Monday, September 29, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

There's always something fun going on among bloggers. Right now I'm prepping for a 31 day series for October. Meanwhile, the most organized and awesome woman I know, Kirsten who is busy organizing the world over on her blog Organized Charm, nominated me for this fun award. If you need motivation and inspiration for getting it together, she's your girl!

Here are the rules for this award: 

- Thank the person who nominated you & include a link to their blog 
- List the rules & display the award 
- List seven facts about yourself 
- Nominate another blogger(s) {as many as you want!} & let them know they have been nominated 
- Follow the blogger who nominated you

7 Fun Facts About Me:

1. I once handed a customs agent my passport with a panty liner stuck to it. Yes, it was as horrible as it sounds. I was coming back home from Greece with bacterial pneumonia and a raging fever (don't you love souvenirs?). The entire trip home was a blur and when the immigration officer asked for my passport I handed it over with the panty liner stuck to it. He held it in his hand for a few seconds and looked at me while my brain tried hard to process what was wrong with the picture...when it clicked I reached across and counter and snatched back the the pad while it made the loudest sound any adhesive has ever made when removed. Good times.

2. I was a home school mom. Not the kind with the denim skirt and 3 foot braid. Just the kind that thought it would be more fun to keep the kids at home and make salt relief maps of Egypt and read the classics aloud than get up at the crack of dawn every day and send off cranky kids to school in the dark. Call me crazy. 

3. I'm an introvert. In case you don't know that means I would rather stay home and read a book than go to a social gathering. But I'm not a wallflower once I show up at your party I'll be the life of it. Or as a friend told me once "You're a lot of fun once you leave the house." 

4. I'm a beekeeper. Or as I like to say "I work for the queen." I keep these beehives in my back yard in the suburbs. It's an interesting hobby. If you are an introvert and never know what to say at parties (they're a nightmare aren't they?) take up beekeeping. The only original thing you ever have to say is "I'm a beekeeper." After that you just answer questions and you appear fascinating and mysterious until you get to go home.

5. I love packing. I love to travel but so do lots of people. The fun of leaving home for me begins when I can start putting outfits together and using all my packing skills to take the most outfits in the least amount of room. I once went to Italy for nine days with one bag. And it was a carry on.

6. I try to learn one new thing a year. One year it was baking bread, another year quilting. Of course there was beekeeping and raising chickens. This year it's knitting. And golf. No I don't know what's wrong with me either.

7. Last year I did a boudoir photo shoot. That's about all I can say about that. ;)


I nominate Kate Holthouser from Suitcase Lioness. Kate is living her dream (and mine and a few other people's) by living in Spain for 9 months to teach English. Her blog is insightful and hilarious. If you need a little vicarious adventure plus a song and Spanish word of the day head over there and check it out!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rooting Plants With Style

Most of the time when I'm taking cuttings to root plants I just slap them in a jar of water on the window sill. But today I thought I'd make more of an effort since I generally have to look at these things for at least a couple of weeks.

 I gathered some things I had around the house to see what I could come up with.

 When cleaning out my mother in law's apartment I found a charming glass and silver coffee percolator. Sadly the glass carafe was broken so I removed it from the silver handle and tossed the glass. This darling footed bowl was what the carafe sat in. It has a hole on one side where the plug came out. I removed it and was left with this really cute piece. I filled the jar with water added the ivy, sat it in the bowl and filled the space in between with Styrofoam.

I used a little spray adhesive to stick the moss on and cover the white.

I added some dried vines for some added height.

I can pull the ivy out of the jar to check for roots without disrupting anything else about this arrangement. later I can use it for other cuttings or take out the Styrofoam, add soil, and plant the ivy back in it. 

This project took about 10 minutes and cost me nothing. I'm using this to root the ivy but this would make a super simple centerpiece in a pinch. My favorite projects are quick, simple, and make something from nothing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Upcoming Projects

 I've gotten a lot done this year if you've been keeping up. Progress has been impeded lately however due to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but finding long term care for my mother, putting the cat to sleep, a flood, and car trouble are inconvenient when they all happen at once.  While I recover from the amount of plans that can unravel at one time here are a few upcoming projects.

This is my beautiful rain barrel. Okay, so the concept of it is beautiful. Right now it's just an ugly black eyesore but I've got ideas.

 I have tiny plans for these two miniature shadow boxes because at the moment they are hideous. I picked them up at Goodwill for 99 cents a piece.

The chalk board easel I found of the side of the road. I can think of so many  uses for this!

But the biggest project is turning the mother in law wing into a charming and inviting guest cottage. This was the picture the day I had shoved all the clutter into the closet because we were selling this furniture.

I cleared a path but things got a lot worse before they got better.

2 yard sales down, 1 to go. Winter project.

Monday, September 1, 2014

How and When are You Starting Over?

This blog is about fresh starts and second chances. People generally think of those ideas in terms of big, life altering events like rebuilding after a divorce or starting a new job in a new city. New Year's is an epic date on most people's calendars for a do over in the coming year. Every year at this time the kids go back to school and it feels like a chance to begin again. There's also Lent, birthdays, and fiscal years.

You are actually doing it more than you think and in ways that are significant. Here are some things you are probably doing that you hadn't considered new beginnings.

Starting an exercise program.
Joining a yoga class.
Deciding to read more.
Getting involved in a cause you are passionate about.
Restoring a piece of furniture, allows it to begin again as something beautiful.
Defining your style and editing your wardrobe.
Going Paleo.
Starting that new hobby.
Repairing a relationship.
Cleaning out a closet.

You get the idea.

Second chances abound. 

Every morning when you wake up you get a do over. Whatever happened yesterday is gone and you can begin again today. Your epic second chance doesn't have to seem important to everyone else, but it may be the most important thing in your life. Stop regretting all the big missed opportunities or things that didn't work out and start over doing what is important just for today, just for you.

It's the first day of a new month, still the start of the school year, and the end of summer. It seems like a fitting time to take stock. Those resolutions from January that have long since fallen by the wayside can be picked up. I don't know about you but mine got slammed against the wall early on while my husband and I cared for our mothers. Some of the things I had resolved to do were things I needed lots of uninterrupted time for, so those didn't happen. I wasn't unproductive, but productive isn't necessarily effective. At least not this year, not in the way I wanted to be.

So who's in? Anyone else need a fresh start,  a makeover, and a second chance?