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Cannon Beach 2015

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This summer, my family and I decided to take a last minute weekend getaway vacation to Cannon Beach in Oregon. We road tripped there with our two dogs and stayed at a nice lodge style hotel by the beach.

The beach itself was gorgeous, with huge expanses of soft white sand and crashing waves; which was  quite the change from the rocky beaches where we live. We had a picnic lunch and played on the beach, and the dogs enjoyed themselves immensely.

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Cocoa and Haru loved digging holes.

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We tried skim boarding for the first time. It was much harder than it looked, but my daughter got the hang of it pretty quickly. Cocoa was curious and tried out the skim board for himself.

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Here are some pictures of the beach in the evening, featuring the famous Haystack Rock, that we took on our way to dinner.

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image   Although the trip was short, it was definitely memorable. It reminded me how important it is to relax and spend some time with family.

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Kimono Girl & Piggy

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My first needle felted kimono girl found a home through Etsy so I have created another kimono girl.  She wears a light blue kimono and yellow obi tied in a bow at the back.

imageI have also created a needle felted pink piggy with lime green dots.  Her ears are made with a flower patterned fabric.  She currently lives by a lake and loves to take walks on a sunny day.

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  https://www.etsy.com/shop/kokobiyori

 

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An Early Morning Hike

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Sunday mornings are one of the only times that I can sleep late and eat a big breakfast.  I like to stay at home and spend the day crafting.  However, my daughter wanted to go hiking because it was going to be another beautiful sunny day.  The forecast predicted a 90 F day so we decided to go hiking early in the morning , when the air would still be cool and crisp and we could be able to avoid the crowds.

We headed to the Twin Falls trail, located about 45 minutes drive east from Seattle.  It was around 9 am when we started to hike and there weren’t many people on the trail.  As we expected, the morning air was cool and fresh.  It was a perfectly sunny day but the trail was in the shade and the sun beams that came down from in between the tree branches were beautiful.

imageWe saw a few chipmunks during the hike.  They are so tiny and cute, and they were moving so fast but somehow my husband managed to take a few pictures of them.

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At the end of the trail we could see two waterfalls that were very beautiful.

At first, I was reluctant to give up my lazy Sunday routine and go hiking, but it was very refreshing and energizing!

 

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I Opened an Etsy Shop! -Kokobiyori

Hello!

If you have visited my blog before, then you know that crafting is not just a hobby, but a huge passion of mine. For a while now I have wanted to open a shop on Etsy, which is an online marketplace for artists to sell their work. After much researching and planning, I have decided to open and to hopefully physically share my crafts with people around the States, and later with the world. I am starting out my shop, called Kokobiyori with only needle felted crafts, but hope to add some of my other crafts later on as well. I will link my shop in this post, so if you have a little time, please check it out!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/kokobiyori

Here are some of the products that I am selling.

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Play Ball!

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For another scorching hot day in Seattle, my family and I decided to take our dogs to the park.  Cocoa, our mini black and tan dachshund, loves playing chase and playing in the water.  While Cocoa and Haru were playing in the grass, my husband, my daughter, and I played catch ball.

After playing on the grass, we headed to the dog beach.  Sailboats in the water created waves that seemed small, but were definitely big for our miniature Cocoa. However, he enjoyed swimming and retrieving a tennis ball again and again.  On the other hand, baby Haru who is shy and scared of everything, was hiding behind a log and leaves.  Although she tried to avoid the water, I am sure she had a good time in the sunshine.  We are very fortunate to have such a sunny and hot weather, and I am excited to continue enjoying the short Seattle summer.