Saturday, November 27, 2010

post thanksgiving

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. I never participate in going to stores on Black Friday, but I do have my own little post-Thanksgiving rituals I observe. Right now I am watching Home for the Holidays, a movie I often watch after Thanksgiving. A great film. I recommend it.

I also break out the Christmas Journal and start my lists for Christmas. I love having a Christmas Journal. Follow that link to find out more about that.

Last week I got back from a sweet little trip to a nice river view cabin near Mt Hood. The first night we were there we got snow. It was perfect.



I was totally entertained taking flash pictures in the snow. The other worldly mist could be actual fog, my own breath or a snowflake right in front. Any ideas?

All night long I kept getting woken up to loud thuds of snow hitting the roof. In the morning this is what I got to see:

from inside


snowy morning

It was a wonderful vacation. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend. Next up, Christmas! I can't believe how fast it's come.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

printables for christmas

Maybe this Christmas you are funds poor but rich in ideas and a color printer. Then luck is on your side! Lots of neat designers out there design free items that you can print out yourself. It's the perfect inexpensive (and last minute) gift.

Here are a few to get you started:

This Owl Lover 2011 Calender is making the rounds and seems to pretty popular, and why wouldn't it be? It's a calender, it's owls - and best yet you get to choose which owl art you want with each month. I really like that part. You can choose from 30 images!

There's a nice selection of some neat little boxes you can make for your homemade food gifts or whatever else you may need to box up.

Maybe you might want to print up some of your family recipes to share with a friend. Here's a neat way to create them for a pretty presentation. Recipe Card Maker.

I love these adorable bookplates you could print out for someone. Bookplates from Orange You Lucky.

Got some neat old bottles or boxes? These labels would make a really neat presentation. Vintage Flowery Labels, and Vintage Luggage Labels.

Hope these give you some ideas. I'll try and be back with more before Christmas.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

the perfect fall outing

Yesterday the mister and I went out for a fall drive for my birthday outing. I've been on this drive a number of times, but it never gets old. The fall is the best time to go.

We took the Old Columbia Highway from Troutdale to Multnomah Falls. The drive is winding and beautiful.

old columbia highway

The Lodge at Multnomah Falls is always such a pretty sight.


Inside it's so cozy with a high windows with a view of the trees and the falls. The food is great, too. I had tomato bisque soup with the trout dinner. Delish.

inside lodge

multnomah falls

The falls are of course beautiful and the colors all over were so beautiful and saturated. In the shallow waters of the stream near the parking lot we got to see salmon spawning. Right there in front of us, they were jumping around and making quite a spectacle in the shallow waters. It was really neat to see.

view from parking lot

By the time we left it was almost dark and it was raining, but the falls still looked so beautiful I couldn't stop taking pictures.

It was a lovely day and capped off three days of birthday fun. If you want to see some vintage postcards of Multnomah Falls take a visit to my other blog The Cedar Chest.

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