Wednesday, August 27, 2014


How cute is this idea for a laundry hamper?....

It is made from old screens. Very cool. I'm not sure I am tall enough to use that one.  There might be lots of socks left at the bottom when I am done.

I bought an old laundry basket at a flea market while visiting my dad in Tennessee 10 years ago,

 and then Pottery Barn came out with theirs....

Hmmm. Same wave length as PB at that time, I guess. 

I also found this cute DIY idea the other day, if you have a hankering to build a laundry basket....

And, finally, one of the most inspirational laundry room posts I have ever run across is this 'before and after' by Kelly at View Along the Way...

She spent $157. That is a stenciled wall. And painted floors. 
She is a genius. 

On to the topic of ME -
here is one more painting I created this week that I haven't shared with you....

Very similar to another one I painted, earlier this week. But, that one sold in my Etsy store, so I had to replace it!

Have a great day.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun Times

The creativity bug has bitten me, this week.  

Abstract art...
Whimsical paintings...

Call it what you want  - I've had a fun time.

Back to my computer and "regular" work for the remainder of the week.  (Woe is me - violin music - or maybe an Eeyore voice)

As I drag myself back to the computer, I need to remember that I am fortunate to have found the time to sneak in a little painting!

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

New Art

I'm finally back in my art studio. 

And GLAD to be painting, again.  

For sure.

I walk past this painting in my hall, every day...

it is just too DARK. 

So I added flowers to the "frame"....

I enjoy walking past it, now.

Hope to post a few more paintings, later this week.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fig Preserves

I will be honest. I had never even tried fig preserves, until I made a batch, yesterday.

I'm not sure I had ever eaten a fig.

We had strong thunderstorms earlier this week and our power was out for about four hours. And my cell phone wasn't charged. Gasp! And all of our cars were out and about (so there was no way to charge my phone in the car), therefore, I was at a loss for something to do. 

Which never ever happens. I ALWAYS have something to do. 

So - no electricity means no electronics, no way to wash and dry clothes, no television, no cooking dinner, all of which was sort of like a little mini-vacation. So, my son and I walked over to my neighbor's yard. She is 92 years old and is very kind to us. She has 4 huge fig trees where the deer and their fawns hang out all summer torturing my two labs who are stuck in our fence.

My elderly neighbor mentions to me every year that I am welcome to her figs because she doesn't like them - she only likes fig preserves. The offer of free figs has never seemed appealing, until lately. She told me last week as we discussed her figs and the deer population in her yard, "what the deer don't eat from the bottom, the birds get from the top." 

So we picked all of the figs that we could reach. 

And the next day I found a fig preserve recipe.  I will gladly attempt anything with only 3 ingredients. (Figs, sugar, lemon, plus salt and water = easy as pie). I cooked the figs and actually canned the figs. 

I CANNED them - in a pot - with boiling water. This was clearly an adventurous day.

I found directions entitled Water Bath Canning for Beginners by Canning Granny here.  I do not know how people cooked before the internet. I can hardly remember life before the internet.

And I took a couple of jars to my neighbor who owns the trees.

I tasted the fig preserves. They are delicious. Then again, isn't the fruit-with-sugar combination just heavenly no matter what? This is something I may try, again. I might even ask for canning equipment for Christmas. 

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Second Time Around - College Drop Off

We took another child to college, last week....

(Obligatory photo in front of dorm.)

Now both of my girls are on the same campus, one block from each other - which is quite comforting for a mom.  Can you run check on her.. can you run with your sister to get such and such...

Eldest daughter (dark hair) received a job offer this week for when she graduates next spring!  So-so-so excited and proud of her! 

Children certainly grow up quickly, once they pass the pre-school age!

Now that 2/3 of my kids are out of the nest, does that mean I am old? 
Surely not!

And I did not take any cute dorm photos, this go round. Maybe that room will be clean when I visit for a football game? Odds are slim, I'm guessing!

Have a great day!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Little Sunday Scripture

Romans 12:16-18
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Dorm Room Details Year 4

With two daughters, August means that it is time to furnish a dorm room. 
I am in "that" phase of life.  I am thinking The Son will not require this much attention once he hits college. He has never asked for anything room-related, except the request to take the changing table out of his room when he was in 2nd Grade. At the time, I truly thought I had him convinced that the changing table was a book shelf. He apparently was onto my tricks and knew it once housed his diapers. Now that he is a teenager, as long as he has clean undies and a pillow, he is good to go.

Thankfully, my eldest daughter is pretty much "set" in her 4th year of college  - I just helped her pack the car and waved good-bye. Daughter #2, on the other hand, is beginning her freshman year. 

I am fortunate that Daughter #2 has always been politely accepting of hand-me-downs. She is using her big-sister's aqua colored futon from Target. The aqua futon is showing some wear and grime - plus, it doesn't "go" with the colors she wants in her dorm room, so she asked for a slipcover made from a dropcloth. 

That's a slipcover created from a $21 dropcloth on a Sunday afternoon. 

She found the rug on the floor at TJMaxx. The ottoman was from IKEA - I sewed a slipcover for it a couple of years ago. (Couldn't find the footstool online - am thinking IKEA discontinued that one).

Before she left for camp, she gave us a sketch for her dorm room headboards....

She drove by Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta and picked out this fabric and brought it home....

She stuck to her $9.99 per yard (or less) budget. We used that fabric to create these headboards from plywood....

Her dad used his jigsaw and I was armed with the staple gun.
Here is a snapshot of the plywood after cutting...

My dorm headboard tutorial is here

Pillows are key.....

Not quite done, but close. Let's hope all this comfort in her cinder-block room gives her the desire to study ALOT!

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