Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas this year was a little underwhelming for me. I think I started too early and stretched it all out for too long. I had all my shopping almost done in October and I had been listening to Christmas music on the radio at work since Veteran's Day (I still find myself singing, whoop dee do and dickory dock, don't forget to hang up your Although I did wait to decorate and wrap gifts it still just didn't seem like Christmas even though I had been festive since October. I got the family lots of stuff but we had to replace our tv this year so no personal gifts between my husband and me, just one each. I didn't need anything anyway but there was no special fun in opening gifts between us this year. No one at work wanted to do the yearly Christmas dinner. And to top it off I guess no snow and no kids coming over on the big day didn't help matters. Although we did have a blast at the times we did get together it was the first year I didn't have anything I had to do on Christmas Day since I can even remember when. My husband and I decided to go out to eat since we were both sick of ham and turkey. It was a lot of fun and no steak had ever tasted better! As they say, Christmases and lives change with each passing year and sometimes you just have to adjust. This seemed like one of those changing moments that you don't know whether you are happy or sad about. In any event, I hope you and yours had a marvelous Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year! I'm really looking forward to it myself :o)


My Christmas Coat

Ok, so Santa didn't bring any of the black coats I had picked out but he did bring this little Jessica Simpson number. I love it! I hope Santa was good to you too. I'm back to work today after a little time off. A good time was had by all but like everyone else, I do believe I am glad Christmas is over this year. It's the first year we haven't had snow in some time and even though I complain about snow it does make for a more Christmasy Christmas. Even without snow Santa managed to find us all and God blessed us also. What more could I ask for? Nothing, I say.

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In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks

I've been missing John Lennon lately

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." - John Lennon

I like the way John thinks. I always have. He is my favorite Beatle after all :o) Growing up an only child living in the country The Beatles kept me entertained and I feel blessed to have been born at the time when their music was coming out new. It was pretty awesome hearing the new albums as they came out and watching them on tv and in the movies. I've been talking about wasting time here lately and also listening to a lot of Beatles tunes for some reason (along with Happy Xmas (War Is Over) playing every hour on the hour), it has me missing John more than ever. When I came upon the above quote earlier today it made me smile. I definitely try to enjoy my time wasted so I guess I am not wasting time after all! lol Sounds like words to live by!

You May Say I'm A Dreamer But I'm Not The Only One ~
John Lennon - Imagine

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Mind Games - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band

Frame it

I embroidered this 34 years ago while I was pregnant with my first born. It was purchased as a kit to make a purse, however, I never got around to finishing it after the baby was born. A big surprise there! It sat in a drawer for many years until I finally threw away the trimmings and such but I always kept the embroidered cloth. Last year I finally broke down and purchased a new comforter bed set which you can read my story about it here but while I was at it I decided I needed to put up some new stuff on the walls. I decided it was time to finally frame that old piece of cloth I'd been saving for years. I love the outcome! 

I also took a couple of Instagram pictures, printed them, framed and matted one and placed the other on my photo box which sets on my dresser. Voila! Instant art!


While I was at it I finally framed my Leighton Jones The Clown With Red Hair canvas lithograph for my other bedroom. I personally think canvas looks worlds better framed. I've been wanting to try Easy Canvas Prints where you can Turn Your Photos To Canvas. Just have to figure out which picture to try it on. I love this painting even though my son says he gets the feeling he's going to come to life and kill him! I named him Willie and he just looks a bit forlorn to me although I guess I have to admit maybe a little crazy. I think my son thought I was crazy for naming my crazy clown! Hey, we are both redheads after all.

This time of year especially you can't go wrong with the gift of a framed print or photo. I loved the above picture but it was a bit too busy with color for the look I was going for so I changed it to black and white. Use your imagination and you can always come up with a unique look for a beloved photo. You can find frames and mats almost anywhere, even your local drug store. No printer, most stores also offer instant printing from your camera or memory card. In no time you can have the perfect gift, even last minute!

These last two pictures are framed gifts I made. The above pug and fish print was a thank you to my aunt and uncle who paid for my trip to Florida a couple years ago. They have a pug and also live on the bay filled with fish so how could I go wrong! I purchased the print from the internet and once it arrived I took it to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect frame and mat. Their house is filled with lots of bright colors so I knew it would look good wherever they wanted to hang it. They loved it!

The bottom picture is a gift I gave to my best friend and her hubby for one of their wedding gifts this past summer. It's always nice when giving a framed photo gift if it has a nice story behind it. That way along with a beautiful wall hanging your recipient has a nice memory also. Our story about this one is a few years ago I purchased some sunflower seeds but then decided not to plant them because they always look toward the east. As it turns out no matter where I wanted to plant them all I would see would be their backs so I gave the packet of seeds to my friend's now husband when they stopped by that same day. He gladly took them and planted them next to his garden. I took this picture at an end of summer party they had. It was at night with smoke from the fire floating around. They looked so pretty and everyone had such a great time! We all got a big laugh about how big the sunflowers had gotten with huge stalks. After all I had initially told them they probably wouldn't even grow seeings as how I bought them at the grocery store. After they seeded out he cut the flower off one and brought it over to me and I roasted the seeds in the oven. Yum, yum! We had a whole summer of laughing over those stupid sunflowers which made the perfect memory I was looking for. It included fun memories for the bride and groom. I photoshopped it a bit to brighten it up but I think it enhanced the artsy look of it. Perfect! At the day after wedding party I found out he had passed on some of his seeds to a friend who lives in the city and he and his wife ended up with 7 foot sunflowers around their small front area. The laughs continued :o)

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Lovin' this nail polish

I don't know about you but time seems to always be an issue with me. I'm not sure if I am just a procrastinator, lazy or just so busy that I can't seem to find time to get everything I want to get done finished but I know that I am always looking for ways to shave off those extra minutes. I am not usually a fan of quick dry polishes because by the time you apply a base coat, two coats of polish, top coat and/or quick dry top coat you might as well use whatever type of polish you want. No matter how fast drying it is that many coats are still going to take a little bit to dry. I've never found quick dry polishes to be that quick and they seem to be too thin for one coat or they smudge as you apply. However, I do love the Sally Hansen 30 second top coat which I always use when I do my initial manicure. I like having a bit of color on my nails so I keep them polished mostly all the time. If I start to chip a bit before I'm ready to redo I just add another coat of polish.

This summer I found Sally Hansen Insta Dri nail polish in Rose Run. Since then that color has been discontinued but they have many colors available. You can order online at Ulta (which I personally love) or find it at your local drug store. I found that in a pinch it takes me 2 minutes to apply one coat of this nail polish and be totally dry. I'm not talking about walking around afterwards kind of waiting a few extra minutes. I'm talking about putting a leash on a dog and taking her outside a minute after you've applied your polish. Fadra can testify she had no polish on her and my nails were not scuffed either :o)

The polish does have a flat wide brush and as with all quick drys it may take a time or two to master the brush and amount of polish you need. Too much and it will lay in your cuticles and take a bit longer to dry, not enough and it may smudge a bit as you apply but once you use it a few times I'm sure you will have it downpat and be as hooked as I am. I plan to stop and pick up some red for the holidays! Love it!