Monday, July 31, 2017

T Stands for ATC Reveal.....

 ...............last day of July, can you believe it??? or first day of August depending on when you read this...lol Summer is flying by and that suits me just fine...... Above is the lovely ATC i won over at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard 's.... Its not often i win a drawing like that so what a nice surprise!!  And Elizabeth assures me that it came wrapped in homemade paper... It really is amazing. 

 Valerie is my ATC partner and the beauty began with her envelope! And didn't stop there...........


This is the bag inside the envelope that held the goodies... 

 And while i love them all and i'm amazed at the attention to detail and finishing touches ... the one that grabs me is the Mary Poppins..Just love her.......... Thank you so much Valerie......




Well i have had my nose in the craftroom off and on all week.... Work on the house has been nearly nonexistent for the last month and let me tell you i have been soaking it up... Oh its not that the house is done... no no no.... we just needed to step back... personally , physically and financially.... Just for a while... I have so enjoyed just 'living' in the house... and not working on it... Oh hubby put the cabinet handles on and i've been painting some doors but nothing major.. 


I've been going thru boxes.... amazed at some of the things i forgot i had...lol  


...And trying to arrange things where i think i can find them again.. Parting with a few things i know i will never use again....I have this habit that i want to make multiple of one thing.. .So i can keep one for myself and then sell the rest......... i don't think the sell part is ever going to come around so i need to quit hanging on to so much... Its a different way of thinking for me but its helping me clear out some things.... 

Did you notice the header???  Thats my roll top desk upstairs that i had all my art supplies on for two years.... Believe it or not it took a couple days to unbury that desk... carry the stuff downstairs and find a home for it... whew!!! To celebrate that i did something i've been thinking about doing for quite some time....  I started writing a book....... a scary , haunted house book.....OOOOoooo.....lol   i have decided to stop writing in my Journal that i've written in for over 30 years and put my writing energy into this endeavor......... I'm making it a habit.. just like my journal.. i sit down with a cup or two of coffee in the morning and just write... just keep adding to the story..And its been fun.... I have no idea where the story is going to go... i kinda think of things as i go along... In the end it might be a cohesive story or it might not...lol who knows.. But its been fun thinking of things that scare me.. things that go bump in the night.. and figuring out how to write that so it will scare someone else... So before you leave dear Tpartier... what scares you? Hugs! deb

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dinner Party Results.............

Well......... the first 3/4 of the evening was pleasant...... My goodness they have a beautiful home that they designed and had built out here 20 years ago...... Sunroom and decks... and i now know where all the hummingbirds go...lol I have about 3 or 4 that hang around my feeder she must have had 20 or more!! Just wonderful...... We were 'encouraged' to break into groups before supper ....while the noodles cooked......the ladies sat in the sunroom and the boys in the living room...... I thought that rather old fashioned but they are in their 60's maybe early 70's...  

Truth be told when we all got our drinks (diet soda for me and hubs) and before i realized we were separating that way... i went and sat down on the couch with the guys.. and had to be 'encouraged' to sit with the ladies........From experience i much prefer 'guy talk' than sitting with the women folk...... lol  So i sat with the girls....... and it was pleasant...We talked about ourselves... got to know each other a little...... i talked about my craftroom!!!  Then supper was ready........ 

We all sat at the dining room table.  Her hubby made the spaghetti sauce.. It was delish!!!  and she made Ceasar salad  and garlic bread and apple pie a la mode.......... My first inkling of how the rest of the evening was going to go happened when they wanted us all to hold hands and say grace at the table....... Now honestly i don't mind this..... I hold hands , close my eyes and do my own thing..... and the rest of the meal was pleasant... again talk centered around getting to know each other...... When we were all stuffed to the gills we AGAIN broke up into boy and girl groups..........oy vey......

Sitting in the sunroom the conversation slowly turned to religion ... and for the next hour or so i pretty sat there like a like a bump on a log...........  Now i pretty much do my best to keep politics and religion off my blog......... So i won't tell you how the rest of the evening went in detail... at least not here on the blog but if you are interested you can email me and we'll chat  lol   I'll just say i don't expect to be asked back ......  I have spent my life being a people pleaser...... being who people expect and want me to be.... and for the last several years well more than several i have worked very hard to just be me....... warts and all...... and it doesn't always go well...... i guess i'm different than alot of people..... I woke up this morning feeling very anxious....about how i handled last night  ... but i was true to myself and that feels important to me these days...So if you'd like to hear a little more about the evening you can email me... jinxxxygirl at yahoo dot com........  

Tell me..... when you are invited to a dinner party and you ask the host what you can bring and they say just yourselves........ do you listen??  Hubs and i just brought ourselves..... i would have loved to have brought something..... but the other couple brought some dessert...........I haven't been invited to dinner at someone's house in years so i was just wondering.........  Hugs! deb

Friday, July 28, 2017

I wish..........

........................i wish i was as calm , cool and collected as this fellow here looks........ If he looks hot.. yep your right.. its been pretty unbearable around here lately... hot , humid... Then the mother of all storms came thru last night... Rain ..glorious rain..at about midnight.. just after hubby and neighbor got home from fishing... that was lucky huh?!   They caught 3 good size bass.. 

So rain and little rumbles of thunder about midnight... we drifted off to sleep to the sound of rain.. is there anything sweeter? Well about 2am... ba - BAM!!! we both sat straight up in bed.. the house alarm was going off ....!! Geez what a rude awakening.. Several more BAMs later things settled down a little and we tried to go back to sleep...  But wow! I haven't seen the likes of that storm  in a good many years... The lightning was incredible...The drenching downpour continued though and that was a good thing... 

I don't know how much rain we got but the birdbath is full ...... on a side note..... the deer don't like to drink the water in the birdbath after a rain.. it will sit there for days.. but let me fill it with a bucket and they will drink it down....wonder why that is? 

Well........... the reason i'm not as calm as that squirrel.. (no it wasn't the storm)  is we are invited over to a neighbor's house for supper.... This is not the fishing / helping with his house neighbor although they are invited too..  This is another neighbor down the road who runs the dock that the fishing neighbor keeps his boat.. Anyway... we have never been to their house before.....I'am not a social person... hubby is my social butterfly..lol  For the life of me i cannot remember his wife's name..... They are serving spaghetti .. no one can eat spaghetti gracefully.... hubby is still trying to figure out his new teeth...... everyone invited is religious except hubby and i... that could not matter at all but then again it could... i have nothing to wear..... 

But i guess as long as i can think of something intelligent to add to the conversation and hubby manages to eat with his teeth and religion and politics don't rear their ugly head... it MAY be a pleasant evening...   We were told not to bring anything.. wish i could bring something.............. okay deb breathe.............  :) Hugs!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy 4th Blogaversary T ParTy!!!!


Can you believe it???  T partiers... somehow... somehow... I mailed off my ATC's and did not take one not ONE photo of them...How does that happen?? Anyway.. i hope Chris and Ms. Elizabeth will share when they receive theirs........ :)   Above is the latest origami adventure.... A DRAGON!!! I made a blog post earlier this week about that and i gave the link to the instructions... If your interested at all you can see that post here.........


This is the latest PostCard i made... Its all hand painted...If you were to tilt it the birdbath it has a copper sheen to it... I think the photo has it a little more yellowish than it is in person... This was a  challenge but alot of fun too..... I have alot to learn... but learning to paint with acrylics is something i want to do with the rest of my life... All the other crafts could fall away and this is what i would want to do.. that and draw, sketch.....  It feels good to know that about myself......

Do you see what i see??? OOOOoooOOooo is that a Keurig ??? Why yes.. yes it is.... I have a Keurig and i know how to use it...lol  I have wanted one for years.....  And AND look at that knob and pull on the kitchen cabinets... Hubby just finished the entire kitchen this weekend... all the knobs and pulls are installed... What a job! But i love them... Listen to this... We actually bought these knobs and pulls in CA to put on the cabinets there... never got around to it... but i loved them so kept them..... they were discontinued at Lowe's........ I only had so many.. Would i have enough for this kitchen??  I couldn't remember how many i had and they were packed... So i had my fingers crossed when i pulled them out and guess what ? I had one extra knob and one extra pull!!!Is that Serendipity or what..!! Happy happy 4 Anniversary my Tea People and Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard.... I look forward to many more!!! Hugs! deb

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I'd Likd to Start Posting More........

..........just short little posts...... kinda' what i'm up' to posts... sometimes i have more photos to share than one can feasibly fit on a single T party post......So don't be surprised if i pop in here now and then throughout the week...testing the waters......

Look at that DRAGON!!! I did it!!!  This one was certainly a challenge ... but 'shinyorigami got me through it... When you start out on an origami adventure you never know if you can see it through to the end... perhaps you'll be halfway through and you won't understand a step or the paper just won't cooperate.. I would definitely not say this one was easy.... about 7 minutes into it , it started to get difficult... i had to pause and rewind and replay many times... I'm sure the 13 min video was more like 30 min... but it was fun...then hubby came home around midnight from his fishing trip and with an evil glint in his eye told me it looked like a brontosaurus with wings.... MEN!  lol  

This is the only piece i've tried with shinyorigami but the instructions were easy to follow...great camera angles...  i wouldn't say this was a beginner piece but then i've only made three different pieces of origami so technically i'm a beginner and i have a dragon!!!   Hope your having an awesome weekend! We're looking to the sky hoping for rain.. but its not looking too promising.....Hugs! deb

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank you for Having Me For T..........


It was so nice of you to have me over for T... do you have a napkin to wipe my chin....thank you ... 2 lumps if you please and a little bit of cream...  Oh no biscuits for me... I'm trying to get my girlish figure back after having the twins... 


They ARE growing so fast... and are quite the handful.....


Just keeping them clean is a major chore.....


Aren't they adorable??? I don't know how mom keeps track of them... the older they get the more curious they get and the more they stray from mom...
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If your interested...........i have the results back from my DNA test!! And oh my goodness was there ever a surprise!!  Now if you remember i knew from my mom's side of the family that i had German/Swedish/ Dutch and it showed up in the test as 29% so that was no surprise...  And remember that family story i had about a drop or two of Lenni Lenape indian blood... well not a drop.... that was a little sad.. i would have liked that.......  But hands down the biggest surprise was that i'am 33% Italian!!!! I never knew..never had a clue! Momma Mia!!!  I can only guess that that came from my father's side of the family....... The rest of the breakdown goes like this... Europe West 14%  ,  Ireland  10%,  Great Britain 6% and the rest was low confidence 3% and less which was Africa and West Asia........... So wow! Italian ... crazy....Theres a website that came with my results that i need to explore more... but this was a fun experience....There are more tests you can take... to get more indepth info and maybe i will in the future .... This one just gave me my Pie Chart and we went thru Ancestry.com It cost around $100.... Was it worth the  money ? For me it was... I really wanted to know and theres no family around to help me..... It supported what i already knew about myself and some things i didn't ....... 10% Irish!! me!  i KNEW i had to have some luck of the Irish in me... St Patty's Day takes on a whole new meaning now!!! LOL!  Thanks for coming by all my T partiers!! I'll be around to link up with Ms. Elizabeth and visit everyone! Hugs! deb

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Was Just Wondering................


But before we get to that let me tell you that this is a PostCard i just finished in time for its photo shoot for the Tparty post... Isn't it funny how it looks different colors depending on the lighting.. The one above is more true to life..... Again using up my bits and bobs.. The lips are off a body spray bottle.. When i pulled it off .. it was sticky on the wrong side (front) so i sprinkled glitter all over it .. problem solved.. The flowers are a new punch... just loving them.. Used a credit card to make the white lines ... finished off with some splatter and Wink of Stella on the flowers...The bit of orange you see is a decorative paper i made myself by swirling some colors together....


...........you know how you sit over your coffee or tea in the morning and if you have nothing to occupy you (tv, computer, book,phone) your mind can get to wondering...... okay okay.. i was daydreaming over my coffee one morning and i got to wondering...... Do parents still teach their children nursery rhymes ???  I was taught many as a child and i taught many to mine... But you know .. there hasn't been any little children around us for quite some time...and i got to wondering if it was still 'in vogue' ... to teach nursery rhymes... And i thought since us T Party folk are from all around the world .. it might be a nice topic of conversation this T day... Perhaps nursery rhymes are just old fashioned now... maybe only grandparents still teach them to their grandchildren...?? I happen to love them...  One of my favorite and appropriate here for T  would be......
                              
                              I'm a little tea pot 
                               short and stout,
                                             Here is my handle
                               here is my spout
                              When i get all steamed up
                               then i shout! 
                               Just tip me over and 
                                 pour me out.......

I would LOVE to know if nursery rhymes are still a part of your family tradition.... If you have a minute maybe share one that you love.... Won't it be interesting to learn some from different countries...  Or maybe its the same nursery rhyme but you learned it a different way.... anyway... i hope you'll share!    And if your new here and would like to visit with a great group of ladies once a week over T  pop on over to Ms. Elizabeth's and the ever dapper Bleubeard's  and get all the particulars..we'd love to have you join us!! Hugs! deb



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Come Have Some T with Me!!!


Goodmorning all my T people!! Look who came for T this morning! Click on pictures to enlarge........


He'll even share his birdseed with you ..nom ...nom... nom... Just look at that gorgeous tail.....


Its so hot and humid he can hardly stand it....shade! shade! give me shade! 


Look at all the lovely birthday cards i received from my crafty friends! Thank you Eileen, Krisha and Rita! 


I found time for some play and made a PostCard for a neglected swap partner...... I like the quote.. if you can't read it says... 'Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards' It came from a fortune cookie...  :) The header is my cork board on the wall in the craftroom  and all my PostCards received from Krisha and Eileen over the past couple of years!! Wow! You'll find some T reference in there too.... and a couple from Violet!! 


Staining my window sills for the craftroom.... this takes a few days but i got it started....


This is a bookshelf i bought for the house in CA and couldn't find a place for it in this house but i think it holds my craft books and puzzles perfectly...  :)


Its a busy background but maybe you can see the windchime hanging there... getting things in place!!! woohoo... hubby is enclosing these poles with wood and they will have light switches on them..... it takes time......

My life will be all about staining for the next week ..... the window sills and the boards for the shelves on the wall we are installing over by the work area....I just gotta keep at it and it will get done.. I'm so glad you popped over for T with me and Mr. Red Tail Squirrel...lol I'll be around to visit !! Hugs! deb