 

I find the process of crocheting covers for stones to be very meditative. 




Well, unless the string you're using to crochet a springtime scarf turns into 

a pile of Raman Noodles!  

(It's actually better now...I've found my mistake and I'm moving on) 






So, while I probably would love to have a "copper kettle" and a pair 

of "warm woolen mittens" I'll just stick to these 

favorite things for now. 



Just sharing this post with you, and thinking about 

some of my favorite 

things has already made me feel less blah.


Enjoy your week my friends! 

Until next time, 

Becca