Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A different World Series now

Yesterday was a tough day. Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy. My mom drove by the church on the way home from wok and could feel the energy. You are loved by many my dear old friend. I will remember the good days had, playing baseball and hockey outside. D.O.N.K.E.Y. I remember Phil and Whitney...while just talking for hours. Pasta and steak-classic.
Thank you for always being there. Thank you for the laughs-I know you are at rest now. Peace and light dear old friend. A heart of gold-Grand Slam. Go meet your heroes, they are waiting at the gate. Baseball games everyday...The Yankees play up there...daily.

Love you old friend...


Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Chameleon

Sun-day! Yes indeed, we actually had the sun shine today!! I was able to get some of my projects started. Note I said started...So that leads me to today's teaser post. After a wonderful visit to Roses and Rutabagas yesterday, Rocketgirl and I went to treasure hunting. I came across a cute little table that I thought looked so multi-purpose, like a chameleon. It can change! You will see what I mean soon enough. Without further ado, here is the BEFORE pictures of this little darlin':

She was a sad sad brown color. Not a good paint job at all. But she had potential and a 'wonderful personality'

A glass insert sits atop this table...I have already made a cute fabric insert. :)

I sanded her with 150 grit and wiped it down very well to get rid of the dust. I then got out my trusty primer. I used KILZ this time but I often use the B-I-N shellac primers. From what I can tell, KILZ is just dandy in it's place of my dear B-I-N. I gave her a light sand and wipe to get her ready for paint. Of course, I used my beloved Rustoleum Painters Touch in White. I tried to love Heirloom White, but I just couldn't. Too yellow. Cans sit untouched in my paint cabinet.

Here she is primed and ready to go...

Gratuitous Lilac shot ;)

So there is a sneak peek at the little white chameleon. Stay tuned of course for the finale!

Here is another sneak peek...

Hope you had a relaxing and thought provoking weekend.
Have a sparkly day!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Dedicated to my passionate workmates...

When it comes to death and dying
There's a special gift you share
One that Angels all admire
One that goes beyond just care

It's a gift of deep commitment
One that eases pain and fear
And alleviates the sorrow
When the hour of death is near

Yet this gift is more than comfort
More than nursing at its best
For it cradles every patient
Right up till their last request

In this gift you give compassion
Wrapped in dignity and love
And in honor of your calling
There's a tribute found above

As a tribute to your Nursing
All the care that you bestow
High above this earthly planet
Hangs a Hospice Nurse Rainbow

And this rainbow graces Heaven
A reminder of your goals
"End-of-life-care" you excel at
It's your gift to human souls

To the soul of every patient
Every brother, Mom and Dad
Every household member present
Every heart that's feeling sad

To alleviate this sadness
That engulfs a grieving heart
Counseling and intervention
Set your Nursing skills apart

So within the skies of Heaven
Bows of silver dangle high
On a rainbow made of glory
That makes every Angel sigh

And upon each bow of silver
There appears a nurse's name
As an everlasting tribute
For the Heavens to proclaim.

by E.V. Stankowski RN

"Angel of Mercy Collection"


Zipidee Do Dah! Zipidee -A!

Five days off. Exhale. And today is Friday! A real Friday! Not a "it's really Tuesday but it's My Friday"...A Real Live Friday.
Today is a Trifecta Friday to boot. What is in store? Buckshee is hosting this month. Good times. It will be short and sweet but as always, perfect. Always something special happens with Trifecta.

Family from out of town is coming for a visit this evening...it will be GREAT to see Uncle again...10 months since we last saw him at our wedding!! Wow, time flies when you are married to such a sweetie like mine.

My best friend Coral is having a baby in one week!!!! I cannot wait to meet my little sweetie pops. I cannot wait for Coral to experience this...I love her so much and I am so excited for her to be a Mom for the first time...just wish I was right along there with her....

I will be starting my desk and chair this set off. I received a chair from a sweet colleague this morning. She brought it as a surprise for me in her truck to work. It is perfect! Beautiful detail in the legs, I cannot wait to get her painted and recover her cushion. She has some character that I adore...she shows her age with beauty and character...Sew cute. Needless to say this will inevitably led me to work the guest bedroom/craft-sewing room. Color palette...white and turquoise.

Sunshine and Lollipops...toodles.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

***Happy Dance***

Yesterday I spent the day with Rocketgirl browsing around and purchasing from some of our favorite shops around town. Our day started with a visit to a lovely garden shop where RG gave me a few mini lessons on gardening. Namely, how to plant one of my favorite flowers (Hydrangeas) in a urn. I know what you are thinking...how hard is that? But I have never done that or anything resembling gardening or landscaping before. I have a lot to learn if I want to beautiful my yard with gardens. Next we went to a big box store to compare the garden centers to the beautiful nursery...truly no comparison.

We had to stop in at Home Sense (Canada's Home Goods equivalent). I found some beautiful items there: a lovely robins egg blue vase shaped like a tree truck complete with birds that you can arrange blooms in. After trailing a lady for a while hoping she put back a much coveted item, we were victorious and left for our next destination. Roses and Rutabagas-quite possibly my own personal heaven. So many pretty home decor items to get there, but I have to get a little further on in my decor of the house to decide on a few items.

Lastly, we drove over to 'our' (we have a stake in that place don't we?) thrift store to take a peek at potential treasures. Yes, I had a few items I was scoping for. Mainly I was looking for a desk for the guest bed/sewing/craft room. I am happy to say, after a few months of looking I have found her. She doesn't look like much now-but I assure you, she will be a looker. In distressed white. Lovely. Here she is in not so much all of her glory:

Sorry about the blurry iPhone pics...I love the table top edge...

Look at this hardware! I will likely use some crystal pulls or knobs. Maybe in a light blue? If not the default clear...

Now once again, all I need is a fairly warm wind free day sans rain and I will tackle her! Can't wait! I promise an update!


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hello, my name is Becky and I am a Gleek. Those of you who really know me know that well I was in fact: a Dramie girl in school. I did the musicals ect and loved to sing. After high school, my BFF and I Coral hit the local Karaoke spots to continue to sing our hearts out. Honestly every Friday night for a few years...and I mean quite a few...

Glee is basically a dream come true to me. I love to sing along and can almost, ok totally, picture myself singing with the Glee Club. I guess I am a bit like Rachel...at least some qualities, I love love love this show and find myself looking forward to each week to see what is on the set list for each eppie.

Hellloooooooooo Helllloooooooooooooooooo! I dont know why you say good bye adn I say Helloooooooo!

3 cheers for GLEE!


I love my Mom

I spent the entire day with my Mom yesterday and it was so great. We went to a couple home decor stores and she bought some hardware for the curtains we re-desined for her living room. The curtains had grommets to hang them . Mom did not want the grommets so we cut them off and made a rod pocket at the top with some extra fabric to gather at the top. They look great! My StepPop put up all the new hardware while we pressed and sewed. Finally at around 8:30pm they were up and looking great! I didnt take pictures, I am sorry to say.

Mom bought me a book that House Beautiful put out a few year ago that has How To's for various home decor items. Sorta a DIY idea book with how to's...I am eyeballing a few things in there :)

The kids all came over too...so we played Tag out side in the yard for a bit. Jake is getting so big!! The 2 little girls are sleeping over tomorrow night and asked Uncle if he could get them "lots and lots of candy" for the sleepover....ofcourse he did...

So four more days off including today and the weather looks as though it may co-operate a bit. I may be able to spray a piece I have been waiting to tackle. Will it be the short dresser or the buffet for the TV? I think the hutch for the Tv and components. Common Sun, Dont fail me now! Im'm off for some coffee before the big clean today...secretly I get loads of satisfaction from a sparkling bathtub...seriously, I do. Good Day. xoxo


Thursday, April 8, 2010

First sewing project in 21 years!

I did it! I am so happy! I mad a re-usable shopping bag as my first sewing project!!!! I used fabric from a sheet set I bought at a local discount store for $10. The body of the bag is made from the sheet material. Pretty and springy isn't it? The handles were made from an Amy Butler fabric I picked up here locally in one of the sewing shops.

Sew, with my trusty re-purposed paper from wrapped up glassware, I made a pattern and Mr. Cupcake made a mock-up cardboard 3-D version. I had to figure out how to make the bottom of the bag 'roomy'. He is so good at fabrication of automotive stuff so he jumped at the chance to help me :)

To my surprise, I did pretty darn good and all in good time I might add.

I have started a table runner for my dining table from the same lovely blue and white fabric. Can't wait to finish it up and create a spring table scape!
Here are some pictures of my first project! oooohhhweeeee!!!!

Have a wonderful sleep tonight! See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I do. Forever,

One of my blog-buddies had a quote by Robert Fulghum on her blog today. It brought me back to my wedding day almost 1 year ago...Reminds me how much I adore my husband too...and our 14 year relationship.


    You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife.

Robert Fulghum

In the past year I have married my perfect match, we bought our first home, experienced gain and loss together. Love and companionship is a blessing-what is more is when your true love and companion is you best friend. Thank you Rosie for your post today...