Monday, June 22, 2009


Yes, it is officially summer, although it doesn't feel much like it here today with our overcast skies. I'm going to make strawberry jam, so I thought I'd snap a picture of these red beauties before I smash them into a pulp! I've already eaten way too many but it's so hard to resist the sweetness and juiciness of freshly picked strawberries. Along the main street of our small town there are fruit stands that beckon you to partake of this local fare.

Every year during this time, childhood memories of picking strawberries come floating back to mind. I reminisce of my 2 sisters and me, many years ago in BC, Canada, deciding that we were going to make lots of money picking strawberries in the fields. We responded to an ad in the paper looking for pickers, where they drive you by bus to the fields, about 45 minutes away. We picked all day in the summer sun, probably ate too many strawberries, (seems to be a pattern here) and came home hot, dusty, sweaty and with only a few dollars in our pockets. Yes, our hopes of loaded bank accounts were dashed and we didn't make it back the next day. I remember coming home and my Mom had fixed strawberries for dessert! At that point we didn't want to look at another strawberry! I guess that's why to this day I just buy the berries already picked. They just seem to taste better that way!

One more thing. Here is a treasury I made that reminds me of those strawberry picking days. If you click on it, it will take you to the treasury room where you can comment. It's only there for 2 days so don't delay!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Hope for tomorrow. I took this picture tonight of the gorgeous pink sunset that was painted across the sky in front of our house. Not only was it beautiful, and fleeting, but it got me to thinking how, as a Christian, I have a bright hope for tomorrow.

I have peace in my heart knowing that the Lord who made me knows me and loves me and even when I leave this place I have faith in the knowledge that I will live with Him forever.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Thank you to Pampering Beki for hosting this each week! Everyone is welcome to join. To see how to join, as well as find links to other Fingerprint Friday posts, visit Pampering Beki's blog.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I know a lot of you who read my blog are sellers on Etsy. So pardon me, Non Etsians, while I share some good luck I had yesterday with my fellow sellers. If this can happen to me, I know it can happen to any of my Etsy blog friends!

You know how you look at the front page when Admin picks the items and you see that they've used a certain search word like "woodland" or "weddings" or "Spring"? Well, I have many a time and I silently yell and wave my arms in the air "Pick Me, Pick Me"...Hello over here!!!

Well, yesterday it finally happened to me! They used the search term "rustic" and lo and behold my "Organic Hoop Earrings" were included on the Front page Admin Picks. They are in the center of the 3rd row. They were there for about 20 minutes before they sold. Again, I did not get to see it, but found out about it from CraftCult and got a screenshot thanks to Etsy Front Pagers on Flickr.

Now if only I HAD seen it and I could have increased the quantity to 2. I'm being greedy though aren't I...20 minutes on the Front Page is certainly lucky indeed and I'll take it thank you very much!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Latest Treasury

Excuse me for sharing this with you but I love this treasury I put together yesterday. I hadn't made one in such a long time and I had fun selecting all these items for a blue, yellow and white theme. It all started when I discovered that sweet little sachet pillow that is front and center.

Since there are over 600 treasuries at the moment, I know that mine has a very slim chance of making it to the front page, so I thought I'd give it a little more exposure here- one of the advantages of having your own blog!

Why we Etsy people make treasuries is still a mystery to me. After taking the time to select all the items from the thousands of them on the site, copying and pasting the numbers into poster sketch and then again once that little box shows up (after you wait some more) is beyond me. And then to have no one look at it is disappointing to say the least!

But continuing making them I will because it's like filling a blank canvas with little bits of art to make a cohesive, colorful picture. I guess that's why they call us "curators". Oh, well, at least I can post it here and hopefully it will get some "love"! If you click on it, it will take you to the treasury room but just for a couple of days until it expires! The more clicks it gets and the more comments, my chances of getting on the front page go up.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


"So what does that mean?" you may ask. Yes, I know it's a strange title that probably needs a little explanation for Non-Etsians.


So there you have it. I've decided to participate this year in this Etsy wide sale. There are many shops offering special deals between June 10th and 14th, 2009. I realize I'm a little late starting and letting you know, but what else is new!

Go to and you can type in the word YART in your search. This will bring up many shops having a sale.

Of course, I'd prefer if you visit my shop Beadin By The Sea first (I know I'm shamelessly self promoting) by clicking here. I have a YART sale section with 10% off selected items. And if you leave BLOGFREESHIP in the notes to seller upon checkout, I'll even throw in free domestic shipping on all items. (that's within the USA). But just until midnight June 14, 2009!

See you there!

Friday, June 5, 2009


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

from "All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil F. Alexander 1848

A friend of ours treated us to a boat ride last night around Fidalgo Island, Washington state, where we live. It was a beautiful evening as our "heatwave" continues- just perfect for boating. I took many photos, which I may post at another time, but this one of the sea lion was by far the most intriguing.

Apparently this big fella is often seen suntanning on this buoy and is quite used to boats getting close for a better look. It certainly reminded me that God made all creatures, big and small, , swift and slow, beautiful and beautifully challenged in all sizes and shapes! We also saw a pod of dolphins, but well, they are too swift for my camera! I'm also thankful for the generosity of our friend to give of his time to show us around the beautiful place we live from a different perspective.

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Thank you to Pampering Beki for hosting this each week! Everyone is welcome to join. To see how to join, as well as find links to other Fingerprint Friday posts, visit Pampering Beki's blog.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Here in the Pacific Northwest we've been having a heatwave. Well, for us it's a heatwave. While this is standard fare for much of the United States, we in our little NW corner of our country are not used to (or prepared for) temperatures in the high 70's in early June. Our average high summer temperature in July and August, our hottest months, are a humorously low 67°F, yep you read that right!

We do not have air conditioned houses, outdoor pools, and many of us do not have basements (although we do) so many lack a sanctuary in which to "cool off". Thankfully, temperatures do lower at night and it never lasts for more than a few days. After being in Kansas for the last 2 summers, I'm not complaining though. At least I can open every window of my house for some cool ocean breezes (our version of AC) and feel somewhat of a respite.

I thought I'd share a few photos of "Signs of Summer" in a collage. From left to right starting at the top:
1. Shorts and sandals
2. Fans are our AC
3. Planted pots
4. Backyard squirrels
5. Ahh, pink lemonade
6. Short sleeves
7. Rockrose
8. Sunshine
9. Beaded jewelry of course!

Are you seeing signs of summer in your part of the world or are you in the dog days already? Our kids aren't even out of school until the middle of June!