Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I can breathe again.........

.......................Thanksgiving brought with it sniffles and sneezes and i'am just now coming back to the land of the living........i can finally breathe again..........As others were tackling the turkey i grabbed a box of tissues and my cup of coffee and did something i never make time for but i love to do.....I love puzzles but i have it in my head that they are a colossal waste of time...surely i could think of something better to do with my time and i usually do but Thanksgiving morning was a quiet one........everything was under control and i thought this was the only thing i had the energy to do..........I secretly hoped others would join in and my hubby did for a while but mostly i entertained myself...............
i fondly remember my mother in law always put a puzzle out on a card table during family get together and it seemed everyone children and adults alike took turns throughout the day sitting down and putting a few pieces together.......sometimes the puzzle got finished and sometimes it didnt'..........didn't really matter.........it was the idea of doing something together..........this is a lovely puzzle of four different birds by Charles Wysocki , 300 pieces............anyone up for a puzzle swap??? I'll send you this one and you send me one.........300 - 500 pieces only please. lol  the thousand piece puzzles just seem more like work than fun....lol...  Just email me if your interested nuleaf at comcast dot net.........

I've been poking my head in the craft room lately..........tentative baby steps......feeling my way......not sure what i want to start with......i have so much to choose from ........its hard to know what i want to bury myself off in first.........You'll notice the header changed.....i finished the postcard i started at the apartment...........good to have that done.......it was alot of fun playing with the paint.......figuring out how to get it to do what i wanted it to do........Four days of rain expected here........good excuse to hunker down and get something started...........Stay warm! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Its Beginning to Feel.........

..................a little more like home everyday........all my little bits and baubles are finding their new homes..... sculptures are by Haydn Larson. I tried to attach a link here to his website ...hope it works.
Fell in love with his work when i found it in a little shop just outside San Antonio, TX. Each one  has a little cup in the bottom to put something....as you can see in one i put crystals and in the other a bird nest and bird....i was very happy with the look in my old home but now i'm thinking maybe moss and a small candle in each one...............??


The upstairs has blinds at the window but we still have sheets at the windows downstairs....my cuckoo clock that made the trip many many moons ago from Germany to Texas and now California has lost its cuckoo.......well the little birdie is there but he's not talking....hope i can help him find his voice again one day........  :)


The little shelving unit is new...found it in Hobby Lobby....I've always wanted something like this and now i have room to put one...but i have nothing to put on it....lol....I'm thinking maybe a plant or two...this place needs some greenery......those copper plates are from when we went skiing in the Alps while stationed in Germany.  After Desert Shield and Desert Storm the army gave us a three day family vacation there for free!  


Just bought these lamps at Kirklands the same weekend we went to Apple Hill.........My hubby heaved an audible sigh of relief that i finally found something i liked. Poor guy i dragged him all over everywhere looking for just the right lamps......lol..........endtable is new too but i sure don't like how it looks in this photo(that yellow tint is just not there in person)... its a mixture of slate and wood...coffee table the same...I tried to get a good picture of the living room but the camera just wasn't having it....I'll try again.......

New dining room table.....bar height........gets its inaugural Thanksgiving on Thursday.......tried to beg off Thanksgiving this year but when family says.........'I'll bring the turkey!'...what do you do?? lol........and in all honesty it forced me to push a little harder to get things hung up......clean a little more...and even though i'm tired, as i went room to room dusting and scrubbing and vacuuming  i feel more acquainted with my new home .......

I finished a piece of MailArt........a post card........I'm dying to show you but i'll let it get to its recipient first.....The craft room believe it or not is all squared away.....hubby just has to install the ceiling fan.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs! deb

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Apple Hill.........


All work and no play.........well you know the saying......even though we are trying hard to pull the house together sometimes you just need to get away..........and a weekend romp to Apple Hill was just the ticket...I almost didn't post the above picture because it wasn't 'perfect'.......but the more i looked at it the more i liked it.......little tents with homemade wares interspersed among the trees......sun filtering thru.......cold in the shade...the sun gloriously warm on your back when you stepped into it.........if the top of that picnic table looks white to you?.....it had a coat of ice on it!

Apple Hill is just what it sounds like........apple orchards........apple picking...apple cider.....apple this and apple that........lots of arts and crafts thrown in.......and not just one orchard but several orchards 'up on the hill' take part........you could go orchard hopping......everyone trying to offer something different...some had hayrides......a fudgebarn........yum.......

Just a lovely atmosphere..........and oh i must have needed it......i think i could hear my soul singing...... I LOVE crisp fall air......to be bundled up and warm but walking around in the cold.....one word...fleece....i good fleece jacket is a gold mine in the cold......i have a red fleece jacket by The Gap given to me several years ago and there 'ain't nuthin' gettin' thru that sucker'......( I have a vision of me looking like a ripe red tomato walking around in it but thats the negative voices in my head i try not to listen to...and i know get off my ass and lose the weight and the voices will go away..)

Lots of the trees had moss growing on them . I got the feeling that, that orchard had been there for quite a while....

One of the best things about apples?........they  turn into this!!! Hubby and i shared a bowl of homemade caramel over an apple........yum........


These guys took my breath away......I cannot begin to describe to you how big they were! They came up to my waist. Irish Wolfhounds!  So friendly and loved all the attention they were getting.....



Last but not least i got hubby to pull over at a tree farm...........our companions did not 'get' it.......why do you want to walk around a tree farm , we're not getting a tree(so they sat in the truck)..........to be out there...surrounded by all the pines........the smell........ahhh....how do you describe it......i don't even think my hubby 'gets' it but he wants me to be happy so he walked with me holding my hand.......I know what my soul craves......what my soul needs.........the quiet.....the stillness......the trees......there was no hiking going on , on this trip but that didn't mean i couldn't walk among the trees.........

We are expecting a rainy three day weekend here..........hope you are warm and toasty where you are.....Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DareDevil Cat..............



Aaaawww..... look a cute picture of Jinx sitting in a window of his new
home...............cute...innocent....so totally not like the trouble maker we know he is ...right??
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!!!!!!!!!!........that is at least a 15-20ft drop........there are a million windows in this house and he picks THAT one!  And i saw him get over there......he had a hard time getting his balance on that slippery railing and with my heart in my throat i watched him leap over to that window with a sill barely large enough to accommodate him........i was afraid if i yelled at him to stop him it would throw him off balance mid-leap (he is not the most graceful of cats)..........well we are going to have to put something up there to deter him.....i refuse to come home to a 'splat' kitty when i open the front door.........I'm thinking the blinds will do the trick when we get them up there.......Never a dull moment around here when you have a Jinx! Hugs! deb

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just a Quickie!

Still crazier than crazy around here as the picture above can attest to...... On the bright side.......EVERYTHING is out of boxes ...on the not so bright spot......not everything has found a home.....sigh........time.....i know give it time.......The picture above is my craft room ...once i dig it out...Lord i have so much 'crap'!  I have gone from calling it 'stuff' to now it is 'crap'.......projects that are years old and instead of moving with a clean slate.......i decided to bring it all with me........So completing old projects will be the first order of business! You will see everything from mosaic tile to making sunflower pens to painting a box to hold my colored pencils......painting wisdom sticks....and rainsticks.........and that is just scratching the surface.....thats not even drawing  or MailArt...or touching my ceramics.......ceramic? you say.........Ha! I'll show you a picture of them next time.....Okay i said this was a quickie......too much to DO!  But i did want to leave you with this.........

I don't like to advertise.......i don't like it when i go to other blogs and over half their blog is just trying to sell you their stuff......classes and DVD's .......Etsy....Zazzle......etc.......So i'm guessing maybe you don't like that either but today is one of the few exceptions i will make.....You all know from my side panel that i sell some of my drawings on Zazzle and you know that i think Zazzle is incredibly expensive so when i found out they were having a Veterans Day Sale I just had to let you know.....just incase...you know...you've been eyeballing anything but didn't purchase because of the price......From what i can tell your looking at 50% off cards and 30% off mugs and 15% off all other products.....Now thats more like it!
create & buy custom products at Zazzle

I tried to put a link in this post but if it doesn't work you always use the link on my sidebar! The code is 50VETDAYSALE. Okay back to unpacking ...and digging out my craftroom so the crafting can commence!! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Can i Come Back.............

.............if i promise to show pictures???  I MISS you guys!  I've been fumbling around with blogger and i THINK i have it figured out.........at least my blog looks the same now with all my pictures and links intact..........I know, i know i said i wouldn't but never say never.....things are slowing down around here now and i got to poking around the blog i never got around to deleting and **POOF** i hit a key and THERE was my blog , looking like it always has.......then i clicked off it.......and thought about it some more......clicked back on and got to looking at my blogroll.........and you know what?? I've really missed everyone.......and i've missed sharing ....well sharing my life with you...such as it is......

When something happens in my life i still think.....oh! i have to take a picture for the blog! ...and then i remember.....no blog.......someone left me a comment saying they had been looking forward to seeing what i would create in my new craft room......and i realized i want to show you what i create.......so........maybe i just needed a hiatus........i see other blogs go on 'bloggy breaks'......maybe thats what i needed......so stay tuned! Hopefully my first post here uploads just fine........hugs! deb

PS.....Is anyone still checking back here??.......hello......  :)