Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kitchen: Week One

As many of you know, I've been collecting Mary Engelbreit objects o' art junkin' at thrift & flea markets for my kitchen. Mostly I have her mugs and teacups, but a few other odds and ends like tins. I've also been gathering bits of material here and there that remind me of her illustrations. I chose one basic -- black and white gingham and gathering other materials to go with it. I've already have begun to assemble and sew accessories for my kitchen like that apron a few weeks ago and this curtain for my back door, but have been putting off tackling the walls. Well, this week, I decided to begin because I've been stuck in the house with what my mother euphemistically calls the "chest crud." I sound like that character on the Little Rascals TV show called "Froggy." LOL!

This may be an all-winter project as this is as far as I've been able to get this week. That wallpaper is STUCK! As I want to paint the walls a creamy yellow, keeping the red below, I don't want to ding up or cut through the wallpaper with that little circular blade thing or I'll have too much to repair before I can do the actual painting. The wallpaper has been up there for quite some time and it is actually paper, no vinyl layer to peel off the top, so the hot water sponge gets to work soaking the paper, while I try to gently scrape off a layer. If you know of a quicker method, give a shout out!

Saturday, January 5, 2013


"be transformed by the renewing of your mind." ~ Romans 12:2

Several years ago, as a white elephant gag gift, I gave my nephew a bundle of sticks for Christmas. I'm sure I gave him another gift earlier in the day, but he only remembers the sticks and this season told his mother that the worst Christmas he ever had was when his aunt gave him sticks. At the time, nobody said anything to me about it as it was in the spirit of the giving at that time, but I sure heard about it through the grapevine this year!
As I thought about it, I wondered if perhaps his focus on the negative aspects of the sticks was a reflection of some guilt on his part. I also thought of the opportunities he wasted because he only focused on the negative instead of the positive. How many times do I do that too, when somebody hurts my feelings?
You've heard the saying "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!" As I pondered this, I wondered what wounds I could sweeten up? I could open my hand and let the negative flow out and turn my hand to make something better from it. Humm! Sticks, creative opportunities here! They could be burned to keep me warm, made into a log-type birdhouse, made into chew toys for rodents or large birds, chipped to make paper for cards, etc.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for forgiveness and grace between nephew and me. Renew our minds too. Amen!
Today's Quote: "I'd like to encourage you take off your blinders and see the whole spectrum of possibilities." ~ Annie Lockhart.