Skagit Valley Tulips
Spring Day Trip in the Pacific Northwest
April day trip from Seattle to Bellingham via the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley and Chukanut Drive. Of, course shortly after starting we got stuck in the Everett traffic jam in the middle of nowhere, I can never explain why but it is always a mess there! We headed north on I5 to Arlington and took a left towards Silvana for a light brunch at Willow & Jim’s County Cafe, where I always have the 3M breakfast sandwich. Then across the street & railroad tracks for quick walk down the country road where Zoe, our Shih Tzu loves the country smells and hops through the long grass like a bunny!
Zoe, the dog hopping through the long country grass
Back in the car we head north and get to the tulip fields shortly. We avoid the crowds so we don’t stop….maybe next year. We usually come up for the daffodils that are out a few weeks earlier but the rain prevented us from doing that this year. We zig zag a bit to find more fields then continue north to stop in Edison to get the most awesome ginger chocolate cookies from the Breadfarm Bakery. ( sorry no photo, I ate them all!)
Then to Chuckanut Drive, one of the top scenic drives in the US that winds for 20 miles along rugged cliffs high above Puget Sound. A stop at Larrabee State Park for a short walk to the rocky beach.
Larrabee State Park
Larrabee State Park
Zoe enjoying the view
After soaking up some sun, we head into Fairhaven for a walk along the boardwalk (I took this photo years ago from the Chrysalis Inn):
Alaska Ferry and the Bellingham boardwalk
We then headed into downtown Bellingham for a Fiamma Burger, we go here because not only are the burgers great, but we can bring Zoe to sit outside! After that we headed home back through Chuckanut Drive and the tulip fields.
Do you have a favorite day trip? Comments welcomed:
Art Nouveau Butterfly Necklace
Butterfly Necklace Statement For Spring
New for Spring! One-of-a-kind Art Nouveau butterfly necklace statement made with repurposed vintage butterflies. I had these vintage butterfly brooches and jewelry parts for a couple of years. I even had the piece all wired together with the bead dangle and was almost finished but just didn’t know what else to do! It just did not look right so it sat on my bench collecting dust. The other day it hit me to add a few vintage buttons and WOW! I love how it turned out, why didn’t I think of that sooner? A lot of my jewelry is like that; I have little arrangements of jewelry parts all over my shop waiting for ideas or parts to complete. You can wear it asymmetrically or straight on; the vintage chain attaches with lobster claw clasps! Here is an idea of what to wear with it:
Butterfly Statement Necklace
Wear straight on or asymmetrically!
Unique Butterfly Pendant Statement
Butterflies may be cliche but they are forever! I try to add a little whimsy by making my butterfly pendants unique and different and by hanging them asymmetrically. The bead dangles add a little sparkle.
Do you like upcycled vintage jewelry? Do you like how this necklace turned out? Comments are welcomed below!
Bread Climp Art and Jewelry
Reuse, repurpose and upcycle bread clips or climps as they call them!
Check out this enormous, amazing collection of clips by artist, Rachel Perry Welty
On a smaller scale, I love these metal tags made by Melanie Faureau customized with the date of your choice or these fun earrings from Bring by Yoriko Nishiyama;
Bread Clip Earrings by Bring
How about a wedding dress made out of bread climps? That’s what fashion designer, Stephanie Watson did!
Wedding Dress Made From Bread Climps
See my latest upcycling project; a colorful mosaic of bread climps! To see more and learn how to make a bread climp art yourself,
just click on photos below!
I just love seeing what creative things people can do with ordinary everyday objects!
Have you ever made anything with bread climps? Do you upcycle using ordinary everyday objects?
I would love your comments!
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