Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Home . . .

This is a picture of Main Street in the small town in Iowa where I grew up.  I took this picture about 3 years ago when I was there visiting my family.  I lived here until I was 18 and moved away in 1978.  I moved away to go to college . . . lived in Florida and Connecticut for awhile and finally landed in California.  I have lived away from this small town for 37 years . . . I have lived in the town where I live now for 28 years . . . many more years than I spent in my hometown,
This small town holds so many memories of my youth and very much shaped who I grew up to be. When I am there . . . I realize what a great place it was to grow up and I sometimes regret having moved so far away. It will always be home to me.  

origami butterflies

I had a friend send me this link showing how to fold these origami butterflies.  So I had to try folding a couple of them myself.  I think they are great!  I guess the brown one (made with a calendar page from my Walking Dead daily calendar) looks more like a moth than a butterfly.  I can see myself folding more of these . . . 

Monday, March 2, 2015

sunshine . . . flowers . . . rain

 The day started of with sunshine - with rain on the way.  We have these beautiful tulip trees on our campus that have the most gorgeous blossoms every Spring.  They just don't last very long . . . and with rain on the way today, I thought I better snap some pictures of them.  
March 2 photo prompt - Spring (Not the greatest pictures . . . but, it was that kind of day.)
sunshine . . . flowers . . . rain
. . . and National Pancake Day.  Charlotte helped me make Mickey Mouse Pancakes for dinner.
"I don't have to tell you I love you.  I fed you pancakes."
~ Kathleen Flinn, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an America Midwest Family

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Look Up . . . weekend clouds and a photo challenge

"Clouds suit my mood just fine."
~ Marie Lu, Champion

I decided today that I needed to do a March Photo Challenge.  I really don't need another thing to keep up with daily, but it just feels like something I want to do.  Here is the list of prompts for my March photo challenge . . . join me if you like.
Today, March 1 . . . Look Up
  1. Look Up
  2. Spring
  3. Home
  4. Morning Coffee
  5. Polka Dots
  6. Bag Check
  7. Handmade
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Mail
  10. Glitter
  11. Good Morning
  12. Throw Back Thursday
  13. Superstition
  14. Pi Day
  15. Lucky
  16. Green
  17. 3 Things
  18. Easter Eggs
  19. Sunshine
  20. Vintage
  21. Flowers
  22. Books
  23. 5:00 PM
  24. Pink
  25. Healthy
  26. Shoes
  27. Graffiti
  28. Incomplete
  29. Hanging
  30. Favorite Moment of the Month
  31. Self . . . 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

things I like today . . . .

I love this chalkboard!  It is painted on the back of a cabinet that would otherwise look ugly and have to be put against a wall.  I have to think how I could rearrange my furniture to do this.  
Cute easy garlands . . . 
and cranes made out of a flower shop calendar.  
A journal page . . . waiting for words . . . 
. . . blue nail polish, fun earrings, and $10 off . . . 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

a little more glitter . . .

Just a few simple little projects . . . and I think there is glitter in every room in my house, but that's part of the fun.  I have a couple more glass pieces drying to use for St. Patrick's Day.  I especially like the little green picture frame. 

Notes from Lily . . .

"Children make your life important."  
~ Erma Bombeck

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine Dance

Lily's date for this year's Princess Ball . . . was none other than Papa.
She looked at him so cute when he walked out and handed her a rose. 
They had a good time . . . although Papa said that she ditched him at one point to be with her friends. 
She is really growing up . . . our Lily! 
 2013 - 80's theme dance with Uncle "Jabub"
2014 - Princess Ball with Uncle Luke and Uncle Boo.  Uncle Jacob was supposed to be in on this one also, but had something else going on and couldn't make it.  
Thank heaven for little girls!

a little glue . . . a little glitter

Live . . . beautifully!
Dream passionately!
Love completely!

I've had these little bottles tucked away in a drawer for years.  Why I haven't thrown them out I don't know . . . oh yeah, I remember - I keep things like this just because I'm a crazy person who makes stuff and you never know when I may just need tiny little perfume bottles.  So last night when I finally had time to play with glitter . . . I needed these little perfume bottles . . .  
. . . and this frame and candy box which are getting glittered today.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday morning inspiration . . .

"The imagination is a palette of bright colors.  You can use it to touch up memories - or you can use it to paint dreams."  
~ Robert Brault
 . . . just a reminder!

 Betsey Johnson kleenex boxes . . . love them!  They make me want to redecorate my bathroom . . . not a bad idea, but I think I will wait until this summer.
 . . . paper cranes (folded and waiting for quotes) - and another reminder!
 I found this little sewing box at a thrift store for only $5.  It is full of every color of thread that is probably too old to ever use . . . but it was one of those things that said "buy me."  

Tulip glitter from ilovetocreate
I have been wanting to play with glitter for a couple of weeks . . . but don't seem to get it done. 
I have some ideas . . . so maybe today will be the day.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

birthday card journal . . .

Once again this year I took my birthday cards and a couple of Valentines and made them into a journal.  I love making these.  I used a very special handmade card for the cover of my journal.  It was too special to hide inside the journal.  Lorraine makes the most wonderful cards . . . you can see them and all the other creative things she does here -  Paper Vernissage 
 In the past I have tried different ways of binding my cards together . . . this year I simple went with glue.  It works great for this kind a project.  I simply glued the edges of the cards - then clamped the cards together until the glue dried.

 I decide to add a little washi tape to each page.  It helps hold the cards together a little better . . . and besides - I love washi tape!

How I just have to fill the empty spaces up with whatever comes to mind when I feel the need to write in a journal.  
Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.
~ Robin S. Sharma