Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cakie Fix

Close up of the cakes in my previous post for anyone who needs a cakie fix this morning Lol :) I'm putting on weight just looking at them!   Have a wonderful day ~ Karen

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fun in the sun and a shot of sugar

Osprey with catch of the day
After a week of sun and sand hubby and I arrived back in Iowa to 8F temps.  This was somewhat of a shock since we had been basking in 80F temps all week.  We were in south west Florida on vacation.  Had a great time kayaking in the mangroves, cycling around Sanibel Island and just walking on the beach every day. We saw loads of wildlife, gators, manatees, otters, dolphins, osprey, pellies and loads of seabirds.  Oops almost forgot about the No-see-ums, they certainly saw me Lol.  Now I have to admit to being a bit of a twitcher and have always been fascinated by birds of prey so when this Osprey landed right in front of us on the beach it made my day.  Luckily we had the camera with us and managed to get several good photos.  We also visited Tarpon Springs the Sponge Capitol of the World :)  I had never seen sponges like the ones in the photo before. Some of them are huge. The docks are well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.  There are lots of Greek restaurants and cafes and of course we had to save room for one of the scrummy cakes in the photo!
Enjoy your day ~ Karen
Sponge Vases

Scrummy Cakes and Pastries

Friday, February 3, 2012

They arrived from a land down under!

Hello!  Exciting news! A parcel of beads arrived this week from my bead soup blog partner Helene Goldberg in Australia.  They are gorgeous and I cannot wait to create something with them.  Check out Helene's blog 25 Reasons. I love the silver toggle clasp, tiny silver beads and flower focal.   Helene also sent me a beautiful card and some tags. She also sews and has been busy with her new grandson and looking after her mum. 

I have a few ideas of what I want to make with these scrummies but can't let you in on that little secret just yet :) 

Love the gorgeous handmade card and tags!  Thank you Helene!
Have a great weekend everyone.
~ Karen