Thursday, June 26, 2008

Traveling to Tennessee

Updated: Lana sent some photos she took of me since I didn't have any of myself....uh, thanks Lana!, I think, lol.
(Here I am at the gristmill across from Stg. York's homestead! We thought this was funny, because as you enter the park a sign read, "No alcoholic beverages"!)

I'm back, thank you for checking in....sorry it's taken a few days to post, guess I've had jet lag!
My visit with Lana and her wonderful family was such a treat. They were so nice and a joy to stay with this past week. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing vacation. (Well, except for the day she woke me up at 4:45 AM to help her at the Lavender Festival (hehe)!...I'm NOT a morning person.)

Lana has a beautiful home in TN. On their land they have chickens, two horses (Mama, and baby), two dogs and a wild turkey that has adopted them as a surrogate family. It was so peaceful there, each day Lana would feed the chickens and collect their eggs. We would pet the horses and feed them clover and keep one eye on the turkey while we did! Here are a few photos of the family farm.


Lavender Festival Day

Last Saturday was the Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge, TN. Lana was a vendor and I was a sleepy helper (she didn't let me count back change to customers until after my coffee kicked in!)
For the festival, Lana made silk embroidery ribboned pillows, ribbon corsages, and lavender baskets. Here is a "Before" and "After" of her booth. Despite her volunteer help, she did really well, and so many sweet ladies stopped by to "ooo" and "awww", and purchase her handiwork!

We had a fellow artisan and her husband stop by during the day. Betsy (Foothill Primitives) and her husband Tim came to say "hi". Betsy surprised us each with a gift bag of some of her wax ornies! (Mine are in transit to my home or I would post pics.) Thank you Betsy! Here is a photo of Lana and Betsy.
One of Lana's sons and family also came by to visit, as well as one of her sisters. It was a very busy day!


The next few days of my visit were filled with sight-seeing, and souvenir shopping for my boys.
Lana took me to Pall Mall, TN, Sergeant Alvin C. York's homestead and gristmill. Here is a link about the area and about Sgt. York:


One of the sights was the time zone sign! lol! Lana lives on the line...well, close to it. And has to remember which time zone she is in when she shops, takes her son to school, etc. I have a hard time remembering to fall back in the Fall and spring ahead in Spring!
The time zone sign was on a bridge that overlooks a beautiful river. Here are some photos taken from the vantage point of the bridge. My photos don't do the area is a gorgeous area! And there is sweet Lana on the bridge.

I don't have many photos of people, aka: Lana, me, or anyone else for that matter...guess I am more of a landscape photographer! Lana did take a few more photos of us, so I'll see if she can email me a few...or, check her blog for photos AND for just a few of the beautiful pillows she had left for sale after the Lavender Festival.

Thank you Lana for a fun time, and I hope we are able to get together again soon!....wish we didn't live so far away!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Leavin' On a Jet Plane......

....but I DO know when I'll be back again, or my family wouldn't let me go!
I've been getting ready for my trip to visit Lana in TN and haven't posted all week, but when I return after the 24th, I hope to have stories and photos to share.

Patti, who stitched the beautiful pear pillow for me, has started her own blog and will be joining the artists on TDIPT soon! Please click over and say "Hi" to Patti!

Winding Vine Wanderings

~*See you soon*~

drawing pad/pencils-√.............

Monday, June 9, 2008

Another Cup of TEA

Update: The TEA Webshow is now open...please click the link below to visit!

The Eclectic Artists 2nd Webshow will be today, June 9th.

Please join us at 5 pm Eastern to view all of the new offerings! A few new artists have been added, and new offerings with a patriotic theme will be available from all of the artists…so please don’t miss out!

With the “busy-ness” of school ending, I’ve only had time to paint one offering for the event. Here is a peek:

Also, please check my website later today for more photos: Painter of the Past~Gallery


In just a few short days, I will be jetting off to the east.....TN to be exact! I've been given an early birthday present from my parents~a plane ticket to visit my sweet friend Lana of Honeysuckle Lane!!
I'm so excited to be visiting her while she is a vendor at The Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge, TN. ( a little nervous too, I haven't flown alone in about 20 years!). AND a few other ladies that we know through groups, ie: TDIPT, TEA, will be coming to visit for the day too!
If anyone lives near, or will be in the area, please stop by and say hello!
I'll be sure to take lots of photos, hmmmmmm??, if I'm holding the camera, that means I don't have to be in the photos, lol!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Birthday Boy

My youngest turned 13 yesterday. Now we have two teenagers! help!

~"Boundless Energy" (aka: Birthday Boy) Bakes a Cake~

6:30 am.... birthday boy gets up with boundless energy and decides to make his own birthday cake from the mix he chose at the store the day before.
6:33 am.....sleepy Mom walks into the kitchen to see what the noise is all about.
6:34 am.....sleepy Mom stumbles to the family room sofa to lay down while boundless energy
continues to gather ingredients to make his cake.
6:34 until 7 or so......boundless energy asks if he adds this or that to the mix, sleepy Mom
grunts from the sofa.

~meantime, coffee is brewing and sleepy Mom stumbles back into the kitchen for a cup. She spies the ingredients set out on the counter and realizes boundless energy used olive oil instead of vegetable oil for his cake~

7:10ish.....Mom finishes first cup of coffee and helps pour the batter into the cake pan.

15, 20 minutes later........boundless energy is off doing boundless energy things, Mom has
finished another cup of coffee, the cake is done, and actually doesn't look too bad! ............... albeit a little moist!

There was however a mishap with the removal of the cake from the split in half, so the solution: Two small cakes!

* TDIPT has been updated for the 1st of June. Please click Here to view my offerings. And please be sure to visit all the updated pages of the many talented artists and their offerings, thanks!