Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CSI: MIami

Translation: Could Shelia have Ice? :) It was hot!

Hi Dear Ones! I just couldn't help myself! As promised, I'll be showing you some photos of our stay in Miami. More mosaics. I'm loving this stuff! Thank you, thank you Laurie for telling me how to do this. Some of you have asked how to make these cool mosaics... just click here and it will take you to the right post for the tutorial by Laurie! This is fun and it's so easy!

Well, Dear Ones, we stayed at the Fontainebleau Hotel. This is an oldie that was built in the 1950s and was considered the most luxurious hotel on Miami Beach and all the rich and famous ones graced its structure. After a few years it fell into disrepair. But, it has been restored and has come back to life in all of it's gloriness! This beautiful facility was home to many a movie set: Goldfinger, A Hole in the Head, The Bellboy, Scarface, Police Academy 5, and Bodyguard just to name a few.

I must show you our suite we stayed in. Just so lovely! First of all, I want you to know I would never boast, but I am just so very thankful we get to enjoy these wonderful places! So please know I'm just as thrilled as a kid in a candy shop to be here! :)
You can see the lovely wall color as you walk the entry. Then a little powder room with a gorgeous black vanity. Yes, this place had a beautiful little kitchen and a washer/dryer combo! No, no, I didn't wash any clothes, but maybe I should have!

Here's looking from the kitchen into the little dining area and living room overlooking the ocean. Lovely cool blues and browns - very soothing. Just so you'll know - these pillows were wonderful and we didn't have to order up ten! :) The master bath was great and also lovely ~ a shower for Mr. Precious and a nice bubble tubbie for me! We were sent some delish chocolate covered strawbabies and some H2O! Four strawbabies for me and two for Mr. Precious. They arrived before he did, so I went to town. I'm sure you understand! :)

The reason for all this spaciousness is that this is really a condo owned by someone and when they are not in residence the hotel rents it for them.

We attended a dinner and a show one evening. No, I didn't wear two outfits, just poked these two photos in here. The entertainment were three guys impersonating the singing part of the Rat Pack! Remember those guys? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.? The other two were Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Anyways, these guy sang and really did have the actions of the passed on ones down to a tee! Loved it!

Now you know how I love to eat and I just wanted to share some glorious food shots with you! The photo on the bottom right hand corner was my tiny lunch ~ fish and chips ~ I just loved how it was served!

Oh, I almost forgot! This is still a place for the rich and famous to come. As I'm chewing on my tiny fish and chips, guessed who walked into the restaurant? Robert Duvall! Yes, he did! He had on a cap and was playing it cool. He was all alone and sat at a table near us. I didn't snap a picture of him or anything. The night before I heard someone went up to him after seeing him in the lobby and asked if they could take their picture with him. He said, "No thank you, honey!" So he just wanted to be left alone! That ole stinker! :)
Some food stations from our dinner! Doesn't this make your tiny mouth water? Look at the seafood and the individual molten cakes just waiting to be filled with chocolate and vanilla creams! Yummy!

One night we went to Bongos ~ a Cuban Cafe owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan! Oh, wouldn't it have been a hoot if she had been there? But no no Nannette, she wasn't. But the food was good, don't think I've ever had Cuban food before and the entertainment was bumpy and loud!! Just what you'd expect! :) "Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga..."

Some beautiful florals I snapped!

You must be very careful when you take a little trip to the Everglades!!! There are very scarey creatures out there just waiting to gobble you up! I zoomed, I promise, I didn't get too close! Yikes!! (See? I'm getting good at these mosaics! Just kidding :P

Mr. Precious and I standing tall ~ about 14 stories up tall and a beautiful sunrise photo and a night time photo. As you can see, I can't take night time photos very well, but loved the cool look of the lights streaming from my Oops photo!

Well, hope I haven't bored you too much with my little travels. I have one more post to show you tomorrow. We took a little trip to Boca Raton and to Palm Beach. I'll have some lovelinesses to show you.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer

Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger
Don't you fight it til you tried it, do that conga beat

Everbody gather round now
Let your body feel the heat
Don't you worry if you cant dance;
Let the music move your feet

It's the rhythm of the island, and like the sugar cane so sweet
If you want to do the conga, you've got to listen to the beat

Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger
Don't you fight it til you tried it, do that conga beat

Feel the fire of desire, as you dance the night away
cause tonight were gonna party, til we see the break of day

Better get yourself together, and hold on to what you've got
Once the music hits your system, there's no way your gonna stop

Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger
Don't you fight it til you tried it, do that conga beat

Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga
~sung by Gloria Estefan


  1. Gorgeous mosaics Shelia...I enjoyed the entire post....

  2. Hi Shelia! What fun mosaics! It looks like you had a wonderful time! The place you stayed is fabulous...such pretty colors! The food looks yummy and I love it that you saw grumpy Mr. Robert Duvall! Welcome back! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  3. Shelia, you are making me want to book a trip to Miami! Hey your song tomorrow needs to be Living La Vida Loca! That song reminds of a vacation we had in Cancun. :)

  4. Hey girlie;

    Oh my.....LUV your mosiacs again today. What a FAB hotel and the food mercy girl just the chocolate covered strawberries alone are enough to tickle a girls fancy, but all the other food! OMG!!!!!

    I went and visited Laurie's blog yesterday and spent more time than I should have making mosaics yesterday. I have a couple of questions for you. First, what size did you make yours for your post? Mine keep turning out too small and how did you get the word SCARY on there. Dadgummit, I know I'm a pain, please help!!!! lol lol

  5. love the mosaics again! that room is gorgeous. all the food made me drool, lol!

  6. I'm taking a vacation vicariously thru your mosaics! (Is that the right word?!) Anyway, everything is so beautiful! That hotel is something else!!! You should've asked Robert Duvall to do a bathroom diva pic with you! LOL! I bet he woulda done it! You and your DH are just adorable!! Thank you for sharing! Lauralu :)

  7. wELL, girlfriend, I was reading along, enjoying everything and then when I got to ROBERT DUVAL, I lost it. Don't remember a thing after that so gotta go back and read it all again. My gosh, I would have passed a kidney stone if he had walked into a room that I was in. GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!!

  8. That was a beautifully done post. Your blog is becoming just as pretty as you. Sally

  9. Wow Sweet Shelia what a GREAT vacation you had... I loved all your photos and to see Robert Duval... WOO HOO! I would have snuck a picture of that hottie for sure... LOL LOL... You’re not boasting my friend you’re sharing and we love to see it all... Thanks for such an wonderful description of everything...Love Ya


  10. Gorgeous photos!!! You are becoming quite the mosaic artist!!! You have showcased your vacation memories beautifully!!!

    I love seeing the pictures of your sweet face and your darling husband!!! Wonderful!!!

    I always love my visits here!!! Thank you!!!


  11. Hot? Yeah! I always tell Jack, not ask really but tell: Why should I go camping where it's 100° when I can stay home in my air conditioned house?!?! He has no answer for that one, sugar, just gives me the look that we're going anyway! Sigh........

  12. Oh Sheila, your post brought me to the place where I grew up. Yep, Miami, FL. since 1948. Miami was a gorgeous place and a wonderful fun place to live. We spent our growing up years going to the beach, going downtown Miami on the bus to take n lunch and a movie. The Olympia theater was so much fun and they always had a stage show before the movie. I saw spike Jones back then, a very good Jazz musician. If we had company, we dressed up and went to Miracle Mile to have lunch and go shopping. We wore gloves and hats. Now you know how old I am. LOL. Oh, and my senior prom was at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Such a thrill.

    Enough about me. I love your mosaic pics. I so want to do that. Your photos bring back so many memories. Your vacation is so wonderful. I am so happy you had such a fun visit in Miami and Miami Beach. The condo is lovely,how lucky for you. When our son was married in Miami we stayed in the
    Fontainebleau Hotel and it was under renovation then. It wasn't nearly as beautiful as it is now. Your photos captured Miami so well. It has changed so much since I grew up there. You went to some wonderful places and I know you had fun. The photos of you and Mr. Sweetie are so cute. You look very pretty in them. I love your post Sheila.

    Hugs and love, Jeanne

    PS: We came home a week ago and I am loving time on my computer again.

  13. Hi Sheila
    Your pictures are amazing. I love how you show the beautiful rooms you stay in. For me the rooms are a big part of my trip. The chocolate covered strawberries are wonderful and the fish and chips too - my favorite!. Your mosaics look great. I am really enjoying your pictures from this trip very much. Thank you for sharing them.

  14. Shelia: So glad your back safe and sound after having a wonderful time!! Loved your mosaics, photos are beautiful!! I haven't been to Miami in a while, but want to go back!

    Robert Duvall!!! I love him!

    Lou Cinda :)

  15. HI Shelia. You must have had a wonderful time. Your pictures all speak for themselves. So beautiful . WE have been to Miami more than ten times over the years but I don't know if that will happen again. I get homesick when I see all your photo's. You and your husband make a beautiful couple.

  16. Hi Shelia--I love your photo mosaics. What a lovely trip you had with Mr. Precious. The flowers and the food--Oh My Goodness! I'm so glad you had this getaway time!

  17. Oh Sheila,
    My tiny one, what beautiful mosaics and what a fabulous trip you had!! I have never been to Miami but now you have me talked into it! The hotel is gorgeous and the food, wow, like I am gaining 10 lbs just looking at it! Keep sharing your lovely vacation we are all enjoying it! How were the everglades? We're they scary, fun, ? Hugs, Cindy

  18. It looks like you "did the town red." I think you had a blast.

  19. This was such a treat to see Miami in these pictures. You had to have had a wonderful time.
    I've never been there before...maybe one day!
    Enjoy your blog.
    God Bless,

  20. Great pictures Shelia! What a wonderful trip, but I bet you did need extra ice!!!!
    Fun getting to see a star! :D Jewel

  21. Great photos Shelia~ so glad to have you back.

    You were missed!

    Hugs~ J

  22. All, I can do is sigh. The pictures are all wonderful, and now I'm homesick. ;-)

  23. It looks like you had a wonderful time, and the food all looks so delicious!

  24. Great mosaics! Really lovely pictures! You had a great vacation!

    Years and years ago (25+) Robert Duvall was dating a girl that lived across the street from us, she was a flight attendant, and she had this really big dog that she used to make all her boyfriends walk for her! And he did it too! And he would only say hello if I had my boys with me (they were only about two and three at the time).
    I heard he left his wife for our neighbor and then she (the neighbor) dumped him! I don't know if it's true he left his wife for her, but it's true that our neighbor dumped him!

    All the best,

  25. What a luxurious suite you got to stay in! Wow! I am impressed for sure. The food looks so yummy too. I don't know if I would have wanted to share those yummy strawberries at all...they looked so good!

    You took some great pictures. They are just beautiful. I also like the Oops photo with the trails of light. But that croc...scary!!! Glad you kept your distance!

    Glad you had so much fun and I can't wait to see the next post!


  26. Ooh girl, you two really traveled in style, didn't you? The wall color was the very first thing I noticed in the first mosaic. Oh, that color is just beautiful with the brown and black accents here and there.

    That food! Oh my, it looked yummy. And what a stinker Mr. Duval is that he can't snap a picture with a fan. Blech!

    I can't stand Gloria Estafan, but Cuban food is yummy!

    Btw... you look beautiful!

    Oh, you didn't take those gator pics, did you?

    Justine :o )

  27. Welcome back!
    Looks like you had a wonderful time..it all looks fabulous!
    Great mosaics...thanks for sharing a little bit of paradise!

  28. Oh it looks like you had such a great time! This was not boring at all- I'll never be able to go to places like these but so enjoy seeing the sights via others!

    Great job on the mosaics! You're a pro already!


  29. My goodness, Sheila! What a fun time you had. I enjoyed all the pictures - it's as if I was almost there...

    Thank you for visiting me. I always LOVE your sweet comments!

    Hugs and blessings!

  30. I love love LOVE the mosaics. You did such a splendid job. And it was fun to see your great photos of what looks like a lovely vacation! It's so good to be back and see my friends looking as beautiful as ever!

  31. I will be humming that song and swaying to the beat all day now. What a fun trip and crocs should be for shoes only:)

  32. Oh, you and Mr. Precious look so cute!!....Christine

  33. Oh Shelia, I did good!!! LOL! Your mosaics are excellent! What a pretty condo, and how exciting that you saw Robert! I love that blue jacket you are wearing in the photo with your husband. Ya'll make such a darling couple. This looks like a trip that was filled with beauty on both sides of your camera! laurie


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