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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Patty's Tip-ins

Quite a while ago Elizabeth facilitated a swap between Patty and I. I was in need of a few more pages for my Quotes AB and Patty was thinking about possibly doing a chunky book.

Just look at the wonderful tip-ins that Patty created!
**I have been so neglectful in actually posting these.**
                          Sorry Patty!!!

This is a gorgeous piece. I've never been good with "white" but here it is done so well.
Such wonderful quotes were chosen.
"The universe sings to those who listen"
Love that...

And just take a gander at this one!!  The colors are amazing together. The texture in the photo pales in comparison to the real deal.

The quote:
"Happiness belongs to those who are easily contented."

Patty has included one of her little nests that I admire so much.

Patty gave me free reign to do whatever came to me at the moment for the chunky pages.
I'm pretty random most of the time so that suits me just fine.
Since I forgot to actually take photos before sending them off to her...she was kind enough to photograph them for me.

And if that wasn't enough...she sent a wonderful package of "goodies" to play with. Although it wasn't planned...when I looked through the lens of my camera...look what I saw.

A Heart! 

It was a gift from the heart from Patty!
Thank you my dear.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Missed it by that much...

I missed Tea Tuesday yesterday...
I was busy getting a root canal.  Oh, Joy.

So the cups remained in the cupboard...they looked pretty while waiting though.

I've also spent an enormous amount of time in waiting rooms lately so I've brought stuff with to keep me busy and make the time pass more quickly.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Freebie

This photo makes me smile... maybe because it's smiling at me. 

Do you see it?


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Since we were "blessed" with MORE snow today...heavy wet snow..over the top of rain and sleet...I was homebound. Not worth getting stuck, going in the ditch or getting in a wreck for basically nothing.

I decided I'd do my best to play happy homemaker.

I baked a double batch of spritz... happy spring colors of course.

And put a yummy roast in the oven.

I also had to try and save all the seeds J and I planted over the weekend.
We haven't had a sunny or warm day since.

They were and should be here on the cart but it's been so cold that I feared they'd rot instead of germinate.  So....

I cleared space on the mantel and turned on the fireplace to warm them. Sad but true.

I'm going to move them back to that cart tomorrow morning since it's supposed to be sunny....not particularly warm but at least sunny.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tea Tuesday

So actually a pretty laid back Tuesday for me...WOOHOO!
Workout, shower, laundry and art are all on today's list. Already have a couple checked off. It's a good day...with the exception of the rain mixing with ice pellets. BRRR!

My Christmas Cactus  is blooming again. I'm not complaining...  It's just odd. It seems to bloom about Thanksgiving and Easter...although Easter is very late this year.

Check out the steam I was able to capture in my photo....
(click it to enlarge if needed)
I never thought it would actually show in the photos.

You'll find the list of my tea Tuesday friends on Kimmies blog.

Anyone notice that my plant is in a tea cup?!?!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Helping out the birds

My friend Helen sent me an email today reminding me about helping the birds now at nesting season. I KNOW I've seen others in previous years set out a basket of goodies for the birds to use but for the life of me I couldn't find any of their posts. Of course I may be mistaking one blog for another in my searches. I read A LOT of blogs!

Anyway..in my search to find the sweet basket posts for Helen, I came across another simple solution.
Since I had a nearly empty bag of lemons, I opted for this solution.

I added:
  • yarn scraps
  • thread
  • ribbon
  • dryer lint
  • torn fabric strips
  • Spanish moss
I took a crochet hook to pull some scraps partially out so they'd be more visible for the birds. Not sure if this is needed but I did it anyway.

I hope to see some nests with some fun colors while on my walks this year!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

There's no place like home...

Tomorrow, I'll be sending out round robin my book to start it's journey around the USA with a final pit-stop in Canada before returning home to me in before the end of the year.

I've completed the cover, the sign-in page and 2 spreads.

Yes, the photos are blurred...your eyes aren't giving out. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Freebie

I wish I had something festive for a late St. Paddy's day but I don't so....
Here's a little girl holding a cat.

I hope they make you smile.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


1.You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went
up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.
       --wanted one...never had one

2.You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them
down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.
        --once again...never had one though I had both products at a friend's house

3.You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that
    actually worked.
        --my daughter has a working stethoscope now....

4.You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with
   flowers on it.
           --No banana seat but I did have the flower basket!!

5.You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades)that had
    metal wheels.
       --yes!! they strapped on over my shoes. 

6.You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)
        --oh yeah...he was a bit of a hunk at the time.

7.You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.
         --I was usually sent to bed at that time since it came on at 9PM but on the occasion I was able to stay up...I couldn't handle it.

8.You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.
       --I don't remember wearing rubber boots but I definitely had MOON BOOTS!!! One of my neighbors has Moon Boots now!!!

9.You had either a "bowl cut" or! "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy
Hamil" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair .
      --I had a "Pixie" after my cousin tied me to a chair and cut my hair...no lie...she did!! I was 4...she was 5...I got spanked for letting her do it...she got a "talking to"....really....  No, I'm not bitter. :) 
She is more of a sister to me than I've ever had, so ...oh well...we shouldn't have been left to our own devices that long at that age....

10.People sometimes thought you were a boy.
   --After the "Pixie" and wearing a baseball hat, I'd have to forgive anyone who might have thought so.

11.Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
    --Again always wanted one...had other Holly Hobbie stuff. Also have never grown out of it...ever check the title of my blog....?? Halle is pronounced Holly.

12.You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.
    --I had a poncho and knickers...never wore gauchos until several years ago.

13.You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
    --my cousin and a couple friends had this one...fun!

14.You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny
shredded outfits.
    --Totally had these!!! I think I still have the outfits in with my daughters Barbie stuff!! FUNNY!

15.You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the
    -- I spent countless hours on mine!

16.The swing set tipped over at least once.
     -- Nope...dad sunk one set of posts into the ground a couple feet...I could get it to rock though...

17.You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.
     --Oh yeah...even though my hair was really too short to look decent with them. 

18.You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole &
the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.
     --Had a pair of navy blue Doctor Scholl's ..not sure what salt water sandal's are....

19.You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that
Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high
neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olsen!
    --Yep...so sad. 

20.You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.
    --Yep...not so..on the sidewalk in front of my house

21.Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you
kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket.
    --Oh had totally forgotten about the comb in the back pocket! I had a white one. 
My hair never feathered right. My natural wave/curl always worked against me in those days.

22.You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends,
Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.
  --They smelled so good. I was very jealous of my cousin when she got them for Christmas!

23.You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not
  --Not Muppets... Snow White and it had a game with a built in spinner on the back. That baby would be worth some money these days!!!

24.You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of
Hazzard was your boyfriend, (and you wanted your first car to be a jeep
just like Daisy's?!)
  -- I had a big time crush on Beau...or was it Bo Duke?  I knew my first car would be a VW bug so that was a no brainer for me....

25.Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie"
will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day.
Damn you!
   --Yep...dang...there it is again...AGH!

26.YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!
  -- Not me...although I played Star Wars with my next door neighbor as a kid. To this day I've never seen ANY of the Star Wars movies all the way through.

27.It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of
Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping
  --I'd definitely get to stay up for that one...and  " The Sound of Music"

28.You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry.
Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?"
   --never had one..or knew anyone with one...

29.You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever albums.
(didn't you ever want to be a Pink Lady?)
  --Ah yes...records!! Groovin' in the living room.

30.You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick
God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.
Pot holders - I believe they were called "loom loopers"
  --Yes, lots of odd craft projects. Still hang a God's Eye I made in VBS in the tree each year. 

31.You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!
  --Yep...Shrinky-dinks...I remember the iron on kittens...I can picture the one I wanted most. Grey fluffy kitten...so sweet. I got a "here comes trouble" shirt instead. Look what they started....

32.You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable
tape player up to the speaker.
  --I remember the first time I tried this I didn't realize that the microphone would pick up my voice as well....Yes, I am blonde! It was really funny to play it back and hear the one side of a phone call in the background.

33.You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you
ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club. Double score if it was
a teddy bear dressed in clothing.
   --Oh yeah...but I was about the puppies and kitties.

34.You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy
Blume books.
   --Yep...those were a hot commodity in our school library!

35.You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics.
    --For sure...

36.You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with
heart or rainbow designs.
   --I can't even tell you how many of those things I made. I think I still have a couple...my parents never threw anything away.

37.You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.
  --I was usually sent to bed or the channel was changed at Solid Gold time.

38.You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin.
  --I didn't but my Kindergarten did!!

39.You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat (and have every
poster from every magazine on your wall). You spent all your allowance on
smurfs and stickers for your sticker album!
  --I didn't have a subscription but I'd walk to the drug store to get the latest issue when ever I could. I still have the stickers from my sticker album!! Again...my parents never threw anything out....

Hope you had a fun trip down memory lane...I sure did!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Simple Tea

Just a simple cup of tea today...nabbed this box of the clearance rack at our local co-op. It's pretty good.
Time to check a few things off that "to-do" list  before going to babysit again.
Go see if my friends are doing more interesting things than myself today... You'll find the list on Kimmies blog.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Paper bag book

I got a call this morning asking if I'd want to make a custom paper bag book that would be at a memorial service. My friend Sandy explained that her uncle had been a real Montana cowboy if there ever was one. A simple man who spent his whole life being a cowboy...working cattle and horses...riding the rodeo...
I was touched that her mom had requested one of these books for her brother's service. I got to work immediately since time is of the essence. She told me I could share the photos of the book.

There are lots of tags as well as some vintage postcards from Montana tucked into the pockets. Plenty of space for friends and family to write little notes, tell stories or simply sign their name.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Freebie

I'm dreaming of summer.... 
I want to walk along the wet sand and feel the grit between my toes. The sound of the water lapping, the breeze off the lake.
I miss summer and I'm officially sick of snow.
More in the forecast for tomorrow...Boooooo!!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tea Tuesday coffee

Another super busy Tuesday for me. Just coffee for today.

I had to turn the photo black and white because my beautiful amber pendant lights over my sink turned the photo such a sickly color. No time to retake silly photos for today...

Go see what everyone else is up to today over at Kimmies blog!

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