Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. My daughter and I attended the small business show at the Double Tree where I met many wonderful women showing off their creative talents thru the products that they sell. First, I met Karen Moore who owns Zen Designs where I bought earrings made from conch shells and also found the meaning behind them.
Next, I met Danette with Invites by Danette and purchase a beautiful card from her. I also met Sandy Guy who enjoys selling South hill Designs. These were locket necklaces where you pick out charms to tell a story and keep them inside like a mini shadow box. I also met Sylvia Atwell who sells stella & dot jewelry. Finally, I met Tiffany King with Key West Sea Glass and we talked for a long while about our finds on the beach.
Later, we ventured down Whitehead to the Arts and Crafts festival where I met Grace Calleja from Rubies & Clay. She not only sells her work but teaches classes at the store. We are making plans for the summer. I purchased a new dog collar from Coconut Retriever, some salad forks from David Levy at Hardwood Creations, a mosaic from Greg Rhoads with Peaceful Prairie Pottery Mindful Mosaics, a long board with a wood burned and painted ocean scene from Thom Cassotta and a pair of rose and pearl earrings made from wire mesh from Helma Mezey with Retrose.
When we returned home, I not only had beautiful pieces of art from these talented artists, but many new ideas for myself. Thank you to all the artists we met yesterday. I will leave you with a message from the mosaic I purchased.
“Embrace your uniqueness
Time is much too short too
Be living someone else’s life.”
Relax and Enjoy the Beauty in Your Life!
Last night we had the pleasure of attending a concert at the San Carlos Theater performed by James Slater, Joey and Rory, and of course Howard Livingston. We were also surprised with three guest performances Two of whom we had the pleasure of talking with at Mr. Z’s after the show. James Slater is amazing on the piano. He can play anything! Joey and Rory are true country singers with wonderful down to earth songs. Howard Livingston is keeping it fun and crazy in Key West.
We took along with us our two oldest children Andrew and Sarah so that they could see their first live performance of country music as well as awesome musicians/songwriters. Sarah is wanting to pick up playing the piano so this event made it a very informative show.
As James Slater was about to perform “Barefoot Princess” and “In My Daughter’s Eyes”, He looked down at Sarah (as we were sitting on the front row), and asked her what her name was and if she was enjoying the show. He and Joey already knew her name because my in-laws were at the 1:30 performance early that day and informed them of their granddaughter coming later in the evening. Sarah was surprised that they knew her name.
Tonight they will be playing out at Salute. Apparently all of the performers are going to come back in May to the Songwriter’s Festival and they also plan on making these concerts a yearly event. It is great to live in Key West and enjoy meeting so many talented people from all over the world. We will be looking forward to hearing more from them soon.
In the meantime,
Relax and Enjoy the Beauty in Your Life.
The end of another year is coming to a close and as I look back over the past months I can honestly say that I am much happier this year than last. I examine the growth and maturity with my beautiful family and I am proud of the accomplishments we all have achieved. We have grown in all aspects of our lives from academic, athletic, spiritual, and in our relationships.
I have gone from a stay-at-home mom to a working mom. The struggle with wanting to stay home and be involved with school activities but also wanting to work is a tug-of-war in my mind that plagues me but I am very glad to have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful friends at work. Some of my accomplishments were adding some of my jewelry to the gift shop at the Casa Marina Resort, Little Palm Island Resort, and my lamps inside the Frangipani Gallery on Duval Street.
My oldest son is now a teenager at 13 and is growing into a young man (with his now deep voice) and has even started working in the afternoons for a neighbor. He and my daughter have had the opportunity to try their hand at Lacrosse and seem to like the sport as well of course as playing baseball.
My daughter is growing everyday into a beautiful young lady as she learns things like setting the table, laundry, and acting like a lady which contradicts her fighting competitive spirit scoring goals out on the soccer fields.
My 4 year old son tries to lasso the moon having now grown into a “big boy”.
My loving husband has matured, but only just a little, with his 40th birthday this year. We are enjoying a little more much needed time together with date nights now that we have an in-house babysitter. We are planning more exciting accomplishments for this next year. We are grateful for all of the ups and downs that we’ve experienced all of which makes us a stronger and closer knit family.
We wish you a very Blessed New Year in 2013!
Relax and Enjoy the Beauty in Your Life
I wrote a poem to describe our day today as Tropical Storm Isaac came thru.
Tropical Storm Isaac
Came and went
But not without
A little excitement
it was only a storm
I must admit
It was quite a bore
But when it went
And was finally past
We went to White Street Pier
The pier was flooded
Just like a swimming pool
People kept coming
They thought it was cool
And when we were in
To my surprise
We saw Jamie Crespo
And her little guy
And walked on the beach
Picking up a conch shell
And pottery to keep
This day is not over
But we’ve had so much fun
The rain is now gone
Leaving nothing but sun
If you ever ride a storm out
Down in Key West
You’ll always remember
Relax and Enjoy the Beauty in Your Life!
Today was the first day back to school for many kids around the country. This is the first year that all three of mine have been at school. My youngest is starting preschool with great confidence. It hit me this morning that I would have a day to myself, which was rather unusual. After dropping all of my children off I didn’t waste any time doing the things that I have wanted to do.
The first thing I did was hop on my bike and ride down to what used to be the famous Fast Buck Freddie’s which has been turned into a pop up gallery. I looked around at all of the interesting paintings and signed books for sale. I even purchased a signed poetry book called From the Balconies of Key West by Bill Lorraine and illustrated by his wife Ann Lorraine. As I was purchasing the book I was informed that artists can come for three days at a time to the gallery and work on their art. As the light went on in my head for work and notoriety, I signed up to be contacted as an artist. As we work, we may also advertise for any other galleries that we may have our art in. The goal is to keep art alive in the community of Key West. What a wonderful idea. Thanks to Tony Falcone and all of the other artists in this community that are making this happen.
The second thing I did was walk down to see the Jewelry Bar on Fleming but it was closed so I met my husband across the street for lunch at the wonderful Italian restaurant Luigi’s to discuss the day’s events over Panini’s.
Now it is time to think about making earrings to go with my necklaces before it is time to pick up the kids.