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!


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. 


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.