Wednesday, July 2, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

...because we know it's not blogging. So, here are a couple of things that I have been up to so far this summer:

1) I Netflixed My Kid Could Paint That. At first glance, it's a documentary on four year old painting "prodigy" Marla Olmstead. (Photographed above). What it soon becomes is an unsolved mystery and a fascinating commentary on what defines abstract art, creative genius and adult greed.

2) I visited what is slowly becoming my favorite beach destination within driving distance from Atlanta: Amelia Island, Florida. Please don't tell the usual masses that are out to ruin my peaceful beach vacation with loud country music and drunken Pro-Kadima.

3) I met Top Chef-testant, Richard Blais after having a meal his Atlanta restaurant, Home. His elegant, Blaisian version of "Shrimp and Grits" with slices of citrus, chorizo and she-crab butter was to die for. My mouth still waters. Even if you didn't win, we are still rooting for you Richard!

4) I picked up my newly recovered chairs from the upholsterer. The commitment-phobe in me decided that natural linen was the only fabric I wouldn't regret six months from now. Next plan is to add pillows, perhaps with a cool fabric from Of The Young and the Restless.

5) I helped my grandmother celebrate her 80th birthday. This is her posing on the cover of Davenport Steward's 1950's literary masterpiece, "No Time for Fear". 58 years later and she still looks great (much better than the tattered book jacket remains which I have framed on my wall).

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer as well!

13 comments:

a. said...

Everything looks great!

I loved Richard :-)

katiedid said...

So fun to see what you have been up to! I saw that child artist documentary too! Interesting...is she is isn't she the real artist?
Love your chairs!

simply seleta said...

Love it all. The four year old is unbelievable.

Dig the chair fabric, it's classic and can be easily changed with your mood in pillows.

I admire how you took a break from blogging.

Courtney said...

I loved that movie. Still not sure what to think, but it was fascinating to watch!

Laura said...

Yes, you know you are old when you are trading in the beaches of your youth because they are too loud and crowded. Let's keep that Amelia secret between us, 'kay?

Got to try Home, and got to see that movie, too!

Style Court said...

The cover with your grandmother is just wonderful and the chairs look great!

Fifi Flowers said...

Thanks for sharing... good to see someone having a wonderful holiday!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

So glad to see you back! I love the chairs. Which fabric?

Ashley L. said...

that beach looks incredibly peaceful and relaxing. what a perfect summer hideaway! :)

Carolina Eclectic said...

Your chairs look great! Linen was a great choice.

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Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Sounds like a particularly productive summer!

Amelia Island, eh?

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