Sunday, February 24, 2008
Dh and I just got back today from Nashville. I won Employee of the Year(2007) for my hospital and the corporation gathers all winners from all of it's hospitals and treats them to a weekend at the Opryland Hotel. Their corporate offices are located in Nashville, so that's why there. At first, it didn't seem I was going to be able to participate in all this, since the hospital I work at is one of 9 being sold. So my hospital gave me money to take a trip, hence our weekend getaway to Helen, GA. On the day we arrived in Helen, I was called from work to be told that the corp. had changed their mind about me coming to Nashville! How wonderful was that! Two trips!
This weekend was amazing! We didn't have to pay for anything. We were wined and dined and were able to take a couple of tours on the company, as well. Friday evening was the awards banquet complete with entertainment by a talented group of performers some of whom were impersonator singers. I forgot the group name. I'll try to remember to look it up.
On Saturday morning, we took the historic mansions tour, where we saw the Belle Meade home, famous in the horse world, and then the Belle Monte mansion, . Lots of lovely antiques and 19th century furnishings, but we couldn't take pics inside. Then we were driven into Nashville, got to see some of downtown, like Music Row, and were then treated to lunch at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Saturday evening we had supper at the Wildhorse Saloon and then got to go to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman. This was a wonderful experience! The performance lineup included: Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jack Greene, Dan Tyminski Band, Jo Dee Messina, Keith Anderson, Randy Owen, Tracy Byrd, The Whites, Jan Howard, The Time Jumpers, George Hamilton IV and V, Jesse McReynolds& the Virginia Boys, and Restless Heart. Not being a lifetime follower of country music, some of these were not known to me before, but every single one was so talented and the entire show was very enjoyable.
The Opryland Hotel itself is incredible and LARGE. It's almost incomprehensibly big and there are plans to add on to it.
Since I've not posted in a few days, guess I will need to catch up. It has been stressful at work lately, so I took off a little early one day so I could go by the Salvation Army store. There are no great thrift stores in our town anymore. The best one in our area is about 30 miles from my house and it just seems to far to drive when I'm off with gas so high. I envy all the yummy finds I see online on blogs. The S.A. store here is ok, as in they are fairly well organized and pretty clean, but if anything is vintage, as in even from the 80's, they have it marked like it is an antique. I have a flea market booth myself and some of this stuff is too tacky to even sell, much less have it priced so high. BUT, when I go back this tacky stuff is no longer there, so I guess, someone wants it that much, go figure. For example, they will have a sofa with ripped and stained fabric, not antique, just vintage, priced at $200.
Oh well, my finds were 2 gingham aprons-$2 each, bird plaques(that I want to "antique"with white paint), a book box complete with note cards for only $1(it's pretty as is, but I may alter it one day), and several baggies of scrapbook or teacher scraps for 25 cents a bag.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Aren't they they coolest?
And, I just found out I won a beautiful handpainted mirror from Lisa Oceandreamer, who sponsored the whole OWOH event. For the winner announcement, she has written a story which you can see here:http://heartofthenest.blogspot.com/2008/02/chain-of-events-winners-announced.html
and the mirrors can be seen here: http://heartofthenest.blogspot.com/2008/02/one-world-one-heart-giveaway.html
Later in the afternoon, I won a 3rd prize! A very special breast cancer awareness atc from Wendy. You can see it here http://wendypslittlecorneroftheworld.blogspot.com/
This will be special to me, cause I have lost a grandmother, first cousin, and friend to breast cancer.
I am almost beyond words. As I told Lisa, these will be special remembrances of a special event and I will always treasure them.
who won my second drawing for the collage tag canvas
Congratulations to both of them!
Thanks to all the participants for their generosity and to Lisa for all the hard work she put into making the One World One Heart giveaway work. It has been a very fun & exciting event for me, being new to having a blog. I plan on going back and spending more time on the OWOH blogs as I didn't do more than just scan them quickly so far and I know I just touched the tip of an iceberg of wonderful information about some wonderful people.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I am a new blogger, so please forgive any amateurishness of my posting or blog. Hopefully there will be some interest. For my giveaway, I am offering a collaged/decoupaged papier-mache heart-shaped box. When I first thought of joining in, I couldn't think of anything I had done that anyone would want. Then I remembered this box which I had started and decided that it would fit right in with the theme and the date of the giveaway. So on February 14th, I will draw a number and give this box away, that is, if anyone signs up, lol! The box is decorated with various bits including vintage postage, a vintage stamp, and pieces of ephemera and paper. It is antiqued with gesso and paints and glazes, both inside and out and top and bottom. I will also be including some extra surprises so that I am not just sending an empty box. Please make sure there is a way to contact you, so no anonymous posts. I will let you know you've won, so you can send me your mailing address.
I will mention that I do have pets, 2 dogs and a cat, just in case someone has animal allergies. I did my best to avoid including any pet hair in the making of the box, but you never know. My kitty likes to jump on my art table to supervise.
Not sure why that is not clickable to make it bigger, but here is a link to the original post so you can see the canvas better.
For the last couple of years, I've wanted to do this, but didn't have a blog yet, so that I could include the link to be able to participate. Lisa Vollrath is kind enough to share the images in return only for linking to the site on your blog. Find the link here:
She is a very generous person with her art and how-to instructions, taking a lot of time to make them easy to understand. I've had her sites saved as favorites for a long time.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
This is an assemblage piece, one of the first. Actually I've only done a few so far. This one came together after just getting a man's valet tray, at least I think that is what it is, and wanting to do something with it. In a matter of just an hour or so, it was done. The bottom is a domino box that slides open to reveal a withered knot from a tree branch, with the roman numeral 3 to symbolize the trinity. Most of the symbolism will be obvious so I won't bore you with all of it. There is a glare in the photo and it looks like I need to do better with the Windex on cleaning the old mirror behind it. I set up the vintage cross-stitched silhouettes on either side to represent our search for truth.
Enjoying a long, lazy day of being a slug in a cabin in the mountains of northern Georgia with my dh. We plan on shopping and sightseeing this weekend so we gave ourselves permission to relax today. Or I should say I gave myself permission, as my dh doesn't have the female guilt problem that I do with allowing such a thing as a day with no purpose.
I've finished a book that I'd been reading on a while, Postcards. Started on another, Chasing Dragonflies, and enjoying wireless internet, which is way cool. We have dialup at home and this is so great to visit all the blogs, many of which must have large file-sized pics, and see pages load instantly complete with lovely photos and not blank boxes with red x's. Because, of course, almost everyone has high speed connections these days and most of you won't even know what I'm talking about. At the same time I am enjoying this feast of blogness, I am listening to Pandora online radio, with my own customized music station, and wonder of wonders it is streaming music with not a single skip. Dh even got to listen to one of his sport analyst's radio broadcast this afternoon online which he wouldn't have been able to pick up in this state on the radio. Also, the cabin has a large flat screen HDTV with movie channels, so he is going to be spoiled rotten by that. Life in the 21st century is pretty amazing.
I don't have any scans of my stuff on my laptop, but I do have a few pics taken of earlier work. Today's pic is a 4x4 page done for a chunky book, Faces, in which I did all different pages. Think it was 25 or so.
Talked to my Mom and she said it rained back home, so that is wonderful to hear. It rained here most of the evening yesterday, but after a year of seeing so little rain, it was comforting to hear.