October in Photos

Oct 2014 in Photos

★ Picked up The Fiery Cross again to read.  I just can’t seem to get through this book.  I was inspired to pick it back up after watching the first episode of the Outlander series.

★ So, yeah, the Fiery Cross got put down again and I picked up a new book/series – Kresley Cole comes highly recommended and a friend loaned me two of these books to read forever ago.

★ My new custom polish from Literary Lacquer called The Blind King (Black Dagger Brotherhood) – it has a crazy amount of holo in it! So pretty in the sunshine!

★ After 8 years we finally framed our map of Rome that we used on our honeymoon.  I’ve been wanting to frame it since then but it was lost for a long time, found, and now finally framed.  I love how it shows a lot of use and our circled locations.

★ October means State Fair time!  We always stop to hear the Killdares play and they never disappoint!

★ New phone (gold!) and I finally found the perfect phone case – Rifle Paper Co.’s Paris map.  Had to try two different places because the first shop had sold out.

★ The end of the month I headed out of town for the Houston Quilt Show (which is huge compared to the Dallas Quilt Show) with a friend.  We had a fabulous time, and I was completely inspired by everything I saw.  Lots of great vendors and the quilt show itself was amazing.  Since we were there on Halloween, I indulged in the signature drink at the hotel bar – Dracula’s Kiss.  Mmmmm!

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September in Photos

Sept 2014 in Photos

★ The month started a bit rough.  I always seem to gravitate to Beyoncé’s music when I’m feeling sad and hurt.

★ Still loving my Rifle Paper Co. Secret Garden calendar

★ Found the perfect dupe of NARS Stormbird, Sinful Colors Smokin’ Hot

★ I found my creativity!  Spent an afternoon with a friend cutting fabric for my Lady Mary quilt out of the Downton Abbey fabrics.  Worked on three quilt tops and immersing myself in color.  Pulled out the perfect Fall piece to stitch on too.

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March in Photos

March 2014 in Photos

March seemed like a bit of re-entry into real life after my trip.

★  #Selfie was played on what seemed like every radio station and I completely love it.  It makes me laugh every time I hear it.

★  I decided to go to the Dallas Quilt Show by myself this year.  I didn’t have any invites from the usual folks I go with, so I decided to go and had a great time.  I met up with a fellow blogger who’s recently moved back here and it was a treat to get to spend the day with her.  I completely fell in love with this quilt made from French linen.  So decadent!  I came home with the pattern and some of the fabric.  It seems like the perfect thing to commemorate my Paris trip.

★  It looks like Spring has come to North Texas – I love these “cotton ball” trees when they bloom.  I think they are actually Bradford Pear trees, but they look like cotton balls to me!

★  I’ve been really making some positive changes with regard to my eating since I got home.  Not only trying to eat healthier, but paying attention to eating food that is delicious.  The empanadas and tomato salad were delish!

★  Anne Rice announced a new book in the Vampire Chronicles set to be released in October, so I decided to go back to the beginning and reread Interview.

★  Britney’s Work Bitch has completely become my theme song.  Ready to get to work and get fit! And I even took a photo of my treadmill session to prove it!  Did lots of inclines that night.

★  Inspired by going to the quilt show, I got back to work on my Marcelle Medallion.  I’m choosing fabrics as I go and I’m loving the fact that you can tell how much I love bright saturated colors!

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Raise the Red Lantern

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I thought I’d share some photos from October (yes, October!) with you.  I’m working on a backlog of photo editing from the end of last year.  I guess there were just so many fantastic things going on that I got behind.  And October is always a busy month for us, it seems.  Every year, as you probably know, we go to the State Fair as part of Eric’s birthday celebration.

This year, they were having the Chinese Lantern Festival, so we made sure to go while the festival was still going on.  We went during the day, although I’m sure it was beautiful all lit up at night.

When we went, there weren’t a ton of people there, which was nice.  We just strolled through at a leisurely pace.

There were lots of little animals and flowers and mushrooms and all sorts of things.  What you have to imagine, which is sometimes hard to take in, is that everything is a lantern!!  I’m sure it was really a stunning display at night.

I loved the little grove of cherry trees – such fun to see their pretty pink blossoms.  Reminds me a bit of my First Days of Spring post.

The dragon was stunning all by himself.  He was huge – lengthwise – and absolutely amazing the closer you got to him.

Especially once you realized he was made entirely from china plates and cups.  Everything was woven together in the most intricate fashion.

And there were even a couple of temples – the entire piece was itself a lantern. How amazing is that?  These are all primarily constructed of fabric and wire.

And these were so cool – they are made up of tiny little glass vials filled with colored liquid.  Water or oil, I assume?  They looked like they were covered in crystals in the sun.

See the little vials?

The lotus blossoms on the water were so pretty.  And there were frogs and birds and even fish lanterns in there too.  I just really loved the pink lotus flowers.

Apparently some of the big lotus flowers actually opened and closed at night during the show.  Love that!

See the bird?  I loved all the colors on these lanterns.  And the fabric had a sheen to it like silk.  Just absolutely amazing the level of detail.

The swan paddle boats looked right at home amongst the flowers.

This was a giant fan – I do mean giant.  I loved the kind of cloisonné look of the birds.

Here’s the other temple – I just loved all that bright blue!

And look at this shadow box with the peacocks – also had that cloisonné look to them.

It really was a fantastic exhibit.  Like I said, I wish we could have seen it at night – but it was still breathtaking during the day.

I loved this shot – a little bit of East meets Southwest.

Of course, we spent a good amount of time at the fair doing the other things we usually enjoy.  We took in two shows of The Killdares.  Always good music and a lot of fun to sit and watch them play.

They had a new fancy rotating stage this year, which was kind of fun.

Eric bought a couple of their CDs and we stayed behind after the second show to get them signed by the band.

It was a great day and we definitely enjoyed ourselves.  By the time the sun went down we were worn out and ready to head home!

Until next year!

Oh, and p.s. if you’ve never seen the movie Raise the Red Lantern, it’s really good.

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Young and Beautiful

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I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of The Great Gatsby for a good while.  I couldn’t ask for a better cast, and Baz Luhrmann has directed some of my favorite films including Mouline Rouge.     I’ve been thrilled to see Gastby parties pop up to celebrate the premiere of the film and people are breaking out their best flapper dresses and coupe champagne glasses.

One of the loveliest things I came across were the Tiffany windows, decked out with diamonds, chandeliers  and coupe glasses.

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Stunning, aren’t they?

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Here is the featured diamond and pearl Savoy headpiece.

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I love the Art Deco feel of these.

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This one may be my favorite.

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I can’t wait to make it to the theatre to see this masterpiece on the big screen.  I know Lurhmann will deliver nothing less than a showpiece, full of all the dazzling glamour and tragedy that the book deserves.

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And one of the things I’m most excited about with this film is the Lana del Rey song, Young and Beautiful.  Such an amazing start to summer.

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