Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer and Shoes

Let's Go Outside

I thought eating lunch outside would be fun. It doesn't seem that hot.
Coco wanted to come too. She brought her bone. 
Did we forget anything? Nope.
Yummy sandwich. (Coco sniffing) Sorry, Coco not for you.
Yeah, I need more sunscreen. 
Maybe we should just go inside.


Too Hot; Let's Go Inside

Shoe Love

I love being barefoot, but I also like shoes. 
Last time I was organizing I realized we have some favorites from OG-Less; and in some cases the same style shoe in a different color.
These are our favorites. All but two have something in common; they are flats. Can you spot which are different?
How about the ones that are the same? Why would we buy the same pair in a different color? Because they fit well and look cute.
The navy and black pairs in the front row have bows. They are great neutral shoes.
The light purple and burgundy shoes in the second row have roses and make for a fun pop of color with a neutral outfit or complete the look if the color coordinates.

The cool thing about all of these shoes...they go nicely with shorts, skirts, cropped pants, pants, dresses. 
Do you have any duplicates in your wardrobe? How about favorite shoes?

Xyra's Notes

  • None of the above shoes were purchased alone. Each came with an Our Generation  (OG) outfit.
  • When we shop the OG outfits we look at the shoes. This style works best with AG feet. We've found the molded t-straps and boots rarely fit. Although you can slit the back of the molded boots.
  • The OG shoes sold separately are great! They tend to be fabric and much easier to wear. 

Do you have a favorite photo from the post? Feel free to ask questions too! We love to chat with you!

Best wishes,


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl, Our Generation, or Battat. The items featured in the post were either purchased for or gifted to our collection. No purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post.

A Discovery by the Human

Too Cool for Words!

Okay, so maybe I have a few words on the subject, but overall I'm floored and just had to share. I haven't seen anyone else notice this or use the feature so...

Z Yang's Camera

Who has Z's filming Accessories? I picked up he set because I figured the pieces would make great props for shoots. They do. Today while getting ready to do a photo story with Melody I took out Z's camera. I ended up not using it for that bit, BUT it was rattling. I'm curious so I looked it over. The back was loose. Not loose; it OPENS! Not the camcorder, the camera!

So if you have the right equipment at home, you can print your own photos and slip them inside to make it look like your 18" vinyl person really is taking photos!
It's a small photo. 1 1/2" x 3/4" or 3 1/2 x 2 centimeters.
LOVE it!

Okay, now that I'm done squee-ing about this find. Am I the last one to notice this or is it news to you too? What cool finds made you really happy recently?

Still bouncing here! πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜²

Best wishes, 


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl. The item featured in today's post is from a retired set that was purchased with our own money for our collection. Links are provided for educational and informative purposes only. No purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lady Vanyer to the Rescue

Fixing a Pendant

Rabbit Necklace Redo

Hi! If you are a regular reader, you know that our friend, Lady Vanyer, has major skills when it comes to jewelry and knitting and anything crafty! Well, we had to ask her help! 
Back at Easter our basket held a really cute bunny necklace. After wearing it once, it wasn't all that cute. The necklace part was really picky or itchy! I mean it was just silver shoestring so we asked Lady Vanyer if she could help. Did she ever!
She had to cut the original string to get the bunny pendant off.

Then she restrung the necklace and gave it a nice closure. Check it out!
So pretty!
It's so much better now! I love it!
Thank you, Lady Vanyer! You're the best!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Coolspring June 2019 Day 4

Coolspring Power Museum

So sorry! I know I said I finish off my trip on Monday. (sighs) It was quite a Monday! We were updating our laptops and weeding and we got sucked into a fun Netflix movie called Murder Mystery and then POP had a Scorpion marathon. Next thing I knew Monday was over! So here it is Tuesday!

Kahlenberg
Saturday morning is the last day of the expo. This is my day to help out so I put on my coveralls. Coveralls are not a must, but I remember one of the guys wears them. we found these and they were perfect!
Restoration projects, like the Kahlenberg, take a long time.


If something goes kerfluey then parts have to be found or made and it's not an overnight thing.

This year was great for the Kahlenberg. It ran for many hours perfectly.

Windy City
After spending time with the Kahlenberg I headed over to the Windy City to take a closer look at the engines in there. 



I love that almost every engine has a write up to give you specifics and history.
Check out the reflection of the gas flares on the Flickenger placard.

Flight School
Franz and Xyra is good friends with the engineer who watches after The Windy City display. He always has fun ideas and says we can take photos whenever we want too, even behind the safety rope. He noticed a space camp patch on my coveralls and thought it would be fun if we could rig some astronaut training right there! I wasn't sure at first. I mean, you really shouldn't touch moving equipment and all that, but...we figured out how to use the Farrar and Trefts engine and pump.
This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. nerves, you know.




Miller
My next stop on my museum walkabout was Nate Lillibridge Station.



Paul's Pavilion
Up at Paul's Pavilion I was stunned! This building didn't exist the last time I was here and now it's completely full and decorated!


Pat's Place
Another new building for me. I had fun looking at the different engines. You really have to be careful navigating through the moving engines!

Professor M's Jeep
Just outside Pat's Place was Professor M's jeep! Love it!

The Snow
Tris is such a cute puppy! She begged for some attention when we got to Exley Station and the Snow.


Birds
Coolspring isn't all engines. Wildlife can be spotted too. Saturday after everyone left we were told about a bird's nest with chicks in the wall of the Windy City. We believe these to be Kestrel chicks.


The information from this site seems to fit.
Then I found photos at this blog. Yep, baby kestrels.

Xyra's Note
With regards to flight school experiments. You know I would never put the girls in any harm. I had just picked up a pair of adjustable foam knee pads. The way the strap worked was perfect and I could put one behind her head with the strap around her chest the flat end at her waist. Then I put the other behind her bum, again flat end at her waist, with the strap around her knees. Then I could stretch the strap around the flywheel spoke or pipe and fasten the straps with the Velcro. Grace was cradled in the harness away from the spokes and pipe. 

So what do you think of my trip? Do you have a favorite photo or video or engine or...? You get the idea. Would love to see your comments.

Γ€ bientΓ΄t!