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Hello Everyone and thank you for visiting! My name is MO and I live on Vancouver Island, BC Canada. This blog is to share with others my love of nature and homemade life like crochet, gardening, decorating, flowers, art, crafts, photos and perhaps the occasional recipe as well. Please drop by frequently and feel free to share. If you would like to send me an email, my address is murmursdfa@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Walk on the Wharf

R & I took a few hours off yesterday and took a drive.  We walked on the wharf and just relaxed  in the summer sunshine. Here are some pix:

Aren't the skies just fabulous!

Look at this beauty and dream along................



Diamonds on the water...

There is an orange colored star fish on the left.

Purple star fish to the lower right. I'm surprised that my little camera could even penetrate the depths enough to get a pix of the star fish.

After spending the afternoon on the wharf, we had a really scrumptious supper at a restaurant.  I had a Thai meal...a spicy hot Thai peanut sauce over grilled shrimp and chicken on Thai noodles, with a stir-fry veggies mixed in....it was sooooooooooo good!!!!

More summertime outings are definitely in order.  Until next time, MO

Monday, July 29, 2013

Crazy little dessert

Made this on the weekend.  It's pretty rich and on the sweet side, but on occasion I can see that it would be a hit methinks.  Throw the word 'diet' out of your thots with this one!

Fresh Croissants from the Bakery
Hazelnut Chocolate Spread
Marshmallow Fluffy Stuff
Dream Whip
Strawberries (I sliced some, sprinkled a bit of sugar and gave it a warm up in the microwave).  Just fresh sliced would be good too.

Slice the croissants lengthwise.  Open up and spread some chocolate and marshmallow. I put approximately 1/8th of a cup (or less)of chocolate on the top half and 1/8th cup (or less) of marshmallow on the bottom half in each croissant...more or less.  Kind of messy to put this together.
This is really oowey-gooey to spread around.
Heat oven to 350.  Wrap each croissant in aluminum foil and bake in oven about 10 minutes.
It comes out nice and crispy. Top each with some dream whip and strawberries.  Beware it is a messy thing to eat. We started with a fork and knife and ended up just picking up the whole thing by hand and biting into the crusty, oozing mess.
  O Yum!!!
Until next time, bon appetit, MO

Crochet Pin Cushion

I managed to do a bit of crochet this last week.  I crocheted this pin cushion, which is somewhat larger than I intended it to be, but it works well for the things I want to keep handy.  Got the idea from Barb at Made in K-Town.  Barb's is very dainty where mine is a honkin' big thing...but it serves my purpose.

 This is a very quick project to complete in an evening.
Here it is holding all my essentials.
Until next time, MO

Local Art

Hi Everyone
Hope you all had a good week.  Here the weather is summery and we can boast 29 days without rain!  That is not the norm, my friends. :)  Very busy weekend and our little motel filled right up and for the first time this month we had to put up the NO beside VACANCY.  We are both very tired this Sunday evening and are just sitting here like lumps.

Did take a couple of hours on Saturday to visit a local Art Show here in town.  Very festive, more than a hundred booths I would say.  It was eye candy and color overload.  The color made me think of Lucy at the Attic. Besides paintings in all sorts of media, there was woodcarving, jewellery makers, photography, and a myriad of other art forms and craft.  Almost too much to take in so I concentrated on paintings and still didn't manage to see all of the artists' work.  Had to get back to the motel as things were getting a bit hectic for R.  But here are a few pictures of the artwork just to give you a taste.  Unfortunately, crochet was not represented....bummer!



The one is reminiscent of Emily Carr, methinks. 

These are done on ceramic tiles and rocks.  I've done some rock painting myself.

Reminds me of folk art painting...I've painted chairs, shelves, wood, and various other projects.  I taught folk and tole painting a number of years ago.

There were a few spots to grab something to drink and just sit and listen to music.
This artist had a thing with mandala's...this was mixed media...under some of the paint were..........split peas! 

She used real feathers on the body of this one.  This painting put a smile on everyone that viewed it I noticed.

 A few shy people sat down and played a bit.


 This guy was playing tunes on his homemade instruments...really good!!!
His instruments are made from recycled materials...the red one below is a cookie tin. They sound somewhere between a guitar and banjo.

This artist had made pendants of all her paintings so I bought a necklace of this tree painting...very clever idea.  The pictures are covered in a clear resin and mounted to be put on a chain or a black cord.  So that was my wee purchase of art.  I saw soooooooooo many artworks that I would love to have...I'd love to be a 'collector of art'. :) 
 Same flower different artist. 
Again, same flower different artist...the artists must be long to the same art group.
Above water, below water.....
I LOVE poppies!!!
This violin painting is one of my favs.
 This artist had done a lot of different cats and with different personalities.  I'm a cat person so I really appreciated her work.
I really like birch trees.  I grew up on a farm in Manitoba where we had a forest of birch.
Well done watercolor.  I suck at watercolor.
This one looked almost like a photograph and is probably my favorite.
I hope you enjoyed this small portion of the Art Show.  Until next time, MO