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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

5/3/11 I Blow

I had a perfectly wonderful Sunday with DD.  She planned a whole 'Birth- Day' (belated birthday) for me and I had a blast.  It was a whole 'artsy' day, so right up my alley, and SO thoughtful!  It's days like this that make you so proud of your child (and I'm not saying this because the day was about me, but because of the person she's become).  I know some of you are struggling with teens, so I'll remind you that they actually turn into wonderful adults some day, hang in there.

We spent some time at her apartment and she gave me a silver bracelet that was handmade by an artist out of spoon handles that has my initials on it...very pretty, and very cool!

We went to visit her new BF's townhome that he's gutted and has been renovating for a year.  He's close to being finished and it's really well done.  The place has great bones and he left just the right amount of the old (beams, brick, lath, etc.) and it's perfectly balanced with his new sleek modern renovations.  He's a hard worker and such a nice guy. 

We then went to a huge art show in an old brewery warehouse...very cool.  Then lunch at a wonderful Thai place (I was able to even eat a 'fresh'/uncooked spring roll just fine...thank you Band Goddess). 

Then the highlight of the day.  DD took me to the Pittsburgh Glass Center (studios and classes).  I've told you that I've done lots of stained glass and DD worked summers making stained glass for a glass artist who sold it.  Well, I've never done glass blowing, so she signed us up for a class! 

We made glass pond floats.  OMG, so much fun!  I picked white and blue swirls for mine (it has to cool in the annealing kiln for a few days...can't wait to see it done and floating in my pond).  Here I am with the glass artist...getting ready to blow.  I'll just point out here that I refrained (OK, after deleting it twice) from titling this post 'blow job' 'content warning' for you to have to click through on this're welcome, LOL.

You know I'm full of plenty of hot air!  I think I embarrassed myself (OK, DD) yelling 'I'm Chihuly!' as I finished the float...just something exhilarating about all that heat! 

And here's DD picking her colors next to the 'glory hole' where the glass gets melted (I think she picked orange and yellow...hard to tell when it's all lava orange when you're working on it).

She then took me to the glass show the Center had going on, so we browsed and I bought a few glass pendant necklaces for DD and I to remember the day.

It was the perfect B-Day!


Miss Vickie "The Queen Bee" said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous day. Happy Birthday!

Kathy said...

Sounds like a great're a lucky lady.

Beth Ann said...

Aww...that sounds like a lovely day. :)

Bandita Senorita said...

That was very sweet! I'm glad you had such a great time. I can't wait to see your pond float (I hope you'll post it). And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

~Lisa~ said...

What a wonderful day!! I can read the smile in your words!! I can't wait to see your pond float!

Jody V said...

What a day! I'm so envious!! I love to see the Witches Balls made during a fair by us. I will try my best to hang in there with my teen!!

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