Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm Happiest When...

Here's a different take on my monthly happy list. The other day I had thought about the fact that I'm happiest when I'm working in my art studio. My creative spirit flows and gives me a sense of satisfaction. I am constantly working on new products for my Etsy shop and adding them keeps the shop fresh and interesting. Corresponding with Etsy customers from all around the world is so much fun! And these days it's easy to communicate, sending pictures of custom projects as they come to fruition so I can get feedback. That way I can make sure I am sending exactly what my customer is looking for. I had a neat exchange with a lady who wanted summer words cut out for her scrapbooking project.

Then I realized that there are many other times that I'm happiest when...

I'm happiest when I'm on a road trip with Dan. We go on little trips, one or two nighters, quite often. I'd rather do that than take a week or two someplace. That's because I am a homebody and I like my usual routine. I know that I'm retired and I shouldn't be thinking of routines, but you can't teach a Type A new tricks this late in her life! LOL

I'm happiest when I take my yoga classes (I just started up again). I found that I had gotten weak and depressed sitting around and not really being active. I was having a difficult time keeping up with cleaning around the house. It's amazing what just two yoga classes have done for me. Maybe it will inspire me to even get some weight off! I can supplement my yoga classes at home with Rodney Yee's: AM and PM Yoga. I have used this video for years and it's the one I always go to because it's short and practical.

Because of the yoga classes, I'm happiest when I deep clean my bedroom and closet. When I clean out my closet, I wipe everything down, even get the dust that has gathered on top of the metal rods. I realized that when I clean out my closet, I find clothes that I haven't worn in a long time, and then I wear them!

I'm happiest when I meet my friend Rosie for dinner at McAlisters. It's always fun to catch up with her as we've known each other for almost 20 years. Also, our daughters are the same age, so it's great to have a friend experiencing the same things as me with my daughter. Recently, Rose took this photo of me and I entered it on the McAlisters website and won a gift card!

What a goof ball! I can never pass up a photo opportunity!

I'm happiest when I put good photos to work. Thanks to Shutterfly, now I can carry a picture of my grand dog with me wherever I go.

my favorite photo of my grand dog, Tangerine

I realize that I could go on and on...I have much to be happy about. Do you? How would you complete the sentence "I'm Happiest When...?"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Happy List

Father's Day was so much fun! Ashleigh and her dog, Tangerine, came over for the afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Antle

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Trip to Kansas: Karla Nathan's Birdsong No. 5

I felt honored to be a part of Karla Nathan's Birdsong art retreat this year. This was my third major event (I blogged about the first two here, here and here.)  If you haven't met Karla, you can read about her on her blog, Karla's Cottage. Caution: only go there if you have a big chunk of time because you won't want to leave. I was most excited to see Karla's art studio firsthand. As her studio has been featured in many magazines, I wanted to see it for myself and feel the presence of all the vintage goodness. I wanted to know if it was beautiful as in the publications - and YES YES YES it was!!!

Karla likes fairies which are abundant in her art studio. And she lovingly refers to her granddaughters as "grandfairies."

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Bahamas No. 3

This was our third trip to The Bahamas. Our first visit was in 2006 when we accompanied our son during spring break of his senior year in high school. Back in our day, we went to the Florida coast for our spring break, but our son and friends chose The Bahamas. Imagine that...we told him that we would gladly be chaperones for the trip! We had such a great time on Paradise Island! We stayed at the Atlantis Royal Towers when they were brand new. The Reef and the Cove hadn't been built yet. The last two times we stayed at the Cove Atlantis. I wrote about our last trip in 2013 here.

This mosaic of photos were taken from the cabana where we met up with our friends and spent most of our days at the Cove. It rained the first three days on and off, but that was okay with me. One of my favorite parts of the trip was looking at the gorgeous colors of the water in the ocean. Another favorite was how well the staff pampered us.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Happy List

Besides Spring that brings sunshine and flowers, there have been some other things to add to my May happy list.

Mother's Day was very enjoyable, spent with our daughter, Ashleigh. She came over bearing flowers, a framed canvas of my granddog (her dog, Tangerine) and a Michaels gift card from our son and family in California. Dan joined us for brunch and then Ash and I got our nails done and we shopped at Old Navy. We were surprised when we saw that the nail salon was jammed with clients. They said it's like that every Mother's Day. Who would have known? 

Later in the week, a friend of Ashleigh's came to her house and gave us facials. Besides the facial, it was a delight to watch Ashleigh interact with her friend: two beautiful young women who value their friendship.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tea Anyone?

My friend, Anita, and I attended our third fabulous Downton Abbey tea in Kokomo, Indiana. It was hosted by the Howard County Historical Society & Kokomo Public Library, and was held at Elite Banquet & Conference Center on Lafountain Street.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sewing Paper and Cloth Banners

How are you doing? I've made a couple of new things lately and didn't make the connection until I started writing this post that they are both banners that were made with my sewing machine. 

Actually, the first one is a garland. I've seen die cuts sewn together and have been wanting to experience making one myself. I haven't sewn paper very much with my sewing machine so I was a bit skeptical about the results of this project. I started with two different shades of pink card stock, then punched the butterfly shapes and finally stitched them together at a 3 inch interval. I was pleasantly surprised and happy with my butterfly garland! Here they are strung on an old lamp base for you to see. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April's Happy List

It's time for another happy list. 

1. I'm starting off with Ashleigh's latest commissioned charcoal drawing. Her work always makes me happy and I know the mother of this beautiful baby is happy to have it. It always amazes me how she captures things like blankets and hair.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Girls' Weekend in Fairhope, Alabama

I just returned from a girls' weekend in Fairhope, Alabama with my southern friends, Becky and Missy. Becky, who lives in Fairhope, invited Missy and me to spend a few days with her so that we could make some neat things and attend the annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.

The three of us met two years ago at an art retreat and have kept in contact via Facebook. Becky and I had gotten together a couple times to create things and were very excited that Missy could join us this time.

We had a blast. We named our visit "Fairhope Fun" which was an appropriate title. I made journals for everyone so we could remember all of the fun things we did. Becky and Missy LOVE the colors pink and aqua so I used these graphics for the journals. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Irish Vignette

I have a little spot in our kitchen where I like to place seasonal vignettes. I was happy to find this vintage doll dressed in a shamrock dress and the little guy playing the accordion.