This Week's Pinteresting Finds

First off, I did a little redecorating around here.  I got from one extreme to the other around here when it comes to being simple or really colorful.  For now, I'm digging it.

These little do-dads never fail to crack me up.
This pool looks so AWESOME!
Crock Pot breakfast recipes!  Will be handy when school starts back!
I need these organization skills!!!

Photo A Day July

The prompts for the Photo a Day July challenge are up!  

Find a list of previous months here.

Are you going to participate? 

One Thousand

Do you know what I did?  I completely missed pointing out that I just published my 1,000th post!  It was my post on sewing from just a few days ago.  I've blogged for a while now, been at several addresses, had ups and had downs.  I can't believe I made it to 1,000 posts.

To celebrate I'll leave you with these sugary sweet images of my Ro with one of the kittens the hoochie Shilo had a couple of months ago.  Enjoy!



House Porn

This house is featured over at Hooked on Houses today, but I couldn't help but talk about it myself since it's located close (103 miles) from where I live.  It's a 1901 Victorian home whose 102 year old owner recently passed away.  Leaving this home to be sold... FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.


This place is, in a word, AWESOME.  It's located in Columbia, Kentucky.  Boasts 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2 kitchens!  All the bedrooms have fireplaces and at least one of the bathrooms has a clawfoot tub.  If you've been following my blog for a while then you'll already know how much I love a claw foot tub.  It's also got stained glass windows and transom doors!



I could just see myself sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair with my sweet tea.



I'm not usually a fan of wall paper, but this wallpaper?  I kind of dig it.  It runs upstairs into the landing as well.


The listing doesn't mention whether any of the furniture comes with the home, but if I were to be the buyer I would definitely ask to keep or purchase some of it.


Not sure if this is the upstairs or downstairs kitchen, but it looks like the most used of the two.  It's the cleanest looking anyway!


This back porch is screaming at me to become a screened in back porch.  I love the porch, I love the stairs, love it, love it, love it!

I was a little taken aback when I read on the listing that the Realtor suggested that it could be used as "upscale student investment property" since it is located near a local college.  This bothers me.  I've seen old houses chopped up to make "apartments" and in my opinion it completely ruins the house!  

This house has been in the same family since it was built and deserves to continue to be used as a family home.  For only $189,000, it really is a steal.  So....  who wants to let me borrow $189K?

You can find more information about this house on the listing here.  Thank you to Julia of Hooked on Houses for sharing this treasure!

*All images are from listing.

Tooting My Horn (Again)

Toot, toot!

I've been toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop or selling baby goods online.  Especially since we need the extra income, but I also need to be at home.

My grandmother was a seamstress.  My mother has always been great at sewing.  Me? Not so much.  Sewing, crafting, needlework is lost on my generation.  People of today really have no idea how to do things for themselves.  Myself included.

I'm trying though.  We started a small garden to test the waters this year.  This past Saturday was my second trip to my local farmer's market, where I purchased local pork and chicken and veggies.  I've dabbled with sewing pillows and small projects.  I've sewn the baby a couple of things like blankets and a couple of jumpers, like the dress for her first birthday party and I altered several of her smaller onesies to accommodate her cloth diapers.  I've really started to look at more useful patterns.

I'm so proud of the work I've done.  I get enjoyment from creating something from nothing.  Even more when I get it right with minimal seam ripping.  I hate to admit that I've become quite good at ripping seams.






This dress is reversible!  I was over the moon excited when I finished it.  I've never sewn sleeves of any kind and these are reversible sleeves.  There were a few times in the process where I thought the patterns instructions were completely wrong, but I followed them anyway.  Smart thing that I did because it turned out great!  



This is the same pattern that I used for the birthday dress, but I took a leap and decided to make the bloomers to match.  Never used elastic before.  It wasn't nearly as difficult as my brain had lead me to believe.

I can not wait to create more outfits!

Ballin' on a Budget

It burns me up.  Hurts my feelings just a little bit.

A couple of weeks ago, I swallowed my pride and made an appointment to visit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  With the kids being out of school, my mom staying with us, and my dad still getting his trailer (he named it Rancho Bizzaro) ready, our food situation is spotty at best.

On a normal basis, we are a family of five getting by on only my husband's salary.  I'd be lying if I said we were doing OK.  I had intended on going back to work when my kids had finished elementary school.  SURPRISE!  I had a baby.  Normally I think I do pretty good at the grocery store every week, keeping it to an average of $125 a week.  This is only the essentials though and any time I need something not on the list, I cringe at what bill I might have to let go until next week.

My husband has a good job.  We have good insurance.  We don't eat out often.  We rarely go anywhere unless we have free/discounted tickets.  On occasions when he works some overtime, we might eat out or do something as a family.  He works too much overtime.  And don't even get me started on vacations....  I long for sand in my toes and a drink with a little umbrella in it.

So anyway... I swallowed my pride and went for food assistance.  It's hard to ask for help as an adult, but sometimes we all need a little helping hand.  The worker was pleasant and didn't make me feel like I was sub-human for being there.  She took my information (pay stubs, utility bills, house payment, etc.).  Clickity, clackity... she typed it all in that little computer.

I knew before she even showed me the paperwork.  The look on her face told me.

"I'm sorry," she said.  "You don't qualify for assistance."

SHUT. THE. FRONT. DOOR.

Seriously?  Five people. One income.  We go over the stated limit by $100. A hundred stinkin' dollars.  The gross income limit (because they don't base their decision on what is actually coming to you) is $2,836 a month for a family of five.  I'm not exactly sure when the last time they reviewed these "limits" was, but I seriously think they need to revisit it.

I left the office at the bottom of my emotional rope.  On one hand I was completely devastated that we were disqualified, but on the other I kept (and still do) telling myself that it was actually a good thing.  We are supposedly making enough money to sustain our home.

Then I go to the grocery and there are two men of foreign decent, not speaking a word of English, in line at the check out in front of me.  Grocery carts nearly overflowing with food.  Their total is in the multiple hundreds of dollars.  Each.  How did they pay for their groceries?  Why, with their handy dandy food assistance card, of course.

*sigh*

I check out my half full cart of groceries, totaling less than $100.  Sweat beads popping out on my head because I wonder how I'm going to manage to feed everyone and pay the weekly bills.

*sigh*

It burns me up.  Hurts my feelings just a little bit.  

My Three Peas

Years ago I worked the jewelry counter at my local Wal-Mart.  I even had an official sounding title, Jewelry Sales Coordinator.  We sold all sorts of types of jewelry.  I used to order Mother's Rings for women all the time.  I would sit and peruse the catalogs, but I could never pin down a ring or necklace that really worked for me.  Turns out I apparently wasn't done having children anyway.

As this Mother's Day was rolling around my husband looked at me and said, "I have no idea what to get you.  After 12 years of Mother's Day's, I'm lost."  So I set about looking for a necklace.  I went to The Vintage Pearl.  I love their jewelry.  I do not love their prices.  I decided the best way to go would be Etsy.

Oh.  Em.  Gee.

Have you ever searched for handstamped personalized jewelry on Etsy?  There are a bazillion different styles, pieces, sizes, etc.  I picked out three different ones that I liked, then let the two older kids (separately) choose their favorite.

They ranged in price from $30 to $100.  Wonder of all wonders... they picked the same one!  I decided to wait a couple of weeks before ordering it.  I thought I'd give the jewelry makers a bit of a break from all the jewelry making they were doing for Mother's Day.  Plus I needed to wait until I had the extra money.

It came yesterday!!  I am so excited!  It's perfect and I love it!  For $32, it's the best gift ever.

The most adorable packaging!

My beautiful necklace!
Gracen's Designs on Etsy is the shop I purchased this from.  Kathy is AWESOME!  We had a few conversations concerning the names, disks, etc. and she was the most polite and welcoming seller I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with.  She has several different styles to choose from, even those that aren't Mother related, and with 24 color options for the pearls, you are truly getting a piece that is unique for you.

I'm already planning my next purchase.

Amazing Things Babies Do

Everyone brags about all the wonderfully amazing things our babies do.  Discovered her toes, found his belly button, WALKED!!  Well I'm going to brag about my baby.

My Ro-baby found...

...

a missing SD card!!  Wooo!!!

I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, however, this particular SD card has been missing for TWO YEARS!  I had it one day and it was gone the next.  I thought it had become lost in the neither regions of our couch, but no matter how many times we've moved it around the living room over the past two years or turned it upside down and inside out looking for the card, we've never found it.

Until yesterday when my oldest daughter (I'm still trying to get used to saying that!) brought me the card and said, "I just caught Rowan trying to eat your memory card."  She handed me a little black SD card and I thought... well, this isn't mine.  I have two and they are both blue.  My mom is staying with us while her apartment building is being renovated so I thought it might be hers.  I tucked it away in my pocket until I could get to a computer.

Low and behold.... it was mine!  I still have no idea where she found it or where it had been.  But I'm unduly excited by this.  Just for shits and giggles, let's take a look at what my memory card was doing in 2010.

A glass owl on my mantle...

Albert, the basement toad or as I like to call it... Organic Pest Control

After the harvest corn

On our first trip to the Shawnee National Forest (look how small the kids are!!!)

Kaia with Shilo
There were a total of 393 photos on that memory card.  I was so bummed out when I lost it.  It's great to be able to look back at these images!

Why Reading is Better than Watching

I've always been told (and I've said it myself) that books are ALWAYS better than movies.  I feel this is true for 98% of movies converted from books.  The two percent difference are the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies.  They are pretty damn true to the books.

What I hate is when you've read a book and made that mental picture then get all excited when you hear the movie is being made only to see that they took "liberties" with the story, characters, or setting.  For example, Twilight.  We all know that the Cullen's house in the movie is NOT the house described in the book.  No where close.

My local library has just begun electronic lending!  I'm so excited for this.  I'm a little irritated that it seemed like every book I wanted to check out was already checked out, but I finally got an email saying one was available.

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.

I am a mere six chapters into the book.  I am FREAKED. OUT.  The TV show is so off.

So far...
  • Mystic Falls?  Nope, it's Fell's Church.
  • Jeremy?  Nope, no younger brother.  A younger sister (4 years old) named Margaret.
  • Elena the brunette?  Nope, she has blonde hair.
  • Older sister Jenna?  Nope, Aunt Judith.
  • Tyler Lockwood? Nope, Tyler Smallwood.
  • Bonnie Bennett?  Nope, Bonnie McCullough.  Not of African decent, but of Scottish heritage with red curly hair.  Oh and her mom is most definitely part of her life.
  • Best friend Meredith?  Wait... there is no mention of her at all in the TV show.
  • And so far it doesn't seem that the Salvatore brothers/family were founding members of this community at all.  Stefan is mentioned as thinking he isn't sure why he came to Fell's Church.  The whole Stefan/Damon/Katherine deal seems to have taken place in Italy, not Fell's Church aka Mystic Falls.

I am so confused by this.  Why would the TV people make such drastic changes??  Now I'm thinking how much else has the TV show messed up.  *sigh*  I am hoping that eventually as I read on the story will come together.

Have you ever read a book then watched the movie or vice versa only to find out they were completely different?

Photo a Day Rewind {May}

It's time for another month of photo prompts to start, which means it's also time to look back at the month of May.  I am very proud of myself for only missing five days all month.  I call that progress my people, progress.





Are you going to play along for the month of June?  Check out the prompts and how to join in by clicking here.

Previous months:
Photo A Day April
Photo A Day March
Photo A Day February
Photo A Day January

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Sunday Drive

This past Sunday my husband and I decided a relaxing fishing trip was what we needed.  We packed up the little car with a few things and headed to the river.  Most people think of marinas, boat docks, and lakes when they picture fishing.  While we do that occasionally, we do a little something different.

Over a gate, through a field, in between corn rows, through the woods, and down a slightly steep incline (that we BARELY made it back up) to the river!  Where we caught exactly ZERO fish!

I love living in the country.