Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
But until then, I spam you with pics of my studio I took while in a good mood with warm weather last week. I made up my daybed a bit, it make it useful as a guest bedroom and also when I desperately need to lie down and rest when my back hurts. Plus I've ALWAYS wanted a spare room for my favorite bed. It really suits my studio and makes me smile. I grabbed some random pillows laying around and voila - a comfy bed pour moi.
Next to my bed, probably already posted, but just in case:
An inspiration shelf with bits of my art and little tidbits and presents. The slugs from an old press spell out Art - kinda hard to see. Love the backwards R. ;) The Eiffel Tower was a present from Fairy Godmother, naturally. It's so bright and airy in here - can you believe this is our basement? Lots of big windows and light and a view of my garden - such a lovely room.
I love the white beadboard walls, at first it made it stark and boring, but now I appreciate how they bounce the light and make my art and furnishings pop out more. And I'm filling it with my favorite shades of pale pink and green, turquoise, other shades of white, etc. Makes me very happy to spend time in there. I just need to get out my hammer and nails and hang up a few of my favorite artists' works I've collected. ;)
So please let me know if you have any recommendations for Chicago and just in case don't post again til then - have a great weekend!!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Very pretty and colorful. I had a great birthday. Thanks to those who commented on my earlier post. You'll be happy to know no cats got into my cake this year. LOL Kept it under lock and key...(no pun in tended) in its box and it was delicious. Off I go to get to work... Have a great Thursday!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Oh well, that doesn't matter half as much if you note a little detail someone else added to it once it got home and was on the counter. Look at the top of the cake...notice anything??
No? Here's a detailed pic...
One of my cats decided he wanted to put his signature on my cake and WALKED on it. LOL!!! Funny and gross at same time. I was laughing too hard to be upset. This year we know better than to leave it unattended for more than a minute. ;)
I'm planning a trip to Joe's Crab Shack for some delicious crab legs (my fave!) and maybe a margarita while I'm at it... Maybe a little shopping, too. I bought myself some sandals already and proudly walked in wedges for the first time since my operation - it's official - if I can walk on (admittedly low) heels, I must be healed. Ha! This time last year I couldn't walk unaided - I'm a very lucky gal and I know it, I have lot to be grateful for this year.
Sharing a piece of my virtual birthday cake with you all...thanks for reading my blog and being SO supportive. You guys rock!
Have a GREAT Weekend!!!
Monday, April 12, 2010
I wore it the second day - in honor of the Outlander novels. Je suis Prest - I am ready!
And I really coveted this shield until it was pointed out to me that a: it wasn't real wood, but that polymer junk, b: that was apparent because it was chippd in at least two places, and c: $100 for a chipped cheapo shield?!
Oh well - still looks cool in the picture:
This is actually the first pic I took at the festival as some ladies in authentic scottish dress were leaving. I was too scared to take their picture from the front or ask for permission lest they say no, so I waited until they passed and still got a good pic.
The SCA was there in full force yet again on the last day.
I am still kicking myself for not having a camera with me the first day when they demonstrated making chainmail and I saw the cutest young couple in GREAT costumes. But there were still a few good shots left to take. I thought this banner was cool:
The poor blacksmith worked hard all day, but he was lucky to be in the shade - it was HOT in the sun.
And this shot - oh, so adorable! Even the baby has a medieval bonnet on and little costume. They had a whole village set up and lots of tents, their own food, clothes, society in the midst of the festival.
I really felt bad for the guys that wore full armor - padded suits, chainmail and armour and fought for the crowds. Whew - they mustve been scorching!
Some women dressed up a little more royally than others...
All in all - even as the last day and too hot to stay long, it was a good thing we went back, I have LOTS more pictures and we had fun. They even had bridies and haggis and all sorts of Scottish food as well as normal festival food like funnel cakes and kettle corn, etc. We resisted it all, thankfully. ;)
8 - My House - decorating it, baking cookies in the kitchen we designed, built and made ourselves, gardening and adding to its beauty outdoors or just sitting still and enjoying the wonder of our lovely home.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
And today was the Missouri Tartan Day!! Yippee! I'm part Scottish and love all things Celtic so that was a blast! We went to the festival and unlike the first few they had which were small, this year had LOTS of entertainment and people of all kinds dressed in so many fun costumes or traditional Highland dress. I especially loved one girl's medieval queen's gown with a bit of Tartan tucked in. Her boyfriend or husband had peasant Highland clothes on, rather authentic. I'm very shy so I urged my mother to ask her if she'd made the dress herself. My mom laughed at me and said for me to do it and finally I just managed to say, 'I love your dress' and then mom took pity on me and asked her - she had it made for her. It was so nice. But not as nice as a costumed as the one I saw a few years ago advertising for the French Festival. So I have to find out when that one is!!
Picture courtesy MO Tartan Day Website
Anyway, back to the Scottish festival, I was caught unprepared and so have no pictures of my own to show - alas!! I saw so many cool costumes, jewelry, funny shirts, dressed up dogs (there was some kind of contest) and showing of different border collies, etc. and some girls had really dressed up their hair in cool buns or lots of pixie braids. There were even some very odd, out of place Goth/Scots that were outlandishly dressed and not a little scary and playing with thick sticks in mock battle. The Society of Creative Anachronism was there demonstrating how to make chain mail and making jewelry from old medieval style molds, etc. We all bough silver jewelry - bracelets, rings, and I bought a pin from the Fraser of Lovat clan badge - because I love the Outlander novels by Diana Gabledon so - it had the stag and Je Suis Prest and I was so thrilled at it I bought it instead of my own clan badge - our last name is Todd, but they are only a part of the Gordon clan and so I can never find our crest (which has three Fox heads on it and really cool) but instead the Gordon clan one which is in comparison...sorry to say, not quite as cute. So I got Jamie Fraser's badge and put it on my purse for now. LOL Fans of the book will understand the urge. ;-)
There were caber tosses, bag pipers (sadly already done for the day, but trailing around), knights fighting, lots of other Hi gland games being played, it was so fun! My dad even bought and immediately put on a sort of modern kilt (khaki with lots of pockets like a pair of cargo pants, but pleated and rather cool - he then bought a leather sporran and mom bought him the traditional off white knee high socks. He still needs a sgian dubh - which is a traditional small knife worn in full dress - also mom wants to buy him a proper shirt to go with it so we promised the vendor to go back tomorrow. I really hope we do and that I remember my camera. Today was the really big day, but maybe tomorrow will still be good. The had a highland cattle pen, but I didn't get a chance to look. I had a great time, but so exhausted!! I fell asleep as soon as we ate and came home. Just dropped to sleep fit for the dead.
So my weekend is full and happy - hope yours are, too!!!!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Anyway, I didn't take a picture of our food as we were so hungry we dived into it as it came out of the oven. Just the basic ham with pineapple, au gratin potatoes, asparagus, and crescent rolls. And for dessert - carrot cake, of course. :) Then we went to a movie and I'm exhausted now and ready for bed already. So tired. Good thing we have plenty of leftovers. This Friday my grandmother goes in for surgery so I'll be a bit wrapped up in that. She should only be in for 3 days so we're hoping for a speedy recovery. And since my aunt is still recovering from her surgery and another in law was in the hospital for a stroke recently...I'm getting tired of hospitals and worrying about everyone. Let's all hope this is the last one we have to go through for awhile. I'm hoping for a bit of peace and good health for the rest of the year *knocks on wood*.
Happy Easter and hope you are having a Great Weekend!!
(I have a sunburn already - the weather here is so WARM I can't stay inside and today I overdid it big time. LOL)