Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hodgepodge & Summer Of Color

I did not necessarily plan it this way, but as it turns out, I'll be participating in two weekly events in this one post.  I'll start with Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted by Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond.  Here are the questions presented for today...

1)  Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings.  Are there any of the above on your calendar in the next two months?

Answer:  Actually, there's only one family day trip, still in the planning stages so far.  I guess we're just playing anything else by ear...  A couple of ideas, but nothing definite.

2)  June is National Iced Tea Month.  Are you an Iced Tea drinker?  If so, how do you like yours?

Answer:  Sometimes I'll make myself a pitcher of Iced Tea..  Always brewed with green tea and black tea combined, with no sugar, no lemon...  just plain with lots of ice!  Honestly, though, I haven't been making any lately.  I like a hot pot of tea after dinner; but during the day, I just prefer iced water with a slice of fresh lemon.  Nothing sweet, because I just prefer my drinks that way; and from what I've read, I like that there are only a couple of calories in a slice of lemon.  Far less damage done that a cold soda or beer!

3)  When were you last nervous?  Looking back at the event, was it really nerve-worthy?

Answer:  I guess I would say my last visit to the doctor's office.  I was nervous, and with good reason.  It appears I need to start taking better care of myself...  ('nuff said)

4)  The bristle toothbrush was invented in China on June 26th, 1498....  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being sick to your stomach, and 1 meaning not at all, how nervous do you feel when you're headed to the dentist?  Do you see your dentist twice a year?

Answer:  On a scale of 1 to 10?..  I never used to be so nervous, until I had one particular bad experience, several years ago; so ever since, I would have to say my answer is probably right up to ten now.  (Need I say, I do NOT go twice a year.)

5)  What's making news in your town this week?

Answer:  I guess the biggest happy kind of news would be the fireworks shows coming up for the 4th of July!  I always look forward to going with my kids!  We bring our blankets and chairs, and all kinds of goodies..  We just have to cross our fingers for no rain this year.  The forecast doesn't sound promising, so maybe I'd better send a prayer on the way too!

6)  Curtains, drapes, blinds..  Your window treatment of choice?

Answer:  I like blinds in all the windows...  As for curtains, I make most of my own curtains 'round the house...  It's cheaper, but it's not just that.  I take pride in what I make with my own two hands.

7)  Summertime is officially here!  What one song is a must-have on your Summer playlist?  Well, that's an easy one for me.  I've mentioned it before, but on the hottest of days, my favorite song is actually a Sesame Street song, which you can find the video HERE!  Hace Calor has a very catchy tune, to which I always sing along.  It has a beat that gets me moving no matter where I'm standing or sitting...  And come on!  It stars Jim Henson's Muppets!  What's NOT to love about it?!...

Well, just to briefly explain, it's a story of a young fellow interested in meeting a young lady, Rosalita, who just moved into the neighborhood.  He's a little too shy to talk to her, so the easiest way he knows how to break the ice, is to talk about how hot the weather is!!..  So cute, and if you're interested, you can see the rest for yourself, via the link....  But here's where I'm combining blog events....  For Summer of Color, Week 3, hosted by Kristin at Twinkle, Twinkle, I painted an art-journal page of the boy and Rosalita together...  done in this week's color theme, in shades of Purple and Lime Green!

With such enthusiasm for a song, and how fitting it's been with the heatwave we've been enduring this past week...  AND surely it's obvious what a big kid at heart I am!!...  I really enjoyed painting this!!   (Gee, can ya tell?)... 

So-ooooo, back to Wednesday Hodgepodge...

8)  Insert random thought here...
O.K...  So, here's a quote, speaking of weather...  

"Wherever you go, 
no matter what the weather, 
always bring your own sunshine."
(Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Thanks to both Joyce and Kristin for hosting 
such fun events to participate in each week...
And thanks to YOU for stopping by today!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Pinned it, Made it! Monday #45

Phew!  Hace Calor!  "How 'bout this weather?  It sure is hot!"  But it's also Pinned it, Made It! Monday; hosted by Tammy at Country Girl at Home, and so I just want to share a couple things today...

While perusing through the many wonderful Pinterest posts, I've been so inspired by a great number of things, ranging anywhere from cooking, to crocheting, to redecorating....   to, yes, even cleaning!  However, on these hottest of days, I'm afraid house cleaning takes a back seat.  All I want to do is sit directly in front of a fan...  But in doing so, I also brought out my crochet threads and embroidery flosses to whip up this pretty little patriotic outfit for a poor naked dolly that has been lying around neglected for some time.

Here she is, all set for the 4th of July!!  Now, mind you, I crochet loosely, so everything I do comes out bigger than the pattern intends.  The shorts came out looking like bermudas, nearly down to her knees.  I definitely had some altering to do.  I cuffed them and added the navy edging.  I had to cuff the collar of the top as well, but I'm still very happy with how it came out.  The patterns come by way of several posts, HERE, at a blog devoted strictly to the fashion doll icon!  At Crochet for Barbie, you can find the pattern for the Nautical Striped Top, the shorts or skirt, and several other outfit-patterns to crochet for her!  Many thanks to the author of this blog for sharing her patterns with the rest of us so generously...  My Barbie doll looks so-ooo much happier now!

In the meantime, I also pinned a blue jean recycling project.  It was very timely, actually, as a friend had just given me at least a dozen pairs of jeans she didn't want anymore.  Sadly, none of them fit me, but I now found something I could make from all this denim fabric handed to me!  Between New Old-Fashioned Gal, and Vintage Chica, I've been inspired to crochet my own denim rag rug, to go under the new table I just got for my kitchen!!!  Isn't it wonderful, how sometimes things just fall into place so beautifully?..  I don't find it happens often, but I'm definitely grateful when it does!...   So, I've begun the process of cutting all my denim strips...

I roll them into balls, just like I would with yarn, ready to be crocheted, once I feel I have enough to get started.  I have 3 rolled up so far, and now that Barbie has been well-attended to, I can go back to whip  together some more tonight.

Well, moving on to inspiration I found elsewhere...  I recently watched a YouTube video, via TracysTreasures24.  There, I saw Tracy sharing a new tote she had just purchased, to hold all the scrapbooking tools and supplies that she would often be carrying from one location to another.  Well, I place a lot of trust into the name Craftsman, and I loved the size and all the pockets this tote had, so I looked it up.  For what I thought to be a very fair price; and then looking at the quality and number of totes I had all over the place, I immediately placed my order HERE!..  for the Sears Craftsman 12" Tool Tote!

My thought was to show you a big pile of all that went into this tote, because you'd just never believe it, but I'm afraid time is not on my side for that kind of artful staging today!  All I know is I really love it!  It holds so MUCH...  In my case, both scrapbooking and art-journaling supplies, and it's all right by my side when I need it!  

So-ooooo...  Did you know, by the way, that today is Fairy Day?!..  This is for all you fans and believers!  Remember Disney's Tinkerbell... or maybe Crysta from Fern Gully, or the Sugarplum Fairies in The Nutcracker Suite...    Of course, most of us have fond memories, I'm sure, of the Tooth Fairy, right?!  Remember the fairy godmothers of Sleeping Beauty?..  Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, and the sparks flying over the question of pink or blue?!...

Being Irish, I'm intrigued how fairies have played a prevalent role in Celtic culture as well....  So, today is the day we pay tribute..  "Fairy Day is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true.  For one day, put aside the cynicism of the modern world... Embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies".  Relive your childhood, and celebrate! 

Thanks to Tammy for hosting Pinned it, Made it! Monday...
And thanks so much to YOU for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Down By The Hodgepodge Side

It's a new week's edition of Wednesday Hodgepodge, and here I am, posting my answers on Thursday!   You are welcome to play along by answering the same following questions onto your own blog post.  Then, just add your link to the bottom of Joyce's post, at From This Side of the Pond.  So let's get things started...

1)  Have I learned more from success or failure?...    Answer)  Off the cuff, I'd probably say by failure, because I have learned some tough lessons the hard way, and I have faced some harsh realities despite the kinder world I wish we lived in.  But I try not to dwell on failures and disappointments...  And honestly, I'm not so sure now how to answer this.  I think my greatest success in life was having my children, and I could never dream to do or have anything better!

My kids are my greatest blessings, and they have taught me a greater love than I have ever known all my life.  I think that has to far-outweigh any lessons I've learned from any failures all put together!

2)  What did you call your grandparents when you were growing up?....  Answer)  I called my father's parent's Grandma and Grandpa, and my mother's parents Nana and Grampy. 

3)  I'm invited to a luau.  In keeping with that theme, what dish would I bring to share?...  Answer)  Pretty quickly, I imagine I'd be bringing a pinapple-coconut-flavored cake of some sort, decorated with brightly-colored flowers, and a hula dancer dolly setting atop of it!..  Of course, I couldn't forget beverages..  Maybe a big pitcher of Mai Tai?!

4)  Besides Jesus, what one person's life story do you think everyone should know?...  Answer)  Gee, off the top of my head, I just remember, ever since I was a kid, loving the story of Helen Keller...  To accomplish all that she did, despite the limitations and challenges she faced, is a great inspiration.

5)  "Don't sweat the small stuff."  Agree or disagree?....  Answer)  I agree.  It's like choosing your battles. I think you have to face the big issues at hand, but you should shake off the trivial stuff that really doesn't matter...  And most importantly, above all, count your blessings!

6)  June is National Rivers Month.  a) When were you last on a river?  b) What's the prettiest river you've ever seen?  c) What's a river you'd like to see?...   Answers)  a) I think the last time I was on a river, was when I was on a business party river tour of the Hudson River...  b) I remember riding in the boat with my family down the Banana River in Florida.  I thought the weather and screnery were both very nice, but my favorite part of the whole day was when a dolphin came right up to where I was sitting on the boat, so close, as if to say "hello"!..  I loved that, and will never forget it!...   c)  A river I'd like to see would probably be the Nile River, in Egypt, where Cleopatra once ruled, and surely traveled often, by way of the river.

7)  Speaking of rivers...  Paddling, swimming, fishing, or bird watching safely from the shore?  Which activity would you choose?...   Answer)  I've never felt 100% comfortable swimming in waters where either sharks, snapping turtles, water moccasins, stinging jelly fish, or any other of the sort reside!  Give me a nice clear, clean swimming pool, and I'm happy!..  So I guess in this instance, paddling a canoe sounds like fun, but I'd be just as happy fishing and/or bird watching from the shore!...  Hmmm...   Can't I just do all three?

8)  Insert your own random thought here:
From a popular children's poem, written by Eugene Field...
"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe.
Sailed on a river of chrystal light,
Into a sea of dew."

Thanks to Joyce for hosting this event,
and thank YOU for stopping by today!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pinned It, Made it Monday!

Over the weekend, Dear Daughter and I did a little shopping at The Christmas Tree Shops, and we stumbled on some group/collage-type picture frames we've been keeping an eye open for, for very reasonable prices!   You see, we'd found this Pinterest project we've been wanting to try together; a dry-erase weekly calendar...  really cute, but most useful for keeping track of menus, appointments, and any other little notes or reminders.

Well, I had all the paper we could possibly need, so as soon as we got back to my place, I got it all out and ready to play with!  We made quite a mess, actually, choosing from all the various colors and patterns; but the project was fun and very easy to do. Dear Daughter was quicker than I was, putting one together..   She just knows what she wants right away, and I admit that I tend to fuss a little more;  but here's what we put together...

This was cute of Dear Daughter, I thought, but it's NOT the best picture of me, as it was so-ooooo hot and humid, and my hair was going limp, and I kept wiping my makeup off..  (I have no air conditioning...  just fans that weren't helping much that day.)....    Still, I'm feeling brave enough to post this, because it's more a picture I love for the memory, than for how I looked or didn't look that day.  Now that my baby girl is all grown and married now, it was so nice we could spend this kind of time together!

If you happen to notice, compared to the original in the tutorial, we only have six window frames instead of the seven or eight suggested.  We just thought five windows would cover Monday through Friday, and that we would designate the last window/frame for "the weekend".

Now later, as I was deciding where to hang my finished project, I thought, "Oh no!  My papers all match my kitchen nice and pretty, but they may be too dark to see anything written on them!"  So I'm actually still working on mine.  Here you see I added a smaller piece of white cardstock on the blue windows of the frame, and they now have a matted look about them.

I'm wondering if I may have to do the same with the red windows.  Maybe they're o.k. the way they are... Whatever, the case, I'm very happy with how it's come out, and Dear Daughter already wants to make a second one!

Thanks to Tammy, at Country Girl At Home,
Be sure to stop there to see others projects as well!..

And thank YOU so much for stopping by today!