Friday, November 30, 2007
Tis' the season for wonderful Christmas stories and Six to Eight Black Men has to be my favorite. What isn't to love about David Sedaris. I was lucky enough to get the audio book as a gift from Lee last year, so I can pop it in and sew to it.
A few more tastes of my favorite listens for tree trimming:
Come On-A My House
Reindeer In My Heart
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Today is the first day of the holiday season. I am taking off an evening at the gym and work and going to my first holiday function. It is a trunk show for Cristen Guest, a wonderful jeweler in Athens that I met a few weeks ago. I find myself drawn to her wonderful earrings. That could be because I am a total earring SLUT!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
When this sassy little feline lived next door she was glamorized only by a photographer/owner with a beat up old digital camera that occasionally went out for photo op trips with his buddy about once every few months. Three camera's later and trips around the world and look what Josh can do.
Photo by Josh Payne
A couple of months ago Sono moved her studio from under the wonderful D.U.M.B.O. due to money and developers coming in and displacing the artists that made D.U.M.B.O. beautiful and unique. Anyway, I am so excited to visit her new studio on my trip to NYC that I can hardly stand it. To me it is as if I am a character in a Terry Gilliam movie.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Places I am taking Brian on his first trip to NYC
a walk around the gardens at the Cloisters, to the top of ESB for a kiss at dusk, a few cold ones at d.b.a, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge into China Town for lunch over to Battery Park and then a quiet reflection at Ground Zero .....just to mention a few....I LOVE NYC! (and no, I don't have a shirt that proves it.)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Then there is me...pulling my hair out from stress...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The day after the big cleanse I was surprised with a visit from Brian and Lee. It was the day before Lee's birthday (Friday), so I decided to toss together a birthday party for my baby doll. The bottom photo is Lee (right) and Brian (left) showing off the new gladiator doll that was cleverly wrapped in a glittery piece of foil. Boys will be boys and they still make me laugh.
The photo below was taken of me by Brian as I ran out to get my gift for Lee….a boring collection of books…I know, could I be any duller? As you can tell, it is now cold enough for me to wear wool! YIPPY!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I recently sold a couple of this bags that remind me of 'the good ole days'. When mom made me sleep on antique brass beds that had to have custom mattresses made for them, because they stopped making that size long before I was born. She would have to custom sew the mattress cover and it was ALWAYS out of this fabric. It is a wonderful and casual design in cotton that is soft to the feel, but very durable…a combination that is not easy to find. I have been trying to push it on my women to carry, but most of them leave towards the more dressy fabrics. It is only those designer jean wearing sassy young girls that have found this fabric as appeal as I have…is that telling me that I am a sassy young girl at heart (without the designer jeans?). teehee
Monday, November 19, 2007
I flipped out when I saw this print by Heather . A couple of years ago I started surrounding myself with white. I started with my bedroom, then the two bathrooms, then the TV and slowly I am consuming myself with white. It happened after my divorce. I think of it as a cleansing and purification, but to be honest I have always loved white walls, white sheets, white curtains....I will leave the color for the second home I acquire in Belize. -wink
Georgia is in such a terrible draught that even the Universities are restricted from watering their historical gardens. It has been so warm and so dry that the wood shack hasn’t even been touched. The say that if Atlanta doesn’t get rain in the next 30 days there will be NONE left for them to use. Fortunately, Athens is using another lake at this point and rumor has it that this ‘blue’ little town is doing very well at conservation. Even the Bulldawg fans that attended the home game this weekend restricted their flushing to every six uses, when doable…but what is a draught in Georgia when things like this are happening around the world.
Weather today: Sunny, warm a high of 72. (normal late November: Sunny to partly cloud, chance of an afternoon rain, high 40)
On a personal note, I am so unhappy at my day job that I almost cry when I have to come in to work. I have applied for a couple of other positions in the district, but haven’t heard from them. I think at this point most of the departments are waiting until after the first of the year to interview. I have even thought about looking outside the district for work, but the benefits are so nice that it would be hard to replace them and the job security is so great here that if things didn’t (which they won’t) work out with Lylou Design I have a good thing going here.
I can’t wait for 3pm this Wednesday! We have early release from work, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday and I am going straight to Lowes to pick up primer and paint for the ½ bath I have been renovating and getting cracking on wrapping things up in there. Who knows, I might even buy the toilet for it that day.
Grandma's little white devil, Savannah
Sunday, November 18, 2007
These are two out of three of my favorite reds ...the other one is up north, too far away to take a photo of today, but I guarantee you I will have plenty after my trip to NYC over the holidays. (Hint: It is Leslie)
I had a wonderful weekend in the sewing room. I was able to get 8 bags done on Sunday and have a wonderful dinner with my parents. While I was catching up on orders, Brian was cooking chili. It is always nice to have the smell of good food lingering around the house while I am wrapped up in winter clothing busy at work in the other room...and even better when I am not cooking it. Isn't it funny how ANYTHING prepared for you by someone else ALWAYS taste better then the one you prepare for yourself...from a cheese sandwich to pot roast.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Here is a fact for you: I took up sewing a couple of years ago as a less expensive way to entertain myself over then winters then photography and oil painting. Who in the world would have thought that a couple of years later I would be spending all of my spare cash on starting up a handbag business? I love surprises like that!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I been tagged by Bibbi tonight and will follow the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as wellas links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Five random or weird facts....
1. I performed a silly dance number for Mother Teresa when she visited my school in 1974. Immediately following the show, she came back stage and introduced herself to us and thanks us all with big hugs.
2. I grew up a cowgirl on the eastern slops of the Rocky Mountains and I am still a cowgirl at heart.
3. Almost everyday I wake up with the fear that I am going to fail this handbag venture and wouldn't know what to do with the rest of my life....then someone buys a bag and I snap out of it (at least until the next morning).
4. I HATE chocolate.
5. I suffer from a severe depression that at times gets the best of me and drives me to drink.
TAG! YOU'RE IT!
One Black Bird
that is all I can come up with at this point.....my bad.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I opened my mouth as if to say
‘I once had a cat that couldn’t play-
She laid in the corner from light to dark
In her eyes there was never a spark.’
She reminds me strongly of you on occasion
Working for years without a vacation
When I glace in the mirror and see you there
I dream for that day without any care.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This working clock has a glass dome that covers it. it was too challenging for me to photograph this morning, due to my rush to get to work.
by Rosemary Mendicino
My orchard was destroyed by fire
The only safety was in the church spire
I climb the stairs leading to protection
When in the flames I saw my reflection
Alone in the night I pray for my soul
All of the stress had taken its toll
I clung to the memory of my first breath
Realizing the damage and what it had left
A river of tears stretched over my cheek
As I saw in the distance a cool running creek
My feet began to dissolve in the air
When I caught the scent of my burning hair
Inside I cried over the loss of hope
Recalling a time I was able to cope
I was not leaving anyone behind
This seemed like such an awesome crime
Monday, November 12, 2007
My new necklace from photoglassworks on etsy.com
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I have no earthly idea why I can't get this to post correctly...so, I gave in to looking as if I was not from this Earth. Another crazy thing is that they didn't use the same photo on the REAL cover as they are featuring on the ONLINE...(FYI: I am not a fan of the online photo)
Friday, November 9, 2007
I went home last night and blessed my dogs, but since I lack a camera...no photos. The good news is that one is on its way in the mail today! It is nothing special and NOT high res, but it will do better then nothing. I know how much more entertaining my photos are then the ones I pull from the net, so hang in there and they will be coming soon.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Bibbi got me thinking yesterday about groovy places I have traveled…places off the beaten path that not everyone has the opportunity to visit. The Corn Palace is definitely one of mine. My parents took me there when I was around 6 and I still have my glittery t-shirt to prove it. It was a warm day during harvest season and one of my favorite family memories.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I did spend a few moments contemplating renting a small room in the back of Slippers Boutique to feature my bags. I am going to spend this week brainstorming and seeing what I might be able to do. Renting a boutique space might just be the thing I need to take things to the next level. Show the public the sparkle and voice behind Lylou. Up until a couple of weeks ago it was just my bags. Things seem to be changing (in a good way).
Friday, November 2, 2007
It seems that the Georgia Magazine cover is helping out a little. I have had a few boutique inquiries to carrying my bags (one already ordered). It will feel good to move out of the consigning gig and into selling outright.