Sunday, May 24, 2009

Earrings for Mom

Here's a photo of my mom wearing earrings I knitted and sent for her Mother's Day gift. They look GREAT! I hope she enjoys them as much as I enjoy this photo. This photo was taken on their upstairs porch (gallery) in Uptown New Orleans. (earrings, free pattern on Knitty, ravelers can find on my project page.)

Close-up...they are the same size, they were just on an uneven surface.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

St. Lucia

A couple years ago we visited the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. We were robbed there, so we don't have many pictures (stole my camera...I wish they'd just left me the memory card). I posted these on Facebook, so I'm putting them here for my friends and family who aren't on that site.

below: highly decorated restaurant at the resort. Note the wooden carved art. St. Lucia is famous for it's wooden sculpture, and we observed a distinct style to the art there.

below: view from the villa's porch where I had breakfast every morning. That part was GREAT! This is where our stuff was stolen, by someone who had a key. It was rented housing that the resort put us in because they overbooked. The view was staggering. Also unbenownst to us, there was a local staying UNDERNEATH the adjacent guest villa, in an open-air storage room. He made coal in the nearby woods. The guest couple staying in that villa were also robbed; even their shoes and clothing were taken.

View of the resort's beach bar from a water taxi. I love the conical, tiki-like roof. It was made of some woven plant material. CLICK the photo and enlarge it, there is a lot of interesting detail to see. I'm thinking I should try enlarging a print of this to display in my home, because I love this photo so's totally tiki.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mitch's Floor

Mitch has finished putting the oak flooring (sans trim) in the living room and dining room. Plans on finishing the foyer this week. There's a rumor that he's going to put on the top coat while I am out of town next week and save me from the fumes! What a hubby.

Of course that means that as soon as I return, I will have to start painting! LOL I am the painter in this partnership. And the seamstress. I will be sewing living room curtains from the fabric we bought in Hawaii.

Here's a short video of the flooring progress.

This is the fabric the curtains will be made of, followed by furniture for the living room. All the furniture is retro stuff we obtained from our favorite Athens resale shop, Agora. The coffee table is a Lane. The sofa is by Flexsteel and is extra long and seats four or more.

Now picture a flat tv on the wall playing the movie "Endless Summer". Ahh.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mitch's Solo

Mitch was one of a sextuplet of soloists in the first song of the Athens Choral Society's Spring concert. He's the tenor voice, and the most obvious male voice of the soloists.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Stylist, New Haircut, Where Are My Friends?

Decided to change stylists. The new salon is downtown so I spent a good chunk of the day there.

Which was weird, since my friends Beth Rene' and Hajro were not there!!! I hung out and knitted at the Espresso Royale coffeeshop where Beth Rene', Mitch and I once did zombie impersonations...and after my haircut I met Mitch for a pizza slice and beer at Transmet and we sat outside at the table Beth Rene', Hajro, Mitch and I could call "ours"...then we walked down to Agora, but since THEY were not with us, we did not find anything (we have found many cool furniture items when BR and H have been with us).

Here's my new 'do.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mainland Summer

We can't go to Hawaii this year, but I'm still Hawaii dreamin'. So I pulled out some fabric I bought in Honolulu last year and a special pattern I also purchased there, and am getting down to sewing!

I'll be sewing a long pareau (as the pattern spells it). It's Hawaiian, baby, X Small to XXL! Now that's a useful pattern, not like the mainland ones.

And here's what I am listening to while I work on my dress:

Floor Progress

Mitch got half the living room done yesterday! It looks fantastic. Each board is tightly placed and nailed in invisibly. And each length is made up of several board pieces in random sizes. It's interesting to see how it's done and how the nail gun works.

I was wimpy and worked on primering and painting a door. This works a lot better since Mitch discovered "Peel Stop" primer. The previous owners' paint jobs have had horrible problems with peeling off in giant, uneven strips, leaving a VERY marred surface.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

House Renovation

Mitch is laying down the oak flooring on the main level this weekend, and no doubt during the week. Living room, dining room and foyer.

Ugh, then I get to paint it all. 8-)