Junk
Apr11

Junk

I love taking junk and turning it into something useable. I have no doubt that I inherited this characteristic from my father. Just this week, I walked into his garage and saw he had a shiny new trailer. “Where did you get that?” I asked. “I made it!” he said. Of course, he did. He had cobbled together parts: the steel sides of an old truck he had owned 30 years ago; the fenders he picked up at a flea market 10...

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Ice cream fiend
Apr10

Ice cream fiend

A few months ago, I invested in a good blender to replaced my blender that moved out. About two years ago, my BFF introduced me to green smoothies that actually tasted good and I was ready to get back on that bandwagon. I love being able to drink a tasty shake, but actually be absorbing the healthy goodness of spinach, kale and other green stuff. When the blender arrived, there was a booklet inside that included a recipe for blender...

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What to do with all of them-there blueberries
Jul17

What to do with all of them-there blueberries

A few weeks ago I pinned (on Pinterest, duh) the most amazing looking Honey Cloud Pancakes from Things We Make. It looked delicious and healthy, plus seemed like a good, quick breakfast. The very next day, I was peering in the fridge trying to figure out what I could fix for breakfast when I realized I happened to have all of the ingredients for those pancakes! That never happens! Usually, I just pin delicious-looking things,...

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Costumes: a little witch
Jul13

Costumes: a little witch

I thought it would be fun to post all of the Halloween costumes I’ve made in the last 10 years. I’ll post them one at a time over the next few weeks, as I find all of the photos! When I was very small, my mom made many of our clothes on her old Singer sewing machine that she got in 1959. I remember watching her whip up Barbie clothes for me out of the scraps and wanting so badly to play with the machine. (To this...

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Fourth of July redux, refashioned!
Jul06

Fourth of July redux, refashioned!

Did you see The Refashionista on Rachael Ray today? Didja? I watched it with the kiddo tonight. I saw on the blog that she would be on and recorded it, but I surprised the kid. When she figured out who was on, she said, “I love it when someone we already like gets on TV. It’s like we are part of a revolution or something!” So, here is my promised second outfit refashioning. We did this last weekend, but I have no...

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Tulip dress makeover
Jul03

Tulip dress makeover

During the last year, my lovely daughter had a growth spurt that prevented her from wearing many of her dresses, virtually overnight. These clothes, though, were just a problem in one particular area and otherwise fit her. It drove me crazy looking at these new clothes and wondering how I could save them to somehow be worn again. I had a few ideas, but the conditions of my life conspired to keep those articles of clothing in a pile...

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