Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lessons From Mama - Block #2

Yesterday, I picked up the December kit for the "Lessons from Mama" BOM. I came straight home and cut out the pieces for the block. Then, this morning, I sewed them together...and it's done!! Yay! I'm really trying to complete each block when I receive the kit so that it will be complete at the end of the year. I'm implementing new habits!! So far, so good! The picture is dark (going to have to learn about lighting and taking pictures!!)...the color of the stars are a pretty cranberry-ish color. The block measures 18-1/2".

Friday, December 19, 2008

TAG! I'm It!!

My friend, Laura, tagged me to share about the 6th photo in my 6th folder! I was a little worried at first, because I don't have 6 folders of photos!! The computer I use belongs to my son, who now uses a Mac Book and has no current need for a desktop unit. He has loads of photos neatly arranged in folders on the computer, and I was afraid that folder #6 would be one of his. But it's one of MINE!! Yay! So, without further ado, here is the 6th photo in folder #6! This photo was taken on May 12, 2007 on the occasion of my son's graduation from Hillsdale College. He is holding his niece (my sweet granddaughter), Allyson. Hard to believe that Jacob graduated college almost 2 years ago! He is now teaching high school Latin and Humanities at a private school in St. Louis.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Little Bit of Nostalgia

While cleaning out the linen closet last week, I came upon this old pillowcase from my childhood! I received this pillowcase as a Christmas gift from my brother when we were both in grade school. Craig has always been a talented artist, much like our Dad, and this is evidence of his early start. He used a set of those ball-point paints (something "new" at the time) to create the image, and if memory serves me well, he also made several other sets of pillowcases that year, for our grandparents, as gifts.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Paid to Shop!

I was paid to shop today! I was paid $11.02 for buying the items in the photo!! I received 1 box of Rice Krispies, 1 bottle of Arm & Hammer Laundry detergent, 4 bags of Hershey's holiday chocolates (in various flavors), 4 Hershey's candy bars, 3 toothbrushes, 8 rolls of Scotch brand tape, 2 Johnson & Johnson First Aid kits, 1 package of Cascade dishwasher soap, and a roll of Reynold's Wrap! My total at the store, after coupons, was $1.68, but I will get another $12.70 in rebates, resulting in the $11.02 overage! Did I mention that I had $41.37 in coupons...making my store purchase $43.05 before coupons and rebates! Another "Cyndi" for sure!! I am a long time coupon shopper and rebater, and I so enjoy finding the bargains, especially the ones that "pay"!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Removing Wallpaper

Yesterday, I began the process of removing the old wallpaper from the master bedroom closet. We already went through this process for the master bedroom, itself, when we moved in, but did not have time to do the closet. So the closet has sat empty (well, sort of...it had become a "collect-all" for various odds and ends!!), waiting to be finished. There were only 2 layers of wallpaper in the closet! The top layer, the oh-so-pretty green, was applied in the late 1970's or early 1980's. The second layer, the lighter color on the plaster wall, was probably original to the house. As I remove the old paper, I am finding an occasional horse hair from the paste used to apply the wallpaper! There are a few minor cracks in the plaster that my husband will repair, and then I will apply the new wallpaper. It will be soooooo nice to have my clothes back in the closet!! They have been resting on racks in the bedroom since we moved in!!!