Procrastination because I run out of ideas, supplies or energy; and Not Enough Time because I'm having the best summer ever and there's always something to do!!! This summer has been all about socializing!!!
The following are projects I MUST finish before the end of September:
I started an Altered Book Journal for myself, and then my sister's birthday was coming up and I started one for her. Needless to say her birthday has come and gone and I'm not done with either book.
I have several thank you, belated birthdays and thinking about you cards that I need to mail out. Shame on me...
Church Ladies Group:
Now this project has really been a hard one to finish. I can't seem to get it done. All I have to do is plan a monthly event for our group. It can be a fun activity one month, and then the next month can be a spiritual one. I have run out of ideas for the spiritual ones. Any suggestions??? Help!!!
I started working on my second crochet pillow cover and finished one side of it; but ran out of thread. All I need is to make a quick stop at Michaels to pick up more thread. I'm getting the super sized mega ball this time!!!
Knit Baby Blanket:
This is a project I have put off because it has been too warm and muggy to knit with yarn. The baby is almost 3 old months now!!!
Winter is coming!
All summer long I have been wanting to make more pillowcases. Yup...but can't seem to get near the sewing machine.
Knit Scarf for Me:
I have made several scarves using this type of yarn, but I never end up with one for myself. I will make it and keep it for me this time even if it kills me!!!
The garden has been so neglected this summer. It has been a rainy, warm, and muggy summer season. Not only that, filled with mosquitoes, and they LOVE ME!!!
No matter how much repellant I bathe in, the mosquitoes simply eat me up!!!
If only they could suck the fat out of me, I wouldn't mind weeding and cleaning up around the garden beds.
Just writing and thinking of these things to get done, I start having an anxiety attack!!!
By the end of the day I'm too tired, or get so hooked on watching the Olympics on TV or I simply fall asleep while watching TV.
I thought being retired meant that I would have all the time in the world!!!
Silly me ;-)
For now my cocktail tray is stationed here in our dining area. Eventually I would like to place it in a different part of the house.
Yes, I still have to do something about that microwave...ugh!!!
For the longest time, Hubby wouldn't think about having a designated cocktail bar/tray. He's funny like that!
BTW...the huge bottle of Maker's Mark is mine... hehehe!!! Next bottle I get will be smaller ;-)
Last Saturday I attended a Make & Take at Kelly's, and we made these beautiful cards!
Kelly is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that I found through Meetup here in Minneapolis. It was a great pleasure meeting her, and her cards were just lovely!
We made 10 cards total (2 each of 5 different designs), using the new Floral Boutique Suite.
Not only the cards are simple and beautiful, but I couldn't resist the colors! Blue is my favorite color.
We got to play with a variety of designer papers, accessories, dies and learned new techniques while making our cards.
I really enjoyed Kelly's class, and plan on going back! Now all I have to do is mail some of these cards out...soon!!!
I'm sharing with you one of my new craft discoveries...Fabric Rag Balls!!!
You see I have this huge basket that needed something to fill it up with and make it look pretty. I had tried a plant...nope ~ didn't look right...books ~ nope...more baskets ~ nope...and nothing really worked.
So while Pinterest-ing I came across rag balls...& voila...I knew that would be perfect for this basket. After watching, reading and following several tutorials to learn the basics on how to make this quick and easy craft, I knew I could make them myself.
About two weekends ago, Hubby and I attended the annual Uptown Arts Festival in Minneapolis.
We enjoy doing this every summer. I love to discover what's new in the art world! Always great surprises and finds!
This year we came home with these two gorgeous mugs made by a husband & wife team. You can go to Linden Hills Pottery to check out their website and admire their artwork!
My mug is the cattails one, and Hubby's is the coneflower one. He likes the shape of the mug.
Maybe next year I'll break down and get the jewelry I really liked...
The place like every year was packed. One thing that I really appreciated this year, was that it was not humid like it has been in the past!
Now for my Thrifty Finds...
On our way back to our car after the Art Fair, we stopped at two garage sales. Well...I dragged Hubby to them...
At the first one, I found this silver tray for one whole dollar. I'm not sure if it's truly silver; but it feels and looks good. I cannot find a mark on its back.
At the second garage sale and last one for the day, I found three vintage crochet doilies for 50 cents each!
On the first of August, I went back to Empty the Nest and they were having their after Christmas in July Sale. I had been looking for this particular book! The book and the Christmas wood bead garland were only a dollar each!!!
Last week on Wednesday, I stopped at one of our local thrift stores. I like going on Wednesdays. It seems to me that on that day of the week the store gets new items out on the floor.
I found this very pretty small quilt for $1.49!!! I thought it would look great as a tablecloth or hung on the wall!
I also found this set of retro drinking glasses for $2.49!!! I think they're just perfect for our SUMMER HOUSE!
I found this bag full of balls and believe it or not, this was the most expensive purchase of the three items...$3.49. Talk about perfect timing!! I needed more balls to work on this project I'll be posting soon.
And last, but not least...
A FREE patio set from our neighbor Sheryl!!!
Four chairs and a round glass table top, plus cushions. The set is in great condition, just a little dusty that a good wash & scrub will take care of. I had removed the green cushion to rinse dust off.
I was so happy with all of my finds!
I plan on going today to this neighborhood/block garage sale, and hoping to find great treasures...been saving my pennies for today!
Several weeks ago I was so lucky to find this super cute and very cheap hanging wall shelf for three whole dollars!!!
For now is displaying mostly mismatched teacups and saucers, demitasses along with creamers.
You can goHere to see how this wall looked like before. I used to call it the Great Wall of China. I wasn't too happy how it was turning out.
This little project is a work in progress still. I want to move the small microwave from here and find a place for it in our tiny kitchen. Also I want to add hooks to the bottom of the hanging shelf to hang the creamers. Lastly, I want to hang dessert/salad plates on the wall next to the sides of the hanging shelf.
This project will be done before we go back to AZ.
I am so happy how this very cheap project turned out to be. Now I don't have any excuses to add to my teacup collection!
When we first moved to our SUMMER HOME, we were given several throw pillows (family cleaning out their home to redecorate/downsize) in great condition and quality, but the colors really didn't matched our so called decor.
I'm so glad that you came to visit!! DH and I have been married for 28 years. Hubby and I are now retired and enjoying life. We winter in Sun City, AZ, & spend summers in Golden Valley, MN. This blog will chronicle our adventures (& misadventures) as a retired couple. We have 2 spoiled and devilish KittyKats, & Jack - the most adorable perfect Chihuahua ever, & our new addition Daphne Moone - the sweetest Chi!!!!