I Wanna Be a Star

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I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night, and I decided I am going to be on that show. I am currently weighing the pros and cons. Cons: Bloody, painful feet. They show the stars with their feet covered in blisters and band-aids when they take off their pretty dancing shoes. It takes me a while to learn things (can you say kickboxing?) especially the older I get. You have very little time to learn these complex routines, and I wouldn't want Maksim screaming at me like he does the … [Read more...]

Under pressure

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I'm so happy to be starting a new week! Last week was full of stress and pressure. First my hubby was out of town which always adds more to my to do list. Next I had two commissioned pieces that had to be finished and were proving more complicated than I thought. Most stressful though was my daughter having cheer tryouts.  She really, really wanted to make cheer and cheer clinic was on Monday with tryouts on Tuesday. She had worked really hard to prepare, and I prayed it would go well for … [Read more...]

Charming Charlie


So far, I have told you Gracie's story and LuLu's story. Well, we have one little white dog left: Charlie. After having Gracie and Lulu, I thought we were done -- as far as dogs go. My daughter and I (before Topher got involved also) volunteer at the humane society.  One day when we were working, we passed a kennel with the tiniest, snow white, 5 month old, fluff ball inside, jumping insanely and barking unbelievably loud for a dog that size. … [Read more...]

Kickboxing Queen (And the Wallpaper Lined Bookshelf)

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I need to go to the gym.  It's been months since I have been there, and my body is looking sad. I think I would enjoy a class but the last time I did, terrible, bad things happened. Once upon a time, I decided to take a kickboxing class. I had a Tae Bo video, and I frequently did that 20 minute video like a golden gloves champ, so how different could an organized class be?  For starters ... this 60 minute class more than doubled my workout time. So, I walk into the class, and I notice … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue (My Turquoise Chandelier )


Remember the turquoise chandelier redo that I did a few weeks ago? It sat around here for weeks and my hubby kept asking when I was going to list it for sale. I just couldn't decide what I wanted for it and I really just didn't want to let it go. So I didn't. It is now hanging in my kitchen! It was horrible for poor Topher to get that heavy thing up the ladder and hang it that high, but he was a trooper and did a great job. I love it. For everyone who has asked I the color I used … [Read more...]

Dancing Psychic Doctors

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Well, Fall is here and all of the networks have started their new TV lineups. I want to start watching some new ones, but I don't want to waste my time on sucky shows. I thought I would share with you some of my favorites, and you can see what my taste is and maybe you can share some of your favorites with me. 1. So You Think You Can Dance. I love this show! I want my body to do what some of these dancers can do. I also want my body to look like theirs do, but that's probably not going to … [Read more...]

Sticky Situation

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I would love to tell you that every project that I work on goes like clockwork. That I never have problems, and I always know what I'm doing. I could tell you that ... but that would make me a pants-on-fire, nose-growing liar. On almost every project I do, something goes wrong, and I have to try to figure out how to fix it. Whether the paint comes out clumpy, or the color isn't what I thought it would be, or the paint just won't stick, something always goes wonky. … [Read more...]

Easy as Pie Pumpkins!

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Cute, festive pumpkins sit on every porch in my neighborhood, and I was having a little pumpkin envy. I took care of that yesterday. I found two white pumpkins -- one was a little scarred up, but it was the best I could do since all the others were lopsided, not white, or warty (who wants a warty pumpkin?) . They seemed a bit boring, so I decided to spice them up a bit (get it? spicing up my pumpkins?). I dug out my leftover garage sale stickers and my daughter and I stuck them all over, … [Read more...]