Last Thursday I delivered some of my fiber art works and peyote stitch necklaces to the Maitland Art Center Gift Shop. The Maitland Art Center was founded in 1937 by Jules Andre Smith as an art colony. It is located about eight miles from downtown Orlando. The center includes over 20 buildings, courtyards and gardens in the so-called Mayan Revival style that was favored in the 1930s in Florida. The Center is also recognized by the State of Florida as an historic site and is entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Two of my favorite spots are the Chapel and the Mayan Courtyard.
March is just a gorgeous time of the year here in Central Florida and that morning was not an exception. Sunny sky without even a smallest cloud anywhere to be found. I enjoyed the company of my husband, who luckily had a day off work and could join me for a little morning sightseeing.
Three months from now we're celebrating our 20 years wedding anniversary, and I was joking that we should redo our wedding vows at this peaceful place. We got married in Croatia with all the traditional hoopla that went with it. We had around 250 guests at our reception that went on all night. By eight in the morning I lost my voice completely. Yes, we have some great memories, and it's hard to believe that it happened 20 years ago.
Looking at it now after so many years I would prefer a much smaller ceremony in some outdoors place like this one and keep it simple.
My younger daughter Gabriela turned 13. We didn't have a huge party, we spent the nice fun evening together as a family. It has been a practice already for a few years in our house that we don't have birthday parties, but instead go somewhere and have fun, just us, a family of five.
We went to David Garrett's concert last week. Gaby plays a violin, and she loves classical music. When we found out that David Garrett would have a concert in Orlando just a week before her birthday, it was a perfect match. All of us enjoyed his performance, and I think my Gaby has a little crush on this handsome young violinist.
Gaby is also a chocoholic. If she would have a way she would live on chocolate every day, so I was delighted when I found this great dark chocolate Sacher Torte at our Costco. It was delicious, and not too sweet like many cakes from Publix or other grocery chains.
It's been a crazy busy week here. Not much time for blogging, painting or anything creative. For the next three days I'll be working in my friend's gallery, and my cousin arrives tomorrow. That means the rest of this week is booked. Next week's calendar is getting filled, too. I'm meeting with the museum gift shop manager. Taking my son for his annual physical. Organizing papers for taxes (I can't believe it's March already and I'm falling behind with these things). But, it will all be done, and I'll be back to my studio painting.