Friday, October 10, 2014

The Grandma Arts

santaIf you catch me humming a Christmas song even though it’s still early in October don’t be surprised. Something special has got me in the holiday spirit.

Remember when I told you about the wonderful Christmas Stockings my grandma made for all of her descendants and their husbands and wives? Well, over the summer I talked to my sister Shannon about starting one for my grandson.

She said, “Well, since you’ve been doing so much crocheting I thought maybe YOU’D like to do it”.

I haven’t knitted more than an iffy ‘potholder’, so I wasn’t sure. But thinking of the traditions and of my own little grandbaby I decided to give it a go.

stocking 1Shannon is a great teacher and soon I was up and running, knitting a project I always thought would be way too complex. As I make this stocking I feel very close to my own Grandmother who is no longer with us and to my little grandson who lives over half a country away.

stocking 2

I also feel love for my family and nostalgia for Christmases, past and future. Here’s to traditions!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Graduation Lei

IMG_3090I am home from my recent trip to the south, and preparing to go to Pullman for my second daughter’s graduation from WSU.

(Go Cougs!)

IMG_3043I thought it would be nice to get her a graduation lei. I think they are so special but I’ve never bought one for my kids graduating high school. I visited a couple florists and realized that they had to be ordered far ahead of time.

IMG_3046I’m a do-it-yourself-er, so I decided I would make one. I watched a couple you tube tutorials, following this one from the Mai Kai restaurant. I also really liked the tips from Jack Topus, but my husband nixed the idea of the money lei, so I stuck with the flowers.

IMG_3047I chose carnations in red and white to match WSU colors. It took about 3 dozen large carnations to string a 4 foot lei, leaving a bit for tying. It was the perfect length.

Since the graduation was 24 hours away and we were traveling I put the finished lei in an aluminum cake pan with lid, resting it on some moistened paper towels. When we traveled I put an icepack under the pan to keep it cool until it could go back into the fridge. I made the lei Thursday night and she will be wearing it on Saturday so I want it to still be fresh.

(I just added a photo to the top of this post of the finished product.)


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I’m a Grandma!

new grandmaI am head over heels happy. A new little bundle on the other side of the country brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it. About him- my Grandson.

newbornSome women are squeamish about being called Grandma, but not this girl. As my sister put it, being a mother is an honor, being a Grandmother is like royalty!

Immediately after hearing the news I had a flight booked to New Orleans to be with my daughter and see the new little guy. These pictures are from that first precious week.

day 2The tiny little guy safe in his daddy’s arms.

looking at his mommyAnd see how he gazes up at his mommy!

Life is so good!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mansfield Park First Edition

Look at what I had my hands on today! Mansfield Park 1st edition 1

It’s a three volume first edition of my favorite novel, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Anne Repass from the Seattle Public Library brought the books, part of her personal collection, to the meeting of our local chapter of the Jane Austen Society and led the discussion. I was super excited for the discussion so seeing, actually HOLDING the books was just icing on the cake. I have seen Jane Austen first editions under glass before, but never got to touch, to hold, the books, and for a book lover that is the best.

These books were from 1814, in lovely condition and beautifully bound. At the time these books were printed, most novels were produced in three volumes. The books would have been purchased unfinished almost like a paperback, and then you would take them to be bound to match your library, taste and budget. These books are quarto size, which, though hard bound, is smaller than a little modern paperback. I wish I would have set something on the table so you could see the size of these darling little books.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Tag Swap

The Burton girls were at it again with a Christmas tag swap. We wanted to do the swap early enough in December that a) we would be able to put up our tags for Christmas decoration, and b) Our Sis who is currently lining in Australia would get hers in time for Christmas. I think we made it!

IMG_2668This year our Christmas theme was more of a color scheme. The theme was Winter Whites. Our tags were to focus on white, cream, silver, gold, and sepia.

IMG_2714crop and colorI made a banner with the Christmas tags and strung it across my piano for the holidays. I love the look of these tags. They turned out beautiful, and look great displayed together.

A few of us have already had some great ideas for next year’s theme. I’m already excited. Thanks ladies!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Tag Swap

One craft project the ladies in my family enjoy is having a tag swap. These usually involve some of my sisters, my mom and a sister in law. Having a tag swap gives us a chance to do a small manageable art project, and  it’s a fun way to stay connected to those that live far away. We don’t use the tags on gifts, just to decorate around the house.

Halloween tags 2013We decide on a holiday or theme, give people a chance to join, and then set a target date for mailing the tag.

These are the tags for our Halloween 2013 tag swap. I made the one on the top left. Each of us made six tags. we keep one of our own and mail out the others to the other participants.

Aren’t they cute?


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bridal Photos

It’s Labor Day Weekend and the newlyweds are back at their university and doing very well. I have the bridal photographs now and would love to share some with you.

Arianne-21_MediumWe hired Joshua from Joshua Gene Wedding Photography to take all the photos for the wedding. He was the same photographer who did our daughter Hillary’s wedding. He’s great to work with and Arianne’s portraits turned out beautiful.

Arianne-35_SmallOur locations were the Woodland Park Rose Garden in Seattle, and Kerry Park, a park with a great view of the city.



Arianne’s Dress is made by LatterDay Bride and Prom, and was purchased at Gateway Bridal & Prom in Salt Lake City, Utah. We made a trip to Utah for wedding dress shopping in order to find a wedding dress that meets Mormon standards. When you marry in the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints not only are you interviewed for worthiness in keeping the commandments, you also follow a code of dress, which means the lovely dresses can not be sleeveless or strapless as is commonly found in bridal gowns.

Arianne-42edit_SmallArianne chose a beautiful dress with beaded top and lace skirt. We took it to alterations so the length could be adjusted and hooks for bustling put in. Kimberly Alterations in Issaquah did a wonderful job on her dress, in a short amount of time.

Arianne-51_SmallHere’s a shot of my little marathon runner with her running shoes on. It’s one of my favorites.