Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hellooo-oooo, out there!!! How is everybody? I have just a few things to show ya today...I'm supposed to be gettingready to go to our big water park today with the kids. But, I know I've been slacking a little in the blog department lately, so I thought I'd share some of my recent favorite finds...This darling little Avon dish is the first decorative purchase I made for our new bathroom. It is transparent, like milk glass. So, so pretty!

This is a darling peice of oilcloth for lining shelves...I think it will look so cute in our soon to be remodelled kitchen...It's only about 2 yards long, so I'll have to be selective about where I put it, but, I fell in love anyway! And it was a bargain!

And lastly, I eeked out a tiny little bit of time to create. Life gets so busy, but, I really NEED to have at least a little time to feed that part of me, or I get a little nutso. So, last week I got this UGLY 1980's house shaped clock with nasty little silk flowers and old lace and, was ugly. But, it was house shaped, and I love that! So, I stripped it down to the basic shape and here it is...I incorporated some personally representative elements a la Corey Moortgat. The same day I found the clock, I got this stack of old Seattle times newspapers. The ads are so much cuter than they are now! So, there are 4 girls, and little baby Tyson (my super adorable grandson) and me and Keith. I am not quite sure it's done, though. I have to live with it a while. What do you think?

Okay, I'm off to get ready for the water park...I just hope the weather cooperates! After all, it IS Seattle...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Remodelling and a funny conversation

I know I have a picture of my ugly bathroom somewhere on this computer, but I can't for the life of me find it! So, try to imagine: A leeettle bathroom, circa 1962, preserved in time, as though someone cherished the styles from that era...enameled steel tub with the straightest back you can imagine, not just uncomfortable, but icy cold when you first lean back against it...cracked window...handmade vanity in a funky shape, painted dark brown and topped with red starburst covered white laminate...ugly white vinyl on the walls with a half finished rusty iron fence stencilled on it....toilet that threatened to crash into the crawlspace below it, taking me down with it, pants around my ankles...

Oh, but the best part? The thin little aluminum tiles that the bathtub surround was made of(????????) started popping off, oh, about 6 months after we moved in. My husband decided to "temporarily" fix the problem with plastic sheeting and DUCT TAPE (I have SUCH a love/hate relationship with that stuff!). Temporarily meaning 71/2 years. 71/2 years with plastic and duct tape in my shower!!!! All around!!!!!!!! Ugh. Oddly enough, he had his little feelings hurt when I didn't say "Why, dear, what a wonderful fix! Aren't you clever!!!

It's also the ONLY bathroom we have.

Got the picture?

So, we're remodelling. Finally. We lived with it for eight years, the last four months without a vanity. Yep, FOUR MONTHS!!!!! Hubby started, then got scared off by the dryrot. I travcked down a wonderful contractor who goes to our church, and he has been working away...we're almost is a peek. Everything is so light and fresh...especially my JACUZZI TUB!!!! Can't wait to show the finished product...heck...I can't wait to bathe in that thing!!

I also wanted to show you my mirror I made for the bathroom. It was a $3 shutter and a $1.99 mirror from St V's. I think it's cute...but, dang, it's hard to photograph a mirror, especially when you don't want your crap in the picture. But, Halle was happy enough to stand in.

My 10 year old, Emma, said the cutest thing the other day...Here's how the conversation went:

6 year old: I don't think grown ups can go on bouncy slides.

me: Oh, yeah, honey, they can. I saw lots of Mommies and Daddies on the bouncy slides at the carnival last year. Just not fat mommies, like me...

all three children: MOM!!! You're NOT fat!!!

10 year old: No, mom, you're not fat, just cushiony.

Guess I need to loose some cushion.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Well, first of all, I want to say THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for each and every comment you all have left...I appreciate them so much! It's a little like Christmas to open my email and see I have had 17 comments left on my blog...I get positively giddy!! And, if I could figure out how to do it, I would write you all back, even if to just say thanks for looking!

Do you remember in one of my early posts I had mentioned that we were dealing with a scourge? Namely, that most devious and heinous pestilence from the very pit of Hell itself? Well, after over a MONTH of battling (and washing hair, and combing with very tenny tiny toothed combs, and doing load after load of laundry), I think I have finally managed to send it back to the pit. For now. My little girls are apparently like luscious lice candy, or something, the little buggers just love them for some strange reason! Please, God, in your infinite mercy, protect us from the evil scourge!!!!! Amen.

On the brighter side, we are remodeling our bathroom. It was the original 1962 bathroom, and so we are updating with a Jacuzzi bathtub (YIPPEE!!!) and a new vanity with a beautiful granite top, and wainscoating on the walls...Oh my gosh, I am so excited! But, I've been busy, as you can imagine. In fact, we're going to Lowes in a minute to pick out some stuff. It's hard for my hubby...he has such a hard time making decisions and an even harder time just letting me choose...

Anyways, I just wanted to say HI and maybe, share a little collage I made back in April with you, since I haven't been able to create much at all...

Have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Show and Tell Sunday- Trash to Treasure and a swap peek

Happy Sunday to you all! I hope YOU are having a beautiful Sunday, and the sun is shining for you, cuz it sure as heck ain't shining here! It has been grey and gloomy and cool, with forcasters saying it may be like that til the end of JULY!!!!! Oh well...there's always artificial sunlight...

I just have two things to show you today. Here are my trash to treasure offerings:

Mosaic are the ultimate treash to treasure for me. I love that I can take something broken and make beautiful art out of it! The address plaque hangs by my door and was made out of teacups and saucers that were my mothers. She collected them all throughout my childhood and then, one day, an earthquake hit, and well...I'm sure you can imagine (That's California for ya!). So, she lovingly swept up all the peices, put them in a box and kept them for me for 2 years. At the bottom, it says "Enter with a happy heart". I also made one for my mom.

The mirror is just one I made out of a $1.99 IKEA Mirror and a sweet plate with pink and white roses, a saucer with a green and gold pattern around the rim, and a cream colored plate with lots of crazing. Let me tell you, it is really satisfying to break plates...

Oh, before I go, here's a little tiny sneak peek at one of my Treasures of the Sea Swap pendants:

I love swappin'!!!
Have a great day, ladies!

She's six!!!

I know a lot of you don't know her. But, She's six today. She's my baby. My youngest. She is adorable (don't you think? C'mon, it couldn't possibly be just our family that thinks that...) and funny and happy and sweet and so smart. Happy Birthday Halle! We love you lots and lots!!!