Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Meet Patch who lives in Udon Thani, Thailand.  Not only is she a lovely person and wonderful etsy blogger teammate, just look at her etsy shops!

Her jewelry is exquisite, perfect for weddings (her passion) or any special (or not so special) occasion.  This is a lovely crystal double loop pendant from her jewelry shop, Patch First Shop.

This is a wonderful crown ring.   Patch will make these in any color--think birthstone!

Next up is her supply shop, aptly named Patch Supply Shop where you will find an interesting assortment of goodies--beads, lovely Thai lotto papers, plastic boxes, little velvet bags, and these wonderful origami flowers that come in a variety of colors and papers.

And then there's Patch Vintage Shop with lovely feminine clothes like this blouse

This is just a small sampling of the wonderful goodnesses to be found in her shops.

Patch also has a blog*.  Of course!  She is a member of the etsy bloggers' team and the featured etsy blogger for the month of August.

Welcome to Patch's World blog
Wedding Guide blog
Crochet and Knit blog

*um, make that 3!
photos by Patch © 2009-2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

wildflowers in yellow

beautiful yellow wildflowers line the roadway near Zion National Park
(off St Rt 9, it's called Kolab Terrace Road and goes in and out of Zion--mostly out)  I believe these flowers are goldenrod.  See the gambel oak on the right side of the photo?  This is a "drive-by-shooting," taken while riding in a car.
gambel oak 
Range Plants of Utah
This post is for the Mellow Yellow Monday meme started by DrowseyMonkey "because life is better with a splash of yellow."  Come show your yellow and link up HERE.

photo by me © 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bryce Canyon Sky: SkyWatch Friday

sky seen from the Queen's Garden section of Bryce Canyon
This post is for SkyWatch Friday hosted by Wren, fishing guy, Sylvia, Klaus, and Sandy.  Come join us in this awesome meme, link up, and meet folks from all over the globe
photo by me © 2010

Kindergarten memories

When I was a child I walked to kindergarten which was about 2 1/2 blocks away from my home.  Here are a few memories of that time:
"napping" on a blanket and looking at posters
looking for mica in the playground soil
reading a note as I walked that said my friend Ellen could come to my house to play after school.
show and tell--I remember showing this cool new toy.  It was a little man who climbed up and down a ladder depending on how you tilted it.

This is for the etsy bloggers' team carnival which will be published on Monday, August 30 by team member Punky Jane
PS:  I remember my mother taking photos on the first day of school.  I have looked and looked but cannot find them.  I also searched online for that toy mentioned above, but was unable to find it.  sigh.....

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hurricane sunset: SkyWatch Friday

soft colors:  sunset in the desert of Hurricane, Utah

This post is for SkyWatch Friday hosted by Wren, fishing guy, Sylvia, Klaus, and Sandy.  Come join us in this awesome meme, link up, and meet folks from all over the globe.

history of the name "Hurricane:" (pronounced “Her-ah-kun,”)  This strange name dates back to the early 1860s, when a whirlwind blew off the top of a buggy carrying a group of surveyors led by Mormon leader Erastus Snow. “Well, that was a Hurricane,” exclaimed Snow. “We’ll name this the Hurricane Hill.”  The original residents, the Paiute Indians, called the area Timpoweap, meaning “Rock Canyon.”  Hurricane, Utah is near St George, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Cedar Breaks, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

photo by me © 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

still exploring

on the road from Las Vegas to Hurricane, Utah
Valley of Fire, Nevada (Nevada's oldest state park)
Beehives, Valley of Fire 

LINKS to Valley of Fire:
Nevada Department of Parks website
Desert USA website
photos by me  copyright 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gone exploring

on vacation
 This is near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on the way to Mesa Verde.
I'm off to SW Utah and perhaps NW Arizona.
photo by me © 2007

Sunday, August 8, 2010

World Cat Day

honoring the joy cats bring to our lives.....

watercolor art print by LaBerge

cat on a bike art print pendant by primoriginals

original mixed media art by sariart

Pretty Kitty snap clips by jackandjane

Hand knitted and felted purse by HandmadebyMia

Wool felt gadget case by BoutiqueID

Pottery plate by firecat

Lampwork earrings by beaded tail (who by the way donates a portion of her sales to animal charities)

Wool felt OOAK miniature book by Juliaanna

Crazy Cat vinyl wall decals by tezis

Drawstring mini tote, hand painted and hand embroidered by TooCuteCats

August 8 is World Cat Day!  Celebrate!

photos © by the individual artists.  all rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sint Maarten kitties

I have been to St. Maarten, NA (an island in the Caribbean) about 6 times in the past 10 years.  When there, I see feral cats wandering near our doorsteps and feral dogs roaming the streets.  This is a burgeoning issue for the island.  The animals are very friendly, however.
Kitties would come visit us on the porch outside our door.  

And on another visit, this kitty below visited us frequently.  She was so sweet and friendly.
Her golden eyes were mesmerizing.
If you click on the photo below to enlarge it, you will see this cat has skin issues.
St Maarten is beginning to deal with its feral animal issues:
Animals Are Friends See what this organization has to offer including plans for an eventual sanctuary
World Animal Day every October 4, worldwide
Team Goldendog sails the Heineken Regatta to support “helping homeless animals find their forever homes”, donating all funds raised to The St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation, Les Quatre Pattes (SXM Paws) and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue of Hudson, Massachusetts, USA.
Les Quatre Pattes (SXM Paws) finding forever homes

Feral animals are the offspring of stray or abandoned household pets. Raised without human contact, they quickly revert to a wild state and form colonies wherever food and shelter are available. 
Life Savers Animal Rescue feral cat information  and philosophy  
a blogger friend, Mishcat (Katie) recommends this link:  Alley Cat Allies for information on feral cat care and TNR (trap, neuter, release)

This post is for the meme Cats on Tuesday published by Gattina.  Go to Gattina's BLOG to see more cats or to link up yourself.
photos by me © 2007-2010