Monday, December 31, 2012

Count Down

The count down to 2013 continues with the last of 
favorite posts/photos from 2012 here at Twisty Lane.


I must have been looking forward to Halloween!

Henry Higgins and Eliza Boolittle

Jack-O-Lantern Lapghan

Kitty Lapghan


Trader Joes

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Man


Moss Stitch Crochet Lapghan

Royal Stafford Fuschia Teacup



Santa Mug Rugs

I hope you enjoyed looking back at YOUR favorites of 2012.

Wishing you well and much joy!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Count Down

The count down to the New Year continues with
favorite posts/photos in 2012 here at Twisty Lane as determined by page views.


Mirror Sculpture

Butterfly Mosaic


Fruit Tart

(This was also my birthday cake/tart.)

Tea With a Kitty On the Knee


Low Tea at the Museum

(I don't know about you, but between this photo and the fruit tart -- I'm getting hungry!)

Crochet Tea Cup Coaster

(Also known as UGHust)



The count down continues tomorrow.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Count Down!

I'm starting a count down to the New Year
by sharing
favorite posts/photos from the last year.

In January the page view winners were:

Buddha Baby

Lunar New Year Tea

In February:

Valentine's Day Tea Mosaic

Ladies Tea

For March:

A visit to the Japanese Garden is always a winner!

Japanese Garden

Tea House Japanese Garden

Tea and Roses

And in April:

Tea and Roses

Bronze Barn Owl

More tomorrow!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Yule!


The Winter Solstice celebrates the rebirth of the sun.

The cultural winter holidays that share this Solstice time
focus on the return of light and the birth of something precious and holy.

We are offered a time to connect with each other.
Make Merry

The earth rests, dreams.

We smell wood smoke, spices like cinnamon, clove, cranberries, tangerines and oranges.

Green that never dies celebrated with balsam, pine, spruce, holly.

Christmas Postcard

It is a festival of light.
The Sun -- Son will return. 

Light those candles.
Get out the strings of electric lights.
Make the winter season a season of light.

Thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday each week.
This postcard is from the Victorian Design Christmas Postcard Book 
published by Darling and Company, Seattle.

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a Happy Yule!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Good Morning!

If a telemarketer calls,

give the telephone to your 
3 year - old

tell her it's

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In The Spirit of The Season

In the spirit of the season,
here are my four notecards.
You've seen them all recently.


Twelve Days of Christmas Santa

Fitz and Floyd Santa Winter Holiday Series

Santa Mug Rugs

A Haven for Vee
Wishing YOU Well and much Joy.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Greetings!

By now, you know I love birds.
I started collecting the Winter Greetings china pattern by Lenox years ago.
I find a piece here and there and I'm happy when I do!
This year I found 3 mugs with the beautiful cardinal on the front and back.

Winter Greetings!

Santa seems quite happy with his cardinal friend.
I've been drinking a lot of Winter Spice an herbal blend by Twinings.
It is a comforting blend with camomile, cinnamon, cardamom and clove. 

Cabin in the Snow

My neighbor and I have a holiday tradition.
We venture out to our favorite nursery to see their holiday decorations.
Always pretty and always too expensive -- but full of great ideas.
I fell in love with this little cabin.
I could imagine curling up under quilts and afghans, in front of fire,
smelling the Christmas tree in the corner, a cat or three curled up next to me,
a book in my hand and a cup of tea near by.
What a story one can make up by looking at a decoration! 

Winter Cabin

Several weeks later,
look what I found! 
(T.J. Maxx)
A cabin in the snow.
I think I'm going to add more snow, but I'm a happy camper.
It looks lovely under the tree and in this story,
I can hear Santa coming down the chimney!
Perhaps he'll share a cup of tea with me.

Thank you to our tea party hosts:

Wishing YOU Well and much Joy!

Where's the Chowder?!

I love corn chowder and just had to share this recipe from
Mary Engelbreit's
for Southwestern Corn Chowder.

It's a good one!


Southwestern Corn Chowder

That's what is On The Menu this Monday and

Wishing you well and much joy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

This and That

Here's a little James Taylor for you to enjoy while you read!


How do you feel about Christmas cards?

I love them!

Christmas Cards

I like hand addressing the envelope,
writing a short message on the inside of the card.
I put a short Christmas letter together for those I don't see often during the year.

Emails are nice, but I miss the personal touch.
I love receiving Christmas cards.
I get excited about figuring out the postman's timings! 
What gorgeous card, what beautiful message will I find in my post today?
It's like receiving a smile in the mail.

The simplest things in life are often the most magical.
What joy that simple Christmas card can bring!


Speaking of beautiful cards.
Here is a reproduction of a vintage postcard.

Looks like they are off for a day of fun.
Delivering packages, decorating a tree, walking in the snow
and all with a furry friend.

Christmas Postcard

Thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday each week.


I love snowmen.


I love Christmas cactus.
They look happy together!


I found a crochet group that meets twice a month
at my favorite breakfast spot in my Village.
They are a fun group of ladies and they sure know their hooks!
The last two meetings, I've been taking my Santa mug rug/coaster/hot pads.
Finally, they are finished.
I made a whole bunch of them using my stash yarn.
Jingle, Jingle and Ho-Ho-Ho!

Santa Mug Rugs


A  couple of holiday links for you today:

The first one is from a dear friend, Karen Harvey Cox.
Karen has made an advent calendar for all of us with her beautiful art.

I love the VW bug with the tree on top!

Your holiday photos are probably already taken, 
but here are a few suggestions from the Focusing On Life Group


Wishing YOU well, much joy and a fun filled weekend.


Okay kitties. We still have some more decorating to do. 
Everyone hop to it!
Leave the Christmas Cactus alone, please!
Nap time is later!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Walk With Me

Walk with me around the block.
The neighbors have been busy!


Mr. and Mrs. Claus Collage

Nieghborhood Christmas Collage

Santa collage

snowman collage


Thank you to Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday

Wishing YOU well, much joy and exciting walks around your neighborhood!

Friday, December 7, 2012

This and That

It's another This and That Friday!


First, another reproduction of a vintage postcard.
The illustrator was A. L. Bowley.
Adorable children and I'd love to have the elephant!

Christmas Postcard

Loving Christmas Greetings to you!

(Thank you to the lovely Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.)


I'm sharing a post with you today from Tiny Buddha.
Paula Grieco  is the author.
It got my attention and perhaps it will get yours!

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E Cummings

So, in this present moment, how about you? Are you growing up to be who you truly are?
Here are easy suggestions for building the being you habit. Pick one or more if you like.

1. Express your uniqueness daily.

Create a daily practice of doing or saying something that expresses you without regard to its popularity or commonality. It can be as simple as a wardrobe choice or saying no to a social engagement that will leave you feeling drained.

2. Make time for brief moments of solitude.  

Even just a few minutes during the day can help you connect to yourself rather than being caught up in outside forces.

3. Re-connect to a childhood passion. 

Think about what you loved to do as a kid as it can be a clue to your truest expressions. Anything you want to try today?

4. Write down three things that you truly value.

Take one small action every day to express your values.

5. Go easy on the pressure.  

There’s a difference between compromising your true self and having multiple passions. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make the right choice when it comes to your callingSometimes you just have to pick something and take action.

6. Create relationships based on being you. 

Some people are more naturally inclined to care what others think. If you are one of those people, you also likely have a great propensity to be empathetic. Build upon that strength and reach out to others to get the support you need.

7. Find your mantra. 

Sometimes we end up compromising who we are because it is hard to say noWrite down on a small card your response to requests for your time or an opinion you are not prepared to give. Doesn’t have to be eloquent—“Huh, I’ll have to think about that” works.

8. Support someone else in self-expression. 

When you see someone standing out rather than fitting in, be a voice of encouragement and support.

9. Create art.  

Buy a small journal or notebook just for self-expression. It will be one of the best purchases you will ever make. Spend even one minute a day writing or drawing a picture. No directions required.

10. Remind yourself how important this is.  

Hang up a sign with the quote at the beginning of this post or another that reminds you the importance of being you.

I do enjoy being ME! 


A few fun links for you.
The first is from Poppytalk (one of my favorite blogs from Canada). 
Find free chalkboard style printable gift tags here.

We all know Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Apparently their Guys can, too.
Take a look at this breakfast bake for two here.

It is no secret that I love cats.
Lines and Colors is a blog about art -- all forms of art.
In Women and Cats, Charley Parker shares a Flickr site full of art featuring women and cats.

Over at Sidewalk Shoes, Pamela Geer shares a knit-a-long--
I won't get a chance to knit-a-long this year, but maybe in January (!!!) I can start! 

Have fun!

The temperatures have been in the 80s this week.
The air conditioner decides to run every now and then.
The weather folks say it is going to get cold next week.
I'll believe it when I feel it!

With a little help, I got a lot done in Musashi's Garden.
As much as I love my purple trumpet vines, they get carried away
and I'm getting too old to keep them under control.
So, "we" took them off the fence leaving them on the trellis.
They look pretty bare and sort of sad,
but I'll water and they'll come back.

Speaking of water,
we have moved into moderate drought again.
So sad.

What a surprise!
The first of the seed catalogs arrived today!
Let the garden planning begin.


Wishing YOU well and much joy this holiday season.