Monday, July 27, 2009

Crafting Space and My Grandson

It has taken me forever, but I finally have gotten my craft/computer room organized again. It isn't 100% done, but it is enough for me to start creating again. (Now, if only the rest of the house was organized also.) Right now my grandson is visiting for a week and all he wants to do is create, create, create. He has been making movies with his grandpa and editing them with Windows Movie Maker. His movies are full of little figurines like SpongeBob and Patrick, Gumby and Pokey and Neopets. He is making a list of things he wants to make like sock puppets, ipod holder, picture frame from craft sticks, pillow, bath salts. Today we talked about Thomas Edison and how he had a laboratory in his basement when he was a young boy, so now Jesse is wanting a laboratory. I would love to take him to Edison's winter home in Fort Myers, Florida which is about 3 hours from us, but his parents are coming to get him this weekend and that doesn't leave us enough time. I am going to miss him when he goes back to Alabama.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Searching for a dresser I found...

I have been searching thrift stores and and yard sales looking for the perfect dresser to convert into a sink cabinet for my bathroom. I found one in the local Salvation Army store that I thought might work but hubby was with me and he wasn't in an agreeable mood, so I left with the intentions of returning in a day or so without him. Unfortunately when I did return, it was gone. Lesson learned, 'get it while the getting is good'. I did manage to find a few small items that caught my eye. I love and collect teacups and in most antique stores you would pay anywhere from $10 to $12 for the average teacup and saucer. I picked up this cute teacup and saucer at a yard sale for only $3.00, and I found a 50's retro cup (no saucer) in a thrift store for only $.76. My other finds: the plate was only $2.00 and my tiny owl $.76. The big white owl was only $3.50 at the Salvation Army. Not a big haul but I did get some cute things. My search for the sink cabinet continues.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Window Boxes

I found this book at 'Tuesday Morning' and had to buy it for my daughter, who lives in an adorable home in Gadsden, Alabama. Her home was built in the 1920's and has window boxes in the front and side of her house. Though she has never been good with (indoor) plants, she has put her hand to outside gardening and has had some success. She now has a vegetable garden in her yard and has experimented with different flowers in the window boxes. As I glanced through the pages of this book I realized she can pull inspiration from it for her boxes. I am also hoping that she will use her experience helping me with my little house when we finally move there.

The yellow house is my daughter's house before she moved into it. The blue house is the house we bought and hope to be moving into within the next year.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rain, rain, go away

I need to write in my blog, but about what? Lately I am drawing a blank. With all the rain we have been having in Florida I haven't been doing much. We needed the rain badly but now it is kind of getting a little ridiculous. I would love to have a sunny, breezy day. You know, not too hot, just the perfect day. But it is either too hot and muggy or just plain old thunderstorming. I was looking forward to hitting some yard sales today but I had to settle for revisiting the local thrift shops because of the storms. I did get a few nice trinkets though. Hopefully, it will stay dry enough tomorrow so I can hit some of the yard sales that got rained out today.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Extended Holiday Weekend

Hope everyone had a great 4th and is recuperating nicely. We are still in Alabama enjoying the grandchildren. Friday night we attended the monthly "First Friday" celebration and it was bigger than ever. Saturday we had a great bbq/party at my daughter's house and went to the Broad Street bridge at 9 to watch the fireworks. It was great being with family and friends again.
During our stay I managed to hit 3 of the local thrift shops where I finally found a table for my kitchen. I have been looking for the past month. A quick paint job and it will be perfect. My next search and find will be a table or table and chairs set for my front porch, or maybe a small shelf or sofa table that will fit in my hallway. The more furniture I can find and buy in the thrift shops means the less furniture I will have to take when we finally move.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Going to Visit the Grandkids

I am trying to type this post but my kitten just won't let me. She keeps jumping on my lap and biting my hands as I type. Anyway, we are going to Gadsden, Alabama for the holiday weekend. Not only do I get to see my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, but also our best friends who moved there last year (from Florida, where we still live). They live right down the street from my daughter and our own home in Alabama is only 2 blocks away from all of them . Everything is nice and close. On Friday we will be attending 'First Friday' which is something that happens every month on the first Friday. Many of the shops on Broad Street stay open later and have special events. There is usually an old car show in the streets and sometimes there is face painting for the kids and/or balloon animals. There are many street vendors selling different types of foods and also local bands playing. This year there will be something similar for the 4th also, ending with fireworks. But the best part by far will be seeing my grandchildren, Jesse and Sophia.
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