Wednesday, March 6, 2013

When the cat is away...

or in this case, when mom is away, what do Dad and I do?

Meet up with our friend that works on HAL Statendam when its in port and take her to the zoo.  Love my membership, especially since I can now take someone in with me for free.

Polar Bear Plunge
  While waiting for her we walked around the waterfront and I got a picture of The Kiss.  Some of you are familiar with this statue, for the rest, here's the condensed version.  Its inspired by the famous photo taken in Times Square and the original statue in San Diego was only a temporary exhibit, made out of fiberglass.  It started looking grungy so it was taken down, and a huge hubaloo broke out about the permanent (bronze) replacement.  The San Diego Art Commission rejected it, stating it was tacky and not the look desired for that area of town.  The Port Authority said screw you, we want it, go ahead since its Port Authority property.  The Midway was given 3 months to raise $1 million, which they did in 8 weeks.  Now we have The Kiss back permanently, and it has a 96% approval rating.  Take THAT San Diego Art Commission!
The Kiss
Star of India, part of the San Diego Maritime Museum
Princess Annie got a haircut.  This was only half of what got cut off.  For some reason mom likes her fuzzy, even though she gets dirty faster, she itches more, and is just generally harder to keep properly brushed and groomed.

I went to a Painting and Vino class and made a masterpiece!  Ok, not quite a masterpiece, but I had a lot of fun.  I learned I can't draw straight lines or make a balloon symmetrical if my life depended on it, but I do great with text.

And I've done some stitching.  Horrible picture of Santa's Hamlet, but you get the idea.  I think I want to make some adjustments to the cookie shop and make it a bakery.  The cookies just look strange.

CCN Santa's Village, on 36 ct Light Sand with assorted overdyed cotton floss

Jane Rees finally saw some progress as well.  Not a lot, but I've made it all the way across the top of the chart.  Obviously I was too lazy to take it out of the Qsnaps to take this picture.

Scarlet Letter Jane Rees, on 40 ct Ricamo with HDF silk
Thank you everyone for stopping by and a special thanks to those leaving comments.  I know I've been absolutely horrible about responding back to them.  Please forgive me, and know they're all read and appreciated.


Giovanna said...

Thanks for sharing your great pics, and the story of the statue. Your WIPs are really lovely.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Nice progress pics! I love the statue. I think it's more appropriate near the water anyway. Holy cow, all that fur came off of one animal?! Wow!

Vickie said...

The Kiss is great!
You are naughty! You gave Annie a haircut while mom was away?! Are ya gonna be in trouble then? ;)

Margaret said...

Wow! I love how the Santa piece is coming out! So cute! And your painting -- you are very talented! Such a great painting! No way could I do that. Love the story of the statue -- so fun! Love going to the zoo. lol that's a lot of fur that came off Annie!

Catherine said...

Great statue ~ loved the story! Your painting looks great to me!
Love the stitches too!

Theresa said...

I'm glad the Kiss stayed!!!! It wouldn't be the same without it!!!!
Love your masterpiece painting~~ I think it's pretty good!!!!

cucki said...

your wips are so cute..
Thanks for sharing your great pictures and the story of the statue.
big hugs x

Rachel said...

Both of your WIP's look awesome!!

Carol said...

Wow! That is one giant statue!! I think I heard about the controversy on the news--glad it is back to stay :)

Great progress on Santa's Village, Mindi--really looks cute so far!

dixiesamplar said...

Sounds like you & Dad know how to have fun! Love "The Kiss" statue too; glad to see it is being cared for so well.

Love the WIPs...coming along quite nicely.

P.S. Awesome exchange goodies in your last post.

Chris said...

Great update Mindi! Your stitching is looking great and you have made some progress on Jane :)
Love the pics of your out and about adventures.