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Mr. Clean!!!

February 6, 2017

All you men out there, have you learned anything from this ad? I laughed so hard when I saw it!

Sunday in the Park with Bry

February 6, 2017

You don’t get many 57 degree days in February in Colorado and it looks as thought we’re going to get a whole week of it. So yesterday Bry and I put on our light jacket and went for a walk in the park. As we were parking we saw a fat squirrel coming down the tree to eat a biscuit that was left behind. Then all of a sudden a prairie falcon fly down right in front of us to take the biscuit. That squirrel ran quickly up that tree but kept a careful eye on his biscuit.  As we got out of the truck we heard then saw two black birds squawking in anger who also had laid claims on the biscuit. We just had to take a minute to watch this beautiful bird as he hopped over to claim his food, with a carefully eye on us just five feet away from him.  As we walked off I turned to see him grab the biscuit with his tightly gripped claws and fly off only to have the biscuit crumble into pieces and fall to the ground. He then perched on the light post looking down at his biscuit in disappointment, as black birds squawking all the more in delight and the fat squirrel only happy to not be on his menu.



Art was added to the park since our last visit!  Can’t began to tell you how happy this makes me! Three Wind sculptures (or as I like to call them whirligigs) are along the path, the larges one can also be powered by man. So I put Bry’s muscles to work! Isn’t it beautiful! But it could use a little oil. 😉





It was a wonderful day at the park with Bry!


Appliqued Nativity

November 8, 2016

I found a photo of a nativity on-line and wanted to make one but in applique.

So I blew up the photo to 14″x31″.


I then traced the image onto steam-a-seam. I selected fabric in the colors I need and began cutting out steam-a-seam and fabric. Removing one side of the steam-a-seam then ironed to my fabric.


I then removed the other paper from the fabric and began placing (but not pressing so I could adjust if needed) my pieces onto another piece of fabric. Once all the pieces are placed I then ironed them down.


Appliqueing begins. This took some time to do.


I added a boarder to make it all pop! The finished size is 16 1/2 X 32 1/2.  I also added magnets to the back so I could hang it on my door.


I love it so much!!! I just might make one out of magazines.

Garage Makeover

October 1, 2016

My house doesn’t have a back door to the back yard. It has a back door to a garage which has a back door to the back yard. I didn’t like having to carry food to barbecue through a dirty garage. Even though I kept it clean, it just wasn’t clean enough. I didn’t want guests to have to walk through all that. So I started making it look better. I patched holes in the walls and painted it white.


I painted some cabinets black, which I got for free from the neighbors. And added some nobs I got on clearance at Wal-Mart. It looked great but that floor!! Something had to be done with that floor. There was paint spills, cracks that have been there from before we moved in 26 years ago.


So I filled the cracks and lined out some checkerboard lines. Away I went, painting each square by hand. Bry thought I was crazy, it’s just a garage he says but he knows how much joy this brings to me. I know it’s not going to stay this way but it’s better than it was.  Now as my garage door opens I get to look at this glorious sight and I’m happy! Home sweet Home.



Concrete Slab Art

September 21, 2016

We had this slab of concrete 24″ x 21″ as a platform for a pool pump and no longer needed it. Bry talked about breaking it apart to get rid of it, but I told him I can paint something on it.


I painted the slab orange then I drew and cut out this swirl image I found on-line and stenciled it on.


I sprayed a few coats of polyurethane to protect the color. Presto, yard art! A nice splash of color in the yard!



“Clean” Cooler

September 8, 2016


Back in 2009, my mom was getting rid of her old Maytag washing machine. She was going to call the scrap it. I told her I’d take it and make something cool with it. At the time I did know what I’d do with it but I knew I had to have it and give it new life. It held memories from my youth. That thing smashed my fingers and gave me a shock that I’ll never forget!

It sat for a few years and then it came to me…. A cooler!

So I put Bryan to work! I had to give him something to do. 😉  He took it apart and cut a piece of aluminum to make a drain in the bottom. And I sanded it, after all I had to do something, it was my idea.


Then we put it back together and sprayed foam underneath and up the sides to insolate it.


We then painted it a bright blue.


It quickly faded so we repainted it brown. I love it even more now!

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We left beverages in it for two days on a hot summer day and they were still cold!


One of the BEST things I’ve ever recycled! And now it holds new and old memories. 🙂

Paper Beads

April 12, 2016

I bought this paper bead making for Alyssa. I knew it might take her a while to figure it out, but had no idea she’d catch on so quickly.


So I challenged her to a race! Who would finish one first? I’d roll one by hand and she’d use the machine. There was no way I was going to let her win! I wanted her to know that I could roll them just as fast and it’s good for them to lose sometimes. Ready, Set, GO!


Stinker rolled three and a half beads by the time I got one finished. Audrey just laughed at me, as she cheered on Alyssa.


She made a necklace and a bracelet. I think I’ll go buy me one now.