First, an announcement... My sweet friend Jenny of Everyday is a Holidaywas kind enough to tag me with the Thinking Blogger Award! Now it's my turn to tag 5 others, and in turn, those 5 should tag 5 and so on a so forth. Because I have been gone so long, please forgive me if you have already been tagged and I missed it. I'd like to tag everyone listed in my links list,actually. But since that is not part of the rules, I'll have to take a few days to pick only 5!
Ahhhhhhh...... lovely Seattle!!!!!!!First of all, I am a great big dork for forgetting to take my camera with me, so I don't have any original pictures to share, but I did borrow some from the Wikitravel.com and Seattletravel.com websites.
Our trip started early on a Friday morning with a 2 1/2 hour plane ride from Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix to SeaTac Airport in Washington. Flying over Mt. Rainier was amazing. It looked like a giant chocolate cake, iced with powered sugar (image below from National Forest Service website).
To our incredible good fortune, we landed at 10:30am in a sunny, blue-skied Seattle morning. The "emerald" city was truly shining in dozens of shades of glorious greens.
After orienting ourselves armed with maps and a rental car, we made our way to West Seattle to catch the ferry to Vashon Island, where one of my dearest friends lives. The ferry ride was so much fun, and seeing a good friend after missing her for 9 months was the icing on the cake. Shortly after our arrival at her home on the island, we made our way down a leafy forest path to a local beach to take in views of Puget Sound.
The next day, my husband slept in, and my friend’s sweet husband offered to watch the kids so that she and I could while away the day exploring the island's treasure shops and the lighthouse. I came away with some cool vintage goodies including these framed gems from the 1930's. Perfect for a romantic boudoir.
I also couldn't resist these little ornaments below found at the island thrift shop... I have no idea what to do with them but I had to have them anyway! Suggestions anyone?
The next day was spent in Seattle with my husband taking in the music lover’s paradise that is The Experience Music Project . I don't think that I have ever shared how talented of a musician my husband is. He plays piano, guitar and drums. So he was really in heaven wandering through the Jimi Hendrix exhibit and everything else this fantastic museum had to offer. We didn't leave till closing time. That night, we caught a movie downtown before catching the last ferry back to the island.
On Monday, we were again blessed with abundant sunshine, so before catching the plane home, we had to check out the famous Pike's Place market. It was beyond fantastic. This is place farmers, artists, flower growers, and fish throwers all come together to peddle their wares to locals and tourists alike. I couldn't believe the gorgeousness of the tulips offered at the flower marts and how good all the food I sampled tasted. I really fell in love with it and can't wait to go back!!! I really encourage anyone, especially my creative fellow bloggers, to put Seattle on their MUST visit list.
And now for the giveaway!!!!!
I had hoped to have a completed fairy to offer up as a giveaway, but haven't been able to finish one in time. So as a fun alternative, my giveaway will be to offer to create a custom fairy for the winning commenter on this blog post. I’ll do the drawing a week from Monday. The winner can specify exactly how they want their finished fairy to look in terms of hair and eye color, and the what the word on the transport box will be.... wish, hope, dream, imagine.... anything that will fit a small box. The winner also gets to choose the style. Detachable wings and hat (as seen below) or permanent( as seen above)? Butterfly style, Mary Jane's, or elfish stocking feet? I can also work around color schemes to create a fairy of your dreams.
Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I am big believer in honoring people on their special day, so if you would please, when you leave your comment, post your birth date so that I can send you good wishes when your day rolls around. :-)