Friday, October 24, 2014

My Happy List: Art, a Book, and Pretty Chairs

1. Ashleigh Antle Art: Here is one of Ashleigh's latest commissioned charcoal drawings. Dan had her draw his colleague's family to take with him on his business trip to Korea. Her art always makes me happy. The recipients of this drawing were happy too!

He also took these buttons with him of their little darling I made for them to wear.

2. Reading a Book: I am happy to announce that I read my first book in several years (I know that's terrible but I'd rather be crafting). I felt rushed to get it done because Dan wanted to see the movie. It was good. We made a date night out of it. After seeing the movie we ate at Houlihan's.

3. Reupholstering old Ethan Allen furniture: We got the dining room chairs reupholstered. Also, one of the loose chairs was glued and tightened. Just in time for the holidays!

Who has a 1950s metal dollhouse on their dining room table? ME!! I can enjoy seeing the front when I walk into the kitchen and see the inside and furniture when I leave the kitchen!

All was done in one week. In you live in Indy and need reupholstering done, R. E. Rhyne Co. does FABULOUS work! They have made many of our pieces like new and they get it done not only beautifully but VERY QUICKLY! 

4. I returned to WeightWatchers (WW) and lost 6 pounds in my first week using the Simple Start program! No counting of anything this time and it works if the right foods are eaten. I have been preparing all kinds of WW recipes including the chocolate smoothie (I made it with milk in the blender - no ice even). When I went to drink it I warned myself to not be too excited but I was pleasantly surprised - it tasted to me like malted milk! I was HAPPY! 

While at my meeting, I heard a member talk about keeping safe snacks in her car. After tasting the smoothie, I remembered that and decided to make a travel kit myself. Here is what I included in it: microwave popcorn, Crystal Light, Cream of Wheat, WW chocolate smoothie (it can be made with water too), and my favorite tea bag. I hope to have the willingness to keep at this so I will continue to be HAPPY!

5. Old photo fun: Here I am in my earlier days. While searching for a photo, I came across some silly old photo booth pictures that were taken at Walgreens in the late 1960's. Do you remember when Walgreens had a restaurant? On Sundays, my Father took our family downtown Cincinnati to attend church and then dinner at Walgreens. Did you wear those thick stretchy headbands too? Love the memories it all brings back.

What is on your happy list this week?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Etsy Shop Now Open!

I took the plunge and opened an Etsy Shop! It can be located here. Since the name Patty's Pretty Things was already taken, I had to go with PattyAntlesPrettys. Right now it is stocked with vintage themed paper products such as my handmade greeting cards, gift tags and journals. Additional pretties will be added soon!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Covington Serendipity

On the last beautiful Fall day in Indiana, Dan said, "let's go to one of your little towns in the Indiana Antique Guide." I chose to explore Covington, which is west of Indianapolis. What a fun day it was discovering Covington. There are two antique shops that I want to share with you today.

The first one is House With the Lions ANTIQUES on 314 Liberty Street on the town square. 

Many lions and mounted animal heads...

and dolls of all kinds can be found there.

I really enjoyed shopping here.

This is what I took home with me: old photos to use in my crafting, an interesting oval frame and a card of delicate lace.

Then I went across to the south side of the town square to Glorie Bee Antiques at 314 Liberty Street. 

Glory Bee!! Once in awhile I run into the proprietor who is very special and Gloria was one of them. I had the grandest visit with her. This is the first thing you see when you enter and I found it especially inviting because I LOVE dining room tables filled with fine china. The mannequin at the head of the table is the mascot of the shop.

The windows are intriguing with an adorable witch and original Wendy and Michael figures from Peter Pan.

I really enjoyed dancing around the store.

There's a lovely garden out back.

I purchased this beautiful paperweight that came from an estate sale.

Then we ate dinner at the Beef House. It seems everyone I am talking to has experienced this restaurant before me. Where have I been?

I've found a new place to take friends when they visit me: Covington & the Beef House. Look at the size of these rolls. Dan put his fist beside them to show you how really huge they are. 

The rustic environment makes you feel like you are on a retreat, away from it all. We really enjoyed our visit there and will be going back soon for sure!

We didn't make it to the shops in Eugene or Cayuga. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Trip to Chicago & Frankfort, Indiana

I recently got my Chicago fix when I joined Dan on a business trip. We stayed at The Drake Hotel. The late September weather that week was really fabulous. Chicagoans were relishing in the last bit of enjoyable weather. Some were walking the streets wearing T-shirts and shorts, and some bare-chested guys were playing volleyball on the beach.

There are always a few things I have to do once I step inside The Drake Hotel: check out the huge floral centerpiece in the hotel lobby (where soon an enormous Christmas tree will stand), marvel at the chandelier, gaze at the tea room cherub fountain and note any other fresh flowers sitting around. As you can see, the lobby was colorful and ready for Fall!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

French Lick Fix

We recently spent a weekend in French Lick, Indiana, with some friends. At the French Lick Resort there are beautiful rooms, grounds, good food, shopping and a casino. There are two gorgeous places to stay: French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel. I wrote about our stay last year at West Baden Springs here, so now I will show you some scenes from our stay at the French Lick Resort. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Greeting Cards

Having fun making Halloween greeting cards on this chandelier cardstock from a Recollections paper pack with photos and embellishments.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

iPhoneography Class

This past weekend I took an iPhoneography class at Conner Prairie (an outdoor living history museum), taught by Rad A. Drew. Since I have found that I use my iPhone pretty much exclusively for taking photos for my blog, I wanted to learn how to use it more effectively. Some of the things we learned in class were: using iPhone apps such as Snapseed, Bracket Mode, AutoStitch, Impressions, Vintage Scene, Retouch and Frontview; and practicing taking photos using the panoramic setting on the camera.

The most exciting thing I learned was how to edit photos directly on my iPhone. Instead of having to download my photos to iPhoto on my Mac and then edit them in PicMonkey, I can now edit them directly on my iPhone using the app Snapseed. That will save me a step. Also, I think this will save me time as I can edit photos right away instead of having to sit down at my computer and do it later.

After an hour and a half of class, we were given time to go out onto the Conner Prairie grounds to practice taking photos using what we learned in class. Conner Prairie was a great place to take photos as you can see. Here are some I edited via Snapseed.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House: Creepy Carnival

Oh My Goodness, as an Indy blogger I got to preview the Indianapolis Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House. And what a treat that was! This is an annual event and would you believe, I have never been to it before! I've been missing some good stuff! Even if you are not a child, you will enjoy it because it is VERY well done!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Another Doll Tree

Last weekend, Dan, Ashleigh, Tangerine and I attended Earth Day in Atlanta, Indiana. It's an amazing outdoor festival filled with flea market booths and food trucks. One of the things I found was this metal doll bust with the word Minerva on it. I was told she was discovered inside the walls of an old house that was being remodeled. I immediately did some research on her and found that she is German and from the early 1900's.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sprucing Up the Logan Village Mall Booth

When I retired last year from nursing I had no idea I would be having so much fun helping stock and display my wares at a booth in an antique mall.

Karen, who runs the booth, made the Halloween and witch laundry banner. I made the one with the moons.