Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ray-Ray's Fairy Door

Oh, look! It's a bubble!

No, wait! It's a finished project! Yeah!

So all over downtown Ann Arbor, shops and galleries are infested with fairies. Since Ray-Ray no longer lives in Ann Arbor, we had to bring the fairies to her. Voila! Instant fairy. We are hoping for a musically inclined fairy. One who enjoys a fair amount of opera.

We have left her a few playbills from various operas Ray-Ray has performed in, a bouquet of roses, and the key to the fairy door. Now we wait and see!

Finally finished that wall.

All the kids came up for my birthday this past weekend and we had a fabulous visit. I was also able to paint the rest of the family room wall. Amber helped me move the big screen TV. I love the color!

Arnie kept me company.

Here is the TV flanked by two, two by four shelves.

I have room for one more four by four shelf. Plus I have more books to unpack.

Kid corner

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Getting Ready for School

There is a certain crispness in the air and the sumac is changing colors. Fall is around the corner. I went to two days of training this week, all about early childhood. One day was spent learning about sleep disorders in children and how the symptoms are so similar to ADHD. But that is for another blog. Yesterday's training was about dramatic play in preschool and kindergarten. The speaker was so dynamic. She has developed a way to observe children's play and how to increase the quality of play with prompts and in how you set up centers. Her name is Dr. Lea McGee.

I get so excited when its time to go back to school. I suppose that's a good thing since school has been my business for 25 years or so. Now the wheels are turning and I am thinking of all the ways I can adapt this information for our early elementary special education rooms.

My fantasy classroom via Google Images

Another one via Google Images

My birthday is tomorrow and I bought myself the bracelet below from Overstock.com. It has my birthstone. the peridot, and little silver flowers. I love it. Happy Birthday to me!Rachael and Pete went to a "pop-up" flea market in Chicago last weekend with their friends Kim and Scott. See what they bought on Kim and Scott's blog at http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/ The flea market is put on by an organization called http://www.thevintagebazaar.com/ They arrange these pop up fleas periodically in the Chicago area. I'm going to keep an eye out for the next one. It looks like fun,

Pop up flea market via The Vintage Bazaar

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cute Baby Pictures

I've been very busy having fun for the last few days. Had dinner with C and C. They saw my condo for the first time and we caught up on family news. It was great to see them again. I went out to dinner with my friend M on Friday. Went back to Cafe Sante. I love their food. Boyne City is busy on Friday nights with lots of people out on the streets and buskers playing music. M and I went into a gallery and I bought this photo for my bathroom. What do you think? Then last night I had dinner with P, my former next door neighbor. We went to City Park and then we went to Bay View to watch a dance recital. Now I have to buckle down and finish painting that wall. Yes, I finally started it!

Look at these cute pictures! They are all by Adele Enersen via http://milasdaydreams.blogspot.com/ I especially like the outer space one.


On a Mushroom

Bunny Baby

Outer space

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog About a Blog

Rachael told me about this site http://newdressaday.wordpress.com/ Her name is Marisa and she is doing a Julie and Julia. 365 Days, 365 Dresses, 365 Dollars. She only buys used and vintage and remakes them for that day's outfit. Some of the makeovers are amazing. However the snark in me says if I had to make an outfit before I went out everyday, I'd spend a lot of time at home. Plus, where I live, I can't find dresses to makeover for a buck. And wouldn't they smell? So she must wash a batch of them at a time or she'd smell like Goodwill. Don't get huffy, you know Goodwill has it's own scent. Just saying. Plus she's cute and thirty. She'd look good in a grocery bag. Now having said all that, I am impressed. The energy of youth.





She also had a recipe for 5 minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Yeah, like I needed to know this existed in the world. Sigh, of course I hustled right into the kitchen and made some.

It called for a regular coffee mug, but I used a soup mug, so it didn't rise as much.

I topped it with a teaspoon of lingonberry preserves from IKEA. Oooh, an IKEA reference!

I tweaked the recipe a bit. I used splenda instead of sugar and only one tablespoon of oil. It tasted great and the texture is a cross between cake and a cake brownie. Original recipe follows:

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (microwave safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly before pouring the milk and oil in. Keep mixing and add the chocolate chips and vanilla and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for three minutes. The cake will rise over the top of the mug. Allow to cool a little and tip it out on to a plate if desired. Yum!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Okay, I am dragging my heels. I need to start painting the red wall in the family room so I can set up the bookcases. I never realized how much I hate painting walls. But I really want to get those books out of boxes. Anyway here are some bits and pieces that I have collected and meant to post. In no particular order.

Hey Rach, here's something you could add to your terrariums. If soldiers are too much maybe Star Wars Lego guys. via The Shiny Squirrel

Do you think this dress would pass the sit test? Source unknown

How about this for an accent wall? Source unknown

Hmmm . . . . . Condos in Wolverine? from Funpeak via The Latest Story
Okay off to tape the wall and begin to paint. I mean it. I will do this today. Yep here I go.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

June in Brooklyn

So I have been thinking about next summer and what I want my holiday to be. I have always wanted to spend a few weeks in NYC, maybe a month when I retire. I went on my favorite vacation rental site www.vrbo.com and started browsing. Staying in Manhattan is very expensive and then I remembered Brooklyn is supposed to be a very cool place. I fell in love with the brownstone and row house below. I'm leaning toward the brownstone. Both have two bedrooms and can sleep up to five adults. So who wants to visit me the end of June next year?

Here's the brownstone's dining room.
One of the bedrooms with a sleigh bed.

The living room.

The front entrance

Here is the front of the row house.

The dining room

The living room.
Aren't they both terrific. Help me check off one of the items on my bucket list and come play in New York!

Friday, August 13, 2010

More Kid Bed Inspiration

I found more multiple kid beds at http://dwellerswithoutdecorators.blogspot.com/ She has many more to look at but I picked a couple that I really liked. However, this one from Pottery Barn must just be for showcasing the bedding. What parent in their right mine would let their kid on a double decker swing bed?

Or is it anchored to the floor?

This one below reminds me of the West bedroom at Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast in Chicago.

This photo doesn't do it justice. MII loved his hideaway bunk with it's own light and privacy curtain.

Monday, August 9, 2010


i am sure i am late to the party. but i want! gimme! gimme!

oh, emerson, you made my day..... all photos from emersonmade.com

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I came across this site and think it is fascinating.
Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. To participate and have them send you a sketchbook that will go on tour, start by choosing a theme provided at the website.
Click on the image above to access the site.

This reminds me of the 1000 Journals Project from several years ago. See it here at http://www.1000journals.com/

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Avalanche Bay!!

If you find yourself up North on a rainy day, I would suggest some time at Avalanche Bay, MII would agree and Miss L would agree!

The Divine Miss L enjoying the water...

I am thinking I shall spend all day here....

MII loves the hot tube, but so would we all if we had 0% body fat.

I was mean, I had MII back into the path of the yellow bucket, surprises of this sort awaited us around every corner. Unfortunately no pics of the Vertigo or Super G slides, I was too busy sliding down them to take pics.

The Super G, only in winter. I didn't take this pic ;) Source unknown.

Vertigo, complete with toilet bowl. Also not my photo, from Avalanche Bay's website.