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Up Today

18 Mar

Adding a second display board to my Etsy collection today. Glad to be here and get this done!

Using Ms. Zoe's Pic again. Notice the change in floral color!

Using Ms. Zoe’s Pic again. Notice the change in floral color!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is a bit knotty. Love that. Adds character

This one is a bit knotty. Love that. Adds character

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent a few moments in the barn today and I wore a MASK, hoping to avoid any more sick days due to inhalation of dust, sawdust, and whatever other detritus flies in the face of a 50 plus year old animal structure. It is well weathered and worn, but I do so love it!

Also spent time discussing mono-printing at the local art store. The young man who spoke to me was so full of ideas! Loved it. Can’t wait to get started. A new craft!!! Oh my!!!! Add it to my collection of have-to/had-to try its. This one may be a keeper.

Until next time!

 

Projects, Polyester, Party, and Signs

27 Nov

Today, I’m posting two projects. They are here. This was amusing.  I’m always amused. Sometimes more so than others.

I shopped for new lights to accommodate picture taking this morning.  I’ve been wandering around the house looking for some way to set up a small ‘studio’ and jokingly mentioned under my desk as the perfect spot. Well that’s the spot lights and white board will be calling home. Wooooowhooooo. Picture taking will no longer be a dreaded chore! I can get the project photos any time day or night! Just pick up the camera and shoot those puppies.

Today is the day for, dare I utter the word….senior …discounts at Kroger.

I told Falon this morning that I really hate that word. It somehow implies that I am rushing toward my demise with nary an obstacle in my path. Not a pleasant thought. I have too many projects, too many places to visit, people to see.

There is a sure sign for loss of my mental acuity.  If I lose my jeans and boots and cute little hats, it’s time to shoot me. No polyester and certainly none of those yucky grandma shoes will grace my shopping bags, let alone my body.

I may revert to a sweats wearing slob, but never again polyester. Never again.

My mom made polyester dresses for me when I was growing up. It was the latest in no-iron, care-free fabric. I hated that shit. It’s evolved, I will admit, but visions of a chunky kid in polyester still haunt my dreams. It was a bit thick, didn’t breathe, created impossible static, and clung in all the wrong places.

Anybody else out there old enough to remember that stuff?

It was gross.

In college, I was strictly a jeans and work shirts kinda girl. I did embroider some of my work shirts. Pretty suns and flowers and little trees of thread worked across the back added a bit of a girly touch. And then I would sew outrageous dresses to wear when I worked the theatre front of house. One night I stepped out to the disco, feather boa wrapped and a ‘tattoo’ of Dali’s Capricorn on my shoulder, done in colored makeup by my best bud Michael. That particular night I wore clunky black sandals with lace-trimmed ankle socks with a black backless dress just skimming my ankles. Michael wore a vintage tux.

Geez, were we cool or what?

And that brings us to cooler weather. Mmmm…..I love autumn. Some days are actually cool and crisp here in my Southern hometown. Sweaters and sweatshirts come out of the closet. We do not, however, pack away the shorts. Things can change rather abruptly. I find it rather amusing to go out in public this time of year. You’ll see folks with jackets and scarves, followed by a guy in shorts and flip flops. Lately I’ve spied several women in their pajama bottoms….I have no clue. It must be a new trend. One I will not be following.

It’s time to finish cleaning the house, or go to bed and do it tomorrow.

I much prefer the latter idea.

A Pagan Christmas, Master, and Yard Art

19 Nov

I’m drinking coffee and pondering the Universe.

Now there’s  an endeavor that will push me forward.

I seem to be victim to an inertia I can’t identify.

Trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Now there’s a serious problem for a woman pushing 60.

Focus.

I was checking online degree programs.  Would I like to pursue a Master’s in Creative Writing? That’s some expensive sh*t.

Don’t I have a way with words?

If I wait another year, I can attend the local university with fees and tuition waived. I’ll be an official senior citizen then.  And the same applies to a writing program just 30 minutes away. The tuition there is quite reasonable for any student. Perhaps start the first semester as a paid student and finish as a senior?

Geez, this just ain’t right. I’m way too young to be a senior citizen. The Golden Years.  It does not compute.

Today is a busy one…this week is a busy one. I’m such a kid about decorating for Christmas. We actually don’t do a big tree anymore. Too many animals. So I do wreaths and hangings, and small trees all over the place. I did bring the Christmas Village down from the attic. It’s waiting to go up.

I look at this celebration in a pagan sort of way. It’s winter. It is a time for seasonal affective disorder. It’s time to let your hair down and enjoy a party with the family, tell them how much you love them, exchange gifts, and eat. Last year I didn’t have time to wrap all the stocking stuffers. Some were too big for the stocking anyway. So I put them all in a huge flannel Santa bag, made my family close their eyes, and passed them out. I really had fun with that one. Might just have to repeat it.

Speaking of the eating part, my tradition for Christmas is a scratch German Chocolate Cake. It’s Zach’s favorite too so we do one for his birthday on December 3 as well. My mom started this one. I love German Chocolate Cake, the best part being the coconut pecan icing. For as long as I can remember, she made one for me every Christmas with a double recipe of the icing. Yummmmmmmmm.

It’s a diabetic nightmare. So pump up the insulin once a year. Cause this is a must have on my list. I have conceded to a recipe and a half of icing. There are some things you just have to splurge on.

I love the lights. I love to turn all the house lights out and sit in the glow from the Christmas lights. I love Santa Clause. My kids asked me if I believed in Santa when they were little. Yes, I believe in the spirit of Santa Clause. I’m kinda sneaky.

Falon is my favorite oldest child. Zachary is my favorite youngest child. Barry is my favorite middle child. Makes them all my favorite.

They roll their eyes at me. Diplomatic relations with children are tricky no matter their age.

I ran across a deer this morning in the yard, but she was startled and took off for the back forty. One of them was almost within touching distance of Bob a few days ago. Dog went ballistic and scared her. She ran too.

The following were stationary when I went to the mailbox, so I got pics.

Sun and Moon on a Cloudy Autumn Morn

Autumn Out Back

Autumn Berries

Pretty Pink Camellia

I is so happy to see the camellia. Did you ever see the movie ‘Camille’? Great movie.

What a segue!

I’m now officially behind on Pinterest inspired tutorials. We’re crafting this upcoming weekend though, so I’ll catch up. I really have to build a Photo Studio and find my floodlights. I may have to make the studio under my desk. The floodlights were lost in the attic emptying.

I’m not going to start an organizing trend again. Just try to stay on track with what I’ve got. After all, a cluttered desk is the sign of a genius at work.

I must have an IQ off the charts.

Pinterest Project #11, Milk, and Snakes

13 Nov

My daughter is my bestest friend. She’s gone so far as to agree when the time comes and my mental faculties desert me, she’ll pull the trigger and put me out of her misery. Ain’t she sweet?

We actually hang out together. Saturday we spent the afternoon at Holiday House. It’s a huge market hosted by the Junior League. We wandered through the crowds, spent a little money, checked all the marvelous handmade offerings, and tasted the dips and soups and margarita mixes. That last one was way cool.

I blame my inner ear problem for the stumbling gait I developed as we left the convention center. That pesky inner ear has gathered fluid. And that’s my story, I’m sticking to it.

Then we shared a meal. Really. We shared a sandwich and some cheese dip.

Sunday she came over for Craft Day. She is the designer for today’s Pinterest inspired project. So kudos to Alexis (I call her by her middle name…Falon) Sanghera for Project #11, our inspirational Christmas tree. Find the simple instructions here.

O Christmas Tree

This morning I left the house to buy more green paint and a foot for my sewing machine. I lost the one I removed to make buttonholes. I seem to have a penchant for misplacing things. It’s somewhere in there. I know it.

That foot might have joined the screwdrivers, pins, wrenches, various brushes, pieces to my Dremel, my Xacto knife….

Milk was up this morning. I guess the cows have gone on strike.

Have you ever had milk, full cream, brought in fresh off the cow? I think one of my first memories is of my grandfather bringing a galvanized bucket of milk into the dining room of their old farm house. He passed me in my high chair. My grandmother stopped him and dipped a small glass just for me. Mmmmm. He made sausage and grew cotton.

The house was a rock house. It still stands. There was a front stoop with steps on both sides leading to the front door. I remember a root cellar and the weird little knob on the door. It was small and oval and metal and just about the right size for a kid hand.

I remember being sent to the cotton fields with a mason jar of water for Grandpa. I would run across the wooden bridge as though chased by demons. I was terrified and convinced snakes lived in great numbers under that bridge on the banks of the creek.

I hate snakes. I hate looking at them at the zoo. They may be behind glass, but they’re still snakes. Freud might have diagnosed me with an overwhelming case of penis envy.

<big sigh>

We have Copperheads here. I ran over one with the lawn mower about 13 summers ago. When I saw it, I ran like hell from the barn to the house, screaming all the way. Once I regained my breath I realized there was no one to deal with it but me.

I was in no hurry, but the old lawnmower was running.

My skin crawled all the way back to the barn. Of course the snake was pretty much shredded, but I watched closely for some time. If that puppy moved I was headed to the house again.

It didn’t move.

Bob found one shortly after he moved here. He wanted to play with it. I stood on the porch repeatedly demanding he kill it. It got away. I didn’t go to that side of the house for six months or so.

I hate snakes.

Did I tell you I hate snakes?

I have learned to let King snakes go. They kill Copperheads. It only took 40-something years.

I learned to eat turnip greens in less time.

And, no, I will never eat snake.

Perfect World, Pinterest Inspired Project #10

9 Nov

In a perfect world, no matter the undertaking, it would be easy to accomplish.

I do not live in a perfect world.

I’ve asked my husband any number of times to explain to me why nothing is ever easy. He shrugs and looks at me like I have two heads and two faces covered in something unmentionable.

You go to repair a cabinet door and can’t find the right screwdriver. Then the screw gets stripped and you have to find another one. There isn’t one the right size anywhere to be found in the 3,000,000 screws you have around the house. There is one of every size but the one you need.

So you have to go to the store for one screw. Of course you can’t buy one, probably wouldn’t want to if you could. After all, you could easily strip another one. But then there are only two lines and the self-checkout. Both lines are crowded. You choose self-checkout. The screws won’t ring up. Half hour later you finally get a price check and can go back to your cabinet door.

Or you go to make chocolate pudding. The recipe calls for ¼ cup flour for thickening. You forgot to put flour on the list and have only a couple of tablespoons dusting the bottom of the bin. And there is no cornstarch in the pantry

You decide to paint the bedroom and run out of paint with 2 square inches remaining. Or better yet, it has to have a third coat.

Anyone ever heard of a quick run to Walmart?

Today, I made a lamp for the Pinterest Inspired project. I have purchased two lamp shades. Neither worked with the bottle I chose. I’m going to choose another bottle, drill another hole in glass, take this one apart, and try again. If I’m lucky and nothing else goes any further South, it will post next week.

So..I’ve chosen to share the purse I made with the Jean leftover from the first project I did.

Hope you like it. It’s here.

Happy weekend to all!

Election Day and Project #9

6 Nov

My son and I went to vote together a short while ago. I love that. I was excited about it all morning.

I experienced much anticipation preceding this election. That anticipation just bubbled over watching Rachel Maddow last night on MSNBC. She re-capped the past four years of the POTUS’ many accomplishments. It was inspiring.

The next four years hold so much promise.

And so tonight I will sit in front of the TV and watch the returns while I do some hand sewing, perhaps a bit of knitting.  Perhaps I will snooze a bit. There will be a number of pundits with opinions to express. But I will keep the TV tuned.

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Pinterest Inspired Project #9 is here! This was an exercise in frustration.  Enjoy. And enjoy your participation in this experiment in Democracy!

Pinterest Inspired Project #8, Bartending, and Tricks

2 Nov

Woooooowhoooo. Number 8 is now complete! I like this one.

The complete tute is here.

Tea Lights and Tinis in Snow

Speaking of martini glasses, I was a bartender for years. Mixing drinks and chattering away at customers and cocktail waitresses is a blast. Now there’s a job that fed my random, nocturnal nature.  It takes a certain skill and mindset to be a bartender. It uses your head and your hands, requires a bit of diplomacy, the ability to count, and multitask and if you’re lucky it will amuse and astound you. Okay the people you meet amuse and astound.

What else have I occupied myself with over the years.

I worked in a retail store.  I worked for an arts council. Wrote a grant to the National Endowment for the Arts. We received it too. I spent two years teaching in a theatre project for kindergarten through high school. I’ve waited tables, both food and cocktail and worked in beverage management for a hotel.

I’ve worked for the state employment service. I’ve even been a janitor. I’ve been the entire office for a family-owned business.

Once, a very long time ago, I was hired by Radio City Music Hall as an intern. I didn’t start the job. That’s a regret. Apparently they called when I came home….and no one mentioned it to me until months later.

I’ve been a technical writer for knit and crochet and designed some of both. I wrote blurbs for the how-to’s published by the same company. That was a blast.

Who knows what else.

And now I aspire to be a writer

If ever I can learn to keep my mind on the page and off the myriad number of projects lined up in my  craft cave. Of course at this point, most of the projects are an exercise in writing. I’m really hoping to learn. I may be an old dog, but I’ve got hope there are still a few tricks left.

Sounds like I have something illegal in mind. Well, I’ve always said if I could sell it by the pound I’d be a rich woman.

There goes that innuendo-laden wit.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

It’s been my pleasure.

Conundrums, Shopping, and a New Religion

1 Nov

I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed. “Middlin’ bright” would probably be the best description of my intellectual capability. But there is one thing that baffles me beyond even the political leanings of the far right.

Now what, you might ask, is this world shattering quandary that haunts my dreams? What deep theological, philosophical conundrum have I pondered on sleepless nights? How many hours have I passed positing a solution to this enigma?

Many hours have passed in reflection and still no logical explanation has surfaced, no solution has been found.

The socks still go missing in the dryer.

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I got lost in Walmart yesterday. The nearby and neighborly swallowed me up.

Walmart is a big deal in Arkansas. Much as I hate the politics of the owners and hate their treatment of their employees and hate going to Walmart, I still find myself there on a regular basis. For a little over a year I managed to avoid it, although I did continue to use Sam’s. Somehow I found myself going back. Budget constraints forced me to start buying soda there again. And quite suddenly it became one stop shopping.

I’ve abandoned my principles.

I’ll surely go to hell.

Oh, wait. Already there. Walmart hell!

No, seriously. If the gods are benevolent, then life on planet Earth is the closed thing to hell I can imagine. I mean look around folks. Man is really efficient at making his own hell.

Personally I think it’s time to put the fires out.

We could start a new religion. Long ago a friend told me he worshiped Elvis. Well, why not? It seems about as logical as anything else. At least we wouldn’t get hung up on too much dogma. Morality? Well he was a little strange. Aren’t we all? I think we could work with it.

No….we need something simple…..something anyone could follow. A no-brainer we can teach our kids.

I’ve got it.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

It’s so simple, to the point, and if paraphrased, really easy to remember. Shoot, if you only have one rule, it should be easy to remember regardless of its complexity.

If we humans practiced this one rule, we could so bring about world peace. We could eliminate poverty and hunger. Everyone would get medical care and people would take care of each other.

We would never achieve a perfect record, being human and all. But think how much improved life would be if we just practiced.

Too bad someone didn’t think of it before now.

Sewing Projects and Perseverance

23 Oct

I decided I wanted to sew.

My sewing machine is cranky and old. Some would say it resembles its owner. That opinion is not shared by the owner.

It also makes really crappy buttonholes. Sue had an old Singer with a buttonhole attachment. She sold it to me and gave me a demonstration. Thanks Sue! Now I have to save up for a Bernina or maybe a Husquvarna. Spell check isn’t going to catch that one.

So the tutorial on my Pinterest Inspired project today is posted here. And it does require a bit of sewing or some really good fabric glue. Check it out.

Sewing as a hobby has been a love/hate thing with me since I was a kid. My mom made some of my clothes. Back then chubby girl clothes weren’t readily available. Of course dinosaurs were still wandering around back then. I only had one of them for a pet. When he ate my little brother Mom made me give him away.

So I learned to sew pretty young. I spent a bit of time in the costume shop as an undergraduate theatre major. The problem is perfectionism. I’m never quite happy with the finished results. It may be that a seam is not quite as straight as it could be or that something just doesn’t fit together as I think it should or the machine gets hung and breaks 5 or 6 needles or the fabric is too thick or too thin. For some reason if I get hung up on something I have a tendency to throw it in a corner for a few days and then pack it in a box only to discover it years later and throw it away.

Go figure.

Whatever possessed me to want to sew again? Oh yeah. I found a project I wanted to make. It’s done. It’s not perfect, but I persevered to the end.

Yay me!

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