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I Officially Suck!

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I don’t know how people have families, job, hobbies, and still find time to blog. I did pretty well for the couple of weeks that I had no job, and no one was in my house, except for me and my Hubs. Ha!

But now, I have a job again, and it drains every single ounce of energy that I have. I am absolutely dragging when I get home each night. Until I figure out how to adjust my brain and body to deal with that, I imagine there will be little going on here.

I will try again soon. I have several projects finished and photographed, and more that are in the lineup to accomplish. What I need is a 30 hour day! Or to be independently wealthy!

Happy November, folks.

J.

My First Pinterest Try

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For many months now I have, like so many others, been building my Pinterest boards, and gathering ideas for projects.

So, as much as I am looking forward to trying so many of these fabulous projects, I had to pick one where I truly had every single supply on hand already. I chose to make a paper tree.

You can click on the photo for the tutorial. I had to change mine some, based on the materials that I had handy. Also, based on the fact that I seriously have trouble cutting on a line, even when it is so nicely drawn out.

1. I gathered all of my supplies.

Mini stack of scrapbook paper

Multiple pairs of pliers (Seriously, you only need one. I am just picky.)

Scissors

White glue

Wire (I had a ton of different wire, none of it green floral wire. This particular wire is the kind used to hang a drop ceiling.)

2. I cut out my leaves. 

Rather than tracing and trying to match up leaves that were close, as the original tutorial suggested, I folded my paper in half, and cut both pieces of one leaf at one time. It was totally free hand, and I think most of them turned out just great! In total, I used around 165 leaves. I would have done more, if I had not used all of the paper I had in my color scheme!

3. I cut my wire pieces.

I cut the wire in pieces 12 – 16 inches long. 8 inches would have been more than enough!

4. I glued the leaves to the wire.

I opened my leaf so the back sides were up.

Use a line of white glue.

Put a piece of wire in the glue.

Cover with the other piece of the leaf.

After it dries, trim the edges, if you can not glue straight, like me! (I did get better through the process.)

5. Gather the sticks. (I had them before, they were just not included in the supply picture. Oops!)

My sticks came from the front yard.

6. Start wrapping those wires around the branches.

And wrap….

And wrap…

And wrap…

And wrap.

Since my wire was silver, instead of green, I covered the entire branch (well, the part that shows from the vase.)

7. Display in the vase of your choice!

The vase matches the colors in my living room perfectly (instead of my craft room!) I love it!

Now. What would I change?

I would use a much thinner wire. I had some serious calluses after all of this wire. I imagine I would have still had one or two, anyway, but these were ridiculous!

As a trial, after I was done, I tried gluing the wire into folded paper, and cutting the leaves with the wire already glued in place. This would have eliminated the need to trim my crooked gluing.

Happy crafting!!!

Back to Blogging

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When I started this blog, it was supposed to be a way for me to channel all of the stuff in my life while my Husband was preparing for, and then going to, Afghanistan. He did go, but then he got sick, and came home. He was so miserable, and it took a couple of months before he was really healthy again. But, he was home. And, when major, unexpected things change… well, the blog suffered. 

I would love to get back to the habit of blogging, at least, a couple of times a week. In the mean time, I will hunt down the pictures of the desk job. It did finally get finished, and I love it! 

I have tried a couple of new projects that I will share. I will also share some more about our home, and the 3 awesome kids that I have been a nanny for this year. 

So, if you will give me the chance, I would love to give BradyLife another go. 

J.

 

Quick Craft

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So, the desk has been put on hold. I need it to cool off a little bit outside before I can finish it. I can’t use the stripper in the garage, because there is not enough ventilation.  It is just too damn hot out there!

So, I turned to working on a corner of the art room.  There is a little alcove that is made by 2 of the shelves. I used to use it to store random stuff. It used to be hidden like this:

Corner

Wasn't that fabric super cute???

Well, I could not bring myself to cut that fabric for fear of messing it up with amateur sewing. So, it stayed a curtain, until my little sis suggested that I let my big sis use it in her daughter’s room. I must admit, my immediate reaction was complete horror. Give up my prized fabric? Let someone CUT my prized fabric???? Then I remembered, I am just about the coolest aunt in the world!!!!!   🙂 So, I had to give it up.

So, the stuff behind the curtain just became an eye sore.

I have recently had to add some stuff to the art room that ordinarily would not be there. So, that corner because more strategic storage, than leftover homeless things.  It looks like this now.

There is a lot of stuff squeezed into that corner!

Hubs and I went to the fabric store to try to find something cheap and cute. No joy. We failed on that mission. So, I was forced to pick from the remnants that I have on my sewing shelf. Nothing really gave me the kind of inspiration that I got from the awesome print on the first curtain.

However, some time ago, I recovered a chair in this kind of cute fabric. It really matched well with the walls in the previous art room.

It used to be a very ugly, worn out, stained grey.

So, I took the rest of that fabric, and a little extra reddish, and created my own curtain. It doesn’t match the walls, or the sports theme border (left by previous owner) but it at least matches the chair!!!

It looks decent. For now!

So… there you have it!

Where Were You?

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We all know what we are remembering today. I can not even think of a word to describe how sad that day was.

I was teaching preschool in Raleigh, NC. There were no TVs in our center, but we all had radios in our classrooms.  Of course, the radios were playing preschool friendly music, at the time. However, one of the parents from my class came in, and asked if I had heard that a plane had crashed  in New York. With a room full of twelve 3-year-old children, my mind did not really register anything more than a plane crash.

It was not until later when my boss came and said that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I said “Yeah, I heard that about a half hour ago when (child) got here.”

He said, “No, a second plane.” That was when I knew something was wrong.

On my lunch break, I went to my sister’s house and watched coverage for about a half hour. I am pretty sure that I cried the entire time. My Dad was scheduled to fly home that day. I called my Mom to make sure he was not in the air. His flight was actually before it happened.

Lots of parents picked their kids up early that day. That made me cry more.

I absolutely can not imagine the fear and sadness that other people felt on that day, or the ones following.

I hope that everyone will continue to remember, year round, what those days were like.  I will.

101 Things…

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Way back when I first began using  Facebook, it seemed like just about everyone wrote the “25 Things About Me” note.  Not wanting to be the only person failing to complete it, I sat down to think of 25 things people might find interesting about me.

Earlier today, my friend Patricia posted an entry on her blog with 101 things about her. As I read through them, I saw more than a few things that also described me. Which might explain why we get along. However, I can’t imagine how long it would take me to come up with 101 things other people might find interesting, or if I am even that interesting at all!  But, I am going to give it a try. Mostly, because I am at a point in my life where remembering some forgotten things about myself might just prove useful! I am sure there will be some repeats from the original list. If that offends you, I am sorry.

So, with no further ado… Here they are.

1.  I am ADHD. I was diagnosed when I was 21. I am not proud of the steps my life took to get me to that point. But I am thankful that those steps let me to a solution that helped me.

2. I wish Bill would have stayed in the Air Force for another couple of years. Part of it is because I feel like I didn’t get the whole experience of being a Military Wife. Mostly, it is because I miss the security we had.

3. As a child, I HATED squash. As an adult, it is one of my favorite vegetables, second only to broccoli.

4.I have 2 dogs. We are pretty sure that one has special needs. After 5 years, and many people attempting to teach him, he still has not learned to shake. But, we love him just the same!

5. I was a National Champion in college. NJCAA Field Hockey champions 1995.

6. My husband says I am the Captain of the Grammar Police. I beg to differ. I know people who are way more grammar police than me. However, I do find it next to impossible to correct people when they say, or spell, something wrong. It might be an obsession.

7. As obsessive as I am about other people using words correctly, I love made up words, or spell check disasters that get put into every day conversation. My newest favorite is “exacklywhat” as misspelled by my friend Rhonda during a recent chat. I also love beautimus, ginormous, and jiggleator.

8. Of course, there are tons of words that I can not stand… especially when they are just mispronounced. Some of them are: acrost, elexecute, chimley or chimbley, and irregardless.  (I know, technically irregardless is a word, but only because people have been using it incorrectly for so long, that the powers that be just gave up and accepted it.)

9. I am a bit OCD. Sometimes I wish that included the compulsion to clean. Instead, mine is a compulsion for symmetry.  One of my biggest needs in this arena is for my pot rack to hang straight. And my husband can not seem to grasp that there IS a RIGHT way to hang the pots!!!!

10. I sleep best when my room is cold and I am under a couple of blankets. But, I must have at least one foot sticking out from under the covers. Unfortunately, my husband is very cold-natured, so we have thermostat wars at night.

11. I am tone-deaf. Enough said.

12. I recently left my job. I cried a whole lot. My job made me cry. But, the decision to leave made me cry even more. I have made some truly wonderful friends there, and I love so many of the kids that I left behind.

13. I cry when I am stressed out. It is the personality trait that I like least about myself.

14.  I can not stand Wal-Mart. In the first place, I think most of the stuff there is crap. Second, knowing that it is crap, I can’t seem to STOP spending money there.

15. I want to win a shopping spree at sears. I  always find something I want when I am there!

16. I rarely spend more than $20 on any shoes, besides sneakers. I have no desire to keep a pair of shoes longer than a $20 pair lasts. But, for some strange reason, I will keep a pair of sneakers until they are falling apart before I replace them!

17. I will spend $100 on office supplies without batting an eyelash, but I feel guilty spending half that when I need new underwear.

18. McDonald’s french fries are my favorite.

19.  I am absolutely ready to move to NC and build our house. Unfortunately, or wallet is not!

20. I do not have a favorite color. I suppose that I can attribute that to being ADHD. My color preference changes with my mood, and there is no single color that makes me feel better than any other color.

21. I was born and raised on NC State sports. Go Pack! Having endured YEARS of poor performing teams, I feel as though I have earned a right to look down my nose at people who are not as loyal to their teams as I am. I can not stand to hear a person say that they are  a fan of one school for football, and another for basketball, and another for baseball. Those people follow whoever is winning that year, instead of being a fan of any one school. I know that this mentality makes me come off as obnoxious.  I am OK with that.

22. We finally, recently, got our Wii connected to the internet.  We downloaded Super Mario Brothers 3. I am not as good at it as I was the original.

23. I love to watch Ninja Warrior.

24. Now that we have DVR, watching commercials annoys me. I have been known to read for 15 minutes, just to get far enough into a show that I can fast forward through the commercials.

25. Speaking of commercials, I wonder when they started showing commercials before the previews during movies.

26. Speaking of movies, I think that children who can not sit still and quiet through a 2 hour movie should be removed from the theater, even if management has to do it. I know that parents want to see movies too, but I pay to see a movie, not to listen to kids yelling and crying, or watch them run around.

27. I love my mini van. Even exploring a mini van started as a joke, but the fold in floor seats have sold me forever on the van. When the seats are down, I have a flat floor in which to haul things. When the seats are up, I have TONS of storage space under the car! I love it!

28. I miss Jack Bauer.

29. I prefer to wear socks that no one can see.

30. I want to go to Ireland and Germany. For now, I have to just be happy with gifts that other people have brought me from those places.

31. I refuse to pick between Twilight and Harry Potter. I love them both.

32. I watched Deathly Hallows Part 2 twice in 4 days… and would go again.

33. I have no problem going to a movie by myself.

34. I do have a problem going to a sit down restaurant by myself.

35. I have a craft room in my house. I am ready for the cooler weather so it will be comfortable in there again.

36. I can not stand cleaning the bathroom.

37. I miss my friends from high school.

38. I miss my friends from college.

39. I miss my friends from camp.

40. I went to the same summer camp for my entire childhood. 1982 – 1992. Then I was a counselor for 4 years.

41. I sing the cabin, club, and campfire songs from my camp when I am in the car by myself.

42. I have been trying to learn to sew. I suck at it. It doesn’t stop me from cranking out weird little creature pillows.

42. I want all of the furniture in our living room to coordinate with each other. I am not sure it will ever happen!

43. I used to collect oil lamps. Now, I am tired of them. I think it is because I have so many that look alike.

44. I suffer (and I mean this in the most literal sense of the word) from insanely sensitive skin. The slightest little thing can make my skin itch. If I can not stop it immediately, the itching progresses to pain. I do not know how to explain the pain so that anyone else can understand it. I think most people believe I am making it up. I am not.

45.  I am crazy klutzy.

46. I am learning to like pink.

47. This year my Christmas decorations stayed up until July. I left them up because my husband was not home, and I was afraid my house would be too depressing without all of that beautiful light and color.

48. We have 2 baby gates in each of the windows in our living room to prevent the dogs from being able to look out of the windows.

49. At one time, our sliding glass doors were covered in contact paper.

50. We do these things to try to stop our dogs from barking. We have a horribly crotchety old neighbor who calls the cops whenever our dogs bark. He even calls them when OTHER dogs bark. We hate limiting our dogs, but it is better than having the police on our porch several times a week!

51. I miss my family. I wish I could see them way more often!

52. Our coolers all have names. This all started with a cooler that my Dad picked up on the side of the road that had the name “Rodney” on the handle.

53. I have never had a car title in my name.

54. I do not like hearts. As jewelry or any other decoration, outside of valentines day, I find them to be horribly tacky.

55. I trust my sisters when they tell me that a movie would scare me.

56. I have a scalp massager. I love it!

57. When I need a good laugh, I go to DYAC to read people’s text fails.

58. I am a horrible sales person.

59. I want to return to school for a bachelor’s degree, but I have no idea what to pursue.

60. I used to have my own horse. While I can’t have him back, I do hope to, one day, have horses again.

61. I SUCK at basketball.

62. Big Brother is my summer guilty pleasure TV show.

63. I love when Bill and I go to an arcade and play Ski Ball and then give the tickets to a child who is trying desperately to win something. The gratitude from the parents is just a bonus!

64. I rescued my Mom’s high school portrait from her trash pile. I love it! It is the first thing I see when I walk into the craft room.

65. My parents were tobacco farmers. When I was a kids I wanted to be a farmer too. As an adult? I don’t even care to weed the flower beds. I obviously would not have made a great farmer!

66. I hate the way our spices are stored. I have been looking for spice storage ideas on and off, on the internet, for three days.

67. After several evenings, my husband and I have finally finished watching Lord of the Rings, in its entirety. I feel nearly as lost now as I did when we started.

68. If you ask me for something that I know is in my junk drawer, I can tell you exactly where it is in the drawer. I have been told that this ability means that it is not actually a junk drawer.

69. I sold a drafting table at a yard sale when we were planning to move. We didn’t move. I want my table back!

70. I ordered flowers off of the internet for my wedding. Each of my bride’s maids made their own bouquet. The flower girls picked the flowers for theirs, and the mom’s bouquets. The rest of the flowers were turned into arrangements leading to the beach.

71. Why yes… I did get married on the beach.

72. In my bare feet.

73. In a big poofy dress.

74. I wish we had a boat. Or, at least, a jet ski.

75. I want to go back to Vegas.

76. I love slot machines, though, I rarely win.

77. I am terrified when I have to get into a taxi.

78.  I am more terrified when I have to get on a plane.

79. I do know that these feelings of terror are based in the fact that these are two situations where I have absolutely no control. I need to be in control.

80. I went to boarding school.

81. I still talk to, and see, 3 friends from there on a regular basis. There are a few more that I wish I could see on a regular basis.

82. I think it would be cool to own a bed and breakfast. Of course, I can not cook, and I hate to clean bathrooms. I am not sure it could work!

83. I have no tattoos. I have accompanied 4 friends to get theirs. Each time, I was reminded why I did not want one.

84. On a regular basis, the only jewelry I wear is my wedding and engagement rings.

85. If I could get away with it, I would wear flip-flops 24/7.

86. I love a zipper hoodie. A pullover hoodie makes me feel like I am being strangled.

87. I love 80s music.

89. I want to take shag lessons.

90. I was in a car wreck that took away 11 hours of my memory of that particular day.

91. I snort when I laugh.

92. Even though I do not care for gold-colored things, I have gold curtains hanging in my living room. They are there because I paid less $4.00 a piece for them at a huge clearance sale at Sears.

93. I told my husband on the day that we met that I would be right 95% of the time. I still think I am.

94. I do not typically follow trends… but I am loving the current owl trend… but the cute ones, not the creepy barn owls.

95. I do not wear perfume, I can not find one that does not irritate my skin.

96. There is no headboard on my bed. I want one.

97. I have never been on a cruise.

98. I do have a passport.

99. It has never been stamped.

100. I took piano lessons in the 3rd grade, and wish my Parents would have made me continue.

101. If I could, I would go to the beach every day. I find it to be incredibly peaceful, even when there are hundreds of people around.

So, there you have it.