Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Get a Room!

I bet that got your attention didn't it?

After complaining for two years about how bright our bedroom is at night, we finally decided to do something about it. Last Saturday, we made a trip to Ikea and came home with some pretty dark purple curtains. They are almost the same color as the flowers in the artwork. The curtains are semi-sheer and with the blinds open provide light during the day, but with the blinds closed at night the room is really dark which makes for a better nights sleep.

While we were at Ikea, we found a duvet cover that matched the curtains, so we bought it and a new duvet too. The first thing Steve said when we had it all put together was, "It looks like a grownup's room now." I think it looks great and now the sun doesn't wake me up at 5:00 am!

In other news, I finished my Hey Teach sweater. It was a quick and easy knit. I love the color and the way it turned out. What I don't like about it is the size. It is a little too big and a little short. I should have made a large instead of an extra large. I will definitely be making another one in the near future.

I also finished the blue lacy socks. I like the way they turned out and they didn't take that long to knit either. This is the same yarn that I used for Dad's socks.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Fun Never Stops

Last week was certainly full of fun.

It started on Monday with a visit with our friends the Sandlin's. Steve was out of town, Melissa had to work, so I had them all to myself. We had a great lunch at the Mexican restaurant across the street and then spent a couple of hour catching up on everything. Melissa did come home early, so she got to spend some time with them too.

On Tuesday, we headed to the airport and ended up here.

Our original flight was delayed, but we were able to take an earlier flight so we made it to the city in time to have dinner at Victor's, our favorite Cuban restaurant before we went to the theater.

After dinner we headed over to the theater to see this.

It was a great show. It is so emotional, I don't know how they do this eight times a week. The audience was so spellbound, that no one spoke during the whole show. That in itself was amazing to us as we always end up sitting by people who talk through the whole performance.

Afterwards we waited by the stage door for autographs and pictures. The whole cast was so nice signing autographs, taking pictures and chatting with everyone.

On Wednesday Steve headed out to his conference (it was a business trip after all) and Melissa and I headed to Starbucks for breakfast before we braved the subway system on our own.

Our destination was SoHo and two yarn shops. The first was the Lion Brand Yarn store. Melissa and I each got yarn for sweaters. They have a sampling wall with cones of their different yarns. You can wind some off and knit up a swatch to see how you like the yarn. It was pretty cool.

The second was Purl SoHo which is a tiny little shop. It is amazing how much yarn they have in such a small space. We both bought sock yarn here. Koigu for me and Spud and Chloe for Melissa. Melissa's purchase was as much for the name of the yarn and the tag as it was for the color.

After our yarn shopping spree, we took the subway back to Rockefeller Center and a stop at Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes. On the way back to the hotel we passed Crumbs, so of course we had to stop and sample their cupcakes too. There was also a stop at Pinkberry for our favorite frozen yogurt and berries.

We met Steve and Deann (his client) for dinner at Kellari and had some yummy Greek food. After dinner we went to see Billy Elliott. Another great show and amazingly enough another quiet audience. The kids in this show, both the Billy's and the girls in the dance class, are awesome.

Thursday morning brought another rushed trip to the airport due to a cancelled flight and the need to take an earlier one to make sure we got home in time to see the Jason Mraz concert that night. The concert was awesome. They were filming it for a DVD, which will be out sometime in the fall, so he played for over two hours. The venue was right on the lake so we got some amazing city views as well. It was fun to see all the boats lined up along the lakefront to hear the music.

Friday was a normal day (thank goodness) Steve and Melissa both went to work and I did some things around the house.

On Saturday we had brunch and then took the train into the city to see Spring Awakening.

Sunday was Steve's birthday and we were supposed to go to Ravinia to see David Hyde Pierce, but it was pouring rain so we went to Buca di Beppo for dinner and then went to see the Harry Potter movie at the Imax theater.

So how was your week?

August Card Class

Here are the cards for the August Cricut card class at Craft Fancy. Isn't the Basic Grey Lemonade paper pretty?

This one will have a button in the center of the flower.

I found this on on Splitcoast Stampers and couldn't resist. The card for the class will use the same Basic Grey paper as the others. This is the one I sent my parents for their anniversary.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Halloween Mini Book

The ladies in my morning Cricut class at Craft Fancy decided that they wanted to to a Halloween Mini book for their next project. I added a ribbon tie on the spine to hold the pages together. I'm thinking about changing the pumpkins on the cover to solid orange ones. What do you think?

It doesn't show in the pictures, but the spiders have gems for eyes and the candy was coated with glossy accents so they are shiny.

Thanks for looking.


Our first port of call was Cannes, France. This is a tender port, so we took one of these boats (the ship's lifeboats) to the dock.

We walked around the harbor to the center of town.

There is a fort that overlooks the harbor.

One of the beautiful streets we wandered down. We did find a McDonald's and they guys wanted to get french fries. We told them that we weren't eating at McDonald's in France. Although it was a very nicely decorated McDonald's, as was the one in Venice where we did get fries. More about that one later. Without the sign, you wouldn't have know it was a McDonald's.

This is the Palais des Festivals where the film festival is held. After seeing all the beautiful buildings, I was expecting something much different than this modern building. All around the courtyard there are hand and footprints of movie stars from all over the world.

There are several small parks along the waterfront. Carousels must be very popular in France, there were two of them fairly close together in the park. We did walk down to the beach but the water was kind of murky so no one wanted to stick their toes in.

Of course we had to have crepes and Coca Cola Light, which tastes different than Diet Coke (or so Melissa says). My favorite was the Nutella crepe. Yummy.