April 29, 2010

Paint'll Make Ya' What Ya' Ain't

I put "the hus" on a little project today. Smiley from millan.net  I didn't really think he'd DO it. But it was cool 'cause he did. Our cabinets in our kitchen are what you'd call "shabby chic" come on ya'll don't hate.  That's my catch all term for "old stuff".
Spring cleaning or spring fever has taken up root. No pun.

It's a good thing too, because according to my horoscope I am going to be useless for all logical and rational thinking until after May 11th?!? Aquarius....This month, Mercury, the planet of logical, rational thinking and communication, will shut down for a rest on April 18 and will resume normal functioning May 11. Apparently, I'll be ok to clean and organize things ...Mercury will retrograde from April 18 to May 11 in your house of home. Aquarius, take time to clean out closets, box up unwanted things for charity, and make needed repairs. Interesting. I put "the hus" on it and he's not Aquarian, he's a Libra. It is interesting bc I was just thinking it was time for cleaning out closets and boxing up unwanted items for donation.  Horoscopes aside... pshaw

This is the content of the drawers piled onto the counter.  Don't panic these are junk drawer-esck items.  Everything will be cleaned before its returned to its rightful place.

I wish I had taken a before pix, thankfully I didn't.  All contents were removed and the old drawer liners gone into the trash byebye.  I was reassured that the drawers were vacuumed and wiped cleaned.  I'm a skeptic, what can I say?  A fresh coat of white paint was applied all prepped and ready for new drawer liner.  We are going to touch-up the blue base cabinets by the sink area.  Wowser it's seems like I just did a facelift to the entire kitchen and everything is just so "shabby chic" already. 

I think he did an awesome job.  Spring cleaning commences!

See ya'll on May 12th (no kidding, I'm still here) when I will resume normal functioning.  Where'd that southern person come from?

April 21, 2010

Happy Earth Day! ReUSE, Reduce, Recycle! My DH is a Genius- Yay Yay Yay, the Futon Revisited

Originally Posted December 2007 but in honor of Earth Day I thought I would bump this up.  Try using new eyes to see things differently before you throw things away and fill up the landfills even more.  This was a simple wood futon destined for the trash heap.  As we were getting ready to load it up for the dumpster, I stopped my dh and look what we have instead?  An awesome shelf system just the perfect size for my favorite hobby stamping and paper crafts.  Thanks everyone and please enjoy this repost...

I am soooo excited I don't know what to do. This has been the bestest Christmas EVER that I have had in a long long time. I know I am a total dork because I am happy happy (did I say happy) over shelves. First I got my library shelves for the living room for Christmas, so unexpected and wonderful. Then, as if that weren't enough I got 4 count them 4 new CUSTOM made shelving units for (you'll never guess) STAMPERS. Remember the "guess what this is going to be" post? Well they are finished and attached to my wall!! Here are the before and after pictures:



We recycled an old futon that we were going to just ship off to either goodwill or the trash. We have been cleaning the garage and I got to looking at the futon with my stampers eye. You know if it can be used for stamping or embellished or glittered we always have to keep our eye out for these things. So my genius DH figured out what to do to and did it for me right away. All we did was get some 1x2's, cut the 2 long pieces of the futon (the seat and the back) in half, added ends, nailed the 1x2 shelves to the existing slats of the futon (the stamps are sitting on the added new 1x2 pieces), cleaned them up and walla WE'VE GOT THE CUSTOM SHELVES OF THE CENTURY and we did it by re-purposing a found object. Which to me makes them even more special because they didn't cost me anything and we saved a tree or two. I wanted to take a picture with them empty so you can see the shelves better. I will take more pics when I have them all filled up (that shouldn't take me too long hahaha). Aren't they great? Now off to do more organizing...I get that way this time of year....I told ya'. skipping off whistling happy tunes..no whining even...

and some more after pix click here <----


April 20, 2010

Turn the Pages...

I like quotes very much.  Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows this and how I love sentiments.  Call me sentimental, I don't know?  I was catching up with the readings from a daily mini-book calendar (Positive Thinking for Everyday ~Norman Vincent Peale~ ) that I have on my desk and it appears I haven't turned the pages since April 15th.  Whew an entire 5-days behind. 

I was going to share a quote for a blog post today, but there were so many good ones that I couldn't pick just one....  so I thought I'd share them all to catch us all up.  Here they are and I hope you enjoy these and they provide positive inspiration for you too.  I don't know about you, but I can use all the help I can get to think positively today and everyday!   

Smiley from millan.net 

April 15th
The magic of enthusiasm can work magic in your life.  Its powerful effect can remake your very existence.

Smiley from millan.net 

April 16th
Life has an if at the center of the word, our world and of our existence as well.  Assume control of those variable and uncertain ifs.

Smiley from millan.net

April 17th
Realize that you can in and of yourself do much to make yourself a healthy, vital, and alive individual.  You can do it!

Smiley from millan.net

April 18th
The surest way to avoid becoming tired is to get absolutely enthralled in something about which you have a profound conviction.  Throw yourself into it.  Be somebody.
Smiley from millan.net

April 19th
Thoughts and words form your mental images.  And since we become what we picture, be sure your thoughts and words express prosperity and blessings rather than poverty and defeat.

Smiley from millan.net 

April 20th Today's Thought for the Day:
Believe it is possible to solve your problems.  Tremendous things happen to the believer.  So believe the answer will come and it will.


All caught up....now go BE a great day

April 17, 2010


Anyone ever try wordle?  This is a graphic of my yadayadadayada (a compilation of all words from this blog)  Kind of cool!

April 11, 2010

Let Us Swap Cards - Bonus Points

A swap and an announcement for Missy about her Kickstart Project:

I love Missy Balance and I love Crafty Carnival.  I'm joining the card swap, that always gets the creative mojo wigglin and a wagglin.  Run on over and join too if you like?  The Dete's to the swap are below.  I did want to mention also, Missy has began a Kickstart Project too.

Read all about it here:  This is pasted directly from Missy's Blog, her words italics...

I launched a project on kickstarter!

Do you know about kickstarter.com?  It's an awesome website where indie artists and people with big ideas can try and get financial backing for their projects!  Well I have been dying to make more rubber stamps.  As many of you know I licensed some of my artwork to A Muse art stamps a few years ago.  It was so wonderful and fabulous seeing my drawings in rubber that I couldn't get enough.  The only thing is that they get to choose what does and doesn't get made into a stamp!  Well I've had a lot of artwork over the years that I really believed in and wanted to use, but it got passed over.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for what they did pick... but now I'm hoping to get to make these decisions all by myself.... grown-up style!  LOL!  So please, take a look at my project here, and back me if you can!  If you can't, no biggee, can you spread the word?  By posting this on your facebooks or tweets, you are helping me!  I can't do this by myself.  I need my friends to help me spread the word!!!  Please help me!  :)  Thank you, and I love you!  Missy

She's trying to launch her own line of stamps and that's cool


Swap will close at 22 participants
due date: mail cards to me by no later than 4/30/10
card requirements:  handmade only, any theme, please include an envelope for each card, and have at least 2 layers and one embelishment
How to sign up:  leave a comment here, post about the swap on your blog, and when you leave a comment, please make sure to include your NAME and EMAIL!

Bonus points:  For every swapper that posts about my kickstarter project, I will include an extra little goody for you in your swap package as a great big thank you for helping me get the word out :)  You can read more about it on this post here.


April 07, 2010

Car Alarm/House (+ other ideas) Alarm? Pretty Good Idea!

What to take to bed with you - not a joke

I got this in an email (thanks Sally).  Thought it was pretty dern good thinking..

Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night!

I’m telling everyone who reads this here blog.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

  1. It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.
  2. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
  3. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around.
  4. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.
  5. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know (HELLO) because I think it is fantastic.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.

April 04, 2010

This & That Easter

Are these not three of the cutest little Easter bumpkins ever?  The two little girls on the left are my daughters, all growed up now.  This pix was taken long long ago.  The little fella on the right is my nephew.  Brings back memories. Carefree and easy times. 

I made a birthday calendar book that I was going to use it at the start of each month. Yeah, well the best laid plans... Not so much.  But see the little duck?  Get it? April Showers bring...?  The calendar download is A Muse (I think the one I used here is last years but they have a new one every year and some of the proceeds go to a good cause.  This year its Water First International <----click here and read all about it).

Just thought I'd share a few of the spring items I have about the house.  These make me happy.  Vintage flour sack embroidered towel.  Bluebirds of happiness.

Mr. Man scrambling us up some Easter brunch!! Now that's a Kodak moment ya'll.

I just thought these two little bunnies touching each others noses were so cute.

Two baskets for the girls with lots of PEEPS of course

These are really really large plastic eggs a gift from Easter Aunty

Mish and mash.  These were some of the garnishes we had.  On the Easter Brunch Menu today:  Scrambled Egg Mix with Avo and Grapefruit slices for garnish, Cinbuns.  Done


My famous Cinbuns of course.

April 02, 2010

Good Friday

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me!

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" - Mark 15:37-39 - 


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