Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mosaic Table aka Hey...Nice Legs!, Part 2

As promised (and heck, I don't always remember to fulfill all my promises I make on here!), here's a peek at the finished mosaic table project I've been working on.

After I finished the mosaic top...

I spray painted the underside of the table and the legs. I started with a soft gray. Something just wasn't quite right.

Then I decided to respray with a periwinkle blue. Ahhh....that's the ticket! I was much happier with this end result.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Saving Lives

If you're anything like me - you don't have huge excess of cash laying around just waiting to do good things with. You know - tsunami relief effort, hurricane help, humane society - the list goes on and on. I would truly love to be able to give and support every effort - but it's just not possible. So I do what I can, when I can and hope the little I'm able to provide will help in some way.

One of my friends, Brene Brown, was a part of a new effort to help save lives. It's in the form of a book to help end malaria. Yes - once again, a worthy effort.  The motto is Buy a Book, Save a Life.

I did my part and purchased the great book. It's a collection of great people talking about doing great work. Maybe you want to think about purchasing a copy now and saving it for that special someones Christmas gift.  You check it out here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Pumpkin Picking Time

For as hard as my mind tries, by body just doesn't always keep up. I know as a "crafter", you always have to be working ahead of the seasons - being prepared with the new season at least during the previous season. That way you have product the people want, when they want it.

Yup. It works great that way. But, gosh, I seem to have a difficult time catching up. So last week I finally got around to making and posting some pumpkins in my Etsy shop.

I think my favorite saying must be "better late than never."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hey...Nice Legs!

One of our favorite co-workers is leaving our organization to pursue an entirely different career. She's going from Editor to Flight Attendant! Wow - what a switch!

So, like I said - she's a favorite and the group wanted to do something special for her. One of the gals went digging in her shed and magically pulled out these great looking metal legs - long ago the support of something - although we aren't sure what.

We investigated having a metal worker make a metal top to create a table. We then wanted to create a mosaic piece for the top. After his estimate of $140, we decided to go another route.

Another co-worker took it home for her husband to look at. He,very smartly, cut a round piece of plywood, bent the top pieces down a bit and used them to firmly attach the top to the base with some nuts and bolts.

Ahhhh....now comes my part. I'm in charge of doing the mosaic. I've been working on it this week and will be finishing it up by the end of the weekend. I think it's coming along nicely - and I'll show you the finished piece when I'm done.

Stayed tuned.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shelter Dogs

There was a story on CBS this morning today about a woman, Traer Scott, who has photographed shelter and street dogs and then created books with her photography.

Her goal - when doing her dog photography - was to show the love and affection in the animals faces in hopes to promote more shelter adoptions.

I salute her, her work, and efforts. Imagine the impact if every photographer would do the same (and I'd like to add that the same should be done for our wonderful feline friends as well!).

Any animal saved is a new love story waiting to be told.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Help

Earlier this week I just finished The Help.  Good book.

There were so many parts of it that I would think "oh, how sweet" and then just as quickly I'd think "oh, how sad". Lots of emotions and lots of good reminders for being a better person.

I may just sneak off and see the movie now - I didn't want to see it until I finished reading it! Have you seen it or read it?

Friday, September 16, 2011

An Allium

The simple beauty of crisp-morning-teeny-tiny dew drops on an allium.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Warm Up America

If you're in the midwest, you'll notice a big change in temperature when you wake this morning. It's gone from quite-warm to chilly-toes weather overnight.

I personally love the cooler weather (note: I did not say COLD weather!) and it must be in God's plans to give today a little nip in the air because today happens to be Stitch and Pitch Day - where during a Mets baseball game, there is a special event happening where folks will gather and knit or crochet scarves and hats to help Warm Up America.

How fun! I hope all who attend and participate in this great event have a stitching-good-time!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Fruit Slushy

I'm trying to be a little better about the foods I eat.  Yes....I said better. Not perfect. I'm far from eating well - but every little bits helps, right?

So yesterday I made a yummy mixed berry and watermelon slushy. Quite a nice choice, huh, getting all those good fruits in me?

A good cupful to start with...

Yum, yum...

And the rest goes in the freezer for tomorrow night...

Oh ya, this'll be a great treat...

Ahhhh, did I mention the 3 teaspoons of sugar I added to make it j.u.s.t. right?? 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Purple Day on the Farm

Alright, saying it's been a purple day on the farm is a little bit of a lie. First, I don't live on a farm, and second, every day is a purple day.

I've had a pile of doilies, pillowcases, and other linens that have been waiting and waiting to get in the dye bath. So they finally got their wish. A purple bath. They sang cheerful purple songs while hanging on the line out back. Heck fire, I might just draw myself a lovely purple bath someday.....but I kind of doubt it.  :-)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wool Week

It's Wool Week in the UK!  September 5-11 is designated as Wool Week.

Help celebrate by checking out the official website and some of the great wool work going on!  Gotta love that wool....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Garage Sale

Sorry I haven't been with you all week. I'm getting ready for my fall sale. It's happening tomorrow and we're working into the evening tonight to get things ready for an 8 am start. Wish us luck!