Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Happy List - Birthday Month

November is a big month at our home. My husband, Dan, and I have birthdays 6 days apart. Our son, who traveled from out of town, and daughter spent time with us so that made our birthdays extra special. This year, the last of my 50's, I hosted my own birthday party with a few girlfriends. Why wait for a 60th birthday party? We had our nails done and lunch afterwards. It was called a Girlfriend Gratitude Birthday Party because I am very grateful to have these women in my life.

I noticed that while working on my computer that day, Google had cakes and cupcakes as its logo. Since I knew that Google changes its logo frequently in honor of special times, I scrolled over it to see why they had baked goods. I was surprised to see that they were wishing me a "Happy Birthday!" Oh, wow!!! Remember to check for this on your special day!


I attended an auction and had my eye on a box of vintage dolls.

I especially liked this one, but there were several people bidding on them so I didn't get involved. Since this was my first auction, I was still kind of shy when it came to holding up my number.

Speaking of dolls, my friend Anita, has a knack for finding great stuff at the Goodwill stores. She finds things in amazing condition, even new items in unopened packages. She spent $1.99 on this vintage bride doll that is about 2 feet tall!!! Isn't she wonderful? I'm amazed that not only someone let go of this doll, but also that GW sold her so inexpensively!


A few weeks ago when I was in Atlanta, Georgia, I saw this home all decked out for Halloween. It's the type of decorated home that cars line and pull over to see and stay awhile. I can only wonder what they will do for Christmas!

I also saw this pumpkin made from painted mason jar lids tied together. I've seen these on Pinterest and have wanted to make one for myself. Maybe next year...

Also while in Atlanta, my friends Becky, Missy and I stopped at an art show in Piedmont Park. Here are some pieces that caught my eye:

Missy, Becky and Me at Piedmont Park art fair
Becky gave each of us the fixin's to make a little angel ornament constructed from a cotton boll.


I took a painting class and learned some new techniques while I painted this wreath. I am so thrilled to have the shop Palette & Paper closeby. Mare, the owner, brings in amazingly talented artists to teach us new things. I go home happy with my work.

Mare also has cool items in her classroom space. For example, this lattice piece holds memorabelia.


And finally, Dan and I took a quick trip down to French Lick, Indiana. We were excited to see the Christmas decorations in the hallways. We've seen them before, but we still enjoy them every year.

I often conclude my monthly happy lists with something about my grand dog. This was in the French Lick Christmas decor that reminded me of my Tangerine. LOL

Thank you for visiting and reading about my November Happy List.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Girls' Weekend in Atlanta - Part 2 - Faith On The Homefront

In my last blog post, I shared with you my trip to Atlanta, Georgia, where I spent a glorious girls' weekend with Becky, Missy and Julie. This blog post is a continuation of the fun times we had where we attended a creative event called Faith on the Homefront, hosted by Rosalyn Sue and Valarie, at Neiman Marcus in the Lenox Mall.

Faith on the Homefront was Rosalyn Sue's 5th annual fundraiser for Operation Stars and Stripes. Operation Stars and Stripes is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting America's military and their families at home and abroad. You can learn more about the organization here.

I cannot imagine how much time and effort Rosalyn Sue and Valarie put into planning this wonderful event. When we entered the room, we were simply awestruck by its beauty, and it took awhile for us to take it all in. It was fun snapping photos of every detail while catching up with old friends. This time the theme was Bible journaling which is a very popular thing to do these days.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Girls Weekend in Atlanta - Part 1 - Country Living Fair

I just returned from a fabulous four days in Atlanta, Georgia, with my Southern friends Becky, Missy and Julie. We all met and became instant friends exactly two years ago at an art event called Sweethearts On the Homefront hosted by Rosalyn Sue (I blogged about it here.) During that weekend in 2013, we attended the Country Living Fair at the Stone Mountain Park.

Stone Mountain Park is a gorgeous place to be. You can see the mountain in the distance from the entrance to where the Country Living Fair was held.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October Happy List

I am really enjoying the geraniums that have been on our front porch since June. They continue to grow and look beautiful. I keep thinking I should plant some fall mums, but why upset the apple cart? We have had a mild fall in Indiana. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Have You Been to Lake Wawasee?

My friend Rose and I took a drive up to Lake Wawasee in Northern Indiana and spent a couple nights there. Since it was after Labor Day, there was less traffic thus making it even a more relaxing place to be. Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake in Indiana and is 6 square miles in size.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ironworks at Keystone's Fall Block Party

Ironworks at Keystone, Indianapolis' premier living and retail property located at 2727 E 86th St., hosted its first-ever Fall Block Party on Saturday, October 3rd. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the North side development offered complimentary family-friendly entertainment, live music, food, beer and more. It was an opportunity to get a sneak peak of forthcoming Indianapolis projects from the developer. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Ideas

My friend, Karen, who has a booth at the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville, does an amazing job staging her booth. She had been talking about painting one of the areas with black chalkboard paint and recently did just that. Note how it brings out all of the beautifully rich colors of the items that she has for sale.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Home-A-Rama 2015

Touring homes, new and old, provides inspiration for me to spruce up our home. I recently enjoyed touring five newly built homes that were highlighted in a local home show called Home-A-Rama. It was put on by the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) in the beautiful neighborhood of Sagamore in Noblesville, Indiana. All of the homes back up to the Jack Nicholas Signature Golf Course. I'll show you the homes with a collage of my favorite photos of each home. I'll conclude with four decorating ideas I saw during the tour that have inspired me to perhaps use at our home. 

Home #1 by Williams Custom Art Builders

Monday, September 28, 2015

September Happy List

I have to quickly get in my September happy list before the month is over! It creeps up so fast! First up, I have to say how lovely the weather has been here in Indiana. The other evening when Dan was away on business, I drove over to my friend Anita's house and we walked to a new pizza restaurant and then to the ice cream shop. She lives just outside of our adorable town square and I love the fact that she can walk everywhere. Our town square (Noblesville, Indiana) has remained quaint, and there is always something going on! It was a beautiful evening and the air was cool and just perfect!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

UncommonGoods Review

The online New York based store, UncommonGoods, invited me to review some of their products. The offer was to choose from their gifts for men and women collections and write a blog post about them. Since I am trying to be more health conscious, I chose this green Bike Tote from their gifts for women here, and this attractive Define Fruit Infusion Bottle from their gifts for men here. (I think I've mentioned before that green is my favorite color - and the olive green shade of the tote is just right!)