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Our Kristin 😍😍😍
… when sweater modeling went into a portrait photo shoot. Just can’t resist to share.

Las Vegas | Vacation

July was fantastic this year 🥰 ⠀

 

Las Vegas | Working Mood

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Snow in Seattle :)

Seattle’s first snow of the season ❄️☃️ Snow isn’t that common here and city tends to slow or even shut down with mere inches of snow. So, schools are still closed. And I started this morning with thawing nectar in the hummingbird’s feeders 🙃

If you are curious, below are some interesting facts about Seattle’s snow:

The most snow that Seattle has ever had was 64 inches. This record was made back in 1880. Usually, however, the average is about five inches of snow every season. In some years they don’t get any snow. Other notable snow seasons include the 21.4 inches back in 1950 and the 21.5 inches in 1916. Getting snow of this amount is really rare in Seattle.

I am just back from walking and so enjoyed sun and snow ❄️ What is your weather today?😉

Blast From The Past

Hehe… look what I found. Our baby Kristin in my very first crochet coat design.



P.S: Would you recognize our daughter now… in her 17?! 🥰

That Magic Mood

•Rus⤵︎• The snow is falling somewhere (but not in Seattle) and the wonderful season is already here. I love this time of year when the magic happens. This year even the hummingbirds decided to spend the winter with us – I have never seen so many of them in our backyard.
Did you recognize this lovely sweet girl and the scarf she wears?! ;o)
And BTW, regarding my previous post about the colors this one looks like true turquoise for me. How about you? ;o)
🇷🇺 Хотя снег в Сиэтле и редкость, но праздничное настроение никто не отменял, и я обожаю это время года. Не в смысле обложиться мандаринками в ожидании боя курантов, а когда радует каждая деталь и все воспринимается через какую-то магическую призму. В этом году даже колибри решили с нами «перезимовать» – я никогда не видела их в таком количестве у нас в саду.
Кстати, узнаете суперскую девчонку-модельку?! А шарфик? 😉
И, возвращаясь к теме сине-зелёных оттенков, цвет шарфика и футболки я вижу как бирюзовый (turquoise). ⁉️А как видите его вы? Всегда очень интересно насколько мы по разному видем и воспринимаем цвета и оттенки.

Hello 2018!!! Our Holiday Adventures

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Hi my dears! How is your 2018 so far?! ;o)

I am still under absolutely wonderful memories and emotions …and have a bit lazy day. Tomorrow I’ll be back to my lovely work, but today I decided to share with you some pictures and videos from our such exciting, enjoyable and full of surprises holiday season.

This is perhaps the first year when I finished all scheduled projects until December 20; my husband took a mini vacation, – and we were able to fully enjoy almost two weeks of our friend’s visit from the CA.

Christmas was absolutely awesome! In the morning, friends invited us to join ride on their yacht. Afternoon, it began to snow, which is not typical for Seattle, but certainly added a festive mood! Plus we hosted a party with our lovely friends – what could be better!

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And here is that moment, when you ask husband to share a photo from the museum for your blog post, and he sends you a link to the entire album:

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Afternoon, it began to snow, which is not typical for Seattle, but certainly added a right mood! Plus we hosted a party with our lovely friends – what could be better!

My lovely Autumn fern and me taking the picture Winking smile:

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Our Imagical front yard on Christmas Eve:

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And back yard:

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The Sammamish lake in 5 minutes-walking-distance:

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Last week of 2017 was extremely busy and exciting: such fun with lots of friends, Summit ski resort, Leavenworth Christmas lights, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor museum on one rainy Seattle day – just to name a few Winking smile

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Leavenworth Christmas Lights:

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Flying Heritage & Combat Armor museum:

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I even managed to avoid the holiday’s cooking – we were at a New Year’s show. But I think I was probably the only one who cooked breakfast on the January 1st, but, crêpes with red caviar is one of our favorite dishes!

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January 1st 2018 breakfast:

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OK, that’s all! Looking forward for my very first working day tomorrow!! ;о)))

P.S.: Yes, I wrote down all passwords Winking smile

Our Weekend & More

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my family returned from a trip…

What a busy and fun this summer to enjoy! And as a person who’s really can’t stand the heat, this summer with a temperature of 70-80F is ideal for me ;o))

I am so happy with my “new baby” and I took some pictures to show our garden progress.

Below is a Red Korean ginseng blossom – these tiny pink flowers are pure eye candy. BTW, if gardening is your hobby too, you are welcome to join my Gardening board on Pinterest.

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Our patio’s corner. From left to right: Red Korean ginseng, dwarf European Fun palm, Japanese forest grass, lavender tree, dwarf Japanese maple, more ginseng in blue handing container and variety of herb in wood container and even in fun small pots.

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My absolute favorite Japanese forest grass:

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Delicious Alpine strawberry:

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Some vegies and Alpine poppy:

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Did I mentioned that I am so enjoy my new garden hobby?! ;o))

On Saturday we visited Ice Caves (North Cascades). Very easy walk to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow, but see show-in-a-summer it’s a key.

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And on Sunday Igor, me, Kristin and her friend so enjoined hike to Poo Poo Point. What a LOVELY place!! It was our first hike to Poo Poo Point, but we definitely will be back! There are so many trails we would love to hike. And another my dream is paragliding. Well, it will be a true challenge for me because I always was terribly afraid of heights… but this fear definitely should be fixed ;o))

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Ok, now I am hurry back to my lovely work! How is your summer?

 

A wonderful and lovely Monday everyone!!

Life Lately | June News & Updates

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What a busy, exciting and full of surprises month for many reasons!!

Well, we love beginning of every June, because here are al least 4 reasons: our Anniversary, Igor’s parents and my dad Birthdays (my daddy turned 70 this year, oh my – I can’t believe it!!)

In the other news, can you imagine that Kristin graduated middle school?! And sure, MOST exciting news is that yesterday, Igor and Kristin started a-little-trip-around-world-in-23-days (Thailand-Ukraine-Israel) and this morning they landed in Thailand for 5 days! I had many trips with my dad during my childhood, and I bet this one will be unforgettable for our daughter as well as for Igor! I am so happy we did this happened! I did not join because, unfortunately, I am not in good “relationships” with summer and hot weather, but I am looking forward for Europe-trip in late spring or early fall someday ;o)

So, I have 22 more days, which are already scheduled and seems pretty busy. This morning I started another yoga challenge and already took 6:00 am class. I really feel so blessed to afford myself back to work after months of dealing with “golfer’s elbow tendinitis (and I am not a golfer ;)) Not fan at all, but giving my poor hand some rest and treatment, I feel so happy and excited back to work! Plus I got a garden-aka-new-hobby since I can’t just sit and do nothing, and to my surprise, I definitely hooked!

Oh, we also did modeling for my newest hats. Many thanks to Lana Maytak for photo-shoot and her friend for such lovely adorable models!! More photos of another designs coming soon ;o)

 

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Below is another option of Ladybug hat… I really LOVE how playful this design is! Not to mention that testing pattern, I created a Marguerite hat (pretty close to that blue/white hat, but with some unusual details ;o)) The pattern for hats and Marguerite Pin is coming pretty soon!! I’ll keep you updated!

 

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A wonderful and lovely Tuesday anyone!!

Yes, it’s official…

…. to my surprise, my gardening journey finally started on April, 21th!

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Well, I was always in awe with my dearest friend Annya Uslontseva and just adore her whimsical garden but I just can’t imagined gardening by myself. Even if I designed and did all brick works (terraces) and planting on our front yard 12 years ago, and enjoy caring dozen indoor plants, gardening always sounded a lot responsibility and to-much-time-eater to me… But this year something magically changed (do you think is it age?! ;o)). Plus my partner in crime got “that” fever too and started gardening couple weeks ago… So, seems as we got another “collaboration idea” with Lana Maytak we are already hooked and excited about ;o) If you are not familiar with Lana, she’s beyond-talented-photographer behind my Imagical Season books and some other our projects.

I promise, I’ll not boring you with post about our gardening often but I would like to show you some pictures how it’s started and what is progress so far (read in 4 days ;o)

Before (lot’s of gravel and soil with tons of living roots from our 35-40 years old maple tree in the center of backyard):

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Our first ”strawberry field”:

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Some herbs (and baby lavender) on our deck:

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… and sure, some flowers!! I am so happy with Lily of the valley!! They are my most favorite Spring flowers!! And BTW, they make a wonderful groundcover too. I will plant them somewhere in a shade when finish designing our backyard ;o)

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P.S.: Looks like I am hooked … and working on Strawberry Delight Blanket pattern and Secret Meadow collection, I feel so extremely happy and enjoy every moment!!!

 

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

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