You know it is time to quit when….

I have been working on the sleeves for my latest dress. I got the trim ready for attaching to the sleeve. There big plans to get one sleeve sewed, decorated and lined today. That came to a grinding halt when I sewed parts of the sleeve into the seam. Parts that were not meant to be sewed in. I was too ticked off to rip stitches and hand sew. I threw up my arms and said “walk away!” I didn’t get as far as I wanted but at least I got something done.

A lovely piece of lace

I haven’t been to Dalnavert House in quite some time. I don’t know why.  I just haven’t managed to make it a priority.  (I really should.)

I was looking through some old photos I have taken when there.  (Trying to get my Victorian mojo back) and I saw this lovely pieces of lace they had on display in one of the rooms.  Wouldn’t I love to own these!

One is a collar.


A close up of one of the medallions shows the amazing detail.


The other is a jabot with equally amazing detail.


Hope you enjoy!


Mexico recommendation

If you ever get to Mexico, Mayan Riviera side, check out Xenses.  Super cool.  They stimulate the senses with all kinds of tricks like optical illusion, thrills, sensory deprivation, humor and relaxation.  Great fun!

To take the photo below, we had to walk through various clumps of red and yellow metal objects stuck on the wall.  We had no idea that they spelt the name of the park until we got the photos.  I have no idea how anyone could make that!


The following photos are examples of optical illusions you can play with.





The only bathing suit photo of me I like!

Here is a sample of the thrills you can have at this park.


There is one spot where you are completely in the dark so you have to rely on what you feel with your hands and feet to get around.  Your other senses give you information so that you can tell what type of environment you are in.  Desert, forest…and so on.  The environment in the photo below was the only one I got wrong.  It was supposed to be a marsh but I have never been barefoot through a marsh so I identified it as something I had experienced, a wheat field.


The relaxing stuff was nice.  Two lazy rivers: one a salt water one and one a mud one. It was warm and gentle with relaxing music playing.


I loved the humor options.  It totally appealed to the kid in me!  Hubby was a sport and played along!


The most difficult part was the area that plays with the sense of up and down.  It triggered some vertigo and at one point I nearly fell down and both hubby and I got a bit nauseated. Still cool!


You can see the whole park in 3 hours if it isn’t busy.  We got lucky and hit a quiet day so no line ups.  I would definitely go back again.

Productive vacation

I have completed a few projects while vacationing. They have ceramic painting which I like it do…with all the other kids. This what I started with.

This is what I did.

And this is how it looks after they fixed it up and glazed it.

Me likey!

I tried my hand at water colors.

This was my inspiration.

And this is the result.

I won’t quit my day job.

And finally finished a scarf that I will need in a few days.