Tuesday, April 15, 2014





Problem fixed!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014


And how can I tell?

1. Our lawn service showed up to mow for the first time this year today.

2. I've pulled out all our garden art pieces from the garage today: I'll be cleaning off the patio furniture tomorrow.

3. There are a ton of weeds I need to pull up.

4. We've got fresh chives to use!

5. And it is 76 degrees out there ~ Yee-haw!!!

How do you know when it is truly spring where you are?

Blogger ~ I want my damn paragraphs back!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Re: Hobby Lobby's retirement plans that include companies that develop Plan B pills and other contraceptives... http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/hobby-lobby-retirement-plan-invested-emergency-contraception-and-abortion-drug-makers. Maybe they should just hush up, then... Blogger ~ give me back me blasted paragraphs!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Botanical Tea House...

So this is one of the things that has been keeping me busy! Lots of lovely fussy cutting ~ It isn't quite finished, but I thought you would enjoy a peek ~ as always, click to enlarge for better pix. At our last meeting of the Designing Divas, LS had some blocks of left-over wood. I think most of the pieces were from a 2 x 4. I brought them home, sanded & gessoed them, then started playing... I already knew I wanted to use Graphic 45's beautiful Botanical Tea papers on them. The over-all dimensions of this piece are 8.75 x 6.75 inches. The embellies (frame, lock, key & window) are from Melissa Frances, grunged up a bit with Tim Holtz' Frayed Burlap Distress Stain. A lot of the other embellies are from stash. The cheapie pink plastic heart seen dangling behind the arch was a sidewalk find! The fence in the background is from a dear friend's die (Thanks, CS!)

Just the plain back. I was going to decorate it as well, but I got lazy!

The thatched roof is made from raffia. I still want to add a dangling charm under the 'roof' overhand, and maybe add some more flowers. Thanks for looking!

Darn Eblogger has stolen my paragraphs AGAIN!!! ***sigh***

Sunday, February 23, 2014


...from the final night of figure skating ~

I LOVED it when Mao Asada shook the hand of the sound guy during her Gala skate ~ what a wonderful world indeed!

And second ~ Tara L. & Johnny W. for president!!! 
They were great commentators; insightful, witty, fun.

See you in 4 years!

Friday, February 21, 2014


I've been working on ~ click the pix to enlarge.

At our Artistic Souls meeting on Valentine's Day, one of our ladies had this little project for us. The heart itself is about 1.5 in wide/tall ~ I want to make more that are about triple that size. I would also like to play with different shapes, like circles and hexagons...

At the same meeting, one of the gang gave us little mini candy boxes... for this, I used the base, and the little brown plastic insert. I resized some good head shots of our 3 hooligans, mounted them on lots of foam tape, and stuck them back into the base.
It is still a WIP ~ I'll be adding dimensional flowers, and maybe another, bigger, heart behind the doily; I'll also add something to hang it from.

It was fun to make this little cute project from things that would have ordinarily been thrown away!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Slow eBlogger???

Is anyone else having trouble with Blogger running very slowly?? This has been going on for about 6 days now!

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...