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1 a: to produce or yield flowers b: to support abundant plant life 2 a (1): to mature into achievement of one's potential (2): to flourish in youthful beauty, freshness, or excellence b: to shine out

Updated: 2017-11-12T22:53:47.622-05:00


A whole year, seriously???


That's how long it's been since my last post!

Here's to the New Year!


Guess who just remembered she has a blog? I did! I can't believe it's been since...what, June that I've written a entry? Wow. Anyway, I really should post more often. It doesn't even matter if anyone else reads my blog or not, it's quite theraputical (I have no idea if I spelled that correctly or not) obviously indicated in my lack of posts. I just got lazy that's all. I really do enjoy writting, now whether or not I'm any good at it is still yet to be determined.
So! They say you shouldn't make New Years Resolutions because when you do, you are predestined to fail. Well, I choose NOT to buy into that superstition ( I think I spelled that one right!). I am going to do my very best to see each and every one of my resolutions through to the very end and if anyone reads this and is so enclined, I personally invite you to participate in my challenge. Exactly what my challenge is...I don't really know just yet but I'm sure it'll come to me. Maybe something along the lines of partnering with other bloggers in a sort of New Years Resolution Accountabililty Program??? By the way, I haven't even made my resolutions yet! How funny is that?
Ok so it's now 30 minutes past my bedtime and my movie is almost over and I feel like I haven't knitted enough tonight, so I'm going to sign off for now. Oh! I just decided that knitting or chrocheting nightly is one of my resolutions!
Happy New Year!!!

Wordless Wednesday...





There really is no place like home. I love being at home. There is nothing I like to do that I can't do at home... Or maybe I'm just boring!
Let's see, I can...

Snuggle with my awesome husband.

Eat really good food.

Read or Watch Movies.



Stay in my p.j.'s all day & Surf the web.
(I never said I was a beauty queen! I really LOVE this terrible photo though cuz it gives me a great laugh!)

Put curlers in my hair and play beauty salon or I can throw on an apron and pretend I'm my own personal maid. (Hee! Hee! Whatever gets the house work done, right?)

I can use MY OWN toilet!
(Obviously, no photo here.)

The only thing I love to do that I can't do from home is spend time on the beach but luckily, I'm only 3 miles away from it!


My Sweet Little Baby


This is Tinky. She's a 4 month old Chihauhau mix and she's my sweet little baby! I am convinced that this little girl understands every.word.I.say. So far she has been very quick at learning her commands and I just discovered that a tiny piece of kitty kibble is her FAVORITE treat! What is it about cat food that dogs love so much??? She knows sit, down and up so now we're working on roll-over.
Tinky is so amazing that she knows to go to her own "room", which is her crate, at night when it's time for bed. She knows how to ride in the basket on my bicycle (she did have to learn on her own once that she can't jump out!). She knows how to hide in my purse if I have to run into Walmart or Hobby Lobby.
Just like Mommy, Tinky loves the beach! She's not too fond of the waves yet but she really enjoys people watching. In fact, we have to start getting ready to go now cuz we're all going to the beach this morning for a photo shoot! Fun! Fun! Fun!
Stay tuned...

Not Just A Bunch of Purdy Flowers...


I.Love.Flowers. I would have flowers everywhere if I were rich! I should probably clairfy that when I say "I love flowers" I mean actual flowers, not like flower curtains or flower wall paper or flower print clothes (well I do have one flowery shirt and I do happen to like flowery skirts but that's different, somehow.)

Anyway, I love to put a single flower in a little old, glass milk bottle and place it on a table or shelf or dresser; it makes such a lovely, simple little decoration.

I also love flowers in hair. The prettiest hair-do I ever saw was Julia Ormond's in Legends of the Fall when she comes to the supper table with all those little white flowers in her hair.
I recently tried to wear flowers in my hair but they didin't last long because they kept falling out. Plus they start to wilt within a couple of hours then they're not so pretty anymore. So I thought it was time for a project! I would find some really pretty, life-like, artificial flowers and attach them to hair clips, that way I can always have pretty flowers in my hair that won't fall out or wilt. Fun! Fun! Fun!

So with the help of 2 nice bouquets, a package of snap-clips, and my trusty glue-gun, I now have an exclusive assortment of delightful hair accessories! AND I came up with a nifty way of storing/displaying them too! When I cut the flower heads off the stems, I didn't toss those stems into the trash, no way! I saved them and I grabbed a terra-cotta pot, stuffed a piece of floral foam down in it, put some hot glue on the ends of the stems and poked them down into the foam. Then I just clipped the flower-clips to the tops of the stems and ta-da!, you have a pretty little bouquet of hair flowers!



Trying to catch up on photographing!!!

A Nightgown for Emily


So I was taking an inventory of my fabric (most of which is scraps) and decided to make use of a jersey type knit in pink camo.(image) The first thing that came to mind was a nightgown for my niece Emily.
Putting the nightgown together was VERY simple. First, I folded the fabric in half horizontally then squared off the edges, then I cut 4" off the selveged end. These ends will become the sleeves. (image)
I then double folded the ends, stuck in some trim and sewed it shut. (image)
Next, I seamed up both sides with a french seam then I hemmed the bottom, then the top (leaving an opening for the elastic). After inserting the elastic and closing up the opening, I attached the sleeves and a cute little bow and VIOLA! (image)
Now the next time Emily comes for an overnighter, she'll have a new nightgown to sleep in!

Spring Please


I'm sick of winter, I want SPRING! I'm tired of being cold. I've had enough of layering my clothes. I want to go outside and play with some plants! I want to wear a sun dress! I want to lay on the beach again! I want sand between my toes!

For cryin out loud, where the heck is SPRING???

Well, I guess I'll just sit around here and wait for you to show up. But please hurry up, will ya?

Blog Neglector!


Shame on me for neglecting my blog so. I've been wanting to get back to it but it just doesn't seem to be as cool as it use to be, especially since Face Book came along. Maybe I'll get back to it soon...

I smell Football Season....


Well, I've been working at my B.I.L.'s restaurant for the last four months (give or take a little) but that has now come to an end. So now, I'm about to launch my new home business! Yep, I'll be making and selling little girl's dresses and accessories. Now I know that this little infant Gators dress is the cutest thing ever but unfortunately I can't sell it because the fabric is licensed (it sucks, I know), however, if you'd like one like it, you could to run out to Walmart and buy yourself a yard of the fabric and I'd be happy to make a dress for you for the cost of my labor. Not a bad deal huh?
Ok well I have a lot of sewing to do today so that I can have my first sale this weekend!
Ta-ta for now!

I'm baaaaack!!!!


Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted to here!
For now, I just wanted to make sure everything still worked and I could remember my log in info. Now that I have internet back and everything is still in tact, I'll work on composing an update...

Ta-ta for now!

Waitress Aprons!


I LOVE APRONS! I know it's sort of strange but I can't help it. I'm in love with old fashioned things and aprons are old fashioned.
So are wood burning stoves, ice boxes and oil lamps but I can't make those. Aprons, I can make.

I was a waitress for many years at various restaurants. It's a good job, if you're good at it, which (not to brag) I was. For example, many years ago on my first day at the Huddle House, I took home $75 in tips, okay now I'm bragging, but hey, that's worth bragging about, especially at the Huddle House!

Most waitresses wear those plain'ole, black waist aprons with the 2 pockets. You know the ones I'm talking about.
I think waitresses would like to wear something with a little more style, don't you? Something colorful, something cute...something like this:


I'm selling these adorable little waitress aprons for $12.99 plus shipping

So anyway, I plan on opening an Etsy Shop in the very near furture (right now I'm working on my inventory) but in the mean time, I'm concentrating on these cute little waitress apons so if you know of a waitress that might be interested, feel free to contact me to place an order.

These aprons are made of various cotton print fabrics. They include a coridinating gathered ruffle trim and waist tie. They also feature 2 front pockets for carrying an order pad & pen, straws, condiment packets and most importantly, TIPS! I am also constructing football-fan color themed aprons, just let me know what team you like!

In addition, if you have your own fabric choice, send the fabrics to me and I'll make your own personalized apron, but it'll still cost $12.99 plus shipping.
Hey, I'm unemployeed and rely on my God-Given talent for income. :0)

I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Catching up...


so now that i'm a house wife (as of 12/26), im taking some time to catch up on my blog. i just transfered a ton of pictures that were on my camera to my computer. i picked of few to share...

this is the quilt and shower curtain that i made for bff's daughter as housewarming gifts, i'm pretty happy how they turned out.

here are cory & trey looking quite sporty on some crazy bikes

and here is our little country girl in all her glory
don't you just love her boots

stay tuned...



change can happen in an instant or it can happen over time. sometimes we have control over it and sometimes we dont. some changes are good while others are bad. i know of a woman whose 19 year old son was recently killed in a car accident. that change was instant, she had no control over it and it was bad. i also know of a woman who just moved into her brand new home. her change took years of hard work and it is good. change changes you. right now, im changing. life as i know it is changing. ive wanted and asked certain changes so in a way, its good. but its also a little scary. at work, i have a new boss. i didn't really ask for that so to speak but its turned out pretty god. i like her, she seems to be very nice and easy to get along with. my job has changed to part time now, i asked for that too, sort of. i like my hours, there are no traffic issues going to or from work anymore, praise God for that! its gonna suck come payday though but hey, i was willing to not work at all (and still am, just not quite today.**im in the living room and i can hear my hubby snoring through the bedroom wall, with the door closed. thats funny.**i woke up at 2am and layed there for 45 minutes unable to go back to sleep. i went to bed at 8 so i guess my body felt like it had had enough sleep so i went ahead and got up and decided to blog since i havent had time to during the last month. its actually pretty nice sitting here all by myself, in the quiet. no t.v., no one talking...i think ill listen to some music...ahh, conway twitty says hello darling. i forgot i had this music on here. i love old country, it reminds me of when i was little. now its dolly begging jolene not to take her man. i heard a newer version of this song recently, i really liked it.anyway, back to changes. i can see many more changes coming my way., not me, it's tammy wynette. i told you i love old country music. it think she and george jones are my most looks like we'll be moving in a few months. theres just no way for us to keep the house at this point. im not really upset about it. i guess its because i look forward to a simpler way of living. smaller house and smaller yard means less to clean and keep. if you dont have room for a bunch of junk, then you cant keep a bunch of junk, right? ive started thinking about what i want to keep and what i want to get rid of. i have way more than i need. take dishes for instant. i have 6 pyrex casserole dishes. who in the world needs that many casserole dishes? ive never made more than one casserole at a time. useless stuff taking up space, thats all that is. my sister in law teases me about my dish fetish. shes right though, its rediculous. and mixing bowls. i bet i have at least 10 of those things! theres glass ones, plastic ones, stainless steele ones, ceramic ones, where does it end? im proud though that i have started a yard sale box. now in my cabinet, i only have 2 casserole dishes, a small one for brownies and a large one for casseroles. im down to one set of stainless steele mixing bowls. i dumped a complete set of silverware, a bunch of serving utensiles and several pots and pans. hows that for change?ronnie milsap, any day now. this stuff is great!i have so many things that i dont need. i have a china cabinet full of stuff that i never use. but, i have another china cabinet that i absolutely love. my best friends mother gave it to me. its an antique, its smaller than your normal china cabinet and i fell in love with it the instant i saw it.stand by your man. boy did that song create a bunch of stink back in its day. i personally love the song, and i love what it means. i know my man isnt perfect but [...]

Writer's Workshop


The Last Time I Laughed Really Hard.

I laugh a lot so this story isn't really the LAST time I laughed really hard but it was the first thing that popped in my head so here it goes...

A few years ago, Sparky and I were preparing supper together, we were cooking steaks on the grill, boiling potatoes for mashed taters, tossing up a salad, etc...
Sparky and I have a lot of fun together. We play jokes on eachother, he scares the crap outta me, I throw candy at his forhead, we wrestle and chase eachother around, goofy stuff like that.
So anyway, we were cooking supper and I had just taken the steaks off the grill and had them on a plate to take into the house. I can't remember what exactly made me ask him to do this for me but i asked him to skip across the yard.

Sparky: What? Skip? You really want me to skip? Like a little girl? I can't skip!

Me: Come on, just do it, for me, please.

Sparky: No really, I don't think I can physically skip, I don't know how to.

Me: What? Everyone knows how to skip, you learned it when you were a little kid, remember?

Sparky: I don't think I ever skipped when I was a kid. Seriously.

Me: Whatever, just try it. Picture in your head a little girl skipping around. You got it pictured?

Sparky: Yea, I see a little girl skipping.

Me: See how she's doing it?

Sparky: Yeah.

Me: Ok good. Now you do it.

Sparky raises his arms up, kicks one gigantic foot straight out in front of him with his toes all spread apart like Fred Flintstone, and hops.
I know it's pretty hard for you to picture for yourself but that was THE most hilarious thing I have ever seen in all my 37 years! A six foot, 240 pound grown man trying to skip, looking like a total I don't know what!

Remember how I said that I had the steaks on a plate to take into the house? Well, I was laughing so hard, I had to go down on my knees in order to keep from loosing the plate cuz I couldn't hardly keep my balance. I think I even peed in my pants a little.

One of these days I'm gonna get his skipping on tape and put it on utube for the whole world to see.

Sparky is the best sport ever, anytime I ask him to skip, he does it and it's just as hilarious as the first time cuz he STILL can't do it right and he looks like a great big dork but I love him anyway with all my heart forever and always!

Sometimes, (when I remember to do it) when we're in a parking lot somewhere and I get in the car before he does, I make him do a little dance before I'll unlock the car door and let him in. That's another great laugh cuz he immediately looks around to see how many people are gonna see this shamful display of random white boy dancing. I'm merciful though and only make him do his little dance for about 5 seconds, then I let him get in the car and I laugh my butt off!!!

Like I said, he's the best sport ever!

Writer's Workshop is hosted by MamaKat over at Mama's Losin' It

Wordful Wednesday-The Cutest Letter Ever


It's Wordful Wednesday again hosted by Angie over at 7 Clown Circus so here's my photo for today and the story behind it.

My Mom moved to Texas about 4 years ago, it might be getting closer to 5 years now but anyway, my youngest son Jordan and she had always spent a lot of time together and then after she moved he went and spent 2 summers with her and my Daddy and he Loved it! Right after Jordan came home from his first summer visit, he wrote this letter to my Mom, his Grandma...

In my biased opinion, the drawing makes up for the spelling.

For more stories, hop on over to 7 Clown Circus, Angie is expecting you, she might even be serving coffee this morning!!!

Umpa Luffas!!!


Pop Quiz!Where do Luffa Sponges come from?Seriously, what's your answer?????????????Did you say "the ocean?"?Nope, that's what I thought too but contrary to popular belief, luffas do not come from the ocean. They are actually a plant, more specifically, a vine. They are much like a cucumber or a zucchini. I recently found out that in some parts of the world, they are harvested before maturity and eaten. Interesting huh? I learned about luffas this past spring and decided to indulge, with the intentions of giving luffas and home made soap as Christmas gifts but so far I haven't made any soap so I guess I'll just be giving the luffas.Anyway, the luffa vine is a very nice thing. The vines grow VERY tall and have the pretties little yellow flowers that bloom throughout spring AND summer. Next year, I will plant the seeds along a fence or lattice and it will be a beautiful site to see!The luffas grow in various sizes but the bigger, the better. So now I'll show you what they look like and how you harvest them...First, you find the ones that are ready... You cut them from the vine...You crack the peeling by useing a little pressure with your thumbs..Then you peel...Jordan was very proud that he managed to peel this one in one piece...Once you've got it peeled, you squeeze out all the seeds and "dog slobber", then you rinse it with water, fluff it back out and lay it on the roof of your car and let it dry out in the glorious sunshine. :0)These luffas are PERFECT because they are NOT hard as bricks and they do NOT peel your skin off like a cheese grater. They are just right in texture, not too hard, not too soft, they're just perfect and I LOVE them! I'll never buy another wash cloth again. AND, they make great scrubbies in the kitchen so I'll never buy another one of those green scratchy things again either! If you would like me to send you one of my Umpa Luffas, just leave me a comment then mention and post a link to this post on your blog. I'll do a random drawing on Friday.You'll love it, I promise![...]

A is for Apron


so what do you do when you wake up at 1:30 am on a saturday, lay there for an hour and still can't go back to sleep? you get up and make an apron, of course!
yep, you get up turn on the hallmark channel, turn the volume down real low so as not to wake anyone else up, watch a little bit of Walker Texas Ranger (i don't really care for the show but whatever), you flip through the pages of your Apron Book, and then you jump up and go into the sewing/dining room and pick out your fabrics!

i started constructing the apron at around 3am. i don't like patterns very much and aprons are pretty basic so i just cut the pieces as i imagine they should be...

i iron out any wrinkles and then iron all the seams. see that iron? i got that at a yard sale for 5 bucks. this iron is incredible, the best one i've ever had. oh and see the fabric that's covering my ironing board? it's actually a shower curtain made of toile fabric. i paid $1 for it at a thrift store. i'm still not sure what i'm gonna do with it yet...

anyway, back to the apron. after all the seams are ironed down, it's time to start stitching! i love to sew...

and i love to take pictures...

so what do you get when you can't sleep?

a cute little apron like this!

and then you add another piece to it and you get this...

i know, the apron is cute but i look terrible and there is a pile of dishes in the sink but who cares, i have another apron now!!!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Umpa Luffas...

Wanna Wrestle?


I just thought I'd post about Cory today, cuz I'm extra proud of him lately. He's in 10th grade this year and is taking a business management/entrepreneurship type class that also has an after school club, so to speak. He really loves this class and aspires to go to college and major in business. YAY!!!!!!!!

ALSO, he has joined the wrestling team! I'm sooo excited about going to his matches and cheering him on! Yesterday was his first practice (if that's what they're called). He told us all about it and admits that it's very hard, what with all the work outs and learning the all the techniques. He was very tired and very sore when he got home. I think he even went to bed early!

He even looks like a high school wrestler, doesn't he?

Look at his poor knee, both of them look like this.

And I can't forget about Trey. I'm very proud of him too. He passed his test and now has his diploma!

Say "Hi" to everyone, Trey.

Shoe Box Makeover


So I've been saving these 2 red shoe boxes I've had for years now. I saved them because they aren't your ordinary shoes boxes. You know how your ordinary shoe boxes have a lid on top that you take off? well these ones are more like a pull out drawer with shoe string handles and they are very thick and sturdy. I thought they would come in handy for storage someday so I just kept them in the top of my closet waiting for the day that I decide to do something with them. That day came over last weekend. Remember the Mod Podge I couldn't wait to try? Well...

Red Shoe Boxes + Mod Podge + Pretty ScrapBook Paper =

Sassy Storage Boxes for More Crafty Things!!!
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I know, I know. I forgot to take before pics. But how stinkin cute did they turn out?

Wordful Wednesday - Jordan's Art


Today is Wordful Wednesday which is hosted by Angie at 7 Clown Circus . In case you didn't already know, it's the official day in Blog Land where you post a photo (or photos) and then you decsribe the scene(s). I love to post photos and then write about them so that makes Wordful Wednesday my favorite blog day!

I decided to make today's post about my son's art. I have hung on to a few of Jordan's little masterpieces for years now with the intention of framing them. Unfortunately, during our last move, we somehow managed to loose my favorite painting which was of a jaguar drinking water from a stream that he did in 3rd grade.

However, all is not lost...

This one he painted at school while in 2nd grade. It's a beautiful bird and a very happy sunshine! I'm not sure but that may be a worm in the bird's tummy. :0)

This one is a simple paper drawing of our beloved dog Mackenzie. I believe it to have been drawn sometime during the 3rd grade as well. I love this one because we lost Mackenzie a few years ago and this reminds me of how much she was loved.

When I expressed my sorrow at loosing my favorite painting, Jordan painted this one for me as a Christmas gift last year when he was 13. I was overwhelingly inpressed with his talent! I still have to take it for framing...




I'll be leaving work early today so that I can vote. My vote will be based on Christian values, period.

For a great post on voting guidelines, check out Tiaras & Tantrums post titled "We Are Christian First, American Second".

No, I will not change the channel.


So I'm at work right now, right? The lobby is full because one of our clients is having a hiring day. There are about 15 people in the lobby, everyone has filled out their applications and are now just waiting. The t.v. is on. Fox News is on. An Obama speach is playing.

An old guy comes up to the desk and this is what unfolds:

Old guy: Hey can you change the channel or turn this down?

Me: Is there a problem?

Old guy: Yea, I'm very offended by having to listen to this. I don't like it.

Me: Hmmmm no, I'm not gonna change it.

Old guy: Okay fine, can I have the address of your corporate office?

Me: Sure, I'll write it down for you and I'll even give you the phone number too!

I write it down and hand it to him. By this time people are giving me that look like "who is this guy?". THEN, he comes BACK:

Old guy: Can you give me back my application?

Me: I don't have your application.

Old guy: Yes you do, I gave you back the clip board and you kept the application.

Me: No, I didn't. Look, here are all the clip boards and your application is not here.

Old guy: ::Humph:: well give me another one then and I'll fill it out again.

I give him another one and her turns to go back to his seat.

He comes back. WITH his original application in hand.

Old guy: Here you go, I was mistaken.

Then some other guy walks up and whispers something to Old guy. I thought he might be telling him to chill or something but NOOOOOOOOO. Evidentally he didn't like what was playing on the t.v. either.

Old guy to other guy: Yea I know but you'll have to tell her (points at me) your feelings.

Old guy to me: See I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Me: Well you're entitled to your feelings.

Old guy: It's not feelings!

Me: ::blink, blink, smile::

The crowd including Old guy follows the hiring guy down the hall.

My thoughts?

#1. It was FOX NEWS, you know, "fair and balanced reporting". Although they are of the Republican persuasion, they play both McCain's and Obama's speaches, in entirety.

#2. You are not the first person to want the channel changed. Some other guy a while back wanted me to change it from FOX to CNN, I guess he didn't like the McCain speach that was playing that day. I didn't change it for him either. Get over it.

#3. This is my house. You don't come into my house and tell me to change the channel on my t.v.

#4. If you don't like what's playing on someone else's t.v. IGNORE IT! OR LEAVE!

Now go away Old guy, I've got some blogging to do.

Mess with me on a Friday.

Wordful Wednesday


need a'lil help?

she loves to help with everything. no matter what we are doing, she wants to help. she helps work on the car by beating on it with a wrench. she helps me load the dishwasher by taking the dishes out as soon as i put them in. she helps fold laundry by unfolding it. she helps plant flowers by pulling them up.

she helps us laugh by being the silly little girl that she is!

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie at Seven Clown Circus