Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Tree Is Up

and it went a little something like this........

Rolls of deco mesh (a.k.a. geo mesh). I usually use them straight off the spool without cutting them but out tree is hard to attach them to so I used strips ranging from 3 ft to 6 ft.

The tree with the mesh only

Next was the wired ribbon which looks a bit like web (a.k.a. fish net)

Close up of the tree with the mesh and ribbon

Mesh & ribbon on the tree with white lights

Mesh and ribbon with the tree in colored lights (you can switch between white and color with the touch of a button on our tree)

Next are ball type ornaments then followed by individual ornaments

It's up! Because it's a beach theme I used a straw beach hat instead of a star and a beach towel instead of a tree skirt - I later rethink them.

Close up showing my Margaret Furlong bisque seashell angels and Swarovski snow flakes. I have a collection of each. 

Close up of some of the beachier ornaments.  

I found, on sale, a star made of driftwood so I replaced the hat. I think when the season is over I will white wash it a bit to look more like that grey faded driftwood and I will add some sparkle to it. It's a bit dark for my taste.

I also changed out the beach towel to a lighter colored one but am still going to look through my fabric stash for something that will pass as sand.

So, that's Christmas tree 2017 for home! Next post I will share the office tree that I decorated.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's with family and friends.

On Saturday, I put up the office tree. It's a woodlands theme using burlap and red deco mesh.

The tree at home is beach chic. I used a beach hat as a tree topper with success (looks better in person) but the idea of a beach towels for the tree skirt wasn't as successful. Will come up with a different idea soon.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Caribbean Cruise on the MS Oosterdam, again

Yup, we did it again. Boarded the MS Oosterdam (again) for a Caribbean cruise. We enjoyed the ship so much last spring that we chose it for our last cruise of the year. We really enjoy the Lincoln Center Stage and BB King Blues Club but not so interested in the main stage productions. I also watched a movie in the theatre and attended a class on digital cameras in the digital workshop on the last day. I discovered I missed out - should have attended more of them!

So, I booked this cruise because I really wanted to go to Puerto Rico; however, hurricane Irma came a long and devastated lives and property there. We were rerouted to Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. Another stop, St Thomas in the US Virgin Island, was also removed from the itinerary and replaced with St Croix; however, just before the cruise left St Thomas was back! I have to say, as the first American cruise ship back in St. Thomas, they were sooooo happy to see us and went all out.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Last Christmas

I just realize that I didn't post our annual Christmas doggie portrait last year. That's probably because I was almost finished crocheting Christmas scarves for the annual photo when I learned Declan was coming back to us - I had to make one more at the last minute. So, better late than never.

2017 has been a tough year for so many people that I know. We had to make the ultimate decision for both Declan and Diamond this year. We are hoping that 2018 is a kinder, gentler year.

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Monday, October 23, 2017


We went on a cruise shortly after Irma. It was a 5 day to Havana from Tampa. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the Caribbean is probably wondering how it would take 5 days to get to Cuba from Florida! Well, it was an overnight stay in Havana. Our first time having two days in a port and our first time to only have one port of call. Here's a the cruise portraits I used to practice editing. A cruise blog will follow one of these days.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The more observant of you may have noticed that in my last post (Hurricane Irma) I mentioned our two dogs. Yes, we have one less dog these days. Diamond crossed the rainbow bridge last Saturday, September 2nd. If was a merciful death because her quality was life was not good and we were concerned she was starting to suffer. She was generally healthy but 17 years takes its toll. She was deaf, blind, and had difficulty walking on our floors. She also shook with pain which we managed with medication. The saddest part was seeing her confused, stuck in a corner or against the wall, or the endless circling.

Diamond first came to Ratbone Rescues at the age of two and heartworm positive. She was cured and adopted out to a single woman who kept her for 10 years but returned her once her babies came. She was 12 when I fostered her. Because we learned she had nipped a child (the previous owner said it was the child's fault, not Diamond's) she was deemed unadoptable. Eventually we adopted her and had her for 5 years.

While it was a somber day and we absolutely hated making that decision for her, we know it was right. We miss her but am happy that she is no longer suffering.

The Tree Is Up

and it went a little something like this........ Rolls of deco mesh (a.k.a. geo mesh). I usually use them straight off the spool withou...