Tag: Pinterest

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.

630 WP drafts

Lessons learned from the past.

So….

I decided to clean-up some WP pages.

Guess how many “drafts” I have lying in wait.

630

That’s a lot of posts. The way I figure it, I shouldn’t have to “think” for almost two years!!!!

So I thought, why not share a couple with you from my very first days of blogging? You’ll get a good laugh out of this first one and although at the time

Here’s one from 2013

I had to quickly add this post.

I’ve really been feeling “down”, anxious. I was getting scared. Please, Lord, not after twelve years of living depression-free. Not a depressive episode.

There are some changes on the horizon that I’m not welcoming but they are not “bad” by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. I’m anxious because I’m worried how I’ll deal with it. But that doesn’t seem like enough of a trigger. BUT, I think the biggest instigator has been my frustration with getting this blog developed the way I want it to be.

The “Follow me button on Pinterest” is directing my traffic to someone else’s boards. Couldn’t get the “Pin It” button to work and then there’s the drop-down menu I’ve been trying to create for weeks. (I know, the rest of you probably breezed right through all of this.)

I’ve felt totally stupid and like the biggest loser e-e-e-e-ver.  I’ve been quite convinced that no on has had as much trouble developing a blog as I have. I don’t understand any of the technical language so even with precise instructions from the Word Press tutorials, I’ve been lost. I’ve read and read and read the same things over and over and over. I’ve experimented every which way I can.

Today the breakthrough!!!!!

I’ve come so far, huh? I can just about do anything with my blog now and seldom have to ask for help from the “Help” desk over at WP.

Here’s another from May of that same year. Why I didn’t post this, I haven’t a clue. I like it a lot and it brought back good memories.

What environment are you comfortable with? Do you like a lot of activity around you? Some people thrive on a caffeinated environment.They like the adrenaline rush they get from the go, go, go of life.

Others prefer a much slower place. They hate to be rushed. They like calm. In fact, they feel less energized if there is too much going on around them. It wears them out.

And it really doesn’t matter if they’re an extrovert or an introvert, although generally extroverts would fall into the first category and introverts into the second.

However, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, if you experience from bouts of depression, it might be a good idea to change it up a little.

Sometimes, we need a little something that is just the opposite of what we’re used to. We need to force ourselves out of our comfort zone, to challenge ourselves a little.

How many of you have found that once you’ve exposed yourself to a different climate, you’ve actually liked it? And in the liking, you’ve discovered something about yourself.

Last year, although we didn’t plan it, my husband and I found ourselves attending some events we never would’ve dreamed we would enjoy.  A Tough Mudders contest, a hot-air balloon festival, a Thanksgiving day parade in frigid weather, and a ethnic-based (not our ethnicity) music festival. Of the two of us, I’m the one who doesn’t like crowds. I don’t like being outside in really hot weather or really cold weather. I feel very self-conscious in large groups. However, put me in front of hundreds of people to deliver a speech and I’m fine.

But I have to tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of each of those events.

I surprised myself.

It’s good to “shake things up”. We discover new dimensions of ourselves. We surprise ourselves. Not always, of course.  Sometimes we come away simply more aware why we don’t like something. That’s good, too.

So with the summer looming, why not shake things up in your own life? It’s hard to do when your depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations other than what we’re accustomed to, we have conversations with people who give us little snippets of encouragement.

It’s hard to do when you’re depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations, other than the ones we’re accustomed to, the more we get a chance to learn ourselves.

We have conversations with people who give us little snippets encouragement when they had no idea they were doing so. Conversely, we encourage others by what we say. 

It really is a small world.

God bless and have a good day.

As I reread this last post, I thought about all the traveling I did when my husband was working internationally. I think back to the first time I road a train from a hotel in Bangkok to a huge shopping mall. My husband and ridden with me the day before so I could memorize the stops and know which number stop I was to get off.

To say I was scared when I did it myself is an understatement. But I did it.

Or even last year when I braved Lake Michigan in my kayak. (Of course, I was in knee-deep water, but still.)

And then blogging. Oh, my. What a disaster I was in the beginning. How I cried and almost threw the computer on the wall. How I almost gave up when my “followers” were scant. And now, over 1,000 of you.

Whoa!

If I post any of these drafts, I will let you know the original date.

Until then, God bless and have a good day.

 

 

cooking tips

Some great cooking tips

We were at the cabin last week and I found an old magazine. There was one page that had some great tips that I had not read before anywhere. Not even on Pinterest!

So thought I would share them with you.

  • You know how strawberries go bad so quickly? Apparently, if you store them in glass jars (unwashed and unhulled) they will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. To me, if they even kept fresh for one week, that would be great. Let me know if you try this.
  • Now chicken on a grill is tough to get right. I like the charred marks and I hate dry chicken. So if you wrap a brick in aluminum foil (obviously, you will need a brick for each chicken breast) and place it on the chicken breast, the weight compacts the chicken breaststroke, keeps the heat in, and assures attractive grill marks. I’ve already found my “cooking” bricks.
  • This next one is a “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” Poke two holes in a paper plate, then slide the heaters through to keep splatter at bay. Hope you find these tips useful.

cooking tips

God bless and have a good day.

plaid

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.

Really?

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.

plaid

plaid-pillows

rag-garland

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.

 

 

chicken-with-mustard sauce

Do you REALLY like plain ‘ole chicken?

It’s not that I don’t like chicken. I just don’t like plain chicken.

I take that back. I do LOVE fried chicken although I never cook in that way and fried chicken is not “plain” chicken anyway, is it?

Anyway, I was on Pinterest and typed in a search using the words, “Sauces for chicken”. I found some recipes that I can’t wait to try.

chicken-in-a-creamy-parmesan-and-sundried-tomato-sauce-

chicken-in-creamy-parmesan-and-sundried-tomato-sauce-

chicken-with-mustard sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

But what I want to bring your attention to is this site that has this great chart that shows combining various items to makes lots of different marinades which could easily be turned into sauces. I’m going to print the chart and put it somewhere in the kitchen. If you’re like me and you’re always wondering how to dress-up your chicken recipes,  I think you’ll find it useful.

Anyway, happy cooking.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

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