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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Phonetos Of The Week

There seems to be so much color in my life! The fuchsia of the velvet silk jewelry box and the opalescence of the Tiffany vase. The green jade earrings. White glass, daisy set!

Red, white and blue! In the process of moving my bedroom around and making new curtains! I had the bed painted white. 

My green thumb friends! Jackie brought a baby spider plant over in a baggie! Before I could say, "thank you" Steve had it planted in a pot with a saucer underneath! 

The way the angora takes the dye. The sweater shimmers in the light over top of a Liberty Of London, voile blouse.

Grocery store flowers to celebrate kinship! The kin made me go out and cut some Forsythia to stick in the arrangement!

But really, this much intense color in twenty four hours? 


Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Watercolor Sketch

Looking north out my front porch. 

Opened a thrift store, landscape painting kit, that I had stashed away for a rainy day! It has seven colors and no white or black paints with a book on how to paint landscapes and mix colors.

 Glanced at the "mix colors" part of the book and learned how to make pastel colors as well as deep gray. Looked at why to do a wash, on the paper, first. Not that I followed directions.

So, with just a few lines sketched I went out on my own and drew the painting with paints! 

It takes me forever to sketch out a scene to paint so I thought I would give drawing the scene with a paint brush a try.

For some reason, only my mind understands, I found it easier to paint the landscape with a small, pointed brush. Filling in with tiny little dots of colors as they rambled through the terrain.

The moral of the story is, make some time to do something you wish you could do. You never know what you are capable of. The confidence you ensue is vital for brain growth. 

My Sunday sermon on aging!

Have a good one!


Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter In The Holler

How do you like my whiskey barrel chairs? All the way from Tennessee! What a great surprise! My daughter-in-law said to my son, "shouldn't you call your mom to see if she even wants them?" Chris replied, "no, she wouldn't call me!" So true, so true, surprises are the spice of life. I love these chairs!!

This game, this game!! Stayed up until three o'clock in the morning playing! Party in a box, for sure! Highly recommend to break the ice, lol. We had a ball.

My darling little cousin recommend a pillow in my chair and as far as I'm concerned, she has a great eye. 

What would an out-of-state, family visit be like without Happy Hour Chicken! Monday morning snack!

My son was here with bells on! Everyone was so glad to see him!

Her smile is everything, so charming and funny and pretty. I adore her and her southern, feminine sensibility! 

This guy showed up! Too bad he didn't drive the "Stump Bump"! And he also didn't break the sound barrier! Long story!! 

For me it is a labor of love to set a pretty table and prepare a feast for all the guests. I am so happy, this was a long time coming. Four out of six were vaccinated! We hugged and didn't social distance. We had a great time sitting around the table. 

I always feel sad to put away the party dishes! Until next time!

Thank you for coming to my party! I love you all!


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday's Phonetos

You never know what the furniture Gods have in store for you! For the last twenty one days, Steve and I, have been on the search for a new mattress and box spring. Five furniture stores later...

...out of the corner of my eye, I spied a blue, leather sofa! Steve's eyebrows flew off his head! So I settled for a new perch. To think that the salesman, five stores back, at the Comfort Center on Division Street, told me I would find what I was looking for at the other Comfort Center on Garfield! I was pleasantly surprised. There were four or five pieces I could have worked with, on the floor. To think I had never been in there before!

March came in pretty quiet, like a lamb! Feels like March may have got his Lion on! Snowing and blowing pretty good this morning. 

Of course we had to change the living room around.

Look what Steve put together, this week! A customer had hand carried these tiles home from Italy and wanted to have a tray made. 
Steve is a man of many, many talents!!

Snow day in the Holler. I'm not sure where winter ends and spring begins! March in Michigan.

I have a thing for pencils with big, pink erasers! I have been known to give them as presents, all sharpened, bundled and tied with a bow. 

Sunday's thoughts!


Saturday, March 20, 2021

First Day Of Spring

Looking down from Inspiration Point. The Sleeping Bear Dunes and the bridge through the narrows of Little Glen-Big Glen Lakes.

We are so far up that we are looking across the tops of the trees!

Looking across the water and over the town of Glen Arbor and out to the big lake, Pyramid Point and Whale Back! 

The color of the water was as blue as the heavens above.

Not a cloud formation to be seen. 

The reason for this spring road trip, around the county, is Steve got a tip that there were fresh Birch Trees that had just been taken down in a road right-a-way. We may have gotten there a little late because they had already shredded the tops. 

These are for a customer who would like Birch Logs in her Florida fireplace for show and tell. 

It was thirsty work as the logs were on the other side of the creek and we had to toss them over the water, to the roadside, and put them in the truck. So we called in an order to Art's Friendly Tavern for Chicken Wings and beer. Picked up some killer brownies, for desert, at the Red Gate farm stand on the way. 

A picnic on the beach!

Skipping stones and humming along to the music of the waves lapping at our boots. 

It was a crystal blue of a day.



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