Saturday, June 27, 2009
I belong to a dinner group where, each month, one of the members of the group fixes the entire dinner for the other seven of us. Last night was a most enjoyable evening at our friend Nancy's house. She just moved and most of us had not seen her new home. She has done an amazing job at decorating!!! I loved these dimensional tea cups and her blue and white accessories.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I wanted to make a friend a patriotic bracelet and things just went berserk from there!!! I got out my stash of beads and here's what happened...I made the butterfly bracelet for ME!!!
The bracelet is so cute!!! I got the beads and bracelet from Oriental Trading Company. They included everything from Uncle Sam to flags to stars!
I made a bookmark (also from Oriental Trading Company).
I kept meaning to upload a few more pictures of my London experience...I hand carried these potato chips back for family and friends - I loved going to the grocery stores and seeing the 'odd' food. Check out the flavors of chips...my friends and family did not give them a thumbs up!!!
The lovely little box was a hand painted gift from a luncheon at the Ukrainian Embassy along with brochures about their country. I passed the brochures along to a friend who home-schools her children. Thought it was something a little different for them to learn about.
I bought these clear acrylic butterflies in London - just couldn't pass them up!
A friend and her husband stayed at my home for a week while I was gone and when I arrived home, there were butterfly gifts everywhere.
These beautiful feather butterflies hang in my bathroom.
AND, this butterfly I take with me everywhere to show friends and family (I'm thinking about taking it to the Journey / Heart concert next month) it's the cutest thing - it sings and has three different settings - it lights up, blinks...so fun!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
My sister made this fabulous memory board to honor my cousin Gary's life!!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's my 13 year old nephew, Justin. Always an ipod in his ear!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
My high school class reunion is coming up next year and I've been finding and contacting my classmates the last few months. Just yesterday, I received emails from two guys from my class - one just moved to Big Sur (just a couple of hours away from me up the coast - I've known him since 6th grade) and another knew my cousin who just passed away. It was nice catching up with them and seeing what they're up to now. AND, Saturday morning, 3-4 of my classmates are coming to the coast for a girls' weekend. One, I haven't seen in almost 35 years (yes, I'm admitting to that!), another is Betty, who we had the Celebration of Life for in December, another is one of my closest friends in high school and hopefully another friend (we were fellow Senior Class Officers together) will join us for lunch or dinner. I'm taking my yearbooks to refresh our fuzzy memories.
When I was in London, Kathy and I worked on our reunion and then I had plenty of time on the 10+ hour flights to make more notes. My mind is already swirling with ideas for decorations - I'll share my ideas and projects as time goes by. We have a planning meeting in about a week, so I want to be ready with my ideas.
Meanwhile, I got home from London on Saturday and got tons of things done, but the last couple of days the fatigue has set in - it's been a week of meetings and putting out a newsletter, so I need to conserve my energy for late night chats this weekend!!!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
We attended an English conversation group and this was the view from one of the windows. The object of the group is to give non-English speaking ladies the opportunity to practice their English in a relaxed atmosphere - the group is made up of women from all over the world. They choose a topic every week and talk about it - simple enough!!!
The hostess served a scrumptious cake - I loved the blue dishes!!!
Buckingham Palace - my friends actually live less than 1/2 a block from the back wall.
Beautiful horses and guards...
This is the entrance to a store - again, not in my world.
I thought this was funny - the boat is tied up above the water line. I hear that the river does go up and down many feet.
The London Eye and Us.
These are candles - love them!
I loved looking at the pastries in London. Everything was special. This cake is almost $40 in US dollars!!!
Stairwell at Liberty - a very old store.
A shopping mall...right!
Kathy and Ron went out one evening - here's their son, Alex, helping mom with some pearls. Alex is an amazing 17 year old. He brought his girlfriend over so she could meet me (Sophia's parents spent some time with The Prince of Monaco while I was there, so again, I was honored!). Alex even took me out on my birthday for dinner (his mom and dad had another function that evening). We went to Chicago Ribs and I was amazed that he knew the words to the 70's songs playing in the restaurant.
I love this display in a store. So chic!
These tiny baskets were in a store window.
I had to take a picture of this purse. It's folded leather.
Kathy showed me this cross-stitch I did 19 years ago to celebrate their wedding. I am VERY honored that she brought it to London all the way from Virginia. It and Alex's quilt is a reminder of how much I used to craft - I lost that somewhere along the way. Note to self...buy a cross-stitch kit to work on.