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CRAFTGAWKER.com ROCKS!

CRAFTGAWKER  is a wonderful site for INSPIRATION! I thought I’d share this fabulous technique of getting your craft groove on!!!! Check out all the lovelies I found today to get me up and creating. Todays theme… Petals of ‘Lusciousness’ All discovered via Craftgawker

Get inspired! Create Pedal by pedal & Leaf by leaf…

Curtesy of carladyck.blogspot.com

Create these beauties with help from threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com

Get the tutorial for this gorgeous paper rose at diyordont.blogspot.com

Carla Dyck's Gorgeous photography buy it at etsy.com/shop/CarlaDyck

Make these doily wraps at beyondbeyond.co.uk/blog/

Turn rose soap petals into a flower ball at The 36th Ave (thirtysixthavenue.com)

French Pouf in braided hair

At lovemaegan.com you can learn how to make this gorgeousness!

marble magnet tutorial 003

Glass marble ! creationsbykara.com

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.”

Susan Coolidge quotes
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Craft~op~o~lis Wonderment in Portlandia!

Craft~op~o~lis Wonderment inPortlandia!

 

Once a month I get together with my ‘chickadees’ to have what they have entitled a Crafty Wonder Bi~o~tch.

Ok, so don’t be all offended now, I wasn’t the one responsible for the name but it does have a sort of

“je ne sais quoi” about it.

Each of us gals take a turn hosting in which we get to pick a theme, come up with a craft idea to share and we eat & drink yummy deliciousness while crafting the night away.

This months event was hosted by the divine mrs…..Rae. She chose the theme of India!

And wow….did she ever go all out! She even had silk saree’s hanging from the ceilings and candles were lit all about in a flickering glow. We were also greeted by Bolywood music echoing throughout her pad. We all brought some scrumptious selections of Indian fare to share. It was fabulous! Here’s a sneak peak into our evening of fun.

Here's a few of us~I'm tak'n the pics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUESS WHAT OUR GROUP CRAFT WAS?

Henna tattoos!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got some great info from this book…

The Henna Body Art Kit: Everything You Need to Create Stunning Temporary Tattoos by Aileen Marron
We all brought our own craft projects we’ve been working on too.
 

There was sewing and jewelry making.

Tips and idea sharing...

Some sharing their creations & perhaps a bit more.

As the night progressed it got a little bit crazy.

SUPER FANTABULOUS way to get your craft on with people you love!

Yosemite is Heaven on Earth

Yosemite National Park is a taste of Heaven on Earth!

If you have never been then start making your travel plans NOW!

I took all of these pictures with my little point & shoot camera. Now not to say that’s a cheesy camera after all it’s the FUJIFILM XP which in my mind is a diamond. After years of hauling around lenses & cases for my professional cameras I decided to take the plunge to make a light haul this year and as you can see I’m thrilled that I did. Take a look further into this sweet little gem as she’s water proof too!

Anyway back to Yosemite…

A plethora of endless beauty everywhere. Waterfalls and streams, meadows, rock formations spiring to the clouds above  casting spells on all who venture there peaks.

This doesn’t even touch the surface. Go experience Yosemite for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tornado Alley~Devastation Connects Joplin Missouri USA From My Heart To Yours

Tornado Alley

Devastation Connects Joplin Missouri USA From My Heart To Yours

 

St Johns is a 250 room hospital, Joplin’s biggest medical facility. It is lost. Last week a tornado hit the hospital dead on. EKG machines, gurneys & more were flying down the hall. The ambulance doors immediately gave way and caved into the emergency entrance. Nurses had laid their own bodies on top of patients in hopes of protecting them. The newly wounded in the area were flooding into the hospital. Surviving patients were evacuated to a parking lot and then transported to other hospitals.

Six patients died that day at St Johns. Over 142 people have been declared dead in Joplin. Over 100 more are unaccounted for.

What was your week like?

Mine was filled with sunshine, a few rainy days, dinners with family and friends, birthday celebrations, music, & creating and writing in the city of roses that will rarely have a conversation about tornados let alone actually experience one here.

What started as an F0 began to take shape building at 200 miles per hour into a killer tornado within a 5 mile area of Joplin.

My friend Chris Lewis is from Joplin Missouri. Chris went to his childhood home to see the immense destruction.

He wasn’t at home when the tornado hit. Here is what is left of the bedroom he knew so well.

Only 2 walls left the others gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the house Chris grew up in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom & dad are safe, they have their lives thank God. Their home & means of making a living are lost.

This is my connection to the disaster in Joplin Missouri. Now it is your connection too.

What can we do to help?

If you want to send a financial gift to the Lewis family you can do so by either the following 2 methods:

1) online via Paypal:

go to www.paypal.com,  click “Send Money”,  recipient email:  lewafer@gmail.com  – can designate as a gift, but probably isn’t tax deductible(?)

2) check (yes, the main Joplin Post Office is still intact):

Don Lewis

P.O. Box 1325

Joplin, MO  64802

Here is a link to pictures Chris took of what remains of the house:

https://picasaweb.google.com/117888708982511547768/TheLewis2011TornadoLodge?feat=directlink#

 

 

 

You know how I love boots!

Get On Your Boots!

U2 Sexy Boots!

 

Today they arrived!!!!
My new lovelies!!!!
I am so excited!  (Enough exclamation marks?) !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After spending time in Italy walking miles in stiletto healed ego boosting no one really cares boots I decided it was time to ad some amazing feel good comfort fitting stylish walking for miles boots to my collection.

Who did I go to for comfort? CLARKS!

An amazing Black Leather Aguila Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These casual Grey/Black Nubuck D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& The Derby in delectable Mushroom Suede

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new lovelies have arrived!!!!

I am so excited!

Autumn says; ‘Ever notice how she yells everything?’

(I say; ‘NEVER Enough exclamation marks! NEVER!!!’) !!!

 

I’m think’n I should book a trip to Italia just to break these beauties in!

 


 

 

Craft~astic Crafty Wonderland!!!!

Clicking pics will take you to Crafty Wonderlands

It’s that time of year where Hand Made Fairs, Saturday Markets, Garage Sales and more line up to capture my attention. Crafty Wonderland is my fav! It’s a yearly ‘craft-tastic’ event that (until recently) was only during November but last year for a 1st they added a Spring event. Yay!!! Groopies line up early to receive goodie bags (1st 200 peeps snag em!). It’s a matter of sport! You can spend hours here if you’re not careful. Oh…and lots of $$$ too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a peek at this years spring gala…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a great time for me to support my artsy/crafty/designing friends. BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT LOCAL!

Love To Love YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here on the left is my friend Loni. She is the cats meow of designers. Her fun creative wears remind me of living in grown up fairy tales. Check out her shop on Etsy!

And listen to this while doing so!

 

Love To Love You (Click here!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the pic to see more up close!

Got this really amazing button ring from 'a tea leaf'!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh how I could show you soooo much more but that would take up my entire blog and there are sooo many lovely’s that it might use up all the extra space on my mactop. You’ll just have to go sometime on your own!

Spring Luv

Spring has been pouncing and springing up all around us. Living here in Portland I am always afraid of missing any little bit of this season as the rain tends to darken our perspective at times.

I have made it a point to open up and be aware today of all the beauty around me and I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Wedding Bliss~Dashing William/Stunning Kate

Royal Wedding Bliss

Dashing William/Stunning Kate

With todays celebration of this british couple underway we decided to celebrate the union of a sampling of those who have entrusted us to capture their moments of  wedding bliss.

Prince William and Kate Middleton smile during their wedding service. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA

Daniel & Emily

Renee and Orlando

Audrey and Colin

Taylor and Jordan

 

Happily Ever After!


Earth Day ~ Awake Hope

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.  ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed.,John Muir, John of the Mountains:  The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,


There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.  ~William Shakespeare

 

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.  ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

Mt Hood from our back yard

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.              ~John Muir

Tree Beast

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb

In the Columbia Gorge

Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

Rockaway Beach Sunset

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Copyright protected LeafandInk

 



Visible Reflections of Our Souls

My morning gift from creations creator is a catechism. Lessons to be learned are all around us.

It is up to us to let the light switch on , be aware and search for the application for our souls.

I am driving from Portland to Eugene yesterday. About a 2 hour trip south when I notice what I thought was a flock of geese on the side of the freeway. It didn’t blow my mind as we see geese frequently in these here parts.
My eyes focussed in on what was mistaken to them as geese…no, hawks? No, they are territorial and would never congregate in such a group…never that many in one place! Then I shouted out ‘They are eagles!!!’

Thanks to Capi Lynn & The Statesman Journal for this pic. Just click here on the pic to see more of her amazing encounter with eagles.

At least 30 to 40 of them in a field of sheep!

It was the males white sea foam hood of feathers adorning their head that gave them away.

Eagles are something we see occasionally here in the Portland metro area of Oregon but rarely and not more than 2 if truly blessed. Here was a ‘herd’!

I pulled over safely.
Grabbed my FUJIFILM XP Water/Shock/Dust/Freeze Proof point & shoot camera. I just purchased it last night so I have a light weight all around easily accessible camera with me at all times instead of lugging around a plethora of camera lenses & attachments. Thankfully I had charged the battery. Sadly I didn’t have time to select any specific settings thus the poor quality. I just started snapping away.
As I got closer I realized exactly what all the commotion was about.

Here all around me were lambs being born. I had arrived just in time to see a ewe drop to her knees & give birth to twins.
Why were all the eagles surrounding? At first I was concerned they may be praying on innocent new borns and then I watched as they swooped in to partake of the placenta left behind.
They were there to feast on the afterbirth. It was a once in a lifetime moment! A gift to watch these majestic birds in the circle of life.

I must tell you what occurred from within carried me throughout my day.

It was a rare glimpse into the soul.

“From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine too the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.” – Victor Hugo

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