Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Last weekend and Little Buddy.......


This past weekend I ventured out with my good friend Cathy to the Tarpon Springs Annual Art Show on Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs.  Cathy and I try to go every year, we usually take Little Buddy along but he had an adventure planned with his Dad so I got some much needed friend time.  The day was spectacular, sunny and cool with low humidity.  We enjoyed walking around and looking at all the talent that surrounded us.  The art show wraps around the bayou so there are beautiful water views to enjoy. too.  We sat and gazed at the water while grabbing a bit of lunch, chatting and enjoying the day.


I have to say that even with all the amazing artwork, this guy stole the show.  A big manatee out in the middle of the bayou just rolling around in the water, I got this picture of him waving to you!


We love walking around the show but we really go for one reason only to buy more crochet beaded jewelry from our lovely friend Kristi, who is the designer and creator of Le Grande Jewelry.  I have written about her before and I have to again.  Kristi is so lovely, inside and out.  Other than my wedding ring and some simple earrings this is the only jewelry I wear.  Nothing fancy,  just beautiful beads placed between tiny single crochets.  I purchase the two bracelets on the right this weekend, I had the one on the left already.  I tried to make one of these myself a few years ago and decided, I can't see those tiny stitches, mine kept coming apart, and I'd much rather buy them and spend my time making something with a much bigger hook or needles.


I also purchased the two on the right in the photo above.  I wanted to show you the fun buttons she uses as a closure for the bracelets.  I have several from the last few years that are long and can wrap around my wrist four or five times, or they can be used as a necklace.  I wear one of these as a  necklace every day with a charm on it and my late MIL's silver ring.  These are sturdy as many of may patients have teethed on them, learned how to pull to stand on them, and played with them non stop.  I shower in them and really only take them off if I am going in chlorine.  This, is my special treat to myself every year, this beaded jewelry and yarn of course!  I love to add more to my collection and  just love each and every piece so much.  Kristi's online prices are higher than her regular prices at the art show, I am not sure why.  So if you have questions about her prices I suggest you email her, she travels all over the country so maybe she will be at an art show near you!  If you meet up, tell I sent you and I said hello.  I am not receiving anything from Kristi for posting this, she does not even know my blog exists, I just wanted to share it with all of you.


Little one is not feeling well these last few days.  He has a big cough and a pretty gross nose.  He is a bit emotional and doesn't want to do much.  He stayed home from school today to go to the doctors just to make sure his ears weren't infected, nope just a cold.  I think we just have to wait this miserable one out.


Such a sad sight isn't it?  We have had lots of cuddles, read many books and watched a LOT of television, but what else is there to do?  Frankly it is the only way to get him to rest.  The doctor says he is okay for school tomorrow, but we will wait until tomorrow to make that decision.

Hope your week is going well.

32 comments:

Danette Bartelmay said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed some time with a friend. That always refreshes our soul. I am so sorry Little Buddy is unwell, however and I will pray for him.He is so adorable,even when he has the sniffles, God Love him.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The jewelry is charming! I will check it out online. Poor Little Buddy. Those colds are no fun, books and tv sound just right to me.
hugs,
Linda

Araignee said...

Poor Buddy. I hope he is feeling better soon.
The bracelets are lovely. I tried working with small beads once and it is hard. I think I have an unfinished something around here somewhere.

HollyM said...

I love the bracelets! Little Buddy does look sad. His cheeks and ears are faintly tinged with red too. Poor little one.

Karen said...

The bracelets are so pretty, I'm going to check out the website. It's unusual to see LB so quiet and serious looking. I hope he feels better soon!

Teresa Kasner said...

What fun to go to an art fair.. I adore those. And to have it outside around water.. what a bonus! I love beaded bracelets, too. I used to wear a turquoise one all. the. time. But it broke and I haven't repaired it.. I might have to haul that out and fix it. Poor LB.. his rosy cheeks are a sure sign of him not feeling well. We've had our two here take turns having something similar and stayed home from school. I hope he gets better quick. Wish you could be here on Saturday.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

What fun Meredith! Your new jewelry is beautiful. It's amazing that it is so strong and so gorgeous too. How fun that you get to buy more each year and have a girls day out at the same time. Poor Little guy. He does look so pitiful. That same kind of bug has been going around out here too. I hope he wakes up tomorrow, right as rain...and that the rest of you don't get it. How have you been feeling with your migraines? I've been praying for you. We'll be thinking of you on Saturday and pretending you're right there with us laughing and talking.
Blessings,
Betsy

Dee said...

Hope Little Buddy is feeling better soon. He looks so subdued --- not a normal situation for a preschooler! Hope he is up and getting into good mischief real soon.

The bracelets are very pretty. Love the one with the big silvery button.

Gracie Saylor said...

So sorry Little Buddy has been unwell :( but very glad you had a lovely artsy time with Cathy! Kristi's work is pretty...thanks for sharing it! xx

mamasmercantile said...

Poor little man, looking so forlorn sending him a hug and hoping he is feeling better soon. The show sounds wonderful, always nice to have a little time to yourself. Beautiful bracelets.

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Ahh bless he does look poorly, I hope he recovers soon. Your bracelets look fab & its good to buy a treat once in a while xx

Jo said...

I like that style of jewellery, it is really wholesome. Love to Buddy. Jo x

Caffeine Girl said...

Oh, Mere, you evil friend! I took a detour mid-post to check out your friend's store. Her work is fabulous! I haven't checked out prices yet, but I am tempted as of this moment!

Poor LB. I hope he is on the mend. Television has its uses!

Is it my imagination? Or is his eye better?

Caffeine Girl said...

P.S. I think her prices are reasonable! She has a lot of time and talent in those pieces.

Jo said...

Oh, Little Buddy does look fed up, we all know how horrible it is being poorly though. I do hope he's soon on the mend. What a lovely day out you had with your friend and the jewellery is beautiful, I'm going to check out the link now.

Pradeepa said...

The bracelets are lovely. I hope Little Buddy starts feeling better soon.

Stins said...

That's such a great day out with all the right ingredients ;-)!
I hope sweet little buddy will feel better zoon, big hug for him and you.

Toni said...

The jewelry is amazing! I love to see all the creative things people think up. And some friend time! YAY!!!!!!!!

Hope Little Buddy is feeling better very soon. He looks so sad.

Vera said...

Poor Little Buddy - hope he is feeling better by now. What a great day you had! Love, love, love your new bracelets. I am going to check out her site...thanks for enabling me - ha-ha.

Lynne said...

I really like ALL those bracelets, each one very pretty! Walking around an art show in the sunshine sounds wonderful. Hope the little guy is on the mend. He really looks older to me in that last picture. So cute!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love those bracelets. Have made many myself but have a hard time with getting the right clasp and making the closure look neat. You know I love stacking bracelets. The more the merrier I say. :) Glad you got some time out with a friend. Hope the little guy gets to feeling better very soon. Hugs, Tammy

Debbie said...

Hope your little guy gets to feeling better soon!

LesleyAnn said...

Love the jewelry!

I have a friend who uses essential oils (as do I ... love them!). Her children have colds that last only a day or two. She uses OnGuard (doTerra), which is a combination of oils. I recall she puts Vicks salve on their feet/soles with socks at night. I hope whatever you choose to use, Little Buddy recovers quickly. Springs colds are the worst, I hear.

So glad you got a day of leisure with a friend. It's good for the soul.

kathy b said...

Oh Lil Buddy looks so flushed. Poor guy. I must find a good photo to send to him.
Glad you got out ...the Lord must have known you needed a breather before Lil Bud got sick

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Beautiful bracelets, I can see why you love them so much. And yes you definitely deserve friend time - sounds like a lovely day out. Big squashy hug for LB, hope his cold clears up soon :)
Jillxo

Linda said...

Lovely photos and the bracelets are gorgeous!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I hope the little one gets to feeling better soon! And I love those breathtaking reflections off of the water's surface!

Anita said...

The pics are great, and what a great snap of the manatee cruising by. It's so wonderful to have friend time, something I did today myself. Awww...sad little Buddy is feeling unwell and hope he gets well soon. An amazing thing just happened as I was reading and scrolling down your page. The last photo of Buddy in this post....my hubby just spotted the pic and commented how much Buddy resembles one of our sons when our boy was much younger. I had a look and I have to agree!!!! Wow how unreal is that! lol Very good looking little fellows.
Cheers, Anita.

Babajeza said...

Ups, it's the weekend already. Enjoy it! Hopefully Little Buddy is okay by now. Your jewellery is lovely, just the way I like it too. Hugs, Regula

Vicki Boster said...

Oh my gosh Meredith- he is so adorable and he has grown so much!! I'm sorry he feels so bad. I'm sure lots of cuddles will be the cure.
Love
Vicki

Helen said...

Such beautiful jewelry!! I hope Little B feels much better soon xo

Jodiebodie said...

Poor Little Buddy looks so flushed in your picture. Poor Darling!
Your beaded jewellery is groovy! Good for you for supporting fellow crocheters! That makes perfect sense to focus your crochet on what you enjoy making while supporting others who make different things.
Best wishes for a healthy household again (and some sleep for you!) ;-)