Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The bedroom set has been a project I have been meaning to tackle for a long time and just procrastinated doing it (once again, part of the major change). I'm really happy how the red turned out. Reminds me of an old red barn....thus the name of the paint. The dressers had seen better days. It was an old set of my parent's and I have had it for at least 10 years. They have been through two of my kids, plus six of my parent's. So, it has held up VERY well, but needed to be reinvented. I hope I did it justice.
Next project....an old office desk that has seen better days also. When I'm done, it will look like it was bought out of a Pottery Barn catalog. Hope to show pictures this weekend.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The last five days have "blessed" me with some life-changing events and I'm taking some time to regroup and focus on matters. I'll try to blog and sew, but I won't allow guilt if I don't. In order for me to be creative, my mind has to be clear and open to the process. Right now, it is too full of deep wounds and critical tasks to be completed. But already, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and savor the vision of a bright future.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
This is not an endorsement, just a small town photo. Obama came to Rolla, MO yesterday and this is what greeted him. I believe he enjoyed the sign because there is a national news photo of him smiling and shaking hands with these guys. He had to go out of his way to do this. Whether you are for or against him, Obama was the talk of this small town. He was greeted like a rock star.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I've actually already made major progress. Furniture has been moved and junk taken away. You can actually see the floor now.
By Monday, I'll have new photos to post. They at least won't be so embarrassing.
I've got a few new things to show you. I found the coolest website yesterday and it is addicting. It is called Block Posters. You upload a photo and it will create posters that you can print on your own printer.....for FREE. The possibilities are endless with this site. Look what I made yesterday. These were the first ones, so don't look to close.
The last thing I want to show you is adorable....and up for adoption. I was driving home last week on a country highway and almost hit this adorable basset-mix baby. I couldn't figure out where she came from (dogs are dumped all the time in the country), so she came home with me. She's adorable and quickly becoming part of our family....but, when the right home comes along, she will become part of someone else's family. That's me trying to convince myself.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
My dad has a kind soul and he's a soft place to fall when life has chewed us up. He loves our mom like you would not believe and by doing so, he has given us a glimpse of what real love really means.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
It's exciting to be chosen out of so many talents on Etsy and it gives me the incentive and boost I have been looking for lately. If you get the opportunity, look at the website and read the other bios as well.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Two of my babies flew from the nest this weekend....one literally. It has been a crazy week of both good and bad. We lost one of our cows on Thursday (she left a month old calf, who is doing great), Saturday my oldest daughter moved into her own place and Sunday...well, our pet sparrow, Toolah, decided it was time to leave the nest also. She flew out the door to her new life of babies and freedom. As my husband put it, "those darn boys". She'd been talking to the other birds through the screen and enjoying herself, but she never tried to fly out the door. In fact, she would fly AWAY from the door. Not this time. The door was opened for the dogs and she made a run for it. We miss her, but we are happy for her also. She decided it was time to go out and learn about life on her own.
This leads me to my daughter. I would have preferred she stayed at home a little longer, but just like Toolah, she decided it was time to learn about life on her own. I have faith because she's a smart girl and she can do it. I just wish it wasn't so soon.
On a lighter note, we had our own yard sale this weekend. The weather was beautiful and we were very successful making room for more "junk". Five families combined their stuff and we had it at my sister's house on
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This was the most expensive find...$13.00. We are going to use it as a planter and it will look great after I mow the lawn.
Hold your hat...$2.00. The owner said it was no good because they had to add the support pipes. I say, all the better to hold my fat behind. The vintage green is fabulous.
Vintage Vera scarf...$.25. It was amongst some kitchen towels not worthy of photos. I saw it and jumped with joy. It is a beautiful scarf.
Vintage planter..$.25. It's official, I have a vintage planter obsession. What can I say, they come in handy.
Vintage sharpener...$.50. I have wanted one of these for a long time.
Vintage sheet sets...$2.75. Love this pink and green one.
Vintage tote...$3.00. I found this last week at Goodwill.
Lastly...the first peony of the season. They are beautiful and smell heavenly.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My dear (and hard-headed) daughter is graduating from high school this weekend. I'm proud of her since she has struggled and goofed her way to this moment. My hope for her is that she stops and smells the roses before she runs into adulthood. Slow down sweet girl and remember your momma loves you....now and always.
My brother and sister-in-law are coming to our small town to help celebrate this momentous event. We haven't seen them since moving from California 5 years ago and we are excited to see them. After raising two teenage daughters, I'm off to the hair dye aisle. I'm afraid they won't recognize me through all the gray hair.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Last night I was so tired, I fell asleep before putting Toolah, my pet sparrow away for the night. I woke up suddenly in a panic because I remembered I hadn't d0ne this and nobody in my house seemed to know where she was. Granted, she's very self-sufficient and able to hold her own with the dogs of the household (she, in fact, teases the dogs), but still I was freaked out. I kept calling her and looking in all of her "hidey-holes", but could not find her. As I stood in the hallway and scanned the living room, I heard a little shuffle in my ear. I glanced to the wreath on my daughter's door and look what I found. She was watching me worry and decided to keep quiet. She was asleep and didn't want to be disturbed. As I look at this picture, I realize she looks just like a mushroom bird that I would buy at Michael's, but indeed she's real.
Friday, April 18, 2008
About 7 years ago, my mother gave me an envelope that held a thank you card from Mrs. Upton. My mother had kept it for all of these years and found it during a destashing session. I treasure that note and the photo showing my happy face. I've talked to Mrs. Upton a few times since my elementary school days and she's always happy to hear from me. But, I've never been able to express how much she meant to me. I think it time to sit down and write a quick letter to her and thank her for being such an integral part of my happy childhood. I hope we can all do that for the ones we love. Life is too short not to.
Here is a photo of my treasured possession. The turkey is also a treasure. She gave it to me in the third grade for helping her with the kids and their craft project. While it isn't the prettiest thing, I do love it and it has traveled far. It is always on display and something that I don't plan to part with anytime soon.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I'm excited for this project to be completed since I haven't been able to sew for two weeks. I will make sure to post pictures of the completed project.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Oh dear blog, I promise to write more often and to show h0w much I care. But first, I must sew a few purses, paint two rooms, move furniture, get the car fixed.......I'm sure there is more.
See you soon!!!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Good news is we got a snow storm yesterday. While it was really beautiful, I'm ready for Spring.
Here's to good health....for me and all of you....oh, that and a nice nap.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The photos used for this site have meaning to me. The two on the left are of my paternal grandmother. When I look at these photos, it's like looking into a mirror, minus a few pounds (okay a LOT of pounds). When I looked at her photo the other day, I truly saw who I am and where I came from. When you're younger, you don't appreciate that your parents or grandparents had lives before you. You think they've always been old and just can't understand what it is like to be young and carefree. My grandmother was always someone that was elusive to me. She traveled extensively with my grandfather's job when she was younger and became a recluse in her later years. But, as I mature, I understand the sacrifices she made and the craziness she endured. I remember an older (but still beautiful) women wearing her husband's flannel shirts with no bra (gee, that sounds familiar). But now, I can understand she was so much more. She was a women just like me. She had dreams, desires and dissapointments.
By using her photos as a basis of my new brand identity, I feel like I am "channeling" some of her guts and strength to go through my own life....professionally and personally.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Let me be a good friend and share with you. :-)
These desserts are literally the best I have ever tasted. She creates EVERYTHING from scratch. She makes killer Red Velvet cakes and cupcakes with REAL cream cheese frosting. But, my favorite treat is the Triple Threat....a brownie bottom with a cheesecake top and then decorated with REAL chocolate fudge icing, cherries and mini chocolate chips. It's like getting brownies, cheesecake and fudge at the same time. I'm telling you, it is to die for. By the way, if anyone is interested, I can connect you with her.
These are photos are a sampling of her custom orders...and once again, they are AWESOME!!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Isn't she beautiful? I found her in an antique mall for $4.00! She's been loved, hence the low price, but her flaws add to her character. My husband even conceded she was beautiful and not just more "junk" that I brought home.
Take a look at what I found for $2.00. It is a miniature McCoy vase. It's no bigger than a business card. I love the color and its small size.
Look what I received from my mom and sister this weekend. My mother collected these about 25 years ago (wow..I'm that old already). You know, those collections that take years to complete because they only send you one figurine a month. When my sister got married, my mother gave them to her (15 years ago) for her new house. Well, I seemed to be in the right place at the right time this weekend. My sister was downsizing and giving them back to my mom and my mom passed them to me rather than trying to find a spot for them. I have always loved them and I'm so happy they have found a great spot in my house.