I had such an amazing weekend, I don't know where to start! As you know, my friend Jane of Artfully Graced held an art show at her home on Saturday and graciously ask me to participate. Well, all I can say is the show was a success! Jane sold her wonderful paintings, her friend Becky sold her quilted pieces and yep, I sold my driftshell art! It was all so exciting and the nervousness I felt all week was put to rest. Jane's daughter-in-law also displayed some of her paintings and another Becky was showing some of her scrapbooks and homemade cards.
Here's a few pics of just some of the goodies that we all put out…
|Art At Home Show was throughout the house, such a fun way to display our work!|
|SOLD! Our friend Tracy bought this piece the minute she laid eyes on it!|
|I love my driftshell frame with Jane's colorful crab paintings, I think they complement each other beautifully!|
|The painting hanging on the wall is one by Jane's DIL, isn't it wonderful?|
|I love this painting! It reminds me of both Jane and Becky, since Jane painted it from a photo Becky posted on her blog. One day I'm hoping this will be hanging in my home!|
I had made another driftshell heart and added a few candle holder/vases to my list of items…
I made four vases and came home with only one, so I'm definitely going to make more of those.
The best part of a show like this is the relaxed atmosphere and all the visiting that was going on. I was so excited to finally meet my blogging friend Becky of Beachsnaps and Abbey Style, she drove about an hour and a half to spend some time with Jane and I and she is just as much of a sweetheart as I knew she would be! She also bought one of my driftshell frames, I love knowing that one of my frames will be in her home, it just gives me a warm, cozy feeling.
Here's a pic of the three of us…
|Jane, Becky and Rhonda|
Our friend Tracy of Ms. Bake-it was also there with her cutie pie grandson and daughter-in-law. Jane had put out a lovely spread of munchies and plenty of coffee for our guests. All in all, it was a lovely way to hold an art show, visit with dear friends and have a fabulous day!
But, the weekend didn't stop there. I live about forty-five minutes from Jane, so I decided to spend Friday and Saturday night with my dear friend Sharon, who only lives about ten minutes from Jane. Sharon is an art student at USF, she paints and sculpts, so I was able to see some of the completed pieces she had started when I was there a few weeks ago.
Not only is Sharon a talented artist, after knowing me for almost ten years, she also knows I love her home cooking. On Saturday morning, even though she had to get ready for work (she works at one of the art galleries in St. Petersburg), she announced that she was going to make me a special breakfast. Did I mention that Sharon is Jamaican? Here's my breakfast…
The main ingredient in Callaloo is a leafy vegetable, much like our collard greens here in the South, but without a trace of bitterness. Sharon added fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, homegrown scotch bonnet peppers and whatever magical seasonings she always has on hand. When it was finished cooking she added salt fish.
Bammy is a traditional Jamaican favorite made from the root of the cassava plant. Bammies are formed into patties, baked and then frozen. When ready to eat, they are soaked in coconut milk and fried.
Breadfruit is a member of the fig family, it has a starchy texture and Jamaicans call it, "Nature's answer to fresh bread."
How was breakfast? D E L I C I O U S!
After the show I went back to Sharon's and to further indulge my love of Jamaican cuisine, she made me chicken curry. It was such fun to see Sharon and her hubby Charles cooking in the kitchen together and the aroma was incredible. By the time dinner was ready, I was starving and didn't even think to take a picture. Our meal was completed with a piece of Key Lime Pie, a Florida favorite. Great friends, great food and great conversation! Who can ask for more than that?
Oh, there was one more thing…
The Full Moon! Did you catch it? Did you know it was bigger and brighter than normal? Yep, it was a "super moon" according to scientists. The moon was closer to Earth than it's been since 1993, and they said it appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. This view through the trees in Sharon's backyard more than made up for the rather drab sunset we had earlier that evening…
The next morning I got up and headed out to Honeymoon Island. After all the sales I made on Saturday, I needed to get out there and collect some more driftshells. What a job! Now I HAVE to go to the beach for work, lol.
I got there just as they opened at 8:00am, I think there were about four or five others who arrived before I did. I found the perfect parking spot, right by one of the trails that leads down to the beach. Arriving early at this time of year is a must. Our weather has been gorgeous and on Sunday we almost broke our heat record for that day. It was a lovely 87°F, the record is 88°F in 1935. By the time I left, this is what it looked like…
It took me 35 minutes to drive the 2.5 miles off the island, but with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico all the way, I wasn't complaining. The shelling was wonderful and I came home with lots of goodies to create more driftshell art. I spent yesterday out and about, buying more supplies and some bins to help me keep organized. I started cleaning shells but I have a lot more to go.
Whew, I'm exhausted, but happy. I decided to take today off and catch up with all of you. My new venture has me doing the happy dance, but I need to organize my time to accommodate my new life. I figure I can get out and visit in between painting frames and gluing shells. Yea, life is good and I have all of you to thank for your encouragement and support. I am humbled at your friendships.
Thank you dear friends, thank you!!!!!