Sunday, July 20, 2008

an almost vacation

Anthony's restaurant at Point Defiance, Tacoma, Washington

Everything started out pretty well. The weather was spectacular, as you can see from the view of Mt. Ranier from the Tacoma Convention Center where I spent a few hours at the marketplace of the Puget Sound Bead Festival while Scott hung out at the hotel. Dinner afterwards at Anthony's was one of those rare dining experiences where everything is perfect. From our table we watched the ferry to Vashon Island load and unload and saw Mt. Ranier turn a beautiful pink as the sun set. I was looking forward to this jewelry class with Tracy Stanley the next day. The Universe had other plans for me, however. I woke the next day not feeling well at all. :( Scott was able to pick up my kit and instructions from Tracy at the class site. Our plans to visit San Juan Island the following day were also shelved and we headed home. As we got close to the turn off on I-5 for Long Beach, I suggested we drive out to the beach house so that our vacation wouldn't be a total bust. I was starting to feel better and we were able to relax for a couple of days. It wasn't what was planned but not all bad.

The coming week will be busy, getting everything together for the bridal shower on Saturday. And then there will be time for working on some projects; including the bracelet I was to make last week.

Friday, July 11, 2008


There were so few images to download from my camera last time. But this one was perfect for the moment. Those red, red strawberries in their aqua paper pulp basket. That combination of colors has been speaking to me lately. It first caught my eye at The Happy Zombie's blog, and then ended up in a mix of beads I'm using to make favors for the bridal shower I'll give my future daughter-in-law, Jenn, in a couple of weeks. The theme is "Honeymoon Cruise" (to Mexico) and I think the spicy red and cool aqua are a perfect compliment.

I'm leaving tomorrow for a little R&R in the Puget Sound area. Soooo looking forward it. Our Northwest weather is at its very best right now. Should have much to share when I return.