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Yoyo Cup Cozy/Sleeve

I have been wanting a pink cup sleeve for my coffees.  I looked in my yarn stash, but had no pink yarn. While digging through drawers in my studio, I found some yoyos that I had been making over the years.  Quite a few were pink, so I decided to make a sleeve using them.

First I made a pattern from a sleeve that I already had.  I folded a piece of paper in half and traced the sleeve.

pattern for coffee cup sleeve

Then I picked out yoyos from my inventory and lined them up on the pattern placing them in the order I liked.  I had more yoyos of one fabric than the others, but that’s okay, I wanted pink.  I allowed a few aqua to sneak in, because that is my favorite color.

Yoyos for creating cup sleeve

I began sewing the yoyos together into two single strips first.  A top strip and a bottom strip.  I made the strips curve slightly by sewing the yoyos lower on each side as I added them to the strip. The curve is very slight and not noticeable in the photo.

Now I have two single strips lined up.  At first, I was going to sew them together in line as you see in the picture below, but then decided to stagger the yoyos for a different look.

making a coffee cup sleeve

Here are the two rows now sewn together in a strip.  See how I staggered them?  Then I tested the fit by wrapping them around one of my Starbucks plastic ups.  The fit was fine, so I sewed them together on the sides and finished up.

making a coffee cup sleeve

This is the cozy or sleeve, whichever you prefer to call it, on a tall sized Coffee Frappuccino from Starbucks.

coffee cup sleeve/cozy

I always use a sleeve on my coffees, because I don’t like the condensation making my hands wet.  The sleeves are great for keeping that in check.  I carry several sleeves in my purse for myself and often a friend’s use.

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What’s New?

What’s new?  Well, I finally added the curtain in the laundry room.  I made it to hide the ugly faucets and drain.  I picked a cheerful pattern of fabric from my local Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you LOVE that store?

Here is how it looks now.

Laundry valance curtain

I also hung the small bulletin board on the wall.  That’s where we keep our name tags and visitor tags.  It keeps them handy to grab on our way out the door.  We live in a gated community and they like us to wear them when in the community club house or other community areas. We have a lot of visitor tags, because we have a lot of grandchildren!  They feel special when they wear them over to play tennis with us.

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A Trip to IKEA

Once the ceilings were all cleared and prepped, we moved on to our next project.  We thought completing the laundry room first would be a wise choice.  With escrow closing in four weeks, we thought being able to wash clothes easily at our new place was a must.

laundrydemo3

We tore out the old vinyl flooring and the cabinets.

laundrydemo1

There was vinyl beneath the wood looking vinyl.  And below that is the original floor, which you can see below where the cabinet was removed.

laundrydemo2My husband did a few repairs with drywall and mudded all of that.

Then we headed out to one of my favorite stores.

ikeatempe

IKEA.  Have you ever been there?  I just LOVE that store.  Ours is in Tempe, Arizona.

We got there when they opened at 10 AM.  We walked through looking at all of the kitchens.  Because we want the laundry room to match the kitchen, we had to choose the kitchen cabinets we wanted.

choices

It was a tough decision and we got hungry, so we discussed it over lunch in their restaurant.

cabinet

After Fish and Chips and a cookie we could think more clearly and decided on “Lidingo”.  They have design stations set up with computers in the cabinet department.  It took my husband about 10 minutes to figure out what he wanted.  Placing the order was easy.  Then we wound our way on through the store to the check out.  The clerk handed us our receipt and said, “It will be about 30 minutes in customer pick up.”  Well, haha, as with all places it was really an hour wait.

icecreamWe enjoyed ice cream while we waited. 🙂

But, finally we had our cabinets and headed home.  Uh, and let’s see, I think it was 4 PM when we left IKEA.  That store is vast!

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Pine Cone Swag

My neighbor has two pine trees in her yard.  Lucky me.  I gathered about 30 that looked nice and carried them home.  She loves me and doesn’t mind if I take some of her pine cones.  It’s just like me to forget to take a before picture, but you all know what pine cones look like, right?  They’re brown.

Pine cones in the Yard.

Pine cones in the Yard.

In my studio, I dug out my paints and a brush.  I put newspaper down to save the desk top and painted them all pretty like.  I saw this idea, originally, on Pinterest and they were spray painted shiny red and green.  Since that’s not really my style, I chose white with a hint of yellow ochre in it.

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

They dried overnight.  Finding some white braid trim in my sewing stash, I measured the amount that I wanted to make the swag drape twice.

Painted and ready to string.

Painted and ready to string.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached them to the braid.  Watch out for those burned fingers.  😛  I spaced the cones about four inches apart along the braid.  When I got to the end, I had four pine cones left over.  With three of them, I made a group hanging for the center of the swag.  I kept one to just place on the mantel by itself.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

I like how it looks.  Since I don’t do a lot of decorating for each different holiday, I made this to enjoy for Fall through Winter.

My newly decorated fireplace.

My newly decorated fireplace.

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On the Road Again

Here we are on vacation again.  Because my daughter lives 1600 miles from us, we travel about twice a year to visit them.  I am currently sitting in her office typing out this post.

While here, we took a cruise with friends who live in Georgia.  We drove down to their house for a few days and then boarded a flight in Atlanta bound for NYC.  However, our flight was rerouted to Philadelphia where we waited for thirty minutes before taking off again. We never learned a reason for this.  Once we arrived in NYC, we traveled through Brooklyn via bus to the cruise port.  I had never been to Brooklyn and our driver was very chatty, so it was like taking a free tour.  It was better than some tours we’ve paid for!  The drive was about 40 minutes long.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883.

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Caribbean Princess awaits our arrival.

We boarded with our friends and after eating some lunch we walked around familiarizing ourselves with the ship.  I get so excited to have all of my meals prepared for me that I overeat for the first couple of days.  But, who doesn’t overeat on a cruise ship?

The next morning we rose and shared our breakfast together before getting ‘in line’ for the tender boats.  We sat in the Explorer’s Lounge waiting for 40 minutes before our numbers were called to board.  That was the longest we had ever waited for a tender.  First port – Newport, Rhode Island.  The weather was cool and rainy, but we enjoyed our time on shore. Fall colors were just beginning. I caught this great, un-staged, shot of our friends as they waited for me to get out my camera for a shot by the tree.  They didn’t know that I am quick on the draw!

a kiss in fall colors

A kiss in Rhode Island.

We shopped and then walked over to the Cliff Walk.  The Cliff Walk has a nice view of the sea, but you can’t see into any of the backyards of the homes due to tall fences with vegetation growing on them.  We stood in a long thirty minute line, in the rain, to be tendered back to the ship.

I took just two pairs of shoes with me on the cruise.  The pair that I took for walking in port turned out to NOT be very comfortable for walking and my feet were hurting.  While shopping on board after dinner, my husband noticed some shoes for sale in one of the shops.  They were GoWalk by Sketchers.  I tried on a pair and was immediately sold!  They are like walking on clouds.

Second day, Boston, Massachusetts. Our friends, Greg and DeeDee, had friends that lived about an hour north of Boston.  They drove into Boston and picked us up at the cruise terminal.  We squished the four smallest of us in the backseat sans seat belts for the short drive to catch our ride on the Duck Annie Aquarium.  While you can take this tour from the cruise ship, it’s less expensive to book it yourself once off ship.

amphibious vehicle

Duck Tours Annie Aquarium.

After we finished our delightful duck tour, we drove and parked near Quincy Market.  We had lunch there and walked to the harbor before heading back to the ship.

Day three found us in Bar Harbor, Maine.  This little harbor town is one of my favorite places to visit.  I love the small town feel as you walk the town and local  neighborhoods.  Last year when we visited during the summer, we were the only cruise ship in the harbor.  This year there were two ships and the town felt quite crowded.  I believe it was because of the Fall Color cruises which occur during October.

Bar Harbor

View of the Harbor.

Day four we found ourselves visiting the lovely city of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.  The weather was quite warm. A nice change from the colder weather at the previous ports.  We walked all around the town.  They have a great indoor market that was the highlight of the stop.  With such interesting vendors, I would love to shop in this lovely market on a regular basis.

St. John's Market

St. John’s City Market

The city has an elevated, inside connection pedway that allows residents and visitors to traverse major areas of the city with protection from the weather.  We walked inside, on the pedway, from the City Market to the exit at King’s Square which is a lovely park. We strolled back in time at Trinity Royal which are streets lined with some fine historic buildings.

On Prince William Street, we discovered this nice policeman. He was sharing history about the local police department and allowed photo opportunities with him and his ‘cruiser’.

Volkswagon Police car.

1965 Volkswagon Police Cruiser.

Our fifth day, and final port destination was Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Our friends went on an all day cruise tour, so we spent our time walking around areas we had not been to before.  We visited this port last year.  This time, we walked two miles to Point Pleasant Park to see what we could find there.  We spent quite a bit of time wandering around the park trails looking for an historical tower/marker, but never found it.

Point Pleasant Park.

Trees at Point Pleasant Park.

The homes we passed while walking to and from the park were stunning.  I love old homes and these did not disappoint.

Castle

Castle-like home on South Park Street.

Halifax, Canada house.

Three story house on South Park Street.

Halifax, Canada house.

Lovely home on South Park Street.

And lastly, this home was by FAR my favorite.  Don’t the red, vining leaves look splendid against the pink color of the house?  I hope the owners appreciate the loveliness of their abode.

Halifax, Canada house.

Gorgeous home on South Park Street.

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and we saw many of them while on this cruise.  I wish they would grow at my house in AZ.

Halifax hydrangea blossom.

Hydrangea Blossom.

Day six of the cruise was a sea day spent relaxing on board with our friends.  I rose early on Saturday morning and went up top to watch the scene as the ship returned into the New York Harbor.

Sunrise in Manhattan.

Manhattan Sunrise.

Last year we toured Liberty Island and it was exciting to see her again.  This time, in the lovely morning light.  She stands proudly welcoming visitors into the harbor.  I am a proud American and am in love with Lady Liberty.

New York City Statue of Liberty.

Lady Liberty.

That completes our cruise vacation.  The rest was just a smooth flight back to Atlanta to spend a few more days enjoying the hospitality of our friends.  Until next time.

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Shabby Chic Pin Dish

I was out antiquing with some friends a few month ago.  Brianna told me about a fun project turning a cute dish into a pin holder.  It sounded like something I could use, so I bought this pretty little dish that day for $5.  E-6000 is a staple in my craft inventory and the magnets were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Antique dish

Supplies

It was easy to attach the magnets to the dish using the E-6000.

dish with magnets

Magnets glued to dish bottom.

After the glue dried, I tested it with my pins.  It doesn’t hold all of the pins if you turn it upside down.  The dish looks cute sitting on my sewing table and the pins do stay put if the dish is bumped.  In my opinion,  a shabby chic dish is much cuter than the plastic box they previously occupied.

magnetic pin dish.

Finished project.

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No Excuses

Hello there!  Yes, it’s true.  I haven’t blogged in two months!  What is up with that?  I think being retired has affected my productivity.  My husband’s retirement that is.  I have always been ‘retired’ so to speak.  He doesn’t stop me from blogging, that’s not what I’m implying.  But, having him home all day, I can find a lot of other things to do than blog.

My married son, who lives 90 miles away, tries to keep me focused on painting.  Painting is one of my favorite things to do.  He sends me texts periodically asking how my painting is coming along.  On that note, let me share about a painting that I completed last month.

I take photos of flowers whenever I am out and about traveling.  Since we have moved to Arizona, I find less flowers to my liking.  All of my paintings are done from my own photographs.

This is a white Rose of Sharon that I found someplace.  I begin by drawing onto the paper.  And I painted in the white flower first.

Beginnings of a watercolor painting.

After I had the flower basically painted in, I began to add in the darker areas.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I don’t paint in any particular way.  If I get bored of an area, I move on to another spot, then go back later.  This particular painting I did without taping it to the board.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I add washes of color as I go.  If an area is too light or dark, I make adjustments, painting what pleases my eye at the moment.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

One of the small corrections that I made, that is most visible to you, is the dark blemish on the bottom flower petal.  It is actually on the petal in the photo.  Painting true to the photo is not required, but I like the little spots and blemishes on flowers.  They add character to the painting.  However, in this case, I decided that it was too distracting.  I lightened it up and it looks better that way.  This is how it looks as a finished painting.

Painting of a white flower.

I do try paint everyday.  Being easily distracted, it’s not easy sitting next to a window with a beautiful view.  This particular day was gorgeous outside.  I had the window opened and a nice breeze was wafting in.  How can one control the imagination on a day made for dreaming?  I love my view.

View from a window.

Currently, I am working on a beautiful pink and yellow rose painting.  Hopefully, it will show up here soon!

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Today, our friends took us to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  The weather was good to us in that it wasn’t too humid, nor too hot.

Flowers are my favorite subject for watercolor.  So, I was hoping there would be some flowers there that I could capture with my camera and take home for later painting projects.  I was not disappointed.

pink tulip

Pink Tulips

yellow tulip

Yellow Tulip

bridge

Canopy Walk

We walked across a very unique bridge called the Canopy Walk.  It was 600 feet long and took us through the tree tops of the Storza Woods with it’s highest elevation at 40 feet.

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Dainty Flowers.

blue flower delphinium

Blue Delphinium

chinese snowball

Chinese Snowball

red tulips

Red Tulips

swiss chard

Swiss Chard

There was also an edible garden in which grew a large variety of plants including this beautiful Swiss Chard.  The outdoor kitchen provides gourmet chefs a stage for giving classes and tips on using freshly harvested, healthful produce.

orchids

Orchids

Orchids were abundant in the Fuqua Orchid Center.  The simulated tropical climate made us sweat, as if we weren’t hot enough already.

orchids

Orchids

The colorful flowers and plants were worth a little heat.

bromeliad

Bromeliad

Colorful plant

Colorful plant.

fountain and tulips

Tulips surround fountain.

Tulips were very abundant throughout the entire gardens, as were azaleas.  In the Levy Parterre flower beds are arranged symmetrically around an Italian limestone fountain.

fountain glass Dale Chihuly

Glass fountain

The fountain features artist Dale Chihuly‘s unique blue and white glass sculpture.

We had a wonderful time.  The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the magnolia trees were in bloom.  Maybe next time.

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Card Table Redo

This 1980’s card table set was originally my mother’s.  Olive green is not one of my favorite colors.  Since recovering these is such a simple task, I decided to use some colorful fabric for a change.  Fabric can get stained easily, so it might not be the best choice.  We don’t use this table all that frequently, so it should be good for a few years.

card table redo

I headed out to Hobby Lobby and found a nice duck fabric in tans, teals and aquas.  The metal is a greenish-gold color so the colors went well with it.

Card table redo

Heading to the garage, I gathered up all the tools that I knew I would need and then went out to the den.  I decided to do the table first.  Laying the table upside down on the floor, I removed the screws that held the top on.

Card table redo

I laid the fabric on the floor, right side down, and placed the table top on the fabric and cut around it.

I did the chairs in the same way.  The wood used for the top and the chair seats was ‘masonite’ so it was very hard.  My husband has several staple guns, none of which are air powered.  He did have one that was strong enough to use to attach the fabric.   However, the recoil of the spring was so strong that it hurt my wrist.  For this reason, I had to break up the project into a couple of days.

Card table redo

I stapled each side pulling the fabric taught and alternating each side.  I did the corners in the same way, then finished in the non-stapled areas and gathering around the corners.

Card table redo

Then you just reattach the top and seats and your project is done!

Card table redo

I think that the table and chairs look much better now.   My wrists and thumbs are still sore.  My husband suggested I wear leather work gloves next time.  Wish I’d thought of that!

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It’s a Party!

My birthday was Friday last, and was celebrated on Saturday with a portion of my wonderful family.  Having grandchildren is a major blessing in many ways.  Because they are young, and I being young at heart, we had a Star Wars party complete with costumes.

They arrived on Friday night and we began by making a jedi robe for my son.  He likes being a last minute kind of guy!   He and I stayed up until 1:30 AM, but the results were worth it.

Jedi fight

We trekked outdoors to play at some lightsaber fighting and to take photos.  We had characters from the ‘dark side’ and some from the ‘light’ as well.

Light saver fight

However, the light was outnumbered as you can see in the pictures.  Very much like ‘real life’, don’t you think? What is it about the dark side that is so intriguing?

group

John 3:19 says “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

darth

Darth Vader turned back to the light on his death bed.  I think this is part of what makes his character one of the favorites in the Star Wars Trilogy.  While it’s just a movie, there are many analogies that can be applied to ‘real life’.  The dark is battling against the light with people taking sides.

We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have redemption through His blood.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it. That was the true Light that gives light to every man coming into the world.  Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”  This is the message that we have heard from Him, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

It is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.

Although we are chosen, we are given a free will to choose to accept the free gift of salvation through Christ.  So, choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

The Star Wars ‘chronicles’ will remain a favorite of mine.   The party was fun and a wonderful memory.  For dessert, we ate Yoda, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Imperial trooper cookies.  And of course ice cream!

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