Friday, September 7, 2012

Turning Three

My sweet granddaughter London turned three last week.  She had several parties - one at her mom`s house, one at her grandpa`s house (my ex-hub), and one here at our house with my kids, including her dad (my son Shane).

I made her a Winnie The Pooh cake, as she loves to have me read her the WTP stories. Heck, one could read her an encyclopedia and she would be happy.  Anyway, the bear color is a bit funky, but other than that it turned out OK.  It sure was delicious!!!

Here is London (with a sidelong glance to where her Daddy was standing).  Her curly hair is getting long and it is just sooooo cute!!

Then we told her to smile, and she lit up just like the candles!  And of course she helped us sing Happy Birthday, and she knew all the words.  :-)

Then before we knew it, she took a deep breath and blew out all the candles!  She`s got the routine down, wouldn’t you say?

Her present from Grammy and Grandpa was this cool whiteboard/blackboard from Ikea. We also got her markers, erasers, chalk (white and colored) and art paper.  She is already really dexterous and loves to draw, just like her daddy.  My son Shane is an artist (oils, portraiture, etc) and supplements his art income by working part-time as a graphics designer for a power beverage company.

Here is Shane and London. Sorry the picture is blurry.  Rarely is London perfectly still enough for me to get a good picture!!

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In other news, we have been working on updating our living room.  There is a line of fabrics that just came out that I am totally in love with.  It is called Indie (by Pat Bravo) for Art Gallery Fabrics.

I love this collection so much, I bought a fat quarter of each fabric in the collection to make a quilt for our living room (after Christmas!)  And it inspired me to get rid of some of our furniture - pieces that did not match, were dark/black, etc.  We went to Ikea and bought a great media center in white. Bruce assembled it in one afternoon and was amazed at how solid (pure wood, no venerrs) it was and how perfectly it went together.  As soon as I bring out the autumn decorations, I will take before and after pictures.   

The only other major thing was that I needed a chair.  I have been using my old sewing chair up in the living room, and it really needed to return to my studio downstairs.  We shopped and shopped at the major furniture chains.  Then I remembered the Country Furniture at Gardner Village.  Over the last 30 years, I have bought and loved many pieces of furniture from them.  The most important thing for me is comfort first and foremost.  It has to support this aging back of mine.  Eighty percent of the chairs we looked at were eliminated as soon as I sat down in them.  Wait a second, that didn`t sound right. I am not THAT heavy, LOL.  I don`t mean that they were broken when I sat in them, but they were eliminated from consideration.  hehehehe.  But you knew that, right?  Right?????

Anyway, I had taken Bruce`s truck so I was prepared to purchase something that day if I found anything.  I looked through their rooms and displays and came to the last room in their showroom and saw this chair sitting there.  Loved the colors. Hmmmm…..

The Chair on the showroom floor
I sat down, and BINGO!!  The right colors, the right style (modern, not too big), great support, great quality, and ON SALE!!  I knew in less than five seconds that this was The Chair.  I talked to the saleswoman and she said yes, the floor sample was for sale.  I paid for it right then, they wrapped it and loaded it into my truck, and a half hour later I was home. I even unloaded it myself and had it set up in the living room (no wonder my back hurts) before Bruce got home from work.

We are loving our “new” living room; it feels so modern, clean and uncluttered.  My new chair is great.  And if you don’t believe me, ask my cat Boomer.  He is in it more than I am.  I guess that means it gets the Royal Feline Seal of Approval, LOL!

Cathy maroon


Katy Cameron said...

Oh yes, London's definitely got that candle thing down pat after all those parties lol Loving the Pooh cake :oD

Congrats on the new furniture, I have to admit that a FQ bundle of Indie leapt into my cart in the Labor Day sales, I just have to wait til SS to be united with it :o)

shawkl said...

Great job on the cake Grandma! And, the chair looks lovely too!

Gina E. said...

LOL you are so funny! Your new chair looks so comfortable; I'd love one just like it, but with a giant leather lounge that is a semi-circular one piece, there is no room in our lounge for any more chairs. It is not good for sitting in to sew, but great for curling up with a good book ;-)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The feline seal of approval is definitely necessary! Lovely cake for a lovely little girl.

Faith... said...

London is a beauty! Happy Birthday to her! Great cake and presents. Love the chair.

FredaB said...

London is sure growing up fast and getting cuter by the minute. Love that hair. I also loved the cake.
that was a lot of holding the bag.

I also liked the colors and style of your chair.



Susan Elliott said...

She looks beautiful! And so does the cake...AND the fabric! I love this new bazaar, Indie look.

YOu gave me sweet memories. I made the exact same cake for Jack when he was one. I have no idea if I ever took a picture. Life was a lot busier back then.

xo Susan