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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Creative Haven Mehndi Designs Coloring Pages









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Courtesy Dover Publications

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jacob the Bear Knitted Toy Pattern


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

  
This is a continuation of my Bathroom Makeover.

These cabinets are original to my house. 
They are the shoddiest things I've ever seen.
 I'm not sure what kind of "wood" they are made out of...
possibly particle board or something along that line. 

On most of the door's edges they have "puffed up". 
Kind of like a swelling. There is a faux wood "paper type" 
covering that I originally thought was a Contact Paper. 
But isn't. Anyway, they look awful.

 

I took one of the doors to Sherwin Williams to see if there 
was a paint that would stick to the slick covering. 
The guy behind the counter, said the slickness wouldn't be the problem, 
but the "raised" flaky edges were. 
And suggested I buy new cabinets. 
Well, if new cabinets were in the budget 
I would have already done that!

 I left mumbling...thanks for the help, 
maybe I'll just decoupage them, 
darn cabinets anyway, blah, blah, blah.

I got in my van and on the way home thought....
hmm, maybe decoupaging isn't that far fetched. 
I thought of pretty papers I could use, 
the possibilities were endless.

Then reality hit, if I didn't like were the paper had been 
placed trying to reposition it would be a nightmare. 
The light bulb lit! yes, it does on occasion.
I'm very familiar decoupaging fabric. 
Repositonable, inexpensive, variety...BINGO!

I stopped at Walmart. F
ound some fabric that reminded me of the Beach.
A sandy brown, slightly nubby..perfect!

Asked for 3 yards (having no idea how much I would actually need)!
Grabbed 3 bottles of Mod Podge Satin (again not knowing how much), 
and headed home.

First, I removed the doors.
I cut the fabric to approximate size, 
applied the Mod Podge with a paint brush to the cabinet frame
 then trimmed to fit with a exacto knife. 
After all the fabric was in place I started my first of
 4 coats of Mod Podge.

In between coats I worked on the doors. 
I scraped off the raised edges/areas with a putty knife, 
so you wouldn't see a bump.
Applied the same technique.

Cut fabric to approx. size (yes, I marked which door was which on the inside. Knowing me I would end up with them on the wrong sides upside down!).

 

Apply the Mod Podge to the front of the door.


Flip door over.


Smooth out any wrinkles and repostition if necessary.



Try to fold corners neatly and glue well.



Trim as needed.


The beginning of my four coat process,
remembering to allow to dry between coats.


My family thought I was crazy. Yeh, like a fox!

Once all coats were applied, I decided I wanted to add knobs 
on the doors.
 They didn't originally have them.

I thought of the glass knobs from my Play House from when I was little.
My oldest Son surprised me with them one day while we were 
working at our parents farm trying to get it ready to rent out.
The Play House, along with other out buildings was on the demolish list.
He had gone in and removed them for me.

I dug them out and it just so happened they were the screw in type, 
got the screwdriver added them and Voila!


They look awesome, even if I have to say so myself! LOL
And with all those coats of Mod Podge they came out sooo smooth.
And yes, the kids say they look 100 times better!

All for about $10.00!

Next is the Kitchen.
Wait and see what I've got planned for 
more of these cabinets in there!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How Old Is Grandpa?



Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. 

It may blow you away. 

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. 

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: 
' television 
' penicillin 
' polio shots 
' frozen foods 
' Xerox 
' contact lenses 
' Frisbees and 
' the pill

There were no: 
' credit cards 
' laser beams or 
' ball-point pens

Man had not invented 
' pantyhose 
' air conditioners 
' dishwashers 
' clothes dryers 
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.



Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together.. 

Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir." 

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. 

Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. 

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus. 

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. 

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started. 

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.


We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. 

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. 

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk. 

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.... 

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. 

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. 

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day: 
' "grass" was mowed, 
' "coke" was a cold drink, 
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and 
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. 
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, 
' "chip" meant a piece of wood, 
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and 
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. 

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap. 

How old do you think I am? 

I bet you have this old man in mind....you are in for a shock! 

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .

Are you ready ?????


This man would be only 70 years old today.  


GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT... PASS THIS ON TO THE OLD ONES, THE YOUNG ONES WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turned On A Dime!

Spring Garden in the Morning












In the Afternoon






But, but, we don't get tornadoes here :( 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Save the Bees


We all know that Bees are facing major threats, such as, habitat loss, disease, climate change and pesticides. Without these glorious pollinators we would lose much of our food source. Animal pollinators such as Bees, Birds, Butterflies, and Bats are essential for the reproduction of nearly 85% of the worlds flowering plants. "The most important of these are Bees, making them, essential to the entire fabric of life on the planet." says Scott Black, the Executive Director of Xerces Society. 

Researchers noted the greatest declines in areas like
 the Midwest and California's Central Valley, 
where farmers grow crops that rely most heavily on Bees,
 including apples, almonds, peaches, and blueberries.
That means for us a less stable food supply and
 more expensive prices.


A common sight that Spring is here in our area


There are a bounty of native Bees

How Can We Help The Bees?


First they LOVE Sunflowers!
Plant some if you can along with native plants.
Native plants require less maintenance for you.


Eliminate pesticides which kill Bees directly.

Provide water and mud.
Some bees use mud to build their nests.

Plant pollen and nectar rich plants in a group
 so Bees can find them.  Include Wildflowers.

Make a Mason Bee Lodge

Solitary bees, like Mason bees are excellent pollinators, but they sometimes struggle to find nesting sites. A home-made nest looks attractive and provides them with a home, as well as ensuring bumper vegetable harvests. Hang your bee hotel in the shade and in an out of the way spot.


Use an old terra cotta pot, old bamboo pieces,
play dough and a roll of florist wire. 
Thread a piece of long wire thru the pots 
bottom hole and around to the outside to 
make a loop for it would hang by. 
Press the play dough (or you can use modeling clay)
 into the bottom of the pot. Cut the bamboo to size 
and press each one into the clay.


Hang it in your garden by a shepherds hook.
You can also embellish if you'd like. 


Cheerios is even helping out!!

www.cheerios.com/bringbackthebees 
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Order yours now!
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Update


#BringBacktheBees

Wow! 

We’ve exceeded our goal of giving away 100 million seeds—10 times over! But after giving away a 1.5 billion seeds, we’re all out. Thanks for your support and keep us posted on your pledge to plant using #BringBackTheBees.


I'm so sorry they ran out. :'(

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