When Anxiety Wins

September 19, 2017 at 6:00 am (Musings..., Social Anxiety)

I could feel it coming…

About a month ago, two situations occurred, which threw me into old, bad habits.  One I won’t discuss — even though it’s been resolved!!  (Yay!!)  The other was silly really.  I joined a few “over 50” Facebook groups as a way of meeting other women and encouraging each other as we move through these decades. Many of them do something called OOTD (Outfit Of The Day).  I had lots of fun with it even though I very seldom dress up!!  Once I began to blog, I actually did a post about my OOTD experience.  Anyway… I was honest about my physical struggles (I know, I know!!!  Dumb!).  I posted a link to my blog post on OOTD.  I didn’t know that blog links were not allowed.  (Dummy me-should have read the guidelines!).  I was stunned when a woman accused me of trying to start a “fashion” blog and using my physical issues as a way to make people feel sorry for me.  She was very unkind, her words were sharp and just plain mean!  I was absolutely stunned!  I apologized (which was dumb too — can you see a theme??)  I did a self-check with another MS warrior and she assured me that it was her, not me!!  Okay.  Let’s get out of middle school here and move on…

I thought I moved on from both situations.   It began small… I’d feel a niggling of anxiety when I went to the grocery store, but I pushed through.  I felt fear as I took Jazzy Joy for her walk, but I pushed it down… after all, if I don’t walk her, she doesn’t have an outlet for her energy!!  I kept pushing down, pushing down.  I continued to read my Bible.  I repeated my mantra of “It’s My Favorite Day.”  I did have a week’s respite when I visited darling Amanda because I was so stinkin’ busy!!  But I kept pushing down, pushing away without looking at it and dealing with it.

By Friday, I was having panic attacks every hour or so.  My vertigo kicked in.  I literally couldn’t get my breath.  I knew they were panic attacks but by Saturday, it was completely physical.  I was scheduled to do something Sunday with mostly strangers by myself.  I couldn’t do it.  I was physically sick.  I thought, “well, get it out, look at it and move forward.”  So, anxiety won.  I spent Saturday mostly in bed.  I was up all night. By Sunday I decided if I couldn’t get a hold of myself, I’d call my doctor on Monday.

I needed to get my brain on something other than panic and anxiety.  I put my praise music on and finished a mixed media piece for my friend.  I also had an idea for a hand-lettered piece for Christmas.  I put my energy to figuring out its design and how I was going to actually letter it (instead of stencil it).

Breathe in breathe out… plan… paint…  pray…   Breathe in breathe out… plan… paint… pray…

By last evening, while I felt like I had been in a fight (my whole body hurt), my mind had quieted down.  I am not naive enough to think this war is over, but I won that battle!

I’m obviously going to have to pay closer attention to how I’m handling things to make sure my anxiety doesn’t ratchet up like that again.  Oh, and I’ve “un-joined” all of those groups.  I’m thinking they’re not a good fit for me. 🙂

These are the two pieces of art I worked on yesterday.  One is the piece for my friend — “Find Hope In the Journey.”  One of the sayings on it is, “I am not afraid of storms for I m learning how to sail my ship.”


The second is a simple Christmas piece on linen — “O come let us adore Him” — I hand-lettered it and am very proud of it!  I might have to make a few more!!


Isaiah 61:3 says:  “to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

I want my anxiety to be the ashes that are exchanged for beauty!!  May it be so, Lord!!


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Skin Care — MY Way

September 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Minimalizing My Way, Simplifying facial care)

As I minimized/simplified my life, I looked at every area, including money spent on skin care.  I was spending too much money chasing the “anti-aging” myth.  I wasn’t allowing myself to grow old (I am, after all, 58!!) with great skin care.  Instead, I was looking for the perfect product to turn back the hands of time.  For me, that became expensive and took too much energy.  So… when I decluttered our bathroom, I vowed to use up what was in the cupboard and search for something simpler.  I had so many lotions and potions, it took me a full year to use up what was stored there!  As I finished my stock pile of lotions/potions, I looked for simple, natural and effective skin care products.

I concluded that I’d have to make my own!!  They are simple to make, take few ingredients and, with few exceptions, those ingredients are inexpensive.  I did keep a few of my old lotions, which were working and I loved.  I will list them as I use them.

General Skin Care

I have an emotional attachment to the Rainbath gel and Jergens lotion (I admit it!)  I used Rainbath gel to bathe my babies and my Grammy used Jergens lotion.  Their smells bring me joy!!  I use “Healthy Feet” in the winter to keep my heels from cracking.

I also use hand-made soap that I purchase my my sweet niece Claudia.  Those are the four products I use for my general skin care.

I make two cleansers for my face.  One is an exfoliating cleanser.  I use the exfoliating one at night and the gentle one in the morning.  The products are fairly inexpensive.  The liquid Castile soap (which I purchased at Rite Aid) is the most expensive purchase, but wasn’t that expensive!!  They don’t take much time to make.  I bought the inexpensive “anchor” glass containers for the exfoliating cleanser and moisturizer.  They can be found at Walmart in the kitchen section.  I did buy a more expensive container for the gentle facial cleanser.  Again, I purchased it at Walmart in the bath section.

Gentle Facial Cleanser

  • 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap

Mix together well and put in glass container.  You will need to shake it up every morning. Squirt into your wet palm and, using circular motions, apply to your face, neck and decolletage area.   Wet a washcloth using as hot water as you can stand,  Wring it out and lay on your face.  When it cools, remove it and do the same thing to your neck — two times.  Then rinse as usual and pat dry.


Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

  • 3 almonds
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon dry whole milk powder

Grind the almonds and uncooked rice exceptionally well in a coffee grinder.  Add the dry milk powder.

When you use it, scoop out a teaspoon or so (I use a little bead shovel I had lying around) into your palm.  Add enough water to make a paste.  Apply to your face and neck area-don’t forget your lips.  Gently rub, using circular motions.  Rinse.



  • Witch Hazel — straight from the bottle!  Apply with a cotton pad and let dry.

** just a note here… since I wrote this blog post, my skin has decided to “purge,” meaning I am having blemish issues all over my face, especially my nose. I read this is may go on for a month, until my skin completely renews its cells. Because of the blemishes, I’m using APPLE CIDER VINEGAR  as a toner because it kills bacteria. It is used one part vinegar to two parts distilled water.

Moisturizer (Recipe by Hello Glow)

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons loose green tea

Use a double boiler on medium heat to melt the coconut oil.  Stir in the green tea.  Cover and simmer on lowest heat setting for one hour.  Strain the tea from the oil with cheesecloth.  I didn’t have any cheese cloth, so I used two strainers.  They caught all of the loose tea leaves.  Let cool until almost solid (it will begin to turn white again).  Whip until creamy — 3-5 minutes.


One suggestion… use a good coconut oil that actually smells like coconut!!  I bought mine from Amazon.   The great thing about this moisturizer is you only need a little bit and you can apply it everywhere, including your eyelids without worry because it won’t hurt your eyes.  It’s a bit greasy, which I don’t mind, since I have extremely dry skin.



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Word Art/Subway Art — Mixed Media

September 4, 2017 at 8:24 am (mixed media, Scripture References, Subway Art, Word Art)

So, I promised to blog each and every week and already I’ve broken my promise!!  No more promises!!  Actually, I spent last week in NoVA, helping darling daughter to organize her house. Both she and her hubby work full time and go to school, which leaves no time for the little things…  I spent the days with their cat, Phlox 🙂 .  I had fun!!


I actually would be a professional organizer if I didn’t have these little things, MS, ON, TN, which leave me exhausted after a few days of hard work.  I enjoyed visiting with her and we shopped, ate, talked and laughed and loved on each other.  I realized how much I really miss her,  She correctly stated that, after about 5 days, we’re ready for a break from each other.  I like to think we’ve learned, in 35 years, how to speak to each other and encourage each other!!

Anyway, I thought I’d catch you up on some of the art I’ve been doing, using my Silhouette machine and lots of trial and error.

This was one of the hardest pieces I did and it was one of the first!!  I suppose I love to jump into the deep end 🙂


I love taking Bible Verses and making them into subway art…

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This is a piece I did for a baby shower…

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These two pieces were done for wedding showers…

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I love this piece, a poem written on a cellar wall in Germany during the Holocaust.

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One of my most precious pieces… the song Brent and Marissa danced to at their wedding.

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This was just a saying I liked.

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This piece is a mixture of stencil and hand lettering — for a refurbished farmhouse in Richland.

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There you have it!!  I guess I did more than I thought I did in the last year… I just neglected to blog about it!!

Be Blessed my friends!!

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OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

August 19, 2017 at 9:27 am (50 plus style)

I need to write a light-hearted post.  When I got my iPhone last August, I was finally able to join Instagram.  I love Instagram because it is a quick snapshot without politics, arguments, hate.  Then, in January, with my home wonderfully decluttered, I decided to do something for ME.  I joined a few “over 40” FB groups.  Many of the marvelous women do something called “OOTD.”  I wanted to join in the fun.

The main problem I found is, because I’m a hermit, I don’t really dress OOTD-worthy much.  But I made a decision to at least pay attention to what I wore the days I did run errands…  So, at least once I week I post an OOTD picture for my “fabulous old as dirt friends” (my phrasing, not theirs!! 🙂  )

Here is a collection of photos, most of which I loaded to instagram too.  You can see the changing of seasons and my hair cut!!  You will also notice that I have some very favorite pieces.  I will blog later about the process of minimizing my wardrobe, which was a life-changer for me!!

I realize this isn’t a “change the world” thang, but I enjoy it.

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Minimizing — MY Way

August 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm (Home Projects, Minimalizing My Way) ()

Last year I quietly removed 850 pounds of “stuff” from our home.  Yes, you read that right!!  I stepped on the scale holding bags and and I eyeballed the big stuff.  Jazzy and I made a trip to Goodwill at least 3 times a week for 8 months.  The workers loved her!!

I’m not sure what started me on the journey.  There are lots of stories, blogs, TV programs about “tiny living,” “minimalism” and general living with less.  We’ve lived in our home for 35 years and stuff accumulates without notice!!

I do know that I started in Amanda’s walk-in closet.  I literally took everything out and began.  I was brutal.  I had three piles… THROW   DONATE   KEEP.  If I was unsure of something, I would set it aside and re-visit that particular item.  I had a “landing” area that I moved things to that I was going to throw or donate.  When it became full, I made a trip to Goodwill!

I know that I got rid of 50% of my clothing.  I only kept what I absolutely love.  I cleaned out kitchen cupboards, donating duplicate items (after making sure my children didn’t need said item).  I cannot tell you how many coffee mugs we had!!!  I saved the special ones (2) and only kept the matching ones!!  I cleared the counters of anything that just sat there.  I now have large expanses of counter top that makes it easy to bake/cook without clearing the decks first!

I moved photos from surfaces to walls — coordinating frames for a unified look.

I even worked through my art studio (again), donating fabric that I will never use, beads that I’m not sure why I bought.  I made myself a deal… I would begin to “sew through my stash” and after every 3rd garment, I’d allow myself to buy some fabric only and I mean only IF I would sew using it next!!  I’ve made some beautiful garments in the past three months (another blog post for sure).  I now have a shelf in my fabric cupboard for my jewelry making supplies (which were in boxes in a corner, on the floor, under a table — very hard to reach!!)

Our linen closet had sheet sets for beds we no longer have, quilts that were threadbare (still baffled why they ended up back in the closet) and doilies…  I don’t even use doilies!!  Now, I kept the few that my Grandma Millie had but the rest went to Goodwill.

I had so many different bottles of shampoo, body washes, make up remover, lotions, potions… (you get the idea).  I started at the back and used them up, one at a time!!  I settled on soap that my niece makes and neutrogena rainbath body gel.  I use old fashioned Jergens lotion and no longer care to buy all of the latest and greatest body lotions.

The one thing I do spend effort on is my face.  I am still working out how to keep it in good shape without breaking the bank!  I love R&F but needed to pull back from spending $180.00 every 2 months!!

People asked me why I didn’t try to sell things.  Quite honestly, I didn’t want the hassle.  I also considered donating everything as my “penance” of sorts.

I stopped shopping at QVC and HSN cold turkey.  I only buy something on line 1.  If we really need it.  2.  If I’ve thought about it for 3 days before hitting the “BUY” button.

I also made some changes to how we did our finances.  I went to a “cash system,” which means that, every payday, I take a certain amount from the checking account.  I use that and only that to pay for groceries, toiletries, dining out.  It has made me more mindful of spending because I know that I must use what is in my wallet.  I also changed “auto-payments” to our checking account instead of our credit cards.  That way, when I enter debits weekly into our checkbook, I am aware of what we’ve spent, what we have.

I cannot tell you how much freedom this has afforded me/us.  I no longer peruse shopping sites, wishing to purchase something I really don’t need.  I can honestly say, I am content and blessed with what we have!!   Our home is a dream to clean.  Previously, I was contemplating having someone help me clean because it was getting too much for me.  Now… a piece of cake!!  I now have a special room for me… reading/music/puzzles — it is beautiful and fresh and new!!  It was a “Found” room once I eliminated clutter.

The attic was especially difficult and took one of those eight months!!  I just worked a little at a time.

It has also freed my mind of clutter.  That one I cannot explain except that it has.  My mantra is “it’s my favorite day.”  I approach each day with peace, knowing that I’ve done all I can do to make our house the best home it can be!!  I seem to have more time to pursue what I love to do and battle the MonSter and my wicked neuralgias.

I’ll never be one of those people who have a 33-piece capsule wardrobe with 2 pair of shoes.  But, everything I have, I love and wear!!  I did minimize my make-up drawer.  Not sure why I needed 5 eye shadow compacts when I only wear one color!!

One cautionary note… do not minimize/declutter other’s stuff if they aren’t with the program!!  I was very careful to only work through my/our stuff not darling hubby’s!!!  It is a personal journey, one that each person has to decide to take!!

So… here are a few pictures of our de-cluttered house, minimized MY way!


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Decorative Art — Fruit Of the Spirit

August 11, 2017 at 6:52 pm (Decorative Painting) ()

So, I have really been embracing Winnie the Pooh’s profound statement… “Today is My Favorite Day.”  Remarkably, it has made a real difference in my day-to-day life.  Living with something chronic means one has to battle each and every day.  I was weary of battling so I sort of took a hiatus from life (thus no blogging) for nearly a year.

I really missed painting and was trying to figure out what an easy first “back to art” project would be.  I also wanted to make use of my silhouette cameo too.  I love word art and since I can no longer letter because of intentional tremors, I have figured out how to use it to make wonderful word art.  But I wanted to really PAINT… I remembered a Fruit of the Spirit sign I made and gave away many years ago.  I began to plan…

My first version was somewhat unsuccessful.  The proportions were off and it was just yucky.  I am not easily discouraged and have a very good sander so I began again.Fruitsofthespirit-6.JPG

I began again.  I decided to change the coloring up a bit since I really wanted to do something in the spirit of Peter Ompir.  This is a picture of it with my lettering already masked out and the fruit roughed in.


Then I began to really paint.  I haven’t done fruit for probably five years so I was fixing, fixing, fixing.  I pulled the masking off to reveal the lettering underneath.  When it got to the point where I could begin the finishing touches, I had a moment of panic.  I have no confidence (yet!)  So I texted my mentor Paul Seymour with pictures and asked him to critique it.  He said I needed to bring the color up in the blueberries and bring up some of the highlights.  The leaf thing (see next picture) I figured it out for myself.



He also suggested that I add a few flowers at the top of the piece.


I added my dots (an homage to my OCD and my favorite number – 5 ).  I then took a good picture and declared it finished!!  It’s hanging in our dining room.  I’m really proud of this piece.  I can’t wait to start the next one!


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Zucchini Spice Cake

August 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm (Recipes)

So I made this amazing cake on Sunday.  Our sweet neighbor gave us some zucchini.  We love it grilled but there was ALOT of zucchini so I needed to find another use for it.  I just don’t like zucchini bread… not sure why but I don’t.  I was determined to find another recipe so I did what any computer-savy woman would do… I googled “recipes using zucchini.”

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I found a recipe on SixSistersStuff.com.  I made one rather big change for a very good reason.  Sunday was a “stay in my pajamas all day” day!!  The recipe calls for applesauce.  I had none.  So, in my PJ’s I drove down the lane to my Daddy and Momma’s.  They always have applesauce.  They had none!!  But, my Daddy is a brilliant man 🙂  He suggested apple butter!  Since I was making this cake for the first time, it was worth a try.  What a depth of flavor the apple butter added!!  I substituted 1 for 1. I also always use fresh grated nutmeg.   So… here’s the recipe:

Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple butter (or applesauce)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini


  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. I never just spray a pan anymore.  I lined the pan with non-stick aluminum foil, sprayed it.  (makes for easy removal, frosting, cutting, storing in plastic ware)
  2. Beat eggs, vegetable oil, apple butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg together, add to the wet batter and mix well. Fold in zucchini and stir until completely mixed in. Pour batter into prepared 9×13″ pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Mix together frosting ingredients.
  5. Once the cake has cooled completely, remove from pan, using the aluminum foil as handles.  Frost the cake, cut into pieces.


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Outlaw Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting.

October 4, 2016 at 8:50 am (Uncategorized)

So, last week I was visiting my Daddy and Momma and found this recipe in a Good Housekeeping magazine.  It intrigued me because it uses molasses, dark brown sugar and cardamom and is made in a loaf pan (thus not a whole cake — too much for just darling DannyO and I).  So…  I made two loaves, one for me and one for Daddy.  Dad says it reminds him of a “poor man cake” his Mom used to make many years ago.  It isn’t very sweet but the frosting adds some sweetness.

Outlaw Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pureed cooked carrots or carrot baby food
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 carrots, scrubbed, trimmed and coarsely grated
  • 3/4 cup walnuts and/or pecans toasted and chopped

Vanilla Brown Sugar Buttercream

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise (this step could be omitted if you don’t have a vanilla bean — just use another tsp. of vanilla)  I like the flecks of vanilla in the frosting 🙂
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream (I didn’t have heavy cream.  I just used milk)
  • flaky sea salt, to finish ( I chose to omit the salt)
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease loaf pan.  Line with parchment paper leaving enough overhang to use as handles, then grease paper.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.
  3. In large bowl, with hand mixer or whisk, combine brown sugar, molasses, eggs and vanilla.  Add carrot puree; mix to combine.  With mixer on medium speed, slowly pour melted butter into carrot mixture until well combined.
  4. Pour carrot mixture into flour and stir using wooden spoon until just combined.  Fold in grated carrots and nuts.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan.  Bake cake 40-45 minutes or until center bounces back when lightly pressed and cake tester inserted into center comes out clean.  Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then gently lift cake from pan using parchment.  Discard paper; cool cake completely on wire rack lined with parchment.
  6. While cake cools, make buttercream: place butter in large bowl.  Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bowl.  With hand mixer, beat on medium speed until light and airy, 1-2 minutes, scraping down side and bottom of bowl as needed.
  7. Add sugars; mix on low speed to combine.  Increase speed to medium for 30 seconds.   Stop mixer, add cream.  Beat on medium until combined then on medium-high until airy, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Frost cooled cake with buttercream.  sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

A few notes:  I did not have heavy cream for the frosting so I used milk, which was fine.  I did not finish with the sea salt.  The baking time for me was 55 minutes.   I bought the carrot baby food — worked great.  Next time I will purchase pre-grated carrots because I made a mess grating them myself.  I LOVE the frosting!  I will be using it on other recipes — it would work great on a spice cake!!

There seems to be a lot of steps, but the recipe is fairly easy.

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A Unique Table runner

February 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm (Creative adventures, Home Projects)

I meant to write this blog post last week but I lost three days… again!!  {{Sigh}} Every time I think I am winning the battle, I get socked with a TN and ON attack.  I am happy that I was only down for three days and not four or five!

Anyway, I found a picture on the internet that peaked my interest.  I like to use a table runner for my kitchen table.  I have various themes… winter, summer, Christmas.  I was putting away my winter runner since Punxsutawney Phil did predict an early spring — yeah right!!  I wasn’t ready to put out my summer-themed runner so I was trying to find ideas.

I cannot claim that this is my original idea.  However, once I looked, there were so many examples, I couldn’t point you to the originator of this idea…  so I will say that it is original to me because of my unique parts 🙂  Cryptic enough??

I found my stash of doilies.

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I ironed and starched said doilies.

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I divided the doilies into shapes…

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Then I put painter’s tape 18″ apart on my table and started to place the doilies.  I knew that the middle doily needed to be the large blue one — my Grandma Millie’s.  There are others from her but they are mixed into the many I’ve purchased at auctions in those $1.00 boxes!

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I played around with placement and then used cotton thread to connect the doilies.  They are done securely but I can take them apart easily should I decide to do something different.

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It took only about two hours from start to finish.  I spent lots of time ironing all of the doilies…  I have enough left over to make a few more!!

The vase is one I “mirrored” myself.  You can see the tutorial here.



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An A+ Idea

February 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm (Decorative Painting, mixed media, Musings...)

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Buying Christmas presents for adult children is very difficult.  I honestly don’t know their tastes and I purchase most things with a gift receipt.  This year my son-in-law and I had a great partnership… I gave him a dollar amount and he ordered his presents and had them shipped to me.  I wrapped them and he acted surprised when he opened them 😀

I had one great idea…  I think I came up with it during one of my nights of insomnia.  I gathered the wedding pictures of my parents, Dan’s parents, Danny and I, Amanda and Hengyi and the “save the date” picture for Brent and Marissa.  I got some cool picture frames from Michael’s. These I painted black because they were “shabby-chic” and neither couple likes that look (sad for me because it’s my favorite look!).  I had the pictures printed in 4×6 size.  Actually, Dan’s Mom and Dad’s picture is considered a “portrait” and Walmart wouldn’t print it so I had to use my home printer.  Who knew???

I inserted the pictures into the frames and wrapped them, anticipating Amanda and Brent’s reactions.  Surprisingly, my son cried, Amanda didn’t 😀

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My son-in-law called it “an A+ present!”  Christmas 2016 is only 11 months away.  🙂

I must report on the art class I went to last Saturday.  I wrote about it in Courage… Be Brave.  It turned out, it was more of a “wine and paint” party.  Groups came and stuck together.  I love learning from Paul Seymour.  I don’t know if I will go again, but I painted a beautiful picture.


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I am working on a “Journey” piece.  I originally made one for my friend from college.  She was away when I posted it on my FB page and another classmate, from high school, wanted to know if she could purchase it.  So… I made a second piece.

The first piece…Courage-Tammy Fast

The second piece…

So, that’s my story.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my A+ idea, my paint class piece and my two new “Journey” pieces.  Be blessed my friends!!


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