Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ukranian Gospel, Shopping, and a Birthday

Well this was a really busy extended weekend. First and foremost my Dad sang in a reunion concert with all his friends that have been singing Ukrainian Gospel music for about 40 years.  It was really neat to finally meet all these people and to get to know their kids who are not kids at all, they're my age. The concert was beautiful and everyone sounded great. This is a picture of my dad in the orange shirt practicing
Here are some of the singers and their families:

Overall, it was an amazing experience to get in touch with my culture and make a ton of great friends.
Now, being from a Slavic background, it is entirely likely that we'll stay latched onto a bottle for a majority of our natural lives. And I'm not talking baby formula here. My younger sister, who is much more introverted than I am, turned 21 yesterday and we have yet to see if this is going to be the beginning of a downward spiral but so far so good. Per her request, we chowed down on Italian (our Mom's heritage). And after much prodding she agreed to order a token 21st birthday cocktail which she ended up splitting with the whole table. Not a very promising drunk. I got her a bunch of gorgeous Stila and MAC makeup, shoes, a dress, a jacket, and jewelry. She deserves it. She also made out with some Juicy Couture perfume from her boyfriend. And it wouldn't have been a family dinner if the evening didn't involve us causing a scene with our loud blabber, lame jokes with the server (who ordered the check? hardy har!), and failed attempts at constructive criticism all around. Happy Birthday Jenny!

AND I received a challenge: A zip-a-dee-do-da (splash mountain) banner for my Mom's Disney themed desk at work. In the meantime I am continuing my work on my Venice Album:

I used the new elegant cakes cartridge to highlight this photo of me in front of the Rialto bridge in Venice. I attacked the cut pieces with platinum stickles and glimmer misted the layout with some Tattered Angels Coffee Shop glimmer mist. Unfortunately I forgot to block the photo when I sprayed it so I have a speckled face now. I used my ATG gun to adhere the ribbon which I found in the dollar bin at Michael's. I folded the ribbon over and adhered the underside in order to create the pleated effect. The photo matt is from DCWV Happily Ever After matt stack. I feel like I was able to achieve my usual fussy look without all the fussy materials (prima flowers, bling, layers of distressed paper, etc.). Probably due to the intricacy of the Elegant Cakes cartridge shape. Hope to feature more projects on that soon!