A Holiday Sail

My dad used to collect boat ornaments for his tree in the TV room – well actually, my mom collected them for him…but I think he enjoyed them none the less.  Maybe you have a similar tradition in your family or you decorate your tree in a sea shore theme, then this ornament will be perfect for you.

Here in Seattle there is another tradition, the Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Union.  The event was begun in 1941 by Captain Chet Gibson and is being carried on under the sponsor ship of Queen City Yacht Club.  This holiday event inspired the strings of “lights” on my ornament.

Holiday Sail Boat by The Tiny GardenSailboat parade on Lake Union Seattle


An Apple a Day

Whether you want to buy your favorite teacher a REALLY early Christmas present, apples fit into your decorating theme or you just want an apple ornament – this one is just for you.  Back for the first time since 2012, I have put together four of them and they are ready to ship NOW.

My favorite apple is the Honey Crisp, a perfect crispy combination of sweet and tangy and even better when dipped in caramel.  What is your favorite?

An Apple a Day by The Tiny GardenClick on photo to be sent to my Etsy listing for purchase

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)

My Favorite Things – Day 2

Well shoot, I have already missed a day.  Does it count that I am up early and blogging this morning?  How about today I do a favorite place.

Every Christmas I visit Wight’s Home and Garden in Lynnwood, WA at least 3 times to see all the wonderful Christmas decorations.  I collect blown glass ornaments and get at least one every year from there.  So far this year I have gone once with my friend Stacy and I will be going a second time with my mom when she comes to visit this week.  I know it is a tradition for many people.   I do also visit several times throughout the rest of the year, they have a great selection of plants and always have great gifts.

Below is just a sampling of the beautiful trees that they put together.  Have a look at their Facebook page for more.





Jazz and Fabric: What do they have in common?

Nothing really, but my son is playing with his band Arcade Mocha at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, WA this Saturday and there happens to be a Joann Fabric store right next to the stage (as well as an excellent food court).  I can definitely make use of that happy fact.  All details are in the flyer below, if you live around here we would love to meet you!

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