Monday, July 5, 2010

Catching up...

Spring, my builder-fabulous azaleas, and early summer have come and gone and all the craziness (2 graduations and a wedding) that has been going on in my kid's lives is pretty much over. I'm still PC-less since the death of my 2-year old HP a couple months ago, so I'm taking advantage of my daughter being out of town to use her Mac.

One of the things on my to-do list this spring was to clean the mold from my Trex deck. I researched how to do this in an environmentally friendly way and I settled on a product called Corte Clean from Lowe's:

I was really skeptical (as a rule, I expect nothing to go as planned, and generally I'm right), but it was really easy to do, looks just like it did when I moved in, and I've had no damage to the grass or the structure under the deck. Plus I have a ton of it left in the bag, so I will do this twice a year as maintenance. Win-win, for a change. And no, I am not advertising the stuff, just saying it worked for me.

Something else that impressed the heck out of me was a $2 piece of plastic I bought at Walmart in the plumbing aisle. I was looking for something to unclog my shower drain that did not involve chemicals and there was this barbed flexible plastic strip with a handle at one end called a Zip-It. You just ease it down into the pipe and pull it back out with the clog attached. Pretty gross, to be sure, but quick, cheap and completely effective. (I will spare you the photos of that.)

For the remainder of the summer I plan to hone my cooking skills, spend time with my family and work on the other things on my list. First up - cleaning out the garage.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finished Painting the Living Room

This took me forever, only because I'd stop and not get motivated to start again, but now it's finally done. Unfortunately, this room never gets decent natural light. I tried for days to get a good picture but it's pretty gloomy:

And the flash photos are pretty scary:

My daughters think I need lighter curtains - ? I guess maybe for spring and summer, something else would be nice.

My cat was determined to have her picture taken, I think:

Anyway, that is finally done so now on to the next thing on the list.... cleaning up THIS, my leopard spotted deck:

Apparently, TREX plus little sunlight and tons of rain equals MOLD. Gross. Now I just need it to stop raining and dry out so I can treat it!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sneak Peek

I'm painting my living room, FINALLY. I have to say it's very difficult staying motivated to do this without my painting buddy, my daughter Amanda, who is at college and can't come home for a while. She wants to see the color: (Ignore the tootsie pop in front of the tv, that must have been the cat!)

I told her it's a mushroom-y color, so she may not like it because she hates mushrooms. Maybe I should have said it's khaki-y, but that would be a lot harder to pronounce.

I'm not so lazy that I only did this one wall... I also painted my lower stairwell, which was murder. I sort of don't like the color next to the yellow foyer color though, so I might have to paint the stairs again (ugh!) However, I do love it in the living room, it's just what I had in mind.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Second blizzard bag

Here is the second handbag I made yesterday while snowed in. I winged it based on a picture I saw here. This is my "natural light" photo from this morning:

But I thought the color was really washed out so I took more photos with the lights on and no flash.
The next time I make one of these, I will fix the stuff I did wrong. I forgot to clip the curve of the handle so it is a little bunched up around the lining. I made the bottom of the strap too wide and the length of the handle too short to tie the top (which is why there is a button on top of the strap). One thing I did that I like is I made a little box pleat on the top of the pocket. I think next time I will add a flap.

I put some pockets in the inside too.

Overall I think it came out ok, but next one will definitely be better. Unfortunately I had to spend my morning digging out the driveway so I could report to work at 11 am, so maybe over the weekend I'll do the next one!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowed in and making bags

Good grief, 2 more feet... this is all a bit much. Our town was pretty much shut down today, no work, no school, no leaving the house. My daughter has a friend over and they are having a movie marathon, which leaves me a bit of time on my hands. I shoveled some:

But I have not made it to my car yet...

I made a little handbag from a pattern posted by another blogger here.

Now I'm digging through my fabric stash for some fabric to do another style. Hoping for another snow day!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Looks like a good day to snuggle up and read a book.

It's been snowing all night and is supposed to continue throughout the day:

We have a bit over a foot so far, I think:

I shoveled a path and cleaned the cars off, but it keeps snowing, so it does not look like we will be going anywhere for a little while:

Have a cozy weekend!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Perfume Bottles

Mom is always giving me treasures! Here are a few new perfume bottles that she gave me over the weekend for my collection:

She says the ones with atomizers are pretty but not old, and the clear one is old but not pretty - I still think it's pretty!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Christmas Present

I have wanted a KitchenAid Mixer for years and years, and for Christmas the kids all went together and got me one. Isn't she a beauty?

I keep looking for excuses to use it, I love it! The only bad thing is that it works so fast I still feel like I've barely used it!
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