As I love to do when I visit a beach, especially my beloved, Siesta Key, I leave behind a thank you fairy after collecting shells during my stay.
I wonder if anyone ever sees them? I always hope a small child finds her and feels the joy I put into her.
This week, I had a never ending slew of shells to chose from, and took advantage of that by making a second sprite.
Sugarwings loves this beach too. We got in too late on Saturday night to get out in the sand, but the minute we woke up, we were out to greet the day at our home away from home for the next week.
Have you ever flown a kite at the beach? This was a first for us, but will be a tradition from now on.
(This is the yard of our condo, perfect for its beautiful views, and for providing space to play in, far enough away from the Gulf that I don't have to worry about Sugarwings being tempted by the water)
The first day, I had my eye on this umbrella that the wind had taken up into the brush. It was there all day, no one claimed it by dark, so I sent my husband through the scrub and sticker plants to scoop it up for Sugarwings to play under. It was slightly broken, I guess the original owners didn't want it. (We did leave it out in case someone was looking for it)
Their loss, our gain! It was just what we needed for her to stay in the shade to play in the sand. We also purchased a couple of folding chairs, and that made the trip much more comfy, for sitting out by the water and reading. I don't know why I've been too cheap to do that in the past. Low beach chairs are about $10-15 at Walmart, and we could use them all week.
It always seemed wasteful when I'd thought about buying one in the past, but isn't when I realized that when I go to other hotels that have chair rentals, I pay $25 for one afternoon to borrow them. Silly that I hesitated to purchase a seat for less than I'd rent one.
I might even buy an umbrella next time, since chances are we won't be lucky enough to have one blow our way again. And it made the trip so much better for my grand fairy.
Sugarwings was as dedicated to shell finding as I was. We bought her a boogie board, but the waves weren't cooperating. She used it instead as a shell transport system, pulling it behind her as she searched for treasure in the shallow water and then placing them on the board to bring them back to shore.
We didn't have Dewdrop with us by the water, she was spending the week with her mama who lives in Sarasota. How lucky for me that I needed to deliver her on Spring break to my favorite city in the world?!
We had a very laid back week, with some chilly temperatures that required jackets on the beach a couple of days, and I picked up a slight illness that slowed me down, while my poor husband had a horrid bought of the flu with on and off fevers. Still, if you aren't feeling your best, where better to rest up and take it easy? We sat by the water in our folding chairs, watched the waves and our pretty grand fairy.
I'll miss you, Siesta Key!
Thank you to everyone who left comments to enter the egg giveaway! I am shipping off winners from my blog, Instagram, and Facebook today.
Also, a big thanks to those of you who bought some eggs from me!
I do enjoy making them, and while I know it is sorta late for the holiday, I listed a few more in the Boutique.
These are a little different, I had some speckled eggs to work with.
Although there were still a few of the candy colored ones too. (these are sitting on a quilt square made by my mom, I always use it in my Easter decorating, the colors are so sweet)
And some come in their own basket.
It was nice to see all of the comments for the giveaway, I appreciate you taking the time to enter.
Sometimes, it is good to get a reminder that there is someone on the other side of this blog, who actually reads it. I just kinda ramble on and talk to myself.
And thanks for celebrating my "hatching" of Snowbird's Song with me.
I plan on whipping up some details soon, and having sign ups set to go. Anyone who has sponsored gifts or attended a previous Birdsong get a first shot at attending.
It is a more intimate gathering too, since it will be in the colder weather. I will limit the guests to how many will fit into my dining room and new hearth room area for meals. Maybe 20 instead of 30?
Please save the date of Friday November 10- Saturday 11, if you are interested. I'll let everyone know when I have the details in line and you can make your reservation. If you haven't joined us before, you can learn more about it here, and read about past events.
If you are planning on a trip to our holiday Birdsong, or to some other art event, how are you packing your treasures?
I came across a few of these vintage, expandable file folders and added them to my boutique after filling them up with some ephemera to get you started. They are perfect for carrying papers!
And what a pretty, velvet cover. Drool-making, huh? I think it could be even better embellished by its new owner.... A little lace? No, a LOT of lace!!
My friend, Tami, hosted another craft day recently, it was great to catch up with Birdsong Peeps. And it always means the world to me, to see the friendship between these ladies, that started with Birdsong! That just made me miss all of the "Birdsong Ladies" (as Sugarwings calls them) even more.
Sooooooo........ I'm most likely planning another one....... how about- "A Snowbird's Song" in November? Just in time to make an elegant necklace to wear with your little black dress at holiday parties, some table top festive pretties, perhaps a banner and a smattering of ornies for the tree?
I'm thinking November 10-11. More details when sign ups are set to go.....soon!
Crafting at Tami's workroom just drove home to me, what a gathering of arty, happy, creative types can do for the soul. Making things together with my Peeps brings me a sense of community, gives me soooo many new ideas, learned from others in the group, and just plain old makes me grin.
I miss doing that in my studio!
Our day was full of joy, laughter, and creativity. I was on a roll, pumping out one project after another. Here are just a few, this peat pot is decked out then filled with a bunny Tami gifted me with and is placed into a snow globe that I redo for different holidays.
More peat pots and baskets were decorated and filled, as well as the large blue egg with bunny inside, pictured at the top of the post, and this egg covered in old ledger paper and foofed with a vellum bunny and lace.
I've been making these sugared eggs too. Some, I've decorated with, some I've given away.
Do you want one? Leave a comment here or on my Facebook post and I'll draw a few names, and drop these little confections into the mail in celebration of hatching my Snowbird plans!
ps- There are a few sugared eggs for sale in the Boutique too.
I know Easter is rather close, but there is still time for decorating, right?
So, I added some of these sugared eggs to the Boutique.
They come in two and three packs, some have foofed up, vintage baskets.
And some are gifts!
Yep, I'll share the eggs with a few giveaways, in honor of the plans I am "hatching" for A Snowbird's Song in November.
Please leave a comment on this post, or the previous one, or on Facebook.
Our time at Siesta Key was the best.
We like to stay at a place right on the sand, and while it isn't fancy, it is my idea of a dream vacation spot. When my sisters and I stay there, we like to craft and look out the window at the waves. Sugarwings and I took it a step further and did our artwork out on the patio, listening to the ocean as we painted our view.
We found a sea sponge on the beach to use in texturizing our pictures. It was just what I needed to paint the sand, along with a few splatters from a rough brush. Sugarwings got into the splattering too, I'm glad we were using watercolors, or we might have had some issues with the management.... As it was, I had to ask her to do her splatters away from me, I was getting a few extra on my own painting.
This one is sunset with a wet on wet watercolor sky.
Same view, different angle, so that the small rise seems bigger, almost a hill. I worked from photos that taken on my ipad, and then propped up on the table to look at. I know there was a big ocean right in front of me, but I prefer using the photos.
The lighter green in the water is the sand bar and the area to the right is where we spread my Dad's ashes a few years ago.
This is one that I painted with acrylic paints after I got home, from a quick, watercolor sketch I did that day on the patio.
These are small, 9x12", and I'm not sure what I'll do with them. They are kind of small for the wall since they wouldn't show up in detail from across a room. The size isn't standard, I'd have to custom frame them. They aren't that good to spend too much money on getting them framed... so, I don't know if I'll spring for that. Maybe a standard frame with a custom cut mat is more affordable, then hang in a small area, like the bathroom?
They might just go into a scrapbook as a memory of a lovely time with my grand fairy at one of our favorite places.
I must be on a migration route for these sweeties, because for 4 years in a row, there is one, blessed day when a large flock comes to see me.
It is often on a snowy day, always at the end of winter, after a nice break in the winter when we have had a glimpse of spring. Then, cold comes back for a few days, and here they come with it, to make me feel better about facing a few more days of freezing temps.
Usually, I glance out of the window and see a flash of blue, and know it is my lucky day.
This year, my husband was the one to discover our visitors. He stepped out the door, frightened the flock, and they flew up all at once. I was afraid they were gone for the day (they don't stay long).
But after about 15-20 minutes, they settled back in to snack on the dried berries from this overgrown bush.
They also love the warmed waterer we keep outdoors in the winter for the cats.
Maybe they remember that warm water on a cold day and pass the message along each year?
I feel like I need to read up on these birds, I'd like to find a way to convince them to stay longer.
They eat, drink, rest up for the morning, then are on their way again by afternoon.
Its quite amazing that I catch the fleeting bit of time that they are here.
It happens so fast and would be so easy to miss. They arrived the day before I packed up for our trip to the beach, it was a close call. A matter of less then 48 hours difference and I'd have lost the chance to enjoy them this year. Or if they had come the day before, I'd have been out running errands all day long and wouldn't have seen them.
How sad, if I'd lost this brief opportunity for my annual blessing of happiness upon our home!
And how blessed I am to catch them on their journey, yet again.
They do bring happiness.
I miss having horses. We used to have a wonderful, old barn filled with these creatures with the world's softest noses.
Seriously, what is softer than the velvet of a horse's nose????
But while that barn was wonderful to me, it wasn't exactly stable. Over 100 years old and leaning, it was near toppling over. And the cost to restore it? More than we could handle at the time.
(If I had it to do over again, I'd have taken out a second mortgage, and done anything I could to save it!!)
It has been gone for years now. And we are horseless.
But our neighbors have some we can visit!
We hopped on the 4 wheeler and drove up the road to call on them, and Sugarwings fell head over heels for the horses.
She was in heaven there for the afternoon and keeps asking me why we don't have a "real farm".
But as much as I miss having a barnyard full of these guys, I also remember how much work they can be.
For now, I'll just consider myself lucky to have neighbors who welcome us when we want to come over and be reminded of how good a horse's neck smells when you put your arm around it and just how velvety their noses are.
Guncle Randy aways sends the best hand made cards. For every holiday, and sometimes, just because. So, I wanted to make one to send to the guys for Valentine's Day.
And I had this funny picture of Randy, jumping up (holding his cell phone over his head), and I wanted to change it into him holding own of his dogs.
The cover is one of myhand colored Valentine pages, it is glued to floral card stock. I cut hearts out of more floral paper and scattered them around the inside of the card, then I attempted to make a pop up of Randy holding Perry Clayton over his head in place of the cell phone in the photo.
I'd offer a step by step how-to on making a pop up card, but you do NOT want directions from me.
I just went for it and had no idea what I was doing. The back of the photo looks like Frankenstein's monster, there are so many trusses, and mistakes, and covered up bits attached to it. Seriously, if you want to make a pop up card, google it first. If you follow directions, they aren't hard. But if you can't remember how to do it, don't try to wing it yourself!!!
The guys love their dogs. Or should I say, their babies? So, I know that they will forgive the messy attempt I made at creating this, since it features their tiniest boy. They will look at the poodle and smile.
Recently, Randy has started his own business, and it is in pet care. It is called "Randy the Pet Butler" and he will be giving his loving care to Jacksonville, FL area animals whose humans need helping out. You can hire him for pet sitting, walking, feeding, and other care.
Check out his website here.
(I drew the butler at the top of the page for him)
My life growing up in Indiana wasn't one where I was exposed to Broadway plays. I was 40 before I saw my first one, and it was The Phantom of the Opera, at a beautiful theater in San Fransisco. From that I was hooked, and I've seen a lot of other plays and that same show in St. Louis, NY, and now in Kansas City with my girls.
Sugarwings and her big sis, Avahni, the circus star, both love listening to the Phantom sound track and wanted to see the show as much as I did.
It makes me very happy to know that these kids are growing up with a head start on appreciating culture. I hope they are beginning a lifetime love of attending theater, and I'm glad to have a part in developing a love of theater.
We all got dressed up for a big Sunday afternoon out on the town. It was such a special event, that I even wore my Great Aunt Caroline's pearls. If any occasion called for wearing my best jewelry, this was it!
And Sugarwings looked lovely with her glittered hair style.
She didn't care for the local plays (Cinderella and Rudolf) that I took her to over the holidays, asking to skip on Peter Pan, so I gave her ticket to a friend.
I 'm taking a step back, and not forcing anything on her. I will give her some time and see if she'd like to try again when she is older. Making her sit still through a show she doesn't want to watch is not the way to get her excited about going with us.
Maybe next year, she will be more interested in attending.
For this trip, I splurged on seats under the chandelier. Every time I have seen this show, I've been way, way up in the cheap seats and thought to myself how cool it would be to be in the front for that dramatic moment when the chandy drops.
And it was certainly worth it!
Please keep checking back, I do have new stories pre-posted for you to read while I am away. Also, any orders from the Boutique will be shipped on March 28th. Thanks for your patience!