Thursday, October 03, 2013

Painting and Vino Round 3 Dawn Patrol

Instructors paintings

Here is a look at round 3 Painting and Vino, with Judi and Meggan.  The class was back at Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach. This time I felt like the food was better, and I even managed to eat it all in the class, which is a first.  I also got there a little earlier so I was able to get an awesome seat with a great view of the instructors painting.  One thing that was funny was every time I have gone I have had the same instructor,  CoralynnShe is super friendly and does a great job of teaching the step by step instructions.  This classes picture was called "Dawn Patrol."

Here is a shot of what the room looks like when you get there. 

The instructors spot and mine. 

Every time they say careful of what drink you drink. 

I tried to take more pictures of each of the different steps. 

After putting in the black, yellow in the center we added the sun with more yellow for the light in the water.

Judi, Meggan and I 

Time to add the blues, we started with a light blue, then went darker and darker. 

After all my blues, then it was time for a little black and some trees. 

Now I added a light green, I was going back and forth if I wanted to add the green. I love the effect the green has and am super happy I added it. 

My painting plate at the end. 

After I added the green I went back and added a little white.  This is my finished piece.  I really love the way this painting came out, which is funny because out of the three classes I signed up for this was my least favorite picture.

Group shot

Meggan, Judi and I.  If you look close Meggan did a lifeguard tower that came out great. When she brought it up I thought it was a great idea but I was to nervous to try. 

I have really enjoyed doing this class and would like to keep doing it but not sure were I would keep all the paintings. The kids have also liked the paintings and have commented every time one comes home. This class has been such a fun experience and a great thing to do with friends and family. If you live in the area I would highly suggest giving it a try.  

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Back to School for Sewing

Threading the bobbin

About 2 months backs a friend of mine asked if I would be interesting in taking a sewing class, she would host this class at her home. Our teacher, Darcie, actually teachers kids that are home schooled in the local area.  There are 5 gals in this semi-private 4 hour class. 

Word search to start, then went over all the words.

We are starting from the basics which is good since the last time I was in a sewing class was Mrs. Singleton's Home Economics class in 8th grade. A couple years back I bought a machine.  I have sewn a few things, but have gotten a little scared off by things I didn't know. Also it is hard for me to sew being that I feel like I need a good spot to set up.  Now that the boys are in school some days maybe I can get my sewing on. 

Time to sew our samples. 

First Sample was sew a plain seam. 

Second Sample was to sew a plain seam with a zigzagged seam to finish it off. I did this twice, I felt like my first wasn't good enough. 

 This was our sixth sample which was to sew a corner.  I also realized I would like pinking sheers  because the strings/fringe on the fabric drive me crazy. 

Now on to a narrow hem.  At first I made my fold a little big but I fixed it. One thing I am learning about sewing is that it is  precise and you need to be patient.

Here are my samples. Next week we will be starting our aprons. 

Here are some other sewing projects I did Getting Biby and Snack Bag.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Spinach and Pomegranate Salad

1 bag Spinach
1 Pomegranate 
1 small Red Onion
Gorgonzola Cheese
1/2 Sliced Almonds or Candied Pecans
Rassberry Vingarate Dressing 

First chop up your red onion.  

Second cup open your pomegranate and pull the seeds out. 

Third place your cleaned spinach in a bowl. After add red onions, pomegranate seeds, almonds or pecans and a handful of your gorgonzola cheese into the bowl of spinach.

If you prefer no dressing thats fine, the pomegranate seeds are so juicy. 

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