Monday, September 26, 2016

Road Trip !!! with MY SISter!!!

First let me say it has been such a long time since we have been further than 1 1/2 hrs. from home, this was a well deserved break and to have my Sister along was even more...more... extra...extra... 

We may have not got Sharky's head in our selfie
 and Cody ducked out, but I snatched his shirt 

and  and held on for the next two 
(I'm not really smiling, I'm gritting my teeth!!)

See how happy he was I did


After certain people 

were done

playing up

to Mr. Sharky we hit the streets.

I guess now we know where she gets it from ~ 
Oh poor Izzy with her crazy AuntieM

We wandered the shops,
then grabbed a bite


The Fish Hopper always gives you a show

Loved the Jellyfish chandys

And of course, 
walked out with our bellies full...
 sorry bub!




Then who did we run into?

The King!
For those of you who don't know my sister, this is her long lost Soul Mate from High School - yes, her hubby knows.

And what a good hubby he is, as he stood there during the concerts and let her scream and faint then scream some more. I'm sure the process repeated itself many more times.
(At least that's what I see in my minds eye)

We were lucky enough (I say loosely for her) to share a bedroom growing up. Remember we're 10 years apart. She wasn't too keen with me using her lipstick to color in her ''Elvis" albums
(I say with nose wrinkled)
Mom would tell her to put them higher up.
I earned to climb. he he
Eh huh, I was the thorn in her side, poor thing.

But I digress, she was and still is a huge Elvis fan.
I thought we would never going to get her away. 
At one point we tried peeling her off!

Then she got INSIDE!!!
Yes, he does have nice hair.....

I thought we were going to have to take him home with us!
Whew, think it's time to head home.

Anyone see Melissa???

There she is!
OK Liss, time to go ~

I joke, but we all had a great time making some new Memories with someone we don't often get to play with

No Sandy, not Elvis

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Force Will Be Strong With This One!


We went to see LB's ultrasound about a week ago and yep, 
he's def a boy! Took the longest time to get him to let go of his feet that he had pulled up over his face while showing off everything to everyone! OMG! Men, It Starts in the womb! LOL
 Just a couple pics to share once he put his legs down :)

A sweet smile and wave 

 and that's it

Tanya and Brandon have been busy prepping
 Izzy's room for the next addition.
They needed a dresser and I had the one I used for Brandon, when he was little, in the garage.  Maybe I better elaborate. The dresser started out as my sister's, then mine, in our room growing up. I'm sure my Dad probably made it. From there I needed it for Brandon where it was painted white with blue knobs. Ty and Cody used it briefly then it went into the garage until Brandon or someone else needed it.

I wish I had a before photo. I'm sure I do somewhere in my suitcases of photo's - somewhere....

Cutting to the chase, 
Tanya has done an amazing makeover to it.
 I would never recognize it in a million years!
What an heirloom it has become!
Here goes:



 Left side

 Right Side

Awesome job Tanya!!
Yes, Brandon is a Star Wars Junkie, 
seeing the very 1st at 6 mos. old.
He may not remember that one, 
but grew up with Star Wars in his blood, 
and it still curses throbbing there today.
So it's no wonder that his little boy will start out in Daddy's footsteps.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Paint'em Pretty ~ I Played and Failed!

 I had a few extra minutes so I thought I'd "play" with some nail strips I had picked up some time ago.
I thought they were pretty and maybe I could cut them up 
to use as accents or something.

I knew if I used them as directed, like stickers instead of polish there was no way they would be able to hold up to my poor nails ~
Hey, I'm a Mom with a house to run, my hands seem to always be in either water and cleaning solution or dirt in the garden.

Yes, I know there are such things as gloves. 
But I easily get sidetracked when say going out to get the laundry off the line ~ a no gloves need chore. 
Then I see a weed, then another and then hey, 
the pond filter needs to be cleaned 
and then......and so the story goes.

These were called Nail Jeweled Strips by Sassy + Chic
20 pieces nail strips
1 piece wooden cuticle pusher
1 piece mini nail file

They had a pink feathery background with teeny silver glitter. 

I had chosen Sally Hard as Nails, 530 - ''Rockin' Hard''
Probably not the best to showcase these strips...
I was out of white and just not thinking,
so what's new!

I trimmed the nail strip to be a french tip 
and stuck it on the finger on one hand... 

and another finger on the other hand.

They lasted two days even top coated
 with Sally Hansen's Megashine.
Very frustrating when I can usually stretch 
my mani's out to 10 - 12+ days if need be.

Maybe someday I'll stick them on my bare nails
 as directed and see how long they 
don't last - all for science, of course. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Time is like a river. 
You cannot touch the water twice, 
because the flow that has passed will never pass again. 
Enjoy every moment of life.

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. 
Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a 
graveside service for a homeless man. 
He had no family or friends, 
so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery 
in the Nova Scotia back country. 
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, 
I got lost and being a typical man, 
I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone
 and the hearse was nowhere in sight. 
There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.
 I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down 
and the vault lid was already in place.
 I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.
 I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.
 I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. 
 And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep.
 They wept, I wept, we all wept together.
 When finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. 
Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, 
"I never seen anything like that before, 
and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently, I'm still's a man thing. When you have stopped laughing be sure to share this with others who would enjoy a good story.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Carousel Horse Suncatcher

What to do with a pretty Carousel Horse that needed a some uplifting?

I thought about this for quite a few nights. 
All I could picture in my head was the horse flying in air with ribbon streamers flowing down, 
kind of like a Maypole. 
Who knows! 

This was too fancy of a horse to just has ribbon streamers!  
Then my dim light bulb finally shined - a suncatcher! 
Ah, crystals, shiny beads, and of course a few ribbons

I gathered any and all supplies I thought I might need could use,
so excuse my mess- I'm creating here! LOL

The first thing I noticed was that there were roses decorating the horse here and there. I grabbed some small ribbon roses I had, but they weren't small enough. So I cut them down to size and glued them on.

 I only had purple ones. 
 The main color is purple with some aqua.
 I really wanted to bring more aqua out, 
so I painted some aqua. 

Then it hit me!
I had forgotten I had just hit the best Estate Sale of a crafter,
 the day before and hadn't unpacked yet.
I started digging and came across these darling cascading millinery flowers. I thought they would be perfect to drape over her tail -

that's when I realized I was adorning her like a parade horse!
That's OK, I love the horses in all their parade costumes/gear.

   Aren't those cascading flowers perfect?
I love them!
I remembered I had a beaded decoration leftover from a non-functioning pen. That's the 2 short dark purple bead strands with bells on the ends that you see on this side. They are attached to a lavender flower which has a bow on it.

 ~ Next was the most difficult part ~
Hence probably the reason for no photos
Threading the prisms, spacers and beads
Attaching them where I wanted them
Trying to get the end bows to look a like
And just plain wanting it all to turn out to be what I could see in my minds eye ~

Oh and the ribbon streamers, top and bottom

Not done yet.
After attaching the bottom streamers I still needed to add two more "prism danglers'' to the center post. After a bit of finagling I got it just right but wanted it to be a little more secure than just tied and glued. I found a lampwork bead at the bottom of my stash that had a hole big enough to fit the pole, Amazing! Added a touch of glue and felt much better.

Next was to finish off the end of the pole.
I encircled it in a strand of tiny gold beads ending with an aqua star
and an iridescent bicone bead.


Uh, something is missing ~~

I know!
Glitter nail polish on the roses!!

Here she sits drying for her last time.

BTW, like her drying stand? LOL
Old odd vases do come in handy at times ;)

*Here she is in all her glory*


She was hanging near a window and when the sun came in the colors that came shining through were wonderful. A small breeze came up and she began to jingle too. 

A sweet light jingle with rainbow colors and ribbon streamers.

It's a good day :) 

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