Friday, August 20, 2010

On the Road Again...

I just can't wait to get on the road again...

The life I love is being creative with my friends...

And I can't wait to get on the road again.


Did I just say that?

It seems like I just got back from a trip not too long ago. And another one before that. And...


Tomorrow!!!  TODAY  :)

Sarah and I are leaving in a few hours to pick up our favorite two Northern girls, Pam of Frippery (Ohio) and Sandy of Sew Revived (Pennsylvania) !!! 


(this photo was taken in 2008 in Omaha Nebraska, the first year we met. We've gotten together every year since and we've made a pact to do so at least once a year!)

Pam and Sandy are flying into New Orleans and we will spend three days in the Big Easy!!!!

I'm looking forward to some Pat O'Brien's!!!! wooo hooo!


I booked us a fabulous room with a Bourbon Street balcony at the Lafitte Guest House! It's supposed be haunted! Do you think the old pirate Jean Lafitte left some buried treasure there???? I'll be sure and let you know how that goes!!!! haha!!!!

Then, we'll head back home for a few days to play in my "new" studio! Yes. I re-did the whole room! Paint and all. That's kind of why I've been MIA over the last week or so.

One of my best traits is how I love to put myself under tons of stress, pressure and deadlines. I love to lose more of my hair in the process and kill myself to complete the task in a timely manner. seriously ~ i am just kidding.

Well, I did it once again and succeeded! ;)

My room went from this...


to this...


in 24 hours.

My most favorite thing about my room is...I can actually walk in it without tripping over stuff now! And...I think Sophie's happy too. Note that she was MIA through the whole re-do process. She's so lazy!  ;)

The final results of my "new" room will be in a future post. After I get off the highway for a while ;)

Back to the girls...After a few days of playing and possibly seeing some sights around Cajun Country, we'll slowly start meandering (road tripping) our way to North Texas where we'll attend an art event hosted by the fabulous Chantal of Wishblooms! Her and her adorable Mother Maryse will each be teaching a class and I just can't imagine how she will outdo last year's event of her first Tidbits & Tassels event. It took me three posts last year to show all the fun we had. (August 2009)

Matter of fact...let me just refresh your memory on how AWESOME her studio is.

There it is...nestled beyond the back porch, to the left of the outdoor living room...(sigh)

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Chantal always opens up the doors and creates such a fantastic time for us...

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This is what I call "Studio Heaven"

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Don't it make you want to go in and dig???    ;)

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So this is where I'll be NEXT weekend. Running my grubby little fingers through all of Chantal's pretty stuff again :)

For the next 10 days,

I'll be on the road again.

If and when I have internet, I'll check in as often as I can.

Until then, remember my number one rule:

Don't have any fun without me!

I'm signing off for now. I have to go pack. Yes. It IS one o'clock in the morning. I am leaving in about 5 hours. Yes. I am excited. I feel like a little kid leaving for Disney World. I get like this for every trip I take. I guess it IS just the kid in me ;)

On the road again -
Just can't wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is
makin' music with my friends

And I can't wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Goin' places that I've never been.
Seein' things that I may never see again

And I can't wait to get on the road again.
On the road again -
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way
is on the road again.
Just can't wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is makin' music with my friends.

And I can't wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends

Insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way
is on the road again.
Just can't wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is makin' music with my friends

And I can't wait to get on the road again.
And I can't wait to get on the road again.

Love from the highway,

Willie Nelson

oops! I mean ME!!!

ps...if there are any typos...It's late/early and I'm delirious!



My Sweet Rose. said...

Hi Jodie,
Do you ever stop I get worn out just hearing about all the things you are doing.
Studio will look great I'm sure, have a great trip it sound so much fun.

A Vintage Chic said...

Wow! Your studio is beautiful! Look at all that space!!!

Hope you have a wonderful visit with your friends--sounds perfect!

Safe travels...


Anonymous said...

I hope ya'll have LOTS of fun, Jodie in New Orleans, at home, in Texas, in Europe, in....oh, I guess I got carried away, it's just I feel I am culturally around the world in your blogs, they are soooo captivating!!! Miss ya, Sis, and STILL waiting for us to rondevous SOMEWHERE!!!
Love ya,

Natasha Burns said...

Have FUN delirious you! I can't wait to see the studio reveal! I'm redoing mine, minus the painting, and I am so slow at it. I need a 24 hour deadline like you do, I think!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dang Jodie! You have the most fun with girlfriends. Sounds like an absolutely fantabulous 10-days. fun, fun, fun! Best wishes, Tammy

Sheltiebud said...

the trips sounds Amazing wish i could come along

your new work room studio looks fabulous well done


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Have fun, be careful, hurry back!

Love you bunches!

A Cottage Muse said...

That is one of the things I love about you ~ your sense of adventure and LIVING life!! Have loads of fun and I will be checking your suitcase for Pat O'Brien glasses!!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Jodie ~
Ohhh girl have
a total blast !
I know you will because
it sounds like so
much fun !

I am just a tad bit jealous....
well maybe a ton jealous !


gail said...

Jodie-I'm so jealous....have a great time. That cubby with all the ribbons looks yummy. And your studio looks great. I work best under pressure, too.

Linda said...

Jodie dear,
Sorry but I plan on having fun.... here at home though. We're in the midst of high school activities and loving every bit of it. Tonight's the first football pep rally, I feel 16 again. :)

Hope you have a fantastic trip - I know you will - and I look forward to reading your stories and seeing photos upon your return.
Love, Linda

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Okay, you little karaoke star,
You have more fun than any other friend I know! Poor Oreo, little latch-key dog. He's probably faking that whole heart thing, just trying to get Mommy to stay home & tend to him. And speaking of Oreo, who will be running around with the Lysol & paper towels wiping up the effects of Lasix? Thad? Sophie? Your on thin ice with her, didn't she quit you last year? You know I'm just saying all this cuz I'm so dang jealous. You didn't paint the studio for me!! Waaaa Next time I come I'm coming solo so we can play. Chantal's studio is amazing, just like her. It needs to be in WWC. And that patio! No wonder your so excited. I really hope I can see you next week. At least Sunday right? Love you, miss you,
yours fondly.....Lisa Marie

Geralyn Gray said...

Love it!!!! Can't wait until you share all the fun you are going to have!!!! Can't wait to see your new studio!!!

trash talk said...

I'd be jealous...BUT! Poor, poor N'awlins. When y'all get through terrorizing the town folk, they'll probably have a parade to escort you out of town! (I hear they like to party and parade in Louisiana!)
Hey...slip me one of those Pats and we can do a duet!

Robin Sanchez said...

Oh Jodie I am jealous!! Tell them hi for me. Sounds like so much fun. I can hardly wait till I get to come see you!!


Theresa said...

Have fun, I KNOW you will:) Be carefull and laugh a lot, I KNOW you will:)


The French Bear said...

Have fun, and enjoy yourself, don't think about where to go, no one to play with.......ha ha, just kidding in case you felt a little bit sorry for me!!!!
Can't wait to see that new studio!!!
Margaret B

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I am envious...but have tons of fun!!

Sandy Navarro said...

Did you look in the VERY back of the Suburban cuz I'm here and ready for the trip! LOL

Have a great time and give me a call from the speaker phone on your way to Chantal's. Thay way I can talk to all of ya together!

Love ya!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

How FUN!!! I am jealous too!! Hope you are having a blast and making TONS of new memories!

Raise one for me girl!

Lou Cinda :)

Ruth said...

Well, Well Jodie.... How lucky are you. We all wish we could tag along.

Enjoy..... Ruth ;)

Linda B said...

I'm soooooooo jealous! Can't wait to see how your remodeled studio turned out;D

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Oh what fun! Wish I were going to Chantal's retreat but I'll be away w/ family. Tell her I said Hi.

Teacup Mosaics said...

Jodie, Have a wonderful time, can't wait to hear and see all about it!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are going to be missed, but I know you are having the time of your life.

When I saw that first photo, I thought what in the world? It's 100+ degrees and you are showing people in heavy coats and scarves. Then I noticed it was in Omaha. I did an internship there, and no amount of preparation prepared me for that windy cold! Have a safe and fun trip.

Rochelle said...

OMG you ever stay home?! I am so jealous right about now......I need a vacation!!!! Still one more pup to sell and I'm hittin' the road to Oregon to see my parents...oh and there is that week in late September that I will be pretending to be like you and actually attend some art retreats!
ENJOY your time with friends and art!

June said...

Oh Jodie you girls are gonna have SO much FUN!!! I will have so much fun reading all your posts about how great it was! And I can't wait to see the new studio redo...I know it will blow us all away! What???? no tripping in your new studio...I thought that was just a given when we are into making messes!!! I don't know what I would do with myself if mine was ever clean. Dale walked in there this morning and just left shaking his! I (almost) felt like cleaning it up.
have a wonderful time with your dear friends!

Sandi said...

Oh Jodie....
I NEVER have any fun without you! lol. Seriously, have a wonderful time, all of you. I can't wait to hear about it.

Katsui Jewelry said...

You have more fun than anyone I know, Jodie! This sounds like it will be another wonderful time. Always have to have some art in there to make it really worthwhile, right?

Doesn't sound like there are any last minute swaps to finish so I hope you are on the road and having a wonderful time!


Karen said...

Oh my stars I am just sitting here PEA GREEN with envy. You are getting together with special friends, playing in New Orleans, and then you get to go back to Chantals?
BRAT! Please take more FABULOUS photos of her to die for studio. Especially that ribbon holder! I dream of that thing!
Well you just have yourself a kick back time living it up!
Be safe - totally unwind and enjoy your creative time.
And let me know when you get back.
BRAT! Oh - did I already say that?
HUGS! Karen

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Jodie girl, That sounds like such a fun trip! I hope you're having a great time and enjoy every single minute :-)!!!
No, no, don't worry, we won't have any fun without you in the meanwhile ;-)!
Big hugs,

Susan said...

Can I come over and create at your's beautiful. Susan

Charlene said...

HAVE FUN!!!!!!! It sounds like you will have a blast!

Tell Chantal hello for me & that I am very sad to not be there with all of you. MAYBE next time. Tell her that hubby did indeed have his surgery so I thank her again for understanding why I can't join you guys. But, create something fun & take lots of photos for me. HUGS! Charlene

Six in One Hand said...

I hope you have a great time!!!
I can't wait to see you in Warrenton!!

victorian parlor II said...


You are just plain crazy girl! I can't wait to see your finished studio-I know it will be gorgeous!!! I am really enjoying reading about your trips. The only trips I took this summer were on the front stairs as I carried boxes inside during the move:). Anyway, if you see a ghost at that fabulous hotel you better tell us all about it-I love a good ghost story!

Have a fun and safe trip!



PS-Kramer sends purrs and meows to his favorite auntie Jodie:).

The Feathered Nest said...

Girl, you have the most fun EVER!!!! I mean it, jet-setting all over the place, creating and enjoying life! I cannot believe you got that studio emptied out and transformed that quick...I'm sure it looks wonderful, but it looked like a treasure trove before to me :) I hope you have a great time, be safe and have a little fun for me Jodie!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

ohhhhhhhh, you are going to have such a fabulous time!!
be safe, play hard, enjoy chantal and her momma and swing by the ranch on your way home:)

i love you, my favorite jodie,

My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh my Jodie LeJuene - I just have to check out some of these art events. Girl trips are the best and even better with Sarah. Be safe Cajun friend. xoxo Rio

Linda Robinson said...

Now that sounds like a blast.. I hope you have a great time.. What am I saying of course you are going to have a great time...

Now I am going to have that song in my head all day...

Hugs, Linda

Debby said...

You lucky girl...Sounds like so much fun and I know you will have the most fabulous time. Can hardly wait to hear about all the excitement. Missh yah!!!!

i-ADHD said...

You should grab a cocktail at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone while in NOLA. The bar actually spins like a slow moving Carousel and they have several locally created cocktails like the Ramos Fizz.

They even have a blog to check out...

My family hails from New Orleans and I love to visit myself. Have a great time, there is ton to do and see (and eat and drink).

Amie Bleu~♥ said...

What a fabulous studio...
Lucky you....have fun sweets!! Cant wait to see the photos!!
xo Amy

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Jodie, so glad to know you are coming to the blog party. I saw the picture of you hugging our cat daddy! It was a good one. You know as creative as you are, I bet you come up with something really cleaver. Can't wait to see what all every one comes up with and looking forward to getting to visit with you.

lisa said...

Jodie!!!! I heard you met my best friend this last weekend! She thought you were pretty neat-o. I miss you! Are you coming down for the Wicked Tea???

Come stay with me in Dallas sometime - I got a place already for you if you don't mind my German Shepherd collection of dog hair!! *$#*@!!

I am so glad you met Susie Vergenz - she just committed to go to Paper Cowgirl with me next year. She said that you all had a good time at Chantal's.

Lisa Thompson

Rachel said...

Girl you are crazy!! And I meant that in the best possible way!! I wish I was going to be creating with you sometime soon....still room at Silver Bella I would say?!?! Have an amazing road trip!!

Karen said...