Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lounge Chair Road Trip No 19. Death Valley Scotty's Castle

Well, It's Wednesday, and I'm Tina, and I'm hot, and so I'm going on a road trip to Death Valley because the weatherman/person/devil says it could reach 111 degrees in Sacramento tomorrow so why not go to the desert?  And stay in style?

I have been to this sprawling desert compound before with my husband on a winter's day and even explored the outside where there is a gigantic pool that you can go below and watch swimmers' legs through windows (mermaid shows. anyone?) - except it was empty - and a bell tower (I think), lots of interesting things to see.

I should have been ready for this post with lots of info about Scotty but I wasn't. Sorry.

He must have had a lot of money, and a lot of friends, and a love of the desert!

I enjoy the rustic furniture and the natural wood and the beautiful use of tile and I would love to have the stove in this kitchen!


Death Valley has very, very hot days, but it also has some cold nights, so I guess a two story fireplace makes sense. And check out those candelabras! They add some heat of their own!

Okay, next year I think I am taking over this dining room for Thanksgiving (I would do it this year, but my sis-in-law in Denver already invited us to come for dinner). We can fit all of the Gold Country Girls and the extended families in here and sleep them and we will even fill the pool and everybody bring their mermaid costumes!

A whole entire gigantic room just for music! I could have kept my other upright piano! Heidi could move in and keep both her spinets! Lori could have kept her baby grand! We could have lots of Chic Jams here and many house concerts! Just a dream because I still won't live in the desert. No, it's plenty hot here in Kelsey, thank you very much!

Okay, before we leave, we settle down to listen to a piano solo in a plain old sitting room that is comfortably furnished and we might just have some sun tea because that is what is outside, a lot of sun. What a great home.

We don't have to leave, you know. There is a large guest house just waiting for us. At least until we take our next lounge chair road trip! See you then!

Monday, August 21, 2017

It's "Time" For More Crewelwork

I'm chiming in with some more crewelwork pieces this morning, because I just think it's about "time"!
I found this great framed clock face picture yesterday:
It is SO colorful and cute!
I mean, check out this closeup:
 (Their little faces are simply adorable!)
This framed autumn-themed beauty, below, was found when Lori and I were on our big road trip this past May:
I just framed this one recently. I had found the finished, (but unframed) little piece quite a while back.
 I think this frame works rather well:
One of my very favorites of my most recent finds is this chicken:
I love the bright colors in that one, which was also found unframed.
Next up, we have the pair below.
Found at different times and framed - again, by me - in matching thrift store frames,
 I think they make a very nice-looking set:
This  next one is a really nice-looking sampler of crewel embroidery stitches:
I also pick up unfinished pieces, when the price is right.
I haven't done any embroidery in 30 years or more, but I may try to finish some of the ones I've found.
I DO love a red barn....
I managed to find a photo of the original Paragon kit online, so at least I can see what it is supposed to look like!
Here's a shot of the way our bed looks now - I was able to put some of my favorite crewelwork pillows together and achieve this look:
That's it for today!
Sorry I have not been able to post much lately; I simply have not been able to find the "time".....
But I am truly going to try to do better - I promise!