In honor and memory of those who have served and are still serving
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Actually, most of the materials here are recycled from other older pieces. The colorful black beads were once a bracelet given to me by my mother-in-law, acquired on a recent trip to Italy. I had worn it so much that it fell apart! The big gold owls also from another piece I wore-out when in college, the gold beads from one of those popular bead necklaces we all wore in the mid-80's.
The matching earring are next, then a few more wire wrap projects like this one to use up those eBay beads... then I'm taking a stringing class!
I'm sure I'll have more shiny stuff to show you soon!
Who wants to come play with me!?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Funny thing about that... have I mentioned that Ian has not one but two roommates with the same name? Ian that is. They've all know each other for a very long time. I'm really glad he has made lasting friendships - even if they are confusing!
I always thought I picked a nice strong name - but one that was classic and unusal where there wouldn't be eight of them in his graduating class. Apparently there would only be four! Well technically number four isn't really in the inner "Ian Circle" now, but the boys know him and I'm certain he was on Ian's U11 soccer team years ago!
Once when I was still living with the boy in Columbus but was out of town, my sister Deb popped into the apartment to check on Ian's behavior. Some strange kid answered the door and when she asked if Ian was there he looked a bit confused. Um, maybe because he didn't know which one she wanted - not because he didn't know his host!
At any given time my home could have an Ian in every chair...
"That's just the way we roll mom!" says the boy.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Since I was going to potentially be walking in the rain last weekend, I really did need to purchase a proper raincoat. (And clearly having the raincoat on hand prevented the clouds from opening up and coming down on us!) Found this one at Target. I love, love, love this coat! The color is so bright and cheery, the pattern is funky and retro - very hot, and I think the cut is flattering as well. My husband hates it. He has not yet refused to leave the house with me in it (yes that has happened before!) but you never know how the wind may blow! Granted, when I wore it with my Neapolitan ice cream colored twin set even I didn't care for the combo - but tell me what is not to like about this coat!
Never did find boots last weekend... but Target to the rescue again by way of Target.com I've wanted some fun boots to wear for snow as well as rain and fishing too! An online search brought me (bought me!?) these....
I am a lucky girl!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Whenever we go out, we almost always include a night in a hotel near by. We do not under any circumstances drive after drinking... and we have been known to tip a few. We therefore feel it is our civic duty to support the local hotel and taxi industry. We do enjoy being thrifty however! Ever been to HotWire? You've got to try it! We got an excellent rate on a classic Cleveland establishment. Hyatt Regency at the Arcade. I know it can be scary to book a room without knowing where you will end up, but once you do it a few times, you begin to anticipate which location you are likely to get. The husband has it down to a science for us in downtown Cleveland (and I'm pretty good with guessing venues in Columbus!) Generally speaking we can get a room for about $50-$60 this way.... It doesn't get much more affordable for a downtown hotel room in any city!
I'm not sure what's on the official list of Cleveland Architecture Highlights, but this one ought to be there. The lower levels are shops and businesses, the upper have been converted to hotel rooms. After business hours, they also rent out the ground floor for dances and such - one time we were there during a prom - just beautiful! A wide shot from the lobby level. These guys guarded our room for us. They just don't put detail like this in new construction... The craftsmanship is amazing!
Visit the Arcade next time you're in town. Walking distance from tons of places including the House of Blues and Progressive Field.
...and I hope you enjoy your stay! Don't forget to call me!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
GREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and most successful national fund-raising event. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit cff.org. Here I am with Miss Breanna. Our Team name is Breanna's Bunch - you can spot us next year, we're in the awesome green shirts! My sister Diana is Bre's mom. She and our mom Gloria set up a booth at the walk to help with the fundraising... we've got CF Beanies, BREATH bracelets, and dish scrubbers for your shopping pleasure! I helped a wee bit with the over flow customers. We really did walk! A total of 3.2 miles through the park. Diana, Jack and good friend Libby walking anchor in this shot. Following the kids was rather entertaining... several choruses of The Ants Go Marching... a few Christmas Carols ... yup! entertaining is maybe not the right word! It had threatened to rain, but the day turned out quite lovely. The trees were in blossom and I couldn't resist a shot or too! The turn out was great and over all I believe the total money raised exceeded $210,000.00 Watch where you step! Other creatures walking too! Or wait... maybe they are marching! Do you see him? Here's (almost) the whole bunch... Bre's big sister Amanda was there with her boyfriend Scott - both are graduating seniors at Sylvania Northview this year. Of course Mom and Dad were present and accounted for! If you are interested in making a donation to be credited to Breanna's Bunch, you can do so through my web page for the walk HERE. I would truly like to thank those of you who have already donated - you are a blessing!
Together let's make CF stand for CURE FOUND!