Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekend Wine Trail

I do enjoy a nice glass of wine and when my mom asked me to go on a wine tour this weekend I jumped on the chance. It sounded like lots of fun and a great way to get to know some local wineries. There were six wineries participating in the Cross Timbers Wine Trail. It really is an all day event because the wineries are scattered around the greater Fort Worth area. We were only able to make it to 3 but we just wanted to take our time when we were there and take it all in. 

On our way to our first stop, La Buena Vida, we came across a goat farm. The goats were absolutely adorable!!

When we arrived to La Buena Vida we were greeted by very friendly people that were happy we made it out there. This was a bit off the beaten we thought. We had our fancy GPS system that took us over the river and through the woods to get there just to realize it was a straight shot from the freeway. But...we had a great time winding through the wilderness and saw some great countryside. We would not have seen the goats if we didn't go the way our GPS told us to! They had wine bottles in the brick, that is a brilliant idea!

They were very generous with their wine at our first stop. I tried 4 different wines and they were all great. My first choice was to taste Tempranillo. I have never had it before but it was quite delicious. I also tried a few others, all were great! 

The Winery is owned by a retired doctor. His mother, Nannie Bell made cheese and taught him how to make cheese. So, to honor her he makes small quantities of cheese that he sells at his vineyard. The packaging is quite clever...with a picture of Nannie Bell on it. The cheese itself is delicious, it is very soft and smooth!

Our next stop was Brushy Creek Vineyards.  My dad found this vineyard about 10 years ago. My parents frequently go there but I have never been before so I was glad to get the chance. The land the vineyard is on is very peaceful. I think I could live out there! 

We tried 3 more wines here and had a nice conversation with the lady that owns the place. She told us the story of how she acquired the property. She retired several years ago and has been able to focus directly on her vineyard. 

They had a very tasty Sangiovese so I picked up a bottle. 

Then, our last stop was the LightCatcher Winery. I enjoyed this place. We sat on the patio and tried 3 more different wines. They also provided a fruit and cheese tray that was quite tasty! 

We had a great time. This is certainly something that I would love to do again. In October they have a murder mystery wine tour, that sounds like great fun! 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

DIY Sewing Project #3

Project 3 of my sewing course was to make a makeup bag lined with vinyl so it would be easy to clean. The materials called for vintage linens which I have plenty of thanks to my great-great and my great grandmothers.In fact, I have so much vintage linen I really need a separate dresser for it! So, I decided to use this pillow case that I have had for a while. I love the pillow case because it has a swan embroidered on it. I wonder who stitched it on and now much time it took. I imagine one of the great's sitting in a rocking chair on their front porch sipping tea while they are stitching. I have no idea if that is really what happened but it sounds good for now. Since I just had just one pillow case I thought it would be perfect to use since it does not have a partner.  So, I present my vintage linen makeup bag!

I used striped fabric that I had for the interior because the colors matched the stitching well. I like how the outer fabric is thin and you can see the stripes from the interior fabric through it. 

I have never sewed with vinyl before but it was pretty easy. This course is so much fun!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Top O' The Mornin' To Ya!

Happy St. Patty's day! Mr. Lucas was feeling the love of his heritage this morning so he made breakfast. This my friends, is a rare occurrence. You see, he claims he cannot cook but, I think I know better. I think that he can cook but doesn't want to start doing it because then I may ask him to make dinner more often! He is very mathematical and I keep telling him cooking IS math. You measure the ingredients and throw them together. Even the temperature you cook at is mathematical. I don't think he is quite convinced. I am cutting him a break since he is in school. He graduates in May and will have an enormous amount of free time on his hands. What he doesn't know is when he has all this free time, I will be teaching him how to cook. But, for now, I will settle for a fried egg on top of a piece of toast. It was quite yummy! 


Sunday, March 11, 2012

DIY Sewing Project #2

So, for my next sewing project for the e-course I am taking was to make a magazine tote. This was a great lesson because I really have not sewn in quite some time so I was able to refresh some of my skills. I think I got so focused on knitting and spinning yarn that I forgot how much I love to sew. Not to mention, sewing projects are so much more speeding than knitting projects. But, I have to say I love the 2 just the same. 

This was fun because as I mentioned before, my sister is also taking this course. She lives one state over. But, we were doing the exact same thing at the exact same time! It was pretty funny, great minds think alike! 

So, here is my DIY sewing project #2.....

I used a vintage pillow case that I picked up at a thrift store years ago for the interior lining and some really cute Robert Kaufman fabric for the outer that I found with my sister when I visited her a few years back. I love the way it turned out and it fits magazines perfectly! 

Here is my Berni. I love her. She is an old girl but she serves me well! 

Cheers and stay tuned for DIY project #3!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

DIY Dress Up with A Beautiful Mess

My sister and I signed up to take an e-course created by A Beautiful Mess. Just about one of the most creative blogs out there. I have gotten many ideas from this blog so I thought why not take an e-course. I am already addicted. They have several e-courses but I have told my self I cannot sign up for another one until I complete this one, DIY Dress Up. So, project #1, make a bow is complete! 

I really enjoyed this project. It has been a long time since I have sewed and this lesson helped revamp some of my skills. I can't wait to get started on the next, a magazine tote!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kitchen Re-Do

I knew that painting my kitchen was going to be a beast of a project but I really had NO idea how much of a beast it really would be. I borderline went on melt down mode but a nice conversation with my sister picked me back up.

My house was built in the 50's and my kitchen has all the original 50's decor. I love turquoise and red together, especially in a kitchen and that is what I did! I can't believe it took me so long to re-do my kitchen! Long time coming and I am very happy. It reminds me of an old school soda shoppe.

Here is the before, I apologize for the dark pictures, I took them at night. 

So, that is the before of my dreary kitchen. 

Here is the after...

I am going to paint the cabinet that the mixer is on white. Just haven't quite gotten around to that yet.  

Cedella like to get in all my pictures. 

I made new kitchen curtains to go along with the theme. I used red seersucker fabric, turquoise rick rack, and red pom poms.

I spray painted the kitchen chairs white and recovered them with red and white checkered oil cloth.  

Still my most favorite find for this kitchen is the vintage bottle opener.

I used all Behr paint from Home Depot. The wall color is Spa and for the cabinets and baseboards I used Ultra Pure White. I still have some work do and will post when I get it accomplished. But, for now, I am happy with it. Now, on to my craft room!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy Things

When I came home from work today my grab bag package from Mod Cloth arrived! A few days ago Mod Cloth had a special, for 15 dollars you could purchase a surprise! 

The packaging is so cute!

My surprise was a little black dress with gold buttons down the front. 

Unfortunately, I do not wear skirts or dresses this short because I have short little legs. But, this dress is super cute on, minus my short legs. I figure I can style it with a pair of slim jeans underneath, accessories, and a cute pair of colorful heels! 


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