Welcome to my world.....a world of lovely things and thoughts I want to share.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Later this monthe we head to he sun!!!!!
Enjoy the dreams of sunshine for those who are from colder climes! A hot buttered rum can do the wonders!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Traditions

I stll believe in Santa Clause!!!!!!!!!!!

As Life gets busier and the nest is empty traditions change in our house. This I know can be hard. I choose to believe it is just "change". Perhaps it is a good time for us to really look outside our house and ourselves. I watch my children building their own family traditions. That is nice to watch. they still return to the "nest" for some Verburg family Christmas.

The thing I want to remember....for all of us to remember is "things are exactly as they should be." "All is calm and bright." Allow the Grace that surrounds us all into our lives!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wonder Twins

We had a great time at a family wedding in San Francisco. As always catching up with family is exciting. More so with this wonderful wedding . I am afraid that last events have not been as happy. What is it "they" say about weddings and funerals????

San Francisco is a great city. We love retuning time after time....but it is crowded. I think We love returning to Portland more each time. A train trip with number one son and sweet wife made it even more exciting. Ah, train travel....sleeping in a closet size space[better than sitting up all night]....walking like a lady who has had one too many[maybe more] a lot more!!! Quite an experience. We had a wonderful time just being together...albeit close together. Great memories.

This picture is of two wonderful women.Boy did they turn heads as we walked near Union Square. They were in front of us as we left Macy's and on down the street. Notice matching pink purses,orthopedic shoes and even in step!!! GREAT! We saw them the next night as we were on the cable car. Boy is S.F. a treat. I think I have new role models!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Door To Grace

You will be hearing more about this wonderful project. I have been invited to create necklaces with the key theme to inspire volunteers and spread the message of this group, which is involved with girls and women who have been rescued from " sex trafficking " trade. I have been looking for a direction and way to use my art. This has been provided for me....Laura at "Sixpence" shared the connection and I met with Terri & Lorie to learn more. The project truly touches my heart! Thank you!! Check out www.doortograce.org.

Things and especially souls are all worth of the art of "rediscovery"....all are beautiful as they are and can become even more.....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Magic Continues

Thea's in the Pearl...Christmas is arriving this week.
Sixpence is still beautiful!! More delivered yesterday and Laura is creating wonders. Sixpence in downtown Lake Oswego...3rd and "B" street. They are also doing the Lake Oswego Christmas fair in Millennium Plaza. I can't be there but "The Withies" will be represented. Thanks girls!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Enjoying the Season

These are pictures from Sixpence Antiques.
I am so pleased to be taking part in their beautiful Christmas. Last year I had a show at home and I had a house full of "CHEER" from October until Christmas. I love going out to taste the season. Laura is taking part in the Lake Oswego Christmas Faire. Again I am glad to be apart of her display. Thank you Laura and Jay!!!!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Breathe !!!!!!*********~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Taking time to breathe and enjoy Autumn chill.
Just planted paper white bulbs and in this busy world just the phrase "forcing" makes me a little sad. It seems we force too much...run too fast and don't take time to breathe. This is the simplest way to reconnect with ourselves and let go of all things stress inducing. SIMPLE huh????
It's kind of crazy to have divested of Christmas. i just had a preview of Jason and Laura's world of Sixpence. Again I am proud and humble to be a part of all they have created. Now I can breathe!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmans at Sixpence

Santa has delivered The Withies to Sixpence.
Mon. November 8th 4-8pm the party starts. It is looking festive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Creative Happenings

Just in case you are wondering.....busy being Santa's helper!!!!

Vintage trims and flowers!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

a blog ia blog is a blog****

What is a blog. I seem to have lost my way in this electronic maze. I spend time checking messages,writing messages,checking face book, complain because I don't get it. I then loose my message and can't figure out why....feel inadequate....call a "child" to help me and then begin again.

I think I began to share my creativity...my art...my world. I can't figure out if anyone really cares or if I am doing it for the wrong reasons. I do love sharing my photos. Perhaps I need to search my heart and see if I have anything that wants to be said.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Fun

Returned from a wonderful trip to Canada and New England. One of the most wonderful surprises is.....Oregon is one of the most beautiful places and a delight to live in and return to!!!!!!!! Our fall colors are lovely and my garden is glowing.

A cruise is a good time to relax...catch up on books and just plane get to know other places and people. I'll write more about a specialty foods store when I receive my fun shipment, for now I will just post some pictures!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Memories of Autumn

wonderful memories of England!!!!!!

Fall Arriving

Fall has come early. I love the season...but am sad to see how short summer was this year. I seem to spend a lot of time watching the creatures in the garden burying nuts that have ripened on the walnut tree. The blue jays have used up all the space in the hedges and pots. I have not as yet been able to feed them by hand but they will let me stand next to the feeder. There is definitely a "pecking order" between the two females one is always the boss. The tiny finches fill the garden at times. I do live to see them swarm the sunflower seeds.
So as hollyhocks bend their heads to spread their seeds...the asters begin to bloom and at last the tomatoes have ripened...some of them...I ready myself for a slower season in the garden. I am however busy with Christmas. Sixpence has wonderful plans and have invited me to be a part. I love working with Laura and Jay. Their enthusiasm and excitement are infectious. Therefore after David and I return from a lovely vacation, my world will one dusted with glitter and wrapped in tinsel. HO HO HO!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Quiet Before

Ever the computer challenged, I am hoping these pictures make it. They don't do justice to the day...at least I got pictures before things got busy. Thank you to all who helped and shared in the day. It is always wonderful to see friends old and new.

Withies Sale Event

Yeah and yumm!!!!!

Pictures of an Wonderful Day

My dear helpers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Truly Be" and a BOUNTIFULL Sale

I am ready for "The Withies "sale!!! The weather is in a rush for Autumn. We were supposed to have sun and I am crossing fingers and toes!!!!

This picture was done for My dear daughter-in-law and "TRULY B". Check it out on line and face book. We women need to support and spread the message of BEING......BOLD..BRAVE..BRIGHT and all the other wonderful Bs we can. Oh yes and of course BOUNTIFUL .

Again I hope to see good friends and share the bounty of my garden...and of course goodies.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The red carpet is out!! I have been working to get the garden and making the shop look shiny for the sale on Saturday 11-3pm

David and I took some time with Rose and Andrew to sit and appreciate the garden as it is in the early fall days. I love it and you will no doubt read my"gushing" over Autumn and its surprises ,in the blogs to come.
Now it is night night! OK it is ony 6pm.....but WE are winding down and I'll be back at preparations tomorrow. Do come and see!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sale in the Garden

Having a Sale!!!!!!!! Clearing out.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11th 11~ 3pm**.
Contact me if you can make it....795 th st. Lake Oswego,Oregon 97034
I really am cleaning out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
**time has changed, hope to see you earlier

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sixpence Evening

as usual I am struggling with showing you pictures....so I am posting this first group pf pictures. I will post picture of Withies creations later...............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jay laura and you know who.
Ladies from Anacortes, Washington
Kate and Laura and great cupcakes

We had a great evening. Alot of new and "old friends"!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Special Event

Friday Night 5pm 'till 8pm Reception and Sale at Sixpence Antiques

The Withies is going to be an honored guest. I love meeting the dear ones who purchase and encourage my art. Come to this magical store ....join the fun. They are located on the corner of 3rd and B st in downtown Lake Oswego. You can also check out their blog at of course....sixpence.blogspot.com!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Exciting news

HOLD THE DATE..........I have been invited to Sixpence to share my creations and join in an exciting evening!!!!!!
August 27th 5pm~~8pm
519 3rd St. Lake Oswego 503-635-0595
Laura and Jay have an exciting store and throw an exciting event!!!! MORE TO FOLLOW!

Monday, August 2, 2010

simple things

SO, how do I spend my time? Since summer has arrived and my yard is singing and my muse is on vacation.....!! What have I been doing?One thing is learning how to get involved with Face Book. You know me and technology. If you don't well then you haven't heard me yelling to the universe and that is probably a good thing.

I have also been"wooing" several blue jays!!! If you have ever read "The Little Prince" than you might remember how he patiently tamed the fox. I spent many minutes taming a feral kitty. I so enjoyed earning the trust and sitting patiently [not my strong suit] as he came softly.....

Years later at my mom and dad's....we fed a jay "Scruffy" by hand. Well......I have always appreciated the feathers the jays have left me and now I am trying to earn the "trust" and tame the jays. Raw peanuts and patience are paying off. I can sit below and stand next to the little plate where they come to claim their treat. I see her[she is, I think or a young male] now on the phone wire waiting. He/she takes the nut into the hedge....pokes it into the ground.....and then covers it with a leaf. I love watching that and I often find peanuts in my planters. Do you think they can remember where they put them? They must have a better memory than I.

So that is what I have been doing!!!! Along with gardening, cleaning the shop and some "things " that will pop up later on "The Withies" FB page. Oh.... I have also spent time "messin" with changing colors.

One more thing !! We are headed to Calif. To see family and friends and.....go to the Rose Bowl Swap meet. Not that I need a Thing....I think maybe my MUSE is hiding there.

I have to go tame my jay now!*********