Amid May

Precious time is flying away, here we are almost at mid-May!  Lots of happenings:
Ben has graduated from college and is getting ready to move once more to a new apartment (his fifth move in as many years!)
This graduation was more enjoyable for me than his high school graduation, but less comfortable as it was out in the blaring hot sun!  We were all happy when it was over, and had sunburns to go with our smiles!
Dennis and I spent a couple of days in Ben's college town and had a few meals and visits with him, which were a delight!  The campus is very pretty.

Above, I'm making fun of his stiff photo stance.  Just teasing him -- he gave us lots of "real" smiles during this visit.

In other news...
My friend Wendy and I have gone in together on a booth in a section of an antique store called, Citywide Garage Sale; we are sharing a table to sell off odds-and-ends, random antiques and vintage stuff we've collected that doesn't really go on Etsy.  I hope it's fun and profitable -- I have been wanting to try this for a while and it's so much better when you do it with someone else, I think.
(Those big pink block-like things are the back of table of the person behind us...)
We had an unseasonably cold, snowy April that I was glad to see the end of; unfortunately, the snow has continued in May; although, today and tomorrow we are having weather in the 70's.   I can hardly keep up with it and I really, really get my nose out of joint going back and forth between sweaters, socks and boots, and skirts and sandals!  I will be so happy when it is finally, and dependably, summer!
I have occupied myself with a few creative projects since I last posted: this one is a fabric collage that I put together with abandon, choosing bright colors and making lots of random, free form stitches.

I am pleased with how it turned out and will likely be selling it in my Etsy shop soon!
I made some Easter decorations for my co-workers, and then they sweetly surprised me with an Easter basket!
I had explained to them that I don't really get "into" Easter because we didn't celebrate it much when I was a child, and I'd never had a basket!

I want you to know that I tried very, very hard this year, once again, to "get into" Easter decorating and crafting, but I've come to the conclusion that it is just NOT my holiday.  Whew, now that I've admitted that I think I can go straight from Valentine's Day to July 4 without feeling guilty for not getting into the spirit!
I also bought these two drawer units from the Habitat for Humanity thrift store; they are made of plastic, which used to hold contact lenses...
I covered them with vintage wallpaper!  I love how they came out!
The drawers are sitting on my dining room table right now as I'm taking spare moments to fill the compartments with BUTTONS!
As you know, playing with my buttons always makes me happy!
The exciting news, though, is that I am going to treat myself: I managed to get registered for one class during the Art and Soul Art Retreat when it is in town at the end of the month!  The class I'm taking is called Modern Hand Stitching.  I can hardly wait for the time to indulge in creativity with other students!  Have you ever been to an Art and Soul event?  Apparently they've been going on for years and years...but I think this is the first time one is being held in Colorado Springs!
What are you going to do for yourself this month?


Marrianna said…
I have not attended any of the Art and Soul retreats. Wanted to attend several times but just didn’t. Then I discovered Arizona had a summer art retreat similar to Art and Soul: Art Unraveled. I attended classes several years in a row and then became a vendor with my BFF at the shopping extravaganza held on the Saturday of the event. Since we live only 150 miles North of Scottsdale, it was easy and it was way fun. Finally had to stop that because we got tired. Classes at the retreat are fun and the fellow participants are always fun to get to know. I know you will enjoy your class. When you attend the shopping event, you might discover that you want to be a vendor in the future - since it’s held close to home.

Love your fabric collage and stitching. Great work! Congratulations on getting Ben through college. Your booth at the antique market looks lovely. You are so great at staging your wares. I hope it goes well.
Claudia said…
Can't wait to hear about your retreat. It sounds like fun. I went on a quilt retreat with friends this month. We were in Wayne, OK at Prairie Moon Primitives (they have a Facebook page). Four days of sewing, eating, visiting and having a great time! We are going back next May.

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