16 May

Freaky Finds

Lamps. Some of the best can be found thrifting. I was sorely tempted to bring these home for my mythology-loving daughter’s room.


Sadly, they were snatched by another while I stood contemplating.

15 May

End of Year

Another school year winds to a close. We have just over a week left until summer can begin. During these last few days, there is something going on almost each day at school. Earlier this week was a WINGS presentation for Oliver. WINGS is a gifted enrichment program he participates in and they work on a long-term project throughout the school year. This project involved creating a news segment along with researching a topic, interviewing several people, and presenting his information in as a news broadcast.


I think he makes a pretty cute reporter. They also filmed commercials that aired during their news segment. Each child needed to invent a product (a non-working model was fine) and then pitch it. Oliver made an automatic chicken coop cleaner that keeps feathers out of your face when cleaning the coop. That’s my boy!

11 Apr

Freaky Finds

Look what I found. A whole wall of used tennis balls!


For $4.99? A can of fresh balls runs for $2.99. I suspect they won’t be selling out of these anytime soon.

10 Apr

Signs of Spring

Spring is inching forward here in St Louis. The grass is greener, trees are starting to bud, daffodils are blooming, my gardening has started, and this:


These four, little fuzzies joined us last week. My daughter named them Euro, Trevi, Pompeii, and Gelato. They will be joining the four hens that live in our backyard coop.

9 Apr

Union Jack Table

My son’s high school has a fundraising auction every year. It is HUGE. The money raised goes toward scholarships so that any boy who qualifies for his school can attend regardless of whether they have the financial resources to pay. There are many (many, many) items that are donated and auctioned off — including hand painted furniture. The school even has a room in the basement dedicated to a group of ladies that paint and upcycle furniture for this event. I discovered this group about two months ago and feel like I found my happy place in the school. This is what I made for the auction — a Union Jack table:


I wish I had taken a “before” picture but, well, live and learn. I love how the table turned out and am pleased that it sold (though not to me even though I bid on my own table!). Taking a hobby I love, combining it with a school I believe in, and add in some super-talented and very nice women and I think I’ve got a few years of fun furniture painting for a good cause ahead of me.

26 Mar

Seed Starting

It is almost April. Usually, by this time of the year, I’m well along in my garden plan with seedlings growing under lights in the house. Sadly, this year I am behind. I’m trying to make up for it this week. Today’s project was making some homemade seed tape for my raised beds.


It is really easy to do, only requiring toilet paper (which will dissolve), Elmer’s glue (which will dissolve), and seeds. So far, I’ve made tape for multi-colored beets, rainbow swiss chard, parsnips, and purple carrots. Radishes, lettuce, spinach, and two other types of carrots are to come. When the glue dries, I’ll place them in my garden beds and lightly cover them with soil.

I find it much easier to sit at the warm kitchen table with a mug of hot coffee and make tapes than to be in my damp, chilly yard, bent over my boxes — especially since my boxes have chicken wire around them (to keep the rabbits out!) making them kind of uncomfortable to reach into much — so they keep me out, too.

Here’s hoping for some warmer weather and some hard core gardening soon!

21 Mar

Freaky Finds

A couple of piggy banks:


How satisfying it would be to smash them open when full.

17 Mar

Questions and Stuff

A little Q & A — inspiration from here.

What is the last thing you watched on TV? I can’t think of anything. I rarely watch TV.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing? Yesterday afternoon. It was sunny and beautiful so I washed the outside of the windows, did some garden work with John — tidied up the beds for the coming year and replanted a grape vine, and re-shingled the roof of the chicken coop.

What is on the walls of the room you are in? Art work from my kids’ grade school years.

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? A new minivan to replace the 13 yo one that is slowing falling apart.

Tell me something about you that most people don’t know. I love to read about strange and unusual diseases.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone? My daughter — arranging a ride home.

What was the last book you read? Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? Kitchen renovation — big time! I’d love more counter space, cabinets and a gas stove with a gorgeous hood. Double wall ovens would be a dream.

What was the last thing you bought? Do groceries count? No? OK then, a vintage tennis racket from the thrift store. I’m thinking about making a mirror out of it.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? David Lebovitz. While he might not quite qualify as a famous FAMOUS person, I love his blog and his cook books and his sense of humor. Bonus would be if he made the lunch.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Williams Sonoma or maybe Crate and Barrel. But, reality is I would never max out a credit card.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Half full. Always.

Name something that took you by surprise. The warm and beautiful day we had yesterday. It was wonderful to be outside. Today we’re getting ice and snow.

Name one TV show you will watch every time it’s on – none

Name a movie you will watch no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Dunno…..maybe Gone with the Wind?

What’s your favorite musical? Hands down — Evita!

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? Rome.

What’s under your bed? Not a thing — yesterday was clean house day so there isn’t even any dust under there.

What is your favorite time of the day? Early morning when I’m up, the sky is just starting to lighten and I have a steaming cappuccino in my hand.

What Inspires You? Sunshine

15 Mar

Cheap and Easy Subway Art

I switched out my Christmas mantle for a travel-themed one in anticipation of some fun trips we have planned. I needed a big statement piece for the back and had been eyeing subway art posters. Sadly, personalized ones are expensive — like $100+ expensive. I toyed with the idea of painting one by hand but had not managed to do that in the two months since I started thinking about it. Some googling around led me to a tutorial with an easy way to make a subway art poster. This took all of 10 minutes to create. And five minutes to drive to the copy shop and less than 5 minutes for them to print it. Talk about an instant gratification project!


Even better was the cost – under $6. I printed the .jpg at Kinkos — size 24×36 as an engineering print. It cost $4.50. The print was big enough to wrap around a piece of foam board bought at the dollar store. I love a cheap project! It leaves more money for the actual traveling. 🙂

14 Mar

Freaky Finds

Check out these lovely little dollies:


It’s no surprise they have been lingering on the shelf for a few weeks. I think they would make great mascots for a mascara company.

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