Thursday, January 29, 2009

I was tagged!

I was tagged by Angela!

Here are the rules:

1. Go to the 4th picture folder on your computer.

2. Post the 4th picture in that folder.3. Explain the picture.

This is Nikki in the swings at Silver Dollar City in Branson. She's pointing at me and saying "WOMAN!" if I remember correctly. Whew it was H.O.T that day!

4. Tag 4 more people.

Well since I am fairly new and have only 5 , I'm just going to pick all 5 of you!

1. Groomer Angie
2. Cami
3. Mimi
4. Patti
5. Shirley

Y'all remember to keep all the people out there without power in your prayers...I have a daughter in KY that's been without for days now and a sister in North Arkansas that is without.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I got a box of goodies!!

I went to a thrift store today and look at what I got!
A BIG box of goodies.

It was all in a box with the box inside a HUGE ziplock bag.

See the old man head? He has a mop body....wondering what to do with him.

Here's a close up of him.

Millinery flowers...bags and bags of them!

See how pretty?

It also had a bag full of brides wear. ????

I got the whole box for $6, here's a few of the things that was in the box.
bag of white feathers
Christmas patterns
photo frames
hair clips....(might need to learn how to make some bows for these.)
plaster of paris molds
stencils....lots of stencils

And a lot more.

I think I'm going to add some of the millinery flowers to etsy and maybe the patterns too. The patterns are from Avon....When did Avon sell patterns?

Stay warm!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What I've been doing

I found these signs and wanted to do something with them. This one belongs to my oldest daughter and the papers are not showing up real good ...this is the before.

Here's an after...
Another after. I still think it needs something else but haven't figured out what yet.

I also got ALL these goodies in a swap on swap-bot the other day! It was a bookmark swap and I got so many wonderful things. I got a candy bar only made in Kentucky,OH MY! It was so good.I got lots of bookmarks,scrap paper,ribbons and a cute lil bunny. I love swap-bot, if you haven't checked it out you should!

I still have 5 more days on my giveaway and only 2 people have commented...come on now, everyone likes to get something free!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Around the first of December I won a Pay it Forward giveaway at Brooke's blog Smart + Strong =
Sexy. It will be a simple gift given to 3 people who comment on my blog telling me about an act of kindness that you have done for someone OR an act of kindness you heard about or seen that touched you.
I'll be picking the winners by drawing names the old fashion way. Please remember if you win , you need to continue paying it forward.

The gift? I'm not sure yet...I will have 2 or 3 frugal gifts and you can pick which one you would like. The giveaway will run from today til next Tuesday, Jan. the 27th.

Good luck and thank you!!

I realized I didn't tell my act of kindness-

In 2004 I had just gotten divorced, was working 3 jobs and was broke like nobodies business. It was getting cold and I knew the water pipes under my house that my soon to be ex husband was suppose to wrap would freeze...I didn't need that. I would have gotten under there and done it myself but I'm very claustrophobic. So at one of my jobs, I worked at a small country store, there was this guy who told me to buy the foam wrappers and for $20 he would get under there and wrap everything for me. I literally paid this young man in almost all change,even pennies. I was broke...very. So the kindness part comes in when I went to check the mail. I had an envelope with a small card in it written in red crayon that said "we love you." and there was 2 $20 bills in it. I still don't know who sent me that money. I suspect it was from a person at my church but no one had ever told me. I needed that $20 so bad and God knew that. I still tear up about that card and $20.

If you found me through Bloggy Giveaways Carnival, thank you and you can get back there thru this link and if you didn't find me through the carnival....go check it out!!!

I have decided to run this giveaway til next Tuesday. So I'll be more prepared! I'll choose 3 winners on the 2nd of February. Can you believe February is almost here? Seems like it was Christmas just last week!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just another Saturday and a future giveaway!

Just another Saturday here in South Arkansas, I still have my pj's on....shhhhh.
I'm really not sitting around being lazy though. I finished staining the rest of the walls in the new living room.

I added a few brooches to my etsy, you can see them on the side over there. I have a really cute Cupid brooch if anyone is interested.

I thought having an etsy would be sooo easy, it's hard work! Getting all your pics and adding them and hoping your wording everything so that people will be interested enough to look closer. I have more things to put in the shop but not enough time to list them. I'm apparently horrible at taking "good" pictures! How in the world do you people photograph jewelry? Mine look terrible.
I want to make some more handpainted signs and put them in the shop also...again when I find time.

Tonight we are having steak quesadillas, I love some Mexican food and will start cooking about 4pm central time so if anyone has an advice on making great quesadillas let me kjnow by then please!

Ok I have to go get steaks out of freezer, you guys have a great weekend and make sure and come back, I plan on having a Pay it Forward giveaway Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

 ***11-12-09 I'm adding this to the DIY Show Off Show and Tell Surprise Party.

 So a sloppy second for you all.***

I thought I would post to Diane's Trash to Treasure. I've been lurking over there and seeing all the great thrifty finds for a while now...might as well join the fun! This is a armoire (spl) I found in a thrift store. I only paid $80 for it and thought that was a bargain. Someone had done a dry paint all over it in blue and I really didn't like how it looked. I also think it might have been left outside because it was filthy inside. It only has 4 knobs in this picture and since I redid it i lost one so I only have 3 now. Maybe I'll come across 2 like these? Probably not...

I think it might have originally had glass where the chicken wire is now.

This is after sanding and using paint remover *stinky* for what seemed forever. I had so many cramps in my hands doing the sanding on this thing.
I painted the inside a cream color and decoupaged old hymnal sheets on the shelves. I had some pretty ribbon I put on the edges.

I decided to hang some burlap like material behind the wire while I used it as extra storage....I might change that up once we get finished with the remodeling on the house.

For more Trash to Treasure Go check out Diane's place. Thanks!

Monday, January 12, 2009


You can't tell very well but this is my African Violet and it's BLOOMING! Yay me...I have always killed these in the past. This one has been alive for almost a year now.

Just a quick update on my exercising...I skipped day 10 because I was sick but I did do 27 minutes last night. (day 11) I know 27 minutes is a crazy number to stop at but I honestly couldn't/wouldn't go any further. I am feeling a lot better today though so I will try to go past 30 minutes tonight.

I didn't have to work today because I had to go get my yearly mammogram. My mom ask if it has never hurt me. I guess you have to be a bit more voluptuous than me for the mammogram to hurt or be uncomfortable. Anyway it's over and now I just have to wait for the reults. Ladies go get yours!

+This thing? I'm not sure what it is really but a few years ago a lady at church who had me for a hidden honey gave it to me for Valentines day filled with goodies. I haven't done anything with it since so I was thinking of selling it on Etsy. I just need to know what it's called, it's homemade and really cute.

Do you and your spouse trade Valentine's gifts? Last year we didn't but the year before my hubby bought me one of those jewelry armoires,, he got home about midnight after work and put it together and I seen it when I got ready for was a huge surprise.

My dad said Valentines were for boys to get their sweethearts something so I haven't ever been big on getting my husband something. How do you celebrate that holiday?

DAY 10

TIME o minutes

DAY 11

TIME 27 minutes

Saturday, January 10, 2009

DAY 9 *yesteray* and the pics uploaded!

I finally got the pics to upload!

This is the magnetic bookmark I made for a swap. It says..Keep life simple and wacky. The back says Dreams do come true. I really like this one and want to keep it but I won't...I don't think.

My DH snapped this last night as I was staining the walls in our new living room. I like how they are turning if I could just move into it!

Day 9 was yesterday and I didn't get on the elliptical. My legs are hurting really bad lately and I just didn't feel like it BUT I did clean 2 houses yesterday so that was constant work from 9 am til 3 pm.

Time 0 on elliptical.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

DAY 8....

Today has been a cold day to me. It was 56 degrees which is not cold but I was cold all day...hope I'm not coming down with something. I'm not exercising tonight. My feet,legs,ankles and knees ache so bad I just wanna take them off and soak them in a hot tub. I'm a gloomy Gertrude tonight.

I keep trying to upload some pics and keep getting page load error...that is so frustrating.

We got the BIG brush pile burned, my yard is looking much bigger with the fence line cleaned up. I have so many wonderful flower seeds from seed swaps and I am excited for Spring to get here so I can plant them.

Well looks like it going to keep saying page load error...Y'all have a wonderful night. :)

TIME 0 minutes...unless you count the 3 hours I spent cleaning a house today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Day 7...I did it a whole week. Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

I also got 2 swaps complete so I can mail them soon. I have another that I need to get started on and one that hasn't been opened yet, so I don't know who my partner will be.

I made some bookmarks but when I see some of the others online mine look like a 4 year old made them. :(

Well maybe ...hopefully I'll get better and my swap partner will forgive me. I tried to upload pics again but AGAIN my internet is in and out. *sigh*


TIME 30 minutes

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DAY 6 and Ten thought Tuesday

Over at multiply I do a TTT or Ten thought Tuesday, I thought I'd add it over here.

I have pics from my day but my connection keeps breaking up so hopefully they post later...

1. I got 1 whole wall stained today. Britts going to put the wood up tomorrow. Were getting closer and closer to moving in to our room!

2. I went to get a wash cloth out of the bathroom and a splinter about half an inch long with UNDER my thumb nail! OUCH, that is painful....still.

3. Minwax is very stinky and I think it is killing my brain cells.

4. I made beef stew for the first time in probably 20 years today. It turned out delicious if I say so myself. I also made cornbread with onions and cheese...oh my, it was so good. I haven't had bread in a week and I'm telling you it was SO SO SO good.

5. Good thing I got 30 minutes on the elliptical tonight after that meal.

6. We have 2 brush piles to burn and it keeps raining. One is HUGE and Britt has been adding to it for many years. Might need to buy hotdogs that night!

7. I've been making bookmarks, I'm in a swap where that's what were swapping so I'm learning as I go. Magnetic bookmarks are really neat.

8. We got The Dark Knight in the mail today!

9. BUT Nip/Tuck comes on tonight and I can't get in to a movie...might miss Christian!

10. We also got Jumper, anyone seen that one? Is it any good?

TIME 30 minutes

Monday, January 5, 2009


See the lil man up there? That is what I felt like after working all day then doing the elliptical for 30 minutes! I know...I'm a wuss. Just let me complain a second and then I'll be over it....

...ok I'm over it.


I'm off to make some bookmarks. I'm in a swap on swap-bot and need to get some made so I'm not late mailing them. Have you checked out swap-bot? Wellll you should.
Ok I have to go try to be creative...TRY is the key word here.

TIME 30 minutes

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I missed Saturday....

BUT... I did exercise ,just not on the elliptical. I spent nearly 5 hours steady working on a fence line. It involved dragging brush,small trees and wire AFTER I cut it and taking it to the brush pile. I have to believe 5 hours working out side was a little better than 20 minutes on the elliptical.

Tonight we spent about an hour working the fence line....maybe an hour and a half but as of right now I do still plan on getting on the elliptical.

I think the last 2 days working outside have done me more good thean anything I've done in months.

....til next time.


Day 3

exercise 5 hours


Day 4

exercise 1 and a half hours