We used to have horses. My daughter had a paint and I had a quarter horse. We used to muck out stalls and ride with our boots on and let me tell you . . . it never occurred to me to make a purse out of my old boots. But these are pretty purses and they are made from fine leather. I love people that come up with ideas and ways to reuse things and I think this is pretty creative.
It was another busy Saturday morning for me. The day was filled with donuts from VooDoo and coffee brought in from Starbucks. But on top of that there were awe...mazing mentors sitting at each table to help show writers how to critique other works and how to share suggestions in a positive, inspiring way.
This event had a record breaking 57 attendees show up. And The Great Critique went from 9:30 a.m. to after noon. And some people didn't want to leave even after we started turning out the lights. It was just so much fun no one wanted to have it end.
So if you get a chance any time soon to attend one of the SCBWI events like this, don't miss it. You'll find that your time will be well spent and you won't just learn a thing or two, you might even make more than a few friends.
When you're driving up I84 from Portland toward The Dalles you will pass a bevy of waterfalls. Some you can even see right from the road. But if you pull off to the side of the road and hike for a little ways, you will find some more unbelievable falls and some breathtakingly beautiful views.
And if you want to walk just a little ways at Multnomah Falls, (yes that's a Native American word) you can see the falls drop from one level to the next.
This was how we spent Saturday afternoon, hiking the falls and taking in the views.
It was a busy weekend, filled with feasting, waterfalls, hiking and even a Great Critique.
We were lucky enough to have a couple in town from Denmark. They came to celebrate Jesper's birthday and their first wedding anniversary. So, we started the evening on Friday at Papa Haydn's in S.W. Portland.
The food was good but it was the dessert that got me going. Of course that's usually the way it is with me. Anyway, it was wonderful to share a special day with a special couple who traveled nearly around the world to share their celebration with us.
My hubby loves pie, while I'm a cake lady and my favorite part of pie is the crust, while my husband would rather simply eat the filling. So, it seems that we are always on opposite sides of the . . . platter.
But, if I had to choose a piece...of pie, mine would be lemon or banana cream or maybe chocolate cream of coconut cream so still not one of those berry things.
While my husband loves pumpkin (and I can't even stomach that stuff) or apple (another NOT for me).
And, when it comes to cake...I love all sorts of them, from carrot to chocolate and beyond. I can't think of a cake I don't like. And it's even better if its ala mode.
Now, why did I think about cake tonight...? It was a blog post I saw on a friend's blog. If you want to read more about cake, you can check out this blog here.
If you want a discount ticket, check out Living Social and this Funtastic run will take place at the Portland International Raceway.
The Color Run presents - The 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! Amazing new
participant gear, fresh music, and color crazy race attractions. This 5K
Magic is coming to Portland on Saturday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.
So, even if your not a super sprinter, you can still have fun at this run.
This has been one looooooong remodeling project. But we are finally approaching the finish line. Of course my husband pulled off the roof and walls a couple years ago and has been rebuilding the bedroom ever since. But now he is finishing up the siding outside.
He had focused so much time inside that he forgot to finish the siding outside...or maybe he just didn't have the time. So now he's working on finishing it up too.
Here are a few pictures from the project. The ceiling upstairs in this bedroom was so low - only about 7' (Luke is 6'5") and he was hitting his knuckles on the ceiling.
So Lars started to rip it out but he wanted to see what was up there first.
Then he completely tore off the top.
But he didn't stop there. He had to tear off the wall and part of the roof...in November.
And he had to work late into the night to get the wall and roof rebuilt....because, like I said, it was November.
And Luke helped too.
Then there was insulation to put in
And walls to rebuild.
And French doors, and a balcony...
Oh, but before he built the balcony, he had to rebuild the floors
And patch a few holes.
But now that the room is nearly done, he needed to refinish the siding outside, which meant putting up scaffolding.
You can see it here at the side of the house (it's the yellow looking ladder-like apparatus).
Then Lars climbed up on it, and out on the roof.
And then he was just hanging around on the roof for a few days. And then it was finally finished out there and the boys had to take all the scaffolding down.
Now there are only a few finishing touches to complete and then the clean up...maybe this weekend.
I enjoyed the story but my other book club members weren't so impressed with it. They either didn't like the Demon, the occult aspects or the roaring 20's. Some thought it was too long and others thought the main character seemed too grown up for a 17 year-old or too versed in slang to be a girl who just moved to the Big Apple from Ohio.
I loved little Evil, as Theta called her and Jerico and Sam...well, I guess I loved a lot of the characters and that's what makes a story good...right...or is that write ;D
We heard there was an over abundance of kitties at the Humane Society so we went to check it out and yep, there were cages and cages filled with cute little kittens. And when I saw these two playful little guys, I couldn't get just one.
I called my hubby and said, "Can I get two?"
And I thought this picture was so funny. It looks like one is riding the other one...only backwards :D
I wanted to make an art glass piece to put into a new little window up above a door leading into a bedroom upstairs so the skylight could let light into the room but I'm not great at stained glass artwork. So, a friend told me about alcohol ink art that she had done a week or so before. She even brought over all her supplies so we could work on the window together.
It was a fun way to spend an afternoon, working on art--whether it is paper, glass or ceramic tiles.
I decided to just let little droplets fall from the bottles onto the glass. Then I let it dry overnight and finally sealed it with a glass sealant. Now, my husband is going to frame it and put it into place.
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