Friday, December 17, 2010


December (Gary A.), originally uploaded by seabrookwa.

Anna Maria Horner's Home

little.breakfast, originally uploaded by annamariahorner.

I love this in so many ways.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We Love Charlie

Pomplamoose and Ben Folds


I love this video.

Playing Six Degrees of Separation makes me close to these guys now, thanks to my Scott, shown above, and his friends, which are these guys, and their appearance on this show with the amazing Ben Folds. We're feeling all kinds of awesomeness around here these days!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hoff Gerddi Cymru

Hoff Gerddi Cymru, originally uploaded by Valériane Leblond.

Love this artist; love this piece.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


ABUNDÂNCIA, originally uploaded by bocavermelha-l.b..

Thanksgiving was wonderful. Looking forward to Christmas.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Castle Combe high street

Castle Combe high street, originally uploaded by Nige Hopes.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Honor the Teens

Purple Girl, originally uploaded by Dave Ward Photography.

Go purple today. Here's why.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seabrook: Coastal Living’s “Ultimate Beach House”

Seabrook: Coastal Living’s “Ultimate Beach House”

Click on the link to see where I visited on my birthday this year. It was so great!
(It wasn't Lumber Liquidators. If you get that ad, or another, wait a few seconds for the good stuff.)

Monday, October 11, 2010

National Coming Out Day

Heart, originally uploaded by seyed mostafa zamani.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, I would like to come out as a supporter of LGBT rights and to encourage you to visit this site, Mormons for

Friday, October 1, 2010

Eight Tiny Spaces You'll Want to Daydream About | The Stir

Eight Tiny Spaces You'll Want to Daydream About | The Stir

Design Mom Gabrielle Blair sums up the topic. (She is obsessed, like I am.)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hollyhocks and More

These are the current offerings in our yard. I have wanted Hollyhocks for so very long. Wow. They were worth the wait, don't you think? And the Nasturtiums and Cosmos and pretty yellow things. How I love them all.
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Bedside Beauties


This is what my sweet husband brought from his garden for my bedside table this afternoon.

Aren't they pretty?
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Walk to the Beach


Did I mention to you that we can walk to the beach from our house? Well we can and we did this morning.

It was glorious.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Feminist Mormon Housewives » On running, leaves, and donuts

Feminist Mormon Housewives » On running, leaves, and donuts

Are you loving the onset of Fall, as I am? Read some lovely mini-essays at this link.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to Hang Board and Batten

How to Hang Board and Batten

More on board and batten. I love it so!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Supernova by Kompan

I played on one of these today and it is wayyyyy fun! I want!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Curtains at the Windows

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Market Flowers

Oh, that Olympia flower market! Oh, that Naomi and Kate and their thoughtfulness!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

More Blocks

These are the smaller blocks our delightful guests played with the other day. Most of them are still available on clearance at They are a great way to learn math concepts while having lots of fun.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Block Play

Here's what the play is today. The big set of blocks I got here, but can also be purchased here. The book--which is very, very good--is here.

I have wanted a set of maple unit blocks since studying Early Child Education my first year in college, when the head of the department said, "If you have a budget which allows for only one thing, make sure that it is unit blocks." They are expensive, but the play value is endless. I'm so thankful that I could finally have them in my life.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Treat

Summer Treat, originally uploaded by jonmatthew photography.

My favorite!

Our Playroom Gets a New Look with Board and Batten

Our Playroom Gets a New Look with Board and Batten

I love this idea from Hooked on Houses. Go and see if you don't love it, too.

Ashford on the Water - Derbyshire

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Perfect Little Houses

Oooooh, what a treat! I found a new house plan site. It's Perfect Little House. com. This charming cottage, the Woodland, is just 950 square feet. Go and see!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Architect Marianne Cusato Does it Again

Click here for floor plans and here for a virtual tour of a marvelously designed house.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I am in Love

Going_final shots-9, originally uploaded by house dreams.

What a perfect bedroom, says I.

Cubben House, Miterdale

Cubben House, Miterdale, originally uploaded by Doctor Syntax.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Grass Fed Beef

Stealing the Scene-Cattle in Landscape
Originally uploaded by julieabrown1

After learning about the health benefits for both cattle and consumers, I purchased some hamburger made from grass fed beef this weekend at Trader Joe's.

It was delicious.

Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Flickr Find: Godseye detail ~ 1996

Godseye detail ~ 1996
Originally uploaded by daintytime

Not simple, I know, but so inspiring I wanted to share. Mirrors!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Numbered Rocks


A new homemade toy for our number-loving boy.
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Christal's Faith

Mom will like this. Christal is my cousin's daughter. I appreciate her simple declaration of her faith.

English Countryside

On Days Like These, originally uploaded by tommy martin.

With thanks to Tommy Martin for sharing this photo on flickr.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, originally uploaded by lakewentworth.


Thank you to lakewentworth for sharing this photo on

House for Sale--The Colony, Texas

Are you looking for a home near Dallas, Texas? Here is the listing for the house our dear ones have up for sale. It's a nice little starter--well, not that little, really--and only 115,000 dollars.

Here's a picture of the kitchen, so cute. Sorry about the blur.

Friday, April 30, 2010

A Simple Answer for Sickening Sewage

The name of the product may make us giggle, but the concept is a god-send.

I Miss Mister Rogers

Couldn't the world use some of Mister Roger's wisdom about now? The very end of this video is the best part. Be sure to hold on for it.

(Thanks, Kate, for pointing me to another great video.)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Simple Italian

American Jane Whole Cloth Quilt

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This is my latest quilt. It is completely stitched by hand and is made with two fabrics from the American Jane collection by the Moda fabric company, one for each side. The binding is from my stash. The batting is Hobbs Heirloom Wool and I love it. It puckered up just the way I like it to when laundered, and it is a perfect sort of warm.

Here's an interesting article I found at on the different kind of batts quilters use. It also has some tips about which needles work best. You may want to check it out.

I bought my wool from the folks at King's Men Quilting Supply Inc. The price is excellent if you are in a position to buy in bulk and the service was quick. I bought the 108x25 yd roll, so I will be working with wool from here on out. I'm very happy about that.

This quilt is about 40"x60." Just right for movie watching or tucking a little one in to bed.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rube Goldberg (from Japan)

I am soooo crazy about these things! I just laugh and laugh when I watch them. How about you?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back to Work

198/365 - payday, originally uploaded by jypsygen.

It seems that we will not have to move into a motor home after all. Although we never got very close to that, it was always in the back of my mind. How long can a household survive on too little income? But now, my husband is going back to work at the Boeing Company. The down side is, he will be working 75 miles from home, so the commute is going to mean I won't get to see him much. (He is also going to finish out the college quarter with night classes. Sigh.)

The up side is, well, money. Big upside, even when you like to live simply.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped us through this time. We have not suffered, but have simply enjoyed the time together, thanks to your support.

Now, on to the next season of life.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Quilt for Mister Two-Year-Old

Happy Birthday, sweet boy!
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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sara Janssen's Video Home Tour

How can you not love Sara Janssen? See more from her at her new blog Happy Janssens. In the meantime, enjoy the tour.

Happy Janssens: RV Tour from Sara Janssen on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Washington Timberframe Cottage

Oh my goodness. Follow this link to see a gorgeous little cottage right here in Washington state. Sooooo pretty.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I sold this quilt at the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop for 175 dollars!

That! Feels! Good!

Please go and take a look around if you have not yet done so. Meanwhile, I'll be starting on my next quilt to donate. Click on this link for Craft Hope for Haiti. You will find there items of a wide range of prices. Please make a purchase if you are in a position to do so.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mini Home on HGTV

Friday, January 15, 2010

Helping Haiti

I'm so thankful that I learned today about this Etsy shop. I was able to share the quilt I just finished. If it sells, all proceeds will go to relief efforts in Haiti.

With my husband unemployed, we are both happy to have this means of helping. Please go and visit. Maybe you will find something there for you. Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop. To donate, go to