Thursday, June 11, 2009

Love to Paint!

As I have mentioned we now have an empty nest.
We've had one before, but quite a few birds flew back in.
They have all flown back out now, but thankfully come back to visit often!

So in light of that I"ve started trying to get my house back into some sort of order.
I painted Brian's room and
it now houses the desk and computer.
In the last couple of days I've been working
on painting Jenny's room.

And I have been wondering why my
muscles are aching this morning!!!!!
duh......think it might have been the painting?

I chose this purple paint to match a quilt that
I want to put on the bed.
This is a quilt that I made from fabrics that Mike brought me back from Kentucky. He was on a work trip and walked right by a quilt store on his way to the job. He went in one day and those ladies really enjoyed helping him pick out fabrics! He brought me home a whole bunch of purple and green fat quarters AND one little special square of Kentucky Derby fabric that the ladies rummaged around in the back of the store to find.
Anyway, it is a special quilt so I wanted to paint the room to match it.
I"m looking forward to getting my furniture
set back up, but I've still got
a few paint touch-ups
that need to be done!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I love to read

Really..........I LOVE to read!

Reading takes you away from wherever you are

and plunks you down somewhere else.

You can be in Forks, Seattle one week

and then in Cape Cod the next.
Currently I'm reading a book called

High Season

by Jon Loomis
Murder mysteries are usually not my choice of reading material,
but I picked this book up because it was written by
a classmate whom I attended school with back in Athens, Ohio.
How Cool Is That?
So far I'm enjoying the book.
Basically I'd like to just read the rest of the day
and finish it, but alas, I still have a room to paint
and quilting to do today!
I did find out today that I can get on my Tony Little
exercise machine and read at the same time!
I suppose I could exercise AND read all day.............hum???????

Monday, June 8, 2009

Weekend Fun

We have been so blessed with
wonderfully cool weather this past week.
It has been downright nice here.......
even in the middle of the day!'s still been in the 90's,
but has cooled down in the evening,
making it so enjoyable to be outside!

This past weekend I did a little practice embroidery
and made this towel hanger.

With the towel added it looks like this:

I also quilted this New York Beauty for Carole:

Here is a picture of the back:

And a couple of detail shots:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cruisin' on a Sunday afternoon

Phew! I just organized my May picture file on the computer and I discovered that May was an extremely busy month!
1. Made and quilted a quilt for my garden area
2. Quilted 7 client quilts
3. Embroidered 5 t-shirts
4. Made covers for 2 outside chaise longues, 3 tables, 4 chairs & 3 pillows
5. Made one toaster cover
6. Attended 2 college graduations
7. Celebrated Mother's Day
8. Attended one surprise party (FOR ME!)
9. Went on a cruise
10. Bought a new car!
11. Hosted Bunko
12. Hosted Sip n Sew
Phew! I'm glad that June is here!
As promised here are some highlights of our recent
Carnival cruise:
This is a picture of the ship from the tender boat that was
taking us to Catalina Island.
Mike and I took an Inland tour of Catalina Island
and this is a picture of the city of Avalon with the cruise ship
in the distance.
The inland tour was pretty boring.........I wouldn't recommend it.
However the views that we got from the top of the hill were stunning!

Jenny and Rafael dancing in the streets of Avalon.
Avalon was a bustling little touristy city.
It was fun to walk around.
Jenny and Rafael chose to go para-sailing here
and had a ton of fun. One of the couples on this boat
got engaged while in the air on the sail!

Here we are on our last night at dinner.
We ate in the formal dining room each night of the cruise.
The food was pretty good!

Our friends Terry and Jo Powell were picked to go up
on stage to play the Marriage game!
The last night of the cruise Mike was chosen out of the audience
at the Vegas Style show to come up on stage and dance.
He did a great job!
Another cool thing about the cruise is that Jenny and Rafael won
a piece of art at the art auction! Earlier in the auction they had given away a piece of art AFTER the auction had taken place. Jenny and Rafael thought that it was going to happen again according to what the auctioneer was saying. They bid up to $240 and "won" the art fully expecting it to really be a give-away. It was a very tense 30-60 seconds before the auctioneer actually said that it was a prize!

On of the most fun activities we attended on the ship was the Dance Party held on the Lido deck. This is a video I took of the very last dance.