Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Daybook

For Today...

Outside my window...there is a beautiful blue sky, the sun is shining, leaves are budding on the trees.

I am thinking...how lovely the weather is, and I should be outside.

I am thankful for...Easter joy!

From the kitchen...baking a cake to celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II tomorrow.

I am wearing...capris, a yellow sweater and Keds.

I am creating...drapes for the living room and an art journal-my first one.

I am going...to take pictures of my son tonight for his senior prom.

I am reading...Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker and enjoying her tips and ideas for living an artful life.

I am hoping...that my dear friend will be healed.

I am hearing...lots of things with the windows open:  birds singing, cars going by, a lawn mower and the boys playing outside.

Around the house...my son is getting ready for prom, and I need to do a quick tidy before parents arrive to take pre-prom photos.
One of my favorite things...a sunny sky!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  working on the living room drapes, decluttering the basement family room and ordering food for my oldest son's graduation in just two weeks!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Big brother, little brother...


Big brother, little sis...

Friday, April 29, 2011

I Caught the Fever.


I really wasn't that interested in the Royal wedding today.  I had no intention of getting up super early to watch and didn't record it.  However, when I got up and turned on the news this morning, there were the highlights, and I was immediately enchanted.  Since my husband isn't interested in discussing an over-hyped wedding, I have to blog about it!




The first image that got me was when Prince Harry turns around to sneak a peek at Kate as she enters the church.  He turned to Prince William with a big grin and whispered something to him that  made his big brother smile.  I thought it was an endearing moment between two  men who although they are important world figures, are after all, brothers.



Kate did look absolutely beautiful and reminded me of Grace Kelly in her simple, elegant gown.



The scene that brought tears to my eyes might sound strange, but for me it was a live look at something you read about in fairy tales or see in historical movies.  It was the images of the Prince and his new bride being presented to the people of England on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.  The size of the crowd was amazing with everyone cheering and waving flags.  It truly looked like a scene from a movie.  The people of England got to have this amazing, beautiful moment in their history, a moment of national pride that was shared with the entire world.  We need more happy news like this!  I couldn't help tearing up, and was late getting ready for the day since I couldn't put my mascara on until the tearing stopped!





So I'm not going to apologize to anyone who has had enough of all the wedding hype this last week and the nonstop news coverage today.  I'm off to find a Guinness or a Bass Ale so I can toast the happy couple!  Cheers!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kitchen Valance

Ah, the feeling of finally completing a nagging project!  I don't know why it took me so long to finally finish making valances for two of my kitchen windows.  Once I calculated all the measurements and cut the fabric, it only took me three hours to stitch them up.  Yet I have had the fabric for this project for almost two years!!  If procrastination is a disease, I need to find the cure!

At any rate, the valance for my back door turned out very cute.  It's a striped fabric that is also used as the lining for the valance on the window next to it--I managed to get that one finished months ago.



 This is the valance for the desk window.  It dresses up an otherwise very messy area (I cut the mess out of the picture).  Having the window finally "finished" helps me feel better about the stacks of paper that ususally clutter the desk top.


My next project will be drapes for the living room.  A curtain rod has been hanging there for months, empty.  I have good incentive for getting the drapes done.  My son graduates from high school in a few weeks, and I want the drapes up before his party.  Of course these are things my son doesn't find necessary for throwing a party.  I should probably work on having that sort of attitude.  I could very easily torture my family with the stress of completing an unrealistic To Do list.  All that really needs to be done is making sure the house is sufficiently clean and providing enough food and places to sit.  Sigh...but it would be so nice to have it ALL done!