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Thanks for stoppin' by to read my humble little blog. This is where I ramble on about my everyday life and share the funnies and the not-so-funnies. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Follow Me...


Hello all! I have decided to make my blog public again. And, to make it easier for y'all to keep up with my posts, I've added the "Following" widget to my sidebar. If you'd like to follow my blog, then just click on the "Follow this blog" link to the left. You can follow publicly or anonymously, the choice is yours.

Oh, and if you have a blog yourself, you can follow your favorite blogs as well. It really makes it easier to see who's updated recently. Saves me lots of time from clicking on all the blogs I read (and I read tons)! Just see your Blogger Dashboard for more info.

Happy following! Have a WONDERFUL day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Can't find what you want? Make it yourself!

I am loving the pretty cloches that I've seen on some blogs lately. I've looked at just about all my usual stores to try and find just the right one. But, when I've seen them, they are sooo expensive! Or, maybe I'm just cheap. That's probably what it is.

As you can imagine, when I ran across this wonderful blog, I was super excited! The fabulous Darlene made her own cloche! Out of an upside-down vase, a crystal candleholder, a lamp finial, and some glue!! Genius, I tell you!

Oh, are you wondering what a cloche is? Well, let me just enlighten you. It's a glass dome with a decorative top (sometimes) that you can put little tchotchsky's under for display. It gives whatever special thing you're displaying its own personal spotlight. Sooo pretty!

And, as I am a shameless copycat, just like Darlene, I vowed to whip up a cloche just as soon as I could get to Lowe's. I found several different styles of finials with little to no effort. However, my enthusiasm was much subdued by the realization that IT IS HARD AS HECK TO FIND A CLOCHE-WORTHY CANDLEHOLDER!! But again, maybe it's just me.

After again perusing my favorite stores, and coming up short, I managed to find exactly what I was looking for at Goodwill and Big Lots. Both of which are directly across the street from my neighborhood. Go figure. All that driving around and I could've walked! Oh, and what's even better is that I already had several glass vases in just the right shape. I used them as decorations for my wedding reception. Now, that's what I call recycling!

I found those candleholders last week. But, since I must remain true to my procrastinating roots, I just glued the pieces together yesterday morning when I got home from work. It took about 1.5 minutes to put together, and that's including washing the vase and candleholder. For my first attempt, I used an acorn finial. It is fall, ya know. Here, take a look...

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Those acorns are from the "deer woods" as my sweet hubby says. He thought I would like them so he brought them home for me one day. Sweet, huh?

Here's a close-up of the top. You just turn the candle thingy upside down & glue it to the vase. Then, you glue on the finial. Simple!

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I'm definitely gonna be making a few more of these! I have about 4 or 5 more finials to play around with and another style of candleholder. I'll show you another version when I can find a another spare 1.5 minutes to put it together. Ha!

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Go look at Darlene's blog for lots of really cute ideas!

Blessings to all and to all a great day!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Show & Tell

Remember these...?

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I can't wait to show y'all how they came together to make a really fun project! I get so excited about making things these days! It seems that I've been getting inspiration from every magazine I read, blog I follow, and crafty thought that pops in my head. This project happens to be something I just dreamed up one day. This sad old lamp had definitely seen better days and I decided to spruce it up a little.

So, without further ado, here's an informal tutorial on bringing a worn lamp back into the spotlight! :)

I made a template of the circular lamp tray and then folded it in half repeatedly until I had 8 equal (well, sort of) triangles. Then, I traced them on the back of my scrapbook paper.

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I taped the pieces together on the back to keep them together while I continued working. Oh, and just to add some color, I printed out some letters on my computer to make our monogram. Because you can never have enough monogrammed stuff, right?

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After I decoupaged (love that Mod Podge!) the monogram onto the circle, it was time for the embellishment. The seams of the paper looked a little plain to me, so I decoupaged some thin chocolate brown ribbon directly on top of them.

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Whew! That was tricky!

Next, the whole thing got a coat of Mod Podge to give it uniformity of color. Once that was dry, I very carefully cut one of the seams and slid it around the lamp post on the under-side of the tray. After cleaning the glass & applying a layer of M.P., of course. An old gift card served as my bubble-getter-outer and the seams got one more coat of M.P. for reinforcement. Which brings us to this...

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A fresh new lamp tray! But wait! I'm not done yet. We still have to paint the lamp a more appealing color! I'm sure you all know how to tape off so I won't bore you with those pics. But, after a light sanding and a few coats of gray primer, this little beauty got several coats of Rustoleum's Dark Bronze spray paint. I wasn't crazy about the color at first. It was not the color I had envisioned at all--too dark and not enough brown in it. After a few days and the right lamp shade though, it's grown on me. There actually is some sparkle to it...if you squint & get real close. Ha! Wanna see?

In all it's glory...

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Now for the close-ups, Mr. Deville...

The shade~~such a great faux suede!

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And the tray...

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Can you see the color a little better?

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No? How about now?

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Yeah, I think I can live with this! Goodbye, ugly gold lamp, hello lovely bronze lamp! I love how the shade comes to life when the lamp is lit. It's so warm and cozy feelin'! Hope this leaves y'all with a warm fuzzy!

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Now, go create something! Even if it's just a paper chain! You'll have fun, I promise!

Be sure to check back soon, I have a few other pretties in the works! Bye now!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just testing...

Hey y'all! I just downloaded Windows Live Writer and I'm testing it out to see if I like it or not. So just skip this post if you want!

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Okay, so, adding this pic was sooo much easier in Writer than in Blogger!! Folks at Blogger, maybe you should consider fixing that little problem? Anyway, here goes nothin'!

Edited to add: Windows Live Writer is super easy to use! It worked perfectly with my blog! I was worried that my template would mess it up, but nope! It worked just fine! I highly recommend that all you folks out there download this now!! The best part? It's FREE! And yes, this is a shameless plug for Live Writer. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A few happies today

Hi there! Well, I haven't gotten around to sharing Part 2 of our TN trip with y'all yet but I wanted to post a few things that are making me smile lately. Hopefully, I can post the rest of our trip tomorrow morning when I get off of work. Speaking of work...only about 1 1/2 more weeks before I start the DAY SHIFT!! Yay! No more being separated from my Sugar Pie at night! We are both sooo ready for the change. But I'm rambling...

My mother-in-law has several hummingbird feeders in her yard and I loved them so much that I had to go & get my own! I love the fun polka dots on this one! Oh, and I was skeptical about whether or not the little birds were still around, but the first one made his debut about 10 minutes after I hung it up! Ha! It gives me such joy to watch these tiny little creatures buzz about!


It's super hard to catch the little guys while they're feeding but I gave it my best shot!


I REALLY want a camera with serious zoom skills! Goals, y'all, ya gotta have goals!

My sweetie and I went to a flea market on Saturday morning and had a great time browsing through all the stuff! I got a cookie jar shaped like a basket of apples and a couple of lapel pins from the '60s. Even Nathan said he enjoyed himself! Here he is in the indoor section. He's holding a net he got to get his bait fish out of the bait tank. I love my fisherman!


And, finally, a sneak peek of my latest project...

What do this...

and this have to do with one another?

You'll have to wait 'til it's all done to find out! Don't worry, it won't be too long...it's 99% done!

I hope y'all enjoyed seeing some of what's making me smile these days. What's putting a grin on your faces? I'd love to hear it!

Have a wonderfully blessed FALL day!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's always so hard to come back home...Part 1

We had a wonderful trip to Tennessee! The trip up there was seamless, except for the fact that I had worked the night before and could not fall asleep in the car. By the time we got to my grandmother's house, I had been up for about 36 hours and was beyond delirious! A good night's rest fixed me right up, though, and I even got up early with my hubby. It's a rare occasion that he can stay in the bed past sunrise! Ha!

On the way to see my family, we stopped in a town near Memphis to see some friends who are our second family. It was so good to see the kids (who don't look like kids anymore!) and their mom. Their dad had to be away that Saturday so we didn't get to see him...we missed you, Mr. R!

We got to tour their GORGEOUS house and ate lunch at a yummy Italian restaurant.


I loved the checkered tablecloths. Oh, and I REALLY loved this fried zucchini we had as an appetizer...

I always thought I hated zucchini but this definitely proved me wrong! Must've been a bias left over from childhood. ;)

Mrs. J and the kids showed us around their town-which is really pretty-and then we got to visit with them at their house for awhile. E gave the guilt-inducing looks her best shot trying to get us to spend the night, but somehow we resisted. Next time, Sweet Girl!

Both kids blasted me and Nathan at a few games of pool. Okay, actually I'm the one who was TERRIBLE at pool. But, I can lose gracefully! How cool is it that they have a game room with a pool table in it? I was almost jealous!

After we managed to drag ourselves away from their house, it was on to my Granna's. And just like every time we go home, she was sittin' up waiting on us to get in. Poor thing, I don't think we've ever rolled into her house before dark! Let's just say we like to pace ourselves when traveling.

The next morning, my aunt wanted to take Nathan & me on a drive to look for deer. She always goes out a little after 6 am to check her "trails." We, however, didn't make it out there 'til around 7:30. We saw some really pretty country and some turkeys way off in a field. See if you can spot them.

Yep, they're the black blobs in the foreground. My camera's zoom is not the best, alright? Anyway, we continued on and just as we coming to the end of the trail, we saw a doe and her fawn right by the side of the road. I think they got a little spooked when Nathan slammed on the brakes and this pic is the best I could get. I think the baby is hiding in the bushes. Can you even see mama? Sorry, I didn't mean for this post to turn into "Where's the Wildlife?"

When we got back to Granna's house, I snapped a few photos of the homeplace that I love so much. This is my Poppy's storage shed.


Interior and some great old tools of my grandfather's






I thought these dampers for the flue of Granna's woodstove were neat.

We went to visit my Great Aunt on Sunday. She just lost her husband this year and has been having a hard time with it. He was a pastor and the sweetest man ever. He always had a new joke to tell any visitors that might stop by! Nathan and I had fun exploring their little farm.

There was the funniest little dog running around. He belongs to my great aunt's son, but he kind of just roams at whim. Aunt L said they call him "Bozo" and he fits his name...so goofy!

He's got some critter cornered in this drain pipe...


Aunt L has a really old grapevine and lots of fruit trees! Peaches and apples, yum!




















Next, Bozo led us up to their old horse barn


Where we found this unexpected surprise

Puppies! There were 3 boys and 3 girls, and they were ALL white! They were so sweet! And they must've been hungry because they kept nuzzling Nathan's ankles. Ha! My sweetie just couldn't resist cuddling them.


Don't you just love that smile? And the puppy's yawn, too? So sweet!!

After we finally put the puppies down, we went and sat on the porch swing in the cool afternoon breeze. But not before I snapped a shot of my aunt's beautiful homestead.


That porch swing was sooo comfy! And my sweetie is sooo goofy! That's what makes life fun, though!

On Tuesday, I somehow came down with a major case of what felt like diptheria. I don't know if it was the not-so-fresh Captain D's I ate on Monday night, but somethin' had a hold of my gut bad!! Needless to say, the last 2 days we spent in middle TN were spent on my other aunt's couch and in her upstairs restroom. There was a child present who didn't need to be privy to such atrocities of the bowel.

Note to the masses: if you have a possible stomach virus, Immodium is not your friend. It works a little too well and viruses are not meant to stay in your body. Savvy?

Despite my 48-hour death march, we did have a nice visit with my aunt and her family. Nathan got to ride around on the four-wheeler and tromp through the woods, which made him happy. And I got to paint my fingernails bubblegum pink and watch HGTV all day with Aunt C. Loved it! I wish we had gotten to spend some more time with my folks, but I don't think a visit is ever long enough. I just try to enjoy the time that I do have with them.

We headed over to Nathan's folk's place on Thursday but check back tomorrow for that installment. There promises to be just as many, if not more, pics in that post. Y'all have a great day, now!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Have you ever wondered why you only see bugs in your house when they come out and lay in the very middle of the floor (usually the kitchen) gasping and kicking for their last breath? Why is that? And why are they always on their backs when you find them? Are they so clumsy that a little bread crumb trips them up and...oh well...there goes my chances for a nice bug's life!? Oh, and I love how they like to come out and play dead when company visits. Nice touch, that. Bugs are such drama queens!

If you're wondering why I'm blogging about bugs, here's why...

I found this little bugger in an odd place as places to find bugs go. He (or she?) was at the end of the hallway near our front bedroom. He was, of course, on his back. The only thing I can think of is that he was meandering across the threshold from the carpet to the wood floor, and, oops! There he went! I actually found him not moving at all and he made no attempts to kick when I gently nudged him with my shoe.

That was yesterday.

Today, when I woke up, he was kicking and moving frantically. Hence, the bug jail, a.k.a. "glass." I wouldn't want him to miraculously flip over and run away, now would I? Oh, and if you're also wondering why I didn't get rid of him yesterday... Well, ewww! I forgot to tell my hubby about him and I am not about to touch it myself. Cut me some slack, ok? Me and bugs are not friends. I know God gave us dominion over all the creatures of the earth, but if He wanted me to be able to dispose of a bug, then He shouldn't have made them so darn crunchy!

The mere sound of stepping on a bug makes chill bumps pop out all over my body and shivers run up my spine. Not pleasant. At all.

So, Mr. Bug will stay right there in his buggy jail until hubby gets home from work. Then, we will see. I'll probably have to convince Nathan to squish him because for some reason he thinks even BUGS should be allowed to live. Why, I don't know. I do know that this bug is not going to be thrown outside just so he can come back into MY house. No, sir. Not this time!!