Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blast to the Past...

This week, Lucas's ballroom dance class was having a costume dance. The theme was 1970's Disco. Well, I thought we'd pop into a few thrift stores and find some really cool polyester bell-bottoms, maybe even plaid ones! And of course a wide collared colorful jersey knit shirt. A pair of platform shoes would have been the icing on the cake!

The 70s was my high school era and the decade that I got married, which really doesn't seem that long ago. I think of 70s fashions as perhaps just a little "outdated", the stuff that I weeded out of my closet just a few years ago. I soon found out that 30+ year old fashions are not just "outdated", they are "vintage" and that means that they are snatched up at estate sales and skimmed off the top of donations by "dealers" and costume rental businesses and now you can find those polyester bell-bottoms at vintage fashion expos and on ebay for ridiculous prices!

 So... we had to get a little creative. We found 2 pairs of matching jeans at the thrift store and called upon the expert services of Angela to create an awesome pair of bell-bottoms. We did find a baby blue satin polyester shirt that I'm sure is in fact from the 70s and I sewed a simple neck-scarf to complete the outfit. Alas, no platform shoes or "big hair", but all-in-all he looked pretty great!   

Picture 300 students, in makeshift 1970s costumes, dancing to the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive"  =)


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring and Other Things...

 I hear the weather reports and know that much of the country is suffering severe winter storms, but it is hard for us here in balmy California to even imagine it. We've been having 70 degree sunny afternoons and all around are signs of spring -  plum trees, quince and daffodils blooming. Even the guinea pigs are enjoying the fresh green grass to nibble on!
Yesterday we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon out at Jordan and Becky's home. Naomi, my horse girl, got to groom horses, shampoo Hickory's tail and clean out his hooves. I'm so glad she has a sister-in-law to share these activities with her! =D
 Jordan was operating the tractor, leveling and expanding their round pen. Lucas was operating the manual shovel and Grandpa was looking after the little guy to keep him safely away from the equipment.

And at the end of the afternoon, we enjoyed a delicious corned beef dinner that Becky had prepared.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finishing Touches...

Most of our master bedroom remodel was actually completed in December, but we just got a few of the finishing touches done. The photos don't give a very good impression of the colors. I think that the lighting, along with my point and shoot camera, just didn't make a good combination.

We chose this scripture a while ago for our bedroom wall, and had the vinyl lettering created for us by Fruitful Vine Creations, a family owned business in Colorado.

A couple of other finished details include our built in bookshelves and the historical family photos that I framed and displayed on the photo ledge that Timothy built for us (he also built the new headboard for our bed).

Saturday, February 8, 2014

One Cute Dinosaur!

I just had to share some photos of Lucas's latest project. This is a poseable wooden dinosaur he created from assorted sizes of dowels and balls. Beveled cuts on the dowels and strong elastic cord threaded through the center of all the pieces allow the dinosaur to move and be posed. He found instructions for this project in a recent Popular Mechanics magazine.

This particular dinosaur is for a little nephew's birthday, but as you can see from the pics, Lucas and I had great fun posing and photoing him!