Barnes and Noble Bookfair – Support Teens and Music

Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE with everyone you know that loves books (and they have tons of gift items and toys too)

bookfairflierHey everybody!  It is time for our Music Boosters Barnes and Noble bookfair.  This is a fundraiser for the instrumental department at Bothell High School (in Bothell Washington) and ANYONE can participate, not just local folks.  Just place an order online or take a voucher to any B&N store and they will give part of the sale to BHS between Dec. 8th and 15th.  Help support our musical teens while shopping.

So make your list and use our bookfair ID 11246907 when you check out at Barnes and Noble.  Click link to get started…

Thanks so much!
Leslie and Vaughan (trumpet and soon to be piano player)


Dressing up the iPhone

For a couple years now I have been an Android user.  My husband has an iPhone (along with the expensive phone bill) and we do have an iPad (free loaner from a relative) so I know how to work an Apple product and I do enjoy them, but the price of both service and the phone has kept me away.  Last year Virgin Mobile finally got iPhones (4 and 4s) however the phone cost was quite high.  Since then the cost has gone down a bit so I finally broke down and ordered the 4s (16GB).  My monthly service is only $27.00 a month (including tax and grandfathered in with Virgin) so I think it is the perfect time for me to jump into iPhone ownership.  My current phone has worked great for the most part but has finally started to annoy me with its frequent “memory full” notifications.  I have a fairly large memory card but the phones internal memory is just not cutting it.

The other day I started looking online for a cover for my incoming phone and found some cute options.  These are all from Case Envy on Etsy and have the rubber surround which is what I want.

iphonecaseThis might be The ONE

minecraftcaseMy son would love this one

mopedcaseScooters are so popular

tapecaseOld School Tape

krackencaseGotta love the Kraken

zombiescaseI’ve been watching The Walking Dead

Pinterest Addicts {not so} Anonymous


You hear so many people admitting to their Pinterest addiction.  I have an on again off again addiction.  I am not on Pinterest everyday but can usually get sucked in for quite a long time when I do log on, especially if my son is nearby and I chose the Animals category.  How can you not get stuck looking at cute animals?


I chose to use The Tiny Garden as my Pinterest handle but I don’t actually pin all that much from my shop.  I love pinning recipes and garden ideas the most and of course cute animals.  If you are on Pinterest come on over and give me a follow.

Lacey 1995 ~ 2013

LaceyGazingtextI love how she looks so fuzzy with the sun shining down on her

Up till now I have not posted anything online about losing my kitty Lacey 3 weeks ago, I guess I wasn’t ready yet.  She has had kidney problems for the last three years and we have been controlling it with medication but unfortunately these things catch up to a cat eventually.  She began developing other problems about 4 weeks ago, having trouble breathing.  The vet informed me that she had fluid buildup between her lungs and chest wall making it so she could not inflate her lungs fully.  I was told that this was either caused by the onset of heart failure or that it could possibly be cancer.  We went with the assumption that it could be her heart and they drained out the fluid and started her on a heart medication.  Unfortunately, the heart medication works against her kidney medication and it is a very delicate balance to give her both.  She got even worse and her kidneys rapidly failed.  I had to have her put to sleep after having her in our life for 17 and a half years.  My son and I stayed with her, it was very difficult but I think we are both glad that we did.  I miss her so much but I know she had a long and happy life with us.  I am feeling a bit better these days but the house still feels so empty without her and I still keep expecting to see her in the usual places, on my bed at night, outside the shower waiting for a drink and jumping up on my chair as soon as I stand up.  I think it has been about 25 years since I have been without a cat.  It feels so strange.

LaceykittenroundedtextLacey on the day I brought her home

cats0055roundedThey have such prettier cat accessories these days – what an ugly scratching post

cats0075roundedLacey was 2 when Vaughan was born

cats0078roundedVaughan would always try and rub his head on Lacey as a sign of affection

LaceyCollageSept2012transTranquilI am thankful for the invention of the digital camera, I probably would not have so many pictures of Lacey if it wasn’t for that.

LaceywithHeartrounded1Photo shoot for my heart catnip toys

LaceyLomoish2012Lacey last year

What’s up this week? Part 1

Here in the Tiny Garden I have many interests.  I think sometimes I have too many and I end up not getting anything completed.  I suppose that is what keeps us going in life though, always having something that is not done.

This last week I have posted some new things in the shop, I started a new blog about my family’s ancestry (Williamson Family Ancestry) and have been looking into the ancestry community on WordPress.  And an exciting thing, since beginning the blog I have been contacted by a cousin (we share the same great-grandfather) and we will be sharing information we have collected.  I have a feeling that she has more than I do, but it will be great to connect with more family and she has already emailed me a photo that I have never seen with family members that I previously had no photos of.  I also have a never ending scanning project.  When I am done with magazines, instead of tearing out pages I scan them to save for later, I then give the magazines to a friend.  I also have several photo albums of my mom’s that I need to scan as well as my own pre-digital camera albums to get into my computer and then backup to my external hard drive.  AND when I go visit my parents this summer (I make several drives to their home in Roslyn, WA) I will be continuing to scan photos and documents from both my dad’s and mom’s side of the family.  A big project.

lilac pointMip the Lilac Point Siamese

This kitty color I originally made a few years ago but then the light grey I used for the “lilac points” was discontinued by the manufacturer.  Recently I have discovered a new and slightly different light grey and have brought this one back.  Both the light grey and the cream both happen to be extra soft and cuddly, a fact about fleece…each color can be different in texture, some softer than others.

MetallicEyes2roundedtext2NEW Metallic hand painted craft eyes
Available in both cat (oval) pupil and round pupil (not listed yet).  I will also be adding a bronze color to the listings AND I will be sewing up some black kitties with metallic eyes.

Williamson Altman gatheringAltman ~ Williamson family gathering on Bainbridge Island, WA
I date this sometime around 1945-46.  This photo is from a bunch that I rescued from garbage sacks after my grandmother died.  That story I will have to tell sometime on my ancestry blog.

SkyFall Font

I can see my time being sucked down a drain as I browse the fonts on Font River this morning.  I swear this is the last one I will look at today and I will go get to work on the order that I am sending out tomorrow.  I do enjoy a good “famous” or “movie” font and this is a fun one.  The font from SkyFall.  I have not seen the movie yet but I will definitely soon.  To download this font for yourself go HERE.  I am thinking I may do a tutorial on downloading fonts, check back soon…

SkyFall tiny garden

SkyFall Font

Teen Jazz in October

I thought that today I would post something a little different.  This isn’t about my shop or my garden, it is about Jazz and my son’s band, Arcade Mocha.  They are a group of mostly 14 year olds (turning 15 over the next year) that began playing together as part of the 8th grade jazz combo at their school.  They couldn’t get enough practice at school so with the help of one of the parents they began meeting at a private residence (shown below) every Saturday for 2 hours.  They have many, many gigs under their belt now including Bothell’s Lyons Den coffee shop, Bellevue Washington’s Crossroads Mall, several churches, numerous school events, of course full school band performances and the BIG one, Tula’s Jazz Club in Seattle back in June with the rest of Skyview Jr. High’s groups.

Mr. McGinn (school band teacher) filling in on drums

My son, since this is my blog I get to feature him in one photo.

Arcade Mocha at Tula’s in June.  They will be performing there again on October 13th between 2 and 5pm at a  Seattle Teen Music event.

Outside view of Tula’s

Arcade Mocha October calendar
October 13:  Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle 2-5pm
October 27:  Crossroads Mall, Bellevue 1-3pm