Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Or: "Seamus' New Love"!

My sister came over for a four day visit, and we had a GREAT time! As you can see by all these pix, Seamus quickly fell in love with her, and kept getting in her lap anytime she sat down. Can you tell she loves dogs?? And she quickly learned the immutable law ~ that sleeping doxies weigh twice as much as when they are awake!
Unfortunately, Peanut was not so enamored of her ~ even as the days went by... 'Nut would greet her, THEN start barking her fool head off at her! I still say she has a wee bit of brain damage from her 3 day old hypoxic episode! {Peanut, not my sis!}
Click pix to biggify ~

When Leah said she was coming, I asked what she wanted for dinner ~ her fast reply was "One of Jim's world favorite pizzas!", so that is what we had for her first meal here.  Nom, nom, nom.  After dinner, we went straight up to the Sea Gypsy's Nest to start working on a scrapbook about her retirement party ~ that was the real reason for her visit. So I kicked back, and directed Leah in the separating of and IDing the pix...  She whined about having to 'work'!!

Isn't Leah pretty?! Sometimes it is very hard to believe there are 16.5 years between us!!
On Wed.,  we went thrifting.... now you have to understand that Leah is the QUEEN of the thrift shop world!! She lives for the thrill & pleasure of the hunt ~ she wore me out!!! But we both came home with some great finds ~

Our best times came in the evening ~ working on the scrapbook, and movin' & groovin' to some fabulous 50's & 60's hits she found on the computer!  We sang, we boogied, we danced our little hearts out!  Then we collapsed in laughter!

I really felt like we were making up for all the time we were apart, leading separate and very different lives. I LOVE having a sister!!

Friday, Leah came with me to the monthly meeting of the Artistic Souls of Eagle. Who knew my non-crafty sis could fussy-cut so durn well?!?! She enjoyed meeting the ladies ~ more pix from that later...
I forgot to take a pic of her box card project, but we got it all finished before she left on Sat.

I can't wait till the next time she can come visit ~ maybe in the fall? I know Seamus will be missing her too!

PS ~ I saw the oral surgeon today for my follow-up ~ the 'lesion' was just a freckle, as he predicted. Yahooo!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ROSES & RUST Flea Market Goodies

Some of these are the goodies I got at the flea market I went to a while back; others are from my junkin' friend L ~ as always, click pix to enlarge.

First up, from the market, is this adorable little little serving cart on wheels. I just couldn't say "no" to the aqua blue!  I can move the 3 shelves around from top to bottom; I was thinking of putting the rustiest one in the middle ~ what do you think?  Or should I clean it up and repaint it using a similar color?  Your ideas gratefully listened to!

These next 2 items are from my Gilded friend L ~ these kinds of hairnets were given out free to, among others, nurses, to keep their hair jailed out of the way.
Pretty sexy, eh???

This is a large steel syringe L found for me ~ Yikes! It holds about 20cc (2/3rds of an ounce).

Showing the plunger.  I'm thinking this may have been a veterinarian's, rather than for humans.  Either way, I love it!

I have been wanting one of these old rulers for ages ~ I'm going to ModPodge it to help protect it.

I can't wait to see what I can find at the fall Rust & Roses show!

Thanks for looking ~

Thursday, June 26, 2014


The biopsy this morning went easily...  less than 5 minutes for the procedure itself. I spent more time hanging around for the numbing meds to kick in, and then waiting to see if I was going to have any excessive bleeding. (none)

I have no real pain; just a bit of an ache easily controlled with Ibuprofen.

So, if there is any bad news, we'll hear ASAP; if it is good news, it could take 2-3 weeks.

Doc still thinks it is benign after his closer look today.


I finally got my car back from the shop today!! Doing the Yippeee Skipeee dance here!  Looking at the front drivers side, you could never tell it had been smooshed ~

Off to play now that the Vitamin V has worn off ~

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Yesterday, I went to an antiques show at our fairgrounds, titled Roses & Rust. It was great!  I went with friends from both my art groups, then we went out to lunch & had a rollicking good time there, too!

I came home with a crewel-work tablecloth, an old 3 tiered rolling cart, a lovely rusted rake head (for storing gardening tools on), and an old fashioned articulated ruler.
Pix of those to follow soon ~ but I forgot to take pix of the show itself ~ mea culpa.
The show will be back in September, so I will be sure to take pix then!

If all goes according to plan, I will be getting car back on Tuesday, the 24th! As much as I have enjoyed the bells & whistles on the rental, I'm still looking forward to driving my 'real' car again!

Also on Tuesday, I will be meeting with an oral surgeon to be evaluated for a suspicious lesion on my upper palate. Depending on what he says, I may be getting it biopsied a bit later in the week.

Happy Creating, and Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


For our May Designing Divas project, ToothGal introduced us to altered mouse traps! They seem to be all the rage on Pinterest right now, and I can see why ~ they are very fun & quick to make, and the only limit to their style is your imagination! They are also a great way to use up smallish scraps of paper ~
I've put small magnets on the backs of mine, or you can make hangers for them from soda pop cans.
The 'lethal' spring parts are removed, but you can still use the lower U-shaped piece of metal to hold grocery lists, pictures, etc. in place.
As always, click pix to enlarge...

This one below was designed with a friend's color scheme in mind...

Using G45's "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" papers...

The hubsand says this one reminds him of the old "Clara the Clown" character,
with her mop of red hair!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


For years, I had been wanting a lovely old wheelbarrow to use as a planter. On Monday, this beauty fell into my lap, courtesy of my BFF K. I love her sunny, cheerful yellow color, and that while a bit rusty, she is still structurally sound!
{The wheelbarrow, not my friend K!!}
As always, click pix to enlarge...

After much deliberation, she and I decided that she would like to live under our river birch tree out front ~ that way she could be seen from the house, and by cars & walkers traveling past our house. She is a bit of a flirt and a show-off!

I filled her with some luscious soil, and a variety of trailing plants ~ calibracoha, verbena, lobelia, and  potato vine...
For drama, I also gave her some tall plants ~ white candtytuft and some snapdragons...

Isn't she gorgeous?!?! I can't wait till the plants start filling in ~  I'll post new pix as that happens.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


My RFB {don't ask!!} friend K got married last fall ~ this is the wall hanging I made for their wedding present. The white lace pieces on the pink backgrounds are from her wedding dress. Thanks for the OK to post these, K!!
As always, click pix to enlarge ~

A close up of the top panel ~ the boutonniere has leaves and flowers dyed with Glimmer Mist...

K's favorite of all the wedding pix...

Thanks for looking!

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...