Friday, October 24, 2008

It's My Birthday


That’s right. Today is the big day that I turn 30. I thought I would be all freaked out but I’m not. Actually, I am quite excited. So I thought I would start off the celebration by coming up with 30 random things about me. Well random things that I haven't all ready talked about, or that I talk about a lot. Which means I can't talk about Martha, Milk Glass, or Crafting. So here it goes:

1) I love Cherry Hershey's Kisses. If I eat one I have to eat ALL of them. I guess it's a good thing they are limited edition.

2) I HATE doing dishes. I can't stand dirty sink water. Ughhhh

3) I didn't learn how to run a dish washer until I was in my early 20's . . . and only after I accidently flooded my best friend's parents kitchen while house sitting. I quickly learned that you can NOT put in liquid dish soap, but they had a very clean floor when they came home.

4) I have never rolled someone's house. There was one failed attempt while in high school that just resulted in me jumping in a ditch and narrowly avoided being discovered by a passing car.

5) I can jump off the side of a pool perfectly, but I can't jump off of a diving board.

6) I did jump off a two story high bank into a river though! (Or as John Reeps says reiffer.)

7) I am five feet half an inch tall!

8) I can play the clarinet.

9) I can sing most of the words from 9 out of 10 oldie songs on the radio.

10) The one and only time I went "tubing" I was attacked by a giant hairy "tarantula" (I really don't know what it was, but it was huge.)

11) My husband likes to make fun of me because when there are yellow jackets or bees around me I make a funny face and walk really fast in a circle and say yeeee . . . in my defense it works.

12) I'm allergic to ants.

13) I learned to use a cash register when I was five years old.

14) I can also count back change backwards.

15) I'm a fifth generation native of my hometown.

16) I get pissed off when people make fun of my southern accent, especially when they live south of the Mason Dixon. Just sayin!

17) When I plan vacation or trips, I always pick places that seem to be popular with senior citizens. I think it's because I like places with history.

18) I put salt on watermelon, and apples, and oranges, and cantaloupe, and grapefruit. . . I don't put sugar on any fruit.

19) I HATE fake or frozen strawberries. I will only eat fresh ones.

20) The only (known) food that I will not eat is chicken and dumplings. (My husband says that I wouldn't eat Indian food or "ar-ach-a-nids"! I've tried Indian food and would eat it again in a pinch. Arachnids, however, are NOT food, regardless of what Bear Grylls says.)

21) I'm afraid of snakes.

22) I think Clowns are evil.

23) I think I have cute feet.

24) 24 is my favorite number.

25) I made my little cousin eat glue once, and she still remembers it.

26) The farthest west I have been is Biloxi, Mississippi (see number 17).

27) My favorite movie of all time is Jaws!

28) One year I dressed up as Mr. T for Halloween. It. Was. Awesome!

29) I think I have the best family in the whole world!

30) And I'm excited to turn 30! Who would have thunk it?
So there it is. 30 Random things that it has taken 30 years to learn.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Add My Support, Add a Button

Yesterday, I had a sick day. While at the drug store, I decided to get myself a few treats. I decided on Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, and this . . .



It’s called Izze Sparking Juice and it’s delish. I had the Clementine, and I really like it. (I’m pretending this is like TV, and I hope that if I mention them they will send me a free case or two . . . well it couldn’t hurt).

I had never read Home Companion before, and I think I have really been missing out. I can see why other bloggers like it so much. I thought that I might need to grab one, especially the Halloween edition, since this might be my last opportunity. You see I was informed by Jerusalem of my little life, that this might be the last issue! So I decided to add my support, add a button, and hope that the great corporate world will lend an ear . . . (and free swag wouldn’t hurt either!)


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sandpaper Book


You have probably seen this lots of times, but I thought I would share it anyway.
This is how we store all of our sand paper. Now it’s neat, orderly, and easy to find. The cost was zilch because I pulled from my yard sale pile.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Paper Logs

I’m not much on being green, but I do appreciate being self sufficient. I guess it’s because I was raised by a depression baby. Both my grandmother’s were savers. They both had the classic “don’t throw it out, you might need it” mentality. My mom is the same way. Lucky for her, she is pretty handy and can fix or rig just about anything. There does seem to be a sense of security for me in that. I guess because it’s so familiar. “Waste not, want not,” was a pretty regular mantra growing up.

I think there might be an upside to the current state of the economy. Don’t get me wrong, I know that it is scary for a lot of people right now, and I am sympathetic. It seems that more people are learning to “make do” as our grandparents did. I think that we should do that more often in life, and I think we forgot it for a while.

So what does any of this have to do with crafts? Well, I decided to not be wasteful and save all those newspapers that come along with my coupons. My husband suggested making fire-logs, and so that’s what I did.

First, I put them in a galvanized tub, and soaked them in water. We are still in a drought here, so I was trying to be as conservative with water as I could. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have put ALL the newspapers in at once, but I did. I also should have unfolded them too, because although you would think that newspaper would soak up water like a sponge, it was hard to get them saturated.

After that my mom (who is named Lula Bell) and I rolled each log as tight as we could. Then we laid them out in the sun to dry, which took several days. I think we made about a dozen or so. Afterwards my husband told me that we should have left a hole in the middle because they will draw better . . . now he tells me. So next time I think we will dry to wrap them around a dowel or something.

I would love to hear of any “Make Do-I-Y’s” you’ve done! (I just made that up, spread it around)



Update
These are for use in the fire place. They should burn just like a regular wood log. The tighter they are, the longer they burn, which means that they aren’t good for kindling. It is also better to burn them together with wood and not by themselves, because they are supposed to produce a fine ash. The water is used to loosen up the paper and make the logs more compact. I haven’t tried to burn these yet, because it isn’t cool enough here. Making these logs has been around for a long time, but I think like a lot of other things it has been forgotten. You can still purchase a tool for rolling the paper that doesn’t require using water, but they are $50 which seems to be a waste to me. Apparently in the United Kingdom, they use a contraption that makes them into bricks.

I found an article online from Mother Earth News dated November/December 1977, that tells you how to make Colorful Christmas Flames. I think this is pretty neat, and I might try adding salt next time.

Let me know if any of you decide to try this!
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Vinyl Tablecloth

I love Halloween! I love decorating for Halloween and all things spooky! I thought ya’ll might be interested in some really cute vinyl tablecloths at Wal-Mart of all places. This is the one that I got
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Milk Glass and Roses

Remember that I am having the house painted? Well it seems that the pesky roses are in the way. When we first moved in these roses had over taken the front steps, making it nearly impossible to enter the house without getting scratched. I said it was our own natural security system, but apparently it had scrapped my husband one time too many because I came home one day to find that the bush had been completely hacked to the ground. It seems my husband had tried to eradicate the poor rose with a machete. I did have plans on digging it up and giving it to my mother. I guess my resucue attempt was too late.

This was early spring. By fall, out of pure spite I’m sure, it has not only grown completely back, but it is flourishing. It's full with new growth, leaves, and covered with the beautiful pink roses. I hope this little pruning hasn’t done it in. You see, this rose has spunk!

Here is what I decided to do with the clippings.




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Monday, October 6, 2008

House Paint



Option 1




Option 2




Option 3

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We are supposed to have our house painted today, because it needs a new paint job. BAD. I want it to fit in more with the landscape, and to have a sort of cabin feel. These are my three paint options from Sherwin Williams, and no this isn't our house. It might have made this easier. Which option do you like?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Flea Market Finds


Last Sunday (the day after my alone trip to the thrift store) we made a trip to the local flea market. We have been going every few weeks, mainly to get out of the house. This time I was glad that we went. I think I lucked out twice in one weekend! Isn’t that suitcase cute! The inside is kind of crappy, but the rest is in good shape and for $3 I thought it was a good price so it came home with me! I also found some more vintage notions. They weren’t as cute as the one’s from the thrift, but the price was right.

I do think the bias tape is pretty cool though. I don’t think you can buy it like that now. I thought the D hooks and zippers might come in handy. Maybe my thriftiing luck is turning!
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thrift Store

Last weekend I took a trip by myself to the local thrift. It was the first time that I got to go by myself so I had more time to look. Boy was I grateful. This is the kind of thrift store I like. They have everything from bathroom sinks to light fixtures to . . . whatever. No I didn’t get any of that, but this is what I did get. I have plans for that tree candleholder. Notice the brown color. Do I smell spray paint? . . .
The basket I thought would be great for my craft closet redo that I’ve been working on. I also lucked out and found some of these.

What kills me is that I paid the same price for them as when they were new. But they are vintage and very cute. I love the packaging.
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