Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun Date with Wine and Canvas

Last night, my husband Jeff and I had fun painting together!  We tried out a new artsy event put on by the traveling business called "Wine and Canvas."  This one was held at Don Pablos near Keystone at the Crossing. 
We were taken step-by-step through the completion of an acrylic landscape painting by artist Erik Swenson. 

Our group was smaller than they usually have.  But that was rather nice because we had more individual help from the instructor.
I was very careful not to dip my brush in my margarita, or to drink my paint water.
You can check out if you are interested in signing up for an event.

Here is the final result of everyone's efforts.
At the end of the evening, Jeff said, "This was fun!"  I agree!  I recommend it to all couples out there who are willing to give it a try.

The kids and I voted for which one turned out best, and Jeff's painting won unanimously!!  So I look forward to hanging it up on the wall!  

Friday, July 9, 2010

Gotter Done

I finally, FINALLY finished this duvet cover/skirt/sham set that I've been sewing on since last October.  I love to put huge projects on my To Do list, and then stress out over how long it takes me to get it done.  I like to blame things like housework, cooking, errands, and my job for being obstacles that keep me from doing more important things like sewing and painting. ;)

You may ask, why not just go to the store and purchase a bedspread set?  Well, a few years ago when Jeff and I went mattress shopping, we thought, "Hey, if a queen size is good, an 'expanded queen' size would be even better!"  What we didn't know is that NOBODY makes bedspreads to fit this size mattress.  You can buy sheets from only one source that I know of, but not bedspreads.  So I bought a pattern and took measurements and went after it...NINE months ago.

You may also ask, what took so dang long?  Well, it's just slow work sewing something so huge that must be squared up so carefully, and that is so much, much bigger than my "sewing" kitchen table where it seems someone is always sitting, eating food. ;)

So "YAY!!"  I say as I cross it off the list!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Birthweek Number 22 times 2

June 24 was my very happy birthday, but my celebration activities were sprinkled over the course of a week. Actually, I think that it takes a full week to properly celebrate your birthday. It should be renamed "Happy Birthweek." I believe it's important to do nice things for yourself, in addition to enjoying what others do for you on your birthday. I can have a fun birthday, even if I'm by myself. Which I mostly was, on June 24.

Here is my series of fortunate events:
Jake took me to Bob Evans for breakfast, and I had these tasty blueberry crepes.

I spent the afternoon finishing a painting that I haven't touched since last October.  It was wonderful getting back to my easel, playing in paint.  Love that smell of linseed oil in my art room again.  I also loved that I got it finished.  I had originally thought I'd like to sell it on Ebay, but Alyssa insists that I not.  It's of a picture of a cat we used to have.  Here is a photo of it finished...
 After that, it was suppertime, so I took my supper of fried chicken and mac n cheese and strawberries out to my patio and listened to the sound of my fountain and my windchimes while I ate.

Then it was time to run to see my kids do their sporting events.  Here is Jake playing ultimate frisbee...

That guy's cleats are coming too close to my son's face.  But I keep my mouth shut.
Then I went to watch Alyssa play softball...

That night, I got my birthday brownie.
Here I am going through the birthday motions...

On Friday, my hubby gave me what I had on my birthday wish list...TINTED WINDOWS for my car!!!!  Yay!!  Now my car is an even sweeter ride!

 On Saturday, June 26, my friend and fellow nurse Erika brought a cake to work to surprise me for my belated birthday.  This cake was awesome!  It was made by her and her daughter Brianna.  It said "We (heart) Connie" on top.  As you can see, it was very, very tall.  It was reduced to a pile of rubble by the end of the day, but it will go down in the NICU history book as the most amazing cake to ever grace that nurses' station (I think).  Thanks Erika!  I loved it!!!

And if that hasn't been enough, we all decided to go to Bravo's on Sunday after work to "celebrate my birthday" which was just really a reason to get together for a good time!

Someone grab a hose and put out the fire on my face!

I don't have a pic of everyone that was there, so if any of my nurse friends could send me more, I can show who all was there...

While at Bravo's, I asked Becky to draw a caricature of me.  This is her masterpiece.  I love it!  It shows how happy I was! :)

Well, I don't have pics to show that I also went shopping with my daughter and my mom, and that I met up with my dad and stepmom for brunch, but those great visits were also part of my birthweek.

Thanks everyone!!!