Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indiana Christmas

Attending art retreats in my first year of retirement was a very fruitful thing for me to do. I met my friend Becky from Alabama last October at the Sweethearts On The Homefront in Atlanta, Georgia. I also met Jennifer Grenko there, who I will tell you about in a bit. I flew to Alabama in January to visit Becky and now Becky flew to Indianapolis to visit me! At Sweethearts on the Homefront, Becky and I learned that we needed to name our visits because they really are art retreats, so we named the January visit Alabama Holiday. That was because of a Jenny Holiday (of Everyday is a Holiday) project we wanted to make. This time we named our get together, Indiana Christmas, because we wanted to make a Christmas tree created by Jennifer Grenko of Marshmallow Creations.

Leading up to our visit, Becky and I had many ideas that we wanted to make in addition to the top priority, the Christmas tree. We found, however, that good use of creative energy can be very draining and we needed to get out to explore a little and just have fun. Here are the trees we made, Becky's beautiful pink and aqua lady on the left and my white (frozen) Charlotte head on the right.

We held off making the trees until the day before Becky left because we felt a bit overwhelmed with making them for the first time. Once we got started, we found that we had the most relaxing and wonderful time making them. It really was the highlight of our visit. So the moral the of this story is: don't give up and try new things.

Becky creating her lovely pink and aqua tree

Becky had purchased a kit from Marshmallow Creations that included a pink painted base. If you are interested in making a tree, the instructions can be found here. The picture below shows my base. My beloved Dan was out of town when I was gathering my supplies which included a dowel rod and round wooden base that needed to be drilled and glued together. Fortunately, a friend of ours who is a carpenter put mine together for me. As you can see, I have two, so I will be able to make another tree! I have another post planned to show you more pictures of my Charlotte head tree.

The other project I wanted to share with Becky was making these bracelets I purchased from The French General when I was in Los Angeles in May. 

There were so many pieces in the kits and it took several hours, but the bracelets finally came together and are very pretty. This is my bracelet...

and here is Becky's. FYI: Considerable jewelry making skills are required for making these bracelets.

Do we have a future as hand models?

We also painted some things and I gave Becky a demonstration on how to use the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Becky brought two bird pins from her Mother's collection and we decided to paint and wax them. Here's mine.

It really was like Christmas as we exchanged gifts. Becky brought me vintage pictures from her collection, letters for my name among other wonderful treasures.

Since I knew that Becky loves pink and aqua, I went to the Goodwill store for a tin to hold her gifts, sprayed it with Catalina Mist paint and tied it up with a wide pink ribbon. I added a glittered crown wand that I cut out with the Silhouette Cameo.

Inside were pink and aqua goodies chosen especially for Becky!

We visited Noblesville Main Street and I showed her around. We stopped at the Logan Village Mall where Patty's Pretty Things are sold.

The visit went by so quickly and I look forward to my next art retreat with Becky. We're in the planning stages now!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Passport to Pleasure: Southern Indiana

It's been awhile since I have written a post about my visits to Indiana antique shops. This year I've had a goal of visiting all of the shops in this Indiana Antique Guide

and I have been calling it My Passport to Pleasure series. After I started visiting shops and making notes in the booklet, I noticed that it is updated quarterly. So that means some shops may have closed and more may have been added. To keep it simple, I chose to stay with my original booklet. I also learned that I should probably call the shops first before I travel to them because some may have closed or not be open for business on the day of my visit.

Last weekend my sweet friend Rose and I took a drive and spent the night in Bloomington, home of Indiana Universtiy. Before we got to Bloomington though, we searched for antique shops along the way that were in the Indiana Antique Guide. The first place we stopped was in Martinsville on the town square. The Martinsville Candy Kitchen (CK) on 46 North Main Street caught our eye and we were so glad that we visited there! The CK is an old fashioned ice cream parlor offering shakes, floats, sodas and banana splits. They are also known for their hand-made candy canes as you can see noted in the theme of the restaurant letters below

and on the ceiling!

Rose and I felt that we had stepped back in time and really enjoyed being there.

Have you ever eaten chocolate Bridge Mix? I learned about it from my Mother when I was growing up. It's a mix of chocolate covered nuts, raisins, malted milk and more. I couldn't resist sampling some.

I want to return with Dan this Fall and order a banana split. Rose and I ate lunch at Jk's Cheesecake Cafe & Coffee just around the corner from the CK on Morgan Street. I had a pulled pork sandwich special that included salad and the best iced apple tea ever!

We stopped at several shops but the next place I want to tell you about is the Antiques Co-Op on 129 West Washington Street in Morgantown. If you are in the area, be sure to stop there! It is filled with really amazing old things. The first thing I saw was this doll house and my heart skipped a beat. Look at that front door, and I couldn't help but notice how the colors go with my own home color scheme. It was hard to pass up, but I was able to do it somehow when I remembered that I already have one something like it.

Here are more pictures I took while at the Co-Op.

At the front of the Co-Op was a box filled with these wonderful chandelier prisms -  this eye candy reminded me of rock candy!

It was a lovely sunny Friday afternoon and I had such a great time with Rose.

Then we drove on down to Bloomington. We saw students bustling about getting ready for the new school year: a bed mattress being carried into a dorm, a parent having dinner with her son, and kids celebrating at Kilroy's Sports Bar. We saw some interesting patriotic colored graffiti there.

We stopped at the Historic Bloomington Antique Mall on 311 West 7th Street. There were great things there too. 

I found this vintage hat that I realize now I had on backwards. LOL

I had so much fun with the hat that I wore it to Kilroy's where Rose and I ate dinner. I hope I didn't embarrass Rose, but the proprietor at the Antique Mall said that anything goes in Bloomington. We had a lovely evening in Bloomington, staying at the Fairfield Inn.

On our way home Saturday morning we stopped at the Pump House Antiques 158 North Main Street in Bargersville. I really liked this one too! 

It had a great mix of wonderful vintage things.

Look at how vintage book pages are ModPodged onto a canvas frame.

And look at what was done with jello molds and an old strainer.

This is what I brought home with me from my latest Southern Indiana trip thanks to the Indiana Antique Guide.

I don't know what this box was used for but since it had the word Cincinnati on it (that is where I was born and grew up) I had to have it. 

And it may be a little difficult to see but there is an eagle at the top of the frame in the stash photo above and below. The proprietor of the Co-Op thought it had probably been for a serviceman photo. I may look for a picture of my Dad in his navy uniform to insert into it after I paint it.

(Here is the eagle after I painted it. I like this frame!)

So that was my trip with Rose to some of the antique shops in southern Indiana.

Thanks for visiting me.

More of my Passport to Pleasure adventures can be found here:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Goodnight Moon

Another Patty's Pretty Things creation: a Goodnight Moon wallhanging.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Photos from Korea

Since I am only one of two people who have never been abroad, I always enjoy seeing the pictures Dan brings back from his business trips. Here are some pics he took during a recent trip to Korea. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Creating for the Logan Village Mall

I've been working on projects for the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville, Indiana: holiday banners, cards, and framed printed images on old book pages, among other things...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Keep Calm & Be Cool

Livia, who is a dear friend of ours, asked me to help her with a school project. She needed some shapes cut out with the Silhouette Cameo. I was happy to offer my consultation services. :-)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Happy List: Family Fun & a Winner!

Ashleigh and her friends spent a few days on a house boat and had a wonderful time. As they posted pictures on Facebook, I had the thought of making little journals for the girls so they could preserve their memories. I couldn't wait for Ashleigh to return so I could give them to her.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Happy List: Green & More

Ashleigh wanted to make lanterns for her back porch so I gave her my green Ball jars.