The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365: Week 12 & 13 April 1, 2013


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See the box in the upper left corner? My fish somehow found a way to jump in there.

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We went to Camping World and now I know my retirement plans, RV baby 🙂

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My two favorite men

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I guess someones houseboat sunk in the river.

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Snow in March, oh boy

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Purchased a wooden Z and covered it in yarn and put some flowers and buttons on it. I love it!

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Movie night

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Movie Night, again

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My sweet little guy

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Made my spring wreaths

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reupholstering my love seat

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My owl book ends were wooden and I spray painted them white.

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Painted one of my moms old birdhouses and hung it in the back yard

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This is before

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Hung my Z on the wall

 

Project 365: Week 45 November 11, 2012


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Plugged in my 3 year old heater and it didn’t work. Called up Honeywell and they told me to ship the old one to them and they would ship me a new one. Total cost $10. Too bad the new one was also broken.

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Casting my Vote for the President

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Wednesday was our date night

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The ice rink is almost ready in Market Square

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Decided to finally pull this bad boy out and figure out how to use it.

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My Cat Mr. Black, I can never get a good picture of him because he blends into everything.

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Bundling up with my Smart Wool socks for my Star Party. It was a cold night!

 

Date Night: Painting at Spirited Art November 8, 2012


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I have been trying to get Mr Z to go painting with me for awhile now. He thought it would be too girly but I told him there were normally are other males there and that you could bring alcohol. After some resistance, he caved in and went with me on Wednesday night. The painting was a Klimit Forest and it was an abstract painting. I was a bit worried since Mr Z is an engineer with a type A personality, thus it is hard for him to do anything “outside the box.”

The class started at 6:30 and we arrived a little early to get set up. It was a small class that night, about 8 people, and of course all were girls. Oh well, we got all art supplies ready and wine poured, ready to go. The instructor welcomed everyone and started the painting. She went step-by-step and waited on everyone to finish before moving on. Mr Z didn’t seem uncomfortable and seemed like he was having fun. I was really impressed. By the time the class finished and I looked at his painting and he had done a great job. It was his first time painting and he said he had a good time.

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After the class, we went downtown to Market Square. We were hungry and wanted to try a new place. CoCoa Moon is were we ended up landing. There they serve a wide variety of international foods, mostly a mix of Asian and Latin. I had the Spicy Orange Chicken and he had the Singapore Noodles. Everything was very good. I recommend it if you are in the area and want to have a nice relaxing dinner.

We had a such a good time together.

 

 

 

Please Don’t Drink The Paint Water! August 28, 2012


You don’t have to be an artist to paint. I know, and from the response I got from people asking them to come along was the same “I haven’t picked up a paint brush since I was a child.” Well, at Spirited Art in Knoxville you really don’t have to be an artist to paint. I thought I would write this blog to inform people about this place and how much fun it is, really!

The painting we did was named Nude Picasso. The original was created in 1902 at a time when Pablo Picasso was still mourning over a friend’s tragic death. The only color he used was blue. 

This is from their website:

Spirited Art ® is an optimistic, creative class for folks who want to learn the basics of acrylic painting in the company of great friends and good wine. In each class we will show you step-by-step how to create your own masterpiece that you can be proud of and take home at the end of the night. Don’t worry if you can’t even draw a stick person. We believe it’s easier to learn when you’re having fun; and if you know your letters, shapes and colors then you are prepared to learn how to paint!

You sign up online and choose for one of the many painting they have everyday for the current month. There are many different classes but the adult class is $35. (There is a buy one get one in the Knoxville school coupon book)  Once signed up arrive at the studio about 10 to 15 minutes early to get all you painting supplies ready before the class begins. Oh and I almost forgot, you are allowed to bring whatever drinks or snacks you like, this includes alcohol. They have cups and wine openers there for you to use so you don’t have to bring that with you.

  • First, you start off with a canvas and the art instructor has already penciled on a basic outline of what you are going to paint for that class on the canvas. It is hard to see in the picture but it is there. You get your provided paint colors, cup of water, brushes and an apron and you are all set.

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  • The instructor will give you step by step instructions on what to do. Super easy and fun. 
  • The class takes about 1-2 hours and your painting should be dry enough to go home with you. Mine is the painting on the left my friends is on the right. You can add whatever you want to make your painting your own. As you can see my lady is watching a meteor shower, I know I’m a nerd.

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Project 365: Week 44 August 26, 2012


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Sent all day Sunday learning the art of canning.

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Went to Circle G Ranch, again. I just love that place.

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Girls night out, painting at Spirited Art.

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Found this bad boy at Walgreens. It was green in the middle.

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If it fits, it ships!

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Finally got a clear night to try out my new eye pieces.

Umm, ok?

 

Painting in Nashville November 7, 2011


Over the weekend we went to Nashville to visit with Phil’s mother, Linda. We haven’t been in awhile decided to pack up and leave on last Friday. We left the dogs at the house for the first time, we normally always just take them but my brother-in-law and his girlfriend were staying in town and didn’t care to watch them. I hope 🙂 Sometimes, it feels like we are parents of 5 children (3 dogs, 2 cats) and need to get away, alone, even for a few days away from the kids.

It was nice just spending time together even if it was just running errands and fixing things around the house. On Sunday, Phil left to meet up with his dad for half of the day which left me and my mother-in-law with nothing to do. She has taken painting classes before and I have always wanted to try one but never had the time. The class she normally goes to is called Sips and Strokes. You can bring your own wine and enjoy a painting class for $25. Sounds entertaining, but the painting they were doing that day was Christmas themed and I really didn’t want a Christmas tree hanging in my house all year long. Then, she remembered another place called Wine and Easel. It was pretty much the same idea but the painting they were doing was a coffee cup. Perfect, I could hang that in the kitchen. We signed up online and with a $5 coupon code it was only $20 + tax.

The class started at 2:00 and we arrived about 10 minutes early. There were about 20 people in the class and 2 art instructors. It was set up like a classroom with about 5 rows of tables on the right and left with 4 chairs per table. The canvas, apron, paints, and brushes were all ready set up for you. Once the class started, we were instructed to trace the cup and then you had free range of how you wanted to paint the rest of the picture. I was a little stocked. I thought we were going to be taught how to paint the painting but the teacher just kept saying “the painting should express who you are, everyone’s will be different.” I was thinking I hope this isn’t what I am; I bunch of colors smashed together and looking like a mess. My mother-in-law wasn’t enjoying her painting at all. She said she had never been to a class like that. Her instructors before would show you how to do each step and they took their time. Ours seemed like he was in a hurry and stood in front of the canvas so we couldn’t see a thing he was doing and his “assistant” never said one word to us. With all of that, I think our paintings turned out pretty good but we are going to try the other place next time.

My painting is on the right; Linda’s is on the left