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Starry, starry night


Thursday night I took a painting class up in the next town. I saw a deal for it come up for half price and decided to just do it. I’ve seen people on the Kennett Design’s Facebook page doing the different themed paintings and they looked like they were having fun. I had to sign up for a specific class, so I chose one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh. The painting was an interpretation of ‘Starry Night’ by Jarred Fisher, who I later learned graduated a year before Sean. So Jarred is studying under renown artist Nelson Shanks who painted Princess Diana and Pope John Paul I. Not many people get to do this. That was a cool thing to me when he told us.
Our inspiration
Van Gogh's Starry Night
We saw the original last year in New York at the Museum of Modern Art

This is what the studio looks like:


This is actually after the other table had finished their paintings!


Other examples of classes you can take.


The price includes the canvas and paints. We wet down the canvas first and then added the blue. We had a choice of two blues-I mixed them.

Then we added the swirls and stars

Starrynight5They we added the dashes in yellow with a dash of white. I think it’s coming together here!

StarrynightMy finished piece! That’s a Cypress tree in the front. Jarred and I had a discussion about why it’s there. In the original, there is a village down to the right. He says the tree is for dimension.

There are a few things I would change-maybe make it a little neater. I think it’s not too bad for a few hours work.

This young lady did a great job:



The studio owner took this awesome shots and posted them on Facebook. The other people were mostly all drinking their wine. I had water. No one offered me any wine or snacks, oh well.

Brian and Sean thought I did a great job.


But the main thing is I had fun!

I have a blue kitchen, so think it may go in there. We’ll see.

Watch for a post on Longwood Gardens Mum Festival! They totally outdid themselves this year. I was going for 1/2 hour and stayed for 2 hours!

44 yrs


Could I possibly be ‘that old’ to be in a photo like this? At least I’m a little 7 yr old…

That’s my youngest brother Ken-so cute. I still wear headbands too. : )
Yesterday found me going through bag after bag of my mom’s jewelry. She had brought out this huge container filled with sandwich bags of it. Some had prices written on them, others didn’t. Seems they(brother and her) put ‘all’ the jewelry in bags which is inpractical to me. I think she needs a rake hanger! I kid you not! On Pinterest they use an old rake head for the necklaces. I actually made my own with a foam board-shared that several years ago.
I went throught most of the stuff and some stuff was silver or too nice for what the price said. I put them in a bag called ‘keepers’.
I cut back the games on Facebook to see if I can get more done around the house. I do play games with Sean like ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and ‘Family Feud’ which take only a few minutes to play and use more brain power that some of the games. I played ‘Farmville’ for over two years and am growing tired of it. If you love it, by all means keep playing. I just needed a break.
Still looking to have another yard sale as the stuff is still in the living room. Brian’s dad sent some over last night-more ‘stuff’ to go out. That’s what I will do tomorrow-look through more clothes and boxes. I see a dent in the basement. ; )

Is this a busy time of the year? I hardly have anyone talk to me here (thanks to my few faithful readers) or on Facebook. I keep telling myself though I love to get comments, this blog is for me first. I think you all feel the same way about yours?

A cool friend


She just accepted me-awesome!
Just got my letter from the hospital radiology and it said my mammogram was normal! Yeah! Most mammogram machines are digital now, so not as uncomfortable. Don’t forget to get yours! Waiting on the ultrasound and pap, but I do have a follow-up on the 12th with the gyn.

Long weekend


Not much to post about-had Brian home for the holiday weekend. He dug up the part of the veggie patch where I want to add some salad stuff for the fall. Sean had his interview for the internship (it pays) on Friday and had to drive down to Delaware*City. He’ll hopefully get thumbs up today. He will be treating invasive species (plants) like poison ivy at the park in another area of Delaware.
I’ve been doing a little shopping here and there finding some good buys on Martha*Stewart things at Big*Lots. I actually went to two different stores as we went down to Dover, DE on Monday just to do something different. My favorite bookstore- Atlantic warehouse was having a buy 2 get 1 free-must have saved $30 or more! I bought about 3-4 things for my mom’s birthday coming up in a few weeks. We ate at Olive*Garden and I went in a few craft stores. You need a few days to go in all the stores down there. Also went into the town of Dover to find Wesley College, a small, but nice school amongst Dutch Colonels and other lovely homes. The public flowerbeds are kept so nice. There was a bed of burgundy dinner plate hibiscus-gorgeous, with red, white and purple petunias.
A few nights ago, I was doing one of those Facebook ‘5 things’ and they asked my nationalities. I put down Swedish, but my family always thought we were Danish (and may be). My cousin was going to open a furniture store (and may have already) and went over to Denmark. She looked in the phone book in Denmark and there were only a few Hasselbergs. She went to Sweden and that’s where they all were. She started a business which is still going strong and run by many of her children. I found the fan page for Dane*Decor on FB and scrolled down and found my cousin Drew there! He had contacted me about a blog entry a few years ago and so had his brother Jesse. I scrolled down to find a memorial group for Jesse. He had passed away from a heart attack last year to the day-he must have been only in his 50s. I was so upset to read this. So now Drew and I are friends on FB. Cool, huh?
Please keep my mom in your thoughts as she is getting her eyes photographed and checked to see if the injections she had over the last few months has slowed down the macular degeneration. She’s really scared. I’ll let you know.

Wednesday already?


Not feeling great on Monday and still went food shopping with Sean’s help, which is nice since he is helping to eat large quantities of it. Tuesday, I went to my hometown to get my hair done and see my brother’s family and my mom. I was hoping to meet a Flickr pal who happens to live in the same school district that I attended. Tell me we don’t live in a small world? She had lots of coleus babies that she rooted and planted for me, plus leaf snips (all bagged and marked) and I had a huge coleus plant that she loved and couldn’t get last year I gifted her. The first time we stopped by, I met her husband and he said she was running late. The second time, the little boxes of plants were waiting for me-she had said she was going to the hairdresser. She is free to come out here anytime and collect snips from my coleus and whatever perennial I have extra of. Another coincidence, her mother-in-law lives in the town where Brian worked from and they pass down this way a few Sundays a month.
I have so much inside work to do it’s not funny! An old high school friend wanted to drop in and I told her my house isn’t baby proofed as she has a 9 month old foster son. Another classmate suggested we meet at her house for lunch-hope the three of us can get together on Friday. This is all thanks to Facebook!

When is a person educated?


Found this on a high school pal’s favorite quotes, though she said it wasn’t the name that follows. Will double check. I think it is perfect!

When is a person educated?
When he can look out upon the universe, now lucid and lovely, now dark and terrible, with a sense of his own littleness in the great scheme of things, and yet have faith and courage. When he knows how to make friends and keep them, and above all, when he can keep friends with himself. When he can be happy alone and high-minded amid the drudgeries of life. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something besides mud, and into the face of the most forlorn mortal and see something divine. When he knows how to live, how to love, how to hope, how to pray–is glad to live…and has in his heart a bit of a song. Joseph Fort Newton

Happy 24th to my oldest nephew David!