Thursday, September 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA TRIP

 I really haven't been busy crafting this summer.  Spent most of the time in the pool with the grand kids as it was so hot.  The family did our yearly 2 week beach vacation in Wildwood NJ in July and we had a really great time.  We were home for 2 weeks and then Tom and I flew out to California for 2 weeks.
 We spent the first week in Long Beach.  We went on the Queen Mary.
We had such an awesome tour guide.  He was very knowledgeable and funny, was quite a character.
We went to the Pacific Aquarium which was very interesting and walked along the marina.


We toured  Rancho Los Alimitos historic ranch and gardens

Toured the J.Paul Getty Museum and Villa where the gardens were stunning.


The fountains were all turned off and no water in the center due to the drought.

We went to Hollywood Blvd. and went to the Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripleys Believe It Or Not and Guiness World Records.
That's my head on the left.  We were watching Roma Downey from Touched By An Angel get her Hollywood Star on the Walk Of Fame.  Tom tried to get her photo, but there were just too many people blocking her.


Our second week we drove to downtown Los Angeles where we stayed at the Sheraton.  We were there for the NALC National Convention.  Tom is a delegate from his branch.  Our first day there while he was at the convention center for meetings, I took a Celebrity homes tour.  I saw a lot of HIGH gates and HIGH thick hedges.  Naturally the celebrities want to protect their privacy.  Our tour guide said that Bob Barker from the PRICE IS RIGHT is very friendly and if he happens to be outdoors when a tour bus comes through, he'll wave hello and might even let you take photos.  This is his home below.

This was Audrey Hepburns home.

Melanie Griffith lived here - see what I mean about the gates/hedges.

This one below is Charlene Theron's home.  Our guide said she is also very friendly.
Most of the homes we were shown were in gated communities so we weren't able to drive through.  The homes that were pointed out to us ( you needed binoculars to see them) were Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher (they live on the same estate, in different houses), and many more.
I can't recall who lives here, but I believe the guide said he is a record producer.
This was Bela Logosi's home.  Hard to see in the photo, but above the gated door and hedges it looks like gargoyles....they aren't....they are bats.

We went to Universal the 2nd day  That day was the MOST FUN we had the entire trip and the whole trip was wonderful, but this day we both felt like kids.   We did the studio tour which was very interesting and the special effects were FUN FUN FUN.  We went through KING KONG, FAST AND FURIOUS, was in a 'western town' where it all of sudden started to rain and a HUGE flood was coming at us.   We were in an special effects earthquake ( extremely scary).
 We went on the JURASSIC PARK ride, THE WALKING DEAD ( I never screamed AND laughed so hard at the same time in my life!!)  and TRANSFORMERS.  We walked through HARRY POTTER but didn't have enough time to ride, as it was time to catch our shuttle back to the Convention Center.  
We are going to try to go back in March 2017 so we can go to Universal again and do some things we just didn't have time to do or see. 

Naples CA was my favorite this trip.
 I fell in love with the canals with these palatial homes on either side.


Our next convention is in 2 years....in DETROIT.  Ugh.  What a disappointment after Los Angeles.
We lived in the area for 11 years, so we will know our way around at least.

★Denise★

Monday, June 20, 2016

IT'S BEEN A BUSY FEW WEEKS

We've been busy with 4 grandkids' baseball games.  Ayden's (age 9) team won all their games this season and was in the tournament on Saturday.  They had a game at 9am and won that one so had another one at 11:00 am, also won that one which meant they were in another game at 5 pm.  If they won this one they had one more at 8pm, if they lost they were done.  They lost.  It's not surprising considering these girls played 3 games already in 87 degree weather with that hot sun beating on them all day.  One of their coaches even collapsed during the third game with heat stroke ~ yet the games continued.  :/

     Yesterday, for Father's Day the family went to Kennywood Amusement Park.  We've been doing this for the last 16 years but Tom and I opted out last year because the temp was in the 90's.  We stayed home and enjoyed our nice cool pool.  Since our youngest grandchild is now 2 1/2 we thought we'd go this year to watch him enjoy Kiddie Land.  NOT.  Poor kid was terrified of everything but the baby swings.  It was a very hot day in the upper 80's, not too humid, but still too hot for ME.  While I did get that Cortizone shot in my hip for the bursitis last week, it was too much walking for me ( and trust me, I stopped and rested in the shade A LOT ) and I was hurting.  Tom and I left for home close to 6 pm ( 7 hrs at the park).  We were both beat and he was in bed by 10.  I stayed up to wait for granddaughters Jordyn (16) and Ayden as they wanted to spend the night.   When they got here though I gave them the TV remote and went to bed.  In the morning they told me they ended up going to sleep too.  It was an exhausting day.  Tom says he's 'rethinking' next year..and we may opt out again. We're sadly getting 'too old for this sh*t' he claims.  haha

   I've also been busy with the largest order I've ever received.  A customer saw one of my prim homespun rag garlands in my Etsy shop and ordered 9. 

 I have 3 finished so far.  I knew I'd be running out of the buttons that I use on the yoyo flowers in the garland and found them on eBay ~ purchased them on Friday and they've not even been shipped out yet - yikes!!  :/
 

★Denise★

Monday, June 06, 2016

 Spent the last 3 hours getting my annual physical, blood work for other health issues and hip Xrays.  My Dr. suspects Trochanteric bursitis.  If the Xrays confirm this, then I have to go back on Thursday for a steroid injection in the hip.  Not too crazy about shots, but if it will make this pain go away for a while, it will be worth it.  It's not too bad during the day, bearable, but it is agonizing at night, trying to sleep.  My whole left side from the knee down to my ankle and my groin aches like a horrible tooth ache.  Worse if I happen to lie on my side - and I am a side sleeper.  Sometimes the pain radiates from my left shoulder as well.  I honestly was thinking bone cancer. That's a bad thing when you have a computer - you look up your symptoms and try to diagnose yourself :/ 

On another note ~ My bedroom is nearly finished.  The last items to be painted is Tom's dresser and the headboard.  I've been holding off on that until we got those 2 monster TV's out of the room and the vanity put up.  The only problem now is unloading those TV's as the garbage men don't take them anymore.  Can't put them in landfills any longer.




If anyone is interested I currently have a 25% off sale going on in my Etsy Shop.  Use Coupon Code: SUMMER to get the discount when you check out.



★Denise★

Friday, May 20, 2016

RAG GARLANDS / SWAGS / VALANCES

 I've been busy all week making rag garlands both in primitive homespun fabrics and shabby chic fabrics.  I love the way they look, and plan to make matching valances for my bedroom windows eventually.

 
What I love about these is that you can use them for dressing up plain windows, with or without curtains ( I plan to hang mine over my white voile sheer curtains), hanging on fireplace mantles, over large mirrors, hanging over or on a cake table for decoration ( weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc).   On my prim garlands I added matching yoyo flowers and on the shabby chic garlands I added lace flowers.  All four of these are listed in my Etsy shop.  The top 3 are 36" wide and the bottom blue is 48" wide.  Free shipping.

This has been an unusual May for us, has been colder than usual with lots of rain.  We had 2 sunny days out of 19.  Today is a really nice day and I feel crappy.  Have been sick with a head cold for 4 weeks now and worried it's going to go into my chest.  Tom has it too and we must be passing it back and forth to last this long.  I don't know about him, but I've been washing my hands more frequently and keep wiping down the computer keyboard.....just sayin'.  Better wipe down the phone too. . . .
Anyhoo, want to wish you a lovely weekend!


 ★Denise★

Friday, May 13, 2016

EMBELLISHED LAMP SHADE - SHABBY CHIC STYLE

I finally got around to ordering the trim that I wanted to use on the new lampshade I purchased for my vintage floral lamp for the bedroom.  It arrived today and here are the before and after photos.
I'm happy with the way it turned out and Tom even likes it.

I added a few new shabby chic items to my Etsy shop.  The link is on the right side bar if interested.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NEW ITEMS LISTED IN ETSY SHOP - GREAT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS!

Visit  KKL Primitives ETSY SHOP





I created a new shop banner collage from items I have made previously and my new cottage shabby chic/ vintage offerings.

 I don't really want to change my shop name since I've been KKL Primitives for 10 years now, but hoping the banner depicts all that I can do.

★Denise★