28 November 2009

Beagle in a Winter Wonderland



My latest bag which is actually a pouch/case...great for holding your stuff in your purse like cosmetics or pencils and pens or anything else.


I was inspired by 'Charlie Brown Christmas' for the trees, and Lulu of course, for the dog. I used sequins and lace for snow, and buttons for tree ornaments. It is in my shop and I am also having a 'Holiday Sale'. My other shop 'talkofthetown' has a free shipping sale too.


I'll leave you with a funny Lulu photo. Those beagles...comical dogs!

21 November 2009

Lulu




This is a movie of Lulu and Steve...she is a feisty one!

16 November 2009

5 + photos a day

My finale of the Seattle trip! These are various photos that i thought you might like:


stone sculptures on Bainbridge Island

Giant octopuss at Pike Place Mk.


yet another coffee shop, with a nice lookin' fella enoying his book and a coffee.

The Hole in the Wall - a great place for a bowl of award winning chili....the corn bread was terrific too!

Dahlia pastry and bread shop

See's Candies - yummy chocolate shop!

The Nut house in Pikes Place Mk.


two nutty ladies in front of the nut house!

cute little espresso bar

near the ferry to Bainbridge Island

Sculpture park next to the Space Needle



v gross yet cool v

Can you guess what is on this wall?


If you said gum you are correct! It is in the Pike Place Mk. and it is a wall covered in gum!! The germmiest wall in Seattle!


And so ends the photos of Seattle...hope you enjoyed the show!

15 November 2009

5 photos a day

Next photos of Seattle trip: Bainbridge Island.


Just a 30 min. ferry ride from downtown Seattle lies a gorgeous island community with a lovely downtown with cute shops, and restaurants. We were lucky to have a simply perfect sunny day to enjoy our day trip....and it was very enjoyable!

This gull hitched a ride with us to Bainbridge Island.

The marina, only a 5 minute walk from the downtown.


Walking from downtown toward the marina.

lots of whimsical murals along a fence.



So, i know i said only 5 photos a day, but i adding more today. Here's some more:


cool rock sculptures at the marina.



mosaic sidewalk.

They love mosaics on Bainbridge.


sidewalk fish stencils.
a beautiful sun face next to a trash can.


squid/octo glass art



pretty houses.
nice clapboard church.

a fishy bench.

So what photos do i have for tomorrow you ask? I thought for my finale i would just have a mish mash of miscellaneous photos that don't follow any particular theme.

14 November 2009

5 photos a day

For this next series of photos of my trip to Seattle, I will show the downtown, parts of Bell town and Pioneer Square.

SAM - Seattle Art Museum. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit.

Large Sculpture in front of the Seattle Art Museum.


The library downtown is quite an impressive glass building.


Pioneer Square can lay claim to being the city’s “first neighborhood, and has one of the nation's best preserved examples of the Victorian era . This is the Smith building, built in 1914, and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi for quite some time.

and here's a few more photos of downtown:

I was very interested to learn that Seattle was built up after a terrible fire back in the 1880s's. Much of the city was destroyed and they built the city up on top of the old city. There is an underground tour, that i would have like to have taken. Here is some info about it:

The Great Seattle Fire of 1889, a town founded on mostly soggy tide flats whose streets would, whenever the rains came, bloat deep enough with mud to consume dogs and small children.

After the fire, which destroyed some 25 square blocks of mostly wooden buildings in the heart of Seattle, it was unanimously decided that all new construction must be of stone or brick masonry. The city also decided to rise up from the muck in which its original streets lay.
It was this decision that created the Underground: The city built retaining walls, eight feet or higher, on either side of the old streets, filled in the space between the walls, and paved over the fill to effectively raise the streets, making them one story higher than the old sidewalks that still ran alongside them.

Building owners, eager to capitalize on an 1890s economic boom, quickly rebuilt on the old, low, muddy ground where they had been before, unmindful of the fact that their first floor display windows and lobbies soon would become basements. Eventually, sidewalks bridged the gap between the new streets and the second story of buildings, leaving hollow tunnels (as high as 35 feet in some places) between the old and new sidewalks, and creating the passageways of today’s Underground.

Tomorrow's photos: Bainbridge Island. It was a 30 minute ferry from Seattle, a lovely island community.

13 November 2009

Seattle Trip: 5 photos a day

This next series of photos are of the Space Needle. It is the American version of Toronto, Canada's CN tower, which is somewhat similiar, in shape and form. I always think of the tv show 'Fraser' when i see it.


A few facts:

The Space Needle is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle.

Views from the Observation Deck. This is facing a mountain range...i'm not sure if it's Mt. Helen or Rainier.







The Space Needle was built to withstand severe earthquakes by doubling the building code of 1962. But an earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter Scale jolted the Needle enough in 2001 for water to slosh out of the toilets in the restrooms. The Space Needle can escape serious structural damage during earthquakes of magnitudes below 9.

Here is a video i shot from the Observation Deck:

12 November 2009

5 + photos a day

This next series of photos are of the wonderful coffee in Seattle! I originally was just going to show 5 photos a day of my trip....but i added some more today since i had many shots of coffee...um, no pun intended!

Some of the coffee places are nameless, and i apologize since i forgot to get a card or remember the names of places.


This coffee shop had a french flair...oui oui! It had amazing sweet buns and every day they feature a bun of a certain flavour.

This was a great afternoon pick-me-up....a delicious bun and a mochachino made with a homemade dark chocolate syrup...it was gooooood!

How do you spell coffee? Does it start with an 'S'?


This is the original Starbucks coffee shop, started in 1971 i was told. They started out just selling just the beans back then. I went inside but didn't order anything, as i had just finished a mochachino at Stella's on 1st Ave.


Across from Pike Place Market.

Inside the original Starbucks. i was going to buy a mug for a souvenir..but didn't want to carry it around all day, so i didn't get one...darn darn darn!


One morning we walked to Pike Place Mk. and had a latte and some french pastries for a decadent breakie! Tarts, croissants and neapolitan.

Stella coffee house was my fave! It was on 1st Ave on the way to Pike Place Mk and it was the perfect coffee place...great music, nice baristas, and a cool vibe. Brick walls, hardwood floors, a fabulous chandelier, marble tables and red walls. Plus i got to chat with the owner, who witnessed me snapping photos and asked me if i was working for Starbucks..hehe.




2 mochachino's for pick-up

We asked the barrista why there were so many coffee houses in Seattle. She said the rainy weather was a definite factor. We were lucky, since we had two full days of sun though, but our last day was rainy, blustery and destroyed my favorite umbrella.

Tomorrow's photos: The Space Needle!

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