Friday, February 29, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

Show and Tell

I just checked out Kelli's Show and Tell - WOW! What awesome finds she came across!! You can check it out here. This is mine for today:

This is a wall in my kitchen. Now, I do not collect roosters but you know how when you get a gift, everyone starts buying that theme? Yep, that's what happened. My son bought me the rooster clock for Christmas about two years ago. Why a rooster, I have no idea. The teapot and cups were given to me this past Christmas by Amanda's boyfriend, and the colors are perfect! The tea towels are a gift from my Mom. The canister set, I fell in love with on an excursion to the outlet mall up in Grove City. I HAD to have them!!! The little vases and posies were given to me by Amanda and the shelf - that fabulous shelf was bought at a Home Interiors Party about 100 years ago! Is Home Interiors still around??? Are they vintage yet, cause I have quite a few pictures and shelves. LOL! And that's my show n' tell for today.

I am definitely picking up those bunk beds this weekend so I must clean Kayla's room. The girls and I are going to take a trip to Monroeville Mall tomorrow, unless the forecasted snow keeps us in.

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Little Insightfulness

No, that's not what it looks like here in Pittsburgh today. It is 16 degrees here. I was just having a 'Calgon, take me away' moment and this photo from our NC vacation did the trick.

With sheets and a card table Ben and Kayla "built" a hideaway (it was our night to have Ben). It was too small for the both of them. So they pushed it up against the dining room table and with at least 3 more (clean) sheets added a second room. They finished it up with blankets for their floors and lots of bed and throw pillows. What fun!

Anyone catch American Idol? Tonight will be interesting.

Do you have a favorite blog, or one that you find yourself checking often? I love reading blogs and always check out the links of others when listed. One blog I find myself checking in with often is Ali's. For me, she is so very inspiring and not just creatively. On her blog today was a reference to The Simple Truths of Service. I went to this link and watched the presentation and it brought me to tears, it is so wonderfully uplifting. And it made me think of so much that I can do for my family and friends in little ways. I won't go into detail here as I want my blog to be light, airy and fun, but it really got me thinking about my sons and putting myself in their shoes. And it helped me to see life from their perspective. Loads.
Have a wonderful and blessed Thursday!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

He Sleeps

I kept the little bambino the other night and he slept for 7 1/2 hours! Sweet!!

Saturday evening, Kayla and I joined Mom and family to watch my nephew Mike (he is a 4th grade teacher) in a school production - Dancing with the Teachers. So cool! There were 7 couples - all teachers, and they each had to do either a waltz, cha cha or jitterbug for their first set and freestyle for their second. There were 3 judges. The gowns and tuxes were on loan - but made them so glamourous. It was a fun filled and fantastic evening and Mike and his partner tied 3 ways for 3rd.

My new assignment started yesterday. She seems very nice, so sweet. Time will tell - always the optimist (insert smilie). I went home with a migraine yesterday, so I did not accomplish a thing on my tackle list. Will start anew this evening.

I have started making a list of the projects/layouts I want to accomplish on my upcoming (March 7-9) weekend crop. My Mom's cousin asked me to make an album for her grandson. (bummer). Don't get me wrong, I am flattered, but I have a stack and a half of photos to scrap. So, there is that, and all the photos from Christmas 2007 and the Ligonier photos and the North Carolina photos and the 17 recipe cards that need mailed out by March 15, and the . . . and I ALWAYS pack too much cause of my high hopes. But I am DETERMINED to scrap ALOT!!! That is why I am packing and planning NOW. I will be taking with me a few of the scrap kits I got from Transparent Touches and Tags. Also from here, embellishments from here, and some new items from here. Don't you just love new stuff!?!

Today is weigh-in. Please let me have lost a pound. Please, please, oh, please! Our contest started over last week and I really don't want to have to pay.

Did you see that Making Memories Slice - I want one!!!! That is going to be so cool. Oh, and for a new project idea for March, check out Cathy Z's February 23 entry on her blog.

Okay, well, I'm off to step on the scale. Have a Terrific Tuesday!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Things found in the Cellar.

Show and Tell

I totally slacked last Friday, can't even think of what I was doing. But today, I am on the ball! What I have to show today are items found in the cellar. Our house was built in 1912. Not that any of these things are from that era. (Research project!)

The Coleman Lantern, my father bought about 30 years ago. When I was 12 he went out and bought lots of camping gear - the whole kit and caboodle, because that is what we were going to do with our summers. That same year we were invited to a picnic on 12 Mile Island, a lovely 1 and 1/2 mile strip of land in the middle of the Allegheny River, 12 miles from the Point. 12 Mile is originally Maple Island because of all the maple trees lining the "lane". Anyhow, while at this picnic, my Dad and brother were fishing and caught some catfish. They were told to take the fish down the lane to the Schusters' cottage as they hosted a Fish Fry every Friday and residents of the island were always invited. During that walk, my Dad came upon a cottage that was for sale. Needless to say, he fell in love with the cottage, the island, all of it, and within a week we were owners of that cottage and all (with the exception of the lantern) of the camping equipment was sold to our friends, the Thomases.

To get back to my entry this Friday, the Coleman Lantern, I found hiding under the cellar stairs. As for the other three fascinating items, the cellar has 3 windows, high up in the walls that you need to climb a ladder to reach them. On the windowsill of one I found these three items. A Chickencock Whiskey can, the top is gone and it's a bit rusty, but the label is still intact and colorful; a Crawford's Special Reserve Scotch Whiskey bottle; and Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing (still with contents). I do not know how long these items have been in the cellar. We moved into the house around 1961-62. It's just funny how you live in a place for so long and wonder that you didn't discover any of these treasures before. Someday, I am going to work up the nerve to go into the little 'earth cellar' and see what treasures await me there.

I've been doing a little blog rearranging (do this with furniture ALL THE TIME). Adding a header (so easy, I don't know why it took me so long).

For you scrappers, there is a Crop over at TTS today and tomorrow. Lots of projects and inspiration!!

It's snowing here (hooray!). I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Busy! Busy! Busy!

That's me - busy - at work, at home. Went scrapping Friday night. Good to be back in the groove. Went to Michael's on Saturday and picked up a can of glitter spray paint - very cool. Sprayed a few wood cut hearts for a layout and it worked out real well. Also, the LSS had gotten in Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers. Tried them; loved them! So much so I had to buy a few colors. The children are getting rather crafty, too. Ben chose a Disney Cars Crayola Color Wonder and colored the whole book over the period of a day (ran out and got him Toy Story for tonight); Kayla bought a set of acrylic paints, brushes, canvases and a palette. Ah, my budding artists.

I need to shout out to Theresa on the birth of her first grandchild - a baby girl. Welcome to the wonderful world of grand-parenting!

On the work front, Monday I will meet my new assignment. I've worked for just one attorney for so long, I have mixed feelings about working for two. We'll see.

I tried to load some new photos of our baby boy, but Blogger just wasn't cooperating yesterday, so here goes:
Brendon is 2 months and 2 weeks now. He is getting such a personality. He coos and smiles. He is so adorable! Kayla is so good with her little brother.

Kayla made high honor roll again this school year. She is doing well; she excels in math and spelling.

I haven't seen Cammi or Jade lately. Jade just turned one and her parents did not have a party. Shame on them! I offered, but, whatever.

The new avatar is me after a 22 lb. weight loss. Our firm's biggest loser contest ran for 17 weeks. We started off with 9 players, but there were only 5 left at the end of the 17 weeks. The pot was $215.00! It's been earmarked for vacation(s)! We started our second 17 session yesterday. There are only 4 players but that's okay. It's $5.00 a pound gained, so the pot could grow. Though I do not aim to help it out. My goal is 20 more pounds - I plan to meet it or get pretty close.

Okay, I'm babbling. Gotta get to work. Have a fun day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Just Stoppin' In

Briefly. What a week this is turning out to be - so much to be done between work and the house, etc. I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend. I worked President's Day, but it's time and a half so I couldn't pass that up. Went scrapping Friday night, good to get back in the groove.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow Day!

For Kayla. She is home snoozing. Finally, it's snowing!!! We've waited all season for a decent accumulation of snow, what's winter without a snowman or sled riding??

Happy 1st Birthday to my little Jade!!

Congrats goes out to Jeannette on her new baby girl, Olivia. And to Theresa (1st time Grammy) on the upcoming arrival of her grand-baby on Feb. 25th. And speaking of babies, here is a new photo of the little man; he is now 2 mos. and 6 days old.

He is a darling.

I just finished Memoirs of a Geisha - good, good book and now I need to find another one. Can't ride a bus without something to read.

Did some rearranging in the living/dining room. I am liking it so much better (I have too much furniture and hate to part with any of it). Added a tall shelf to the walk-in closet and organized Jayme's clothes there. Then converted a three drawer for Ben's clothes and a storage bin for his toys since he gets kicked out of the playroom whenever the girls are in there. The next overhaul will be the playroom. I've been working on this room, but this girl has too many toys!! I wish I knew a carpenter, I could really use wall-to-wall shelves. I am going to visit Craig's List later and see if I can find a microwave/storage center for the kitchen. That room is just too darn small and I need to free up some space. Ahhh, the house - always a work in progress.

Today is weigh-in and I'm sort of hoping it gets postponed til next week. I only need to lose .6 pounds for a 25 lb. weight loss, but I am not too sure I made it. I'm hoping and I thought I was 'good', but there were those Oreo Double Stuff cookies . . .

Edit: Well, weigh-in was disappointing (up 1.6) but I won the money. Here is the horrendous before and the much better after:

We will be starting a new 17 week set next Tuesday. I am hoping to drop 17 more pounds. We shall see.

Okay, I'm back to work. Have a great day!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2008


2 Sassy Scrappers has a blog! Check it out here and enter to win a fabulous RAK! The blog also lists all of the fun and creative classes they are offering every Saturday this month. Then come join us at their new board here for inspiration, fun and fellowship. I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 8, 2008

It's Show and Tell Friday

Show and Tell

Wow! This week went fast! Here is my show and tell for today:

This lovely wreath hangs in the kitchen. It was made for me by my Mom a couple of years ago. Interwoven are a few kitchen utensils and the mittens each have the first letter of my first two granddaughters' names. However, I realize that as 3 grandchildren have been added to the fold since I was given this wreath, I need to go out and buy more mittens!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

She Wears Many Hats

Silly, funny little girl. Ah, the photos she has given me lately - a treasure trove of scrapping goodness!

Congratulations go out to Nettie on the birth of her third daughter, Olivia Mary.

Very busy here, so much going on. Amanda and I are doing a little research on sewing machines. We agreed on that as our next "big" purchase. And we will be taking a couple of brush up courses. I am so excited. I think my first project will be slipcovers. They will be cheaper than new furniture and there are too many small kiddies with sticky hands around here.

The baby is two months tomorrow and Jade will be 1 year on the 12th. Time is flying!

Read any good books lately? I am reading Memoirs of a Geisha. It's so hard to put it down. Water for Elephants was the same.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Show and Tell

It's Show and Tell Friday over at Kelli's. Hop on over and check it out.

Today I am sharing a pair of Lefton Porcelain Bloomer Girls that once belonged to my sweet Nana. These little ladies share a place in the curio cabinet along with lots of other treasure, and are so darling.

Also a lovely dish bought for me by my sister at the bi-annual church rummage sale which is filled with delicate soap hearts that give off such a sweet scent.

We had an ice storm during the night but luckily the temperatures rose and there were no problems getting into work (for me at least). I'll be working again tomorrow morning and then cooking a small feast for Super Bowl Sunday.

Have a great weekend!!