Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Us Girls

My sister called, she was on her way to Mom's, would  I like to come over too?  Of course!  

When I arrived about a half hour later, I had to laugh.  "Did you notice, I asked, we are all wearing black and white today?"

We had to get a picture but ohhhh my.  By the end we had dissolved in giggles.  I'm just not good with camera phones!

I never did capture the slacks, except in the movie clips taken accidentally that I am unable to upload to the blog.  But Mom and Karan wore white, I was in black. 
Crazy fun! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Week that Was

It has been quite the week.  So many upsets, so many changes.  I suddenly realized it has been almost a week since my last post and I need to dig myself out of the gloom that was life last week.

I caught a cold.  I never catch colds.  Airborne is my friend and has kept me from illness since I discovered it, except one bout with bronchitis a couple of years ago.  I was only under the weather Thursday, but Tuesday and Wednesday, I knew it was on it's way and I was fighting hard.  Wednesday night I was sneezing seven times in a row every half hour.  Bill made a run Publix to get Sine-Aid,  my staple from years ago, only to find they apparently don't make it anymore.  We settled on some heart smart meds that doesn't raise your blood pressure.  Just a precaution.  Today I'm more myself and not congested at all.

 Sunday our well wasn't working.  We had no water.  Since we JUST MOVED here seven months ago, we were really dismayed.  The plumber we hired took a few days to install a new pump, which didn't work right meaning there might be holes in the pipes leading to the house.   Digging through the concrete would be started in a day or two.  Then he broke the filter system and had to repair that, but it leaked after the repair.  Argghhh. My uncle saved the day by discovering the plumber forgot to put in a check valve of some sort and when the plumber came back and fixed that, the pump worked fine.  No additional digging was needed.  We got a different filter system and is now installed at no cost. Bing! This filter will be easier to use.  I'm so happy we have a brand new and reliable pump now and as long as the well doesn't go dry we are set.

Finally, to cap things off, earlier in the week my son's band parted ways with him in a very polite way.   It was very disappointing of them. Fortunately there are a lot of good reasons why this is for the best.  I am so proud of how he and his new wife are handling it.  I'm gratified over the overwhelming dismay from the fans.    Life moves on however and his faith is strong.  God has a plan. It will be interesting to see it unfold. He has a wonderful family that will move on past this with little regret and fond memories. 
James on the keyboard at Warped Tour where they headlined last year.  

But on to happier and productive times this week! 

One of the best things about this week was solving a problem with an old tile I love.  It's 8x8 and 1 inch thick.  I got it from a Pottery Barn catalog return used item bin.  It was marked down from $24.00 to $1.49. [big smiley face]  I like to leave out on the counter to use as a cutting board, hot plate, etc.  

I have new counter tops and the bottom of the tile was rough, I cringed every time it moved.  So I took a scrap of  a sweater I felted, and simply glued it to the bottom.  How easy!

No fear now of scratching the new countertop!  The felted fabric is thick and will not wear away.  It's washable but really, the crumbs just brush off easily. 
My smile is back!  

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Making Lemonade

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Very Cherry February

Saturdays are meant for fashion and Mom and I attended a sweet little fashion show and luncheon as the guest of her friend, Shirley.  It was a nice little outing for both of us.  The fashions were from a local store and were admired by all and sundry.  The lunch was a variety of salads, roll and a cookie bag.  Tea, lemonade and coffee! It was all nicely put together by the ladies who attend Shirley's church. 

 Trying to take our picture together! How does a phone take a picture, again??
 The centerpiece for this President's Day Luncheon!  And look..raffle tickets!

Mom is always up for a good raffle!  


Which is good because we won one of the baskets!
 In honor of the president that chopped down the Cherry Tree (We know it's false, check Snopes, but the legend persists)

2 liters of Cherry Coke, boxes of cherry jello, cherry snack cakes, chocolate covered cherries, a large jar of maraschino cherries, Smucker cherry preserves, cherry Twizzlers, cherry pie filling, a hand crafted cherry fabric wallet and an a cherry fabric oven mitt!  

It certainly made this A Very Cherry February!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Thrifty Weekend

 Every once in awhile you find something that you just love. You never knew it existed, it was never on a list but you couldn't possibly leave it behind. I found two such items this weekend.

 I've never been a fan of silver plate anything, but I was drawn to this bowl
 It's very heavy, very ornate and I love the rings on both sides.  It was a $1.79 and all I could think was I must have it.  I picture it with a turquoise wash using very thin oil paint and holding soap in my bathroom.  I'm a bit nervous about ruining it so I'm going to try the wash on some old silverware first to test it.

Currently it's holding some old skeleton keys that didn't have a home.


I bought a silver plated butter knife for twenty cents and tried it.  I used oil paint and I polished it first, but it was too far gone.  I'm still undecided after doing it.  I like it close up, but not at a distance.  I also had to do it several times to get the amount on I liked, and it's not all that ornate.  I could try with acrylic but it may be a real struggle to get every bit out if I don't like it.  I'm going to sit on this a few more days. Honest opinions? 

Well back to my other little treasure....

This little 50's art dish couldn't be left on the shelf either.  It has a shimmery copper paint that is unexpected and the picture is slightly embossed.  I love it. 

It's signed, but I can't find anything about it. Maybe one of you does?  Interestingly the oriental mark below the signature probably  identifies it as an Asian piece but it feels like Beatnik to me.  Do I remember it from the 50's?  My  parents had friends that were very Bohemian.   I didn't notice at first but it actually has a hole in the ceramic to hang it.  I thought it was a tray and feared it spent it's life as a lowly ash tray perhaps.  I know I'll find the perfect spot to hang it.

It was all of $.79

Linking to
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Apron Thrift Girl 
Tell It To Me Tuesday
Wow us on Wednesday 
Share the Love Wednesday 
Ivy and Elephants
The Painted Pear 
The French Cupboard

Please follow me at Linky and let me know via a comment...what a flurry of activity this has had this week!  I'm hoping Google Friends does not go away so follow there as well, just in case.

And what did you find last weekend?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Art Festival in St. Petersburg

My sister Karan tells me one of the nicest things about a Florida winter is the plethora of festivals that pop up all winter. The weather is gorgeous, everyone wants to be outside and the population is at it's peak. We haven't been to any so when my mom gave me the weekend activities part of the paper I saw the Art Festival advertised at a Jewish Temple.

It turned out to be about a fifty mile jaunt, but we are free as birds these days and have all the time in the world.  It was packed and people were parking for blocks and walking in.  Bill pulled through the lot to drop me off, and a parking attendant waved us into one of the 15 minute parking spaces just vacated in front of the door.  You can stay and park there the attendant said.  The 15 minutes doesn't apply today. He rocks!

There were rooms and rooms to explore and we had a wonderful afternoon.  
Here are some pictures I took.

 Entering through a garden area with gorgeous fountains
colorful sculptures
and magic mushrooms
This watercolor was so complicated and beautiful.  This is just the bottom corner.

Bill would have taken any one of these original oils home. 

My taste in original oils was a little more eclectic

This fanciful object caught my attention.  The band had a photo spread in a magazine similar to this.  There arms and feet turned into to limbs and trunks.  A promo for With Roots Above and Branches Below.  

 Throughout there were beautiful displays of  art glass.
It was all just so beautiful.

Visit my other blog Styln' Sixties
for more photos, including some really fabulous sculptures! 


The Versitile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Paulette from Cheerful Thrifty Door, has actually awarded my humble blog, The Versatile Blogger Award!  I was so surprised and amazed and grateful. I've already gotten new followers!!

Paulette's blog post about her Vera Neuman scarves inspired me to see if I could find some.  They were gorgeous and I have discovered how wonderful scarves are to dress up an outfit for a polished look.  I have found more than a dozen since then and love each one more than the last!  Please visit Paulette over at Cheerful Thrifty Door.  Following her blog has been a pure delight seeing all her thrifty finds!  I always love to visit. 

The Versatile Blogger Award rules are: You should pass the award on to 15 recently discovered blogs.  I'm following Paulette's lead however, and doing just a few, as I am a pretty new blogger and all my blogs are newly discovered.  Some of my choices follow me and some ignore me but these blogs I am awarding  I make sure I visit every new post.  Let the bloggers know that they have been nominated and share seven things about yourself.   Be sure and thank the award giver and link back to their blog.  Please place the icon of The Versatile Blogger Award somewhere on your blog page.
So here goes:  

Seven Things About Myself:

• I have recently moved to Florida from Ohio.
• I have four children, four children in law and four grandchildren.
• I've been married only once and we will celebrate 43 years next month.
• I have loved thrifting and junking since I was a kid.  I've always preferred "old"  to anything new.
• I sold and gave away of 2/3rds of my household stuff last summer in a gut wrenching series of yard sales in order to simplify my life.
• I have a shooting star on Ebay but haven't listed anything since 2006.  I have an Etsy shop but only listed one item in 2010.  It didn't sell.
• My favorite and most recommended book series is The Betsy Tacy book series by Maud Hart Lovelace.  .

Here, are the blogs that I have chosen to pass the award to. Take a few moments to check out these blogs and perhaps leave a comment and hopefully become a follower.

Simply Stated  (Great recipes and crafts...highly recommended)
Coastal Charm  ( Dear to my heart as I now live Coastal)
Apron Thrift Girl  (I get the most hits from her readers!)
The Painted Quilt  (Beautiful Crafty blog and always replies to comments)
The Rock for Beginners  (So interesting...who else do you know that lives on a rock??)
Little House That Grew (Six children and her honest emotions raising them and living Catholic)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Finished Project

When we renovated Tortoise Cottage I was the only one who didn't want a cabinet in the bathroom.  I wanted SPACE, clean space.  After all the hall closet was just 10 steps away outside the door.

We have been here since the last few days of July, so a full six months and a few days.  I like it, but I can see the good of having a tiny little cabinet that can hold the few everyday things we use.

So I began looking and Sunday I found a great little cabinet, like new for $14.99 guessed a thrift shop.  Did I take a picture?  No, I forgot but you can picture it, dark brown.  It has one door, a space for a pull out tote (which I may have to make myself) and a flat surface.  It is the flat surface I was missing.  Where to set the hair spray can?  The brush? The flatiron?  I found I was juggling these things all the time.

I sanded the beautifully smooth surface so it would accept paint but to no avail, the painting was horrendous and took double the amount to look acceptable. It also shows the scratches from sanding. 

I struggled with replacing the hinges putting them on several times chipping the paint a bit as it wasn't dry enough.  I'm so impatient.

I decided to copy the shower curtain on the door for fun and a little color.  So I took the door in and painted some sprigs.

Then discovered I painted it upside down on the door when I went to put it back on.  So I took the hinges off and put them on the other side again.
But now they didn't close.  There was this large gap.  What was I doing wrong??  I tried every way I could think of but to no avail and I called in reinforcements.  Bill knew exactly what I was doing wrong.  But by then I  noticed at the bottom, one of the leaves ran....OH NO!

So I, once again, took the door off, and went back into the bathroom to put a second layer of sprigs over the first.  I wasn't going to do this earlier because I was nervous it wouldn't work.  But needs must and I was forced to do it and it looked much more like the curtain after all.  Not exactly the same though...which is even better.

So I put it in place.

And ...  Viola! A finished project!

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