Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why I love the pacific northwest

Tracy had a job he had to look at in Leavenworth, WA. yesterday, so he asked me if I wanted to come along for the ride.  Leavenworth is about 2 hours away across the mountain pass.  Not one of my favorite places but it has it's charm, I guess.
 The stores were all filled with stuff that no one needs, but they were cute and very bavarian.  I did like the pretzel tree...if only they had been fresh and warm!  Hey speaking of pretzels, Tom Douglas makes a wood fired one at his new restaurant, Brave Horse (south Lake Union in Seattle) that is to die for.

 So...leavenworth is NOT the reason I love this region.  It is the woods and scenery that made the whole trip worth it.
 Sophie needed a drink.  this was on the side of the road.

 I swear I saw a little tree elf pop his head out right before I took this shot.  ;)
 someone besides me was very very happy she got to come along.
 a tiny bit of snow leftover up on stevens pass.
 So...the rest of the pictures are from a spot that I got a glimpse of off the side of the road when were cruising home.  It was more of my spidey sense that made me urge tracy to pull off the road right there.  It looked like we could walk down the semi steep hill to the river.  This was the first WOW moment when we stepped over the guard rail and came around the corner and saw this amazing wall of moss.
 2nd WOW moment was when I saw all these big huge stones forming small caves.
 this place STILL makes my heart go pitter patter just looking at the pictures again.  It was truly magical.
 I don't mind graffiti in the city but out here???  come on guys!  Oh well, it didn't hamper my complete and utter AWE moment.
 What a find...who even knew?!

 might be a passageway to another dimension...
 definitely coming back here to swim when the weather gets warmer.

 This is by far, one of the coolest places I have ever seen.

 These rocks almost looked like glaciers...and the water was so blueish-green.

 who doesn't love a pile of sticks?
 Anyway...I just had to share this place because it was so awe inspiring.  If you want to find it yourself, you have to go out through monroe and head towards steven's pass on hwy. 2.  When you see mile marker #38, it is about 1/2 mile past that on your right hand side (going east).  There is a little 2-car pull-off place to the side of the road.  There is no sign, no markings, nothing.  and you really can't see it from the road.

Monday, May 23, 2011

time for more journal pages

This is an homage to my little grand-dog, Sherlock.  My daughter Trista has a toy fox terrier that I absolutely ADORE.  He calls me gramma.  ;)

Monday, May 16, 2011

fun stuff

 Spent all day last saturday working on some necklaces for the july rubber stamp show in Carson, CA.
 I can never find stuff I want to I made exactly what I would wear....something a little interesting but simple too.  It will be interesting to see if anyone else wants to wear them too.
hope to see you there!

Friday, May 13, 2011

tape obsession

 So...I went on a hunt today (michaels, joanns and paper zone) for 1/16" grommets (or eyelets) and no one carried them.  I finally stopped driving from store to store and called Impress Rubber Stamps at Tukwila to see if they carried them.  They DID!  wahoo.  While looking around this fabulous store, I came across this tape from (the genius's behind) Cavallini & Co.  It's not often these days that I am just strolling around a store and come across such a thrilling new product.  It was $16 (yikes) but when you think about it, that averages to about $3.25 a roll (cheaper than the japanese stuff)....and you get a cute little tin.
The girl ringing me up asked if I had come for the tape.  Come to find out the order just came in today and there were all these women waiting in line for some earlier in the day.  Not sure how I lucked out, but glad I did.  she was sure there would be none left by end of day (there were only 2, now only 1).