I know—we’re bad, as we’ve not been visiting our neighbors everyday like we used to do. No worries, we still intend to visit our fellow bloggers blog as we’ve done in the past. However, we do tend to get sidetracked. Today, for example, while we have been setting our our ‘Toy Store and Gift Shop‘, which is slowly, but surely coming along, we ran into a fabulous deal on this sewing machine. Not only do I sew, I own a Brother sewing machine, and I love it.
I bit-mapped the image on the photo I stole from Amazon’s site to set up this post to save time, since I lack it and there is really no point in reinventing the wheel, but if you actually go to Amazon’s site to see their photo, (and their complete video introducing the many features) you will see how intricate the face of this machine is and all that it has to offer. For starters, theBrother CS6000i Computerized Sewing machine offers 60 built in stitches, along with an automatic buttonhole feature capable of seven designs within itself. In addition to the built in features, you get your basic accessories and the hard cover carry case. Not to mention, this is a free arm sewing machine, making sewing things like pant cuffs, etc. a breeze. This machine has a retail list value of over $400.00 but is being sold for under $145.00 including shipping. I might end up being my own best customer with deals like this to be had. This is an amazing offer, so if you sew or are thinking of learning, you might want to check this superb deal out. Enough said. Follow the link to Amazon and watch their video if you are interested in learning more and/or seeing why Olivia, Oscar, and I are so excited about this particular deal.
Anytime it is 67 degrees in early February, it is aMaymont Park day if you live in Richmond, Virginia, which we do, so we went to the park. Oscar and Olivia went with us. This post is my answer to a ‘bench‘ challenge I saw on Sylvia’s blog, although, her work is not shown here.
After you’ve gone up and down a few Maymont hills it is nice to find a place to sit down. Sometimes you have to look twice. Look at the bench (above) we found lurking in the woodpile.
I know we’ve been wandering away from our own neighborhood lately, sometimes focusing on a nifty new toy we came across, or as in the case of the day before yesterday, showcasing Orpleville for those of you who are unaware that the orples have a childhood home. They are rooted to an orange tree, but were ‘transformed’ in the basement of their friend, Jack’s, house. None of that really matters for this post today, but we will still be playing with our neighbors and visiting their blogs. Anyone familiar with my blog knows my links have been messed up and I still don’t quite know why. But the blog—this blog—is the blog I post on these days—EVERYDAY.
Today’s post reflects on a little get-away, change of pace, spur of the moment, trip I took yesterday— just because it was too pretty to sit inside. Check out this beautiful little mural I encountered in Carytown, a quaint little section of historic, Richmond, Virginia. I need to take a day and photograph some of their magnificent architecture. The city is rich in history and aesthetics.
One day I will take the time to acknowledge my own backyard.Today is a good day to start.
Sorry about the parking sign, not much I could do there without knocking out a whole bunch of names. Standing further back here’s part of the big picture (next frame).
This mural captivated me. Check out the close ups—what a whimsical artist— what a talent! If the service inside is as friendly as it is outside, then I’d take my business there.
Look at those happy dogs, eager to go inside.
I wonder what those people are looking at, appearing to peer inside?
That black & white dog is quite the gentleman, holding the door for the lady while he bows—how charming. I was beginning to think chivalry was dead, my mistake.
I hope you guys enjoyed this Mural as much as I did. To see more Murals, or more of Virginia, I’ve included a few links for your convenience.
This post is dedicated to Colleen’s Art Class. I did a set of posts on this drawing almost three years ago, beginning with preliminary drawings one and two. To see that series of posts, beginning with the preliminary drawing number one, click here.
Over on Colline’s blog, they are really expressing themselves and the Orples have joined in on the fun. Colline’s art class has combined their work to create one huge montage and it is colorful. So colorful, in fact, that Oscar is now inspired to do his own painting.
Izzadora has a fabulous blog, with fabulous places to visit. Just ask the Orples. In the post she did, that my post is based on today, she was photographing the sculpture, Sagg Portal #6, in Sarasota Bay In Sarasota, Florida. Well, thanks to Izzy, Olivia and Oscar are awestruck by the sculpture in the park. It is a good thing Oscar remembered to bring his cameratoday. That way they can get plenty of photos of their own.
I’ve had to shift gears lately, in an effort to launch our new toy and gift shop …. even Orples have to work, you know. The idea is for me to take the time to hand select some sensible, and in some cases, classic toys, books, and gifts for the children on your gift list. Today’s post is but a brief preview of what is to come, and at this point, we are in the set-up process, thus still subject to change. We are still adding categories, and trying to arrange our inventory in an effort to save you shopping time when the time comes.
I hope when we do open our doors, you will think of us when you seek out gifts for the wee ones in your life.
Olivia, Oscar, and I were checking out some of our fellow blogger’s blogs, and came across this little challenge from one in particular. We have chosen to answer the # 3 Challenge on the list: Include all of these elements into a scene: a bucket, a rainbow, curiosity, and a TV remote control. If you want to check out the other options listed, and/or want to work up you own little post, then please follow the link to ‘Writing Prompts‘ blog and go for it!.
Knowing how Oscar gets when he is around water, they will probably be playing with that silly remote for the rest of the day. It appears it is a good time to visit the neighbors to see what we may have missed lately.
If you have missed us visiting your blog in the last day or two … no worries … we haven’t forgotten and/or overlooked you, we are just busy trying to set up shop in the hopes that anyone needing toys, books, toy storage, art supplies for children, dress up costumes, and so on will stop by and check out our selections once our shop opens. I have literally been spending every waking hour, not blogging, trying to put the pieces into place to bring you guys a sensible shop to find nice gifts for that special child on your gift list.
Olivia, Oscar, and I have weeded through thousands of items to offer you the basics in a variety of organized categories, saving you time when you shop. I’ll keep you posted as we progress with our efforts to (in the near future) present to you a, well thought out, toy and gift shop. For now, a work station for the creative child on your list may be a good place to begin … just ask the Orples.