Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 19, 2018

~Spring Update!~

Happy Monday, dear friends!!

Many, many thanks for all the lovely Birthday wishes!!  It certainly made my day, week, and month
very special, indeed!!! 
I'm looking forward to what this coming year has to offer!!


Can you believe tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING???

I really hope that many of you who have had a rough winter are seeing the signs and feeling the changes this new season has to offer!!!

In honor of this time of year, I am going to be having a Spring Update,
on my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe, 
Tuesday, March 20th, at 8 PM, EST!

You can find my Picture Trail on my side bar, on the right side of my blog and if you click on that 
picture, it will take you there!  The album will be closed for now to get everything ready,
but will be open promptly at 8 PM!  I have Paypal buttons available for your convenience, too!!

Here is a little "sneak peek" for you!!

I hope you can join me then!!!

Wishing you Warm Sunshine, Sweet Birdsong, and the Fragrance of Spring, my friends~

Julie xo

Thursday, March 15, 2018

~ The BIG 6-0!!!~

Yes, on March 2nd, I officially left the 50's behind and entered the new world of the 60's!! 
How does it feel?  Not any different than 59, and to be perfectly honest, I feel the best I have in a very long time!!  After all, 60 is really JUST a number, right??

I also share that special day with Dr. Seuss, the author of so many wonderful books that I grew up with, as I'm sure many of you did, too!!  Who doesn't love The Cat in the Hat, or Horton Hears a Who?  Or how about Green Eggs and Ham?  

Speaking of that particular book, in honor of my special day, my hubby Jeff decided to surprise me with a very special breakfast and I told him this was my version of Green Eggs and Ham!!

Scrambled Eggs and Donuts!!!  It was THE PERFECT WAY TO CELEBRATE, plus, it made me SMILE!!!  I'll just bet it is having the same affect on YOU!!!!

We decided to go to our favorite getaway spot here in Arizona  and spent several days in Prescott, about 1 1/2 hours north of us! It is a fun town with lots of antique shops and other fun spots!!

We found out that the temps had dropped and there would actually be some snow there, which we just don't see here!!!  I know many of you reading this have seen more snow than you care to, but it was a nice change for us and didn't last very long!!  Just the way I like it!!!

Our first stop was MOB Burgers and it is set up as an old diner style with an ice cream/ gelato counter!  All the burgers are named after famous gangsters and we chose the Bugsy Burger!
Swiss cheese, and grilled onions and mushrooms!!!

It was so yummy and the first burger I have had in quite a while!!! The hand cut fries tasted like the ones you get at the shore, too!!  This was a split and Jeff had the other half!!!
Now it was time to do some shopping!!

One of my favorite shops is Keystone Antiques because they actually DO have antiques and this is my favorite room!

I just loved the table and wanted to take it home with me,
as well as the chairs and everything else sitting on it!!!

So many wonderful pieces!!!
Do you see anything you might like?

Beautiful chaos of old linens!!!

Baskets, anyone??

I did come home with a few little treasures but forgot to take pictures of them and will  have to share them another time!!  It was a fun visit and the snow was pretty much in the mountains and didn't really cause us any problems!!!  I'm sure we will go back for another sometime soon!!


We have a local restaurant here in Peoria that we discovered and they send you special coupons for your Birthday so of course we went there for our dinner!!

It is called Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and has THE BEST FOOD!!!

Amazing Spinach Salad!

Sesame Crusted Salmon with mashed parmesan garlic potatoes and fried spinach!!  If you have never had it, it is just FANTATIC!!

My cake of choice was their Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!!!  I can't even begin to describe how good it is!!!!!

My daughter and her hubby Austin met us for another Birthday dinner on Sunday at another favorite place we found called Oreganos, and they have the most wonderful pizza and salads!!!

We had Oreganos favorite salad and a small pizza and for some reason I could not find a picture of either of them, but trust me, they were WONDERFUL!!!!

No Birthday would be complete without their special Pizza Cookie, and I know you can tell this was really wonderful, too!!!  We enjoyed it, believe me!!!!

My son Jeffry sent me the most wonderful gift, too, and I wanted to share it with you!!

He had this specially made for me and even included Charlotte, our grand dog!!!  
Something I will always treasure!!!

All in all, it really was not painful to reach the Big 6-0, and I am looking forward to what this next season of my life holds!!! 
Thank you for sharing this journey with me, my friends!! 

"You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So.....get on your way!"  ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Wishing you A Spring in your step and Joy in your Heart, no matter where you are on your journey~

Julie  xo

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

~My First Dye Day~

Hello and Happy Wednesday, dear friends!!

This is the time of year when it is just perfect here in Arizona
with a bit of a breeze,
temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's, and of course,
Doesn't it make you want to come for a visit??

With the weather being so nice, it was the perfect time to have
Dye Day!!!

We met at Janet Carruth's beautiful studio last Saturday, 
bright and early, and got ready to do some serious dyeing!!

Janet hosts a rug hooking group the third Wednesday evening of each month
and I am so happy I can be a part of this wonderful group of ladies!

I have always wanted to see this done and be a part of it and was so happy 
I was able to attend!

Janet is a teacher and is very organized and knowledgeable, 
and did a great job of explaining everything to all of us newbies!

Here is her table with all the wool booklets and cards to write out the recipes!
I felt a bit like I was in chemistry class!!  

Here are all the dye choices!!  

We all picked out a favorite and got those pots ready!

Lovely purple wool!!

Beautiful peacock blue!

Long john red!  I wanted to put a piece of wool in this pot but it was full!!
Maybe next time!!

Cheddar! Notice all the different shades!  My piece of wool is in the middle!

Maggie's red!  I actually mixed this one up myself and have several pieces in this pot!
Love the color of this one!!

Don't I look like I know what I am doing??
How can anyone NOT have fun when they are wearing an apron advertising chocolate,
playing with wool??

This is Janiece (on the left) and Janet, our host and teacher, 
taking a break on the beautiful patio and chatting while the wool was cooking!

Wonderful pieces of dyed wool, drying on the brick fence!!
Aren't they pretty??

Another view of the wool from a different angle!  
The peacock blue wool is on the right and notice how some of it
actually looks teal even though it was all in the same pot!!

Mimi, Ginger, and Chris are admiring our handiwork!
Isn't this the perfect place to dye wool??

Ginger was also taking a picture of the cheddar wool
as she had several pieces in there, too!!

Here is the cheddar wool with my piece being the lightest one of the group!!
Amazing how they all were in the same pot but all dyed differently!!!

This is what it looked like drying!
Again, all this wool was in the same pot but look at all the different color results!
Mine is the lightest one in the middle!

Somehow in the hustle and bustle of the day, I forgot to take a pictures of my red wool drying.
Here it is, all folded and ready to use! Sadly, the cheddar and the color next to it were very hard to photograph! They are both darker and warmer in person! 
 It is SO HARD to get the TRUE COLOR!!

I decided to take a picture on an old white bench with my 
old books in the background, hoping that might help
to show the difference from the last picture!!

I am so happy with each piece I dyed and really feel like I learned a lot!!

If you have not dyed wool before and get the opportunity, I hope you will give it a try!!
It really helps to have someone who can show you the process!!!

My thanks to Janet, Chris, Ginger, Mimi, Janiece, and Sophan,
for all helping me and making the day extra special!!!

This was one of the things I had really hoped to be able to learn and do this year and I am so happy I can check it off my list!!!

Have you been able to accomplish something you have wanted to do this year?

Would love to have you share it!!

Wishing you Many Opportunities To Try Something New, my friends~


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

~My New Design~

Hello, dear friends, and a happy day to you!!!

I am happy to share that my newest design

Folk Art Hearts

is now available!

You can find it by just clicking on the button located on my sidebar
and it will take you to my Picture Trail!

Though it is a punchneedle pattern, you can also enlarge it for 
rug hooking or applique, if you choose!!

I hope you like it as much as I do!!!


Many thanks as well to all of you who stopped by my Update yesterday and today!

Your kind words, purchases, and support of my work has been so overwhelming
and my heart is so filled with gratitude!!! Thank you so much!!

My humble thanks to my dear friend Lori Rippey for her generous spirit and encouragement to me!!
It truly is wonderful to have special friends in our lives, isn't it??

Wishing you the Joys of Friendship and Bountiful Blessings, my friends!!

Julie xoxo

Saturday, January 27, 2018

~A New Design, My Grand dog, and an Update~

Hello, dear friends!!

Hope you are staying well and being creative!!

I am so excited to share that I have finally finished my latest punch needle design!

It is called FOLK ART HEARTS and I really enjoyed creating this one!!

Hope you like it, too!!!

Here are a few little "sneak peeks" for you!!

It will be available soon!!


Last week we had our grand dog, Charlotte, staying with us during the day!

She is such a funny girl and she absolutely LOVES THE SUN!!!

She also LOVES to lay on the stones in our back yard and catch some rays!!
Weird, I know, but she really seems to love it!!!

Her favorite spot is this little bed and you can see her with her buddy, Scooby!!

How can you resist this face???

She is such a joy to all of us and I hope she brought a smile to your face today!!!


I also wanted to share that I will be having an Update on my Picture Trail

Monday, January 29th,  8 PM, EST!

Here is a look at what I will have available!!

The album will be closed till then, but will be opened at 8 PM with no password needed!!

My new pattern will also be available at that time as an E Pattern
and since I will be on my computer
I will be able to send it to you fairly quickly!!  

I hope you can join me on Monday!!!

Wishing you a Creative Week, my friends~