Tuesday, August 30, 2011

summer doldrums...autumn hope

a rough sketch of friend Rachel, daughter Jenny and daughter Christina I did from a photo about 10 years ago!

Do you ever feel like you are just floating along, not making much headway? No breeze, no movement? Well, that's me during the summer! Stagnant, hot, blah!
Well except for three glorious weeks this month which made August fly by, when my daughter and grandson visited us from Florida. Even though it was mega hot, I was refreshed by Christina being with me every day and energized by my grandsons cheery disposition! Each morning I would hear "Nannnnnnny!, Nannnnny!" and Kavi would come to my room and climb into bed to watch cartoons. Grandpa was already gone for work and Christina relaxed a little longer in bed while Kavi snuggled on Grandpa's pillows in the room with me.
At the end of their visit, my son in law was able to fly up for a few days and then drive back home with Christina and Kavi.
Now that they are gone it's like...crickets...crickets...
But I am so thankful for the time together and look forward to the next visit with them!

Now, this summertime business...I am over it! This week's forecast includes several upper 90 days, but some high 80s are in the near future and they better be right about that. I need it to be ''non heat wave" weather to really get in to crochet projects and I need to start preparing for Fall etsy sales and an upcoming craft fair in December, which I hope to be doing with Christina as well!
I also have a hankering to start drawing again after being inspired by talented Erika from
A Tiny Rocket, who did a gorgeous painting a day and shared them on her blog and also a facebook friend who just started sketching and is super talented at it. I haven't sketched for several years, but I did enjoy it and it is a fun way to make gifts or home decor for your own home.
Even with all this "not fun for me" weather, I am hopefully looking forward to what Fall may bring our way. Cooler weather, brighter colors and new adventures, I believe!!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

Friday, August 26, 2011

easier than your average DIY

diy chinese lantern vases

Um, this is truly a DIY for DUMMIES kind of project! Click on the link above to see how simple! Thanks again Martha Stewart!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunshine and Carousels

I came across this awesome etsy shop and I fell in love with the vintage vibe of these accessories!
Click on any image to be directed to Sunshine and Carousels etsy shop!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

work hard...

...and be nice to people

Picnic and a train and a zoo

we had a fun time the other day as the temperatures magically dipped in to the high 80s, and took Kavi to Noccalula Falls park near our house.

the farmyard has deer, goats, sheep, a donkey and chickens and roosters!

we had a little picnic in a shady and beautiful spot before riding the train around the park

gotta love these cut outs!

a very happy little boy riding the train!

a porch swing without a porch is still fun!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

These past few weeks...

...have been awesome!

we (my daughter Christina and I ) got to meet our awesome blog friend Angela from Pickles on Pizza and her husband Aubrey from Mississippi! They came to Gadsden for the World's Longest Yard Sale and we had the best time getting to hear their stories and getting to know them in real life!

I bought my first vintage dress from an etsy shop and with a wide belt it was cute! I had hoped that I didn't look like a sack of potatoes (one of my main goals in life), and my husband and daughters told me I didn't look potato-ish so I just believed them and wore it out in public!

At the end of the Yard Sale , Angela and Aubrey stopped by our house and she gave me this awesome vintage crib spring thing! (I had always wanted to get one of them)This is not it's final resting place though, I am brainstorming on whether or not to paint it and hang it in my bedroom for putting all my grandson's photos on!

This is Kavi, my adorable 3 1/2 year old grandson pushing a mini shopping cart at Whole Foods in Birmingham. We had lunch at their amazing buffet and it was mmm,mmm good!
But the very best thing is that Christina and Kavi have been here for almost two weeks and are staying until a week from this Tuesday! My son in law will be flying up towards the end of their visit to drive back to Florida with them, so I am super happy to get to see him soon too!