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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Month

One month ago today I posted, how can that be......

Yes, it's been busy and many balls up in the air but I wish I could have posted more. I don't want my blog to die. Hang in there with me my blogging friends. So this is what has been happening in the past month.

1. Had "A" and "E" for 5 glorious days. Lots of play and imagination happened.





                                                                2. Fairy Garden making








3. Sewing with a real sewing machine

Happy "A" with her pillow



4. Nature Walks





5. Sewing room creations=disaster area=fun!





6. American Girl doll outfit, designed by "A"

Note: little "E" and Jack



7. Goofy, happy kids





8. Terrarium making







9. Tulips

Couldn't resist




10. Bird Feeders

Love Ball Jars



11. MOB try-on/alterations
NO pic yet!



12. Bunny Delivery

Sugar(new) and Jay(new) join Betsy Buttons and Florrie
From the talented Green Rabbit Designs


13. Yard Clean-up





14. Staining deck

Boy, does water bead off it now!



15. Finished a Quilt
SHhhhhhhh
No pic yet!



16. Lots of this stuff

Busy busy busy



17. Mother's Day

Lovely Peonies



18. Fiddlehead gathering
from backyard                  

Sautéed in EVOL with salt and pepper, yummy!
Much like asparagus 



19. Trillium discovery

So beautiful and endangered




Well, this is what I have been up to. Thank you for following me through the list of activities, I hope I didn't bore you too much. I love to document my life and blogging is a wonderful way to do this, but the best part has been meeting and following all of you. Thank you for visiting and I will be keeping up with all of you also. Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend soon.


Take care and be well, xoRobin










Monday, April 13, 2015

Beautiful Weekend


We were so blessed with a magnificent weekend for Abby's "9" year old birthday party and Amy's lovely Bridal shower!
Abby's party was with 12 girls (counting Abby and Lizzy) at a "paint your own pottery studio". They do such a wonderful job organizing and preparing for the parties. There is a wall of pottery the girls can pick a fun piece of art work, plaque, initial, animal or hobby. The instructor explains the process of base coat painting, then a tray of 32 paint colors come out and the party begins. Nine year olds are so talented and their imagination is endless. After designing their piece of pottery they get to decide on the spray finish, gloss, pearl or glitter. (or a combo) After cake and ice cream the kids gather their masterpieces, that are mostly dry, and head home with gift bags and smiles. At nine the girls hug each other good bye, it really is so sweet. I told my daughter to enjoy this because it will not be long before there may be some boys involved......oh dear! Please stay little girls❤️

But we all know that doesn't happen, so now we get to enjoy the lives of our children as they get older and wiser and "in love".  Which brings us to Sunday with Amy's Bridal shower. It was a perfect sunny day, really the first mild and delightful day we have had this spring. (note: this was in Massachusetts, not Vermont) We had 52 ladies arriving at noon to the destination "Tuscan Kitchen" restaurant. Amy arrived at 12:15 with Andy in hand and the party started. Andy said his good byes. We had a lovely mingling time, then sit down lunch, trivia game featuring "the couple", prizes and then the opening process of the many many gifts. Amy's bridesmaids have this down pat and half open  cards etc so make the time is not so lengthy. Amy and Andy received so many lovely and useful gifts from their registry. I think many people think they enjoy a little wine....hahaha. Just kidding they did not receive any doubles and Amy was so gracious and appreciative.

Amy's future mother in law made up the most fabulous favors for everyone to take home. Beautiful bottles of Rosemary Olive oil that corresponded with the theme for their honeymoon. They will be spending two weeks in Italy!

Let me share some photos of both events!

                                                    Birthday Girl



                                                    Lizzy



 Lizzy working on "Poppy's" name, she was making this cupcake for Hb because he has the flu : (



                                               Nannie so proud and in love with these girls
                                               (note: Abby made two, her dog and Jack (for Poppy)



                                                    Wall of pottery



                                                    Cake and ice cream and Wishes


As you can see it was a fun time for all. I was so happy to be part of this celebration! Maybe I will have a paint your own pottery party this year and invite you all! Now wouldn't that be something : )




On to the Shower


                                                    Little girls already to go



                                                    Beautiful setting



 My son-in-law went to Chinatown on Sunday morning to pick up the special cake, couldn't be fresher or more delicious



                         Favors EVOO, beautifully executed by Amy's  future mother-in-law



                                                    Flowers and framed invitation



                                          Gift bags, prizes for games (I made the 5 "wishes" ones)



                                         Proud "me" and the bride  (little 5 foot Amy has heels on)



                                                    A few of her bridesmaids Meg and Danielle



                                          Gift time


There are many more photos from the girls, I will need to download!

I hope you enjoyed this weekend with me, I will be smiling for a while and feeling all the love!


I hope everyone has a wonderful week and thank you for visiting here with me. I love seeing your visits and even more enjoy your comments. I hope to be back soon, or at least in a weeks time.


xoRobin



                                          Welcome Nannie
Look what the little girls did on my bed for my sleepover! I bet you can feel the love, I could



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Balls in the Air

Good morning dear friends and hello to any new visitors, I welcome you and hope you follow me.

Spring is still not here in Vermont, not even a tease!

In my world there are so many balls up in the air, I am managing by taking things day by day and at times hour by hour.......that's not to say things are bad, in fact, everything is so happy and exciting just  a lot at the same time.  If you are in my age bracket you know by now that, that is the way it normally works, "feast or famine"!
We have renovation happening at our vacation home in Martha's Vineyard which is so exciting. We had our first peek this past weekend and I was bubbling with excitement verging on goofiness! I was a real HGTV person in awe of the job that had been done. I normally can't picture the way something will turn out until I see it, I'm a very visual person. I can show you a peek to get the idea.

This is the back of the house with an added sunroom and expanded kitchen area in green. So our 800 square foot house will expand to 1400 sq. ft.  Also being added is a bathroom upstairs.
"My MV McMansion"

Inside peek, there is a lot of open space and cathedral ceilings. Hard to explain in this state. Have to wait until summer for the unveiling.


This was all so thrilling to see, but now I have to purchase so many light fixtures and get them down in time so I don't hold them up!!  It's a 4 hour drive and a 45 minute ferry ride, the drive is a bit much but I do love the ferry.
We are doing all this because we hope to spend half the year there when we are completely retired. Island life is so great and Jack loves it!


Wedding countdown 80 days away!!! Fittings to take place, invitations out, bridal shower in 2 weeks, gift bags etc.....all good stuff but a lot. I manage with my lists and lists and checking them off  :  )

Look what happened when we were at the vineyard

                                                         How cute is this?


The bridal shower is on April 20th and I'm almost ready for it with the help of all the girls in the bridal party and of course the two flower girls! (did I say there are 9 bridesmaids) Yup that's right!
The shower is at a restaurant and will be very nice and festive.



Now about Jack, I took him up to the surgeon vet. in Burlington, Vermont an hour and half away. It was an early appointment so we were up early. Good news he does not need surgery!! Thank you so much for your thoughts and concerns for my boy! He had a slight ACL tear, but not necessary for surgery because he was getting better on his own. Thank you Jack, I feel 4 thousand dollars richer. Yes that what it would have cost, but Jack is worth it :  )
Burlington, Vermont is on Lake Champlain and is so beautiful, still frozen. Here's a photo and yes it was cold.

People are still walking on the ice, but not ME! The mountains in the background are the Adirondack's in New York.



                                           Jack resting on one of the sunnier days!



Well, my friends, I better get up and get something done, but wanted to talk to all of you! I won't be blogging as much as you can see, but I'm still here and will be reading all of your posts. Thank you for coming back post after post, I do love to see you and read all your comments.



xoRobin


                                                  Visitor on the ferry, it was snowing/raining






                                                 But that's end with a Spring Bouquet



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Welcome Spring!

I say Welcome Spring with a wish and a promise because we do not have it "Yet"!!! Actually it is snowing on this first day of Spring. I will not loss hope because it will be here soon. See how optimistic I am :  )

I have been extremely busy lately with wedding plans as the wedding nears, only 3 months away. I have been shopping for MOB dress and found the perfect dress that I feel good in. It is long and navy blue and I am excited to wear it at Amy's wedding.  Bridal shower is next, April 12th, I got invitation out over a month ago and am now making buntings and gift bags. So many fun details, as many of you know. Sorry I can't show any pictures or ideas......shhhhh........it's all hush hush!

One daughter did have a big "30" birthday and I finished a quilt for her special day. Let me show you. It is tied not quilted and queen size.

 Working on binding. Jack always is not far away from me as you can see....love the boy!




                                                     Draped and binding done




                                                     LABELS.......love labels




                                           Displayed on my bed




                                          Folded and ready for birthday girl��



Oh to be 30 again, it would be great but I'm happy where I am and have so much to be thankful for!

Next on this past weeks events, poor Jack was limping  and my Hb and I had to take him to an animal emergency here in our area. They think he may have torn his ACL (knee ligament). Oh dear, I have to take him to a specialist 1.5 hours away this coming Tuesday and may have surgery. Poor Jack, but he does have me bewildered because he is acting normal now and not limping!!!!

                                        At small animal emergency clinic


I will keep you posted after Tuesday's appointment.





This is what I long for again, hope you all are getting a taste of nice weather, spring flowers and lighter clothing!




Thanks for popping in and visiting me here. Love your sweet comments and visits. Be well ��


xoRobin