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Monday, February 22, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

I know life is good when I spend the weekend smiling and marveling at all the things I see and people I get to visit with. 

Dana, a friend I met at The Toledo Needle Arts Guild meeting, picked me up and drove to Diane's house for a stitch-in and potluck.  Dana lives in Colorado, so it was a pleasure being able to visit during the drive (I got to be chauffeured in a preheated car :) . 

We arrived at Diane's house and when she opened the door, all I could do was smile.  Windows, sunshine, beautiful wood everywhere AND wonderful stitching in every room (I did not check every room, lol)

Sorry for the glare in some of the photos....but the beautiful sun was shining and I was so busy enjoying myself I just took the photos and trusted the beauty would be evident even with the glare.

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Every room had several treasures to enjoy.  And those was just the guests.  Then I got to see all the stitchery.  I'm sure I've said this many times before, but the Needle Arts Guild here has some of the most lovely and interesting ladies.  I know I spent more time chatting than I did stitching. 
I asked Diane and her husband Jack, if I could take some photos of their home.  They designed and built this beautiful home.  I'm a huge fan of windows and wood.  You can clearly see why I felt like I was transported to a paradise for a few hours.

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What an incredible home.  Lots of energy and creativity in their space.  Unfortunately I could not have lofts in my home.  My co-workers would launch Lego's from those heights and I would just hate to have to see what else they would manage to launch.

Jack said the house to their left is a traditional ranch.  Theirs is a pole house, where the roof is held up by poles not the walls. (They can move any wall in their house when they feel like it!!! Sooo cool.)  The next house is an underground house and the fourth house is an envelope house.  It was not planned that was just what the owners decided to do with their land.  Interesting, isn't it?

Jack and Diane built their house with a southern exposure.  The roof line permits shade in the summer and allows the winter sun to come in and warm their home.  I love the design, the layout and all the wonderful treasures they have found and made to enhance their home.

This little fella was looking so playful I could not resist taking his picture.  He was made from recycled newspaper.  My kind of dog!!!  No messes :)
This little fella or gal (?) was sitting on a table in the living room area.  I could not fun....made me smile.

Ahhhhh Smiles,


  1. That must have been a great day. The house if beautiful, but the stitchery is magnificent. I recently started back doing some embroidery, but I become overcome with guilt because I'm not quilting. So I'm embroidering quilt blocks! You're pictures were great, and I can see the co-workers tossing the Legos!

  2. Really Cool House!! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures!! Love the design, the windows, and the use of the wood! Would/could be loads of fun for a couple of little co-workers...I say as I am rolling my eyes.

  3. Wow this house looks like it came right out of Better Homes and Gardens.

  4. I don't think I would have wanted to leave, what a lovely home...and wonderful stitches.

  5. Thank you, Kelly, for the great pics. When Jack and I saw them we both said,"Is this where we live?" Sometimes we get so used to our surroundings that we just don't see them anymore. Your pictures reminded us of how lucky we are!


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