Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Halloween Mantel

I take my Halloween decorating seriously. (Sort of) So I like to take a slow approach, play with ideas , change things till I get it right.I am working on the mantel at present. I like what is happening so far.
Simple, but it gets the message across. I just need to dig around for a few more accents.
I'll keep you posted. (wink wink)
Have a happy October Eve, P.
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Monday, September 29, 2008

1973 and Boo Hoo Bengals

I have nothing else to say about the Bengals.
On another subject, why does this song make me cry?

Have a nostalgic Monday, P.
P.S. This would have been more like 1978 for me, I'm not QUITE that old.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008


Game day. Nuff said.Please....have a victorious Sunday, P.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Sneak Peak at a New Room

I am recreating my home one room at a time.Last Friday this was my dining room, now it's not.
Abra Cadabra... what a difference a week makes.
I'm gonna make you wait to see the whole thing. A little anticipation is good for the soul.

Have a switcheroo Friday, P.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Halloween: Creepy or Cute?

Do you prefer creepy or cute for Halloween.? I used to adore all the sweet little Hallmarky decorations and painted pumpkins and scarecrows when my kids were young. Now I feel myself slipping back to my early 20's before kids days when "the more sinister the better" was my decorating theme. So this year I intend to decorate with things I have that are not necessarily meant for Halloween. I will still pull out my massive amount of holiday bins and select a few favorite pieces to display. A mix of nice and not so nice. To that end I have recently purchased a few things that will serve this purpose. Goodwill "witch shoes" stuffed with an orange tatted doily and this sweet little baby doll...I should have titled this post"Dolls, cute or creepy", because I picked up a few cuties at Springfield. This lovely little baby isn't really as sweet as she seems...
Wait for it... CHECK OUT THESE EYES...
This is definitely a Halloween girly, don't you think?
I actually got creeped out while photographing her. Then there is the nun. I collect nun dolls. (told you I had some other weird collections) But I don't have any quite like this one.
Sister Mary Very Scary.
Who would buy this for a child?

Have a creepy Thursday, P.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sick Day

Sadie is home sick from school with a tummy ache. Hot tea with sugar and milk in a special cup.I hate when my kids don't feel well but I get to be mommy again. The bitter with the sweet.
Hope all is well at your house.

Have a comfy Wednesday, P.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Remember When

I have been reading Anne-Marie MacDonald's "The Way the Crow Flies", a wonderfully written book with many layers. It is a mystery, a walk down memory lane and it is about the many ways we loose our innocence and how we become who we are. Summer has truly ended and we are beginning the colorful days of Fall. The changing light and color, the book, and a question I received in one of those silly e-mail "about you" lists ("Are you missing someone right now?") has me thinking about this feeling we all share and how it links us. Who are you missing?
We all have loved ones and friends that have passed on before us who will always be in our hearts and on our minds. We all share this sorrow and although "I know just how you feel" is inadequate it is usually completely true.
Missing someone or something is part of life that probably begins at birth. We miss where we were before this noisy, bright place assaults our eyes and ears. We miss the toy that was just in our hand and is now on the floor, out of our reach.
That is really what this feeling is about. The thing we are missing is currently out of reach. We miss not only those who have passed from this world , friends, relatives, pets, but also those things that are out of reach through time and distance.
The house you grew up in, childhood friends, babies that are grown, places from the past or some object you possessed that has been lost but not forgotten. That is the key, not forgetting. We do not have to dwell on the past, just keep the people, places and things that have made you the person you are today alive in your heart. These are what Anne-Marie MacDonald calls the "remember-whens" and although bittersweet, they are what life is composed of. Treasure them and add to them every day.
I think this why so many of us collect odd and apparently useless (to others) pieces of the past. We see the "remember-when's" in them.

Let's all enjoy our journey, make it a happy one for everyone we meet and make lot's more "remember-whens".

Have a memorable Tuesday, P.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Good Times at the Springfield Antique Show

Whew! We are back from Springfield. Fun, hard work, spending cash and lot's of wonderful people. I must say, all you junkers out there that go from show to show have my utmost respect. I had a great time but two or three times a year is probably my limit for selling . (Buying is a different story, you know that.) I still have lot's of unpacking to do so more pics, less words today.

Remember my sparkle skulls? Here they are finished and ready to travel.I got this little display tree at Goodwill and it was perfect for these guys.
I wish I had made lot's more because a lovely woman from Troy, Ohio who has a shop called Expressions of Home, purchased all of them before the sun was completely up on Friday morning! We were off to a great start!

Before that there was packing...
Driving... Setting up...of course you junkers all know the drill. We underestimated packing time, got a late start, set up in the dark and got to the hotel at midnight requesting a 5AM wake up call. Needless to say 7 am to 6 pm seemed like a long time on Friday.
We did very well though, I even had to buy some more things to fill in for Saturday!
We arranged and rearranged as things sold.
Saturday my daughters friend's Mom, Diane, was kind enough to bring Sadie and Katie to the hotel in Dayton. Yeah, reinforcements, that means shopping time! Our friends Lynn and Ed Melzer showed up and we strolled around with them. It is a huge show, close to 2000 venders. I don't think I saw more than two thirds of them. I wish I had taken pictures of some of them, Duh.
We actually ate sitting down at a restaurant Saturday night! It was heavenly to be off our feet.
More moving around...moving closer into the tent as things dwindled...
My lovely crew of helpers...( Sadie's friend Katie turned out to be a natural sales person, she says she wants to do this all the time)
We met many friendly, fun and interesting people, picked up lots of bits to make art with and had a great time.
Back to unpacking.

Have a junky Monday, P.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Country Home Antiquing Festival

Amid the chaos of friends and relatives still without electric we have been plodding along with our preparations for the Country Home Antiquing Festival.
Thank goodness it looks like most people will have power by the end of the day. This is the third day that the schools have been closed and my mom, son and brother and sister-in-law are all still without power. We brought my mom here yesterday and she is now at my brother's babysitting. It's been crazy. So anyway, we are down to the wire. The aprons for workers are ready (thanks to Sadie) We have stacks of raw hickory nuts, pine cones and moss for decorating the tables and my husband and I have figured out how to raise the pop up canopy.
We are lining up items that are complete by the front door. I still have a few chair seats to cover.
I have most of the small items priced and packed. We called the gentleman who is renting us a U-Haul and although he is still without power the truck is a go. (Hope we can find gas somewhere, lots of stations are out or closed)
I have visions of my set up dancing in my head. This being our first show I am quite nervous but I am sure it will be an education as well as a good time.
I also have a few last minute crafty goodies to complete. These guys will be no where near as scary looking when they are finished. Look for a tutorial sometime next week on another glitter skull project that has been circulating in my brain.
I best get back to work if I want to finish half of what I need to. A small post tomorrow on our way out the door, then look for some goodies for sale and a few crafty/decorating lessons starting in the next few weeks.

Have a busy Wednesday, P.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bad Weather and Bad Bengals

We had one crazy Sunday this week. First we went to watch these guys at our first home game of the season. Titans 24, Bengals 7. We are o/2 so far and I do not have a good feeling for the rest of the season. But what's new? This is what we have come to expect from our guys in orange and black. photo:Cincinnati Enquirer
We left at the fourth quarter accompanied by high winds. Our daughter called to say we had no power at home and as we drove we were surprised to see uprooted trees and downed lines everywhere. Apparently at the height of the storm almost 2,000,000 people in Ohio were without power.
We lost several trees behind our house and the yard looked like a garbage dump but we had no real damage. Many people lost roofs and cars and had trees come down on their homes. Three people were killed by falling trees. We were in the stadium completely unaware of what was happening. When we got home I took some pics of these loopy swarming crows. Our hot tub lid had blown off and they were all over the water! (Sorry about the blur.)
So we spent the evening playing at world domination. My son and his girlfriend Jena came over to keep my daughter and her friend Katie company during the storm. When we got home we had a little Risk game between the six of us. It was a lot of fun.
It was so cozy without the lights, just candles and the wind through the open windows and people we love around us.
We laughed and talked and caught up on the week while trying to take over each others countries. Diplomacy at it's finest. We never did end the game.
My daughter's school canceled classes because of the power outage Monday and Tuesday. It has been like having snow days without the snow.
We were lucky enough to get our electric back Monday afternoon although we are still without phone service. There are 600,000 people still without power as of Monday evening. Lot's of businesses are closed as well. I pray for all those who have suffered losses because of the weather and hope everyone has power soon.
Keep your candles burning.

Have a safe Tuesday, P.
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