Sunday, June 21, 2015

Eagle Scout

We celebrated a milestone the other day when Ben earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  We are very proud of him and the hard work he did to earn it; it was a long road.
His journey to Eagle began in 2nd grade, when he first joined Cub Scouts.
He's been a Scout faithfully all the years since then.

For a couple of years he belonged simultaneously to two troops because he joined a troop put together just to travel to the national Jamboree.  I blogged about that trip here.
All through the Scouting years he's made some great friends, and they have grown up together.
And he's had the chance to get to know and be mentored by a whole cast of wonderful adult leaders.

Ben's Eagle project was a service project for a local elementary school.  They wanted a particular addition to their playground with decorated tires and a bean bag toss.
Tires were collected and painted at my kitchen table...
There was also a good bit of paperwork.

It was difficult to get good photos of the project in progress as it was very shady under a large tree, but here you get an idea of the work Ben and his friends did to make it happen.  I hope it will be enjoyed by the kids for years to come.
Congratulations, Ben!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grown up coloring books and changes

I bought a couple of grown-up coloring books to amuse me during my last days at a job where I could create/play in between phone calls.
Coloring is so relaxing -- I highly recommend it for peaceful moments.
I've even seen some guys at work coloring!
In progress -- I finished this one yesterday, on my last day at work;
I also finished this little stitching project from a kit.
It feels good to be done with all of it -- but most especially the job!
The best part of any experience is always the people, isn't it?  Two gals, Kim and Linda, came out to a restaurant after work last night to help me celebrate my last day.  We laughed into the evening.  Kim has also started a new job and we're rooting for Linda to make a change, too.
Tomorrow I will start my new job working in an office at the beautiful Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  I have high hopes for really loving it there.
Summer seems to have finally really arrived around here.
Rebecca and I stopped by a local market the other day -- here we are in a photo booth that was actually the backseat of a VW bus.
As I've mentioned before, the theme of my summer is transition.
Between the new job and preparing for Ben to go away to college it's change after change. 
If only I was more comfortable with change.
Oh well -- nowhere to go but forward!
What is the theme of your summer?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The front porch garden chair is out!

After the wettest May on record, ever, in Colorado -- June is here and we are finally seeing some sunshine.  So this weekend I got out my garden chair for the front porch.
I was thinking about how I have probably had this chair for about 10 years now -- since rescuing it from Goodwill as a chair and distressing it and adding an annual bloom.
Do you remember this plaque I made from found scraps, spelling out our last name Jackson?  Well, this year it has become the centerpiece of the chair.

I swiped some fresh white paint here and there over the already peeling paint from previous years.
To me, geraniums say "summer"!  On June 1 my baby turned 18 and with the season comes even more changes -- including a new job for me that I'll be starting in a couple of weeks!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Paris Street Market, The Barn and a little lamb

Here are some cheery photos of my last trip to A Paris Street Market two weeks ago:

 Doily banner heaven!

 Now that I've made my own fabric strip banners, I can appreciate the time it took to make these lacy ones; they appeared to be made from inexpensive lace tablecloths!
I really liked these lampshades made from strips of  fabric.
I so would have bought some of those vintage birds Rebecca was holding if I wasn't working so hard on downsizing my clutter horde craft supplies.
 This sign made me laugh out loud!
 As soon as I saw this dilapitdated old doll I knew I had to photograph it because I know so many people who would love it!

  Runners made from hankies and doilies!
Someone was selling their button collection!
After the market and lunch, we went to another favorite store, The Barn in nearby Castle Rock.

 We have so little color in my own yard that I had to snap a photo of me with the blooming tree in front of the store!

I fell head over heels in love with these hand made picture frames (above), each displayed with the cutest sheep and little lambs!
I had to splurge on this one to come home with me.
 And I copied one of our family photos in sepia to display in the frame...
but couldn't decide which I liked better: full color or sepia.
So I went with both and I change them out on my desk -- easy to do with the little clip.
I {quilted puffy heart} market season!  I love to walk around with friends and feel completely inspired by the time creative people take to make the everyday beautiful!
This heart is the only thing besides a little embroidery I've created this week.  It came from a double wedding ring quilt 'square' I've had forever; it's made from such sweet fabrics -- and the shape of the quilting lent itself nicely to a heart, don't you think?
This is a photo of Ben in San Francisco, modeling a Hard Rock Cafe jacket I really wanted to buy him but couldn't afford on a trip there in 2003.
I continue to be in the throes of disbelief and a kind of grief (and joy!) over his graduation this coming week, and all the changes in store for us.
To tell you the truth it's completely overwhelming me right now.  It was even hard to write this blog post without weeping a little bit.  I am a mess.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you have a lovely day today, celebrating mothers and being spoiled.
 I was spoiled last night -- Dennis cooked his famous fried chicken and fixing and I had a chance to sit down to a dinner with both my guys.  Plus I got some flowers, chocolates and a new book!
 The family photos we took last month were my BIG gift this year;
 that was a fun day and a happy memory forever.
It's so hard to believe 18 years have passed since I finally had the chance to be a mom!
We are in the middle of a transition with Ben getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college -- a day we have always known was coming -- but how can it be here so soon?
If you haven't ready my blog long and are interested, I wrote a little about my journey to motherhood here.
I will be working today, because it's a BIG day for phone calls!
Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful friends!