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Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How To Squeeze Every Possible Nano Second Into A Creative Weekend...

While walking Izzy on Monday, after the girls left for California, Izzy charged a dog, pulling unexpectedly on the leash, which was wrapped around my left middle finger and thumb.  When she lunged, it bent my finger back, strangling my finger and spun me around.  My left middle finger is swollen and bruised, better today than yesterday, but still sore...so I will not be typing a lot on this post...but wanted to share some photos from the weekend...


Above is our itinerary for the weekend. My sister Holly and girlfriend Bonnie arrived around 10:30am.  We chatted and ate our lunch, waiting for Barbs to get home from work.  When Barbs called on her way home, I made her some lunch and we packed up to go to her house.



From left to right, Holly, Bonnie and Barbs.  We gathered at Barb's dining room table and began to work on our tile photos.  Basically, we took photographs printed professionally by photo processing and Hodge Podge them to tiles in varying sizes.  I misunderstood and brought photos I printed off my computer, so the colors faded. 

From left to right, Holly, me and Barbs.  Below are pics of what they did...

These are Bonnie's picture tiles drying in a CD holder...

This is Barb's 12 x 12 tile project....in progress....

Sorry, TOP SECRET, can't show you Holly's.....yet...

Since I had stayed up all night watching the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, I passed out, exhausted.  Of course my friends took the opportunity to take pictures of me and laugh at my snoring... They continued on without me and made some other crafts....

A wine bottle lamp, filled with a white super bright mini light set, with a small lampshade resting on the lip of the wine bottle...
Another lamp...

And another creative masterpiece by Barbs...

Paper flowers to be glued to flip flops for Bonnie and Barbs' grand daughters...

Saturday morning, Holly and I set off for the community yard sale up at our community center.  My sister found an awesome decorative drawered table, an antique frame

I got a footstool for $15, a Microfleur kit (brand new) for $2, a light weight, rose bathrobe for $2, a black Vera Bradley purse for $1, a thick "candy striped" apron for $1 (to use when I bathe Izzy), and my best deal, a sterling silver six piece set of baby silverware for $1.

$15 rosy beige, hinged storage foot stool

$2 Microfleur flower drying kit

$1 striped heavy apron

$1 black, quilted, designer lined, Vera Bradley purse

$2 light weight, rose patterned bathrobe...
$1 sterling silver six piece baby's silverware...

Then we hit a few thrift stores.  We were searching for small easels to display the tile photos...like these...
We all loved this sign...

We we out longer than we planned.  We told Barbs and Bonnie to eat breakfast.  They wanted to go to Hobby Lobby for more supplies, so we told them to go ahead and we would meet them there.  Afterwards, we all went to Mimi's for lunch.

When we arrived back at Barb's house...our trunk looked like this from our shopping expedition...

We left our laptops each night so we don't have to lug them back and forth.  The red and white polka dot bag holds our sweat pants and slippers, for later on...the rest are our "found treasures".

This is the drawered table (upside down) in my back seat...with the antique frame leaning against it.

Our project for Saturday night was to make Bakerella's cake pops.  Click on the link to view her video:  ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpIifr0VOxY

There was a beautiful sunset Saturday night...

Laughing and joking around rolling our cake balls....

It takes tremendous concentration to laugh and roll at the same time...

Admire our work...

Here is our melted pink chocolate peculating upon the stove...

We dip a stick into the hot pink chocolate and stick it into the cake ball to glue the stick to the cake ball...

We did plenty of "quality control"...to ensure tastiness...

Improvised when the balls fell apart... as you can see, the dipping part was pretty tricky..making sure the excess is "gently tapped" back into the heating pan. 

Holly researched the dipping technique...

Into the sprinkles...and then into the bucket to harden...

Wrap all up...

Into the buckets to look pretty...
Celebrated with fruit and champagne...

While the dogs slept...

It was late, so Holly and I left and drove back to my house.  I had wanted her to help me hang a quote above our dining room slider, leading into the back patio...  I was tired, but my wonderful sister insisted we do it, despite the late hour... What do you think?  She printed out three vinyl red hearts for accent...but I have not put them up yet...

I think we hit the sack at 2am....

Sunday morning, we were up, dressed and arrived at Barb's house around 9am.  Barbs and Bonnie were still in their pajamas.  Immediately, Barbs went to my sister and hugged her...telling her she was sorry and she would pay to have it fixed.  My sister and I kind of looked perplexed, not quite sure if it was one of her normal pranks...

Turns out this time she was serious.  Her dog got tangled in the computer cords and pulled Holly's laptop off the kitchen table, onto the area rug and then onto the tile floor... They had been working on it since they got up.  Impressively, my sister was calm and immediately began to trouble shoot with Bonnie to see if they could get it to boot up...

Holly pressed and poked and between her logical approach to resolve and Bonnie's instructions via the Internet, they were able to boot it up and get it working.  Talk about celebrating with tears of joy and relief!

We were happy!

We had planned a trip to the Apple store, as all of us have Apple laptops except my sister who has a Dell.  I needed to upgrade my operating system to Snow Leopard, and all of us wanted to update iWorks and iLife.  We also wanted to stop by Michaels for iTunes cards, more supplies and a stop at Borders...

My sister decided to stay behind as she wanted to do a project in one of our craft magazines, do some updating on her laptop and to make some stick on's for the tile photos with the Cricut.

When we returned, a few hours later, we walked in ready to cook dinner, when Holly announced her computer crashed right after we left.  We tried looking on line again for other options, but she assured us, she had been trying and it would not boot up.  All she had was a blue screen...  Our computers are such a part of our lives, it really put a damper on our spirits.  She was a trooper, watching her Sunday shows while we loaded up our family pack of upgrades...

Right in the midst of her show, we got the news on the death of Osama bin Laden!  We all stood and cheered....then back to work, listening with one ear... It was after midnight by the time we finished.

When Holly and I drove home, I could tell she was bummed.  We stayed up talking about solutions.  I offered her my mac book to borrow, but she decided to ask Mom if she could borrow her Dell laptop.  We determined it would be best to call Dell in the morning, rather than some regular computer repair.
We went to sleep with a plan of attack in the morning...

The first thing we did Monday morning, was call Dell.  We were shocked to find out the minimum would be only $159 if it was the memory or circuit board and $358 if it was the motherboard!  We all were thinking she would need a new computer.  Dell will ship her a UPS box with label and she returns it to them.  They will communicate with her via email on the progress and she should have her repaired laptop and power cord back in 7-10 days.  AWESOME!

Mom confirmed she would loan Holly her laptop.  It was a huge relief for both of us, and especially to Barbs, whose dog got tangled in the power cord and pulled it off the table.  When we all met for breakfast, Barbs handed Holly a check and we all celebrated it would not be as much money as we all thought.

Other than the computer mishap, it was a great weekend...

Tomorrow I leave for California for five days.  My husband is staying home and having two of his friends visit.  They will be ON THE GO the entire time, so poor Izzy will have to go to boarding camp...

Thursday and Friday I will stay with my oldest daughter Holly and my grandsons, the 8 year old and the 6 year old.  My younger daughter Jodee will come up one of those days with little Jacob so we can have our Mother's Day celebration.

Saturday, the 6 year old has a baseball game and then I will drive to Mom's house.  Most likely, my sister, Mom and I will get together for dinner and a show.  Sunday, we all will meet at my second the oldest brother's for a BBQ and celebrate Mother's Day there.  It will be good to see the family.  Monday, Mom and I will attend Dad's Care Conference and probably go out to lunch.  I return home on Tuesday....

My step daughter and a girlfriend arrive the following Saturday for one night...so our guest bed sheets will have been changed four times this past month!

Best be finishing my packing...talk with you all soon....

7 comments:

Mari said...

What a lot of fun you had! You sure know how to fill every minute!

DJan said...

Donna, I thought this would be short, after your introduction about your hand mishap, but it was long! Thank you so much for the great chronicle of your time, along with such great pictures. Sorry to hear about the computer mishap. I have to say if it had been a Mac, it probably wouldn't have even had a problem. I once dropped my laptop onto concrete from fifteen feet up, and it was just fine! :-)

Reflections said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous fun-filled time... very productive too! Like you said, how to completely fill every moment of a crafty weekend!

Thisisme. said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend together, Donna, with lots of lovely things being created! Such a pity about the computer, but accidents do happen I guess. I bet Barbara felt dreadful though!! I love that rose patterned robe by the way! You've got a busy time coming up, so it's all go at the moment for you. Enjoy!!

That corgi :) said...

those cake balls look delicious, Donna! Looks like also you all had such a fun creative time together!! wonderful to have friends/family to be able to spend special time like this with! Ouch on your finger! Koda did that to me in October 2008, I think it might have been broken or something, I never got it checked out, but it doesn't straighten like my other ones, so watch out just in case and be seen just in case!

betty

Betty said...

What a weekend! Sounds like you got a lot done and you really have been very creative! I love the cake balls. They look so delicious!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Sounds pretty festive.