Tree House

Bead Trunk

Jewelry Grove

Pruned Prices

Other Branches

Our Roots

Contact & Order









February 2011

January <                                                                                                        > March

Monday, February 7th


Hey!  We're back in the land of the ice & snow...


I was a little "snap happy" in Panama & now, I'm wading through 627 photos.  I hope to post a few of them here soon.


In the meantime:




This blast from the past actually played on the radio in Chris' truck as we were driving home from the airport on Friday night.  Awesome!

Wednesday, February 9th





The orange stars indicate where we traveled while we were in Panama.  Click on the map above to go through the photos (there are 4 photo-packed pages in total) chronologically.


For quick referencing, here's the links to each page:


Page 1 ~ Canopy Tower & Bocas del Toro

Page 2 ~ Boquete: The Land of Eternal Spring

Page 3 ~ San Blas Islands

Page 4 ~ Panama City & Gatun Locks


Hope you enjoy!

Valentine's Day, February 14th


Hope you have a special day no matter what you're doing or who you're with. 


I love this time of year for many reasons, including knowing that we've finally turned the corner on winter & are heading towards spring. 


Valentine's Day is a good day to reflect on all the things that we love so dear. 


Here are just a few of mine:


Cuties that cat nap with kitties.



My little Nu-bear.



Beautiful sunsets just outside the door.



Sloths, I still love sloths.



Bikes that light up at night!



Sweet & catchy love songs.



Creative Photography.


Dreaming of that next vacation.


Yummy looking recipes.


Double Rainbows.





Thursday, February 18th


Kale Chips are the new black.


Have you tried them? 


I did.  Last night for the first time & it will definitely not be the last (I'm actually craving them right now).  They are really, really good & really good for you.  They transform into nutty, popcorn flavored, crispy chips that are highly addictive.  Here's the recipe:


* One bunch of Kale

* 1 tsp of olive oil (use more if you prefer)

* 1 tsp of sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Wash & thoroughly dry kale.   

Rip or cut leaves off stem into large bite size pieces.

Drizzle kale with olive oil & sprinkle salt on them (you could experiment with other seasonings as well).  Toss to coat evenly.

Arrange kale in single layers on a cookie sheet & bake until edges are brown but not burnt, about 10 to 15 minutes.


And here's a how to video:




Friday, February 19th



It's a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht t' nicht

Have a bonnie wee-kind.

Monday, February 21st



The picture of the quetzal bird we saw in Boquete came via email from our guide, John.  This is him!  What a beauty. 


Happy Holiday Monday to you if you have it off & if not, here's a video I haven't posted for awhile that's, well, just darn good for the soul & might give you a little lift: 


Wednesday, February 23rd



I love this wild horse wallpaper.  It kind of reminds me of the Black Stallion covers from the books I had as a kid: 


I wasn't a big reader as a child, unless you count comics, but I devoured all 20 of The Black Stallion series books.  Just seeing these covers, I crave to read them again, but I'm sure the thrill I experienced back then wouldn't be the same. 


I also loved The Black Stallion movie.  Oh, the moment on the island when Alec Ramsey finally bonds with Black, what a great moment & what fantastic cinematography!  A real classic.  Speaking of classics, yesterday while I was making beads, I played Gone With The Wind.  I had never seen the movie before & frankly, in the end, I didn't give a damn about Scarlett either.  So, if you did love this movie, please enlighten me.

Thursday, February 24th


I need a whole lot of color on a day like today:

(Thanks for the link Mom)


And have you heard about Yarn Bombing (also known as Guerilla Knitting)?


(Thanks for the link Flanders)


Watch out, gardeners & knitters are taking over the world!

Friday, February 25th



Another beautiful horse painting from the net.  Makes me yearn for warmer days.  We are currently undergoing another cold snap.  March will definitely be coming in like a lion, let's hope it goes out like a lamb, I'm ready for Spring.

Monday, February 28th


It's another snowy, cold day here & unfortunately, I have to go out to get groceries & run a few errands but I'm stalling because it's -36 C with the wind chill.  That's just too darn cold on the eve of March, even for a Canadian.


On a warmer note, I am torching & making beads.  Mom & I have discussed having a Spring Jewelry Show around the end of April so look for more details to come.


If you've been wanting to purchase beads, I'm also going to be making some sets for sale on the website.  About time, right?  In particular, I never did make enough of the Porthole gem or Monet beads to offer up here this Christmas so perhaps, I'll revisit them:



They are so cheery & colorful!  Wouldn't you agree?  Stay tuned. 

January <  > March