Thursday, August 25, 2011

Let's Make These

I saw several of these cake/treat stands at art fairs this summer.  The ones I saw were mostly made from vintage plates and pressed glass.  Some of the examples below were made from clearance Target melamine and Dollar Store finds.  Can't you see these for a baby or bridal shower?  You could use seasonal plates to match a holiday theme.   The wheels are turning . . . . .

Washington DC Earthquake Devastation

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Thanks to Sue for this one.  I joined Facebook yesterday and found this picture as I stumbled around on the site.  I'm afraid that I might have sent friend requests to EVERYONE on my hotmail contact list!!!  I apologize to those I barely know or work contacts that don't consider me a friend.  What a goof ball!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pretty Polka Dots

I just love polka dots.  I don't own anything dotty at present.  Maybe the denim shirt below.  Isn't it interesting that most polka dotted dresses look like they came from the 1950's, full skirts and defined waists.  So pretty.

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Monday, August 22, 2011


I found this video on Notcot  I think it is a Japanese commercial for a Torchwood phone?  Anyway it stands alone as just amazing.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fairy Tale Homes

First I found the little houses.  One is a studio, another is a gardener's cottage.  A couple are children's play houses.  Then I found the quotes.  It seems a natural fit.  Enjoy!

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.
James M. Barrie
Peter Pan.

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Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
G. K. Chesterton

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Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together,
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather!
William Allingham
The Fairies.

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 Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
William Butler Yeats
The Stolen Child.

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"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly fairy, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lovin' Lime

Aren't these so pretty?  I found all of these on a Pinterest board curated by Vicki Horton.  She also has several other boards worth a look. Check her out.  I don't know how much time goes into creating and collecting for these boards but I am sure glad someone does it.  It makes my browsing so much more fun!

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Friday, August 19, 2011


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So I have been sucked in by Pinterest.  People collect sayings from all over and some of them are pretty clever.  My only gripe is they don't always cite their sources.  I did the best I could on this one. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gum Drops!

Can you tell I'm trying to lose weight?  I am drooling over these amazing homemade gum drops from Bakerella  She has a cool blog about her very talented baking escapades.  Aren't these candies beautiful?

And she whipped up some goodie bag tags on her computer to package her creations.

So stinkin' cute!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Random Bits

I finally hung some more pictures.  I love these three. 

Hmmm, that lamp is crooked.  That must of happened when the cats had a knock down, drag out fight in the middle of the night a few days ago.  Must remember to straighten that.  

Amber gave me the teacup print and Rachael made the flower collage. Aren't they pretty?

I bought this beauty at the Charlevoix Art Fair.  I have admired the artist for a couple of years.  She had a show at Crooked Tree Art Center a couple of years ago and I wanted to buy something then.  The center of the sunflower is a ceramic tile. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baby Nonsense

Here's a little giggle to start the week, found here

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eco Design

I love this story.  I found the text below at the Tree Hugger site.  The photos come from the designer's site at Rosenbaum.  Isn't the vertical garden amazing?

Brazilian design studio Rosenbaum collaborates with TV show Caldeirao do Huck in a segment called Lar doce lar (Home Sweet Home), which helps families in need re-designing their homes to improve their lives and self-esteem.

In its latest work for a family living in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the firm included this neat vertical garden made from recycled PET bottles. Although the idea is cool in itself, it's so much better knowing that it's part of a project to improve the lives of three women (mother and two daughters) that live in a one bedroom home with an income of 200 Reais (130 US Dollars) a month.

Putting together an urban farm was not the designer's whim either: the women already had an eco conscience and grew in small containers made from recovered food packaging.

This is the before picture

And now the after picture.  Cool, huh?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Big and Beautiful

So where has this blog been?  The fashion pixies at The Dame's Got Moxie are dedicated in unearthing the latest and greatest offerings in the worlds of fashion, beauty, health and fitness for women sized 14 and beyond.  They also offer a Virtual Stylist service.  Contact them and they will style an outfit for any occasion. It's ironic that I find this site as I embark on yet again one more weight loss program.  I have met with a dietitian and have come up with a plan for slow long term weight loss.  Don't worry, this will not become a weight loss blog.  Ugh! 

This is an example of the Virtual Stylist in action.

I found a clothing site advertised on TDGM called eShakti.  This is so cool because sizes run from XS to 3X.  PLUS, they will customize sizing on any item for only an additional $7.50!  I ordered the dress below from the sale items.  I didn't customize it because I want to see how off the rack fits. The best part is I only paid $56 including shipping.

Monday, August 8, 2011


And we can tell you exactly where we live at all times with just our hands.  Michigan is awesome.  This design can be bought on a t-shirt at UGP Apparel

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Every Sandal Has a Story

I love these sandals!! And their story is so inspiring.  I copied their information here from Sseko Designs.

If you happen to find yourself in Kampala, Uganda, make your way to the Old Taxi Park. From there, grab a taxi van to Matuga. Jump off at the end of the line, and hop on a boda boda to the Cornerstone Leadership Academy. After a (bumpy) ride along a dirt road, you will find yourself in the company of some of the most intelligent and committed young women in Uganda.
These women are graduates of the Cornerstone Leadership Academy and employees of Sseko Designs.

Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help these bright young women continue their education. The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time.
Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education.  These women will not make sandals forever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.
Sseko Designs is a not-just-for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country's educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.
Although consumerism makes many empty promises, responsible and proactive consumerism has the ability to change lives. Like the lives of Mercy, Mary and Rebbecca.
Every sandal has a story. This story has only just begun, but with your help, it will be a story of hope, success and change.

Happy August!

Okay this is a little late, but I just found it at Mimi and Meg.  Looks like we have a lot of celebrating to do, so get crackin'

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cat Tales

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There has been lots of cat shenanigans at my house lately.  Ike is a pukeaholic and he wanders while he yaks.  Too much info?  Well I took him in yesterday and $270 later they still don't know what is wrong, even after xrays, blood and urine samples.  Don't ask how they got him to pee in a cup because they took him to the back "magic" room where bad things happen to little critters.  He also escaped and we chased him around the vet's office for a few minutes.  So they sent me home with a $45 bag of special prescription cat food.  Rabbit and pea?  I left the bag on the kitchen counter and Arnie ate a hole through it.  No way is he getting any of the fancy food. Now I have to feed these monkeys in separate rooms.  I spent all afternoon yesterday steam cleaning Ike's yak spots and just now as I was writing this, he did it again.  I don't know, but I gotta say, $45 yak looks no different than Iams yak.  Don't think I am callous, Ike doesn't act sick and he's gained a little weight since I got him in January.  He is currently sitting next to me as I type, contemplating his next move.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba

Remember when I told you Beans was sick when I was downstate last week?  All she wanted to do was watch episode after episode of the Nick JR show, Yo Gabba Gabba.  Her favorite bit is the Hold Still video clip below.  She goes nuts when this comes on.

Her favorite character is Brobee.  Here he is as a Hop and bounce from Walmart.
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One mom painted gourds for Halloween via the photostream of a pairofdocs on Flickr

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Here is a cute Brobee doll via here