Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Swap-ity Doo Duh!


That's right Duh.

I've joined a swap on Rubberstampchat where you can use any media that you want and create a tag. Oh, yes, there is one "must use" for the tags. Color. Our hostess has chosen black, white, gray and then we add a color of our own. Sounds easy enough. But, the gray was a problem. I'm not a gray sort of person.

Out comes the paper. Black, OK. White, OK, Gray, uhmmm. Pink? No, Red. It's almost Valentine's Day I'll use that as my theme. I need a pattern in there somewhere. A paper with red and black roses will work. That part is done.

I found this old picture that I call "Mom and Me, 1940". Yep, that's really my mom holding me on her lap. I copied the original photo in black and white. The original is so small that I actually had to enlarge it. Used the gray paper for my heart stamp (Cowtown Stamps) and brightened it up with red. The punched hearts are from the rose paper. Not much of the pattern shows up but it didn't work as a panel.

I tried everything together. Not quite right yet. Out came a swirl stamp (unknown). Better. So there we go. I'm all ready to assemble 9 more of them.

Next month - Electric blue, sage green, chocolate brown. As Scarlett would say "I'll worry about that tomorrow".

Links to Rubberstampchat and Cowtown Stamps are in the margin.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Monday!

It's a rainy Monday here in Murrells Inlet. That's OK tho, my garden needed a good watering.

Inside where it is dry, I am working on Valentine's Day cards. I signed up for several swaps and the predominant theme is Valentine. So I'll be making Valentine inchies, ATCs and cards. Here is one from the first group I'm working on.





On the red heart shaped card I layered on a heart stamp image from Cowtown Stamps trimmed with a piece of lace. Layered on the heart stamp image is a clip art bird, ribbon rose and feather. I used a crystal here and there for sparkle.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Cards


I received many beautiful Christmas cards from by Stamping Friends. I've made an album of these great cards on my Flickr (click on link on the left).

This card is from Julie. I think the colors are great. And, the polar bear is in the cutest pose. Thanks Julie this made me smile.

Be sure to see the album and enjoy.

You might also like to explore the forums that I belong to. They are: Rubberstampchat, Card Maker, Making Greeting Cards and Paper Craft Planet. I've met so many nice interesting people on these forums.

It is so nice to share.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Design Team Newbie

I recently was included in the Design Team of Cowtown Stamps . The rest of the team is Laurel, store owner; Denise, Stamping Vacation; Vickie, Stamped Smiles; and now me.

Laurel sent her first batch of stamps to have cards designed. What fun I'm having doing this.


The first stamp that I chose to work with is "small sunflower" #2012. I created this card using pumpkin card stock and trimming the front page about an inch. Next, stamping the image, embossing with glitter orange and coloring in with gold watercolor pencil . I cut it out and then cut the image again into quarters. It is layered on to a light green panel and fixed to the base card. The inside page is layered with a 1 1/4" strip of designer paper. And, adorned with a green plaid bow and an orange button for the flower center.

My second card using the "small sunflower" is on gold card stock computer printed with clip art of a clock face. This is then stamped over with a small tile in green. The sunflower is stamped several times and colored with shades of gold to orange colored pencil. Two images are used in the face of clock layered upon each other. I used small leaves for the hands of the clock. The rest of the images are cut in half and placed on to the card. I also sculpted some petals of each flower. It's finished with a sentiment strip made on the computer.

There, finished and submitted.

These stamps can be purchased at Cowtown Stamps using the link above. Laurel ships to Canada and around the world.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone


A Christmas greeting from me to you.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Monday!

It might not be so happy for Lorne and me. Today is clean the house day. We just can't put it off any longer, darn. I'd much rather be doing something fun. But, there's always tomorrow and I'll do something fun then.

Think about me pushing the vacuum cleaner around the house.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas ATC Swap


This was the first ATC swap that I signed up for on Rubberstampchat. It was fun to do. But, the best part was opening my envelope full of creative ATCs and looking through them. In fact, I've looked at them several times. They will be placed neatly in a binder















and labeled for safe keeping. I'm putting them in a big binder because I plan to have many Inchies, ATCs and Cards in my Swap Collection.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Collage


I will be sending this card to Stamping Vacation for her color challenge. The colors are Burgundy, Mustard and Ivory.

I didn't have any mustard colored paper so I direct to paper swiped mustard yellow on some yellow paper. The ivory is the pattern piece. All of the colors are present in the magazine picture cut out. Which is from an ad for broomstick fabric. Do you remember wearing those crinkle skirts? The embellishments are a burgundy feather in her hat and gold crystals.

This card is #2 of 5 that will be sent to Cardmaker Magazine for the Bold and Brilliant project.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Collage


Collage: "an art form made up of scraps of paper and other odds and ends pasted down", Webster's New Dictionary compact edition.

I found the article "Readers Reach Out" in the January 2009 edition of Cardmaker magazine. This months theme is Bold & Brilliant and our hand made cards will be donated to City Light Home Bold and Brilliant for Women and Children, a women's shelter and recovery program, Boise, Idaho.

This bird collage card is the first of 5 that I will be sending to Cardmaker as my donation. I made this card using a red base card and a scrape of beige paper. The bird, branch, flowers and gold squares are all pictures cut from magazines. I have another collage card in progress. It just needs that finishing detail. Which I haven't hit upon yet. If I look at it long enough, something will eventually come to me.

I enjoy collage. I enjoy making cards and donating them to good causes. I enjoy my life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gathering Leaves

Do you remember that picture I posted of the beautiful golden leaves on our Hickory tree. Well they are all over the ground now. For the last couple of days we've been leaf blowing, raking and bagging leaves. It's funny, they aren't quite so nice now.

Lorne came up with this system. So far it is the easiest one that we've tried. He blows the leaves into a pile, scoops them up with 2 rakes and dumps them into the bag that is clamped to this table with a hole in the top. Then I come along and remove the bag, tie the top and carry to the curb. Yesterday the Pick Up Service picked up 6 bags and today we have 6 more bags waiting to be picked up.

I raked my 20' x 12' front garden bed. From just that small area I got 2 huge piles ready to be bagged.

We've finished with one side of the house and all of the back is finished. After most of the leaves are bagged Lorne then goes over the lawn with the mulcher. This is left to nourish our sandy soil. So, we only have another side yard and the small front area left to do. Lorne is going to bag some of the mulch so I can spread it on my garden bed. Oh fresh air and exercise!

Enjoy your day.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Just a Note


I just returned from the P.O. after getting the last of my Christmas cards mailed. The place was a mad house. And they also just shortened their hours of operation here. Is it that way everywhere? I have a couple of completed swaps ready to mail but I'm waiting until after the holidays.

I did chat with a couple of other ladies in line. That was a very nice way to pass the time. And, when I finally made it up to the counter I noticed they had all windows in operation. That was nice, too.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Simple


It doesn't get more simple than this. One stamp, black ink, lt. brown card stock. Done!

The stamp is from PSX. I just read they are no longer making stamps any more. I found this one while we were traveling in our rv along the California coast. The small store, Paws on Main Street, is in Cambria, CA. A small quaint town near Hearst Castle. We strolled along the main street poking our heads into all of the shops. More than my head went in to this one. I can't resist a stamp store, just ask my husband. It was tiny but very well stocked. I picked this stamp because we were touring the beach areas of CA. I'm glad that I did. We have these darling little Plovers scurrying around here in SC on our beachs. I get lots of use out of this stamp. This stamp brings back many happy memories of that trip.

I just posted 3 new albums on Flickr. My postcard that will be on display at the Artlink Gallery in Indiana in response to their call for mailart, some craft projects and an album titled "I Like Red". Enjoy.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Stickers



I have a drawer full of stickers that I hardly ever use. I collect packs of them and then promptly forget that I have them. I looked through my collection and the first thing that came to mind was a field of wildflowers. During our travels in the rv I've seen many fields of wildflowers along side of the road. Beautiful. I think my representation is more "cute" than "beautiful".

It was simple to create. Torn blue and green papers layered on to a yellow base card. Multiple stampings of a tree stamp from Cowtown Stamps and a bird stamp, unknown origin. A little highlighting with colored pencils and random placement of flower stickers.

The stickers are really nail art that I got at the Dollar Store.
I first saw that on Audrey's Cards by Design blog. She is my stamping friend that is living in Mexico. Be sure to visit her blog and check out her Christmas cards using embossing paste and glitter, really nice. Currently she has posted a lovely card done with chalk and stencils.

While digging through the stickers, I found several packs of Valentine stickers. I'm going to use them in my Valentine Card project for Cards 4 Kids. The hospital wants to collect at least 250 cards for the children to exchange. I am going to send 25 cards.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Birds of a Feather

Bluebird Tree of Happiness. This is the finished card that I have been working on for several days. This is a swap card that is on its way to Kuwait. My partner in the swap lives in a Diplomatic Enclave there. Her father is a Diplomat from India.

The theme of the swap was "tree". Somehow, I got it in my head to make a bird tree using my favorite bird stamps. This plate of stamps is from gg designs.
This is one design I had a hard time putting down on paper. Remember that terrible example I posted the other day. The problem turned out to be the paper. When I stamped the "tree" on vellum, it all started coming together. I like the look of blues and browns together. I've been seeing a lot of that color combination lately.




Birds of a Feather. I did the background by blending chalks to represent earth and sky. I used hairspray as a fixative. Works for me and it doesn't smell awful. I don't have a branch stamp. I played around on scratch paper until I could paint a branch. Crossing my fingers, I painted one on to the background with watercolor marker and a tiny paint brush. I used 3 graduated sizes of the bird stamps and stamped them sitting on the branch. This was torn and layered on a lavender panel, then on to the base card of brown. I like this color combo, too. It still needed something. A feather, but, all I have is white. Water coloring the feather worked. There finished.

I've used my bird stamps several times but I haven't used the larger sizes yet. I'll have to come up with something.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'd like you to meet........


Tindaloo, Hilde, from Norway. I met her through Rubberstampchat. I love this playful picture of her.
I visited her gallery of cards and I'm very impressed. She has quite a mix of the usual and unusual. All beautifully done. See her creations here.


















I contacted her to tell her how much I enjoyed the ribbon border on this card. She told me it was quite time consuming to do. Don't you think it was worth the effort?

I look forward to future visits with Hilde. Her blog is here. She says "visitors welcome".

I have a new album on Flickr (see link in list) of some of the Christmas cards I sent for Cards for Kids

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Beautiful Card Made by Zora


This is made by my new stamping friend Zora from Trinidad, West Indies. I met her through the Making Greeting Cards forum. You can find pictures of this card and lots more of her cards on her web site. She also does beautiful cards with string art. There you will find the link to her gallery which also has pictures of some paintings that she has done. If you want to read the very interesting and courageous story of her life click on that link also.

The video tutorial for making this pop up flower card is here.

I haven't tried making the pop up flower yet, but, I'm going to very soon.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Morning

I think Sunday morning is my favorite morning of the week. I look forward to having a nice hot cup of coffee and reading the Sunday paper.

I always read the paper in my favorite big comfy chair right next to the living room window. It is the perfect spot to watch all of the critters that visit my front porch everyday. Also, I am able to enjoy the seasonal changes of our huge beautiful (but very messy) Hickory tree.


This is what I see this morning. The sun is glimmering through the lovely yellow foliage.

The paper, The Myrtle Beach Sun News, has 2 articles that refer to our town of Murrells Inlet. The first article outlines how Murrells Inet "keeps 1 eye on its future, 1 eye on its past. The town is pretty strict on development here. There aren't any "big box" stores near the marsh or ocean. Along Old Hwy 17 there are very nice seafood places, boat launch, churches and live oaks decorated with Spanish moss. We also have a marsh walk where you can view the abundant wildlife. You can take the bike path all the way to Pawlys Island, 5 miles South, which also takes you through Hungtington Beach State Park.

The 2nd article is about "Inlet woman in magazine". The December issue of the Southern Living The article, covering 3 pages in a special SC section, shows how Jennifer Averette turns trash found from beachcombing into jewelry. I can hardly wait until my December issue arrives. Maybe it has already arrived and I just haven't read it yet. I'll have to check.

Have I been redeemed for collecting trash? I sure hope so!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Sketch Challenge

This is the Sketch Challenge from Stamping Vacation.

I like this sketch. I made the card using a gold 5 x 7 base card. The background paper completely covers the front of the card. Next the angled piece which is approximately 4 x 6 is layered on an angle and trimmed to fit. The next layer is cut to 3 x 5 and the top "Let it Snow" layer is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. All of the papers are from Cosmo Cricket. The embellishment is a gold snowflake.

I like how this turned out. I've seen lots of cards lately that are made from coordinated papers and an embellishment of some kind. I think they have an elegant look. And very simple to do.

Now I'm on my way to send the card to Denise as my card for her sketch challenge. I hope she likes it.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Work in Progress


You can see where I'm going with this. You can also see this isn't suitable. So back to the drawing board, as they say. Sometimes I get a design in my head and I just can't translate it to paper. If I play around with it, it will eventually come. Maybe not the original vision but something that I think is nice.

I love this set of bird stamps. They are from gg designs. It is a set of 6 bird stamps in graduated sizes. I've used them several times in other projects. Here I've used 2 of them.

The Santa card I made for my entry in a contest. Darn, it didn't win. Here the Santa and cute little mouse stamps are from Cowtown Stamps and the tree stamps are so old I can't remember where I got them. I've also used layers of torn white paper to represent snow. I love that little trick. It came from Denise at Stamping Vacation (see link below).

Well back to my flock of birds.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Artella Land

It is this web site that I found and I fell in love at first sight.











Come Get Inspired!
Visit Artella Land...an inspiring paradise for writers, artists, and creative spirits!


They have a complete community that includes a Vintage Ephemira Market and supplies for paper and digital art. These were the two that first caught my eye since I like to do collage. Another nice thing about this site is that most of the products you can download. Ahh, instant gratification.
Save 55% with the Artella Holiday Gift Gala Super Sale!

So give them a click and check them out.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

An Old Project and a New Reminder


We'll do the reminder first.

Voting in the Annual Christmas Card contest at Stampndaly ends Nov 30th. Please stop in and vote for the cards of your choice.

A while back, I bought a baggie of Parfum bottles at a yard sale. This is only a few of the original purchase. They turned out to be full, so, I went through and tried all the scents and saved 6 of them to use. This is the rest to be used in crafting. My inspiration was a picture that I saw in an Altered Arts magazine. I can't find the pix, but, it was a small painted box filled with small bottles arranged in a random pattern. Mixed in were small pieces of art. The art, bottles and box had all been distressed or altered in some way. I really liked it.

When I saw the parfum bottles the box of bottles came to mind. They will be perfect. Except, I just can't get it right. I've painted and distressed a cigar box and arranged the bottles and art and looked at it. There it stopped. I just haven't come up with anything that I like.


But I did come up with this. I used the back of an old picture frame and covered it with discolored ivory lace from an old blouse. There is a layer of sheer rust ribbon. The ribbon gather at the top is held on by an old ivory pin distressed in gold. The gold distressed bottles are adhered to the ribbon and a gold filigree oval and a pearl have been glued to each bottle. I used an ivory blade from an old fan, distressed with gold and glued on an old ivory rose shaped earring. The dangle at the bottom of the fan blade is also an old earring. It is finished with gold florist glass rounds.

Did you notice a theme? Old. Everything old is new again. Someday this will hang in my old redecorated bathroom.

My bottle box is still waiting to be finished. Someday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm Thankful


Yes, it's almost Thanksgiving Day. The day to be thankful. Even though I don't really have to wait for a special day to be thankful. I am so thankful that my family is well and healthy. They can't be here with me at Thanksgiving this year. My husband, Lorne, and I will be spending a quiet day here in Murrells Inlet, SC. My mother is in Redding, CA, my brother is in Troy, MT, my son, Michael, and his wife, Lynda, are in Reno, NV and my daughter, Susan, and her husband, Will, are in Los Angeles, CA. I will miss them all.

So everyone have a very "Happy Thanksgiving". I'll be thinking of you.

I must run out now and pick up a few things for our dinner tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A New Technique


Well, it is to me anyway.

I learned how to do this on the TV show "Paint, Paper and Crafts" on PBS yesterday. It is making a distressed border using your slide type paper cutter, an embossing tool and sandpaper. Easy.

I just marked off where I wanted my border to be, using paper colored on one side only. Then I lined up the marks with the groove in the paper cutter and ran the embossing tool through the groove a couple of times. The raised border is then lightly sanded with the sandpaper. I liked that so much that I tried it using a brass embossing stencil. I like that also.

The complete instructions can be found on Cutterstv.com.
It is listed under Episodes, List by Project, Card stock Distressing.

Now, let's see what I can make using this "new to me" technique. Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Keeping Warm

What is this 28 degrees stuff? It isn't supposed to be that cold here! But it is and will be for a few more days. At least the sun is out and it isn't all dreary.

Pamela and Red keep toasty by finding a nice warm place to nap.
Here is Red all cuddled up in a nice warm down comforter. Ahhhh!

And, Pamela in her basket with a heating pad set on low. She loves it in there.

When the sun starts streaming in through the windows they both will follow it around and nap in a spot of sun.

Now, me, I like to snuggle under a blanket and read a good book. A few days ago I finished "The Witness" by Sandra Brown. I really enjoyed it. Sandra Browns' books are romantic/suspense. Not the Harlequin type of romance novel, more suspense. I've read a couple of others by her and when I finish I always think "I really liked that book". She has quite a long list of books to her credit so I have plenty to choose from in the future.

So, that's how we keep warm here in "balmy" coastal South Carolina.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Pick 3 Challenge Card


Just pick 3 items from the 6 listed below and create!

PICK 3 Challenge

1. Buckle
2. Anything with a star
3. Brown paper
4. Ribbon
5. Glitter
6. Button

That's what Denise of Stampingvacation said on Monday.

So I picked Anything with a star, Ribbon and Buckle.

This is what I came up with and I think it's pretty darn cute. I used a clip art picture for the star and computer generated the sentiment. I stamped a graveyard and made a sign saying "Boot Hill". The hill is done with black ink pen. You can't have boot hill and no hill, can you? I colored over the original yellow of the star with a darker yellow colored marker. There is liquid laminate on the eyebrows, gun and bullets. The embellishments are an old watch band buckle and navy blue ribbon.

Check out Denise's blog, she has some very nice things to share with all of us.

So, "Howdy Pardner" and leave a comment once and a while on my blog. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If Life Gives You Lemons.......


Make lemonade. That's what I'm going to do with my first harvest from my Mayer's Dwarf Lemon tree. I just picked these yesterday.

Darn! We are having a cold snap here. They are expecting the low to be 28 degrees this a.m. Brrrrrrr. I moved to the beach to be warm! I had enough freezing temps in Reno.

So, I went out yesterday afternoon and covered plants or moved them to a more protected area. I use 55 gallon clear plastic bags. My neighbors are in Cleveland right now, so, I covered up her palms for her. She had just planted them this summer. I covered my new palm and bottle brush tree and a large potted plant that are in the front garden bed. My fig got moved inside the covered patio and bagged. The bag is almost to small. It was a struggle to get it over the tree. The 2 weeping figs and lemon were brought inside. Everything else, and there were lots of plants to shuffle around, got moved to the patio.

My little plant nursery is doing great. Everything is developing roots. Soon they will have to go into little pots. My Russian Hollyhocks have each spouted new growth. The Christmas Cactus has bloomed with brilliant dark pink blossoms. I sure do enjoy my plants!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Time to Vote

Stampndaly has posted the Christmas Card Contest entries on her site. Please stop by and view all of the beautiful cards and VOTE for your favorites.

A Working Weekend

If you can call doing one of my favorite things
working.

I completed the dozen Christmas cards that I want to send to the Cards 4 Kids.

Here are just a couple. The polar bear is from Cowtown Stamps and the trees are cut from green corrugated paper that came in a bulk package from Marco's paper. The base card is soft blue with torn strips of white to imitate snow drifts.

The Santa, I can't give credit for that one because I've forgotten where it came from, is stamped, colored with markers and cut out. It is layered on to Valentine paper (huh?) and then on to a
green base card. The gifts are glittered,
cut and placed in Santa's hands.

This is a really fun project to work with. They put the cards to such good use. The children really appreciate getting them. I just found out that there is a need for teen boys and young men birthday cards. I'm not sure that I know what is acceptable for a teen boy, etc, so, if anyone wants to help you can sign up on the Cards 4 Kids web page. There is also a need for lots and lots of Valentines for the little ones. The hospital wants each child to be able to exchange or send out Valentines to their friends. Remember how much fun we had doing that? I'm thinking of doing single page ones like you get in the packs at the store. I'll probably use my computer because I want to make lots.

Well, back to stamping. I've got inchies, ATCs and my own Christmas cards to work on. There's that word again. It's not work, its pure enjoyment.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Getting My Unmounteds.......


ORGANIZED!

It is a very messy task, but, it just has to be done. I'm getting so many unmounted stamps that I can't keep track of them. It isn't a very high tech system but it is better than what I had. First I organized the stamps with like images together. Then they get stamped onto a labeled page in a notebook. An envelope is labeled the same and that is where I put the stamps. Then the filled and labeled envelopes are filed upright in a box.

I've been at it for about 2 hours now. My fingers are smudged black. But, I'm almost finished! How do you keep yours organized? I'd like to know.

The deadline for the StampnDaly Christmas Card contest is almost here. You still have time to submit your entries. But you better hurry, Saturday is the last day to enter.

This is a picture of a Christmas Card for the Cards 4 Kids project. I want to make at least a dozen to send. Maybe I'm half way through.

Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hollyhocks from Russia


My mom sent the hollyhocks, two of them. They arrived in a granola bar box all wrapped in wet paper towel and newspaper. The roots were encased in the good old red dirt from Redding, CA. One leaf got bent, but, other than that, all was fine with them.

She had told me that a lady that runs a nursery in Dunsmuir, CA gave starts to her. This was years ago....I don't know how many. But, if my mom is running true to form, it has been a really long time ago. Whenever my mother has moved her plants go with her. My dad had made plenty of trips to a new house with the back of the pickup full of plants. My brother brought the last pickup full from Montana when my mom moved back to Redding last year.

The Russian Hollyhocks are now planted in small pots and set in the plant nursery until Spring. I'm going to plant them in a prominent place. I want everyone to see them. I think they are special. I'm proud of my Hollyhocks with ancestors in Russia.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Inchies

Inchies, I love inchies.

I signed on for a swap of inchies on Rubberstampchat. The first of three swaps used the matchbook fold inchie using a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

I cut my inchies 1" x 2 1/4" from orange card stock. Did the scoring for the folds. I used part of a tile stamp from gg designs for the background and part of a swirling leaf from Cowtown Stamps. The deer stamp is so old I can't remember where it came from. And, I used my mini alphabet stamps. I found that I really like using just part of a stamp. It was hard to make a mistake. I put my inchie on a piece of scrap paper to try and keep my work area clean. They were fun, fast and easy.

Here are my first ever inchies.
I really look forward to receiving everyone's inchies in this swap.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mums the Word




These are mums I got out of the florist discount basket last fall at the grocery store. They were labeled "Mini Mums". That's a real misnomer, nothing about these mums are mini. The stems are quite long, the blossoms are huge and there is nothing mini about the shade of yellow.
They were 50c for a 3" pot. I think I got three.

This morning I watched all of these creatures enjoying my "Mini Mums".

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Segway Anyone?

This is the newest tourist attraction here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Segway offers tours of the Market Common and the Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

There is a 15 minute training period. You learn the basics: Lean forward to move ahead, lean back to stop or go backward, and shift the handlebars from side to side to turn. Seems like fun to me.

The Market Common was built in part of the "retired" Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, former home to fighter jets. The Market Common is a beautiful development. There are upscale stores and townhomes built over office space amid beautiful landscaping.


This is the old air force base.
A nice place to cruise around on a segway.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chandelier


Weeks ago, on my old Yahoo 360 blog, I wrote about picking out a new dining room chandelier. It was taking us forever to get this little project completed. I looked and looked at fixtures. Nothing was suitable in either looks or cost.

I stumbled on to a paper lantern web site, The Paper Lantern Store. They had some interesting items. I chose this 3 tier, beaded, sheer fabric shade in a golden beige. I really like it. I think it has a funky elegance. I like it against the soft green wall with a beige chair rail. Project completed!

See the golden stems of the center arrangement? They are the remains of a bouquet given to me last Thanksgiving. They dried naturally all by themselves. I love the golden color so I kept it.

There was also lavender in the bouquet that dried. It has ended up in the rusty oven kitchen counter arrangement (taken before lavender added). The lavender looks very nice with the red. The picture is of my sweet Pammy cat.

Stuck in the corner is a dried artichoke stem. I got this during our travels in Canada at a dried flower farm. We were staying in an RV resort on the outskirts of Vancouver, B.C. in a beautiful farming area. So many farms, flowers, fruit and veggies. We had our fill of beautiful, fresh produce to eat.