Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Above: The Shaggy Bush
I try to trim my cypress topiaries in the fall at the end of the growing season. These topiaries have been replanted into larger pots, rotated and loved on enough by me. I fear they are on their last legs as they are now only green on the front and have lots of dead matter.
My Mom used to decorate the house with cardboard jack-o-lantern cutouts and a witch one, too. I had the classic orange molded pumpkin head candy container that I carried until I was 11 and my neighbor told me that was stupid and you should carrying a pillowcase was cooler 'cause you can get more stuff in one. He also told me about Santa Clause that same night and I was ruined for good! If you were a child of the 60's, them you will remember these simple cupcake decorations...that was about as magical as it got!
And those goofy tin noise makers some people would give you!
Today is too good to be true...47 this morning and now at noon, the sun is blazing and it's 72. Glorious! So, I've got my deck door open and letting in all that sweet air. It's time to get a project started.
I'll put out the Halloween decorations this weekend and have really wanted something to put in the flowerbed to go along with the season. I have a few scraps of leftover wood from previous projects and was about to spray paint them black when I remembered my slate! Last year, our church had to replace the old slate tiles after a bad hail storm and I asked the roofing company if I could have some of the tiles. It will be perfect!
I paint on a "frame" of copper paint and then carry it out to the edge of the slate.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We will also spray paint the hardware on the ceiling fan in a brushed nickel finish to flow with the rest of the room. Angie is getting a new stove and it will be smaller in size...so we need to come up with something to balance off the space that will be freed up on that wall. We will hang a larger shelf over the stove and clean up a lot of the clutter in the kitchen. Angie has promised she will go through her cabinets and donate to the poor what she has not used in three years. The goal here is to get rid of a lot of her old stuff from her younger years and "grow up" the room. I will also make some window treatments to use along with her beautiful French lace curtains.
I couldn't resist grabbing my scissors and started snipping away. A "touch of pink at the sink" always makes washing dishes and emptying the dishwasher easier chores!
Though I'm not a fan of the smell of marigolds, they sure pack a lot of colorful punch!
Ahhh! A little pampering for her highness, the patient. Hope this makes you want to go outside and see what you can bring indoors to make you smile!
Chip talks about what Patrick will now commit himself to in achieving his "Eagle" rank.
Momma puts her official "Life" pin on her Scout sash. A scout's parents receive a pin for every rank he earns. The olive/red side is for Patrick's Boy Scout achievements, the gold/blue side is for Michael's Cub Scout rankings. Michael is now a Bear Cub. Now we just need to stitch the patch to his uniform shirt!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have been recovering from surgery these past 4 days and have spent the last two organizing my digital photos on my laptop while lounging in bed. I have looked at thousands of pictures and decided some of them needed to be tossed away, created new files and categories for my art and family so that I can find them more easily. I created this collage above of me with all of my "mothers" (my mom, grandmothers, greats...you get the idea.) I think it is interesting to see the similarities in our eyes, faces, etc.
The women on my right are my mother, Mary Ellen Rich Howley, her mother, Margaret Lucille Flanagan Rich, followed by her mother, Ellen Murphy Flanagan, and finally, her mother, my great, great grandmother, Mary Donovan Murphy. To the left of my picture is my father's mother, Anna Doran Howley, her mother, Ann McCann Doran and lastly, my great grandmother Maggie Fogarty (my father's paternal grandmother.) I swapped out my photo with my sisters faces and sent them a copy of them. For my mother, I put her three daughters along with her mother and grandmother. Sure wish I had some photos of my Italian great grandmothers for this project.
Then I unearthed this cute pie...my husband in his prime...age 11? Look at that hair and smile! Hubba, hubba! Here I am in my scratchy wool uniform from St. Judes Catholic School in Atlanta. It was taken in 1969...I was in the second grade and seven years old. I can still feel the slick coating of Aqua Net to keep my cowlic from kicking up!I love this photo...my mom looks so young and refreshed! I'm sure that was a fun day getting three children under four years of age ready for a photo shoot and making sure you all look spic and span! My guess is this was taken in the late summer of 1965. My sister Ann was 3, David was 6 mos. and I would have just turned 4.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Hmmm...the top is zebra, middle polka dots and bottom oak leaves
This pretty acorn was my inspiration to gild more around here
Love my urn collection with mini pumpkins