Friday, July 23, 2010

I won't let the fame get to me.....


Fox 11 news made it down to the market last weekend & I was lucky enough to get interviewed -(thanks again Allison!)

click on the "click to watch"

I hope it doesn't pour tomorrow....if it does I will not be heading to the market.......

Monday, July 19, 2010

A good hair day

I remember when I was little my mom used to put foam rollers in my hair at night when it was wet & in the morning I would have curls........Audrey asked me if I could put curlers in her hair! How fun. So after her bath we did...and her hair was nice & bouncy the next day. After I took her picture she really wanted to take a pic of Syd so this is it!

Hope you all had a great Monday

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

1 c Peanut Butter
1 c Sugar plus a little extra for rolling
1 egg
1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.
Mix all ingredients. Roll rough into 1" balls, then roll the balls in a little dish of sugar to coat them. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet & then press a fork into the top to make a criss-cross. Bake for about 15 minutes.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Market

Well, it was another successful market day...thank you SO much to all of you who made it downtown. I wasn't very happy with the way I was displaying the clothes so my mom & I went to the store & found this neat "portable closet". It worked great. We just didn't put the wheels on it. The skirts & tunics looked so nice hanging up there and a lot more people seemed to notice them.
The display is still kind of utilitarian - not "pretty" like some I just need to figure out something for my cuff bracelets - I have an idea in my head....Ijust need to find the perfect thing. (and no, that is not me smiling back there it is -
My week off is over as of tomorrow. I am sad to say I didn't get my to-do list finished. Maybe next time I won't have such a long list! Seems like a good solution to that problem.
Today we want to get to the beach and plan on grilling out later. Oh and a little cleaning of course. We will have our EAA guests here in 2 short weeks too! Where does the time go?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ah to be young & dress yourself.....

The girls & I were heading outside to play.....I asked them to go get shoes on......they were gone for awhile......a little too long......I peeked in their room & saw them digging thru their dress up clothes. This is what they came up with to go play in

Syd did pick out her own accessories too!

We also went to the 4th of July parade this week - this is the bowl with all the goodies they got from it - holy cow! This is the same bowl we put the trick-or-treat candy in.....but it wasn't even this full. I don't remember that happening when I was a kid!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In Bloom

This year we have planted quite a bit. We have a veggie garden that has tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, watermelon, honeydew melon, pumpkins and an herb garden. The herbs & tomatoes are doing GREAT. The other stuff not so much. Which is weird to me since it's all in the same garden - so the same water, sun and dirt.....but who knows. I am very happy to report that a cherry tomato is finally ready for the picking!

We also planted flowers. Annuals - sweet potato vine, dianthus, coleus and a few others I can't recall....Perennials - lilies, lavender, buttercup, primrose, hosta, roses and 2 arbor vitae shrubs. I really have been having fun with planting this year (which is pretty much only my second year of planting)

When we bought our house a few years back it was zoned "prairie land". For real. The front yard did not have a stitch of grass. Now this look can be really neat, but not if you plant shade plants in full sun & let it get so overgrown with weeds and yarrow & daisies. Our family & neighbors came by & took the plants they wanted and we tilled & leveled the rest. Our yard was essentially barren for a couple years. There was always something else to do. Like put a new porch on, or finish the garage before putting plants in. Now those tasks are done (there are still many more around the house - don't worry) and we have started planting. the back yard still doesn't have too much because we'd like to put up a fence & want to plant after that.

The photos are of our blooms......there are cone flower, roses, the little tomato, my new succulent garden and out most prized blooms of all.....

Monday, July 5, 2010

The official start of my "vacation" is the official start of my time off from work. I took some time off to get a few projects done. I intend to paint our upstairs as we have it rented for EAA and then intend on moving the bedrooms up there (and then I will have my very own craft-room! be still my heart!) So anyways I decided to start in the front room. I bought gallons of Zinsser primer & was going to get it all primed & then work on the painting. Well.....I have to remember that when you start even the simplest projects on a 90+ year old house sometimes you get more than you bargained for.

I had started to sand down the trim & noticed a little bulge in the paint along the baseboard. I kind of poked at it. I realized the paint was coming off the I pulled at that spot.....the paint just fell off......all the way down to the cement board. So then I couldn't stop my self & I kept peeling the paint back. But wait - the paint stopped coming off all nice & easy - so now I am scraping it all off - yikes! DO I finish scraping, do I stop while I can & quick throw paint on? Should I re-drywall? Decisions....I called our fix-it friend & he said that time & money wise he'd just scrape it all off. So I did. I was covered in a funky blue dust by the end of the day (maybe lead or asbestos one can only hope).

But I know when all is said & done I will be happier with the extra work as you can see from this before photo the walls were in rough shape - you can see lots of lines that we thought were wallpaper, but ended up being contact paper - yeah shelf liner! Someone covered the walls with freaking shelf paper & that is what was peeling off not sticking any longer. Well I must go to Menards & see what sort of cleaner/sealant I need to put on my crack-house walls. I also need to sew & create as I was another great day at the market - thank you so much to all who came down!