Monday, February 23, 2009

Off Topic

Just going a little off topic with this post. My house is quiet since my son left to go back to Texas. Not that he made a lot of noise, but with one less person talking it just seems quiet, perhaps too quiet. The woes of a mom. Sometimes it is tough when the kids grow up and head out on their own. My son and I are very close and it makes it difficult for me when he leaves. I miss him dearly. But I know he has to live his own life. So with that being said, it is time to remember the little boy he was and the fine young man he has grown into. All those times I wondered if I was a 'good' mom seem so far away. I am so proud of Andrew I don't think there are enough words to describe it. A big thank you to him for being such a great son and for joining the Air Force to help defend our country!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bub's Bedroom

I found a nice combination of wallpapers for Bub's room. Here he is with Tiny Judi. He loves his new crib and can't wait to move into Nanny Hazel's house.

For the ceilings in this house I have been using tissue paper to give them some texture. Here is a view of the same room, but you can see the ceiling. The tissue paper effect is so easy and I think it looks good.

Next will be Nanny Hazel room. I have the paper combinations pick out already but since my vacation is over, I am not sure when I will be able to start her room. Check back for more updates!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Laurel

I finally managed some time with the Laurel during my vacation. A trip to Lowe's and I come home with four lovely wallpaper books for free! Can't beat that! I have really been enjoying looking through them and getting ideas. I used some of the papers for the downstairs rooms. So far I have pictures of just the livingroom. I really like how it turned out. I still need to trim it, but that will come soon.

I am really impressed with how the floor looks. Hard to believe it is wallpaper. I will get pictures of the entry room ASAP! It still needs a little work.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Fairy Name

Your fairy is called Tangle Saturnglitter
She is a trouble maker.
She lives at the bottom of tangled gardens and in hedgerows.
She is only seen in the light of a shooting star.
She wears tangled dresses of multicoloured petals. She has delicate pale pink wings like a cicada.

So I am a trouble maker huh? That seems to go along with what hubby says. Actually what he says is that trouble seems to follow me. Not sure how to take that.

Upcoming Vacation

Hurry Sunday...I need a rest. My first vacation of the new year starts next week and I have to confess I am more than ready for some time off. It seems as the economy worsen some people get a little cranky which makes working in retail difficult at times. Shoppers want more bang for their buck and I don't blame them at all. They want their hard earned money well spent and will do whatever they need to do. I am one of those shoppers. Let's remember something though. This is a rough time for a lot of people so please be kind to the ones you meet. Not only is money a little tight for you, but for them also. Just a few things to keep in mind as you shop. Hang on to that receipt. There are many many stores that will not and more importantly cannot do much to help you without that receipt. Worried about receiving one? Just politely ask your cashier. It is not just the cashiers responsibilty to give you that much need little piece of paper, but yours to ask for it. Unsure of the return/refund policy. Again, just ask. It is in your best interest to know how long you have to return a product. Another piece of advice, know your product warranty. Unsure, just ask. I try every day to make my customers' shopping experience a good one. As a customer please try and remember to show consideration to your local retail workers. We really do appreciate you coming to our stores. You are the reason we are in business. This bit of information however does not give any customer the right to be rude to retail workers. Just follow the Golden Rule. It will always lead you down the right path.

Laurel Beginnings

Well Bub is happy that I am finally starting on his house. See him there sitting so carefully on the top of the box? Wave hello to everyone Bub!

This is the front of the house. The door and bay window are not permanent yet. I am very happy with the color choices for this house.

This is a close up of the first complete window. Technically it isn't finished as I have not attached the window box. Speaking of the window boxes I am planning on filling them with more greenery as opposed to flowers. There will be some color in there but not many flowers. Bub's nanny Hazel isn't much of a floral person. She has a few flowers that she likes but prefers greenery. Bub doesn't care either way. He just wants somewhere to call his own. Patience my little Bub. You will soon have a new nursery for your things. Perhaps Nanny Hazel with stitch you some new clothes.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Today is the day. Andrew arrives this afternoon and we are ready for him. I spent a lot more at the grocery store than I usually do. No ramen noodles for him for the next two weeks.

I have made some progress on the Laurel. The window trim is complete as is the door trim. I have it partailly together using blue tape to hold it until the glue dries. The color choices I made I think are going to look fab. Blue, white and brown. Can't wait to see it all painted. As soon as the areas dry where the floors were put in, I can spackle over the slots/tabs and once that is dry sand and the paint. I am really looking forward to seeing it painted. Hubby Michial helped me with the main color. I went to Lowe's and found the perfect match. I was able to purchase an 8 ounce sample can for only 3.99. Not a bad deal. I also like to visit the custom shade department at Lowe's. The have wee samples of mini blinds for only .50 cents. This time, I didn't find any blinds, but I found some fabulous wood samples that may just be the right size for cabinet fronts or perhaps even counter top. The basis of the Laurel build is to give my baby doll Bub somewhere to live. He will live there with his nanny Hazel, who was named after my great grandmother. Bub lived in a box in here closet for many years. Finally he gets a home of his own. Stop pestering me Bub. The house will be done soon enough.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Just an update

I received the first of three packages today. They are gifts from my son Andrew. He is currently stationed at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. He is my pride and joy. He is scheduled for a visit next week and I am very excited about it. For once, I am looking forward to grocery shopping because I know he will want some home cooked meals. So, what about the package. Well, it was from Hobby Builder Supply, a favorite place of mine. The have quality products and fantastic customer service. Inside was a Primrose Kit. It is to go with the Laurel that should be arriving in the next day or so. I am hoping to make this into a house for my doll Bub and his nanny. He is currently living in Grandma Norma's house, the McKinley. He is enjoying his time there, but is also excited about the move. Don't rush things Bub. I have a busy schedule and will get going ASAP.

My bread finally got old enough to use for a bread dough batch. That just sounds odd. I mixed up a deep purple portion and also a foliage green. Beautiful little rose and some lovely leaves. Also, made up a blueberry pie. Pictures when everything is dry. I know..such a teaser.