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paper mache figurines

an alphabet of thanks “P”

There are no options (see yesterday’s post) to pick from for the letter “P”. I’ve had this one settled on since the beginning. It’s PINTEREST.

Here’s how my descent into the Pinterest “abyss” began. It was October, 2011, when my daughter remarked, “Hey, mom.  I’ve found this neat website I think you might enjoy. It’s called Pinterest. Here, let me show you.” She pulled up the site n my computer and showed me how it worked.

“Hmmm”, I said. “I don’t know if it’s something I would like but I’ll give it a try”.

It was downhill after that.

I plunged into Pinterest “hell” almost immediately.

I was hooked.

I pinned non-stop for days. I needed an intervention but none was forthcoming. I had to go cold turkey. It was hard but after a few days, I was back to normal. I have slowed down since then but I’m still somewhat obsessed.

Why do I like Pinterest?  For one thing, by paying close attention to what I was pinning, I realized that my true decorating style was not reflected in my home. I learned that I love white with touches of black. I love yellow-green paired with pale seafoam blue. When it came time to redecorate some bedrooms, I didn’t have to think at all.  When it came to the living room and dining room, it was also easy. Lots of black and white.

Pinterest has brought me back to the things I love. I love DIY projects but had gotten away from it for awhile.

I’m b-a-a-a—a-ck.

I’ve had some Pinterest “fails” though, especially with some of the recipes.

Also, I love the photographs and the artwork. There really isn’t anything about Pinterest that I don’t like except its addicting lure.

I ask everyone I meet, “Are you on Pinterest?” If they say no, I explain it to them.  Oh, no, I’m sending someone else over the edge.  I should be ashamed.

I’m not, though. It’s a lot of fun.

So let me share a few projects from the past. I love this piece. It’s pallet boards, painted sconces, and Dollar Tree flowers.

bedroom sconces


This table was red. I painted it aqua and attached silver aluminum to the edge. The legs and the vases on the lower shelf are painted in Rustoleum 2x, Chrome. The flowers are a wall decal.upstairs hallway table

Here’s a close-up.

paper maiche figurines


These are some paper mache figures I made a number of years ago. Homemade Christmas decorations are some of my favorite things I like to do.

I’m sure all my followers have checked out Pinterest. If you haven’t, give it a try.  Here’s my Christmas board if you want to check it out.

the mind and creativty

It’s that exciting time of year. You know, don’t you?

It’s getting to be that time of year. You know what I mean, don’t you?


I even found one Saturday, in March no less. I bought four of these small black baskets, $.25 apiece. It doesn’t get much better than that.

black basket

But because I have this philosophy about buying a number of small things if they’re available, I went back and bought all of the rest of them because I knew my friends could use them as well.  Total? Twenty. Here’s why I do that. It’s hard to use

It’s hard to use one small thing for decorating sometimes but a number of them? Now we’re talking. Give you so many more options and if you still only want to use one, you have that option as well.

black baskets

My favorite activity is the hunting, the finding, the bargaining, the buying. But I especially like what garage sales do to my mind.

What is that, you ask?

It’s the creativity it sparks.

the mind and creativty

That’s my favorite part. I love looking at an object and thinking how I could use it. Should I paint it? Should I hang it? Should I alter it in some way? I have found that if I really like something, I’ll almost always find a place to use it.

Oh, the possibilities. I want to highlight some blogs I’ve found that offer some great advice for repurposing and using the “stuff” you acquire this spring and summer.

Here’s the first one:


This site lets you take a fun quiz: http://gsalr.com/blog/garage-sale-quiz/

This site is just plain fun and this woman’s stash from just one sale rivals anything I’ve ever done.


This one has lots of links that contain oodles of information.


God bless and have a good day.




Ninety-seven steps to battle depression.

Yesterday I talked about the importance of movement when managing depression. To say it’s important is almost like saying it’s important to brush your teeth for your overall health! It’s that important.

So with that last statement in mind, I’ll start there. Some of these suggestions may seem trivial but I’m just listing everything I can think of to get you moving. They are not divided by gender or age either. Whatever works for you works.


  1. Brush your teeth
  2. Comb your hair
  3. Wash your hair
  4. Drink some water
  5. Make the bed.
  6. Clean under your bed
  7. Change the bed linen
  8. Fluff your pillows
  9. Eat a decent breakfast
  10. Make your bedroom inviting for when you hit the sack tonight.
  11. Wear something decent.
  12. If it’s a dreary day, turn on as many lamps as you can. Light is good.
  13. Take some vitamins, especially “D”, until the summer.
  14. Straight up a kitchen shelf or two
  15. Clean out a cupboard
  16. Check the expiration dates of canned goods.
  17. Clean the freezer
  18. Clean the refrigerator
  19. Clean up the kitchen counter.
  20. Clean out the medicine cabinet and get rid of outdated items
  21. Dust off your light bulbs and lampshades
  22. Check expiration dates of refrigerated items
  23. Rearrange  some “vignettes” in one of your rooms
  24. Rearrange some furniture
  25. Dust something
  26. Throw out something
  27. Vacuum, sweep, or mop a floor
  28. Fluff some pillows
  29. Clean a closet shelf
  30. Clean out part of a closet.
  31. Get rid of some clothes, Put in a “donation” box.
  32. Get rid of some shoes. Put in a “donation” box.
  33. Get rid of some jewelry. Put in a “donation” box.
  34. Wash some clothes
  35. Turn all your hangers the same way. That way you’ll know how often you’ve worn something.
  36. Straighten up an area in the garage or craft area
  37. Wash something
  38. Get rid of chipped dishes
  39. Bake something
  40. Cook something
  41. Fix some tea or coffee
  42. Light a candle.
  43. Listen to music
  44. Write out your menus for a week
  45. Make a list of foods you honestly like and don’t like.
  46. Refine that list and narrow down to what healthy foods you really will eat.
  47. Get rid of some books or magazines you aren’t going to read or have already read
  48. Tear out some pages of magazines that inspire you
  49. Make a “vision” board of what you want your life to look like (You can “google” vision boards if you don’t know what they are.)
  50. Gather what you need to “make” something tomorrow
  51.  Make a list of things to do tomorrow
  52. Walk around your home for ten minutes.
  53. Better yet go outside and walk. (This is my “go to”.)
  54. Do some stretches
  55. Lift some weights
  56. Call someone and just talk
  57. Write a thank-you note
  58. Read something you would not ordinarily read
  59. Make a list of books you would like to read. Include some titles of subjects you’ve never read about before.
  60. Put together a puzzle
  61. Play Scrabble or Solitaire on your computer
  62. Clean out your jewelry
  63. Clean our your tool box
  64. Do a crossword puzzle
  65. Hang something on the wall
  66. Make a list of things you can and want to do when you’re feeling low. Make it a big list so you have lots to choose from on a “bad day.
  67. Color in a coloring book. If you don’t have one, put it on your list
  68. Order a paint-by-number kit from Amazon.
  69. When it comes, paint.
  70. If you have leftover paint, paint some swatches on a piece of paper or board for a future art project.
  71. Organize your pictures whether on-line or hands-on
  72. Make a list of projects you want to do but haven’t gotten around to
  73. Make a list of the “tools” you need for your projects
  74. Try your hand at drawing
  75. Spend some time on Pinterest (pinterest.com) to inspire you
  76. Go to Google and look at pictures of cute baby animals
  77. Eat something healthy and sit at the table. Set the table with a place mat, a cloth napkin if you have one, a nice glass, etc.
  78. Get up from your desk and walk around your office space or hallway for a few minutes
  79. Doodle at your desk when and if you have a few spare moments
  80. Check out Zentangle.com for meditative type doodling. (I find it very meditative-like.)
  81. Smile when you answer the phone
  82. Stand in front of a mirror and smile. Do this five or six times a day.
  83. Go on a “treasure hunt” in your own home, finding things you’ve forgotten about. Can you use them somewhere
  84. Watch one funny television show or movie. (Get up every hour and walk around your house for a few minutes.)
  85. Find some clean jokes on the internet and laugh
  86. Look outside for a while and imagine a different life for yourself
  87. As my husband says, “Go fart around with something”.
  88. Organize craft or hobby projects. (My husband likes to organize his tackle box.)
  89. Plan a big project for the future, like building a piece of furniture or painting a room.
  90. Make a list for the above and plan a date to begin
  91. Stain a bare piece of wood with stain or watered-down paint. What can you do with it now?
  92. Write your own list of things you can do when you’re “down”.
  93. Make a list of the things you are truly grateful for.
  94. Dance
  95. Meditate
  96. Pray
  97. Take a short nap

good for your soul

A caveat.

Some people might look at this list and instead of feeling energized, might well fee overwhelmed instead. These eight-one suggestions are not meant to be accomplished in one day. I mean, look at the list. It could take weeks with some of these items. So it’s not a case of getting them all checked off as soon as you can.

It’s more of a way to get you moving and then seeing where it leads. I know how hard it is to even think when you’re depressed so I tried to do it for you.

If that’s the case with you maybe just read the first ten or so suggestions. Or, close your eyes and point your finger at one and start there.

But maybe the fact that you are feeling overwhelmed is because you have been giving in to your depression way too much so that anything looks overwhelming to you.

Also, if you do a couple of these things today and that’s all you can accomplish, at least you will look back over your day and feel good.



So why ninety-two steps. Well, first of all, I ran out of time and secondly, one hundred sounded too common and too mundane.  Fifty wasn’t even close. Ten would be ridiculous. So I just kept thinking of everything I could that would possibly help.

This is a tool-box. You pick the tool or tools that work for you. And when you find some that work well, be sure to take notice and earmark it somehow.

Hey, that might be ninety-eight. Make a list of what activities build you up and what makes you feel worse. But remember, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

God bless and I hope you have a really good day.

Christmas jars

An really cute and easy way to decorate for Christmas

One of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas is using “stuff”, like inexpensive decorations and incorporating them into what I already have. I like “filling” containers, laying Christmas “picks” on shelves, books, etc., creating “vignettes” in old boxes, etc.

With that in mind, I’d like to show you one example using some very large jars.

Did I every tell you how much I like big jars?  Well, I do. I’m always scouring garage sales for them. I mean there good for yarn balls, cookie-cutters, cookies, of course, and all kinds of other things. And I like the fact that I can see everything.

“I like big jars and I can’t lie.”

(Sure hope you saw Shrek or that little ditty went right over your head. 🙂  )

I also like antique tin dishes, jello molds, etc. That’s what is in these jars.

I found this great plaid tape in the dollar section at Target. I had the candles and wouldn’t  you know it, some of my antique saucers fit right on top and served as candle holders. Voila!

Christmas jars

I threw in some red plastic snowflakes from the Dollar Tree and some glittery tinsel. Maybe I’ll add some of the new battery operated lights.

By the way, did you know that there are battery-operated lights that are actually timed? They stay on for six hours (from the time you plug them in) and then off for eighteen hours. For example, I plugged mine in at five p.m., and then they go off at eleven p.m. That’s like perfect. So I may add lights to the jars.


This next picture shows the large round cake pan that these are sitting in. I bought a set of tiered professional cake pans at a garage sale a few years ago and I use them for lots of different applications.

As I said, I do like my tin.

The hearts  you see handing on the jars are a craft I made years ago. It’s quilting filler, a soft fleece type but not fleece, used between the layers.

First, I tea-dyed it. Then I stiffened it by soaking it in a white glue/water mixture. After it dried I used a paper punch to make the hole. I let it dry. It gets quite stiff. I stamped on some specialty ecru paper, glued it to the dried fabric and then used a stamp pad to darken it some more around the edges.

I stamped some sayings n some specialty ecru paper, glued it to the dried fabric and then used a stamp pad to darken it some more around the edges. Originally, I made these as bookmarks but I had these two left over.


You can see the glittery tinsel here and some jello molds, and the tiny loaf pans.

Christmas jars


God bless and have a really great day.


Why we should change election day. Wink, wink.

I think we should change the month and day for our presidential elections. I mean, two months out from Christmas.


I was at JoAnn’s (our big fabric and craft chain here in the US) yesterday and the lines were already really long. I’ve searched Pinterest (mostly my own boards because I have a lot of boards and a lot of “pins” without looking elsewhere) to inspire me. I’m going flannel and plaid this year.

Here’s some “pins” you might enjoy.




Here’s the fabric I bought. Only one plaid. It was all they had that I liked and that was on sale. I’ll head to Goodwill to look for some plaid shirts but this flannel, after all the discounts, was only $2.60 a yard. That’s even cheaper than a flannel shirt at Goodwill.

Christmas fabric

Oops, back to changing the day of our elections. (Pinterest always does distract me.)

It must have been a man who came up with this because no self-respecting woman would. The first of November is the beginning of the busiest time of the year, for women anyway. For men, it makes no difference.

Plus, it’s colder and the days are significantly shorter. Here in Michigan, it is already dark by 6:00 and with the time change coming up this weekend, it will be dark by 5:00 and that’s on a sunny day!

Think about it. Wouldn’t you rather vote during the spring or early summer when trees are starting to bloom and flowers are starting to spring up? Wouldn’t it put you in a better mood?

I mean this year no one is excited about voting anyway and we poor souls above the Mason-Dixie line really have to muster up some enthusiasm. These dark days don’t help our mood.

So let’s get a petition going to change the day of the election. We’re not an agricultural society anymore so we don’t have wait till the “crops are harvested.”

Let’s us women start a revolt. Let’s schedule election day somewhere in April, May, June, or July. We’ll just all be in a better mood.

Hmm, I guess I’m a “fair weather day” voter.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.



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