Thursday, December 18, 2014

among the gray...

it was a Charlotte Brontë dreary gray kind of day

                so after breakfast we headed over to 

southern Washington near Kelso and Longview 
on the Columbia River just north of Portland Oregon

the refuge is a 4 mile auto tour around the little lakes and ponds 
speed limit ~ very very slow 

          turtle-ing along .. we saw so many beautiful birds 
     and my favorite .. swans 

there must have been at least 500 out there

if you were born without wings
do nothing to prevent them from growing
>>.. Coco Chanel  

the earth has music for those who listen
>>.. George Santayana

the reason birds can fly 
and we can't 
is simply because they have perfect faith
for to have faith is to have wings
>>..  J.M. Barrie  {author of Peter Pan}

in order to see birds 
it is necessary 
to become a part of the silence
>>.  Robert Lynd

and this little guy was the favorite of the day

... American Bittern ... 

he is a stocky fellow in the heron family

so well camouflaged in the dense reeds we could hardly see him.  
As soon as he knew he was found out he hid so you could see 
nothing but his striped head which he pointed up
disappearing and out of sight.

truly a fabulous trip .. we love the wildlife refuges

          a delightfully fun inexpensive day 

                               even among murky gray skies.

I hope you enjoyed it too ..........

Thursday, December 11, 2014

thank you!

thank you for a great year!!

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A bit Bohemian Gypsy and a tad Cowgirl Western
 .. All Fabulously Fun!!

hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come
whispering 'it will be happier' ...
>>. Alfred Tennyson 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Chino Valley Gypsy Cowgirl Keepsake Wallet Clutch

wilderness is not a luxury 
but a necessity of the human spirit
>>....  Edward Abbey

repurposed black leather so incredibly soft ~ like butter

add a bit of southwest beauty {turquoise & silver} 
 embellished with fabulous leather fringe

... m.m.m.m.m delicious!

so this is just a little conversation piece
for those associated with Etsy
....  what is your view of the new improvements?

has it benefited you?

do you have more sells?

what do you feel about treasuries and now the lack of them?

is anyone as frustrated as I am?

don't get me wrong.. I love Etsy and have actually had my shop since 2009
I've seen a lot of changes over the years
some good
some not so good

however I have always loved the artistic indie spirit about Etsy... 
creative people 
inspiring shops
there was a really good vibe 
to the whole site...

something has changed
I can't put my finger on it.
It has a more 
commercialist feel about it
and frankly ...
what attracted me to Etsy in 2009
was it did not have that 
polished commercial feel

those are my 2 cents

any other comments?