Monday, May 3, 2021

Sombrero/Boob cookies and some backyard cuties

 Check me out....

I'm getting a May post up before the end of the first week!

Cinco De Mayo is a few days,

Are you ready?

I just reminded myself,   I need to buy some tequila tomorrow!!

I got a head start on the fiesta and made some Sombrero cookies the other day.

I  know..  they like more like boobies than sombreros!

Note to self:

next year, make some for Mardi Gras!

You can't get the image out of your head now!

They were super easy to make. 
I used store bought sugar cookie dough and rolled the cooled cookies in melted chocolate and sprinkles. Then added the gumdrop with some chocolate.


I just finished giving the floors a good cleaning and now, it's 7pm and I'm just looking for stuff to do.
Have I ever mentioned that I hate evenings.
I just don't know what to get in to and I can't sit long enough to get swallowed up in the television or a book.   I have always been fidgety.

Ohhhh.. speaking of books.   
I lied. 
I recently read a self published biography that I couldn't put down.
I read it cover to cover in a day.

This is not my normal genre but it was written by a family friend and his story of dysfunction and redemption are amazing.  


I'm going to keep this post semi short and leave you guys with these beauties that visited the back yard today. 

Have a great week everyone!!

Friday, April 30, 2021

End of the month stuff

Hi Friends.
Happy last day of April.
Can you believe it!!

I wanted to hurry up and get a post up before the month ended.
Here are some of the things that have been happening around the house..

veggie flat bread

I LOVE making pretty flat breads using refrigerated pizza dough and fresh herbs and vegetables.

Isn't this one adorable.
It was tasty too.

Still loving the new kitchen set up

Yup.  I am still having fun with the "new" kitchen island.

I wanted to show you the basil in my grandmother's old cow cookie jar.
I've been trying to utilize all of my grandma's cow collection
 and I thought this was a cute way to use this piece.

And I also wanted to show you this cool coffee sign that I got from amazon.


I'm just realizing that I don't think that I told you guys that I redid the coffee bar backsplash AGAIN.
Remember a few posts ago when I added those black and white peel and stick tiles?
Turns out..  I hated it.   
Seriously.. they just weren't working for me so I made another penny backsplash.

Or did I show you already?

 this time,   I cheated.
I didn't want to add the pennies directly to the wall..
you know,  just incase I change my mind again.

I used some E6000 glue and glued each penny to a piece of black foam board and then I used a little hot glue to attach the foam board to the wall.

I had planned on grouting but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

I think the whole project cost me about $5.00.


The weather finally broke and I washed the kazillion little jalousie windows and put the screens on the porch.   Of course I looked at them this morning and they are already covered in green dust.

The Taco Truck

Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, 
I had a few extra pieces of plywood to make the outside gang a funny prop for feeding time.

Can I help you?

I'll have some seed salsa and a walnut fajita.

Adding more color to my bible

For April's bible reading I spent most of my time between Exodus and Mark and my bible is looking so beautiful and well read.  
I bought myself some new colored pencils and I love how the drawings of Mt Sinai and the empty tomb turned out.   (I'm not that original ~  I look at Pinterest for inspiration)

Yesterday I finished up Daniel and now,  I need to choose which book that I will study in May.

I'll end this with this little cutie.
Do your dogs hop in your spot as soon as you get up?
That's what he did.

And that's it for April. 
There's been a lot more but I don't want to bore you to much. 

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy May.
See you soon!!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The DIY Kitchen Island

Oops.  It's April and I don't have a blog post up!

I've started this post a while ago and it just sat.

I've had so many things going on that I wasn't sure which to post about.

And dang, Time is flying by!

First,  I hope that you all had a happy Easter.   We had a great day here.

Easter Sunday was also our oldest daughters 30th birthday so we had a fun birthday/Easter celebration.

Also,  I can't believe that we are parents of a 30 year old.   It's kinda freaky.  

As I mentioned in the last post,  I did paint the dining room and I am halfway through spring cleaning. 

It will probably be summer before it's done.  And....   I swear,  I need to do-overs already!

If  you are on my social media than you already know how obsessed I am with my latest project.

I am sitting at it now and I will repeat it...

I. Freaking.  Love. It.

You wanna see right?

I have wanted a "real" island in the kitchen for sometime.   Unless we are dying eggs or carving pumpkins,  we never all sit around the kitchen table anymore.   Anyhow,  I've been watching lots of DIY tutorials on how to build one using kitchen cabinets and while I liked them,  You know my style is a little funky.  I wanted it to be unique.   A few years ago I saw an island made from a dresser and that's always been an idea in the back of my mind.  So, along with the cabinets, I've also been searching for the perfect dresser ~  just in case. 

Not mine..  but isn't this cute!   And all of those drawers for extra storage! 

A few weeks ago, while on another hunt for supplies that I would need to make something,  Michelle and I stopped into one of our favorite little consignment shops and a piece just jumped out at me.   Every about it was perfect.    Look at the baby drawers at the top.  I loved it!!   I didn't buy it that day, but I thought about it all night long and I went back the next morning and bought it.

ladies at the shop just thought I was a little bit crazy when I told them what it was going to be.  How could they not see my vision!!

You wanna see it?

First,  here's a look at the old kitchen table -  which I still love.

Not the greatest picture,  but its a great reclaimed wood table that was made by veterans.

No worries,  the table was going to go to good use.  I'm not completely getting rid of it. 

I disassembled it and the table top got sanded and restained .

  you know where I'm going with this! 

I saved the feet and base ~  I know I will think of something to use them for.

I can't wait for you to see my new island

Before I show you,  I will tell you that I originally planned to paint it white.  I know that green is in style,  but I really wasn't sure about it.   We decided to keep everything as it was and it changes the look of the whole kitchen.    And,  wait until you see the pot-rack clock that's been hanging in the kitchen for years - it pops now!!

Okay,  enough babbling..   You wanna see it?



Note:  I still need to paint the back of it.

What do you think?  doesn't it change the room completely!  

AND that's just one of the things that has been keeping me busy.   

Tonight I'm going to do some planning in my new planner,  catch up on some bible verses and possibly take a nice long soak in the tub.  That sounds awesome!

Hope that you all are well and enjoying some beautiful spring days.

ps.  sorry about the weird spacing.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Easter Tablescape

Hello again.

I'm still creating and playing around the house.

This weekend I focused more on the tiny house .. wait until you see how cute it is!!!

On Sunday morning I scrambled a bunch of eggs so that I could have the egg shells to paint and make into little planter pieces for the Easter Table.  

Aren't they adorable!!!

Here's a little video of the table decor all put together. 

The other day.. after I set the table,  
I decided that I wanted to paint the walls.
I may try to tackle that tonight.

Happy Almost Easter!!

Monday, March 29, 2021

clothespin carrots


Hi Friends.

Happy Friday!!  

I thought I posted this.. oops!

Have you all been attacking those spring projects?

I was doing pretty good with the spring cleaning until yesterday.

It's been grey and rainy again and I honestly can not function on rainy days.

Since it's been so Ughhh outside,  Yesterday and today I just focused on working on some crafty projects.   I found this cute and fun idea on YouTube last night and I just happened to have all of the supplies needed to create them.

Clothespin Carrots

Here's what you need:

wood glue
Paints:  orange and white
hole filler (optional)
fine grit sandpaper ( if you use the hole filler)
Greens or something to use for carrot top
Jute, raffia or ribbon
Hot glue gun

And here's what you do:

Take the clothespin apart and glue the outside halves together like below..
use hole filler to fill in tiny hole in the middle.

Let dry, lightly sand.
Paint orange and dry brush some white around carrot for highlights.
Glue on green stem with hot glue.
glue on raffia or ribbon.

 you're done!!
And now you have a cute collection of carrots just in time for Easter!

I fell asleep half way through putting this post together.
I would have sworn that I finished it. 
man... I'm getting old! 

Hope that you all have a great week!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

I changed the porch... AGAIN

Yay!  It's officially Spring! 

After a week of dragging my tail,  I had the best busy weekend. 

What did we do?  Nothing.

I cleaned,  ate a bowl of ice cream and I pushed through my lazy spells and made the most of the decent weather.  

  And I slept ~  at night!

  I spent most of my time on the porch -  changing things AGAIN.

I decided that I am going to keep the branches up all year,  so I removed all of those pink flowers (I wasn't really a fan of the pink) and I replaced them with green leaves.

I switched a few things around and did some Home Shopping upstairs on the 3rd floor.

Speaking of the attic, 
I gotta tell you about the creepy stuff that happens up there..
Do you believe in ghosts?
My kids constantly hear unexplained footsteps above their bedrooms and they still won't go upstairs alone.   Sometimes,  like just a little while ago,  things will come crashing down the attic steps. 
It sounds like a locomotive crash that we can hear from 2 floors below.
Last week it was a framed American flag.
Tonight it was the heavy book piece of a music stand.

I'm guessing that whoever lives up there was mad that I stole the old fire truck ( that was Paul's when he was a kid).    They should know by now that I will return it shortly ~  I always change my mind.  

Back to the porch..
isn't it cute? 
I'm excited for warmer days and afternoon naps on the daybed with the dogs.  : )

I can't wait to switch the storm windows for screens and have the fresh breeze come in.

While I was out shopping for fake green leaves that I'll throw away later,  I stopped into the Dollar General store and I hit the jackpot.  I love when I find cheap things that I don't need but have to have.

Among other things,  I found this pitcher and these super cute and heavy plates.

And just $13.00 for all 5 pieces.

Tonight I had to test one out.. 
and it was the perfect sized plate to hold my red lentil spaghetti and a salad.  



That's it from here.
I have a busy week planned,  starting with another dentist appointment tomorrow morning
 ( I think that its just a cleaning) and then I am going to do some hard core spring cleaning.
I have a whole list of projects that need to be tackled.

Hope that you all have a great new week.

Happy Spring!!!