Monday, December 17, 2007

Time sure flies...

Hoo Boy, time sure flies when you are too tired to think! This cold virus really packed a wallop and I have been just barely keeping my head above water, so to speak. I really am feeling alot better; however, I feel like I'm slogging through mud most of the time. Ah, well, I'll be back to normal soon (I hope!).

First let me thank everyone for the wonderful comments on my Gingerbread House post! It's funny that a couple of you wise ladies wondered what to do with it now... well, I have no idea! It is so big I have no real place to put it except the dining room table, which, of course, is still covered with Christmas flotsam and jetsam. Right now it is sitting on a TV tray table in the living room... oh, dear, I was going to put it up on something before I left for work and didn't. Crap... any bets as to whether the dogs have gotten to the cookies by the time I get home? I sure hope they don't eat the peppermint trees!

Anyway... we did go to the company party at Taliesen West... it was sooooo cold! They had the appetizers and bar outside in the courtyard near the entrance and even with patio heaters going, it was cold. We did get tours of the buildings; however, we missed about half the tour cause we were a little late. I did get a few pictures so I'll share them.

Here is the livingroom... Frank Lloyd Wright designed everything in the home. It was rather roughly done (surprisingly so) since it was originally designed as a winter home.
Low table
The floors are pigmented concrete, something that was quite common here in Phoenix and Scottsdale. He designed all the furniture, too.

This is his office. He designed Fallingwater on that tee tiny little desk!
Office - his desk
The walls are made of granite found on site. I love the shelves along the walls.

Here's a shot from outside showing the angles he employed everywhere.
Outside lights

One more little detail... I love these lights that hung from the ceiling in a storage room turned conference room.
Hanging light
There is quite a bit of water damage throughout the home. He made the ceilings out of canvas (!) so when it rains, it leaks. Hmmmm... not such a good idea... but it sure is something to see! Anyway, we had a good time and left in a big hurry so we could get home and warm up!

Currently my creative endeavors are limited to Christmas decorating, baking, and gifting. Every year, we put together little goodie bags for the folks at the hospital that work for Glenn... this year it is for 20 people so it does take some time. It's alot of fun, though, shopping for little neat things to go with the homemade goodies. We also have a cookie exchange at work tomorrow, so as you can see, I'm up to my ears in Christmas, as are the rest of you, I'm sure. I'll take some pictures of Christmas decorations and the goodie bags as I get them done. That way I'll have a record of what I did this year on the blog!

I'll be back a little later this week, but I do want to mention Sharon B's new Take It Further Challenge. There are currently 253 participants and she has just announced that she will be closing the challenge 24 hours from the time of her last post so you better hurry if you want to sign up!!!

Take care everyone and have a wonderful time in your holiday preparations!


Susan said...

I'm glad you are getting over your cold, at least. I'm sure the cookies will help. =) I'm surprised some conservationist has suggested putting a roof over the roof, or something - kind of like Casa Grande!

Rissa said...

Glad you are feeling better. My husband tries to see FLW houses anywhere we go. :-) I'll mention the canvas roof tonight. LOL

Allison Ann Aller said...

Thanks so much for the pictures, Marty. They provide a tiny peek into the consciousness of design genius.

May you keep feeling better as Christmas approaches!

Debra Spincic said...

I've toured a few FLW houses and although they were genius at the time, they look very strange now. I used to think I wanted something very modern but as I get older and more mellow, I llike the comfy better.

Not a good time for a cold--like there is ever a good time! Get better!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the FLW pictures, Marty. I've admired his work so much. Never heard about his canvas ceilings, before.