Monday, April 25, 2011

Proj Coj: Open for Business

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful, wonderful Easter weekend.  We had a great one, despite the rain, eating with friends and family.  Yes, eating!  A lot. 

So I wanted to share with you the latest evolution of my living room.  I have decided to set up shop there.  Permanently.  That means no rushing to put everything away before the tornado wakes:) or being too late and ending up with fabric in every room of the house:) 

That's where the tv and monstrous tv stand used to be.  I also took out the coffee table because, lets face it, there just isn't room for such things:)  Is it cramped?  You betcha.  But I figure this is the only way and I'll take what I can get.

No more bad attitude.  No more filthy excuses.  As far as I can tell, there's nothing else in my way, right? 

My goal:  One craft fair this summer.  If I don't do it, I have to eat liver.  Its already in my freezer ready to go. 

I might even make a sign to hang above my work area that says DO IT OR ITS LIVER FOR DINNER. 

I've started working already.
I'm separating fabric for my quilt.  I've decided to make a zig zag quilt instead of the pinwheel.  I'll show you as it progresses. 

What have you all been up to?  Anything good? 

Wishing you the best.  I'll talk atcha again soon. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Doodles and Sketches

Some sketches for my Mr. Bear childrens' story.  Coming along, but very very slowly.  I'm like a sloth, but not as hairy. And hopefully I'm not as ugly.

Hope you're having a wonderful, wonderful day.  I'm trying to keep a good attitude about the weather.  April showers... bring.. May.... flowers.

Talk atcha soon.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Project: Lampshade- Mission Accomplished

Sorry guys, its late and I'm ready for bed so I'm not feeling very wordy right now.  Thought I'd take a minute to show you the lampshade though.  I'm not head over heals in love, but she'll do for now.  My pictures aren't the best.  It was a typical, dark, rainy Ohio spring day but can you tell what it looks like?  I learned a lot on this project and I suppose that's what's really important.  I'm ready to tackle some more lighting projects!!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Hopefully I'll have a new crafty challenge this week.  I didn't even realize April was here and its almost over! 

Have a good snooze....  I'll talk to you tomorrow. 


Friday, April 15, 2011


via Pinterest AND via Lambert


Via Pinterest and Via Bryn Alexandra Interiors




tOoTle lOO.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Batting around the Pinwheel - pun intended.

Via V and Co.
As some of you may know, I bravely joined a virtual quilting bee during the winter (double pat on my own back, thank you very much).   Its been great experience so far- I just hope the girls don't mind that I'm a bit of a... er.... novice.  May is my month to send out fabric for my squares and I've been batting around the idea of a pinwheel quilt.  Its a simple block and I love all the colors!  I may even have enough scraps lying around here to get er done without having to buy much. 

Woomp there it is.


I Spy- Itsy Bitsy Poloroid Magnets

Via Creature Comforts Via Ambrosia Girl

Saw this yesterday and thought I'd share.  In my opinion, its a positively inspired idea!  Great for gifts, I think. You know, mothers day IS coming up....  Follow the link to Ambrosia Girl for a tutorial

Thanks for stopping, folks!  It means soooo much to me. Writing that makes me think of this creepy toy of Sam's- a little cell phone- and there's a woman in there (yes, its like she's trapped) that says I Love You SOOO Much in a bates motel kind of way.  Yikes.   These toys are weird. 

Hope your day is a good one....


Monday, April 11, 2011

Ready, Set, Garden.

It was sunny on Sunday and as my son slept off his super high temperature (went to the dr. today and its not strep or an ear infection... hmmmm....) I worked in my itsy bitsy garden that could.  This year I decided to buy plants rather than start from seed in hopes I might do a little better than I have in the past.  I've gotten them to grow and sometimes even grow well, but I have problems getting the timing right.  Last year I had a billion little green tomatoes when the first frost hit.  My broccoli seeds never produce any broccoli.  That's not good.  I figure it will take me years of experimenting to finally figure it all out. 

This year, I'm trying to grow food we'll eat (Sam's favorites: broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage are in and ready to grow.  These are plants that can handle cooler weather.  Another good crop for this time of year is lettuce.  But tomatos will have to wait until the last frost at the end of April if your in my zone (5/6)) without having to break my back pulling weeds. I'm going to use June's suggestion and recycle some cardboard boxes, and maybe some newspaper, lay them over my garden with room for the plants to grow through.  Then I'm going to cover that with mulch of some sort.  I'm wondering, has anyone used pine needles as mulch?  I usually cover my beds with them over the winter and then dispose of them in the spring but this year I may make use of them.  Do you think the pine needles will make the soil too acidic? 

Recently, I've been consulting  A Way To Garden for some much needed advise regarding mulch because I always find the choices a little daunting. If you're like me, go here. She explains in her mulch faq's which will decompose best over time and contribute to the overall health of your garden.  She also explains which mulch she uses for different purposes.  I find that I'm visiting her more and more...sometimes just to read her writing, which I find eloquent and familiar at the same time.  If you're a novice like me and are interested in gardening and also living in balance with our environment, it might be worth it to have a looksee. 

Are any of you starting a garden?  What will you be attempting to grow this year?  Do you have any useful tips to pass along?  C'mon!  I need all the help I can get!

Hope you're all doing well and I'll be in touch again soon.....


Friday, April 8, 2011

Wonky Thoughtfulness

I've been thinking lately about what it means to be thoughtful.  Could it be that my definition of thoughtfulness is different from others?  Is it wrong of me to expect others to conform to my definition and fail to notice thoughtfulness as it may appear in other ways and forms?  I'm realizing that it is. I've been critical in the past, of one person in particular, for not being thoughtful enough.  I've kept a little imaginary scorecard- me (10 thousand) him (2).  But what about all those things done daily that fail to get tallied?  What about all the times he takes out the trash, does his laundry, asks me how I am, plans a day trip, tells me I'm pretty, builds me a kitchen.  Unfortunately, those things are taken for granted.  Trying desperately to change the way I think about this, for my sake and his.  Trying so hard to appreciate what I've got when I've got it.  Trying so hard to be a better person.  I want to laugh more, be friendlier, be a better wife and to recognize thoughtfulness when its right in my face.  And to trust that I'm loved in return.  So hard not to take up arms, just to be the first to take up arms.  Just so I'm not hurt for being a fool.  Sillyness, really.  Hope I haven't lost you in my emotional post but thought I'd share my personal struggle, in case it helps you with yours. 

Birthdays make me think, I guess, because I always want desperately to show I care in the perfect way.  After battles and struggles, I think I'm starting to realize that things can be perfect in imperfection, if that makes any sense (my week for epiphanies, I guess).  So, when I make a cake for someone's birthday, I try not to worry if its all wonky and nothing like store bought because I know that I'm giving my own special brand of wonky thoughtfulness.   Of course, I don't want to go all crazy and start handing out ugly, crooked scarves to any unsuspecting friend who dares to have a birthday!  I'm trying to be realistic and balanced about my thoughtfulness.  And to also realize that one person's definition of thoughtfulness may not be another's.  This 37th birthday I found a way to express my own brand of wonky thoughtfulness in my husbands gift without going too far with it. 
Sam and I hunkered down to make the wrapping paper for our gift.  I imagine if you wanted to try it yourself, you could do a million creative things with stamps, stickers, you name it.   Sam got into it for a minute or two, then entertained himself by throwing the crayons around the room.  But there is a little of his artistic signature on there too. 
Unfortunately its sort of tucked under the fold.  Next time I'll direct his spastic scribbles to the middle of the page. 
So here it is.  Nothing like store bought paper.  Not shiny or even very pretty.  But I made it.  And I made it because I love my husband and I want to show I care in my own wonky way. 


p.s.  Sorry, can't spoil the surprise.  I have it sitting out on the table for full torture effect.  Ah, ah, I say.  Not 'till Sunday (that's when we're celebrating).  And its killing him:) 


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