Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas in the Air

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." 
~W.T. Ellis 

During the month of December, I am overjoyed at the site off all the beautiful lights and decorations that can be seen all over the place: in storefronts, on sidewalks and lining people's mantles. Cory's grandmother gave us these darling Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers. They have been in her family for years and she thought we should have them. And would you believe that she didn't even know that I collect kissing salt and pepper shakers! I guess it was all meant to be. Christmas is now over and life is already settling into it's normal ebb and flow but I wanted to share a bit of joy from our Tiny Treasure members that I witnessed over this holiday season.

PS: Please check back here at the Tiny Treasures blog in a few days because I will be hosting a giveaway in honor of Tiny Treasure's one year anniversary!! :D

 {Candy Canes}                                                                                 {Ho Ho Ho}

{9~25}                                                                                         {Untitled}

 {I'm Dreaming...} 
 {344:365 Christmas Knocking}                                                                    {Sweets}
 {Untitled}                                                                           {Christmas in the Cabinet}

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Second Spring...

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have always been fortunate to experience Fall year after year. My heart skips a beat as a see the seasons changing right before my eyes. During September, October and November, the once green leaves of spring and summer alter their appearance and transform before our eyes into glowing oranges, brilliant ochres, fiery crimsons, and deep, rich browns.

As Fall is coming to an end, I'd like to share some of the lovely leaf photos that have been filling up the pages of Tiny Treasures:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
Of soft and golden hue
Pierce through the future’s veil and show
What fate now holds for you."
~Author Unknown

I don't know about you, but every year I look forward to seeing pumpkins everywhere I turn: piled in grocery store aisles and sitting on porches carved up into Jack-O-Lanterns. I eagerly await biting into pumpkin pies, muffins, and bread. I even have visions of pumpkin lattes dancing in my head. I can't wait to head off to the pumpkin patch and look out over a sea of bright orange pumpkins (not to mention the hot apple cider, hay rides, and corn mazes)!!

There have been so many gorgeous pumpkin shots being contributed to Tiny Treasures that I couldn't resist sharing a few here today:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Treasures of the Heart

"The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart."
~ Author Unknown

The sweet, lovely and talented Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters asked if I would be an honorary sister and guest blogger. They thought I would be a perfect fit seeing as though their word of the month for their One Word Project is Treasure.

My post is up today! Be sure to check it out :)

Remember my first post? Once again, Cory and I were out together (this time it was at the Woodburn Tulip Festival) and we stumbled across another pair of kissing salt and pepper shakers. I knew they had to be mine.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."


Most of us know the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers.” In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called "A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry." In the April Husbandry section he wrote,"Sweet April showers do spring May flowers." This poem represents many things. The coming rain and sunshine make flowers grow and spring to life during these months. The most unpleasant of things can bring about pure joy. I believe that is something we face daily: getting through the hardships of life, to grow together and as individuals, and to face the beauty after the storm.

May is also a time in which we celebrate our mothers. The traditional practice of honoring Motherhood is rooted in antiquity; societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus. Now, on Mother's day, it is common for Mothers to be lavished with presents (flowers being an extremely popular choice) and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones. This year I gave my mother a bag full of old fashioned candies (including Boston Baked Beans, Chico Sticks, Wax Bottles, Mars Bars, Abba-Zabba Bars) to remind her of when I was born. She always tells me stories about how she was addicted to Snickers and Abba-Zabba Bars when she was pregnant with me. Cory and I were walking around downtown Portland's much talked about 23rd Street when we came across "Northwest Sweets." It's new to the area so we had never been inside before. It's filled with old fashioned candies and confections made by the owner (I highly recommend the Buddha's delight caramels... DELICIOUS). 

Another flower filled event that to look forward to is the Woodburn Tulip Festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm here in Oregon. My grandparents live in Woodburn and I have been seeing an Acupuncturist/Chiropractor in the area and saw all these signs that the festival was taking place. I told Cory that we might as well go after one of my appointments and take some pictures before it came to a close for the year. We were blown away at the remarkable beauty before us. It was a sea full of tiny treasures. I couldn't believe I had lived so close to such a gorgeous place my entire life and had never been before. I can't wait for next year!


I leave you today with some fabulous floral photographs from a few of the many talented contributors at Tiny Treasures (we have nearly 700 members, wow!!). Hopefully they inspire you to stop and smell the roses...