Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hello there!

Well, we're back from visiting my sisters in California.  We had a really nice time visiting, sightseeing and shopping.  We went to the zoo and we rode around and looked at the Christmas lights in the neighborhoods and had a pleasant time while we were there.

The resort where we stayed has just undergone a massive renovation so while it is the same resort that I have shared photos of before, they are somewhat different this year.

We got several early Christmas gifts, in addition to the trip itself, and one of those is a new camera.  Not knowing, of course, that I would be getting a new camera, some of the pictures are taken with my more basic camera and aren't quite as clear as I would like.

With all that being said, let's start off with a tour of the suite at the resort.

Instead of the usual fruit basket, we were greeted with a nice carafe of cool water and a bowl of fruit dried there at the resort.  I suppose that is what it was, as I had never seen grapes on the stem.  Peri and I laughingly commented that perhaps it was just an old bowl of fruit.  Seriously, the grapes were very tasty.  The rest of the dried fruit...not so much.

The sleeping quarters have been revamped with new mattresses, beds and bedding.

In addition to the new bedrooms, there was new furniture in the living area...

 as well as new wooden floors with new rugs and colorful pottery

For some reason someone seemed to think that a distressed leather chair would be an asset to the decor, but my slinky jersey blouses did not agree.

I immediately had to cover this crackly chair with a coverlet to keep from ruining my clothes.  Grrr.  The cabinet beneath the widescreen telly holds the fridge and espresso maker and such.

This is just the beginning of the five days that we were there, so I won't bore you with too many more photos this post, but I do want you to see this...

My sister, Peri, is a fan of the art of our friend Karin at Countryfolk Keepsakes and has a nice collection of her work displayed on her mantle.

 Karin's art is displayed in a lovely grouping, along with a self portrait that Peri did...

 and here we see Gracie, nestled among the little pillow doll that I crafted and the portrait of Zipper Cat, that I painted in pastels.

In this view you can see a portion of the beautiful, artisan crafted cabinets that hold some of their other works of art.

I'm quite honored to be included in the fine art that they have displayed.  There is another cabinet that holds the more whimsical art pieces, and even more of mine and hubby's sculptures are displayed there.  The gals have such lovely decorating tastes and we are honored to have our art showcased in their home.

Well, there is a lot more to come, but it does take time to decide what pictures to show.  I'll be back soon with more.

Take care and don't wear yourselves out shopping and baking.


Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh my goodness glory, I'm turnin' an ugly color of jealous green here. Let me tell ya,,,it's not a pretty sight! Heeehehehe!

My, how I could use a wonderful getaway after the past months life has dealt me. I'm so happy ya'll got to get together and enjoy your time in such a wonderful place.

God bless ya sweetie and enjoy this precious season my friend! :o)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Welcome back!! I bet you all had a blast! Heck if I could, I would have crammed myself in a carry-on and went along. :> )
First, I must say I am honored to have my pieces on Peri's mantle. ♥ That fireplace is beautiful and that slate is to die for. May I add your sister is a real sweetheart, just like you!

What a nice place you stayed at. Love the beds!
The thing about dried fruit is, it tastes good, but it isn't very pretty. ;> )
I do love the leather chair, but would be a little ticked too if my clothes got snagged on it.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip, Peachy! Can't wait to see more.

Peri said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip. I personally think the resort had more personality and character prior to the remodel...but I didn't pay for the changes....
The fruit is not really does like as though it was left over from the previous guest. The Country Keepsakes pieces are so well done that I wish I had every one she has every done...and in the past, I have not been a big fan of the primitive genre! But her work is great...these critters have real personality. (Free word of mouth advertising)
The other cabinet mentioned holds family keepsakes and treasures and most of the work from Susan and her hubby (who does the most wonderful polymer figurines) is in that cabinet.
Looking forward to the rest of the photos!
Merry Christmas!

kathyj333 said...

I'm glad you got to have a nice getaway. I think the room is beautiful—from the photos anyway.

The dried grapes are a little odd—as the saying goes, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Anyway, I'm glad you're back.