Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Memorable Lunch at Kitchen on George

Hubby had a rare Friday off work last week, so of course I asked him to go along with me as I hit every estate sale and yard sale I could find Friday morning!  I just love having him with me!

Somewhere along the way we got hungry- yard sale shopping is hard work!  I remembered a place that had been on the "Places I Want to Try" list for several months, so I decided to find it....As hubby napped in the passenger side of the car, I followed the driving directions given to me by the lady in my dashboard navigation system thing.  Sometimes she takes me along interesting routes, but I usually do eventually arrive at the correct destination. This day, I had asked her to take me to "Kitchen on George, 351 George Street, Mobile, Alabama." Poor Hubby was so tired, he slept through many twists, turns, stops and bumps in the road. When he opened his eyes, he had no idea where we were.  We arrived right at 11:30, so the timing was perfect for a special Friday lunch date with my man.


It was so pretty outside, with the shady tree-lined street and flowers at the entrance...and I'm in love with the red front doors!




The hostess greeted us and led us to a table up the steps into a private little dining area with just four tables.  The restaurant is set in a restored old house, and the vintage painted wood paneled walls provide a beautiful canvas for the decorative touches.  The look is simple and traditional with contemporary accessories, and very comfortable--fancy but casual at the same time.  Diners came in dressed in casual clothes as well as business suits...


The homemade bread and dipping oil infused with herbs was brought out along with our drinks...that bread was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside--perfect!


It was just about at this point in our experience that I realized I had left the camera in the car.  Oh no!  I must take pictures of our food for the blog!  I asked Hubby not to take a bite before I returned, and I headed back out to the car for the camera.


As soon as I stepped out the door, I looked at my car and wondered why I couldn't remember towing a red car all over Mobile.  I must be losing my mind!!! How could I not remember towing that car?   I know I did not tow that car.  But, it does appear that someone tried to hitch it to mine...  

I went back inside, and asked the sweet hostess if she would get the manager for me.  After showing him the situation, he went off to find the driver...

As I waited for the driver to show up, I stood there thinking...sometimes, people amaze me. Now, if I get my car all jacked up on a trailer hitch on another car, I'm going to feel a bump, then I'm going to back up and see what's going on. But not this driver. Looks like this one preferred to stay all jacked up on my trailer hitch while she ate her lunch.   

She eventually walked up and as she dug around in her purse for her keys, I asked her, "Why would you park that close to someone?  Did you not feel a bump?  How am I supposed to get out of the parking spot with no room to move and with your car hitched to mine?"  She said she didn't want her rear end out in the intersection. My brain is thinking...well now, here's an idea....go park somewhere else? (Remember it was just shortly after 11:30 and not crowded at this point...there was plenty of parking available.)  I'm sure she could read my face...I have trouble hiding things that are "just in my brain"...they tend to somehow show up on my face very clearly.   Now, don't get me wrong...accidents happen, and I can deal with that, but this apparently was deliberate!  I just politely asked her if she would back her car off mine, then we could both go back inside and enjoy our lunch. She did, and the car bumped as it came unhitched.  The only damage was to her bumper and it was just a mark where the plastic had bent.  She didn't appear worried.  I went back inside just shaking my head.  I'm just glad I had a trailer hitch...

Meanwhile, Hubby is salivating over the bread that he was asked not to eat by his blogger wife. He was about to come looking for me.  I told him the story and we laughed.  He then admitted that he had eaten some bread, which was okay because he did save some for a picture!

We ordered our entrees--Crawfish Stuffed Mirliton and Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits. 





They were as delicious as they were pretty!  

After our meal, we ordered desserts.  Hubby had Bread Pudding with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries with some kind of boozy sauce...(can't remember if it was bourbon or rum), and I had Cheesecake with Strawberries.  Again, we were not disappointed.






It simply could not have been a more perfect lunch date with Hubby, and  I can not say enough good things about Kitchen on George...the atmosphere, service, presentation and tasty dishes were impeccable.   You simply can't improve on perfection...

This place just moved onto another list, "Special Favorite Date Places" and I'm sure we will go back real soon.

To learn more about Kitchen on George, visit their website, linked here.  

Oh, and if you're driving around Mobile...watch out for that little red Toyota Corolla...



Thursday, May 28, 2015

DIY Upcycled Denim Bag for Random Purse Stuff

Do you have random things that look a lot like this hanging out in the bottom of your purse? Well, I'm tired of digging around in the bottom of the dark hole searching for things, so I decided I needed a small bag of some sort to hold these necessary things.  I looked in the stores at makeup bags, thinking they could serve the purpose, but I didn't like any of the designs and patterns.  They just didn't "go" with my purse...


Being the denim upcycler that I am, I went into the studio and started cutting and sewing, and this is what I created.


It's just a simple rectangular shaped, lined bag, with a flap across the top for the closure.  It is wrapped in a "sweater" of vintage handmade lace that was once a doily. 

Front

Back

Flap with Button Closure

Lining with Signature

Filling the Bag with the "Stuff"



Now, here's a closer look at some details.





And, now it's time to put the bag in the purse.


Doesn't it look pretty with the blue and white striped lining in the big bag?  This is the bag that I shared with you in Fab Fashion Friday last week (link here).  I'm LOVING it, but it didn't have but one small pocket inside.  

Now that I've made this "stuff bag", I'm thinking I should make more--one for coupons and gift cards, one for coins that usually end up in the bottom of the bag, one for keys, one for.......and this is how life goes for me.  I have so much fun!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Upcycled & Recycled Denim - Bags

Today I'm sharing some little bags that I just finished.  

I had a couple of hours to play in the studio today, and that's just enough time to do some small denim projects, so I went digging in my denim stash and found an old skirt that was begging to be something else.   Once I figured out that it wanted to be a small bag, I then started the design process in my head.  It had a row of embroidered flowers down the front, and it was a long skirt, so there was a good length of those flowers to work with.  (...and I still have enough left to make several bracelets!)  As a bonus, I was able to use an already existing buttonhole in the flower part to create a closure for the bag when paired with a vintage rhinestone button.  I found a doily that looked nice on top of the denim.  It was a bit larger than I needed, so I finished off the edges so that it wouldn't ravel and used only part of it for an asymmetrical look.     I also added a pocket to the back.  

I really like the look of this one!  As a matter of fact, it's one of my favorites.  I can see it being used as a makeup bag or a bag for inside your purse or big bag to hold incidentals.  






And, here is the second little bag that I made with part of another skirt!  This one is tiny, about six inches square, and it has a long shoulder strap.  I attached a rhinestone studded ring to the bottom of the strap (on one side of the bag) to hold clipped-on keys or charms. And it has a pretty pocket on the front that is functional.
  




Denim recycling...It's what I do these days!  And I'm loving it.


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Upcycled Denim Jacket Turned Trendy Vest

Have you noticed the denim vest is showing up everywhere?  Of course, since I have a love affair with all things denim, I've noticed and I've been looking for just the right vest.  I went shopping Friday, just hitting our local stores that I thought would be good places to look.  I started at Kohl's and this is what they had:  

Chaps Jean Vest - Women's
Chap's Denim Vest-- Around $50

Now, I'm a cheapskate when it comes to certain things, and I'm just not willing to spend $50 on a denim vest...so I kept shopping.  Across the parking lot is JC Penney...I wonder what they have.

Arizona Denim Vest-- Around $30

Well, this is getting closer to what I had in mind.  I'm liking the more tattered look--the frayed edges of the armholes and the bleached and worn denim.  The price is okay.

But then, those frayed edges got me to thinking and an idea struck...

What if I check at the Goodwill Thrift Store and see if I can find a denim jacket and just cut the sleeves off?  So, I went up the road and checked in to see what I could find...They had one just my size...for $4!

I brought it home and started cutting away the sleeves.  (I was so excited about the project that I totally forgot to take a "before" pic!)  I really studied the details on the one at JC Penney with the frayed edges, so I'm going to do this one the same way.  I will run a machine stitch about 1/2" away from the cut edges and then pull threads away until I get the same frayed look.

I simply used a heavy weight thread that matched what was already used on the jacket, and I went around the armholes with a straight stitch three times, all on top of one another.  It gave it that nice heavy thread look like you usually see on denim garments.

...and here it is!


I should have shown it with a different shirt underneath...this one isn't so pretty without a body in it! It looks cute when I'm wearing it....And, now you're probably wondering why I didn't get someone to take a pic of me wearing it...Well, I'm just not much for modeling garments and posing for pictures.  




Of course, I'm showing it on a Juju Queen's Junk hanger!  Gotta get in a little advertising anytime I can.


I've worn it a couple of times already, and it's great paired with my junky recycled denim bracelets.  It's exactly the style I was looking for and I'm so happy I was able to alter the $4 jacket to make it!  That's what I call a "win, win!"...

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