Friday, October 30, 2009

Ruby Slippers... there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home...

One of my daughters decided to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween this year. She found the costume, but it didn't come with ruby slippers and we didn't have any laying around the house so we got inventive. We went to Goodwill (one of my fave places) and found a pair of white, not very pretty pumps in almost her size (a tiny bit big.) They were about $4... bargain. I told her we would just spray paint them and she looked at me like I was crazy. I'm thinking, "come on Lydia, I've been your mother for almost 15 years... I'm crafty... hello!?" So anyway, I spray painted them and they turned out perfect. (Sorry, I forgot to get a before picture when they were still white.)

We bought glitter and she had glue and a paint brush. She just painted the glue on....

Then sprinkled the glitter on....

And wa-la...
ruby slippers!

She got artistic with the left over glitter

Here are my babies at our church fall festival... all dressed up.

hApPY haLLoWeEn

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Lovely, huh?

I took this "lovely" picture of myself several weeks ago. Sometimes I like to take picture of myself. (I think I've told ya that before.) I got used to taking picture of myself for my 365 days project on flickr (I was trying to paste a link to my 365's here, but for some reason it won't paste... see my flickr account if you wanna.) Anyway....this picture is how I've felt for about a week. I've had a headache off and on for a week. I think it's because of the change in weather. Also, my hair is "lovely" in this picture. I haven't had it cut in MONTHS!! One reason is, I feel guilty for spending $50 on a haircut when we need groceries. The other reason is my hairdresser was in a wreck and she hurt her hand and had to have it operated on so she's been out for a couple of months. I've been wearing my hair up because it's so hideous with all the split ends and frizziness from all the rain. I swear I could be a witch for Halloween and not need a wig! No kidding! It also needs to be colored, which I will be doing myself tomorrow. I told my husband I made an appointment to get it cut and I don't care if we don't have any food to eat as long as my hair looks good again. I've already picked out my new cut. There's a picture of Cindy Crawford in my new MORE magazine. She has a really cute shag 'do that I like. And YES, I know I'm not going to look like Cindy Crawford just because I get my hair cut like hers. Just ONE week from today and I won't have to wear my hair in a scrunchy anymore. Ok, so I try not to wear it in a scrunchy, but I might as well. I'm 45 and have a pony-tail. Not cute!
I'll post a picture with my new 'do next Wednesday.... YAY!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

gYpSY wind chime 3 finished~

I've finished my third wind chime.... my second *gypsy* wind chime.
I'm having such a good time making these. I love glass beads and I'm enjoying experimenting with wire wrapping.

I started off with a twig and wrapped wire around it to hang the chains from. Then I spent a couple of weeks wire wrapping the glass beads and arranging them on different kinds of chains.

After I got the chains the lengths I wanted and in just the right place hanging from the twig I wrapped "gypsy-looking" material around the wire that was wrapped around the twig. I cut strips from an old satin-y scarf that my mother had bought somewhere... I'm sure at a garage sale. I have a huge pile of scarves that were hers. It was hard for me to cut it up, but I decided instead of them just sitting in a pile on my dresser, I would use them in my craft projects. I think my mother would have wanted me to do that. They had no sentimental value to her, they were just scarves that she bought because she thought they were pretty.

I'm happy with the way my gYpSY wind chime turned out and I plan to make many more.

~ a mixture of chains,
rich fall colored glass beads,
old keys,
and little bit of velvet ribbon~

Below is the first wind chime I made. I called it my handmade, hippie wind chime. It hung on my front porch for awhile. Then I moved it and hung it in a tree in our backyard. We live on a bit of a hill and sometimes the wind is very gusty and strong. Slowly the beads starting blowing off so now my hippie wind chime no longer looks like this :O)

Below is the second wind chime I made. My FIRST gypsy wind chime and my favorite so far. I have it hanging in my dining room for now. I'm going to keep this one.

Sadly, the picture doesn't do it justice. I've found that it's actually hard to take pictures of my wind chimes that show how pretty they really are.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you enjoyed my little chimes.....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tarnished and Sparkled Necklace

Sneak peek of my newest necklace....

Ok, here's some more pictures

I just love how it turned out.

It's a mixture of tarnished silver beads, turquoise, vintage rhinestone earring and vintage chandelier drop.

It's listed in my etsy shop.

This would make a wonderful Christmas present...

If I can part with it. I really want to keep it!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Something to make you smile

You can't look at these and not smile
I took these at Wal-Mart the other day when my daughter was looking for a costume. I saw these little cuties and whipped out the camera to take pictures. (sorry for the glare... plastic and wmart lights)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

*~pretty flowers~*

See these pretty flowers?

And this pretty flower?

Aren't these pretty too?

Well, now they're gone!
Our puppy dug up some of them a couple of days ago...
And today
Our STUPID horses somehow got into the backyard and ATE the rest of them!!!
The text I sent to my husband about HIS STUPID horses was not very nice.

Sometimes I don't like animals very much.

I prefer pretty pink flowers~*~

Monday, October 12, 2009


I love Mondays! I know, I'm weird. My weekends always seem to be busier than what I'd like. When Monday rolls around the kids are back to school and I try to keep Mondays free.

I actually did some work around the house...
balance the check book
and then....
watching some of my taped programs
reading blogs
working on my gypsy wind chime

......then it was time to pick up the kids
Goodbye Monday....

Here's a dish of some of my mother's jewelry that she collected throughout the years. It's sitting on my dresser. I wish she was still around to tell me where she found all these pretties. She was a garage sale/thrifter WAY before it was popular.
Happy Monday~
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

bottles * buttons *baubles

Nothing really to write... it's the weekend... hangin' out...
Here are pictures of some things I like...

Have a fun weekend~

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I put some Halloween decorations out on the front porch the other day.
I didn't put a whole lot of thought into it.
I was upstairs in a storage closet and saw them and grabbed a few and sort of just set them out.
I could do a better decorating job, but they look okay so I'm okay with
okay :O)

The flower isn't part of the decorations. It just happens to be a pretty orange and happens to be blooming in one of my pots on the front porch.
I love orange!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

A walk around my home...

Today it's raining, but a few days ago this was my evening walk around the house.
Here are some things you might see . . . .

. . . a few flowers, a pretty sunset, a nest, a pesky dog (and cat), some rust
some muddy cowboy boots