Sunday, February 22, 2015

The cousins.....then and now

There we were in all our glory with our Gram Lane. We were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. I am on the right holding my cousin Mary Lane. I was 14 and that was a lot of years ago! That was the last time we were all together until February 5th. Although ever the years I had seen some of the cousins, two were missing. One of them made contact with my cousin Martha and plans were made. I wanted them here since I don't go too far and certainly Siesta Key is a nice place to visit.

In the above picture we wore baby blue dresses and white sweaters - never a good look for me or my sister Jean. We had pencils with 45th Wedding Anniversary printed on them. My cousin Sue-Ellen had some made for the cousins' reunion.

Minimum orders allowed us each to have about 50! 

I had hoped to be in my new house much sooner than New Year's Eve. I wanted to make something for them but actually only was able to get into my studio a few days before they arrived. Thank goodness for good friends - talented good friends. Donna from Brynwood Needleworks to the rescue.

Mug mats for all. Gift bags assembled.

And then the food! Again time was running short and energy was in short supply. 10 movers pallets and 2 storage units emptied and arranged. So, I had it catered. Alpine Steak House in Sarasota did the job and the food was wonderful! The menu was a cross between sophistication and comfort.

And so we visited and became reacquainted. We laughed and cried and reminisced. It was a lovely time.
50 some odd years later, the cousins!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Getting Settled

Do you see that chaise in the corner? I actually sat down in it for a few moments the other day. I am looking forward to some quiet time there. Maybe it will be next week?

The TV is in place for football and movies. I am not much of a TV watcher but it is a good excuse to knit or do needlepoint. I have found some projects and will find more when I tackle the upstairs studio. Cords for all the sewing machines are in box yet to be unpacked. I am anxious to cut out a quilt and use new design wall.

We finally cooked and actually ate at the dining room table. It has been chilly here so I will cook a pot roast for Sunday dinner. Notice that the fish tank is in place and looking good.

The studio looks a little better than this picture. Hopefully by tomorrow night it will be almost done.

Publix had English cottage roses. Now I have them!

The mailman brought me a bit of Florida sunshine this past week. My friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks is most talented.

The basket on the floor is my temporary office! Lots of paperwork with a new house and we all know how I feel about paperwork!

So, that's just a peek of what's going on here.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in the Casa.....

We are having a Floridaloha Christmas this year. We are waiting to move into the almost finished new house and were fortunate enough to find this dear little cottage that celebrates old Florida.

Decorating has been minimal as most is packed away for next year. We brought this little tree and decorated it with a vintage Santa that we found on Etsy. We have searched and searched to find the one that Jack remembers from his childhood and this is as close as we could come. We shall keep trying.

I shall be on the lookout for this fine fellow which has graced the table here. The furniture in the cottage is Frankl  or Frankl-like. Very comfortable and fitting for the cottage. You can read about the furniture and designer here. eBay has some fine examples.

The owner is a noted ukulele player and will give a lesson if you wish. The cottage is decorated with much love and care.

I am a long time lover of bark cloth. 

Actual bark cloth or fabric with the same feel furnish the cabin. And for a bit of whimsy the sheets feature hula dancers.

So the month here has flown. Next week at this time we shall be getting ready to spend the night in our long-awaited new home. It has been quite the journey but we are almost home.

Monday, December 15, 2014

15 days and a wakeup.....

Jack served proudly in the United States Army and much of his training carries through to our everyday lives. When referring to time left in the service "days left and a wakeup"was a common description. We are using it for the time left before we move into the new house.

I never thought I would ever be tired of shopping but I am getting close. Choosing the fans put me right under and then came the window treatments. 

This is a picture of the studio. A whole room with no other purpose but quilting and other stuff. I can display my quilts and have a design wall for those in progress. The light will be wonderful. The room through the doors will be an office or an extra guest room if needed and there is a bathroom between the two rooms. I cannot wait to organize it and start and finish some projects.

I picked this fan for this room.

It is all very exciting! Staying at the cottage has been a nice break but dining out is getting old. Although we have cooked some nice meals here, it just seems easier to grab a bite as we go back and forth from the new house to here.

So, as they said in the army, "15 days and a wake up."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Awesome Alliteration.....

So here we are in this dear little cottage. It has taken me several days to unwind. I need to recharge and get ready for the next stage. Just think we get to unpack all those boxes. I am calling them surprise boxes because I have not a clue what I shall find when we open some of them! Perhaps just calling them the "good, bad and the ugly" is accurate.

I have tried to find words to describe the cottage and most start with "e".

The cottage is enchanting, eclectic, exciting, entertaining, environmentally sound, expertly outfitted, an ecotourism destination, etc.. We love it.
It was built in 1925 and has been restored with modern appliances. And I don't have to pack anything!!!


We shall sit outside for our adult beverage tonight as we have some citronella and "Off" now.
Butterflies are swarming the bougainvillea. The seem to know that I would love some pictures so they only pose when the camera is inside.

Tonight we will have a mini Thanksgiving dinner. We had dinner with friends but I wanted a leftover or two.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I appreciate all the encouraging comments during the saga of the move.


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