Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A count down to Christmas give - away!!!

Are you ready for Christmas? Today, my friends, is the LAST day of November and Then is December, and...the holiday season is really truly upon us!!! Like it or not- here it comes!!!

So to celebrate December!
To celebrate this- Pioneer Woman's Book!!! is now DONE!!!
To celebrate that now I do not have to eat turkey for another whole year!!!
and because today I get to stay home and 'play' all day long...
and because everyone needs a chunk of wood like this to count down for everything!!!

I am giving away 'the Christmas (or anything) count-down' chalk block!!!


I know, I know. I saw that the number is wrong. sorry.!
To enter the draw just tell me if you are ready for Christmas, not ready, or just tell me 'hey'!

THIS GIVE-AWAY IS CLOSING TOMORROW AT NOON .AFTERNOON, when I will check to see how many have entered!!!  so get your name in here!!! We can not delay in counting down for Christmas, so I want this hunk of a chunk (its really 1 1/2 inches high by about 9 inches long) to be in the mail tom. after-noon or the next morning!!!

ps. it's a really versatile little chunk, the black part is chalk-board paint (duh.) so you can write whatevah you wanna on there- 16 days until Grami comes, 4 days until school. well. you get the picture!!!

so long. but don't forget, drop down to the comments box and tell me hi and you will be entered to WIN!!!
(and you tell me who does not like a little something fun and free this time of year??!! huh? )

Sunday, November 28, 2010

a repeat.

I have so so much to do... (I WANT)... to just go to bed.


un·or·gan·ized/ˌənˈôrgəˌnīzd/Adjective

1. Not organized.

that is me. not organized. (sniff.sniff)


How do you stay organized? My dear aunt told me to try 'FLY LADY'..
How many of you try her ways?
Do you like them? What are other good ways to stay organized...?
really folks  I need help.
but this calender has already helped me immensely...as has writing more lists than ever before!!
As long as I don't go and lose the list- it sure helps me out!!!

Let me in on your organize secrets, pretty please:)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

some facts...

1- holding a wet cold metal pole scooping leaves out of a pool is COLD. on the hands. I don't care who you are or how tough you think you are it is ICEEEEY. cold.
2- making up a guest bed for company is FUN FUN FUN!
3- even cleaning the bathroom can be fun if you are preparing for guests!
4- my house is quiet.clean. (mostly) and that feels . good.
5- this blog gives you a super good 'picture' of where I grew up!
6- I love my dog. (did you know that??!!)
7- o. I adore James too. duh. (adore him)
8- I am going to make THIS right now. Because it is so cute and I have several little pieces of wood laying around waiting for some attention.
9- This is a fun, good story to read if you need one, and you have no, not even one decent novel in the house.
10- Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and James & I are going to our church at 6:30 AM. YES. you read correct. to help peel and mash enough potatoes to feed 5000 people at the local rescue mission for supper tomorrow night.
11- THAT is a HEAP of potatoes.
12- I wish you all the happiest most thankful day tomorrow. Filled with friends and family and love. (got that? thats a fact.)
13- My kitchen needs cleaning yet. I left that out up there cuz I was hoping it would make me feel less guilty about sitting down at this computer... but it didn't because now I have to go do it now. boo-hoo. but this was fun. so I don't even care!!
14- what will even be more fun? is when I come back and look at my blog this evening is to see your comments. (why am I laughing??!!)
15- You are special. never let anyone tell you differently!
16- CHECK OUT THIS BLOG FOR AN AWESOME GIVE-AWAY!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

others...

Tonight, actually the last couple of days, my mind has been going to those people who will not have so much this Holiday season... The homeless, the children in 3rd world countries, young girls that get pregnant and than the 'fathers' leave, the ones that are still grieving the loss of someone close,orphans, 'my' little kids over in Navajo land... there is a lot really... more than this...

I've been thinking about what I could do to help... They say every little thing counts... but what does one start with? I did the Samaritan's Purse shoe box this year... which is always something that makes me feel good inside...
but, I'd like to do more...
what do you do at this time of year? Take food to the food bank, make cheer baskets? Let me (and all the rest of the readers) in on your ideas... Maybe this year we can make this Holiday season just a little bit better for some one!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!!


ok. first a list of disclaimers-
1- pleeeese do not look to closely. this is my first one.
and yes. it.is.not.perfect.
2-I got paint on the rug. James is not happy about that.
3-it is not perfect
4-it.is.not.perfect.
5-but! for me! and me alone it is just right!!!
6- it is harder than it looks.


aaah. now for that Christmas present!!! I must go work on it!!
and make one with Christmas words on it,
and spring, and summer,
and children....
goo-goo-gaa-gaa.
that's what kids say.right?? 
I forget.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

a preview for you curious ones...

yes.Lowes, Wal- Mart and 3 different colours of paint. and here is the very first preview for you!!!

---till next time!(or till it's done!!)

let me know what you think!!.......

o and yes! I couldn't resist a more wintery back-ground!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LOWES...

Ok. I know many of you have been in Home Depot, Lowe's, or your local hardware store...you must have been. or is your husband going into those stores buying your paint, sand-paper and what-not for you??!!
mine won't. well yes. of course he would. but I didn't give him a chance this time! I wanted the wood NOW. not in 5 minutes or in 65. now.
  I went. and I got 'the looks'. well. I guess that guy and lady (?) in the lumber part of Lowes had never in their little lives seen a crafty lady walk in wearing a skirt and flip-flops. but you think I care? Just cause I wasn't wearing my Carhart's and boots didn't mean that I was not serious about why I was there. For some wood.ok? After trying to tell them what size I wanted what it was for ect. The guy told me to go down the aisle of sheet rock than turn left and than make an immediate right. There was pieces of wood there and I could have a look.  Well. so yes. I looked. but all those pieces seemed mighty big for my little project. BUT! (thank goodness for my husband.).....because I called him in distress because 'they didn't have any the size I wanted' but than He told me. Fear not! for my dad has a saw you can use.' whew! I breathed a sigh of relief and bought a board. The 'lady' at the front asked me 'if I'd found everything ok'...ummm.hello?. yes. ALL BY MINE OWN LONESOME!!! thank-you very much!!! and I went home and I painted and cut. and soon oh so soon I will show you my work!!!
(next time I'm gonna try going to Lowe's in my pumps and a silky, flowy, skirt. THAN maybe they will help me.. (laugh)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

my friend...

Once upon a time I lived in Alberta. (yes. the bald prairie. although I beg to differ that they were bald. but that is a whole different story.)and on the prairie land there are pretty much only bumpy, gravel roads (mind you not at all fit for a California babied GMC.) and where the house is that I have lived in most of my life, a gravel road is but a stones throw from the front porch. and on down that gravel road if you walk up a little hill and down one and than back up you'd get to portion of the road that is shaded with some big trees... and if you'd look up through those trees you would see a charming, welcoming cream house with green trim, and country porch looking down at you. and in that house would be living the worlds best neighbors... and those neighbors they raised 2 girls. and the oldest of those girls is -yes. my dear friend. She is admired by me, plus many, many others for- well A LOT of things. She is one of the greatest, strongest, most beautiful woman I know. ( besides my own mother of course!!) She married a wonderful man and now they have a charming little girl. and after having that lil babes my friend started this blog. Little Prairie Baby and she makes me smile and grin many a time when I read it!!! and now today!! my friends you must go over to her blog and check it out- because she is doing a GIVE-AWAY!!! and it is splendid!!! head on over HERE  and check it out!!! Tell her I sent you!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

erasable calendar...

yee-haw for all these blogs with *FREE* ideas for cheaper versions of stuff we all need umm...and want!!!and this-
is one of those ideas... I looked at Target. Up and down those aisles...  for an erasable calender. searching. looking. but. everything was TOO MUCH MONEY. and besides I didn't like any of them. BLAH. plain. white. and boring. boring boring. I wanted colour!! and I wanted CHARM!!! 
and I found it... by making it!!! and it cost me only- $1 for the frame (yes.if you look close its warped on the bottom, thats why its a dollar,duh. ) and lets see, the paper, I'm gonna guess cost me at the most!!- $1. 
So a for a whopping $2, I got my erasable calender. and It's colourful and cheap!!! 
 Ok, you know you want one so go, make it!!! I took the paper out of the frame and used it for my stage. I took 2 red 8 1/2 x 11 papers and laid them on that paper, glued them to fit the frame (11x14) than I cut 14 squares 2.75 inches x 1.8 inches. yes. I tried to be precise, but it didn't work. If you look closely the squares don't match and they are not perfectly straight, but neither is the frame, so there!!(pooh bear) !!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

the taste of fall...

Because it's Monday.
Because it's Fall.
Because I love cookie dough.
Because I am making PW's onion strings & chicken strips for supper and I needed to add more 'ooomph'  to my meal.
I made these.
some call them gingersnaps,some-molassas cookies, dusty millers, brown cookies, burnt cookies, yucky cookies... weeelll. maybe not those last three. but y'know you always could call them what ever you want!!
so because it's Monday.
Because its-ha. you thought I was gonna say all that again didn't you!! nope. gonna say this.
I now present you with these cookies.
THEE BEST WHATEVER YOU WANNA CALL THEM COOKIES...

1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups icing sugar (otherwise known in USA as powdered sugar)
1/2 cup molasses
2eggs
2tsp. baking soda
4 cups flour
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix and mash it all together. and here is the controversely part. you can either use a cookie scoop and plop the balls of brown on to your pan  or you can meticulously form 1 inch round balls and set them in a straight row on your freshly washed pan. (you'll never guess which one is my way) you can roll the little balls in icing sugar before you place them on pan, but it is not a must. some would probably say it is, but I wouldn't know. Bake these babies for 8 min. (NO MORE.) at 350 degrees.
DO NOT OVER BAKE.

If when you eat these you are not solely and wholly and rolly and polly convinced that they are the best you can just put your favorite Molassas cookie recipe right here in the comments.

now go. go bake them. they are sugah free babee . not. sorry. they really are not. but I still eat them. always. even the dough.
There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart - never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that, unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and then if you do tell, that God is the only one is listening. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

being thankful

I just read another blog. And the dear lady reminded me that this is the time of year to be thankful for the things in our life...and yes, I have to, but I hate to, admit that my heart does not feel as thankful as it should. O yes. you remember that other post I wrote about being thankful...yes. I am trying desperately hard to find contentment by trying to think and write about the things I am thankful for. Contentment in not having MY friends close to me, MY family, MY nephews... OK so obviously I have a selfishness issue here going on too... but ya. I am not trying to have a pity party.(and those of you who have moved away from family to go live with the love of your life will totally understand my point) I am in pain from trying to find 'my place' in a land that is foreign to me.
 I know I do have so much to be thankful for ... James :D, Zoe, and of course a host of people that are what you would call 'new friends'. I love them all dearly. really. I do.

so... for today I am going to be thankful... thankful for the little things. the little things that are in my life right now. things like having a fireplace in my house on this rainy day... thankful that  even if my bread totally and completely did  the hugest flop on me, I got a recipe, and I made croutons!!! yes... today I am going to be thankful for the little things. even the teensy weensy eensy ones...

Friday, November 5, 2010

his & hers

Today I picked up another towel off the floor...and I thought to myself. hmmm. who's is this one?! Beings as I don't have a lot of towels floating around my house it seems James and I often when we grab our 'new' bath towels- we grab the same color... This morning I knew which one was mine because his was still a tad dampish... So I decided to fix the problem and this is how I did it-

No.no.no. not that I turned one towel 'in-side-out'!!! Its the man and the lady!!! 
and if any of you remember this lovely little couple was used in our other house as well!!
I didn't think the next renters would be as amused as I was with these creatures so I took
them down and yes - its called recycling !!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

more wally art things!!!

well. I got a phone call today and the person on the other end told me- You need to put more pics of your vinyl stuff on the blog so that we can SEE it!

First off I will tell you. I am not a camera person.never have been, never will be!!! so pardon the not so great pics:D

HENCE-
this is my front door before the new look!!!
this is beside my front door after!!!
I am selling this same design to you for $9.
(it is 15 inch by 5.5)
use it on your door, beside your door, or in your house!!!

OK next is-
I bought this mirror at yard sale for $1. It was a very ugly brown wicker. I brought it home and promptly sprayed it black and, because the mirror for our bed set from IKEA isn't in our budget yet, I hung it above the dresser. and yes. I had to put a word on it. so LOVE it was.
I am selling this LOVE word (it is7 ' x 8') for $5

and next is this-
no.not the star. this wonderful reminder. it comes cut on a 16x8 in piece of vinyl. I did this one for my sister-in-law and put them side by side instead of on top of the other.
I will be selling this one to you for $15

ok. so thats all the pics for now. but. If you want to order something let me know in a comment or else shoot me an e-mail! (right this minute all I have is white and dark grey vinyl)but...

I am ordering more vinyl! what colours do YOU think I should order...?

shavers... razors... hair-slicing contraptions...

Last night I spent many minutes of my latter part of the  day in Target.
 First I wondered around the baby clothes...yes. looking for my wonderful big sissy who is having a babes, O, so soon...and just looking at random for who-ever. SO CUTE.
Than I wondered on over to the foody, food part of the store and loaded my cherry red cart with all manner of things that looked tasty to mine eyeball.
                                                Than I went to the aisle that hosts these...

and I stood there... and I looked... and I stoood there...and I loooooooooked. yes. I did. and I even asked a fellow shopper lady. Which one do you like? (she wasn't very responsive.) although she did tell me which one she used. I wasn't interested. so. I never bought. and I NEED  a new one. or something... but I am very fussy. because I have sensitive skin and yes. I have tried the UP&UP brand at Target. and whatever else cheapys there are. but they DO NOT cut it. (pun intended)
I think I have had just about every one of the Venus ones as well. but somehow or another they always seem escape my grasp and flee... who knows to where. but yes. they leave me.(or do I leave them???) ...


so tell me. which one do you use? 
If its electric...please tell me exactly which brand..ect. 
thank ya lady friends of mine...

ps.like the new look?!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

a pic...

of what it looks like on my computer screen... this is only ONE of the things... theres more yet.. but for tonight.
good-night. (nice poem, rome.)

my chalk-boards...

this.









started from almost nothing. I got the idea from several other 'bloggers' to make my own chalk-board. and yes. I got over-zealous. and no. it does not look 'just-like-I-want' but for now its working and I am loving it!!!!
I bought the 'green' frame at Goodwill for a whopping $3. painted chalk-board paint(found at Wally-mart) smack over top of the glass. Let it dry and did it again!! and than I chalked it up!!! really. I rubbed chalk all over all 4 of them so that the 'chalk-board' part wouldn't look so 'new'. (by the way , the other 3 frames were sitting around waiting for such a rainy day!!!)
I am now hence-forth and for-ever more CRAZY about chalk-board paint!!! paint a whole door. a perfect spot for your kiddos to 'create' and the top of the door is 'your space' for grocery lists,love notes, reminders, or your own 'doodles'!!!
Paint 1 or 2 or 9 of the front of your cupboard doors for the same effect.
yep! its great stuff!!!
let me know what your ideas are!!!
be back in a minute or 6 or 92....

coming soon...

project # 1- my very own collage of chalk-boards!!!
project #2- baby announcements for a friend!!!
project #3- more 'wall art' orders!!! vinyl is coming out of my ears!!!!(well not really...but...)

I'm lovin it!! It's just been BUSY!!!

by the way- the Gold Canyon candle party was a whopping success!!! Everyone loved the all the PINK!!! now come on and tell me- what is you favorite Gold Canyon product?? I am still trying to place MY order!!!!!!!

catch ya in awhile.... :D

Monday, November 1, 2010

...

I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO. I AM GOING TO BED.
the end.