Otherwise we all would have been sipping lemonade inside the air-conditioned house.
Before I share this entire post, let me back up-
First off- thank you for the oh-so-kind words from last night's post. I appreciate you all, and knowing other friends sometimes go through these kinds of things as well is comforting too.
Crazy day today, as The Sewing Queen and I spent the bulk of the day helping my son-in-law and daughter number two their moving sale. Daughter number one arrived early to help out as well, and she brought along her two boys so the kiddos could have some cousin time.
Grand number one was holding his first lemonade stand, (He is very entrepreneurial.) and he asked his slightly younger brother (Grand number three) to be his assistant.
He helped paint his workstation, including his menu board, and helped bake cookies to sell as well. All in all, a pretty slick set up.
One thing lead to another as the yard sale started and my son-in-law ended up in charge of the four Littles as we call them. To put it mildly, it was rather like herding kittens, and he came up with a perfect solution to keep them corraled. He took the four of them out back to the trampoline.
The trampoline sits in the shade of the huge pine trees and the protective netting around the edge kept everyone within eyesight.
Grand number three soon tired of the lemonade business (And the heat) and joined the crowd on the shady trampoline as well.
I took a break and popped back there to get some pictures and a short video.
So much fun to watch them all!
I came home a happy kind of tired, looking forward to the air conditioned comfort of my living room while I watch the Mariners play and write to you.
I don't think I'll move from this spot until bedtime.
Life is hard, you know? Every one of us is fighting some sort of battle. I get the fact that we all need to remember that, and cut each other a little slack.
He is currently into robots, and loves to put a colander on his head, and use his tongs to grab things, talking in a robot voice.
Of course, his tongs are also great for tossing the soccer ball.
Oh, how I love these babies!
Let me close with one last shameless Gramma Cupcake picture of his younger brother....
I had an unusually lousy couple of days this week, and I arrived home after work the other day to find this in my fridge....
(In case you can't read it, is says:
STEP 1: Eat your Charlie Brown Bar and wallow in self pity.
STEP 2: Tray a Little Sumpin' Extra to pick you up.
STEP 3: Try to become an Optimist: that it will make it all better.
STEP 4:Give yourself a dose of Amnesia to forget about it.
...and if all else fails, go to step 5.
STEP 5: Have a nooner at work tomorrow.
Inside I found....
A yummy peanut butter-granola-chocolate bar from New Seasons, aptly named a Charlie Brown Bar...
A Little Sumpin' Extra Beer (Pictured above) and a can of Amnesia Beer (up top as well...too hilarious!) as well as a can of Sierra Nevada Brewery's Nooner beer (From my old stomping grounds of the Biggest Little City!)
I could not help but be cheered by her efforts, as I laughed out loud. (And I am now officially ready to offer a cold beer of their choice to anyone who stops by!!)
It was like a little reminder from God that things will be okay. My family is always here for me, in sunny or stormy times. They are the greatest blessing of my life and I will never take that for granted.
I baked cookies and cupcakes for the occasion.
The birthday girl is a major fan of the color pink, and so the color selection was a no-brainer.
The banner I made was in various printed pink scrapbook papers....the picture is lousy, but here are the colors....
(My photos didn't turn out well at all, as the light shining in the hotel room was glaringly bright, and with the drapes closed, it was really dark...with seemingly no happy medium to be found, so use your imaginaton....)
The birthday girl is crazy for champagne as well, and I scored a fabulous looking bottle of it at World Market for the occasion. (It tasted yummy too!)
A sparkler in her cupcake rounded out the birthday mimi-bash....this will always be a sweet memory for me.
I took a quick trip through my favorite shopping spot in all of the Pacific Northwest, Camas Antiques, during the day that we spent at the Camas Car Show, and I wanted to share a few bits of eye candy....
I ended my trip to the shop with a purchase of some pretty fabulous (to me at least) flatware. Two place settings of utensils, with handles that mimic vintage french dishcloth.
I can't wait to use them.
And, you're probably not surprised at all.
(I say after all,because you've never seen me write about any upcoming half-marathons, or athletic shoe purchases, or even a Zumba class for that matter.)
(Okay, I do think I may have written about a miniscule short tryst with Zumba, but it turned out to be a fleeting infatuation.)
I'm passionate about a lot of things; my family, nesting in my home, red vines, entertaining, scoring a thrifted find, good hair products, and Jim Gaffigan.
But I cannot seem to find an activity in the fitness arena that keeps my interest (or inspires me to get out of bed at oh-dark-thirty to throw on my clothes and shoes) to do on a regular basis.
Oh, what about that beach cruiser bicycle I recently purchased, you ask? I may have already said this, but we are having a record breaking hot summer here, and I am still trying to figure out how to attach the cute vintage crate I have to the back rack. (I am not sure what either of those things have to do with why I am not peddling my way to a biker's bod, but I don't have any other excuses that come to mind.)
The thing is, I am desperate to find my "thing", and sooner than later would be good. I'm seriously considering the latest Water Challenge on Facebook, but I'm not sure writing little things with a sharpie marker on a gallon jug of water will do the trick by itself.
I need reminders, throughout the day, everyday, so when I feel like throwing in the gym towel and ordering a Jimmy John's Deli sandwich because of their trademarked "Freaky fast delivery service", I remember why I need to get out there and do something...anything..physical.
I have a fashion and fitness board on Pinterest, and I gathered some of my favorite quotes that I have saved there. I used my cheesy print program and created some motivation that I can read throughout the day to remind me why I need to take a ride on my bike, and take a break at work and walk. You can have it too! Just download the free printable right here: Download Fitness2
Are you a couch potato by nature like me? Do you struggle like I do? What has helped you?
First of all, it looks like I chalked it on there, but it is really white paint. I used the same method I have been using for about twelve years now, which is detailed in a very old blogpost here.
And, more recently...here.
If you click on the links, you will find the "How-To's" for making your own sign. Today I wanted to share the fonts I used, which look great when wanting a "chalked" look paint job on a board, sign or framed art.
**EDITED TO ADD: These are PAINTING techniques, and not chalk techniques. You can do the chalk portion and then clean up the chalk dust shadowing and use it that way, but my sign on the easel was made to be permanent, so I used regular latex white paint. Any craft paint will do!
The fonts I used are:
There you have it.The fonts were all free, so go grab 'em....easy, peasy.
Do you have any other favorite "chalkboard" type fonts? Please share!
The weather here has been fabulous (now that we’ve cooled down from our record breaking heat.) and I have been tinkering a bit on my small patio area. Down the road I will have a deck or patio on the other side of my cottage, but for this summer, I am using the existing patio back behind the garage.
I bought the most fabulous old vintage bicycle at Farm Chicks, which will eventually have a home in my front yard landscape (after I have the house painted in September) but it occurred to me that I could enjoy it now on my patio.
Later this week I am going to hang some outdoor string lights for added ambiance and once I’ve done that, I am planning a girls night in with some gal-pals!
I went to the Feed Store Friday after work, and got two bales of straw. Then I grabbed a couple of my vintage quilts, my faux potted plants, my American flags, one of my big potted geraniums, and grabbed my chalkboard painted easel sign.
Ready to go.
Saturday arrived and my Rock n' Roll Buddy and I headed down to downtown Camas with our two vehicles; me with my pickup and Ralph with a 1947 Cadillac convertible he recently scored. We parked in the waiting lot until it was time to head down to 4th Avenue to park our rigs. Once we were allowed to go find parking spots, we secured our spots right in front of Camas Antiques, and the Liberty Theater.
(Of course! The perfect parking spots.)
I set bout staging my sweet truck and then settled in to enjoy the day.I was pretty happy with the way my vintage farm truck vignette came out.
Before too long, we spied a bride and groom coming up the street on foot, with their photographer. It turned out that they were going to be married in a couple hours and decided to take a walk, unaware that there was a classic car show happening.
The photographer asked if they might take a few photos with our vehicles, and we were delighted to oblige.
(And I took a few shots myself!)
(How sweet are they?!)
They really got into the photo shoot and everyone around was having a ball.
I’m giving you all a little break from my laundry room today, for one of my Traceyville versions of If you give a Moose a Muffin” stories….
I have been having wi-fi issues and had to have the cable guy out to do some repair work. In doing so, I had to empty the closet in my kitchen that has a trap door down to the basement.
When I emptied the closet, I had to pile all of my (very messy and unorganized) baking supplies on my dining room table.
(This was days ago. The cable guy has come and gone, and this morning I was foinally getting around to putting all of this stuff away.)
(I was preoccupied with my laundry room, as you know.)
Deciding to put away this mess got me a little...sidetracked, looking at all of those baking supplies. This caused me to begin poking through the miles of piles of plastic containers of cupcake papers, cake-top decor, straws, food colorings and frosting tips, trying to figure out when I amassed all of this stuff, and why it was in such disarray. (Well, okay. I am fully aware as to why it is in disarray. I am a creative type, and I was born messy.)
Poking through the piles inspired me to want to bake something, but I held off, as it was barely after 5:00 am this morning and I needed to get in the shower, plus I was determined to put another coat of paint on the laundry room door to the yard before I hit the shower.
Some bright colors caught my eye. It was a package of birthday candles.
(Even more than pictured here. This photo was taken mid-search.)
I realize now that I am covered in the birthday candle department for everyone in my family’s upcoming birthdays moving forward until...well, until I leave this earth to be with Jesus.
And that will (hopefully) not be for quite a little while yet, which is to say I’ve got a heck of a lot of birthday candles.
And I am now fully inspired to organize them, along with my paper and plastic straw collection, as well as my cupcake paper inventory.
I know I am messy at times, but I love it when I get things organized. (You can find things this way!) I will be hitting the Dollar Store today for more containers to get myself dialed in, and I am sure I will be sharing about it soon.
A. That is what is going on in my life this week each night after work, and, B. I am completely enamored with the way it is coming out, and cannot seem to stop talking about it.)
So, yesterday before work I primed the metal cupboards above the washer and dryer, and then after work, I painted them with a coat of white satin enamel.
Then I took a break and went to the Taco Tuesday Pool Tournament with my Rock n' Roll Buddy. Our friends Helen and Jonathan were there of course. Ralph entered the tournament and he ended up playing Helen. So much fun.
(Ralph had some good shots, but in the end, Helen won.)
By the time we got back to my cottage the cupboards were dry and we put the pulls back on the cupboards. I stood back and marveled at my progress.
I love it, I love it, I love it.
I then painted my first coat of paint on the laundry room door to the front yard, while listening to the end of the Mariner game, and called it a night.
One of the items on my to-do list in the laundry room was to add a board and batten wall treatment to one of the walls. You see, sometime before I came to rescue this little cottage, a door knob hole was popped into the wall. Since it is an older home, the wall texture is nearly non-existent, and to try and repair the hole so you couldn't tell it had been damaged would be nearly impossible.
I figured with a board and batten treatment, one of the boards could be strategically placed going up and down right over the hole.
A great idea I thought. It requires a trip to Home Depot for the wood, and borrowing my daughter's chop saw and then painting the newly attached wood white.
Then, I spotted my small pile of three assorted old washboards.
And I realized I could do the board and batten look later on down the road. For now, I could hang my collection of washboards on that wall, and make sure one of them covered the door knob hole. My daughter had two more washboards she was going to sell in her yard sale this weekend, and that rounded my collection up to five.
That ended up working out just fine, for the tie being.
And, it was easy and quick to assemble.
(And, best of all, it was free.)
What do you think?
I haven't made a whole lot of progress on my new-to-me cottage because I seem to be easily sidetracked by life's little fun activities. (Little league, trips to vintage flea markets, motorcycle rides, and various sports seasons on television...)
This past Friday, my daughter came over to help me...ehem...get on track. Now, if you are a long, long, time reader, you might remember that this is the same daughter that got me on track to finally finish painting my kitchen cupboards back at my home in the biggest little city. She worked on the flooring in my laundry room while I worked on skirting my utility sink, and when we took a quick lunch break, we made an itemized to-do list with deadlines.
(I know. I shared that I had plans for projects, along with a semi-detailed to-do list for my home projects a while back, but as it turns out, I realize now that I am apparently motivated by deadlines, because once we made that list with calendar dates, and I finished the sink skirt, I was on fire to get the laundry room done.)
(It is either that, or the fact that my daughter is going to be checking in weekly on my progress has thrown me into creative over-drive.)
Regardless of the what (or who!) the motivating factor is, I am loving the progress so far in the laundry room, and you will be seeing much more as I complete the various projects!
My personal goal for this past weekend was to paint the walls. I had already attempted painting, but there were lots of bare spots and nail holes that needed filling in. Not only did I complete the wall painting, (Yay, me!) but I created (and hung) the utility sink skirt.
Making the skirt was a cinch. Two and a half yards of a lightweight black and white gingham fabric (Hello Walmart! I am embarrassed to say I bought this fabric more than three months ago...) with a casing made at the top using iron on fusible bonding (I am too impatient to actually sew.) and made to touch the floor, I ran elastic through the casing and then installed a cup hook on either side of the sink wall and then hung the skirt there by using a safety pin at each end.(I pulled the fabric back and took a picture so you could get a visual here...)
I added a bit of hot glue from my glue gun to keep the skirt held tightly in place under the lip of the sink.
(Please ignore the awful stained condition of the sink; I am on the search for a replacement, but I cannot seem to locate one without faucet holes. I have a wall mount faucet...which I am also looking to replace for a cuter one with a soap dish attached.)
Pretty cute though, no?
I am in utility sink love with it myself. (I keep going back to look in at it, in all of it's laundry room cuteness.)