La Conner Tulip Festival

Sometimes you cannot plan everything perfectly, so this year we went to the La Conner Tulip Festival a little early. We knew all the tulips would not be in bloom yet, but we had a free Saturday and made a day of it. Regardless of whether the tulips are fully in bloom or not it is a beautiful place and a great day trip. 

If you head there in the next week or two you should be able to enjoy fields and fields of tulips. 

My blue period

Over the past month I have been experiencing a period I like to call my "blue period". Picasso had a blue period, so maybe I am channeling my inner artist. This might not seem noteworthy, but I am typically a girl who is drawn to coral, pinks, and reds. From what I wear to the fabrics I have chosen for my upcoming quilt, time and time again over the past month I seem to be drawn to blues. Chambray, denim, navy, pinstripe, I have been having fun with this tonal selection of hues. 

My friend and I are working on a fun little project consisting of the following items below. The tricky part is we do not live in the same state anymore, so we are having fun keeping the post office in business while making the miles seem less far away. I am looking forward to sharing our project in the next couple of months. 

How about you, have you ever woken up one day suddenly drawn to a new color? Are you the type of person who always needs a project going on?

The beach

All it takes is one seventy degree day and I start dreaming of the beach. Growing up in Washington, I am very accustom to cold, stormy and rocky beaches. Warm, soft sand beaches are actually something of a novelty around here. The things I love most about the beach don't involve bathing suits or sunscreen, rather I always find the beaches around here to be a calm, remote, and reflective places. When I am at the beach I love to explore tide pools, have a bonfire, spend the evening watching the sun dip below the horizon, and pitching our tent directly on the beach. 

Beach camping is an all time highlight of our year. A couple days without cell phones, being outdoors from sunrise to sunset, gorgeous views for miles and listening to the constant crash of the surf is all I need to feel reconnected to the outdoors. 

Here are some suggestions I have put together for planning your own beach camping trip. 

Donning our rubber boots and forging across small rivers in search of adventure. 

If you are not the filter your own water, make your own food over open flame, roughing it type. Then there is no shortage of wonderful places to go on vacation to experience firsthand all those warm, sandy beaches. Delray Beach or Nicaragua make for both lovely and crowd less vacations.  

Renting a beach house with friends is a great way to enjoy the beach while getting a good night's rest. 

Capturing fleeting moments

Capturing fleeting moments

Our memories are never as good as we would like them to be. I cannot tell you how many time photographs have played an integral part in jogging my memory of years past. Just this past week, after a hard rain storm I ran out to capture our cherry blossom tree in full bloom. I wanted to capture its brilliance before the wild spring weather turned its delicate petals into confetti all over our lawn. 

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Surprise balls

Surprise balls

I have three nieces all from the same family who have their birthdays within six weeks of one another. In order to keep the peace I have tried my best over the years to give them all similar gifts. As the eldest is becoming a teenager, this is becoming increasingly hard, so this year I decided to do something different and create Surprise Balls for them.  For those of you who have never heard of these before, they are easy to recreate and adapt to the recipients age and taste. 

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Portland on a whim

Portland on a whim

One Saturday in March, we saw the weather was warmer in Portland was possibly going hit seventy degrees. Since we had the day free, we jumped in the car and spent the day eating, walking, shopping and basking in the glorious sunshine. As much as I am a planner, I appreciate the impulsiveness of my husband. When he is not working, he does not like to spend his time creating plans. This used to drive me a bit crazy, but I have decided in regards to his schedule he likes to be as free as the wind.  

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University of Washington cherry blossoms

University of Washington cherry blossoms

When beautiful weather combines with perfect timing and gorgeous flowers it is a wonderful moment. A couple weeks ago I saw the University of Washington cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and as luck would have it, it coincided with a breathtakingly beautiful Friday evening. We enjoyed strolling around my alma mater while I snapped photographs as if I had never seen a cherry blossom before. 

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Turtleback Farm Inn

Turtleback Farm Inn

A couple weeks ago we enjoyed a picturesque weekend on Orcas Island. We stayed at the charming Turtleback Farm Inn and enjoyed solitude, rolling farmlands and excellent service. The Inn is located in Crow Valley and sits on the western side of Orcas Island. The proprietors, Susan and Bill Fletcher are energetic, friendly and as welcoming as can be. They simultaneously serve, entertain and engage their guests.

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Seattle Bloggers Unite Spring Social

Seattle Bloggers Unite Spring Social

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to cohost the Seattle Bloggers Unite Spring Social. It was such a wonderful evening and I always find the process of creating a vision and then executing it, so exhilarating. We hosted the event in Aran Goyoaga's studio since it was the first day of Spring we could not have had asked for a lighter, brighter or more versatile space to work with. 

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Pine and Boon

Pine and Boon

Recently, I had the fun opportunity to interview Jess Marie of Pine and Boon. I always enjoy being able to hear more about an artist's creative process and the real life struggle between paying the bills and doing what they love. Hearing a little more about the person behind the product always inspires me to do my part to support as many local artists as I can. Jess Marie makes beautiful products and her enthusiasm for what she does shines through in her work. 

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Keeping busy

Keeping busy

The past couple of weeks this blog has taken a backseat to life. I have been fortunate to have a hectic travel schedule this Winter and have been able to spend my time on many exciting projects. One of the most thrilling projects I have been working on over the past few months just wrapped up last night- the Seattle Bloggers Unite Spring Social. For any of you who attended last night, I would love to feature your recaps on my blog. Simply email me the link or leave it in the comments below. I would love to see all the different perspectives from the night. 

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Wren Bird Arts

Wren Bird Arts

Today I would like to highlight one such vendor, Erin Duncan of Wren Bird Arts, who tirelessly creates personalized, creative embroidered handkerchiefs, pocket squares, napkins, placemats and dishtowels. I am so pleased with the beautiful assortment of handkerchiefs she has created for our gift bags. I like the idea of ordering a stack of the "No ugly crying" handkerchiefs to have on hand for anyone I know who was getting married in the near future. The flowers, the elephants, the paper cranes. I pretty much love them all. 

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Snee-Oosh Glass Cabin (Part Two)

Snee-Oosh Glass Cabin (Part Two)

The Glass Cabin is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the Skagit Valley. You can drive into LaConner or farther afield and spend a day visiting farmlands, shopping or taking in the local culture.

Soon, the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will be in full swing and thousands will descend upon this small town to see the tulips. We like to make it an annual tradition to visit the tulips and a few years have even made it for the daffodils. Here are some of our past trips in 2013201220102009 and check out my guide to LaConner and how to best enjoy the Tulip Festival. In order to see which fields are in bloom before you go check out the bloom map.

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Snee-Oosh Glass Cabin (Part One)

Snee-Oosh Glass Cabin (Part One)

When I first stumbled upon this glass house, I knew I had to experience it firsthand. This is the type of house you see amongst the glossy pages of an architectural magazine, the type of house you pin on Pinterest or the type of house you one day dream about living in. I had planned our trip to the glass house many months in advance, so when the day finally approached I could not contain my excitement.

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Day trip to Union, WA

Day trip to Union, WA

There are so many great day trips to take from Seattle. Some of our favorite destinations include locations like Coupeville,Friday Harbor and Orcas Island. All of these locations require ferry rides, which make getting there half the fun. There is something extra adventurous about going on a day trip which requires multiple forms of transportation. This Winter, we have made a conscious decision to break out of our routine of going snowshoeing every weekend and instead enjoy taking several day trips from Seattle. Usually, we usually save these adventures for better weather in the Spring or Summer time, but there is something inspiring about visiting a place during a different time of year. 

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