Aug 17, 2017

Rubies Roses....

My grandmother was a woman who
loved roses...
 
she didn't grow them
or indulge in fresh florist roses...
 

she painted them...
 
her inspiration
came from the stacks of
old fashioned rose greeting cards...




this platter
is my favorite piece she painted...
 
 
fluffy pink cabbage roses...
 

 
 




as I look at her work
I see so clearly
where my love of roses began...
 
I loved the idea of creating a vignette,
where her inspiration
and mine
were joined...
 
 
blended...
 

 
my Grandmother Ruby,
had a great friend
named Irma....
 
they would get together and paint...
and when they had enough completed projects
they would fire them in the kiln together...
 
that is how a funny mistake was made,
my grandmothers plate was finished but unsigned...
 
Irma signed it for her...
Rubie
 
I wonder is Ruby was disappointed
in the misspelling,
or if they laughed it off...
 
it may be a mistake,
but to me...
I kinda like it...
I find it endearing.
 
it makes me think of the happy hours they spent together,
the bond of friends...
 


She didn't want to be loved for her petals,
She wanted to be loved for her thorns.
 
She knew if someone loved her flaws,
they would love her whole.
 
j. iron wood
 

 
 
sometimes the beauty in life lies in the flaws...

Aug 14, 2017

Into the Mist at Lake Tipsoo....

Here in Seattle we have been waiting for rain....
it was a record breaking dry year...
 
I was a big fan of the TV show Northern Exposure,
there was an episode where the town
was waiting for the ice on the lake to break,
everyone went a little crazy...
 
it felt like that here,
waiting for the rain...
 
I was at a friends birthday party
when the rain began...
people came out excited to be splatted by the first drizzle,
breathing deep the smell of fresh rain...
 
we may at times complain
about too much rain here in the Northwest,
but secretly we love it...
 
 
 
after 55 dry days the rain came...
 
I decided to take a hike
up at Lake Tipsoo
on Mount Rainier...
 
 
hiking into the mist...
 
it was so peaceful,
so refreshing....
 

 
bent beneath the weight...
 


 
or maybe
just doing a happy dance...
 


 
the ghostly outlines of trees...
 

 
I had never before made it too the lake when it was in full bloom...
 
it was a fairyland,
a paradise...
 

the fog made it surreal,
soft...
 
like an impressionist painting...
 










 
 
into each life a little rain must fall,
for this rain I am grateful...
(and so is my garden!)
 
 
Thank you for joining me today,
it's always more fun when you come along....

Aug 3, 2017

Silky Dreams....



The heat wave has struck here in Seattle....
 
after the long dry spell it is taking its toll
 
the roses look tired,
I feel tired....
 


 a little relief
arrived in the mail today....
 
I have always wanted Silk Pillowcases....
 
I have heard of so many good
beauty benefits....
 
I have read that cotton is abrasive,
and draws the moisture out of your skin and hair...
 
where as Silk,
is... well, Silky Smooth
and will not draw
 the natural moisture out of your skin and hair...
 
it is hypoallergenic and
best of all on these hot nights,
a temperature regulator.
 
 



I was offered these Pillowcases
from OOSILK
 
for sharing with you my honest opinion.
 

 
first off they are beautiful,
I feel so decadent!
 


they are petal soft,
and when you lay your cheek on them at night,
so cool and fresh....
 


 
after sleeping with them a few nights...
 
I can say I couldn't be happier,
my skin feels smooth
and my hair feels so much smoother
when I get out of bed...
 
If you would like your own Silk Sweet Dreams just stop by OOSILK....
 
they make a full line of beautiful silk products
bedding,
nightgowns,
baby items...
 
they are the nicest people,
and my package arrived so fast too....
 
 
 
Thank You OOSILK!
 
Sweet Silky Dreams...