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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If My Body Were a Car........

 This is just so funny - scary how true it is!  
 (and, if it's not true yet, rest assured it will be).
If my body was a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model.   I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull...
But that's not the worst of it . 

My headlights are out of focus, and it's especially hard to see things up close.

My traction is not as graceful as it once was.
 I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.

My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins..

It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. 
  My fuel rate burns inefficiently.

But here's the worst of it ... 

Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter, Either My Radiator Leaks or My Exhaust Backfires!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fun Fall Decor ~ Easy Potpourri Pie Craft

Want an easy gift that smells wonderful and looks like it took you days to make?!
Or one that looks like you bought it a boutique gift shop?
 Look no further ~ make this potpourri pie!

What you will need:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
Pie tin (any size)
Cooking Spray
Butter knife

Mix together flour and salt, mix in enough water to
form a workable but not sticky, dough.

Spray tin with cooking spray. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
Roll out the dough into a large circle approximately 1/4" thick,
 just as you would for a regular pie.

 Line tin with the rolled out dough.
Wrap up leftover dough for later.

Cook pie crust for 30 minutes.
Let cool.

Fill cooled crust with potpourri.

Take remaining dough scraps and roll into a large circle.
Cut into strips for lattice top crust.
Dampen dough to "glue" down to already cooked crust.

Let top crust dry for 1-2 days.
Decorate pie anyway you like.

 Ideas include: fabric, ribbon, dried apples, cinnamon sticks....


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

100% Organic Wool Dryer Balls ~ Review

How many of you get tired of buying fabric softener sheets?
I know I do.
I feel it's money down the drain.

I was recently introduced to

CoolClouds Wool Dryer Balls!

I know you're saying what are those?

They are 100% Organic Wool Dryer Balls
you place along with your wet clothing in your dryer
to reduce static cling and wrinkles.
Being Hypoallergenic, Chemical Free, and Non-Toxic
makes them safe for the most sensitive skin.

They take the place of those costly dryer sheets since they are reusable!

I was really excited to try them out, keeping fingers crossed that they worked as good as I wanted them to.
 Especially with my towels. 
Fabric softener sheets seem to inhibit their absorbency, very frustrating.
And of course with wrinkles, a given.

I am very happy to report I have done my happy dance!!
My towels are soft and absorbent again! 
Static is nil as well as wrinkles on clothes.

They have saved my drying time by half, which unbelievable! 
What is amazing to me, is when I wash comforters they seems to always wind up in a ball with a large damp spot still in the center
 which requires another drying cycle.
Not with these wool dryer balls! 
The whole comfortable was dry the first time!

I added a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil when drying my sheets. 
It was heaven slipping into them.

I love that they are reusable,
which saves me money.

Love these Wool Dryer Balls!!

They come is such a great large size!

Wool Dryer Balls - 100% Organic Wool, 6 Pack XL Natural Fabric Softener, Handmade Laundry Dryer Ball Reduce Wrinkles, Static Cling, Hypoallergenic, Chemical Free, Non-Toxic Reusable (3 white+3 gray)

Product Specifications:

''Why we should start to use this wool dryer balls?? Your family will be healthier. The Organic Dryer Balls are very safe to use for your family as it is free from any chemicals or pesticides. This means there are no toxic chemicals used to coat your clothing. Using our dryer balls is a definite advantage for people with sensitive skin, allergies and for babies/toddlers. You'll save TIME and ENERGY.

 Using the Wool Dryer Balls will help you reduce drying time by 25% as each ball tumbles in your machine when put with laundry which helps to create space between your clothes so the warm air of your dryer can circulate deep inside the load to dry everything more thoroughly and efficiently, thereby saving precious electrical energy in the process. You'll save MONEY. Our Wool Dryer Balls are reusable and therefore you can buy just one pack of dryer balls which will run for months. This means you no longer need to throw away $+ per box of scented dryer sheets. And, since drying time of laundry cuts in half, it also helps you save on your electric bills. You'll soften your laundry and reduce wrinkles! 
As Our Wool Dryer balls made of 100% wool, they gently tumble through your clothing and naturally soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles in the process.'' 

Instruction For use:

● Put 3-4 pcs organic wool balls for small or medium load,and 6 pcs for large. 
●Try a few drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, etc) to get wonderful smell of your laundry. (This is optional) 
● You may notice variations in size, color and texture as they are handmade. 
● Over-drying may increase static cling, try to set shorter time or use moisture-sensitive setting to prevent static cling.

Package includes: 
● 6 x Wool Dryer Balls 
● 1 x 100% Nature Cotton bag

You can have some too!
Find them here

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a 
discounted price from CoolClouds . Regardless,I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Collage Art Coloring Pages

Click to enlarge
Print out and color ♥

Monday, May 21, 2018

Thank you for being a part of birding's biggest day.

Black-throated Mango: one of the 1,526 species seen on Global Big Day.
Photo © Juan Diego Castillo/Macaulay Library

Hi Debra,

On 5 May 2018, you helped set a birding world record. Your eBird lists joined reports from nearly 30,000 fellow eBirders, tallying 6,924 species as a global team: 2/3rds of the world's birds in 24 hours. This is a new world record for the number of bird species reported in one day. Thank you. Mark your calendar for 6 October for another Big Day—we'll be in touch with more info before long!
See full Global Big Day results here.

Importantly, this impossibly fun event also provides valuable information to help birds. eBirders gathered more than 1.6 million bird sightings on 5 May, which are now freely available to researchers, conservationists, and birders everywhere. Explore eBird sightings here, and find more birds today!

The best part is that all this fun doesn't have to only be one day a year! At eBird, every day can be Global Big Day. 365 opportunities to go out, see what you can find, and make a difference for the birds that we all care about.

Sightings from your local park or backyard garden are as valuable as those from far-flung rainforests and mountains: any bird, anywhere, anytime. If you enter a couple checklists a month now, how about one per week? If you enter a list weekly, can you do one list a day? How high can you get your 'checklist streak' on eBird's home page!?  Use eBird Mobileto make entering sightings as easy as can be, and Merlin to help with bird ID.

One checklist at a time, let’s have some fun and make it count. Thank you for all that you do as an eBirder.

ChrisBrianMarshall, and Ian—for Team eBird

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Armed Guards in School ~ WW

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!

Yes, I jumped on the Flip Flop Bandwagon!
I usually don't like to follow trends, but these were just too darn cute and brought back the good memories of living in Miami.

I'm on a mission of using what I have to try to thin out supplies, at least some!

I grabbed a green foam wreath base I've had for - oh maybe 5 yrs I'm ashamed to say. But when I saw it at a yard sale for 10 cents, what are ya gonna do?!

I wrapped it in pink ribbon in case the form happened to show through.
It brings to mind the movie "Tangled" but in a different plot twist - like that pun?

I shuffled my flip flops back and forth, placing the matching mates directly across from each other, until I was pleased with the patterns.
3 pairs were hot glued in place for the first row.
Another reason for the ribbon ~ I could use hot glue between the flip flop bottoms and ribbon without worrying it would melt the styrofoam wreath base.

Next the top row of 3 pairs were glued onto the first row. They were glued in the open spaces between the bottom ones ~ to fill in.

Then the fun part ~ embellishing!
I had some sparklies I used to bling them up a bit

I had picked up a couple pairs of sunglasses for Izzy and Brand for the next time they're here...gonna have to replace those!
Added some ribbon too.

Then the thing that had been circling my mind the whole time - 
my "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" sign I picked up at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville in Key West!

Flipped it over and tied a string for hanging.
Real high tech, can't you tell? LOL

And out to the front door it goes!

I love it!
It was easy, fun and cheap!
If I didn't have it,
 it came from the Dollar Tree,
of course!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Seashore Coloring Pages

Print out 
Color away your stress

Monday, May 7, 2018

Scatter Kindness ~ #sktrkndns ~ WW

Started hiding last week, 
will continue through this week. 

A local Kindness Rock Group

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fold Out Ironing Board Transformation

Growing up Dad had this cabinet hanging in his shop with small tools, 
products, etc. in it.  I always loved those little shelves.

I always thought it was just another cabinet he had picked up along
 the way that he made into storage.  Being a carpenter, he was always bringing home odds and ends.

When we cleaned out the farm I asked my sister if I could have the cabinet. Of course, she said yes. I thought it would make a perfect Spice Cabinet.
It was made to be inset into the wall. I knew exactly where I wanted it to go. Since I have so few cabinets in my kitchen freeing one up from all those spices would be a great relief.

That's when she told me it was originally a fold out ironing board that came with the house and that Mom and Dad had removed it. I then noticed the burnt area down by air vents - that I had never payed attention to before. Not sure what the story was there, but understand now why it was removed.

I sanded it lightly and gave the outside a fresh coat of semi-gloss white paint.

I didn't want the door to be plain white on the inside, so I decided to paint it with chalk paint. I thought it could be a shopping list of spices I was running low on.

While the chalkboard paint was drying I covered the blue background inside with Krylon Hyacinth.

Once all was completely dry I conditioned the chalkboard paint by covering it in chalk

Then wiping it off with a dry cloth.

Ready for list

I had always wanted it to be inset into the wall, but after waiting 10+ years for someone with more know how to do it, I decided to just hang it on the wall.
I painted the sides the same green as the walls so they would blend in.

All spices transferred over with room to spare!
2 rows on each shelf in alphabetical order even!

Love it!

Final touch, my Dragonfly painting

So glad this is finally done. 
I am more than pleased with the outcome, 
especially with one less thing in the attic!


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