Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Scrapbook Room

I have always wanted my own play room. A room to designed to let the creative juices flow, a place for all of your things, a place you can spread out and play. I finally have that place, but it's still a work in progress. When I purchased this home for my son and I, I instantly knew I wanted the third bedroom to be my craft room. I saved decorating this room for last so I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to do. It's not finished, but I'll show you what I have so far.

Since it is a room designed around photos, I wanted to decorate with as many pictures as possible. I am the "less is more" kind of gal, but I threw that theory out the window on this room and filled it full of memories. I have many photos of me as a little girl, my sister, my Mom and Dad, pets and everything else I love. My sister was my inspiration because I wanted it very "girly" and since that is not my decorating taste, I looked to her for help. I would find something, e-mail it to her and say "would you buy this?". If the answer was yes, I would purchase it. She was the one that said, you need a chandelier for your light fixture. So, I found this very cute one, and fell in love with it instantly.

I found this rustic, Tuscan appeal bookcase at Wal-Mart and filled it with all kinds of goodies. The leather baskets hold different Scrapbook materials. I have lots of touches of Paris throughout my room because I LOVE the Eiffel Tower.

My Desk is not the prettiest, but it serves the function of work-station. The ribbon holder I found at a flea-market and use it to hold my spools of ribbon and punches. My sister made my curtains for me and they are so luxurious!

I have photos of my Mom and Dad in their younger days. I turned colored photos into sepia and I love looking at them. Over my desk I have a photo of the Eiffel tower I ordered from E-bay and wire baskets from IKEA holding all kinds of embellishments. (A super great store if you are in need of decorating a room on a budget.)

My ferocious lion must guard all of my goodies, including my Eiffel Tower lamp (Birthday present from my son). My other cute flea market find was this miniature dresser that also holds embellishments, chipboard and everything else sweet. The picture on top is my sister and I when I was just 2 months old.

That is my scrapbook room. My place of peace, relaxation and home of creativity. I'll continue to decorate, replace and add to it as time and money allows. But for now it's probably my second most favorite room of my home, next to my kitchen. I think every female, wife, Mama need a room or space to call their own. Even if you must share it with your feline friends.

The Birthday Club

Tomorrow is a day to celebrate the birth of one of our birthday club girls. My sister started a birthday club, made up of 7 ladies, many, many years ago. We celebrate each other's birthdays and throw the most special party of all; a total girly party. We take turns hosting the events in each of our homes and it gives us an opportunity to not only cook yummy food, but also celebrate the birth of a special friend.

There is always lots of laughter, sometimes tears, fun presents and excellent food. We keep the presents simple and have even done "re-gifting" in an attempt to save a few dollars. It lasted about a year and then we decided to make our gifts. Those that feel creative, can make a present, or those that don't, can purchase something small. We know each other so well and what each other enjoys, it is never a hard time coming up with something.

Our next party is at my sister's house and I can guarantee it will be decorated most beautifully. I am helping her with the food and have offered to bring a salad and homemade rolls. A wise woman at church taught me how to make homemade rolls and they are so much better than purchasing rolls. Oh believe me, I have done that plenty in my life time and I will continue to do it. But there is something about fresh baked rolls and the taste of yeast. It is even better to smell them baking in your oven.

The rolls are done baking and my home is filled with the sweet smell of flour and yeast. And better yet, they are yummy in my tummy....they turned out delightful! (I had one for a snack)

May all of your birthday's be as blessed as can be and make sure you celebrate with those that are MOST special to you!

Bread is like dresses, hats and shoes—in other words, essential!
Emily Post

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow....

Said the little kitty cat.

I just love my two kitties, Calleigh and Tiger. Both were adopted from our animal shelter after the 1st love of my life, Murphy, passed away. For all of you animal lovers out there, you can relate to the loss of a loved pet. I had Murphy for 13 years and I honestly never thought of losing him. I guess I just assumed he would live forever.

After a few months of mourning, I couldn't take the silence in our home. When my son visited his Father on every other weekend, I had Murphy to keep me company. I had his Meow to hear throughout the home, and of course all his loving companionship to let me know HE still needed me. One day, on the spur of the moment, my son and I headed to the Humane Society. There we spotted our kitties, curled up in a ball with one another as if they were keeping each other warm. We both feel in love with Tiger's color, but since he was cuddling with Calleigh, I said let's take them both! My son was ecstatic! We got them out of their cage and took them to a private room. They were so playful and loving, they stole our hearts instantly.

Here we are, over a year later and they have grown into adult cats. Tiger is the big, burly male cat that flops down on you and demands your attention (does that sound like a man or what?). Calleigh, only comes to you on her terms and if you are lucky, she will sit next to you and lick you (typical female). Both sleep with me at night and hog 1/2 of the bed and sometimes my spare pillow. But I wouldn't trade them or their cat hair for anything.

Neither kitty replace the void Murphy left in my heart, they have just added to it. I hope I have both of them for the next 13 years of my life, and so does my son. I think they are content with their new home too.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Pink Lady Apple Pie

I have just stumbled upon something I can not do with regards to cooking....make a homemade pie crust. You might remember I purchased this extra sweet cookbook, "Sweety Pies", with nothing but pie recipes in it and the low-down on making a crust from scratch. Tonight I gave it a trial run, and I'm pretty sure it's failing as I type this.

My son asked if we could "make" something. He enjoys cooking and every now and then, wants to whip something up to call his own. He didn't know what he wanted to cook so we dug through my cookbooks and later he decided on an apple pie. I hesitated, and said OK, let's give it a try. He looked through my new pie cookbook and settled on Pink Lady Apple Pie. The filling was easy, the crust was not. I made many mistakes; I don't believe my shortening was chilled enough, my dough was too wet, I didn't use enough flour when I rolled out the dough; I think you catch my drift.

Since we only had 3 apples, we decided to make little tartlets so that we could have a full pie, but just in miniature form. They are in the oven cooking and it doesn't look like my top crust is getting brown, however they do smell yummy. I told my Mom about it and her words of wisdom, "Well you must start someplace". I'll let you know how they turn out tomorrow. In any event, they looked darn cute before I placed them in the oven. But instead of giving up, I'll try again on another day, but maybe see if Mom can come over for moral support and her hands of wisdom.

Ahhh....the sweet smell of Apple Pie
filled the home.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Let's Play House

Today was a rather fun day. My son and I started our day by visiting a small zoo close to our home town with other families from our church. It isn't a very large zoo by any means, but just enough animals to make it interesting. Instead of the lions, tigers and bears, they have more animals native to the Midwest. But, they have some things I have never seen before, and let's just say, God must have been tired when he whipped up these guys, because they are not the most attractive creatures.

My favorite animal at the zoo were these cute ground hogs that worked so vigorously at digging their holes to their home, and could only stop for a brief moment to chew on some food. Wonder what their home looks like underground?

Once our visit at the zoo was over, we decided to stay and do a little shopping while away from home with new shops to discover. Since I love to scrapbook, we visited a store I had been to before to select some fun new things. My son was a bit bored, but he suffered through it. Scrapbooking is such a neat hobby because where else can you crave your addiction to a hobby and spend as little as $1.00 on a package of stickers? Of course I rarely spend $1.00, but if I wanted to, I could!

We decided to see what this city's down town had to offer, and boy am I glad I did. I found this quaint little french boutique that had everything a girl could NEED! I found the most adorable dishes called "Let's Play House". They are little dishes girls would use to bake while playing house, but this big girl will use them in her house. Are they not the cutest thing you've ever seen??? I plan on using the muffin tin in my scrapbook room to hold embellishments. I also love the miniature cake stand. I may give the others away as gifts, but I'll wait before I make any definite decisions, because they may just need to stay in my home.

It's time for movie night with my son. Always a good excuse for popcorn. Hope you enjoy your Saturday night.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mah Na Mah Na.....

Within 30 minutes, my stomach hurt from laughing so hard and I had a headache. I discovered something new today, a Playlist. It was so much fun creating it, I went to my Sister's house to show her. Both of us are new to blog world, so we wanted to add our favorite songs to our playlist and have them play on our site.

Before you know it, she was thinking of songs from our childhood and Sesame Street. Everyday, after school, I remember watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, my two all time favorites. Well, while searching Playlist for songs, she wanted the Sesame Street Theme Song. Then she discovered Rubber Duckie and "C" is for Cookie and then the kicker of them all.....Mah Na Mah Na. If you are a child from the 70's, you'll remember, oh yes, you will remember. Click below in my Playlist and enjoy the reminiscing, but be prepared to laugh so hard it will make your stomach hurt. It brought back the best memories of my big sissy and the best TV show in the world. Mah Na Mah Na!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

School Days, School Days....

The kiddies are back in school, first full day. My son just entered the 4th grade and he loves it. But remember, it's only day #1. We have a tradition in our family that I carried on from my best friend's family. Every year, I would meet my best friend at her house, on the front step, and wait for her Mom to take our picture. We would be dressed up in all of our new clothes and excited about sharing our newly purchased school supplies with our other girl friends.

The same holds true today, over 25 years later, but today I'm the Mom taking the picture with my 9 year old. Why is it kids are so excited to go back to school? Maybe it's the excitement of the new beginning, new classroom, new teacher and hopefully lots of fun in between. I don't know if I'll be able to talk my son into standing on the front porch when he is a Senior in High School so that I can capture the event, so for now I better take all the pictures I can get.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Good Morning Sunshine!

It's a beautiful day here in the Midwest. I love Sunday mornings. A day God created for rest, but also a day to honor and glorify him. My kittie Tiger was enjoying the morning smells as well.

Before heading off to church I've had an urge all weekend to bake scones. We must thank the British (I believe) for this lovely treat. Personally I love them with dried cranberries and almonds. I have many recipes, but I decided to try this new one this morning. I do not believe in rolling out and cutting scones with a cutter. I prefer the more rustic look with just dropping scoops of dough and then lightly drizzling it with a glaze. Instead you have a mound of sweetness.

I'm not sure what the rest of our day will bring. Maybe a little playing outside, a bike ride with my son, how about a picnic? Tomorrow is the first day of school. We must live this day to the fullest and enjoy the last "pre-1st day school" day the Lord has give us.

I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Thy name for evermore.
Psalm 86:12

Saturday, August 16, 2008

How Sweet it is.....

Today I visited the local Borders Bookstore, and spent entirely too much time wandering around. I didn't know what I wanted before entering the store, I was just on a mission to find something cute and fun. You must understand one thing about me, I don't enjoy reading. I do love to read cookbooks, magazines, anything short and sweet that I can get through before I fall asleep.

I believe I walked past the cooking section 5 times before I decided to pull up a stool and ponder all the lovely cookbooks. I settled on this one, Sweety Pies. Doesn't it look so luscious? I've always wanted to learn how to make a pie crust from scratch and I believe this book will teach me. There are so many wonderful recipes, I don't know where to start. I know, tomorrow, that's a good place to start.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Summer, where did you go?

It's August 12th and school starts in 5 days! Even though Summer is not officially over, it always feels like it is when school starts. While driving home from work the other day I had my windows down and you could "smell" fall. The smell of corn husks, earth and cool air. Even though FALL is my favorite season, it's always a sign of what is yet to come; Big, bad winter. Boo!

As summer comes to an end, I do have lots of good memories from my son's summer break. The highlight, a trip to Disney World with my sister and her family. Anytime you visit Mickey, it's guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. So much, we even wore mouse ears. I hope you have enjoyed your summer too.

Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.
--Billy Graham

Monday, August 11, 2008

One more thing

Here are two of my favorite things, my son and my cats. Isn't love Grand?

I've been in this place once before........

I have found myself entering the blog world, just to see if I have as much fun posting as I do reading. At times, I'm bored with my own life, let alone anyone else reading about it. I'm a single mom to a 9 year old boy, that I wouldn't trade anything for. Now maybe in 5 more years, he may be available for a trade. But for now, he is mine. I'm in a world of singles but not the type searching for another, but the world of being content and happy just where I am. Too much pain to say I want to try it again. For now, I'll take my Savior, my son, my two cats, my house, and my occasional bowl of popcorn. For now, I'll stay in this place I've been in once before.