Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My New Sea Fan

A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger posted a pic that had a sea fan in the arrangement...it was set into a vintage glass doorknob.  I knew immediately that I would have to borrow that idea.  It would be so perfect in the powder room where I have mermaids, my grandmother's swimsuit and seashells.  I ordered one from a seller on Ebay and it arrived yesterday.  After some shaving down of the stem part of it, I hot glued it into the doorknob.  Here it is!


I love the way the orange color of the fan plays with the oranges in the postcard (upper left corner of next pic) on the swimsuit in this photo.


Isn't it pretty?  


I wish I could remember which blogger it was that gave me the idea, but unfortunately, I've forgotten.  So, mystery lady blogger, thank you!  I love my sea fan.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

No More Belly and Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

If you're over the age of fifty, you will most probably be able to relate to me and this post.

What happened to the days when I could eat all of the bread and doughnuts I wanted and didn't gain an ounce?  Well, those days have been gone for decades now, but I do remember a time when I was drinking something really nasty tasting, called "Weight On", and eating ice cream every night to try to hit 100 pounds on the scales.  I remember being embarrassed when the Red Cross came to our high school to do a blood drive.  I went to donate and after filling out the paperwork, the lady said, "Sweety, you can't give blood- you don't weight enough."  I never realized back then how much I would wish for the "skinny" problem when I got older...but, here I am.

It has been, for me, a very gradual weight gain.  It sort of sneaked up on me...When I do the math, it's like I've gained a pound a year for the last 25 years, and when I weighed myself last week, I was shocked when it hit 130.  There was something about that "0" with the "3" in front of it...I've never weighed this much, and I'm just not happy with that.  Now, I realize some of you are probably laughing at that, but for ME, this is not okay.  I have that "belly" and it is simply because I eat too much bread, cake and doughnuts.  I tell myself I'm too busy to do any better......I find myself grabbing a quick snack of cake all during the day, with a cup of coffee. Not only because it's so good, but because it's there, on the counter, convenient.

Now, before I give you the wrong impression, let me say that I have always cooked "healthy" meals for my family, and I've always been proud of that fact.  My husband always tells me that it's one of his favorite things, the way I make colorful fresh meals, complete with a fruit dish on the side and lots of veggies...and the way it smells so good when he comes through the door after work.  I do fine when it's for the family, but where I fail is when it's time to fix a meal or snack just for me.   So, this is not like I'm trying to totally change my lifestyle where food is concerned. It's just, like I said, a problem with those "meals" and snacks during the course of the day.

Day before yesterday, I decided to change things. It is simply the inconvenience factor that causes me to eat the wrong things...so, I've loaded the pantry with nuts and dried fruits for fast and easy snacks, and CLIF Bars for the breakfast that I don't have time to make. I went by Sam's Club and bought large quantities of fruit and fresh veggies.  I've stocked up on lean meats.   I bought no bread, not even crackers, and, I certainly didn't buy any cakes or doughnuts!  No- I'm tired of this belly and no longer having a waistline.

When I weighed this morning, I was 126, so it's working...it's something I'll just have to stick with- a little lifestyle change.  I will, however, treat myself to a piece of cake or something sweet on the weekend, because they say that if you totally deny yourself whatever it is that you crave, you will fail.  I don't want to fail!  Hopefully, I will get to a point where the desire for sweets just goes away.  That did happen to me over 30 years ago when I switched from sweetened iced tea to unsweetened tea.  At first, it was terrible...but after a couple of weeks, it tasted so much cleaner and didn't make my mouth feel nasty after drinking it.  Now, I can tell if someone used the same spoon to stir the tea when they made it, stirring first the sweetened tea, and then the unsweetened. Yes, I can taste it...that tiny trace amount...and it drives me crazy. Hopefully, the same thing will happen with the problem sweets and breads, and they pounds will fall off a little faster than they went on.  

This was lunch today.   Mixed greens, carrots, avocados, roasted chicken breast, a couple of pickle chips and a small bowl of strawberries and blueberries.  


I went ahead and cut up a big bag of carrot sticks, so if I don't want nuts for a snack, I've got carrots.

I also made some salad dressing.  I'll share that recipe with you at the end of the post.


Avocados- I've never cared much for them, but maybe I will like them with this garlic lemon vinaigrette salad dressing drizzled on.  Anything with garlic must be good.  Sounds like it will be similar to guacamole.  We'll see.


This salad dressing recipe is so easy...just add the ingredients to a jar and shake.  I also had the perfect jar ready to use, one that I had recycled after we had finished some roasted red peppers.  (I never throw away jars...See why here.)


Garlic...I LOVE garlic.  The recipe calls for smashed garlic, but I went ahead and coarsely cut the clove into small pieces after smashing.



Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt...



...and, everything was added to the jar...


...and, here it is after shaking to incorporate all ingredients together...


...then, drizzled over lunch.


It was really good, and fresh. 


Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

 4  T. lemon juice
1 t. honey
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
2 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. Extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in jar.  Cover and shake until mixed.  Refrigerate.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Decorating Candles With Paper and Trash!

Okay, so, I really like the splash of red that I added to the table back in this post about the poppy plates...(link to that post here)...and the more I look at the candles, they seem very naked.  They need something.  Something to play with the red...


So, I went up to my paper containers to see what scrap-booking papers I had with poppy red in them.  I found this white with red dots paper.  Not exactly what I had hoped for, but, I'll try and see what happens.  I cut strips, and taped them around each candle.



This is what they look like now- Hmmm.  Still, not enough.  What do I have that I can layer on top of this paper?  Back upstairs to my stash of stuff...Maybe something will jump out.



Look what I found!  I know I'm gonna like this, cause it's a little quirky!!  It's one of those netted bags that oranges come in.  I saved it.  Yes, I know- It's trash.  


I cut it in half lengthwise, and simply tied it around each candle.  It was the perfect length!  See what can be done with trash?




It's so unexpected, trash bows on white candles on traditional styled candlesticks...Funky- crazy- just the way I like it.  

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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Roll of Paper and a Deer Skull

A couple of days ago, I went to the lower end of the county to pick up a roll of paper from Gulf Coast Newspapers.  If you're a DIYer and have never thought about the newspaper as a source for project paper, you might want to check into it with your local paper.  These are called "roll ends" and actually have a lot of paper left on them after they print the newspaper. This gigantic roll will last me years, just like the last one did.  I paid $8 for it; I think it was around $5 about five years ago.  Inflation!  Still a great deal...I use it for patterns, sketches, table cover for messy projects, and I sometimes just roll it out and let the grandchildren make really BIG artwork in the floor!  And, it makes the best packaging material for wrapping glass and dishes...You don't get newsprint ink on your hands like you do wrapping with actual newspapers.  Wonderful for washing windows, too!  Use your imagination and you will come up with many reasons why you need to run to your local newspaper today to get your roll!!!


This is SO typical of the trunk of my car!  Let me show you a wider shot, then I will explain!


When I went to unload the car, I just laughed when I really looked at what I had in the trunk!  This is so me...

Along with the roll of paper are these things...

Funky rain boots, just in case I end up in a muddy place looking for treasures...and, we all know that we should look all stylish while digging...so my boots are animal print!

And, there's the story board box so that I can know for sure if something will work with my new decor...(see that post here.)

...and, does anyone remember seeing on Pinterest where Better Homes and Gardens shared that really good organizing tip for batteries?  Well, that Hobby Lobby bag is holding the plastic container that will soon hold all of my batteries, like this.

Photo by Better Homes & Gardens

...and, then there's the deer skull with antlers.



We have wooded property in North Baldwin County.  Hubby was out walking one day and found a deer after someone had shot it.  The poor injured deer ran to our property and died. What a waste.  Anyway, I told him that I wanted the skull and antlers.  We would never kill an animal for it's parts, but this one was already dead, so why not salvage what we can? We waited until it had decomposed to the point that it was not messy to handle.  I now have it in the car so that I can clean it.  We are not a deer hunting family, so I don't think we would be comfortable with it actually in the house....we much prefer to watch the living animals.  I think I will clean it up, and probably sell it to someone who will LOVE to use it in some type of decorating project.


I just wonder what the newspaper person who loaded the roll of paper into my car thought...

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Something New at Alice & Wonderland and A Virtual Visit

If you are a local Baldwin County, Alabama resident, you probably already know about the treasures that can be found at Alice & Wonderland in Loxley.  

For those of you who are not local, plan a trip to the Gulf Coast and give yourself an hour or so (or more!)  to stop in and browse around.  It will be an experience that lives up to the name- it is a wonderland of fun vintage and antique finds.  And now, there's something new. My friend, Ellen, the owner, has opened a new "handmade" arts and crafts section upstairs, and it's beginning to fill up with some nice things!

Ellen shows me the new "handmade"
section.
Come along with me on a quick little tour- First, I'll share the new section with some of the arts and crafts.

Here is a more detailed look at the egret painting on rustic wood that Ellen was showing me above.


...and, here are some more whimsical beach or nautical themed pieces...


Justin was intrigued with the carved duck.  It is a fabulous, BIG piece!



That's just a taste of what promises to be something special at Alice & Wonderland.  Ellen is now taking consignments so that she can offer more great pieces, so if you happen to be a local artist or crafter with a gift for creating fantastic things, contact her.  (Contact info will follow at the end of the post.)

Now, I want to share with you some other things that I found interesting during my visit yesterday.

For the collector of children's things...





This is the place for silver flatware!  It made such a pretty picture all tied up in purple ribbons!


Before computers and all of the conveniences of today...


All kinds of glass, porcelain, china and pottery can be found...




This chippy piece is the real deal...no faux chipping here.



Bling!



A great baby carriage from days gone by...


...and, Justin was convinced that he had found a pirate's treasure chest!


This booth had a great variety of farm implements, industrial feeling things, and cast iron.


These pieces would look great on a porch or in a sun room.



...and, I captured a shot of a guest in this pretty mirror!


This mirror was down by the door, and it was my last shot as I headed out.  

I just realized that I didn't take pics of furniture and larger pieces...They do have that, too!  There is a WONDERFUL Eastlake bed upstairs, fit for a queen!  Can't believe I didn't take a pic of that one...oh well, I guess you'll just have to drop by to see it in person.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour through Alice & Wonderland in Loxley, Alabama.  Ellen would love to have you drop by, and when you do, tell her Judy sent you!

Alice & Wonderland
7245 N. Hickory St./Hwy 59, Loxley, AL  36551
Exit 44/ 1 mile south of 1-10 on Hwy 59

Open daily 10-5
Phone:  251-964-4747

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