Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My second hand treasure!
(the chair not the cat)
Wow! Look at the detail on this table!
One of my favorite finds is a wing back chair. It was when I was decorating my office, and even before I walked in the door, I got a tingle, just to keep my eyes open. As I'm weaving my way to the back, I spotted the chair. I had been looking for a chair to complement one that I had inherited from my Grandma, and there sitting in front of me was an almost identical match! Grandma had her chair reupholstered years ago in a crushed velvet that is rose in color, at the time, I was not too fond of the color, so you can imagine my surprise to find the same fabric on a chair the same exact size and shape. Not only that, but the chair was marked at $13, Grandma's birthday and favorite number; all of the other chairs were marked at $20, at least. Definitely, a chair that belonged with us.
One of my favorite "rules" I have put in place for myself, is to always try and drop things off when I go into buy new things. Donating has become a drive through affair, and couldn't be simpler, drop my stuff off, head around the parking lot, and feel a little less guilty for bringing new junk into my crowded home. Even the boys, who hate the whole wearing someone else's clothes thing, have come to love things like basketball shorts and pj pants from my second hand sources.
The best way to approach a thrift store is to have items that you need in mind, but to always keep your eyes open for the unexpected surprise find. Like yarn, decorative pillows, nice blankets, antique textiles, or antique furniture that you can breathe a little love into and repurpose into a new family treasure. Like I said, thrift store shopping is the ultimate, and funnest form of recycling that I can think of. I'd love to hear stories of great finds from my fabulous readers, so....
Have a miracle of a day.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I was continually reminded of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if..." comedy routine, I think I would've given him enough material for at least one show. So here goes:
- You might be a redneck if you walk into a stained glass shop with an old tackle box for your tools instead of the pricey art supply containers that everyone else has.
- You might be a redneck if your truck is sitting in a parking lot full of BMW's and Audi's full to the brim with recyclables.
- You might be a redneck if the tools you use are from a different century, like the grinding stone and soldering iron that my instructor really got a chuckle out of.
- You might be a redneck if you fill the entire class room full of thick smoke because you tried to get away with using the husbands flux and solder (believe me, there is a big difference between plumbing and glass supplies)!
- You might be a redneck if some of the glass that you use is the oldest thing in the building- and that's pretty old (I took the class with some very nice "retired" ladies) LOL!
Actually, I used the old glass on purpose, my repurposing self likes to have a piece of the ranch in all of my work. We have replaced many windows in this old house, and using the glass in new, fun ways has been a real pleasure for me. It feels as if I am putting a little bit of history into every craft I make. The thick smoke on the other hand was a little embarrassing, especially right after one of the ladies had been asking questions about the health safety of doing stained glass. I still can't figure out why she changed work stations!
But, the bottom line is that I did it! I took myself out of my comfort zone, learned something new and taught those old ladies a thing or two about ranching (I'm thinking they did not leave chicken poop from their barn shoes in the parking lot, I wasn't leaving it in my beloved truck! JK!!). So, even though we came from very different backgrounds we all had one thing in common and that was enough!
I have always been one to just teach myself anything new that I wanted to try, but stained glass is a very difficult art. I learned more than just how to cut glass though, I learned that I don't always have to learn things the hard way. It was kind of nice learning from someone else, and not struggling through just because it may save a buck or is out of my comfort zone. There are just things in life that are easier learned in a class room type situation, it made the art much more fun for me.
I would highly recommend all of you to take some sort of continuing education. Whether it be something for work or just to broaden our own minds, there are classes out there for everything, and can fit almost any one's schedule. It is worth the satisfaction, even if you look like a dork doing it!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Gary and Lucy
(I don't like that look, Gary!)
All in all, they fit in perfectly here at the zoo, I even have one of those metal signs above my front door that says "Welcome to Our Zoo!", I'm wondering if that should be a warning sign instead of a welcome sign?!?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I have mentioned that my family has had a very hard time this flu season. Well, my daughter Isabella has been hit the hardest. She was home all week long, just feeling rotten. She is quite a happy little girl normally, so to have gone a week without a peek of her beautiful smile was getting very concerning as her Mom. I had checked back with the doctor's office even, which is rather unlike me, I normally tend to like to let these things run their own course. But, as every parent that hears of the terrible deaths of the kids that get this nasty flu, I couldn't help myself! I must say, I'm glad I did, I feel much better, but it didn't help my Bella at all.
So, like grandparents do, Mom and Dad called to check on her and see how she is feeling. Mom and I got to talking about her birthday plans for next week. Isabella wants to go to a local bead shop and take a class in how to make jewelry (how fun for me, right up my alley!), so I asked her Grandma if she'd like to join the class. Well, when I went upstairs to tell my girl that Grandma was coming to her birthday party, she absolutely beamed. The first real smile I had seen in what felt like forever. She even got up and wanted to call Grandma back right away!
Now, I don't know about you, but most of us will do just about anything to get our kids feeling better when they are down, if I knew that there was a "Grandma pill" I would've given it to her a lot sooner-thanks Mom!!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- multiple five gallon buckets, we have used and reused these until they are no longer usable
- an aluminum chair frame that is bent, of course I removed the pad and will use it on a different project
- a few old children's toys that have a triangle on them (recyclable triangle on the bottom)
- styrofoam packaging that came with my printer; until recently I was unaware that styro was at all recyclable, but I have found a few things, like a few egg cartons, this packaging, etc, that do have the triangle, so look closely.
- steel poles from an old tent, steel is bringing pretty good $ right now, so take in whatever you can, plus it feels great to get it out of my new barn area!
- boxes, yes, I know everyone knows cardboard is recyclable, but I see boxes blown around in the wind all the time, just a reminder!!!! Flatten them, reuse the ones you can and recycle the ones you can't. They are also wonderful containers for your recyclables as you can then just toss the whole container in the recycling bin-DONE!
- Flower pots, like those beautiful hanging pots that have died off and you don't know what to do with now, really, are you going to replant them next Spring? If not, recycle them now before the winds take them to your neighbors who may not recycle at all.
- Automotive products, now I say this very carefully. These are just the containers for the products, like the EMPTY bottles from the oil changes my husband does on my truck, etc. If they have ANY product left in them, please check out earth911.com.
As I said before, this is just a few ideas, and I would love to hear if you have ideas of some other recyclables that people may not think of on a daily basis. Let's save the world people, one little blog at a time!
Have a miracle of a day!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I no longer sleep very well, so much (or so little?) so that my family teases me, Tom says we're going to be out of firewood soon since I'm up burning the fire at all hours of the night! But, when I do sleep, I have very vivid dreams, that leave me with very vivid impressions of things I should be doing. All of which I do, and come to find out, they needed to be done. It started with urges to do things, like check out my local used book store, which turned out to be almost entirely metaphysical, then things started to get more specific.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Rose, waiting for rocks to fall out of the sky.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
A snapshot from that day!