Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Party Time, Collages & Summer Reading

Can you eat too much food? Then I think I have done just that. The spread at our fourth of July party was downright sinful. So much mountainous food the guests were sent home with plates full for future gorging. DD and I finished making the American Flag cake we set out to make. YUM! Spongy lemon cake, fluffy cool whip and tangy sweet fruits. Perfect!

I don't know what it is about your first piece of corn on the cob, on the 4th of July, but it's pure heaven. I don't muck up the flavor of my sweet corn with butter, salt or sugar. BLECK. I like it natural, sometimes grilled in the husk on the grill. There is nothing better.

The day was filled with food, fun and games. We played 'toss the waterballoon' like they were eggs. Watermelon seed spitting contest (except dad forgot and got a seedless and we had to use sunflower seeds as a substitute. *eyeroll*)

** Pic is of dorky DH spitting. He kept doing a shotput move, spinning around and around and THEN spitting. I have crazies in my family, I know! **

We ended the day playing the card game GOLF. Have you played this game before? Holler if you want instructions. We managed a pretty good game with 9 players at a time!

At this party, all of the guests were either going to and/or had graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design (or whatever the exact name is). We talked about it a bit. DD wants to go to school for graphic and fashion design and I would love to someday take some art classes. Listening to them describe some of the course work made DD & me want to run off to college right now! Maybe someday. She has 4 more years of HS to go... I've told her if she is moving near any beach to go to college, we will be following her (like DUH! That's a given!)

I've been working on some Circle Journal pages in th evenings when everyone else is sleeping. I'll post them when finished. In the meantime, here are closeups of my ScrapAddict Altered Design Team Kit. We were given 8x8 chipboards (4) and 7gypsies papers and embellishments. I got this idea to make a 4 piece wallhanging (spells out my name) to go above my doorway in the art room. Sorry for the scans. Parts of the pieces were bulky with wiring and beads. I love how this came out, must have something to do with the 7Gypsies papers (my favs!)

NOTE: If you're looking for some good summer reading... at this time, I'm reading Bet Your Bottom Dollar by Karin Gillespie and listening to Artemis Fowl, Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer. Yes, I know it's a kids book, but it's so interesting! Read Artemis Fowl first though if you're going to pick it up. Of course I brought favorites on this trip with me as well; Alphabetica and The Decorated Journal. I also checked out The Decorated Page, and a couple books on sewing with wool and quilting: Purely Primitive, Warm up To Wool and Folk Art Quilts. The wool books have great patterns to use for anything. Oh! And I have my book club's next book bought and mailing to me as I type; Watership Down. If you've read this let me know. I'd love to know your thoughts. Happy reading!

Oops! Almost forgot the picture of Wilbur (see post below...) Isn't he quite scary? He needs some 'gussying' up or at least some altering by yours truly. *wink*

Let's all say it together now "POOR WILBUR!"


audrey said...

Wow....the wall hanging is gorgeous. That flag cake looks so yummy :0) Looks like everyone had a great holiday.

Micki W. Hill said...

Wilbur needs some clothes to spruce him up. That or a plate of eggs. Hee hee hee

kathywas said...

Kris...I absolutely LOVE what you did with this wallhanging!! It's incredible!! Too bad that it doesn't spell out "K-a-t-h-y"!!

And who can resist Wilbur?? I noticed him right away sitting by your front door in the 1st picture. Gotta love those pigs!

SnapDragon said...

Loved Watership Down - I read it when I was a teenager. Awesome book. Hope you enjoy it!

Annette said...

Sounds like a great 4th!

angie b. said...

hi kris...that cake looks delicious :)

thanks for stopping by my blog. i'm more than happy to share fabric! i don't know how much floral i have, but i will try to find some interesting patterned pieces for you. :) hopefully you'll be able to use them. just email me the best way to contact you :)