The upcoming visit from my parents and a possible visit from Amber et al, gave me the added ambition I needed to finally paint my bedroom. It's the same color as my favorite purse (seen sitting on the bed). I got home around 6, started taping at 7, ran out of tape and started painting at 8. I finished cleaning my brushes at 10:30 and it was way more fun than the bathroom (no weird obstacles like a tub to work around).
Also, check out my gorgeous $20 Target lamp that I recently purchased during some retail therapy. I'm in love with all things crystal (or that look crystal) lately.
I was going to reward myself with a massage at the gym for finally getting this done, but I think dinner and drinks with Jessica tonight is even better.
Now I can finally put up pictures on the wall (I could hardly stand it without)!
Friday night when I got home, we spied the deer outside eating the plums next to the garden.
Guthrie Nation was well represented at the Green Cheese Picnic on Saturday night. It was a nice cool evening with lots of good food (I made chocolate chip and walnut cookies) and good fun.
I came home on Monday morning, instead of Sunday afternoon and it saved me about two hours of traffic aggravation. And also gave me more time to pick wild blackberries on the county land near Amber's house.
Here are my berry-stained hands and the three bags of berries that we all picked. Also, an heirloom tomato from Amber's garden.
My goal for this weekend is to get a lot of sun and sleep, eat my mom's wonderful cooking, spend time with friends, come back with rummage sale finds and garden veggies and return when the traffic isn't horrendous (like Monday).
I finished a tea towel of a hostess with the mostess dropping her tray. My favorite part is her lavender heels. I think I'll still add "Julie's Kitchen". Then it's on to my "Cocktail Hour" towel. I'm so excited:)
*Green Cheese is a call-in radio trivia show that the extended Neumann family and I have a party, eat homemade hot wings and listen to every Saturday (when I'm in Bemidji).
via All the Best
...we know that we are often heartless toward the misery of others and mindless toward your purposes for good, that our souls wither among our machines, that our strength has gone from us laboring after that which does not satisfy. By our luxury the hungry are sent empty away; for the sake of our comfort the innocent perish at home and abroad. As of old, we kill the prophets and anoint the fools.
Help us, great Lord, to deplore in ourselves the evil that so wantonly destroys; and provoke in us for the sake of all people those inward changes which support life, encourage liberty, and make possible the pursuit of (public) happiness. Amen.
I finished embroidering the fleece baby blanket for my coworker on Sunday. I am very glad to be done with it because it was really hard and a lot of work for someone else that I don't really even know. Probably won't do a similar project for a long time.
I also painted the bathroom on Saturday and I think it looks pretty good. Nice and bright white and shiny. Just like I like things. Next up to be painted: my room, ack.
But Treadle Yard Goods is a utopia of gorgeous things with lovely help and sewing classes (yay!). Just look:
I still can't find locally black and white toile to embroider neon and make a pillow (this is way better than it sounds). I did find it online however and am waiting until payday to order a couple yards.
Andrew is as old as me now and we spent Friday night celebrating with his buddies in Mpls. He thinks it's funny that Minneapolis is an exotic location for me. I never go there and I kept exclaiming over things like WCCO studios and Solera and holy cow I didn't know what Saloon was.
We had dinner at the Red Dragon (on the way to pick him up there was a fight in the street) and then hung out at on his balcony at his apartment (which has an amazing view) before drinks and dancing at Saloon (goodness gracious).
I printed some homemade art and framed it to help add decor to his apartment I ended up including photos of the famous Wondrous Punch from Red Dragon which is coincidentally where we dined that evening.
She is doing all the things I think "That would be cool to do for a year". But she actually does them.
Here are Bill, Laura and I in our shirts at Laura's parent's cabin in Nevis where we stopped to shower on the way home.
Hamm's was the drink of the day and here is what is left of the throne of some 30 cases of the beer.
Last night I dropped by Jon and Natasha's new place so we could all hang out with Amy who is in town from Baltimore for a little visit. She brought her puppy, Scout, and we talked about life all night long.
I've been asked to embroider on a fleece baby blanket for a coworker. This will be an experiment, because fleece is not easy to embroider. You have spray-adhesive or iron (iron + fleece = possible melting) on a stabilizer so it doesn't stretch and you can't use a hoop. I did a little internet investigating into the subject and picked-up some good tips. Wish me luck!
I really think I'm going to buy this sewing machine I found on Craigslist for $75. It comes with the table that it folds into and they offered to deliver it. I sent mom the link and she says go for it, so I'm going to go look at next week. I want to put it in the dining room under one of the windows - maybe with one of the chairs we inherited from Julia's boyfriend when he moved to Boston. Perfect.
Then I can add custom edges to my pillowcases and make my own aprons, skirts and pillows. Now, just need to learn how to sew.
I'm all wired up this morning thanks to my weekly stop at my new favorite local coffee shop: Koplings. Which really does have the best coffee in town. I'm addicted to their single-origin mocha, iced of course. They use fair-trade, organic espresso and chocolate from a single place of origin and milk from a local organic, grass-fed dairy. All this within walking distance from my house and on the way to work at the same price as going to CorporateCoffee. How much better can you get?
We also stopped at my new favorite store in Bemidji, Mattie's Menagerie. I picked up the most gorgeous vintage handmade pillowcases and an antique embroidered one too (I can't resist).
Saturday was the real crazy daze and I had a ball looting Ben Franklin for new kitchen towels to embroider and discount scrapbooking supplies.
Ha! Ann Coulter's book was on the clearance table at Book World:
Dad and I volunteered in the Beer Tent at the Dragon Boat festival and Mom competed on City Hall's team. They placed 40something out of 60. I checked ID's at the door with Mike, the over-the-road trucker. It was a good time and free Blue Moon all afternoon!
Here they are parading in during the opening ceremonies:
Saturday night I went to Green Cheese and found that Amber's road has been paved! She was so proud of her new garden and I thought it was really beautiful. She was digging potatoes for us to take home. Mmmm. Here is her flower and herb garden:
Then, to complete my Saturday of fun I met up with Carolyn and Kate for some dancing at Keg and the Beer Tent again. Here we are ready to go out (along with Kate's roommate Katie):
Sunday, I scavenged veggies from my parent's garden and made the long trip home. Motley needs a traffic light at the Hwy 10 and 210 intersection:
Monday night there is nothing on TV and I wanted some cake, so I made red velvet with homemade powdered sugar frosting.
Last night I laid out my new patterns from Sublime Stitching (yes I ordered more) on my new towels from Ben Franklin. I'll iron them on tonight, cause I will soon be out of projects at work and I can't wait to do some Krazy Kitchen designs. Here are the results of my Country Cool pillowcases:
Here I am watching the "Hole-in-One" for 36 dozen golf balls. The beverage cart came around periodically with free beer. So, I started drinking around 1:30pm and didn't really stop until 1:00am. But, I spaced them out enough that I wasn't ever really that drunk. Weird. Maybe I'm talented.
Here's the hole I watched
I got the sconce hanging, but it looks like I'm going to have to unwire it to take it off. Which is a little scary to me, but my maintenance man friend Joe offered to help. Gee, that's too bad that I have to take it completely off to paint. What a good excuse to put something new up!
And as hard as I tried to unscrew the shelf from the wall, I got no where. I'm going to have to try the drill - do they make flat heads for that?
Plus, I need to buy paint!