Friday, May 31, 2013

Honor's Day and Kick Off to Summer

 Tuesday was honor's day for the 2nd grader's.  S had a challenging year being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.  Her teacher was instrumental in helping to diagnose her and getting us the assistance we needed to understand the issue.  So we spent most of the year working really hard on homework and coming up with tools for her to use to cope.  We were thrilled and excited to learn that she received all M's which stands for Mastered on her report card.  She also received an award in Computer Science.  Way to go S!!!
 This year went by so fast.  She is off to 3rd grade.  So to celebrate the last day of school we took Rosie out camping over night at a local campground.
 We went to Lake Juliett which is about 25 minutes from us.  Mom and Dad came with us and had their first sleepover in my vintage beauty.  We had a blast.
For $20 we got this killer spot right on the lake.  It was like being in the middle of no where.  We will definitely be coming back this summer.  We will try and rent a canoe next time to get out on the water.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Back on Line

Some how Spring hit and the next thing I knew school was out and Summer is here!!  It has been the usual level of crazy, but I have totally missed all my blogging buddies.  Not only have I not been blogging on my own site, but have not been keeping up with you all.

The weather is spectacular here in GA and we have been enjoying the pool.  I am happy to report that I am down once again 30 pounds and I am not fretting being in a bathing suit.  I have to find a way to keep this off this time.  I can't go back.  It is not pretty.  The older you get, the harder it is to keep off and when you take it off, not everything springs back the way it is supposed to, if you know what I mean.  I have been doing laps in the pool and have a kick board that I have been using.  With Shelby home, it will be harder to get to the gym.  I know some of you have been working on shedding the weight too and I hope you are experiencing the same success.  Go for it! It is so worth it.

The summer is going to be low key.  No big travel or vacation plans this year.  Don is working a job in Baltimore and I have a contract to work at home.  That actually works really great, but will have to work that out in the mornings and nights while S is sleeping.

Our friends and ex-neighbors from Canada are coming to visit for 2 weeks this summer.  We really enjoy having them and it will definitely be the highlight of the summer.  We enjoy celebrating Canada Day and the 4th together.

I spent a Girls Weekend in NYC and had a blast.  I will post those pictures soon and tell you all about it.  Well, it is good to be back and I look forward to catching up with all of you as well.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pine Mountain, GA

 You could travel from little town square to town square in GA and never be able to stop and visit them all.  They each have a unique quality.  Some are very country and some are quaint.  You never know what you are going to discover.  This past weekend we took Rosie to Pine Mountain, GA. It is home to beautiful Callaway Gardens.
 Unfortunately, we were a week or two too early to see all of the azalea's blooming so we walked around downtown Pine Mountain.  It was a warm weekend up in the 70's.
 We stopped to check out this old train car.  S was disappointed she couldn't go inside.
 The town had lots of antique shops, cafe's and garden shops.  I shopped a little bit and found some wonderful goat's milk soap and a sweet apron with tiny rosebuds.
 In the back of this garden store was this pretty stone and figurine display.
 We decided on having lunch at the Rose Cottage Bakery and Cafe.  Well I should say that I decided. My hubby wanted to try the 3 little pigs BBQ down the street.  He was very accommodating.  He knows I like these sweet, eclectic places.
 This was a neat place with lots of little rooms for dining, shopping and of course the wonderful artisinal breads and pastries that were displayed.  We were definitely treading on thin ice being here.  We have been seriously dieting and have both lost 20 lbs.  So we chose sandwiches and enjoyed having bread for the first time in weeks!!  It was worth the splurge.
 The room to the left of us had this pretty chandelier hanging and lots of antique art on the walls.
 We just admired these goodies, but they looked so yummy!!
 Two rooms in the back were dedicated to selling local wines and wares.

 The town was very pretty and easy going.  We enjoyed the day and then head back to our campsite.
I could have taken all these breads home with us.  Nothing like a good bread with a crunchy crust.  Oh well, some other time.  Spring break is ahead of us.  In 2 weeks we will be hooking Rosie up again and heading for the beach in St. Augustine, Fl.  We have a campsite reserved right on the ocean.  Can't wait.  Will take lots of pics and share our 5 day camping experience with you.  Until then, enjoy the Spring.  It has hit GA and we are enjoying all the new blooms.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Home Made T's

Since Carla has her glamper in full restore mode, I made her a little something to go with her soon to be decked out camper. I saw the idea and had to give it a try!

Here is my little home made glamper T.  Carla is planning on painting her tin can pale yellow, white and maybe some green.   I constructed the whole thing from fabric scraps and used some fusing to give it some body.  Then I zig-zag stitched the whole thing together as one piece, then sewed it on the t-shirt.
 Here is the one I made for myself first.  It is a red rose pattern.  They are really cute.  I am going to make S one next. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Monroe has the best Antique Shops

 We had a great day and shopped til we dropped.  We hit 3 very large antique malls that are in the old cotton mill buildings.  They make a great back drop but some of the buildings are cold due to poor heating.  But we wore jackets and fingerless gloves and shopped from 10 am to 4pm.  Our favorite is called the Cotton Depot.  Every booth is beautifully set up.  You just want to hang out in there.
 Decorated lamp shades, hand made jewelry, lamps and handbags.  This booth was so pretty.
 I took pictures with my phone so they are not that great.  Here is Mom and Carla enjoying the hunt.
 I wish this was clearer. This large canvas was stenciled with all these overlapping words with a light gold overlay.  It was so pretty.  This would be fun to try and recreate.

 This was an old Schwinn bicycle that was lightly spray painted and given a vintage make over.  It was not for sale but part of the booth decor.  What a fun idea to do to a bike and then perch on a front porch.


 I have seen a lot of tea cup assemblages, but this one really caught my eye. It was so small and colorful.  Very nicely done.  Will need to try and remake one for Easter.

 Here is a picture of what I brought home with me.
 I love these long dangling earrings.  They look so elegant on.
 The vintage tree top angel still works perfectly.  She is going to get a little blue trim on her dress with pink roses.  She will be on my tree in the glamper next Christmas.  The lamp and shade are for a little end table in my studio.
 Looked all day for a cheap hat that I could take the millinery off of and I found one with all these pretty pastel roses for only $7.00.  The box with the mirror is neat.  The top lifts off and has a stand on the back so you can stand it up to put on jewelry or makeup with.  Then stow your things inside.  I plan on using it in the camper when we go camping.
 Carla found this old rose and polka dot fabric.  It needs to be cleaned but then I will find something fun to make with it.
 These are fun craft bags that I will use to put little gifts in.
 A rooster apron perfect for my kitchen.
 Mom made each of us some crocheted potholders.  The one in the front I am going to sew on a pillow.  We had a great day and it was nice not having to rush back.  If you ever get close to Monroe, GA., plan on hitting the old cotton mill antique shops.
 Well, this is a new addition to my studio.  It was my Valentine's Day present from my hubby.  He went to Lowe's and bought the shelving units and 2 standard house doors and put it all together.
 It fit great and it will be nice not to cut fabric on the floor anymore.  Plenty of room.  One side I even created a wrapping station with all my wrapping papers, bows, tags, ribbons, etc.  The table is the perfect height for me.  Love it!!!!  Thanks, Honey.  You are the best.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Ladies Day Out Tomorrow

 Me and my peeps were supposed to go junkin' in Munroe at the old cotton mills last week, but due to some of us being ill we had to push it off to this week.  It is one of our favorite places to go for the day and to have lunch.  So I am super excited that we get to go tomorrow!!!
 We were going to swap some Valentine goodies, so they are going to get these ornaments I made with a picture of all of us at lunch.
 I wrapped them in these sewn papers and added these fun goodies that I found in the Michael's $2 bins.  Awesome finds.  Here is Carla's, Judy's and Mom's below.
It is supposed to rain but we don't care. Weather can not get in the way of us gals having a good time.  I will be back with pictures of our finds and the day in Munroe!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Day with My Girl

 A few weeks ago during the MLK long weekend, my friend Marla and I took our daughters to the  American Girl Store and Cafe in Atlanta.  We have been wanting to go for awhile and it was a great day.  Marla made the dining reservations and off we went.
 There were crafts and activities for them to do at the store.  This was a paper bird cage and bird.  Super cute and they did a great job doing it by themselves.  Yes, there was a man with a pink shirt leading the craft table.  As in fact there were a lot of men working at the store that day.  Enough for us to take note.
 Here is my Shelby Love holding up her birdcage.  The store is so well done.  It is a shopping meca for these dolls.  Tons of displays of all the dolls and all the paraphenalia.
 Once the crafting was done the shopping began.  They each had a large red bag and started filling it up with lots of accessories.  This is the new girl of the year, "Saige."  The store was crazy busy that day and if there is a recession going on, it hasn't affected the people shopping in this store.  Holy Cow!!!
 Every accommodation is given to the girls and their dolls.  Shelby's doll is hanging on this little rack in the bathroom room.  The dolls hang there while the girls use the potty.  I had to take a picture of that.
 Here is Shelby and her friend Jenny.  This was our table at the cafe.
 Shelby ordered the yummiest berry smoothie ever.  It looked gigantic but she finished the whole thing.

 The cafe is decked out in shades of pink and brown and greens.  I loved this huge flower light fixture.
This a counter you can sit at as well.  They serve all kinds of sweet treats.
 The picture isn't clear but I wanted to show you the little chairs that the dolls got to sit in at the table.
Lunch was really delish and we had a blast.  Shelby had dessert and it was a flower pot of chocolate mousse.  They filled the glass pot with chocolate mousse and topped it with Oreo cookie crumble then placed the silk flower in the middle.  It was topped off with little c.c cookies.
They do birthday parties and so I am thinking one or 2 friends and their dolls and lunch.  They have the prettiest pink and white birthday cakes on a white pedestal.  It was a fun day and it was great to watch the girls take interest in something other than their electronics.