Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sisters, Sisters, December 2012 Walt Disney World Trip Report, Day 2, Part 3...Margaritas & Martinis

Oh my gosh, I'm a bad bad Trip Reporter. Six months since my last update!  At this rate, I'll finish in about twenty years, LOL! This is ridiculous! If I don't hurry up, I'm going to be in a nursing home, senile, writing about someone else's TR, in my head!

So we left off leaving Camp Minnie Mickey, and headed back to the Boardwalk to rest up before our dinner at San Angel Inn. You know us oldsters need our rest.

Some pretty Boardwalk Christmas decorations for those of you who may not have seen them yet.

It was pretty chilly this night in December, as you can see by my sister's clothing. At least I'm assuming it was, going by her marshmallow jacket. I think she just wanted to wear her sparkly scarf! And there she is by the jewelry again! If you're ever in a store, and lose my sister, you'll know just where to find her. 

We were at one of our favorite Epcot pavilions, Italy. Don't you just love the masks? Wouldn't it be cool to go to a masked ball, and dress in fancy gowns! I really miss "Masquerade", don't you? I found a youtube video for those who have never seen it.

Onward to Germany. I guess we took the long way around, coming from the International Gateway, to get to Mexico. Don't you agree it's shorter to head to the left from the IG when going to Mexico? I guess my sis was in a shopping mood, and tea & maple syrup weren't on her agenda.

We're here! Looks like my sis is enjoying her martini!

No trip to Mexico would be complete without taking the Grand Fiesta Tour, now would it?

Oooo, more shopping, Mare!

Of course, after the margarita & martinis, notice I said margarita, singular, my drink, and martinis, pleural, my sister's "drinks". Now she was too tired to stay for Illuminations. What!!! Okay, we'll go back to the room. 930pm, and Mare is all tucked in for the night.

Guess I'll read the Disboards for a while before going to bed. I should have been already writing my Trip Report if I was a good Disser! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's Not The Big Book of BooBoos...

If you've got young kids, you'll know what my post title is referencing, lol.  Instead though, I'm talking about Leisure Arts' "The Big Book of Holiday Paper Crafts"!

Went out to get the mail (down my very long driveway) & there it was waiting!  What a surprise!  It's a great day when you can rock on your porch, drinking some yummy coffee from your favorite cup, in gorgeous weather, dreaming up things to create!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Black Cat Crossing

I WANT this very badly!

It's the fabric panel from Maywood Studios Fabrics'  Black Cat Crossing line.  I want all of it. Every colorway, all the prints.  I love it.  I love Halloween, I love decorating for Halloween, I love black cats, I have had black cats for the last 25 years.  Why am I struggling though?  Fabric is so dang expensive now, and I already have so much that I haven't even touched.  Tons of Halloween & Fall fabrics.  I love them all.

Right now, this line is on sale at Erica's.  Even on sale, it's still pretty pricey.  Of course, right away, I checked fabricdotcom, and it's even more expensive there!  That use to be my "go to" place to find some deals.  Geez.  The Fat Quarter Shop, which I love, but is very pricey, has all the colorways.

Maybe I would feel better about spending the money if I'd been sewing lately, but I haven't.  I haven't touched my machine in at least five months.  I was so busy packing, moving, unpacking, dealing with terrible knees to the point I could barely walk, and now recovering from meniscus surgery, that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and sew.  Plus, I don't have my sewing room completely set up yet.  It's almost there.  95% there.  I couldn't finish what I had to finish, putting stuff up on the walls, because of my knees and not being able to stand too long, or climb on a stepstool.  So why don't I just sew anyway, you ask?  Because my "crazy, anal, everything must be perfectly in order before I can sew" disorder is just so hard to break.

I thought I'd be able to finish the room today, but then the washer went kaput on Sunday.  Now I have to run to my bff's house (they're away on vacation) to do my laundry, then rush home by 3 to meet the repair guy, who is suppose to arrive sometime between 3 & 5 today.  I couldn't finish it yesterday, as I had to go to my Weight Watcher's meeting in the morning, (by the way, I lost 5.4 lbs in two weeks on the Simple Start program!  Yes!)  I'll talk about that in another post.  Then I had to pick up my mom, take her to lunch and then food shopping.  By the time I got home, I was pooped.  The air conditioner in my car isn't working, and that humidity kills me.

I couldn't finish the room on Sunday because I was helping my husband in the garage, getting it ready for my craft room.  Yes, I have a sewing room, and a craft room.  I am very lucky, I know. I couldn't finish my sewing room on Saturday because my son, and adorable 18month old grandson, came over so my son could do laundry, as their washer is not working.  My mom also came to visit while they were here.  Saturday night we went to my daughter's roller derby game.

My incredibly talented & brave daughter!

Last week I was recovering from my meniscus repair surgery.  I am so good at finding excuses, LOL!  What is wrong with me???

Anyway, look at this cute pattern, On The Prowl, for Black Cat Crossing!   Fabric Depot has a free PDF pattern for it!

Erica's has a link to another free PDF pattern for this line, called Black Cat's Path.  If you love this as much as I do, hurry to Erica's for the best prices on this line, before it is gone!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Let the countdown to Fall decorating begin!

So, so excited!!!  Only 4 1/2 weeks until I can start decorating for my favorite time of year!  Thank you, Lord, August is here!  I am not a summer girl.  I love the longer days, the sunny blue skies, the pretty flowers, everything green, the twinkling fireflies at night, hearing the chirping birds early in the morning, but I do NOT like hot weather.  Anything over 82 is hot for me.  I hate having the air conditioner on 24/7 because we live in one of the most humid areas of the US.  I love hearing the ocean waves, but do not enjoy laying on a sandy beach, getting windburnt, and having sand stick all over my suntan lotioned up body, getting grit in my eyes while I'm trying to read.  Nope, not for me.  So while we're only a 45 minute ride to the shore, we rarely go.  I'd rather take a walk on the boards on a nice fall day.  You get the same scenery, smells and effects, without the hassle of trying to pick your way through the summer beachgoers.

Anyway, my official "start to decorate for fall day" is September 1st.  My sis, and my bff, and I started having weekly craft nights a few years ago, but we call it off for the summer.  Just got tagged in a Facebook post by my sister yesterday, asking me to schedule our first craft night sometime soon.  She wants to make this, or a version like it.

Isn't it beautiful?  I scoped a video on YouTube of how to make it, using Geo Mesh/Deco Mesh.  It's a great video, and looks really simple to make.

Click this link to find where you can buy Deco Mesh!

Happy fall crafting & decorating!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mimosas, anyone?

Yesterday I was up early on a cool and breezy, beautiful morning for something very important.  I said to my husband, "make sure I'm up by 6!"  He's a super early bird, usually out of bed by 5am every day.  I was to have my right meniscus knee repair done this morning, having to be at the surgi-center by 9:30, but that's not why I was up early.

Yesterday marked the day I could call and book the Parisian Breakfast that's held on Saturday mornings during Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, at the French Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.  I was contemplating whether I wanted to do this or not.  My husband is a huge pastry & sweets lover, but I'm gluten intolerant, have been for the past 6 years, and while what is described on the menu sounds amazing, there isn't much offered that I'll be able to eat. There are the mimosas though!

Here is a great review of the 2013 Parisian Breakfast on The Disney Food Blog.  I think reading this sold me on doing it.  Plus, since I pretty much made up our entire schedule for our Disney trip, making all the dining reservations, and choosing all our Fast Pass +s, with some (well maybe a little) input from the hubby (I can't help it, I'm a type A Disney fanatic planner), I thought this would be a really nice thing to do for him.  It's also not a bad way to kick off our trip.  We arrive very late on Friday night, September 19th, and so I was hoping to book the Parisian Breakfast for the very next morning.  Phone lines opened at 7am sharp, and I was ready!

Had to wait 45 minutes on hold, even though I got right through at 7am, but it wasn't an unpleasant 45 minutes, listening to my favorite Disney songs, but I was beginning to doubt there'd be any spots left for our date.  Pixie dust was coming our way though, as I was able to book the breakfast!  Yay!  So excited!

We've been to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival many times in the past, but have never done any of the special events associated with it.  Usually we are part of a fairly large group, so we tend to do things together, and not everyone is as into culinary seminars as we are.

This Disney World trip is different though.  It's just me and the hubby!   We'll be celebrating my birthday, as well as our 15th wedding anniversary, which isn't until January 15th, but I don't have any desire to do Disney in January, plus, it's not my birthday month!.  There are way too  many fun things to do in September & October, such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Buz & Woody!  Don't know the guys, just thought it was a cute photo!

Fall is one of the BEST times to visit Disney World, in my opinion!  I love all the festivities.  I'm not a parade person, but the "Boo to You Halloween Parade" is one of Disney's best!  Check out the You Tube Video!

More Food & Wine pics & info!  Enjoy!!!

Oh yea, on a side note, my surgery went well!  Here's to hoping I'll be walking during my Disney trip, and not wheelchairing it.  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's A Lovely Night...

...for rocking on the front porch, watching the sun set, while sipping a cup of coffee, hanging out with Sienna & Sammy!