Sunday, June 10, 2012

Catching up...

Of course, its been too long again since I've posted.  So I've been to a few festivals lately.  The first was to see my friend Mary at The Little Red Barn artist market at the lovely home of Alice Vander Veen.  Alice is a wonderful artist market hostess and mom and I had a great time meeting some new people and visiting with Mary and her adorable daughter Megan.  Mary and Megan both had a lot of wonderful pieces of art but I restrained myself and only bought one from Mary to put in my art room.  It says "Life is a splendid adventure.  Guard well your spare moments."  I don't do a very good job of that.  I always feel like I'm wasting too much time not doing what I should or want to.

Another weekend mom and I met up with my sister Sherri, my niece Natalie and her boyfriend Travis to walk the trails at Panola Mountain.  It was a lovely overcast day (except the constant watching for ticks) and we had a nice picnic lunch afterwards.  One thing I love is how well my family gets along and just how much we enjoy spending time together.  Afterward mom and I went to the Dunwoody Art Festival and to my surprise I found Jodi Ohl there.  I love her work and was so excited to get to meet and talk to her.  I did find two pieces that I had to take home with me and just love the colors.

Another friend, Ann Bailey, was attending an art festival in Canton so I drug mom along since I hadn't had a chance to see Ann's art in person yet.  She does this wonderful marriage of calligraphy and paper mosaics and I just had to bring home one that was in my favorite colors.

While I was outside taking pictures of all of these I managed to notice the lovely raindrops on the hostas mom has growing in some of the pots on the deck.  I did not swap out to my macro lens but the pictures come out pretty well any way.  Although they just aren't sharp enough of a focus for me.  Should've used the macro.

On the home front I've finally started working on the great wood floor installation again.  I'm working on the stairs but they aren't supposed to be walked on for 24 hours so it's one tread at a time so that we can just step over that one (mostly) until the glue has had a chance to set.  So, that's two steps a weekend.  Slow but coming along.  I haven't taken a picture of it yet but maybe next weekend.  Well, its Sunday night and well past my bed time now.  yawn.

Hugs and hope you have a wonderful week.


Nicole Hopp-Joubert said...

Hi Laurel,
the artwork is fantastic-i've been going to a couple of art festivals myself and you inspired me now to take some pics the next time and talk about it :))
Can't wait to see those stairs.
Have a great week!

Connie said...

Hi there, I love your art festival photos and thank you for sharing. As for your stairs . . .it is so hard to do any floor project when you are living in the house. I think that is why I have put off refinishing my hallway. That and the fact that the older I get the harder it is to work on my knees. The best part is, you're doing it, and when it is finished it will be so worth the process and hard work. Do be careful skipping steps. We do not want to see a photo of you in a cast. Have a great day, Connie :)

~*~Patty S said...

Hello ~ I have had a very nice much eye candy and inspiration!

I admire you for putting in your own flooring

Lovely capture of the raindrops on the hosta blossoms too!