Monday, June 16, 2014

Dearest Deer

  Dearest Deer,
When I saw you for the first time, I fell deeply in love. So True.
When a house in our neighborhood burnt down, the family did a yard sale with the remaining items they were able to salvage. For two years now, every time we walked by their house I was telling Brian that I am in love with the deer and owl they had in front of their house.
(The house was in a pretty bad shape and is now completely torn down.)
For only 2$ I bought them! What a steal! The little deer had some roofing material burnt onto the face which I was able to take off. Look at this beauty. 
It is now part in one of our bedrooms in the cabin.
For the bed I made different pillows.
I used screen print for the first time and drew some deer with black fabric paint onto the pillow. It was so easy, I don't know why I haven't tried this before.  
We got the head board from another yard sale.

 Deer Antlers that I found at Good Will finish up the third bedroom.

This is the owl I got.
Of course I needed to do some color changes here. I might have already regretted it. While I'm in love with the color,  I'm still not sure if I should have left it the way it was. Oh well..
This guy is going in our second bedroom but doesn't have a stand yet.
From a road side bed frame which Bj and Tony scored for me, I used the foot board as the head board and hung it under the window. It just needed some sanding and a different stain and was as good as new. Another screen printed pillow, this time with an owl and the room is finally a bedroom. Only thing missing now are night stands. I haven't made up my mind yet on what I would like in that space. Any ideas?
Look at this bear! We got it at an auction and Brian was all over it. I'm not sure where we are going to put it just yet.
The Bathroom has little deer hangers. These were house warming presents from BJ and Tony.
Aren't those adorable?
Finally our backyard retreat for the dogs! :) - We put in a fence to the side of the house for the dogs to run in and not out into the woods. Also makes me feel better to be save from any wildlife that comes across.


Our patio

Can you say H-O-T T-U-B? We got all you need. Lights, Jets and lots of hot water. Also we lost some space in putting it in, we really enjoy having it.
It is so very peaceful.  
There are the weirdest little creatures out there. I have to keep in mind that we are in the woods and that we are in their space not the other way around. Besides spiders which I still scream at every time, there are some very cute looking worms and moths.
We already had to take one tree down that had several branches rub against our window and roof and made the scariest noises at night.
We will now have fire wood in the colder months!
Our upstairs deck has now a game table and 2 wicker rockers in place to enjoy a nice backgammon game on a warm summer night.
Look at the beautiful cushions.
My American mom BJ did an amazing job sewing them. She has a blog you should check out. A full tutorial on how to make those pillows.

This was our house tour - until next time - when there are even more updates to our weekend get away. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sky Scrapers, Herb Market and lots of Impressions

Like a fairy tail, unreal, amazing, not from this world. That was my impression on Dubai.
It was fun being there, exploring a new city on a new continent I have never been to. So many new insights, wow factors and eye stunning views.
The culture that is so unfamiliar. Women wear black Burka's, you can only see their eyes. It is up to 50Degrees Celsius and they must sweat. I'm drenched and am wearing short airy clothing. Sheiks in their white ropes followed by their entourage.
I really loved the safari tour with the endless sand dunes. You wonder who had the idea on building a city there instead.
Then of course you have the crazy, vibrant city of Dubai where there is one sky scraper next to the other and one higher and more spectacular as the one before.
Financial Building
Which reminds me of the Arc the Triumph in Paris

Emirates Towers
Inside is a mall with the most expensive stores as well as an amazing Nail Salon called N Bar. Have you heard of it? I might franchise that one in the States. It is too cute.

What I love, is the weather. Not the heat, but the beautiful blue sky everyday, no rain. It made me smile after the minute I got up. I could do without that blasting heat though, I couldn't take it.
Basj Khalifa
I went to the 124th floor where you had an amazing 360degree view. Tallest building in the world. I saw a plane fly by nearby and got freaky. What if...  Don't think, just enjoy.

I am Burj Khalifa. 
When you can't sleep at night - any night that was, you are glad the sun rises at 5am
and you can spend an hour or so at the pool before work. I could do that every day. Not the sleepless nights though, but the swimming before work - I really enjoyed.

A little sight seeing tour of the city and the herb and gold market couldn't be missed.
What I can not agree with understand, is their relationships and the fact that men can have several women in their lives. I'm too jealous and believe in the fact that you should spend your life with just one partner at a time. I'm so glad that I don't have to share my man with anybody.
I wonder if the stars below stand for the number of women....
Atlanta always on my mind! :)
The herb and gold market is located in several little streets
Same experience that I had in Turkey, people harass you to buy their products. It is fun with the first three, but it gets pretty annoying after a while.
The different herbs they had looked son interesting and most I no idea what they were.
We took a little private tour on a boat to cross over the river to take a cab back to the hotel.
The yellow bus, is actually a water bus and can also drive on streets.
Since the Virus MERS is something you have to watch out for and camel rides should not be on your schedule, I had a plan B. Aren't those cute?
Here am I with my Arabian husband and son while his other wives are grocery shopping. :)
I had a fun trip and was very fortunate to go to Dubai for work, meet interesting people, my colleagues from all over the world and get a new view on a lifestyle that is so different from anything I know.
After 7 days I somewhat adjusted to the time zone which is 8 hours different from the US, just to turn around and go back home. In a week though I will have the same issue. GERMANY here we come!