Friday, August 29, 2008

Xavier is coming to town. Tonight! Sept.2nd

Xavier who?? Xavier Rudd, you haven't heard of him!!?!??! Brandon and I discovered him about 4 years ago. Word to Mouth.


He's an Australian musian/surfer. A one-man-band/multi-instrumentalist who plays guitars, Yidaki (didgeridoos), Weissenborn slide guitars, stomp box, harmonica, and percussion. He performs his songs’ guitar, didgeridoo and various percussion parts simultaneously—using a unique set-up that finds him literally surrounded by his various instruments and singing from behind a stand holding three didgeridoos (of different keys). He's just amazing! He was influenced by Neil Young and Paul Simon at a Young age. He's got many heartfelt songs and positive messages to share. Go to his site and get to know Xavier Rudd you'll be glad you did!







http://www.myspace.com/xavierrudd or at:

http://www.xavierrudd.com/index.php


He'll be playing Eugene's McDonald Theatre on Sept. 2 at 8:00pm, I've already got my ticket!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sunflowers and Squirrels

Aww my only sunflower. They only one that survived the slugs and the decapitation from the Squirrels.



I spoke too soon. I went out to the garden and I stopped by the sunflower and its gone. The Nasty little Squirrels had taken it away. I was mad, bad little squirrels!
But not this one:


This is "Ferris" by Mjkeeton on Etsy

a Totally Cute shop!



Just picked

  • from the Garden:


  • What to make?

    Roasted Tomatoes, I gather the Roma tomatoes cut off the tops and place in a pan(top side down) to roast in the oven. After they start to Blacken turn off oven and let cool. Then you can take the skins right off. I put in freezer bags for winter stews, and soups.

    Another thing that I love to do in to make Salsa. This is the recipe that I used:

    Ingredients:

    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
    • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, chopped
    • 2 green Chile peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • Preparation:
  • Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, lime juice,salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours to blend flavors.
  • Makes about 2 cups of salsa.

  • I also take the cherry, and pear tomatoes and half drizzle on Olive Oil , add Mozzarella balls, Squeeze lemon juice, sprinkle with Basil and salt and pepper. Serve on a bed of lettuce or just eat. What do you do with your tomatoes?

New Hats are on there way

I love taking old sweaters and turning them into something new. Hum lets see... a hat. I've been working on some new hats for winter. First I take the sweater and Felt it in the washer and dryer. Then check it out and see where the hat wants to come from. Then I take the hat and start needle felting onto it. Then I line it with fleece. Ta-da... there finished!

Here are three that you get to see first before I post on Etsy.
This Blue hat w/ the Unicorn on it isn't felted. Its Acrylic and Wool blend. The other two hats are.

So what do you think?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Neighbor

Its always nice to have a wonderful neighbor. You know the kind that you can borrow a cup of sugar from. Where your kids can go and play or visa versea They would check your mail when your gone. Well were lucky to have some of those neighbors.

Alysse, Max, and there two boys Finn, and Quillian (lucky for our boys). Alysee is so nice, She's the one who introduced my to Etsy. Gives good crafting advise also. She has an Etsy Store maybe you've heard of her?
AlytheRed???


(check out this Coffee and Cream Bliss Bag for $43.00)

She's one talented Lady. She has a degree in Costuming. Now she's doing her own thing. She's a full time artist and mother. She sells her work on etsy and craft fairies. She's avid coffee, tea drinker. Hence her Coffee Cozies:

Flintstones OOAK Coffee Cozy $9.50 and the Banana Breath for $7.00
Indigo Star-Textile Cuff for $25.00
She has so many more wonderful creations in her store.
Also go read her blog, I'm sure you enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Oregon Coast!



Went to the Coast w/ the boys. What a special time to have with them. They both start school September 3rd. Elijah will be in all day Kindergarden, we'll see if he can do all day. If not I'll get to take him only half day. Oh oh back to the Coast. We got to Carl G. Washborne area and played around for while.


then off to the Hobbit Trail. Tis a secret trail. I won't tell were it is. We did hear some Hobbits, didn't see any though.



on Sunday

"Take me out to the ball game,Take me out with the crowd.Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,I don't care if I never get back,Let me root, root, root for the home team,If they don't win it's a shame.For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,At the old ball game."


Yes we went to the Em's Game it was so much fun. It was the boys first pro game of any sort. They loved it! Of course we had crackerjacks and hot dogs, it wouldn't be a game w/ out the o' stand bys.



This shot was first pitch, you can see Spenser Butte in the far right. The Emeralds didn't when against the Salem Volcanoes. Score was 10 to 7.

Lots of excitement, it made Brandon and I feel the love for the game again. We both played ball from T-ball to High School. It was nice to do something out of the ordinary.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Norwest Fly Fest

So Brandon,the kids and I went to the NorWest Fly Fest Saturday. Brandon is so much in love with anything Aviation if you haven't already know that by know.

We signed Adan up for the Young Eagles flight first thing. With in a half hour he got to go up in a Piper Cherokee. The flight was only 30 minutes long. Adan got to ride up front this time. The last two years he didn't get the chance. The controls were handed over to Adan in the air. He got to fly a plane!!! WOW, just wow. I wish I had this opportunity when I was younger.



EEA Young Eagles Program has been developed to get young people excited about aviation. More than 170,000 people belong to the EEA with chapters in 50 States. If you know a kid between the ages they can become a Young Eagle. You get to learn about the plane, the interior of the plane, aeronautical chart and to identify reference points. Kids get there name in the world's largest logbook on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Oh did I mention its FREE!



To learn more about the Young Eagle Program got to:

http://www.youngeagles.org/



Adan says: "Everyone should do this!"

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Masks!


"Jackal" is made by:


http://tombanwell.etsy.com/



Masks were made to represent animals because hunting in early times. Masks were sacred and said to have tremendous power. Used for healing, funerals, control, as well as initiation and fertility rites. Symbolic masks were devised to be worn during ceremonies of many ancient peoples. These masks portrayed gods, animals and spirits and were worn ceremonially for communicating with supernatural forces believed to rule the universe.



"White Rabbit" is from : http://tombanwell.etsy.com/
"Earthy Greenman" is made by:

http://teonova.etsy.com/


To Put on a mask you become that entity. Your transform your disguise into new. I love to were masks. Not the scary kind, more like animal,plant,nature spirits. I tried to get my Etsy favorites on this blog I just couldn't figure out how. So you'll just have to go to my Etsy store and click on my Favorites and its all in the first page. Wonderfully cleaver artist making MASKS!
http://thingsinstuff.etsy.com


"Majestic Phoenix" is from :
http://upfromtheashes.etsy.com/

There are so many beautiful masks on etsy not just leather. Start searching and find that inner you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

FaerySpellCreations






I'm so glad to have found Faery Spell Creations on Etsy. What a wonderfully Magical store. From Enchanting Wings, Headdress, hats, Gloves, Fantasy Dolls, Costumes, and other great stuff to fulfill your dreams.


Jennifer uses clays, vintage and antique fabric, lace and ribbon in the creation of her dolls and other wonderful handcrafted items. They are all unique creations. Truly out of the Fae Realm. I have gotten one of her dolls :


This is "Orchid" she is such a magical being to have in my Sewing Room.

Here pictures don't do them justice. There so amazing, such detail and craftsmanship. She's a true Artist and where get gets the inspiration for such magical creatures, must be in Middle Earth.

She must have one foot, I mean Wing in each world. I got to meet with her Briefly at Faerie Worlds. She is Enchanting. A very sweet woman and mama. I just got one of her new Pumpkin Pixies. Super cute Pixie in a ceramic pumpkin, just in time for Halloween. GO check out her shop, and get you some FaerySpellCreations.
Etsy site:
website and mailing list at:























Sunday, August 10, 2008

What I haven't bloged about Faerie WOrlds!



I can't believe I haven't done it yet. Well, Carri and I volunteered the day before and day of at Faerie Worlds. It was fun to help set up and get the fell for it. I had never been before.

Day of I was doing Vendor Check in, it got alittle crazy for awhile and then my time was up. So off to have lunch, and get ready.




(Elijah,Silas,Arlo and a Dragon Lady)

Wow, Faerie Worlds was so great, I can't put it in words. I must say I didn't want to leave middle Earth. I wanted to live in it.
I'll leave you w/ a few more picts over the days at Faerie Worlds


Everyone should go at least once to FaerieWorlds!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Didn't go Camping

Oregon, you never know what weather you get. We were going to Camp this weekend. The weather changed and Rained and got cold, so no camp out.


What to do, There is so much one can do in Oregon. So we went to the Oregon Air and Space Museum. Brandon and the Boys are so into Aviation. It was fun, I like planes just not as much as them. So I'll leave you w/ some picts.






Adan's favorite plane the Zero (not to scale)


Elijah super excited about the planes.
Here is the link for the Oregon Air and Space Museum:


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer time!

I just love this time of year. Picking Tomatoes, lettuce, carrots for my dinner salad. Don't forget the Corn I just picked and grilled. I love having a garden. And for Desert fresh Picked Blueberries in a Strudel. Adan, Elijah and I went and picked 26 pounds of Blue berries on Wednesday. We are so lucky to be living in Oregon the land of plenty.



Cucumbers are almost ready in the Garden. Yeah, I can't wait to make some pickles. I've always loved pickles.



Went to the "Y" tonight for NIA. Oh how I needed to go its been week in a half. I can really tell, my body needs to move.



We are planning to go Camping at Triangle Lake this weekend and go to Slide rock. Should be fun!



Tonight after dinner the boys were drumming away on pots, pans, and buckets outside. It made it into the Pool. The metal bowls in the water made great sound effects. Hope this video works.





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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

EnchantedGypsy at FaerieWorlds!

Enchanted Gypsy!





I was walking along at the FaeriesWorld on Friday (Good Faerie day) and I saw these beautiful needle felted creations. Hey I thought, I've see these on etsy. So I went over to the beautiful lady who was busy felting away. I asked her if she was on etsy. She said yes, then it hit me: Enchanted Gypsy! I've put her work on treasuries. Her creation are just magical. Pixie is super talented mama!


A little about EnchantedGypsy They are a nomadic family of two adults, one newborn and five birds travelling the states in a veggie fueled, solar powered house bus.(SUPER COOL) Making stuff on Etsy and to sell at craft fairs and other venues is how they make a living (mainly in Oregon and California)

Check um out on etsy:

Or there Blog at:
I wish I would of sat down w/ her and chatted more. She is such a beautiful Spirit.
Many Blessings Pixie, and lots of sales!






Saturday, August 2, 2008

Brandon's new item on Etsy

(I'm taking a break from Faerie Worlds) I had to blog about my Brandon's new posting of his Decorative wall cabinet on etsy.
I must say its just beautiful!
Decorative wall cabinet for display items, or for storing oils and tinctures(Medicines). Designed by Brandon. Made from Solid woods, Cherry, Maple, and Alder. Finished with Tung Oil. with wavy glass doors. Joinery done with dovetails, half flaps, and through tenons. He'll will drill holes for hanging upon request.4" X 14" X 20 1/2"

I already found it in a treasury from FrolicFae its called Beauties of Oregon. (Oregon artist) Here's the link it only has 12 hours left to view.



Check it out at: