Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Beautiful Tatting Gifts, Exchanges
This bit of Sunshine brightened my day in a "Thinking of You" envelope. It is like holding the sun; from Steph Wilson.
I have the perfect 4", cobalt hourglass vase with fluted edge (circa 1940's) to sit upon a spot of sunshine!
Butterfly design by Martha Ess
A Beautifully tatted Butterfly awaited my homecoming! DH was blown away by it's lacy, fragile beauty. It was Tatted by a new friend, and sister in Christ, Diane L. in Michigan. I've written and asked what thread size, colors. It is her exchange to me; and, I sent her a butterfly in her favorite colors! Green and lavender. I thought it was ironic that we BOTH chose to make the bodies of our butterflies in lavender. Hers in dark lavender and mine in light lavender.
I had a great deal of fun with DH taking photos of my Leprechaun, Donnacha. DH accidentally made a video with "Dom" and I...it is hilarious. But very few will EVER see or hear it! LOL
It was very hot driving across the Mojave and through Arizona. The top temperature was 115 degrees Fahrenheit when we stopped at a stand of Saguaro Cacti. You can read about some of Dom's adventures in the Leprechaun's Blog. DH received some mighty odd looks as he posed the small Leprechaun in various positions and places. However, since DH likes to take photos; he wasn't in the least fazed by their stares.
We had a very nice visit with old friends at our home church's service on Father's Day Sunday. Visited with daughter Kristen and went out for an ice cream treat.
Since SILove and daughter, BB, had fed us so royally on my natal; I took the "boys" out for a Father's Day dinner. We also were able to visit with each of our grandsons, individually. My, how they have grown...My Prince Christopher is now well over 6 feet! And Nate is just as handsome as ever. Tay came and we congratulated him on being accepted in the Architecture program at Cal Bear's home....Speaking of Bears...
Husband bought a carved Amber rose with sterling stem, leaves and r/w/blue dangly ear rings for the fourth, made of S. crystals; but, he also brought home a 21" tall carved, wooden (smiling) Bear for Donnacha to 'play' with and who will stand outside and guard our door/or welcome friends. Each time we've gone to Big Bear, Loyal buys me a bear and it ahs become a tradition. Usually they are small and carved in ironwood...We also went to an Arts and Crafts fair. My cousin gave me a beautiful reed constructed print of ginko leaves and koi fish. We sat and enjoyed barbcue and a live country western band while sitting in the shade. All in all it was a splendid vacation. We also 'scoped' out potential home site areas in Sacramento. Who knows? There may be a move in our future. We both felt better at sea level and I didn't have to take my oxygen into restuarants! I was free as a bird. . .