Wednesday, August 31, 2011


.... And I think to myself, what a wonderful world....



Monday, August 29, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... Red Headed

Hello. This is Jean Harlow in Red Headed Woman.

Yes, its Korean Youtube. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UP, On My Mind

I never wanted to stay in the UP.
And, while I'm glad I didn't,...
and I love where I am....

I have a genuine love for the North Country, my true home....

"God's Country"

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Getting Ready to Go Back

The end of Summer Monster is here!
Its almost time to go back to school (sorry to those who've already gone back... ew!).  And, for me, that means my work year is beginning. 
I have a kind of Back to School ritual that takes a lot of stress off of the rush and off of my pocketbook. 
(I think that these ideas are helpful to anyone-- not just those getting ready for pencils, books, and dirty looks)

Its like a Spring Cleaning Take Two

First:  The Closet Monster.
***I dump EVERYTHING out of my closet onto my bed (and the floor, and reading nook,etc.)
***Critically, I look at EACH item... Is it torn? Is it stained? Is it ill-fitting? and I sort:  Donate, scrap fabric for the sewing room, keep it. 

~The Keep its get washed (um, if you still don't use Clorox 2, you should be-- Old clothes look new again!), ironed-if necessary, hung up or folded and put neatly away. 
Then I make a list... what do I need to replace?  I go to where the real sales are and replenish, but I'm bringing my new clothes into a clean, pretty space that's manageable and functional.
 (As a bragging moment, while shopping the 60 and 70% off racks, I found two amazing, bohemian vest-things for $4 each.... I bought a sweater at regular price and got two more for $1!  The deals are there, you just have to look!!)

Second:  The Fridge Monster.  (the closet of food)
***I check everything in the fridge... Is it fresh?  Is it healthy?  
***I clean the shelves, I wipe down the outside and... I look for the deals.
***I clip coupons, I re-organize my coupon book, and I shop. (hmmm... I'm sensing a theme--- clean and shop, clean and shop)

I stock up on healthy snacks and easy to make/grab lunches.  This saves on our food budget like woah!

Third:  The Bag Monster.  (My portable closet for.... junk!)
I empty my school bag (watch out, purse! you're next!) and basically repeat the organization process. 

Finally:  The sleep zone
I always make sure that my linens are fresh and the bed is comfy.  I try to put fresh flowers and a good book by the bed so I'm ready for a good night sleep. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Looking at the Rare Bird

Reader, this is Iris Apfel.

Iris Apfel, this is my friend ____(fill in your name here)____.
Now that we've all been introduced....

oh you want to show us your fashion creations?  OK!

Always mixing altered vintage pieces or mimicking the syles of days gone by, this Iris Apfel character is  simply, bizarrely fabulous! 

Now you can say you know.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summery Parties

A sky full of balloons... such a summery thought.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... How do you NOT know?

This is the Graduate... If you haven't seen it by now, you need to...

And the song

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Wednesday Whimsy

Some Whimsical Ideas  to Cure the Midweek Blues