Yes, this blog has been very neglected, but not without good reason. We've been kinda busy since January.
The main reason - we had a wedding in May! A very special day for our daughter, Christine and her fiance Dan. It was a beautiful, magical day for a very special couple whom we love dearly.
(will share more pics when I can figure out how to shirnk the files. . .)
There were months of prep, planning and renovations - many busy and somewhat stressful days and nights, but all worth it! And it couldn't have been possible without the help of so many of our family & friends. Some highlights:
Tea Party Shower hosted by Auntie Paulina & Venesa
The kids wanted a small and intimate venue for their wedding, so we hosted it at our home.
Front & back yard renovations. . .yes, before our drought woes. . .
Dan & Chrissie creating their version of the mailbox from the Disney movie "UP"
Sewed buntings and swags from my stash of vintage fabric scaps and trims for the photo booth:
And amidst all the crazy, pulled out my easel and paints determined to create a a huge (30x40) painting in their honor, in their wedding colors. which I finished just a week before the big day . . although I have to admit, painting always calms my soul. . .
I had commissioned a talented artist (who works with Christine) to do this piece. LOVE how this
turned out! We had it displayed at the entrance to the backyard and I hung it on my vintage bird cage stand covered with ivy. Sadly no picture of that, but I still have this goodie in the living room!
We also attended two other very, very special weddings! This is the McDonald family: Paulina, Venessa (one of Christine's bridesmaids), Christopher, Emily, and Max. Chris & Emily were married in March -- they are family, as Paulina and I have been 'sisters' for over 40 years. Yes, forty. We love them and they did so much for Christine & Dan. In fact, Emily's mom, Linda, was so sweet to lend us her special plate chargers for the wedding party table that featured vintage china that belonged to our moms! We are so blessed. . .
Our dear friends, Meg & Max were married in April. I feel like a proud auntie - another beautiful, unique event, another Disney-loving couple!
This is one talented couple -- I could go on and on, but just take a look at their wedding program and you'll understand. . .
Baseball season - supported our beloved Giants!
SF vs. Colorado. Chet & Caitlyn went to several games this season and we're all looking forward to a lot more next year. Maybe they'll let me tag along. . .
Giants vs A's - Chet supported both teams but decided to wear A's garb.
Tim Hudson warming-up! We loved his time with the A's (with Mulder & Zito too)
and will miss him v.v. much.
And BTW, this is the only brew we've been drinking since August!!
Somehow I managed to make time for paper & paint! Collage play:
Pllaying in my journals
Was honored to be asked to partipate in this year's PYT fundraiser (Peninsula Youth Theatre).
This is the painting I did for the event:
And spending time with family & friends. . .
Whale watching with Cindy on a Sanctuary Cruise charter boat in Moss Landing, a historic fishing village located between Monterey & Santa Cruz. We saw so many whales and hundreds of dolphins - almost a thousand according to our guide and Marine Biologist, Dorris Welch (be sure to look her up!). They swam so close to our boat, it was amazing, to say the least - they are so playful and you can't help but love them with all their sweet chatter. After the 3-hour tour, we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Aptos, did a little shopping, then coffee in Capitola, of course!
Dinner with the Richmond's & Cronkhite-Shaindlin's - our turn to host.
A tradition we started nearly 5 years ago!
and now, conjuring up a few goodies for the Etsy shop!
Til next time. . .