Thursday, September 25, 2014

~Calligraphy Class & Birthday Dinner and Simple & Sweet Fridays #134~

I finally signed up for a calligraphy class I've been wanting to take.
I took a course at a college nearby years ago 
and wanted a refresher class.
I heard from a friend, Paper Tales had a class.
So, I signed up our daughter, Carly and her friend, Leeanne to go with me.
It was a birthday present for Leeanne!
There's something about using a pen and ink,
I love it!!
Lots of fun girls in the class.
Carly enjoyed learning something new.
April Joy taught the class. 
If you haven't taken a calligraphy class,
she's the best teacher!
It's always fun learning a new technique.
April gave us practice sheets and went over how to hold your pen and write on a slant.

Practice is the Key!!

I found some old pens and colored ink that I had from the college calligraphy class.
Can't wait to try more calligraphy!
Calligraphy on colored paper,
Happy Fall!
Thank You April for a fun class!!
Paper Tales 
3960 W.Point Loma Boulevard 
San Diego
CA 92110

Ph: 619 222 2510

Tuesday was my birthday and Stan made me a wonderful dinner.
He gave me the best present.

We're going to England to visit 
our daughter, Katie and her boyfriend, Harry.
Carly and Justin are going too!
As you can see by the photo, I haven't been there since 1972.
I'm so excited!
We are also going to Paris for 3 days.
What a wonderful birthday present.
I'm beyond thrilled!
We're still going to have the Simple & Sweet Party next week.
Hopefully with some photos of our trip.
So hope you can join us!!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

~Fall is in the Air~

We have been blessed with cooler weather 
in San Diego this weekend.
The heat has been unbearable with the humidity very high.
We have had our air conditioner on, 
it seems like all summer.
The garden was so pleasant to be wandering and 
checking out my plants this morning.
This time of year, we pull out the summer vegetables 
and plan our fall garden. 

To sit and plan where we would want new bulbs to go.

I wanted to share with you what I read
 about how to control flies near your chicken coop.
 Cut different herbs in bunches and hang them 
with jute near their coop.

Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Sage and Dill.
They not only look pretty,
they smell good too!
I also read to place edible flowers near the chicken boxes.
Doria seemed to like the idea!
She laid an egg!!
Doria and Lucy are always surprising us in a new spot.
I displayed some flowers from the garden in their eggs. 
Lots of different colors.
Egg shells make a wonderful little vase.
Another surprise in the garden today!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

~Autumn Pincushions and Simple & Sweet Fridays #133~

 I was starting to make my Pumpkins for Fall and also wanted to make an Autumn Pincushion. 
I had some autumn leaves to add to the piece. 
I cut out some white velvet material to make strawberries
 and hand-stitched some
 gold little beads onto them.
I added a green leaf crown and stem.
The white berries gave the pincushions a little whimsy.
I made a Fall vignette with my other pumpkins.
A new Autumn look for the holiday.
I made another pincushion with acorns.
I made some velvet acorns from a project last year, 
so I used them to decorate the top.

~Different Size Acorns~ 
Another display for Fall.
You can always add a little bling!
An old jewelry piece I had from my mother.
A collection of pins.
An antique jeweled leaf pin for the final creation.
~A Fall Vignette~
Another New Find:
~A cake knife from Anthropologie~
It matches the cake plate I purchased in June from there.
I love that Store!

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