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Monday, November 28, 2011

Simple Pleasures



 Art and crafts excites me....

It's the only activity that allows me to both lose and find myself at the same time...

And the cares of this world?..............Well, they just fade away.

The whole world seems to be "on pause"

Like 5:00pm.........already????  Whew...where did the time go?....

When I create, I am the truest and highest expression of myself.........and my creator.

A better and more beautiful person on the inside.  Where it matters.

So, to me creating is like a cool drink of water on a very hot day. 

 Refreshing. 

 Necessary.  

To be savored and enjoyed.  Thoroughly.


What are you passionate about?......... 
 What makes you happy?


(Watercolor quotes I painted last week)





Cherio!














Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bringin Booty back!

    
Beyounce (Singer)

Booty           ba dunk-a- dunk          Junk In the trunk          Bootilicious    
       
Whatever you want to call it, it all boils down to one thing, a big or considerable size round butt.......ahem, I mean derriere.  I say round because it's what most women and men, especially men, consider attractive.....  


I never thought I would live to see the day but big booties are back!  And heck it's about time.  


What I like most about this is, although there are "bootilicious" women with smaller frames, most often women with considerable  "junk in the trunk" are medium to larger frame.  So, to me, this growing trend is allowing normal, average size women to shine again.  Kinda harkening back to the early to mid 1900's  where women had curves and celebrated them. Gasp.  Imagine that...  



Marilyn Munroe

For the longest time now there has been a fixation with the ultra thin, but this booty craze is 
beginning to shut the door on that.  Big time.  These coveted lady lumps are becoming so desirable that ladies are adding volume to their butt.  


From butt implants to booty pads......what?!!!!  




Yeah, that's right, women are building them some booty. I can't blame them though, curves are beautiful. And yes they are really sexy too, like "put your eyes back in your head sexy".


Here are a few ladies that are famous for their curves, and by that I mean "baby gat back" lol.



Serena Williams  (tennis player)


Jennifer Lopez (actress & singer)


Eva Mendes (Actress & Model)


Nicki Menaj (Rapper)


Mel B (Singer)


Lisa Vanderpump (HWBH Star & Entrepreneur)



Kim Kadashian (hmmm...TV personality?)


Well, am off to enjoy the Thanks Giving spread that is before me.  With all this good food around I wouldn't be surprised if I acquired some volume of my own......

Happy ThanksGiving! 



 Cherio!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

1+1=5?

Oreo on left, Sonic on right

When my son was eight, I surprised him with his first guinea pig. It was love at first sight!  He and Sonic (that's what he named his new pet) were inseparable.  Even my son's friends became attached as well.  I was really surprised at how much personality these little creatures have.  Sonic was so mischievous and affectionate, he even had me under his spell.  

After a time I decided to get a little friend for Sonic, but I made sure that it was another male since I didn't want any prenancies.  Thank God Sonic instantly like Oreo (the new Guinea pig) so they became really good friends.  Five years later though, Sonic passed away and my son took it really hard so to cheer him up, I got another guinea pig "Frisky".  And this is where the plot thickens.

Frisky

I was assured at the shop that Frisky was male so off we went with him!  When we got home though, as soon as Frisky got into the cage Oreo went into attack mode.  They fought.....and fought......and fought  until I separated them.  Then Frisky would try to get back into the cage and Oreo would try to get out to be with Frisky?  What the heck!  Anyway to make a long story short, the fighting continued for more than a week whenever they got into the same cage.  This was not what I had in mind for a companion for Oreo, it was an absolute mess.

One morning my son woke me up in a panic.  He was pointing at the Guinea pigs cage but he was babbling and had the weirdest expression on his face.  He practically dragged me out of bed and then we were both just staring together totally shocked.  Inside the cage three perfect little guinea pigs were running around.  They had all their hair and were running as if they had been born weeks ago.  What in the world!!!!.......   So eventually after standing there for the longest time, lol, my lightening fast mind concluded that Frisky was well, Frisky indeed.  Frisky was also female!  And remember all the fighting I mentioned? So NOT fighting.
1+1=5?  Sometimes.




Cherio!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Am Feelin the Blog Love!

My blog just received another award and I must say, this makes a girl feel a whole lotta special.

Many thanks to Katya Kate from mommygrowingup  fochoosing me as a recipient of the award.  You really made my day! The Sunshine Blog Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogosphere. I am so happy that I am considered a part of this group since I created this blog to inspire, learn and most of all have fun!.  Mission accomplished.  So yayy me and woot woot!!!





Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.

2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them. 
My answers to the questions:
Favorite color?  I love teal,  not the dark teal though, light teal.  That color makes me all kinds of happy and calm.
Favorite animal?  I am a sucker for dogs, they are so loyal and loving.  Close second is guinea pigs.  They are  so cute and chuck full of personality.  
Favorite number? 36  Its my lucky number. lol, for real.
Favorite drink?  Pina colada (unleaded/minus alchohol)...........ummm so yummy
Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook for sure.  
Your passion?  Art and design, God and family...but not in that order.
Giving or getting presents?  I love to give, there's no better feeling than to know you have helped someone else.
Favorite day?  Wednesday. Also known as hump day which I was totally unaware of but makes it even more interesting. 
Favorite flowers?  Peonies and bouganvilla.  They couldn't be more opposite  from each other but I adore them both.

And there you have it,  now, it's time for me to share the love. The blogs that I am listing below keep me smiling, inspired, entertained, informed and looking forward to their next post! Check them out and you'll see why.








Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DIY Vases In A Snap!



So I saw this neat idea for making your own vases at factorydirect and of course, being a craft head DIY enthusiast I was intrigued.  For those of you who enjoy StarBucks frappuccinos, this one's for you. These little milk bottle vases are so cute! I love how the bottles are big enough to hold a little bouquet in each one or just a single bloom. Either way, this look is so chic! And you know what the best part is?  It's super easy to do, cost next to nothing and you are recycling too. Now that's what am talkin about!


Thing you’ll need:
4 empty iced coffee bottles
Newspaper
Matte white spray paint
Things to do:
1. Clean the bottles well and remove any sticky residue from the labels. Dry the bottle thoroughly.

Mini Milk Bottle Vases2 Upcycling: Mini Milk Bottle Vases
Mini Milk Bottle Vases3 Upcycling: Mini Milk Bottle Vases
2. Spread newspaper out to cover a well ventilated surface and set the bottles open side down on the paper, about five inches apart from one another.
3. In quick, thin bursts, spray the outside of the bottles.
4. Allow the paint to dry and then spray a second coat. You’ll need three or four coats to cover the glass well and many thin coats will give a better result than one or two thick ones.
5. Once the bottles are well coated, set them on their sides and touch up the top rim with a little more paint, trying not to get any inside of the bottles.
6. Let the paint harden overnight before using.
Cherio!



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Upcycling - Turn Your Trash Into Treasure!


Welcome to my latest obsession.....I made these two necklaces from recycled vintage beads, chain and exotic seeds. 



Lately I've become really fascinated with upcycling.   I especially enjoy making new and 
interesting pieces from vintage jewelry "odds and ends" and interesting fabrics from old 
 clothing.  Just thinking of the stuff I can create makes me all happy and bubbly inside.  It is so much fun!!!!...and it is also very relaxing.  Who wouldn't want that? 

But what is UPCYCLING? 
The term "upcycled" refers to vintage items that have been either re-done, re- 
made, re-vamped, or re-purposed.  An "upcycled" piece includes one or more 
vintage elements. Some upcycled items contain 100% vintage materials that have been combined or re-done. Others may have 1 or 2 vintage elements that have been re-vamped with new pieces.  
  
Upcycling is eco-friendly. It allows us to recycle and re-use.....to make something gorgeous 
from odd pieces, broken jewelry, and bit and pieces that are useless or invaluable by 
themselves.  




Two weeks ago I ordered six pounds of assorted broken/mismatched vintage jewelry on Ebay.  (Cost me $16.00)  I had read up on upcycling so I knew that this would be perfect to make lots of beautiful original accessories.  I was not disappointed!  Look at this, I know it looks like a heap of junk but there are so many nice pieces and opportunities for greatness in this pile......I'm serious. 

I made this cute little hair comb from a broken clip-on earring. Not bad for a piece that was headed to the trash can.



 And yet another broken earring became the perfect centerpiece for my new handmade hair 
band. Perfect! 



The hair accessories below were made from pieces of vintage fabric and elements from broken jewelry.  I made flowers from the fabric which with the help of my trusty glue gun, was a snap!  Check out the easy flower tutorial here. 




And finally the Pièce de résistance.... this vase I made from recycled vintage magazine 
paper. It's my favorite piece so far.




As I said in a older post, I switch into hyper craft mode whenever I have something 
traumatic going on in my life. Lol, as you can see, the crafts keep-a-comin!  Good new
though, my dad's condition has stabilized and he is doing much better.  Thanks to all of you 
for your encouragement and prayers.  God bless you! 

Cherio!