Friday, June 29, 2012

Month At A Glance: June 2012

I'm a little early as there are still a few days left in June,
but I've been late the last couple of months --
making up for it today!

Here's a look at what was featured at Twisty Lane the month of June.

Month At A Glance: June 2012

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful weekend.

Where's the ice tea?!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's Almost July!!!

It's almost July.
Time to think about the 4th of July.
I was wondering what I had in the house that was red, white and blue.

First, a short story.
Do you wonder why you keep junk things?
I was going through a box I'd brought in from the garage.
(Yes, I'm still shredding and throwing and it's probably why my back is complaining.)
I found a bunch of old calendars.
Some of them were cat calendars and since I love kitties, I knew why I'd kept them.
I'll do something with them one day ... I hope.
Then I found a 1994 (really!!!) Annie's Victorian Village Calendar.
Looking through the calendar of lovely photos, 
I found at the very back Place Mat Patterns and Tea Room Restaurant Recipes.
Now it starts making sense!

I stopped when I saw this photo.

4th of July Placemats
From the Annie's Victorian Village 1994 Calendar

I'd found red, white and blue place mats -- perfect for the 4th of July.

Strawberry Pie
Photo from Annie's Victorian Village 1994 Calendar

Here's my crochet place mat made from the newly found pattern
 and the red, white and blue kitchen towels I already had. 
The kitchen is going to look good for the month of July!

Red, White and Blue Place Mat and Kitchen Towels

The  crochet pattern for the place mat was very easy.
The original called for worsted yarn and I used Lily Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn

Red White and Blue Crochet Place Mat

It's beginning to look a lot like July!
And feels like it ... high today projected to be 101 with feels like temp around 110.
Iced tea anyone?
 Time for me to hibernate!
Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm linking for the first time with:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Little ICAD Catch-Up

It's been quiet here on Twisty Lane.
Many of you know I have a bad back.
I've even had back surgery.
Every now and then it just doesn't work like it should and that's what happened this past week.
I hope I can catch up with everyone soon.

Meanwhile, here are a few of the ICADs (Index Card A Day) I've been working on.
I'm starting to hit the wall on ICADs and I have July to go! 
It can be done!



ICAD-D is for Dragonfly

ICAD Have A Heart

ICAD Dream

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Today we celebrate the first day of summer.

Summertime ICAD

We also celebrate Vee's Note Card Party!
I'm celebrating summer and Note Cards with FOOD! 


Straw Hats and a Peach Smoothie

Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

Farmhouse Delivery

Fresh from Farm House Delivery

Tea and Cake


A Haven for Vee

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tea With A Kitty On My Knee

It's no secret.
I love Kitties and Tea.

Tea With a Kitty On The Knee

I've been enjoying my morning tea
(this morning Bigelow Green Tea with Mint)
in my new kitty mug from Kent Pottery.

Tea With a Kitty On the Knee

The lid keeps my tea nice and warm.
The illustrations and sayings on the mug bring a smile to my face.
Mornings around here -- even on Monday -- are a happy place!

Tea With a Kitty On the Knee

The box my kitty mug came in was just too cute!
I pulled it apart and kept the illustrations and sayings.
This is an example and shows the Kent Pottery insignia with is also on the bottom of the mug.

Tea With a Kitty on the Knee

The Meow tea towel was a gift from a very dear friend of mine.
She sends me some cute feline information every now and then.
Here's an example:


Cats are drawn to the open, social nature of women and enjoy engaging in human-to-human behaviors, such as being spoken to -- something women do more often than men, says new research. "Eventually the pair can develop day-to-day rituals akin to those of people who live together for a long time," according to study author Kurt Kotrschal, PhD.

Wishing you well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Visitor To Musashi's Garden

Camera Critters

I'm joining Camera Critters today to share a visitor to Musashi's Garden.

The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

A really big dude!
He stayed in the garden for quite awhile giving me a chance to grab the camera, run out the door, 
and without scaring him away, take a few shots.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

A real treat.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Wishing YOU well and a joy filled weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Healing After Loss

Birthday Flowers

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” Anne Lamott

(Please note: Kelly Kilmer just recently lost her dad. She had the Lamott post on her blog. Oh, boy, can I relate. It's been a year and a half since Mr. Dragon went on to the stars and I am learning to dance with a limp.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It must be pink day!

It's ICAD (Index Card A Day) day!
Be sure to visit with Tammy at Daisy Yellow to see what a little time each day might lead you to create!

I'm not all that fond of pink.
I wonder what got into me?


ICAD Exclamation

ICAD Hearts and Flowers

Wishing YOU well and a joy filled day!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Month At A Glance

It's been two months since I've done a Month At A Glance.
 Here's a look back at April and May 2012.

Month At A Glance: May 2012

Month-At-A-Glance: April 2012

Thank you to Mary, our lovely hostess for Mosaic Monday.

Wishing YOU well, and much joy in the coming week.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Camera Critters: Around The Neighborhood

It's Saturday and time for Camera Critters!

Camera Critters

I celebrated my birthday with one of my young baseball buddies by
She knows I not only love baseball (especially college baseball)
but I also love birds.
She took me to a neighborhood near both of our homes and look what we found!
I did not go prepared.
I only had my Lumix point and shoot with me.
While I saw the hawk in the tree, I figured there was no way I'd capture him.
But look ... there he is -- not far from his nest.


He looks a bit put out! 
Perhaps he was peeved that I was making over all the baby herons.
The hawk and his family seem to live in harmony with their other bird friends.
This is an area, in the middle of town, that is known for the nesting of Night Crowned 
and Yellow Crowned Herons.

Heron Babes

Cute little babes, aren't they!!!!

I took lots of shots, but between my excitement at finally seeing the little ones 
and their constant movement,
this was the best capture of the babes.

What a treat! 

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday: A Little Color

It's Friday and it's time to share a few more ICADs
(Index Card A Day).
Thank you to Tammy at Daisy Yellow for hosting and
her wonderful idea.

I try to give my ICADs a title.
This one is Everything Began to Sing.

Everything Began To Sing ICAD

Down Below The Waterfall

Below the Waterfall ICAD

Sail Away
I decided I must have been in a mood when I made this one.
Looks like stormy seas to me! 

Sail Away ICAD

Wishing YOU well, much joy, and a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Alice, Tea and a Winner!

I had some $$ left on my Marshall's Gift Card.
Back over to Marshall's and this is what I found...
Tea with Alice!

Alice In Wonderland Tea For One

The box was so cute, I had to share!

Alice In Wonderland Tea For One

I put Alice right to work.

Alice In Wonderland Tea For One

Green tea in the morning.

Alice In Wonderland Tea For One

With Alice and the Mad Hatter in the house --
fruit tart was called for!

Fruit Tart

Today is the last day of the Summer Give-a-way.
I promised Cassie she could pick the winner since Teddy got the job last week.
Numbers 1 - 30 were put on small pieces of paper
(number 11 removed since it was the winning number last week).
The papers were placed into a bowl and mixed up.
Then they were thrown into the air.
Cassie was present to supervise.
Once on the ground, Cassie walked over them all...
sniffing ... and finally began to play with number 10!!
Kathy at Delightsome Life is the winner!
Kathy, please send me an email with your mailing information and

Wishing you well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Looking For Something To Do This Summer?

This will get your creative juices flowing!

Here are my first three ICAD's for season two.

Floozies in the Jacuzzi, ICAD

Out to Sea, ICAD

ICAD 2: Easy Living


Wishing YOU well and much joy!