OK See you from the road. I'll try to post updates from the trip!
As promised, here's a photo of Mabel and Stan together. I love the look on her face! She is so tollerant of Stanley's antics. But she really does seem to be enjoying him, even washing and grooming him. awww! More photos here.
I was glad Uli won, I thought her dress looked very "her" but not the same as all her others. I am worried about Michael now. I read an article in the NY Times that said his outfits in Fashion Week ended up looking hoochy. I really want him to win, so now I am in suspense. The same article also said that all of Laura's designs looked all the same. I can't remember what it said about Jeffery or Uli, I guess I'll have to wait and see!
Next week I'll be teaching Art and Soul in Portland so I won't have Bravo. Maybe I'll pay the $10 for highspeed internet one day so I can download the next episode on iTunes. I hate it when hotels charge so much for highspeed. And then cheapo hotels like Fairfield Inn offer it free, weird. But I don't want to miss the episode where they get everyone together to rehash the season. There is sure to be drama!
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I have: done the laundry including the bedding, groomed Toby, vacuumed the floors (twice! once before shaving Toby and then again after), washed out all the litter boxes and replaced with new litter AND cleaned the shower. whew!
It was just one of those days where I decided I wanted to get all of these little chores out of the way so I was like a speed demon racing around the house to do it all. Now I feel like I got everything accomplished. yay!
I even had time to work on more commissions. I am within reach of my goal of work to have done before I leave. That will be great! There is always more work to do, but if I can get to a nice stopping point I can leave without worry.
OK time for me to snuggle Stanley and watch House.
I am working like crazy on my commissions -- I want to get them all to a good stopping point, so that way I can leave to teach in Portland with peace of mind. I'll be gone 10 days so I'll lose a lot of studio time in there. Here's a Poppet® sketch commission that I just finished up of this sweet family!
Today I finally got caught up on all my email from when I was away last week. Ahhh! So nice to see the inbox empty, even if it's just for a little bit!
OK back to work for me. I have 3 commissions that I want to pack up to ship off tomorrow (one to Australia!).
My goal is to be all finished for the night in time for the Amazing Race so I can relax and enjoy it!
I think that one of the Carol Duvall Show epsiodes that I taped in 2004 must have aired because I have a bunch of emailed questions in my inbox! I went and checked the HGTV web site and sure enough it aired again on Tuesday. Opps I missed it. Oh well I have seen it already and I think it's embarrassing to watch it. I always watch these things with one hand over my face partially hiding my eyes.
This is a piece that I had already created -- no time to make a new piece with a new kitten and travel this weekend. I was thinking of how when men are watching TV they tend to change the channel all the time. So I think it works for the theme even if it's a little stretch!
So far Mabel seems to be accepting of little Stanley, so there is good progress there! yay! As soon as I can, I'll get a photo of the two of them. We're still on "orange alert" when they are together so it makes it hard to take pictures. But so far not much hissing so that is great!
I couldn't believe my eyes when they brought Vincent and Angela back! That was a good twist. I was worried they would make it to the next round. But they didn't. Thankfully, Vincent didn't say his famous "it gets me off" quote so now I can safely know I won't have to hear that anymore!
I was surprised Laura's dress won. It was very nice, but to me, it looked like her other clothes, I really didn't see what was different about it. I like Michael's the best. Uli is walking on thin ice doing the same type of look every week. Did you catch Michael Kors impression of her? Poor Uli, I like her, but she needs to mix it up. The Judges hate it when you are predictable. I hated Jeffery's outfit, those leggings, ick. Seemed like Angela cheated a little by stuffing the purse full of the extra fabric. And Vincent's dress was way too short, but not horrible.
I was sad to see Kayne go. boo hoo! I really liked him.
Anyone know when the finale will be? Paul and I want to have a Project Runway finale party and we were trying to figure out when the date is from the web site. It's hard to tell.
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This is one of me and Stanley
Paul and Stanley
And here's a last one of Stan asleep after a big play session. Awww!
I got my 3rd quarter taxes all done, yay! I also worked on commissions, here's a scan of a Poppet® Canvas commission that I just finished. I love the romantic feel of this piece. What a cute couple and their kitties too!
I also got 60lbs of stuff packed up and ready to send off to Portland for my workshops at the Art and Soul convention in a couple weeks (still room in my classes if you want to come and play!)
Between all that, I took Stanley to the vet for his first visit with our vet. He was such a brave boy! So far everything looks good with him. He does have some swelling on his little privates from when he was an orphan, before Bernie got him in her care, his sisters were suckling on him where they shouldn't be. Bernie did warn me about that, and we are on top of it. He's on anti inflammatory meds and it should go down in a couple days. Poor little guy!
OK time for me to play with Stanley again. It's been two hours and I can't wait a minute longer!
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Our drive up to Atlanta went well, we didn't get to the hotel until late, but Toby didn't seem to mind the drive! He sat in his car seat, a little bored, but he really enjoyed all the good smells at the rest stops. Here's a photo of him riding in his car seat!
The hotel was really very nice, especially for a pet friendly hotel, and it was so much fun to travel with Toby and have him sleep with us and be with us for the trip. Toby even had his first elevator ride, which was so cute to see. We didn't see any other dogs at the hotel, but that's just as well as Toby doesn't like them anyway! The hotel pillows all say "curl up" on them and I snapped this photo with Toby taking a morning nap on the bed. awwww!
Then we went off to pick up Stanley from Andra's.Thank you again Andra for baby sitting him! We stayed and chatted and met her family (cute , cute daughter!!) and then took the long ride home to Orlando.
We got in last night about 7:45pm and then started to get everyone settled. Mabel isn't too happy yet about Stanely's arrival, but she'll come around. He's staying in the guest bathroom right now and they are getting supervised visits with lots of treats for Mabel for positive reinforcement! Here's a photo of Stanley from last night. He had a big play session and then passed out, fast asleep!
OK I am off to catch up on work, maybe even have a nap myself! I don't know how Bernie does it with all of her animals that she cares for. I feel run ragged with one tiny kitten!!
Here's another photo of Stanely. Aww what a cutie. I can't wait to snuggle him!!
We'll leave tomorrow as soon as Paul get's home from work so we probably won't get to Atlanta until 10pm but that should be OK. Then we can have a nice sleep and get Stanley on Saturday morning!
Toby had a bath tonight so he is all sweet smelling for our road trip! Oh great news, Toby does not have Cushing's Disease. Thank goodness. And he really enjoyed the visit to the Complementary Therapy Vet. I was shocked he seemed to like the acupuncture! He actually dozed off at one point and usually he's like a rabid beast at the vet. I have never tried acupuncture myself, but after his visit I want to try it to see if it helps with my migraines. We are also starting him on some supplements to see if that helps his hair growth.
I have everything ready for our pet sitter, Laura, to come and take care of Mabel. I hope Mabel will take Stanley under her wing or at the very least be nice to him. I am used to introducing cats, so I know the drill. Very slow introductions are key. I am hoping since he is a baby she won't feel threatened, maybe she'll even like him right away. I can hope!!
Tonight my niece Maiya came over so we could watch her while my brother and sister in-law went to the parent/teacher night at her school. It was fun to have her over and she is really looking forward to meeting Stanely!
I'll try to post Saturday night when I get back! If not, see you Sunday!!
P.S. Happy 5th Aniiversary to my wonderful and amazing husband, Paul. I love you!!
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I can't stand waiting to see who the final three are. Now I'm thinking Uli, Michael and Jeffery. My money's still on Michael to win it. Yay Michael!!
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I finished up all myCraft Lab step outs so I am ready for the taping on Sept 19th. That is a lot of work getting those step outs ready. I also worked on my commissions so things are moving along there! Here's a Poppet® Sketch commission that I created a little while ago. Talk about a lot of pets. Look at all those fur babies! What fun!
Baby kitten Stanely got his vet checkup today and he has his health certificate so he is good to go tomorrow. A big thank you to Andra who is going to baby sit him until we can get there on Saturday morning. Thank you!!! Bernie had arranged transport to Atlanta but could only get him there on Wednesday so we needed someone to baby sit him for a couple of days. It's like a little kitty cat underground railroad!
We have decided to stay at Hotel Indigo which accepts pets, looks nice and isn't too expensive. We want to try this little trip with Toby because then if it works out, we'll take him on vacation with us more! He'll either love or hate going on a road trip ... I guess we'll find out!
After our sweet baby Maggie died I had a dream that I rescued an orange kitty and that his name was Stan. Bernie has a kitten (pictured right) that arrived at her rescue a couple of weeks ago and through the Internet, I have fallen in love with him. He's been bottle fed since he was a baby and I must have him to snuggle and cuddle. I need Stan!
Bernie and I are trying to work a way to get him from Tennessee to Atlanta where Paul and I can drive up this weekend and get him. (Atlanta's about a 6 hour drive from Orlando). We are still figuring out the logistics to get him to Atlanta and I hope it works out!
Anyone know of any pet friendly hotels or cute dog friendly B&B's in Atlanta? We are thinking of bringing Toby with us for the adventure!
I have to say what a wonderful and amazing husband I have. This Friday is our 5th wedding anniversary and the fact he is willing to spend it driving to Atlanta to get a kitten, makes him the best husband ever. I love you Paul!
Speaking of Bernie's rescue, she is doing a Call for Art for an art auction to be held in November. If you are an artist please think about donating your art to this wonderful cause. If you are not an artist, stay tuned to Bernie's blog to bid on some amazing artworks!
Here's how to enter:
This week I'm going to bribe you to get crafty. The folks at North Light Books have kindly donated copies of both Claudine's fabulous books for a CraftSanity giveaway, so don't miss your chance to win one of four prizes. Bust out your craft supplies and take Claudine's 20-minute quick challenge. Make a piece of art in the medium of your choice (collage, knit, felt, sew, crochet, quilt, sculpt, whatever... ) inspired by the word "SWEET" and e-mail it to Jennifer along with your name, address and anything you'd like to say about your entry. (Tune in to this week's episode for more info.) Abby, a.k.a. CraftSanity's 2-year-old, vice president of fun, will randomly select four lucky winners. Entries will not be judged but celebrated in a gallery posting on the craft sanity website. The deadline is 12 p.m. EST, Monday, September 11, so get to it! Have fun and good luck!
click here to visit craftsanity.com and listen to the podcast!