Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Great Ping Pong Tournament

Noli vs Papa

Okay, Papa, I'm ready!

Here goes!

Uh-oh, will it ever come down?

Noli spent most of her time running after the ball....

and pulling her pants up....

and acting silly

The winner!

Or else.

Sharing at
~ AlphabeThursday for the letter P
~ Blue Monday


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nova and Noli ~ Trading Places

Of course, you know the lovely, talented and otherwise fabulous, Noli.....

At Dreamy Life Records, Stephanie and Cameron's vintage record shop
Photo taken on Valentine's Day
(that's a shopper guy in the background)

The logo

And, of course, Nova is my grandpuppy....

Floppy ear and all

Nova loves going on walks
Pant, pant 

and taking naps

Practicing for "Best in Show" 
Well, he's best in our show anyway :) 

Nova loves his toys... 
and really gave a workout to the new owl toy we gave him for Christmas!
A great tug-of-war with Cameron! Nova won.

And here we are, trading places!
Nova slept in his cage when he was more puppyish than he is now,
and he was wondering why that Noli girl was in HIS cage!

Sharing at AlphabeThursday for the letter N


Monday, February 9, 2015

Mannequin Heads, or Creepy Faces....

Sometimes, the paraphernalia used for display in a thrift shop is just as interesting as the thrift stuff itself. Or is that just me??

Case in point....

I know, pretty freaky, huh? Yikes!!

For Blue Monday, notice the beads on that mannequin with the sinister laugh. I think she's being pretty smug about wearing the beads when her friend just has a naked neck. 

Also, look closely, there's a blue chair, blue shirt and jeans on the lady outside, and a blue bowl way over there on the right.

Thought you could use another look....
totally freaky.

The owner recovered this chair and in my opinion, made it most super cool! She said it was just to sit in because she didn't know if people would like it to buy. I told her she should just put a price tag on it and see.... someone would see the total coolness factor in it! I can imagine it in a play room for the kids, or in a rec room for the teens.

Noli liked it!

Oh, and note the blue on the chair, the blue Lava Lamp and ashtray on the table to the right, and the blue telephone! When's the last time you used one of those to make a call?!!

Sharing on ~
AlphabeThursday for the letter M


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Icy Penguins

A Tale of Three Penguins

Penguins are, without a doubt, some of the cutest animals on the planet!

They like to tumble with their friends....

and play follow the leader....

and sometimes play stack the penguin....
OK, maybe not!

In December a friend asked me to crochet three penguins for her.... well, they were actually for her brother -- he had three beanbag penguins that he loved to juggle and she thought it would be fun to get those penguins some cousins!

This little guy may look quite innocent but I can assure you that he is a little rascal in disguise! You see, I finished him -- eyes attached, feet on, beak and wings in place....
and then I realized that my tapestry needle was nowhere in sight.... 


Now a tapestry needle is what you use to sew on the various pieces parts like the legs. It's not particularly sharp like a sewing needle, and much bigger, but still not all that blunt either. Can you see where this is leading??

I hunted high and low -- on the floor, under the couch pillows, in all those deep hiding places in the couch. No needle. OK, so it must have been eaten by that naughty penguin.... 

Hmmm, methinks, this is for a grown-up who surely would never put a penguin in his mouth.... maybe I could just let it stay. But, no, I'd have to fess up to my friend and I doubt she would be expecting that little piece of lagniappe! (Don't worry, Deb, I wouldn't really leave a needle in a penguin.... ha!)

So I squeeze and squash and pinch and prod -- good grief, it's like hunting for a needle in a penguin haystack! I squeeze and squeeze and.... OUCH! That needle got me -- even kinda blunt it still drew blood! Fortunately, Mr. Penguin escaped with no extra DNA on him, LOL! 

Now that I had a hold on the needle, the next problem was getting the darn thing out. It kept trying to slide right back inside that silly penguin! But I was the stronger of the two, and finally, finally, managed to surgically remove that needle! (I used a jar gripper thingy to pull it out!)

Moral of this story....
Never trust a penguin

sharing this trio of icy, needle-loving penguins....
~ AlphabeThursday where we are studying the letter I

  ♥♥♥ Guess what, guess what!! My puffy hearts are featured on this week's Share Your Cup! Thank you so much, Jann!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hearts Galore!

Holidays always seem to sneak up on you, don't they? I always have good intentions of making holiday items for my crochet shop, but as soon as I start thinking about it, the holiday is peeking around the corner at me! 

Now it's Valentine's Day that's peeking around that corner, and I'm busy making hearts!

Just finished up these three cuties....
Small, medium and large

In the past, these heart cookies have been successful,
but I'll be changing to a cotton yarn this year since I prefer making my foodies in cotton 
for less fuzzies!

These puffy hearts are cute and I have to share a couple of stories....

One red heart was a part of a marriage proposal.... helping to guide his love toward her ring. Is that one sweet guy, or what?!!

Then, a set of two hearts, one pink and one red, went to a little girl whose mom wrote to tell me that her daughter sleeps with one, and the other goes to school with her "to comfort her when she's anxious, overwhelmed or stressed." 

I love it when customers share with me! And I love it that my puffy hearts can bring smiles, happiness and comfort to others. 

Guess I'll be making more hearts today!

~ sharing my hearts on AlphabeThursday where we are studying the letter H


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gone, Finally Gone....

Yep, they are finally gone... no not the relatives, not the leftovers packed into the fridge, not the decorations....


and I am so glad. They absolutely drive me nuts! Even a cowboy from Texas (I can say that because I live in Texas...) has to sound like he's French. Not Cajun French either (which I can say because I'm from Louisiana...), but French French. From Paris French. 

So, because we must give the not-French commercials a decent goodbye, here are my picks for this year.... 

J'adore, Dior
Charlize Theron is decidedly beautiful, 
but not French

#1 -- why would anyone name a fragrance after a coat?
#2 -- Um, do you get the idea that these two like, really like, one another?

Now for the guys....

Bleu de Chanel

"I'm not going to be the person I'm expected to be anymore"
What does this mean?
But I do think the guy might actually be French!!

and... drum roll please... 
last but certainly not least.....

Can you guess?
Now this is a real man's fragrance...
don't you love it!

And on that note, I'll wish each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

~ sharing on AlphabeThursday where we are studying the letter G


Monday, December 15, 2014

Pooped Snowman

This guy needs a long winter's nap!

Guess he got tired of waiting for that snow!

I'm afraid he'll have a long wait here in Texas...

~sharing on Blue Monday


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dear Santa...

I was going through a box of old school stuff of my kids..... 

and came across their letters to Santa back in 1989! 

Adam was in 3rd grade, and Stephanie was in Kindergarten. I'm not sure if they did these in school or if I had a sneaky plan in mind, but if you promise not to tell them..... shhh.... I was Santa!!  I apparently tried to write with flourishes and make my letters nothing like I really wrote them. I can tell it was me, but I think they were fooled!

We always left milk and cookies for Santa (do you think he ever got tired of milk and cookies and just wanted a beer and peanuts instead?!!)  Of course, Santa had to eat it all and leave crumbs and traces of milk behind!

I love it that they each drew a picture of Santa -- 

Adam's is so skinny (he always drew skinny people for some reason) 
and notice the RED mustache and NO BEARD!

and Stephanie's is just a big head....
and hmmm,  no beard either!

I really cherish these Santa letters because the next year was the year of the...


Adam told me he wanted to ask me something ..... and led me into the garage.....

He leaned against the car, me against the washing machine.  I knew this would be a BIG QUESTION. (And, frankly, it wasn't the BIG QUESTION I thought it would be! LOL!)

Big intake of breath. Serious looks.

So, Mom, tell me the truth   (uh-oh)

Is Santa real??

OK, quick thinking here -- but I knew the only thing to do was to come clean. This kid was SERIOUS.

So I launched into the "Santa isn't a real person, but is the spirit of giving" talk. That he's fun for everyone to be excited about.  etc, etc.

Adam seemed to take all this in pretty well -- and agreed that he wouldn't let on to Stephanie.

And then he said.....

So I guess it's the same for the TOOTH FAIRY and the EASTER BUNNY too.....

All gone, in one fell swoop......

~ sharing on Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter D


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Special Santas ~ My Favorite Things

I have lots of Santas to be displayed at Christmastime, but two are very special ones.  They both belonged to a very dear aunt and I am so glad that I have them today.

  I remember this roly-poly one on display in her home every Christmas. She painted it and I remember asking why the fur on his hat was black. She said it was so that you could see it since it was right next to his beard. I guess that satisfied me, but when Noli asked the same thing she insisted that it should be white and "of course you can tell his beard from his hat!" Can you believe it -- so many years later, she asks the same question as I did!

As you can see, he has a very round tummy! He's heavy so I guess he must eat a lot of Christmas cookies! He's made of a solid plaster -- I imagine my aunt painted him back in the 40s or 50s. She would spiff him up and repaint where necessary every few years but I have left him as he was when she gave him to me. I don't want to paint over her art!

I was thrilled when she gave him to me after I had married! She knew how precious he was to me and now he brings back lovely memories of my aunt. 

This Santa, on the other hand, has been on a diet so he's not so chubby. The same aunt painted him in the 60s or early 70s and gave him to me sometime in the 80s.  At first I wasn't so wild about him but, over the years, have grown to love him. Sometimes I put Christmas cards in his bag, but lately I've let him hold some poinsettias. Maybe this year I'll put some tiny toys in his bag instead!

He has sparkly glitter on his fur, and I love his blue eyes and cute bald head! Oh yeah, questions from Noli on the bald head too!! 

And every year, Stephanie asks when I'm going to give him to her. Well, she'll just have to wait a while longer! But I'm glad she wants him, and the roly-poly Santa too... I imagine they will be passed down to Noli some day.

These two special Santas are usually the first decorations I put out -- they each have their own special place of honor  :)

This reminds me, I'd better get crackin' on the Christmas decor -- I still have all my fall/Thanksgiving pumpkins out! Nothing like being a lazy bones in the holiday decorating department!

Any other lazy bones out there? 

~ sharing at

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