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by Stephanie

Saturday was a lovely day for a drive so we hopped in the car and made our way up to Federal Way, where the Pacific Bonsai Museum and Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden are nestled into a secret corner between Tacoma and Seattle.

I adore rhododendrons, and couldn’t be happier that almost every yard in my neighborhood boasts one or more of these lovely trees. Although I’m glad to have visited the garden, I’ve got to say that I see more and better blooms walking around my neighborhood than we did in the garden. Which only proves that the most spectacular bloomers are the one that end up propagated into pots at your local nursery for planting in your garden. It’s very likely that, being mere flower lovers and not especially botanically knowledgeable, we walked right by unique and special specimens without noticing much. I wish I’d gotten a good picture, though, of the Chinese Dove Tree, which is gorgeous, with the most unusual flowers. So I asked the Google, which found me one, from here:


The big attraction of the day was the bonsai:



Every time I see a bonsai display, I have to restrain myself from running home and cramming some poor infant tree into a pot. My confidence is being able to keep a bonsai alive for long is slim.

This time, I came up with a better option: making some miniature bonsai collages and posting them on instagram for #the100dayProject. These are the two I made yesterday and this morning. I’m tempted to make some bigger ones, but a daily 3″x3″ piece is enough to keep me busy at the moment.



{hint: follow me on Instagram if you’d like to keep up with this kind of stuff}



More 3″x3″ miniature art from #the100dayproject on instagram. These birds are fun. I’ll definitely make some more of these before the 100 days are over.


Playing around with some very watery watercolor backgrounds, and snippets of marbled paper:





The 100 Day Project: Days 5-8

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I’m posting a 3″x3″ piece of miniature mixed media art to instagram every day for 100 days. Here’s an update. It’s interesting to see which ones get the most likes. Apparently koi are popular. Day 8 turned out kind of creepy. I do like that there’s a story in there… whatever your imagination comes up […]

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Spring in bloom

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You might think that after 16 years in Hawaii I would hate the cold, but you’d be wrong. Okay, that week when it was 17-degrees in Idaho was a bit much, but Olympia is not so cold as all that, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying cooler weather. And hats! And scarves! I’ve worn my lovely […]

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The 100 Day Project

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Instagram has caused me to loose my mind. I’ve decided to join in #the100dayproject fun, and create a 3″x3″ piece of mixed media (probably, mostly) art every day for 100 days. It’s not like I have nothing else to do, but the thing is, all that other to do is what’s been keeping me from […]

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March 24, 2016
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You guys!!! One BIG PLUS of moving to Olympia is that there is a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild here! I love Hawaii, as you know, and I love my quilty friends there, but no one in Hilo (that I’ve met, and I was looking) is interested in modern quilting. So for the past […]

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It’s official! We are moving to Olympia, WA, and will be in our new home on Jan. 1. Folks have warned us it rains a lot there, but after 8 years in Hilo we just laugh. Ever since we landed in Idaho as a temporary base from which to find our next home town, people […]

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Aloha from Idaho

October 22, 2015
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Hello, my friends, we have said a fond farewell to Hawaii and landed in lovely northern Idaho, at my sister’s house. We’ll take a few weeks to decompress (the move was exhausting, I’ll leave it at that), then start looking around for where to move next. Our target area is “somewhere near Seattle or Portland,” […]

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A 300 Thing Fling Update, Many Days Later

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Whoops, life once again intervened, and I completely dropped the ball on regular 300TF updates. More clothes were tossed, book shelves thinned out, and closets tidied, and the total tally crossed the 300 item finish line some while back. The big news is that a MUCH bigger fling is coming. My husband and I have […]

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My 300 Thing Fling, Day 23

April 23, 2014
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This morning I went into the closet to change into something presentable before running a few quick errands (my at-home clothes are chosen for comfort first, which means they are often old favorites no longer suitable for wearing in public). I took a sleeveless blouse off the hangar, put it on, then paused for a […]

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