Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November in Paris

Yes, you read that right.  I was in Paris in November.  It was awesome.  I thought I'd share with you a few pictures.


 We flew on an Airbus A380 which is the largest airplane in commercial flight.  Can you see the three different walkways into the plane?  There are two floors, although I didn't explore to find out.
 Our hotel was across the street from The Palais Garnier, the Opera House.
We took a walk around the Jardin de Tuileries.
And around the local streets.
The first day we toured the Musee d'Orsay which houses several Impressionist paintings.  Photography is not allowed, except a couple of places where I could get pictures of the restored train station, but no art.  It was beautiful!

Because it was a train station there are several big clocks.  I loved this perspective from this large, clock window.  You can see Montemarte and the Sacre Coeur. 
 We joined the rest of our group for lunch on the Eiffel Tower.

After lunch we went for a LONG walk.
 The first stop was the Arc de Triomphe.
We found this beautiful park with cute school children walking back to class.
More to come, I promise.  And sooner rather than later.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vision of Grandeur

I think of myself as a frustrated perfectionist.  Or, more accurately a lazy perfectionist.  I think I've told you this before.  I was asked last Spring to head up a big fund raising dinner at our church for this Fall. It was a Capital Fund Raiser to help raise money for some remodeling we need to accomplish.  We are getting too big for our britches, which is a good thing and our building is showing wear and tear which is not so good.  

I have never planned a function for so many people, we had 200 signed up. I had a wonderful team helping me out. Thank goodness! There were the normal headaches. There were some big, huge problems that we didn't find out about until we were setting up.  All in all, I had to let go of my "ideal" and embrace what could be accomplished in the time and with the resources we had.  There's no Martha Stewart here! I did try, however.  
 I bought some beautiful varieties of pumpkins and gourds for the centerpieces and decor.


 We packed my car to the gills, twice!
 We set up 25 tables of centerpieces.  I wanted to incorporate fresh vegetables also, which was fun.  It made for some beautiful color and variety.  This is bugging me because the beets should've been laying off to the side.  Hmmm, I should try to roast those this week.
 I added a red-veined kale to my trophy.  Someone fiddled with this arrangement and it's not set up right.  But, I didn't know about it until I saw the picture.  Just letting it go. . . 
 My girlfriend bought these beautiful fabric pumpkins from her friend. They were meticulously made.
 She and I both had matching lanterns.  They were a little tall, but were fun to use anyway. 
 This is why I made an apple pie yesterday!



I barely got these pictures taken, that's why they aren't the best.  We worked for hours setting up with several people helping.  It's amazing how long this can take.  I learned a lot.  

Here's one last perfect picture for your viewing pleasure.  This would've been my ideal for every table. 
If only.  
A girl can dream can't she?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Documented Life Journal Update

It's been awhile since I showed you my journal pages.  I'm still going strong.  Lining them up like this makes me see a style trend.  There have been some challenges that have taken me out of my norm.  
Week 32 - Add a fortune
I only had two fortunes to work with and this one seemed the most usable. "You are admired for your impeccable tastes.  Give a gift."
Week 33 - Use your underpaper creatively
This was fun and easy.  I simply ripped my underpaper into strips and then put them back together randomly.  I used the fan from my "niece's" wedding as the tip-in. The dragonfly went well and the quote summed it up.  Now that it's October I'm pretty tired of Summer still hanging around.  It's suppose to be up to 99 on Friday.  In case you're wondering, underpaper is the paper under your projects when you are painting.  It gets the overflow of paint and stamps, etc.   
 Week 34 - Fill the page with numbers that relate to your week 
The photobooth pictures were again from the family wedding. This documented some of the fun things I did with my girl when she was visiting.  
 The back of Week 34. I just like pattern girls. 
Week 35 - Draw, sketch, paint or doodle a face  
Ugh.  What a sad, sad face it is.  But, I tried and that's okay.
Week 36 - Use black and white
I didn't think I would like this as much as I did.  I photocopied a "found relative" cabinet card since it was too thick for my book.  I even added a little lace.  I'm living on the wild side!
Week 37 - Use a white pen prominently
This was harder than I thought it would be.  I had to add some shading and wish I would've done the quote differently.  It should've had more prominence.  
Week 38 - Draw or add a feather
I did this one with a little different look than my other pages. I found the feather when shopping at Gilding the Lily in September.  I had no previous plan, but kind of love how it turned out.  
Week 39 - Use drips and splatters
I didn't love this one, but I did it!
The back side of Week 39.
WEEK 40 - Use three colors you never use.
I wasn't all that excited about this one either.  I ended up making it very simple, but I like it a lot.  I never use brown or red and rarely use orange.  It turned out to be perfect for October. 
Thanks for checking these out.  If you want to see some really amazing artists,visit these ladies.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Women of Faith - 2014

We went to our yearly visit to Women of Faith this weekend. What a wonderful time we had.  The theme for their conference was "Survival to Revival". 

 We took off with the Survival theme and planned our tailgate party around a tropical survivor theme.
 We made ham and pineapple skewers, spinach salad with strawberries, along with mango and grapes.
One of my team made individual pineapple upside-down cakes. Aren't they adorable? They were delicious. I found the instructions for the easy pineapple gift bags on The House That Lars Built. They were a big hit. We made "survival kits" as gifts for our ladies. I found the instructions at Positively Splendid.  





 Here is my awesome team!
We heard awesome teaching from Lysa Terkeurst, Lisa Harper, Christine Caine, Patsy Clairmont, Lisa Bevere, and Sheila Walsh.  We enjoyed two concerts from Natalie Grant and Matthew West. You should check out Women of Faith when it comes to your area.  

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