Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kisses, Snow, Stash Busting


Last weekend was spent in Hershey, Pennsylvania,
sweetest place on Earth.
Kisses Everywhere!
On your soap

 
On your room number,
bathroom wall,

embossed on the sheets,

soap,

shampoo,

and even on the parking spots.
 
 
And then the snow came.

And kept coming!
Yes, those are cars under there!
Luckily, we had the foresight to move our vehicle
to the covered parking lot
before it started!
 
Definitely, one of our smarter moves!

 
On another note,
update on the clean out!
 
382 items have left the house!  
  Over 10 percent done! 
 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Some painting, 366 Items and off to Chocolate Land


A few painting that I have been finishing up.
I have more wall space in my booth
and
needed to finish some things to fill it up!




 
These amounted to seven more items leaving my  house.
 
Bringing the total to...
 
366!
 
I am a tenth of the way there to
 
3650!
Today we are off to Chocolate Land.
 
Hershey, PA
for the
Pennsylvania State Fair Convention.
 
Always a fun time!
 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Covered Bridge Classes


When not at work at either job,
this is what JWS likes to call
my third job.
 
It is too much fun to be called a job!

Look at all those smiling faces!

How can it be work when everyone is so happy!
 
It's fun to get people in touch with their creative side! 
Want to follow along?
 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guilty Pleasures.


And...
learn something new daily! 
 
Yarn is a totally guilty pleasure. 
 
Seems I can't walk into a store that sells yarn
and not walk out with at least one skein! 
These were yesterday's purchases.
Even more guilty?
New scarves for me! 
Learn something new?
 
Bamboo yarn is awesome! 
Soft, drapes well and nice to work with.
Finished project tomorrow...hopefully!

A second guilty pleasure?
Boots! 
 
I love them! 
Love them even more on sale!
What did I learn from that, you ask?
Well,
even when I was skinny back in the 70's when boots were
popular, I had trouble finding ones that would fit my calves.
 
Now we are talking 110 pounds of skinny and I could
not buy boots that would fit over my calves.
Forty years
and slightly a lot more than 40 pounds later,
it is no easier.
Epiphany! 
My calves are not too big!
My feet are too small for my calves!
That's my story and I am sticking to it!
And...
buying thicker socks!
and
insoles!

 
Last guilty pleasure is,
wait for it...
Victoria's Secret
Underwear!
 
Or better known as
VS Granny Panties!
 
I love them.
Pricey, yes, but so worth the money.
 
They last forever and are so comfortable. 
 
Surprising, in a sea of lace and strings and
seriously uncomfortable looking
undergarments,
the girl at the counter said that they sell tons of these!
Chatting, I told her I have some that are at least 12 years old.
(I remember buying them on a trip)
She told me that there is a date printed in the back
of all of them and showed me where to find it.
 
And there is! 
Fun fact of the day!
 
But seriously,
Angel wings and thongs aside.
Even though a pair of these costs as much as a whole
pack at a big box store,
they are so worth it. 
 
Yarn, boots and underwear!
Going to be hard to beat that knowledge today!
 
 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Steps to a Chair


Pick some fun colors!
Start painting them wherever you want!

Sketch in some whimsical flowers.

Shade behind them.

Add some bright color.
Shade
Highlight

Doodle with your paintbrush
and
stylus!


Monday, January 11, 2016

All Skate


Ahhh,
memories!
 
And to think I was even was before the disco skating rage.
 
I was
Skirts with marabou edging
(how I begged for one of those)
Pom-Poms on the toes of your skates
Skate socks that pulled down over your whole skate
and
Organ Music.
 
The Flea Hop,
The Two Step,
The Grand March.
 
Ok, I have dated myself enough.
 
Yesterday was our second
Family Fun,
Hope we don't have to call LifeFlight,
Skate Day.
 
And what fun!
 
 

 
A little, local, old skating rink,
That you can rent inexpensively,
and
have more fun than imaginable!

From the youngest,
determined little bugger that he is,
 
to the oldest.
 
Wait....
that is me!
(the oldest, that is)

 
A good time was had by all!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Project 1, 2, 3 and 187 items.


Already I am a little behind on my
Project 365.
Four days to be exact but who is counting other than me.
Shelby's poncho.
 
I know it looks a little weird.  
It is sort of asymmetrical,
but it looks cool on.

 
At the risk of oversharing and mostly
because some of you people might
think I have it all together.
(Only the ones who truly don't know me)
This was the dumping of my sock drawer.
 
Honestly,
I like the after picture so much better,
why can't I keep it that way?

A chair headed to the shop...
wait,
can I count that as 188
and the poncho
as
189?
 
Of course,
my count, my rules!

 
Trying to make more of these.
 
I found them all cut and ready to be sewn.

 
Tutorial here:

Monday, January 4, 2016

Gun Cabinet Repurpose


 
Suppose your have a gun cabinet hanging around unused.
What do you do with it?
 
In the case of this one, it was in our bedroom.
 
You see
we did the responsible thing and bought a gun safe
a few years ago
and
since JWS had built this in high school
also
a few years ago
it did not seem right to get rid of it
and
since we did not have the foresight to
actually put a linen closet in when we added on to the house...
voila!
Gun cabinet turned linen closet. 
 

I had purchased this wallpaper
also a few years ago
at a yard sale
because
 
 
well because I am a bit of a hoarder.
 
 

and
splurged on some
Annie Sloan chalk paint...
instead of the normal mixing my own.

This was the closest to a BEFORE picture.
 
Note that at this point we also did not have closet doors...
but that's another blog post.
(13 years we have not had closet doors! )
 

 
And...
 
JWS even installed shelves! 
 
BTW,
I think he is a toilet paper hoarder!  
 
Closet doors
A linen closet
All in one week!
 
Organization, PLUS!
 
Today's project:
My closet.
 
The number of items leaving the house is staggering!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Project 365



I love this app!  

So much that I spent the 99 cents to upgrade to the pro version! 

I would have spent more, 
but let's not tell that to it's creator! 

Seriously.
I downloaded this to my phone last January with the resolution of 
doing something creative every day. 

There were times I got behind, 
and times I was ahead, 
but in the end, 
I kept up pretty well. 

I debated using it this year for my 
de-clutter project, 
but really at the end of the year,
do I want to look at the 
junk I threw away 
or 
the inside of clean cupboards and drawers?
I don't think so.



So it is back to creative. 




Back to the app,
It is easy to use
and
even more amazing is when I needed a tiny bit of help
I asked a question
and 
very quickly had a personal email 
from the creator of the app
explaining how to fix my issue. 

Service like that gets me every time! 

The website allows you to see all your photos online
and share them with your friends and family. 

So here are mine. 

http://www.iosproject365.com/tolentreasures

Not that you want to go through a whole year of my nonsense. 
Some of them were craft projects, 
some photographs, 
some simply line drawings.

A few I posted twice by mistake...
hey, my mind is not getting any younger.

Clean in Sixteen update.

Medicine cabinet yesterday before work. 
Total items for the year: 33