Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Birds Are Back!

Spray paint!
Oh, how I've missed you!
The weather has turned a corner, and I've been a spray painting fool!
Here is a super quick project that I got accomplished this week.

I spray painted some chipped (damaged) birds that I got at GW a bright, cheery shade of aqua.
...spray painted a nasty GOLD (ugh) candlestick that I got at GW

What to use as a nest???
You all know I'm a curb picker... a few years ago, I grabbed two hanging baskets off the curb.  I removed the chains, added white twinkle lights and threw them out in my garden. 

I thought these would be perfect, so
I removed the lights, layered one with leftover burlap.
Added Spanish moss.
The birds flew in.
Closed the two baskets with garbage ties.
...yes, garbage ties.

It is sitting next to our back entry.
Love the pop of color!

A quick easy project.
...okay, really I just wanted to show you that I was FINALLY able to spray paint again!
Happy Spring!

Excuse the mess on the porch.  It hasn't been warm enough to power wash yet!
...just wait--- the word from my secret source (the weatherman) indicates we might reach 70 degrees this week.
Oh, happy day!

Thanks to all of you that have joined my Facebook site for my event planning company!
Pink Cricket Events!  As soon as I hit 100 fans, I'm going to have a giveaway over there on the FB site!

Linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for SNS!
and with Susan at BNOTP for Met Monday!
Also at Cindy at Cottage Instincts for her fabulous Make It For Monday party!
And with Kimba at A Soft Place To Land for DIY Day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello Again!

It's so nice to be back in the blog world!
I've cut my tax season short because my mom had a knee replacement surgery.
All is well, and she is up and walking around.

I've been trying to keep up with you all.
Your blogs kept me going through a rough tax season!

I don't have a whole lot to report since I've last posted...
but here's a recap...

The snow has melted!
I handed my Hubs and son over to the golf course.
No, really.
I drove them out there, walked them in...
I told the owners... "Here they are, I don't want them back for a few months."
You would've done the same if you had boys swinging golf clubs IN THE HOUSE for the past few months.
The owner of the golf course is also a City Council member in our town.
She and I laughed over what a great headline it would be...
"Local woman turns over husband and son to the golf course".....
I know!
... its not a bad idea.
Monkey (yes, he a lefty) teeing off at the driving range yesterday.

I POURED over the new Flea Market Style magazine.

I did a little thrifting.
(Thanks to Goodwill for being open late!)

Monkey started reading.
Hooray, but sniffles.
Will he still want to sit on my lap to read a book?

AND--- this is a big one....
... my hair is long enough for a ponytail again.

Okay- and one more little, tiny, thing....
After many years of throwing parties and planning events for myself and others--- my friends and family finally convinced me that it was time to turn it into an actual business.
I'm S.C.A.R.E.D!
Anyhoo... I started a website (read: blog). 
I made a page for it on facebook... if you are into facebook, would you be a 'fan'?
Geesh, I can't believe I'm asking... its just that... well- I haven't asked any of my 'real life' friends yet...
and wouldn't it be lovely if I already had some fans to start with before they saw it?  My friends would say, "Wow, who are all these people?".  And I would say, "They're my blog friends, silly."............

Go HERE to check out the facebook page.
Okay... I'm going to hit 'publish' now. 
Holding breath....


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Do Taxes. AUGH!

Sorry I haven't been out there stalking you...
I do taxes for a living.
No reason to be jealous. 

A pic from the garden last summer.

a few of you have sent me messages
asking if I'm still out here.
I am.
Well, I'm not here.
I'm stuck behind a desk.

I've been saying this is my last year to do taxes.
...for the past 3 years.

I have nothing to share...
I've accomplished nothing in my house...
unless you can count one load of laundry and...
nope, thats it. 
Nothing else has been done by me.
Thank goodness for Hubs.
He fed me and put me in bed tonight.
For real.
Told me I looked tired.
Polite way of telling me I look like pooh.
It was nice to be tucked in.

I'll leave you with
the most important tax advice I can give you...

ALWAYS sit down and talk to your tax specialist.

You would be amazed at all the deductions/credits, etc. people are missing
out on.  Shame on all the tax preparers that sit behind a closed door.
They are doing a huge disservice to their clients.

I'll be back in blogland soon.
Miss you,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Supermarket Chic!

Hubs used to buy me flowers in the beginning of our relationship.
...then we went almost 2 years without flowers.

He overheard me telling a girlfriend that I don't waste money on flowers...
because I cut them out of my gardens.
Hubs got it, and now comes home frequently with little bouquets from the supermarket.

Now, I have nothing against big, formal arrangements.
I love them.
I do.
However, I love to have fresh flowers all over my house.
Most spaces in my very informal house would look a little strange with elaborate arrangements.

When I got home from the tax office today...
there were two, sweet little supermarket bouquets waiting for me!
Thanks Hubs.

I love to arrange them in glass vessels...
but sometimes...
I like to use things out of the ordinary.

In my pretend life, when I'm not being a RockStar...
I own a flower shop.
... I wish!

What was the grocery store selling today?
Mini- carnations.
Quit being a flower snob!
Carnations last forever, and smell lovely.
So, knock it off.
Quit giving them a bad rap!

 I cut them, divided them...
...and I present...
Supermarket Chic (or cheesy)

Start with two $4.00 bouquets...

Add them to a glass dish with shells.
(This will go in the Master bedroom.)

I use baby food jars ALL the time!

A closer view of the flowers.

Sitting in Monkey's first pair of Chuck's.
...on top of the dryer.
Adds a smile to my face when doing such a dastardly chore!
(again in a baby food jar)

Found an old flour sifter at a garage sale.
Free box!
It normally sits outside and holds flowers in the summer.
Line the sifter with a zip-lock, add water and flowers!
This is now sitting in the bathroom.
Love the crusty, rusty against the silver and white!

Two little baskets that hang on a side of a cabinet in the kitchen.
25 cents for both baskets... oh, how they need spray paint!
Line the basket with a zip-lock bag, and add water and flowers!

Look what was harvested at the farm today!
This will go up to Monkey's room. 
Will he give a hoot if there are flowers in his room?
But, I'll enjoy them!

And there you have it!

Do you ever buy flowers from the supermarket???


Linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special.
Get your fannies over there and join in her 1000 Followers Extravaganza!

Also with Susan at Between Naps on The Porch for Met Monday
Fabulous projects over there!

And with Cheri at Its So Very Cheri for Its so  very creative party!

And Kimba at A Soft Place To Land for DIY Day!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tree Hugger

I'm not a tree hugger.
But I do hug trees.
I love them.
I could ramble on and on about all the benefits from trees...
but you already know all of those things.

Why do I get so attached to trees?

Its the strangest thing.
My parents say it started when I was little.

I begged my dad to plant apple trees...
which he did, because he is a gardner and lover of trees and plants.
I also got a cherry tree.  She was a beauty. 
Unfortunately, she had a date with a lightning bolt.

My two apple trees.
This fall I'll share with you all of the wonderful items we bake!

Monkey with his Grandpa.
Standing in front of the tree that was planted when he was born.
We take a picture every year...
Can't wait to see how big Monkey and the tree are this summer!

I have two trees on my property that I am seriously attached too.
One, is an evergreen that sits outside of our large dining room window.
Two cardinals live in the tree all year round.
When Monkey was a baby, we sat his bassinet in front of the window...
I am telling you-- the cardinals would sit in the tree and look in on him.

The second tree I'm attached to lives in our backyard. 
She is huge.
And a great beauty.
I find comfort and peace when I look at her.
She provides shade for our whole yard...
...but she doesn't shade the garden.
How does she know that I don't want shade in the garden?
I have been watching this tree for the past 9 years...
...she has doubled in size....reaching way into the sky.
She is a home for bats (don't be afraid), several birds, and several squirrel families.
I need to stop going on about her...
I will take pictures of these two trees when the weather is nicer...
...and properly introduce you to the two ladies.

See how she doesn't shade the garden?

I've said good-bye to my fair share of trees, and I am always upset about having to do so.
We lost a tree on our property a year and a half ago when a little tornado ripped down our street.
All houses were spared.  Only trees were lost.  Isn't that amazing?
I was thankful for the houses being spared, but of course, sad about the trees.

My parents lost a tree yesterday in the ice storm. 
A beautiful tree in their front yard. 
A tree that was planted 13 years ago to replace another tree that didn't survive a storm.
(yes, we have real weather in Iowa) 

Their tree split right down the middle and them peeled off in 4 parts.
Monkey found out, and he cried. 
He was bound and determined that he, Daddy and his Grandpa could save it.
He got the glue and tape and his hammer out. 

Sweet boy.
I was so pleased...
... not that he was upset.  (Don't send me any hate mail)
But that he felt a deep connection with a tree and nature.


PS - It is a day about trees.  On the children's tv show, "Big, Big World"  they discussed the importance of trees.
And the beautiful and hilarious, Annie at The House That Jade Built, discussed her new found love of trees today.  Go check it out!

Also, one of my dearest friends, Shannon, (since we were babies) is saving trees in Charlotte, NC.  If you're in the area, check this out. 
Wonder if our love of trees is from all the hours we spent climbing trees when we were little???

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Please... I'm Craving Cute Shoes!

We are getting hit.
Everything is covered...

in ICE!
Clearly, Mother Nature is still ticked off.

I won't complain...
I won't.
But I just would like to send a message along to Mother Nature...
plead to her...Woman to Woman.


NO, not these...
Yes, they have kept my toes warm...
They were stylish a few months ago...
they were.
Now they are beaten down.
They are tired.
They want to take a rest.

I have these cute little things...
just sitting in the closet...

Chocolate and Turquoise peep-toe....
Actually, it's only fair to tell you that we are in a fight.
Last time we went on a date...
I slipped them off my feet, reached into my purse...
and pulled out turquoise beaded flip flops...

These little babies took great offense.

I tried to explain that while, yes... they are super cute-
I was standing... for a party...on a slight slant...
(Not to mention it was my 15th Year Class Reunion)

You see, Mother Nature, I need to make up with my little pretties.
Even if it is a quick run to the grocery store...
I NEED to wear these shoes.
And all the other little pretties sitting in the closet...
missing their momma.

Please get over your tantrum quickly.


I'm joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Frugal Laundry Tip!

A quick laundry tip...
At one of my 'Mommy Groups'...
We learned how to make homemade cleaning products.
Truth be told, I only enjoyed one of them.

Homemade dryer sheets.

You need:
liquid fabric softner

You take 1 part fabric softner to 2 parts water
I make batches of:
1 Cup of fabric softner
2 Cups of water

Pour mixture into container. 
Shake to mix.
Cut up a new, clean sponge and drop them in.

I use a Vintage Tupperware Pic-a-deli to store it.

Take the sponge out of the liquid and throw into the dryer!
Sqeeze excess out.

This is how the sponge will look when it comes out of the dryer.
The mixture lasted about 4 months for our family.  (7-10 loads a week)
And for larger loads, I throw 2 sponges in the dryer.
So, this is super thrifty!
I will not go back to dryer sheets!

For more wonderful household tips, visit The Thrifty Decor Chick for her

Several of you have sent messages with questions:
YES I use this for whites.  NO I've never had any problems with the fabric softner staining the clothing.
My dryer is about 6 years old.
I squeeze the sponge a quick squeeze until it is no longer dripping.