Finally got a chance to edit the photos I took at the antique show in Mt. Dora, and wanted to share. Hope you enjoy...
We had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed our time off. I got Mom all decorated and set up her new laptop. I still need to get our Thanksgiving decorations put away and decorate for Christmas, but ran out of time over the long weekend. Looks like it's gonna be a busy month (but you knew that already).
Wishing you all the best...catch ya soon...
Wanted to share another project I've been working on...
I fell in love this this new line of Fall papers from Making Memories and wanted to create something I could use after Halloween is over, and before I break out all the Christmas decorations. It was a fun project. In fact, so much fun, I'm making another one.
The weekend went by in a flash. Mr. Mark and I took off Friday evening and headed over to Cape Coral to explore real estate. He thinks he might find a bargain. I am not so sure, but it was fun to look around anyway. We actually found a nice Italian restaurant for lunch on Saturday, and a lovely little bistro we ate at both evenings for dinner. Miss B decided to stay home with the 4-legged B (and my Mom) since she had school work (and the trip would be pretty boring for her).
On Sunday, I managed to watch the film A Might Heart. I've been wanting to see it, but knowing the subject matter, I had to be in the right frame of mind. I thought Angelina did a great job, but found it hard to keep track of everything going on and all the characters involved in the story. I also wished that they would have included subtitles when some of the conversation was not in English. I found it very frustrating not knowing what was going on. Overall, it was ok, but not great.
Miss B is having her quarterly exams this week, so she is in full study mode. She is looking to having a day off on Friday. Me too. We invited Mr. Mark, but when he heard it was a shopping day, he politely declined. Apparently he thinks work is more fun than shopping.
We left bright and SUPER EARLY on 7/18 and headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for our little trip. We really had to book it through the Atlanta airport to make our connection, and once we arrived, we were super surprised to find cool and dry temperatures.
Our first stop was to drop off Miss B at Indiana University for her High School Journalism Institute program.
Miss B's friend got sick at the last minute, so we weren't sure if she would have a single or another roommate. Turns out she was assigned a roommate, but they got along great and it was nice for her to meet so many new people.
We had a little time to wander around campus before we headed off. I took a few photos here and there. I loved the pretty flowers, as well as the cool buildings.
As you can see, she has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. Here he is holding an umbrella so she could sit on the front stoop to eat her Popsicle.
Our visit in Indie was only til Sunday afternoon, then we were off to Ohio.
This is what we saw a lot of on the way...corn corn corn. Lots of corn. It was quite cool to see all the farming. I also enjoyed seeing all the wonderful barns and farmhouses. (Sorry for the blurry photo, but this was taken thru the window of the car).
It was great fun to visit with Mr. Mark's sister and her husband. We pretty-much just chilled by the pool. It was very relaxing.
The weather was fantastic...still cool and dry enough not to be too hot, but warm enough for a dip in the pool.
After a few days, we were headed back to Indiana. We left on Tuesday so that we would not have to be rushing to arrive in time for the Wednesday awards ceremony and pick-up of Miss B.
More corn and barns...
We did a quick check of Brown County (artsy area), but since it was pretty late, we didn't get to do any shopping. We thought about eating there, but decided to drive into Bloomington to avoid the 2 lane unlit winding road at night.
We were thrilled to see Blair Wednesday morning and hear that she had a wonderful time and met lots of terrific people. We were also very pleased to find out that she won an award for the best column piece. It was a great learning experience, and she got some additional ideas of which direction she might like to pursue as a career. YAY!
Our flight home was actually 30 minutes late in leaving, but we were fortunate to have a layover of several hours in Atlanta, so it worked out just fine. Additionally, I couldn't believe it, but we came in and left on the same gate in the same terminal. That NEVER happens in Atlanta!
We arrived home very late and were quite tired, but I ran over to Mom's to pick up the 4-legged B, because I knew she would want to be home in her own bed. As expected, she was thrilled to see us.
The rest of the week I've been super lazy. No blogging, no crafting (except for my Thursday evening group), and finally unpacked and started the laundry. I did manage to catch a few films and read a book, but it's late, so I'll share that later.
Hope all is well with you...I'm not looking forward to that alarm clock going off bright and early in the am....
Our first stop was UF in Gainesville. The campus was nice, but it was a rainy, dreary day, so I did not find much to photograph, except THE SWAMP.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I am partial to the charm of FSU (being that I went there and all), but still, I just didn't find a whole lot interesting about lots of square brick buildings. Besides, for as much as they drone on and on and on about their blasted football team, this is what they seem to focus on and enjoy.
OK then...moving on...
After arriving at the visitor center, you can view a cool statue called COURAGE (whereas UF has a statue called FRENCH FRIES...for real...wonder why they don't have that at their visitor center).
Another photo of the same building. It reminds me of a castle! According to our tour guide, one of the dining halls looks similar the the dining hall at Hogwarts! We did not get over there for photos.
So, as you can see, it is a really pretty campus. But, pretty,as we all know is not everything (sigh). And, in all fairness, FSU does have some boring square brick buildings too...I just didn't photograph them. Oh, and the gym was AMAZING...tons of new, modern equipment all free to students. Miss B was quite impressed (although I think it may have been more with the guys using the gym and the fact that they had a smoothie bar right at the gym).
Hope you enjoyed the photos. I'll try to share a few from Disney soon.
Have a wonderful weekend!!
One of my first purchases at the antique show was this trim. Vintage velvet and vintage ecru lace trim is much too hard to resist. I can just picture the trim on a nice little Christmas project.
This same vendor had these great crocheted pieces and the little bird. I am thinking the bird may need a touch of glitter on his feathers. Love the cute little purse (bottom left). The pretty colored pieces would be nice for some Easter decorations. (The project idea wheels are turning).
I couldn't resist this pretty pearl and vintage rhinestone rondel necklace...especially when the vendor was willing to adjust her price. At the moment, I am planning to keep it and wear it as is, but if I find I don't wear it enough, I may break it apart and use the pieces to create some other jewelry.
The same vendor had quite a few of the beautiful carved mother-of-pearl buttons I love. These babies are HEAVY and are most certainly from a different era. Buttons of today are just not this gorgeous!
Yep...I did great in the photo department! Most were $1, but occasionally I paid $2 or $3 if it was a larger photo and the image was really clear. I can't wait to start using them to create some altered photos.
Last, but not least...I found these pretty velvet flower/leaves stems at one of the stores in the downtown area. They look vintage and well...they are velvet so I was not going to pass them up. Especially when the owner gave me a great price and even threw in an extra stem for free!!
So there you have it. Hope I didn't bore you to tears. It was fun to pull out everything and start dreaming up ideas for crafty creations. If you have any suggestions regarding what you might make with these things, I'd love to hear them!!
Oh, I finally finished the movie I started on Sunday. It was Made of Honor with Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey). Not a great blockbuster, but light, cute and sweet. Pretty much what I expected.
Well, gotta run...hope your week is going well and not too stressful. Wishing you and your family a multitude of blessings this Thanksgiving.
One thing I found was some vintage Christmas odds and ends.
Don't you just love the cute little deer? I'm going to put him with my Putz paper house display this holiday season.
I really liked the pretty silver leaves as well. Can't wait to make something pretty with them and some silver glass glitter!
Looks like I can do a lot of Christmas crafting! This is just a sampling...it was hard to photograph it all so you can see all the cool odds and ends.
I found this pretty angel which is not vintage, but looks like it could be. I thought it was a great project that would not be too difficult to reproduce. Another project to add to my never ending list (he he he).
This same vendor had a nice selection of vintage millinery.
Here you can see a little closer view. Velvet flowers and ribbons are my favorite, so I think I purchased all she had. I would have a hard time selecting a favorite. Yummy!
She also had this large bag of vintage lace trims. I scooped that up right away! Apparently she used to make pillows using this lace.
I have more to share, but I'll do another post so this one doesn't get to very long.
Hope you enjoy seeing all the treasures. BTW, these photos were edited in Picnik, which I linked to via Flickr. At the moment I am using the freebie stuff, but there are lots of great features in the upgraded version, which seems quite reasonable at about $25 per year. You can not do layering, but they have a cross-process feature that is similar to the Urban Acid action (free). I have also had a great time with the vignette and corner rounding features (free also). I think I will be upgrading very soon.