Getting Dressed, part 1

I have been obsessed. Yes, obsessed with dresses. This is unusual for me. I can’t even tell you the last time I wore a dress. Oops, I can. It was two years ago for my oldest son’s graduation. It was a lovely print but it didn’t photo well. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn that until after the ceremony.

What do I have to do with the ceremony, one might ask? As homeschooling parents, we are required to be on stage to present the diploma to our graduating senior.  We will be presenting our daughter’s later this month. We are so proud of her. So, I need a great dress (dress #1).

My oldest son got engaged last month. So, I will need two great dresses this summer; one for the bridal shower (dress #2), and one for the wedding (dress #3). Again, we are so proud of our son and his fiancee. (side bar – a little nervous at becoming a mother-in-law).

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Sketch and digital lettering I created for artistic challenge on Facebook

Now, back to my obsession, I am struggling with body image issues once again. Ten years ago, I lost sixty pounds in a couple of years. I maintained that weight loss for five years. I have slowly gained forty pounds over the last five years for so many reasons.

As I have gained the weight back, I have slowly noticed my wardrobe become monotonous, mostly jeans and t-shirts again. We are also going on vacation next month to where we lived five years ago. Pressure, right, I know.

Keep you posted,



Abandoned, Good or Bad?

Abandoned, a word that evokes such emotion. Sadness and fear are my most predominate feelings. The abandoned house, family, pet, etc. . . Things left behind.

It’s not always a bad word or action. I have several projects that I have abandoned. Some are just waiting. Some, however, are abandoned and I will never work on them again.

That is truly a good thing. They weren’t a waste of my time because I learned something. They just aren’t worthy of more of my time.

What have you had to let go of and truly abandoned? Was it a good thing or bad?

I abandoned playing a musical instrument. I was not good and no amount of practice was going to help. It was a good thing. I was able to focus on more enjoyable pursuits: my love of photography, writing, painting, or simply creating what interest me at the moment (sewing, knitting or crocheting, etc. . . )

Don’t give up on something truly important to you but learn to prune your life.



Yard Sale Crafts, Part 2


Two weekends ago, my husband and I went yard-sale-ing. Last week, I posted part 1 (here ). I purchased several craft items. Last week, I wrote about the knitted bead bracelet kit I purchased for $.50. This week’s project is a Hanging Jewelry Organizer.

picture jewerly organizer precreation v1

At a second yard sale, I purchased a dated apple print in an oak frame. I have been looking for an inexpensive large solid lightweight frame for this project for a long time. Above is a picture of the supplies I have slowly purchase to make a jewelry organizer for my wall.

Supplies pictured above:

  • Lace, I chose black & white with large loops
  • Picture frame
  • 1/2 yard of fabric, I chose a burlap
  • Paint
  • Cup hooks ( a package of eight – although mine only had seven)

Also used a foam paint brush, tape measure, glue of choice, and a screw gun.

Step One: Discard the undesirable apple print and the glass. Paint the frame – I used a black multi-surface acrylic paint.

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Step Two: Reused the board that backed the print. Glue the fabric down. Determine the distance from the top to fit your necklaces. Mark the line you would like to glue your first row of lace. I determined that I needed two inches between rows of lace. (Be careful – when applying the glue line for the black, mine got a little uneven).

Jewelry Organizer - background websize

Step Three: Measure and drill holes for the cup holders, if your frame requires. Also, do not attempt to drill through the frame without using clamps and a barrier under the frame – not pictured. (I brought in professional help – my husband was a carpenter for twenty years.) Twist the cup hooks into the frame. Assemble.Jewelry Organizer - drilling the frame.jpg

Step Four: Hang and enjoy!

Jewelry Organizer - Finished websize