Way to tune out for a couple weeks, huh? Hmm, where to begin....well; I have to say I'm very happy with America's vote for our next president, but something that has clouded that happy day for me ever since is how my state voted on Prop 8, which has to do with the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. It is the 21st century, we vote a mixed race man into the White House, we vote for chickens to have bigger cages so they can have dignity and spread their wings more freely before we kill them for the dinner table, but we have to thwart our personal opinions on two people who simply want to marry? I just can't shake off my utter disappointment. I happened to be watching msnbc a week or so ago when Keith Olbermann gave a special comment on it, and he put a lot of what I was feeling into words. If you're not familiar with the issue you may want to give a listen. I don't think this is over yet. Not nearly.
This weekend was very busy for us. On Saturday we hosted a table (as we always do) at the big annual Fall Dinner fundraiser for my grandson Caleb's school.
I couldn't be just one more table of pumpkins and oranges and browns, so I went with pink tulle and sheer polka dots and blue glittery bits and mercury glass. Looked more like a wedding party but it was pretty and we had fun. My oldest daughter Erica and her SO Brian came to town, because the following day we had a party here at home for granddaughter Madison's first birthday.
She really is turning into a very pretty girl but so far, much like her grandma, she isn't very photogenic. This was the best of about 50 pics I took. I did get a pretty funny video of her eating cake tho.
A couple of highlights in the film--at 52 seconds when the second baby joins the frame, keep in mind that as big as she is, she is only nine months old! For some reason it just cracks me up how completely heartbroken she seems when Madison merely touches her face. At the 2:00 minute mark she shows quite the glimpse of her fiery personality...the way she kicks back and gives me her whaddayagonnadoaboutit look while patpatpating the cake. It's pretty funny the way she ends the video, too. Ahhh. As Caleb would say; "good times....good times."
DO NOT ALLOW ME TO JOIN SWAPS ANY MORE!!! I joined Sharon's Polka Dots and Rick Rack swap two months ago, in honor of our friend Cheryl (who's blog is also named PD & RR) because she had just become a grandmother for the first time. AND retired. Yay Cheryl! I know you're lovin' life. Well, I waited til three days beyond the last minute, and finally got this out in today's mail.
It was a Secret swap, meaning no one knows who's sending to them til they receive it. I didn't know the gal I was to send to from Adam, had never even visited her blog, but luckily when I DID I saw this pic of Lucy labeled as her "alter ego" so I went with that. Nothin' says "I feel guilty as heck!" like using one's last little bit of Cath Kidston fabric for a stranger, huh? Just kidding. Well, I put some favorite foreign language mags inside (so fun looking at the pictures!) as well as one square each of the 63 different polka dot fabrics I happen to have in my stash and thank goodness mailed it off today and marked it off the To Do list!
I have plenty more to share, including a tutorial I think will be of interest, but for tonight I want to get out into the studio and do something fun!! This ol' Grandma hasn't been gettin' near the free time she needs lately. Be back soon. Promise!!