Serendipity (ser'en-dip'-e-ti) :Is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Otis Cafe

Welcome to the Otis Cafe in Otis, Oregon.

Seriously...The best (and my favorite) breakfast place.

There is a bench out front for waiting. There is almost always a wait, but well worth it.

It's not very big inside. There are only five tables inside and a few counter stools. How many places still have "the counter"? I know it's not fancy but it is still very charming.

On each table is a guest book. It's a journal of sorts. People sign the book, draw funny pictures, jot down short little stories or just their names and the date they visited Otis Cafe. Everything they make is from scratch. Homemade freshly baked breads and pies.

But the food . . .

Their famous german potatoes. Customized with your favorite add ins. My guy ordered his loaded with onion, sausage, and cheese.

My ham and Tillamook white cheddar cheese omelette served with crispy hashbrowns and my absolute favorite choice of toast (black molasses).

One thing is for sure . . .

You never leave hungry.

I'd love it if you shared your favorite breakfast place.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I am such a lucky girl. I have been gifted with not one but two giveaways and they both arrived yesterday in the mail (enter a squeal of delight here). I must of had some extra good luck as it was recently my birthday.

The first gift is a beautiful embroidered southern belle pillowcase.
It came from Deb of A Fine Feathered Nest. Thank you Deb, I love it!

I also was "gifted" this lovely package from Rosemary of Ozma of Odds. It was wrapped so pretty and tied with a "pink" string (a hint of what was inside).

Packaged so cute. So many goodies.

Lots of things to create with. Thank you Rosemary.

Look at this little clothes pin doll wound with some wonderful yarn.

I am so grateful to have received all these gifts. Thank you Deb and Rosemary.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Some unexpected guests

Some unexpected guests came to visit.

They stayed for awhile while I enjoyed their company.

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, July 23, 2010

An Apple A Day . . .

An apple a day . . .

is good for you . . .

. . . but it sure looks cute on this little vintage scale.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lacy Bracy

I came upon a collection of vintage lace recently at the thrift. Beautiful lace in many colors.

It was just screaming "make me into something!"

I thought about it and decided it needed to become jewelry.

A bracelet to be more precise.

A "lacy bracy" (or a bracelet with lace). I don't think bracy is exactly a word but that is the name of my new creation.

What have you created lately?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yummy Berry Crisp

I have been enjoying the fresh berries this summer. I would like to share my recipe for this berry crisp. Easy to make and oh-so-yummy.

You can use any type of berry. I used a combination of blackberries and blueberries. Use 5-6 cups of fresh berries and wash them.

1/2 cup sugar, 5 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Gently mix into berries.

Grease pan and put berries in. Combine 1/2 sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp salt. Cut in 1/2 cup butter. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional). Pour this mixture over top of berries. Bake at 400 degrees until browned and bubbly (30-40 minutes).

Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

So good.
Its like a party in your mouth!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

On My Walk Today

I was here today.

So much beauty to be seen and appreciated.

The biggest surprise was this little seal. She let me get this close to take her picture.

Isn't she cute?

I spy a little ladybug. You know what ladybugs mean right?

Lady bugs are a sign of good luck.

Must be my lucky day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hang Ups

Antique wooden clothes hangers. Not elegant satin hangers. Nothing too fancy about these. Just simple, useful wooden hangers. One of my finds at the thrift today. A couple of the hangers had vintage advertising on them. These type of hangers are my favorites. I have been collecting these for awhile. They are getting harder to find at the thrift store. One is painted a beautiful shade of pink.

Yes I know....

It doesn't take a lot to make me happy.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Easy Crocheted Beaded Necklace

I found these beads this weekend. They look a little like crackle glass. I thought it would make a pretty summer necklace.

The supplies I used was "silver" crochet cotton thread, glass beads and crochet hook (I used a size B).

Before I do any stitching I thread all my beads onto the crochet thread.

Then I crochet a simple chain stitch.

I crocheted ten chains....

then I slide one bead down the thread and crochet ten more chains. This "locks" the bead in place.

I continued until my necklace was long enough. I made enough to wear the necklace long or I am able to double it.

Easy Peasy.