Tuesday, November 23, 2010


A sample of Kim's clever creations. Here, she has repurposed
a glass goblet and silver-plated coaster to be a tiny cloche
for a tiny bottle brush tree.
Today there's a happy mix of snow and sunshine in Western Washington. It's a good day to be home enjoying both. However, before the snow began last weekend, I hit the blacktops and headed north toward Snohomish, WA to Kim and Luanne's Nest and Garden Christmas Open House held at their Little Red Barn in the country. Kim's motto is Thomas Edison's quote; "to invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." Indeed, her creations reflect a whole lot of imagination combined with a fun blend of vintage, rustic, and repurposed finds. Her Little Red Barn was full of imaginative, decorative pieces and the joyful sound of friends and family visiting around the cozy heater. Please see JOYWORKS: Nest and Garden Open House for more great pics. Next, I hit an estate sale in Everett and purchased a Victorian chair with a green velvet, tufted seat. Then, I headed back to Snohomish for a quick spin through several of my favorite shops including Joyworks http://www.joyworks-shopgirl.blogspot.com/, Annie's on First http://www.anniesinsnohomish.blogspot.com/, and Faded Elegance http://fadedelegancestyle.blogspot.com/  to name a few! Then, on to M&M Antiques & Collectibles Antique Mall in Monroe. The shopping was fast and furious as I hurried back to pick up Sweet Girl from school. Despite the fast-pace, the road north led to some great decorating and gift ideas and some wonderful new friends. 
One of my favorite purchases from Nest and Garden.
 Can't think of a better message for the front porch!

The rose barkcloth pillow is from Joyworks in Snohomish.
 This is a great place for reading, writing,
and day-dreaming on a snowy afternoon.

Love this sign (also from Joyworks!) and it
 goes well with my Bluebonnet
 pottery and peacock feathers.

This vignette includes a Nest and Garden tree in
a bottle, and several other old favorites.

A gentle reminder that every creation
begins with a dream or two!

1. Snow Days
2. Moonbeams across fresh snow
3. Two-stepping with the one you love
4. Birthday Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Thankfulness for abundant blessings and prayers for those less fortunate

Peace, love, and abundant Thanksgiving blessings to y'all!

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