Saturday, April 13, 2013

Age and Friends, A Friendlier Version of North and South

Age and Friends, A Friendlier Version of North and South

Two people met one day a few years ago in a most peculiar way
We were laughing our heads off
on the internet
Is that a site or what?
Then we embraced, on the world wide web
entwined's a crazy happening...unlike spiders
we became friends
She's older than me. Today's her birthday.
Have you ever met someone before that you knew you knew but never knew
until you knew her and then met her in real life and then were certain you knew each other?
Yeah. That's how it is.
It's an unexplainable friendship
For one, she lives in the south.
I, in the north. Oh don't get your guns all in a tether.
The separation is merely in miles.
Friendship is like that.We don't see each other or talk much or visit often.
A match made in Heaven is what I say...but I digress!
Now I'd like to tell you what our lives would be like if the north merged with the south in a
modern day continental shift.

"What? You didn't! Where? With Ruffles! O.M.Goodness
Seriously....I love that on you....oh who cares what they say....
I mean really we are HIS ART, not theirs and just who are they anyway?
LOVE your hair! Are you sure you should be on the AARP mailing list?
Do you have a birth certificate – is it authentic? Has anyone seen it?
Like as in touched it and felt the raised seal?
Just asking....what, this old thing? Came from Le Thrift!
Sure I'll be right over....yeah I have some carrots and celery, bring them and marjoram, ok?
Can you show me how to make those pants sometime? Great."

Because of distance and life and living we are not as close as one would hope,
but you can feel it, sense it, whenever we connect there is a truth, an honest experience,
where there's fun and depth...for now it's North and South, joined in heart.
Never afraid to be ourselves. Let the chips fall where they may!
The color of my friend's world has changed. Perhaps those bright color Picasso's are
more like the muted landscape of a Monet where up close it appears like a splatter of
paint yet the wider view is a glorious picture so perfect you wouldn't even believe your eyes!
I love my friend. I wanted to let her know today, on her birthday, that time and distance are
nothing to what is true! Happy Birthday, Denise!
Video Version Click the Link



Friday, March 8, 2013

and then there are SIGNS

I'm not a sign maker
I wasn't until I actually painted a sign


I'm a sign maker

bathroom redo Spring 2012
reveal coming soon

I think my friend Ginger saw this sign, thought I was a sign-maker and then asked me to make a plethora of signs for her wedding this past January
to be on display
for everyone to see
400+ everyone at the church
(there were definite sign makers there - real ones)
not counting the staff at the country club

I'm realizing that prayer is truly the only way for me to 
~jump off the cliff~
and do these sorts of things

Oh but wait
I needed to use glitter too
I've never used glitter in the
(insert Irish accent) 
"whole of my life"

I jumped
And isn't wonderful that when you imagine that you're not something
then you do it

Photo montage begins now....

chandelier graphic was purchased on ETSY

the bottom two frames were NOT used at the wedding
I was a bit slaphappy at this point and starting reciting poetry
I think it's can be dishwater
and it can also be wine

then I got some glitter in my eyes

this one was BIG

 every sign was glittered

the larger signs were hand lettered, hand painted

love you gals,

This little sweetness is what I'm working on next with one of 
the best people in all the land

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ode to Posts Gone By

what to say

how I swoon

No alibi

in the dust

I almost remembered

it was almost over

a burning ember

another ember?

a little hairy

here I airy

love you gals,

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The EASTER BUNNY target?

Because we have this

My boys do this

And this

And this

 Which makes EC do this

and this

then I do this

Instructions for Hay Bale Wall: Go to farm, buy bales of hay, carry them in your mini-van to the city, wedge them in between trees in backyard. Secure with rope.

Instructions for Target: Marry a man, give birth to two boys, purchase all archery equipment needed for sport to be Olympic style, let boys loose in back yard.  

Instructions for Bunny Target: Marry a man, give birth to two boys, create hay bale wall in backyard, shoot arrows for days on end into traditional style target......then think.....and think.....grab a hunk of Ethafoam, cut foam with old tool box steak knife (EC couldn't throw it out) into desired shape, attach bunny parts with contact cement. Let glue dry. Spray paint bunny target a pretty spring color. Wait for Easter.

Happy Easter

Hope you enjoy yours!
You know what we'll be doing!

love you gals,

ps - Yes, EC did all of the above, except for the spray painting!
*eggs designed by Sean, 8yo.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Grey Accessories!

Rocked my sweet babies
in this rocking chair and rocking ottoman
some 8 and 11 years ago!

(Almost put these chairs to the curb one day)

Then I grabbed some confidence, along with a large drop cloth, 
thanks to Polly and Donna and Marian
...held my breath
and thus began the sewing adventure of a lifetime.

Work in progress

 Welting and skirt

Dancing ottoman

Tailoring details on chair back

 Here they are now
with my favorite grey accessories!

love you gals,

Monday, April 2, 2012

All kinds of blooms!

click here.  had trouble sharing the video


This creative woman is afire!
She does and makes and creates and paints and travels and has body parts removed and eats Reese's PB cups and laughs and then sews some slip covers.
All in the same day!
(not kidding)
It hurts me.

But I love every project she has mastered! Marian makes every project look do-able,
in real life. 
And I can attest to that.
While following her blog for a while now, I have entered the world as a painter of furniture and canvas and have covered nearly all my hand me down furniture in slipcovers with cording/welting!

Thank you, Marian!

So I wanted to give a shout out about her talents and gifts
along with a heart felt personal thanks!

In case you didn't see the show, there's a clip above!
Just click on her blog name!

love you gals,

can't get the video to work here

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cinchy Stuff


Me again.
How 'bout all that heat last week?


23 degrees here today!

Welcome to springtime in New York!

Here's some cinchy things that will most likely not change interior design psychology
have put a smile on my face.

I'm joining these crazies:

in this:

Ready for some cinchy stuff?

Brace yourselves!



I know.  Hold your applause!

See that little shelf?  It's been bare wood for 60 years.  So.  I painted it yellow.  Yes.  Just the other day.
 And look what became of our breakfast nook!


Instructions for front door project:  Remove snowman ornament, toss into Christmas storage box.  Grab broken outdoor wind chime from last year, throw colorful disks over wreath.  Smile.

Instructions for painting shelf:  Early summer weather necessary.  Remove wooden shelf from wall.  Hold spray paint can upright.  Spray.  Look at drips and have not a care in the world.  Let dry.  Hang shelf in same spot.


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