Welcome to my
Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Shares

New Halloween shares from Dover Publications



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall in the Garden...No Really I fell in the Garden.....

Garden parties this week:

Fishtail Cottage

Tootsie Time

No I didn't get hurt...
maybe my pride....
but I was by myself so that was good.

I was tugging on a Sunflower that need to be pulled.
I'd been working at it for a bit when I gave it one big heave
and I did a Jack from Jack and Jill.
Yup, head over heels!
I won tho! LOL
The Tomatoes are still producing
albeit slower.

The ones on the left are Sweet 100
on the right is a Heirloom Variety called
Black Cherry.
I picked up the plants at a Plant Sale in the Spring.

Last night T and I heard a thud thud thud...
I opened up the curtains to find a Dove banging
 it's head on the patio roof. 
It just couldn't find it's way out...
the roof isn't that big but every time it got to
an edge would turn around.

One time it hit really hard and fell to the ground.
T and I went out to check it.
Poor thing was dazed.
There was no way we could just leave it sit there,
wouldn't be safe with all the neighborhood cats around at night.
T picked it up and set it in the Silk Tree (Mimosa). 

T got the camera and snapped a few shots.
It was very calm...
or maybe I should say dazed.

It stayed for a few hours then left.

It must have gotten disoriented and confused.
But all better and back with the family


Remember this vintage picnic basket?
It was in pretty bad shape

Kinda dirty too

Here she is all made over!

Given a shabby white paint job on the inside,
blue on the inside

I had kept a birthday card my sister gave me...it had the prettiest dragonfly on it.
I knew some day I would do something with it....

I finally did!

I just snipped the sweet images and adhered them here and there.

It doesn't show up in the photo but I used a light blue paint pen to make swirls
here and there on the top.

It will be used to store my silk flowers.
They will be safe, dry and stay clean.....
sometimes very hard in this house!

I've always wanted a mannequin...
let's face it,
if you don't already have one you want one too!

When my friend Dawn heard,
the next time she visited
she brought an old adult one
for me that she had.

Thank you so much Dawn!!

I've had it for a while and using it regularly.
I've been wanting the adult to have more definition
as she is a shell.

She had a broken leg that I taped for stabilization.

I had an idea.
Didn't know if it would work,
but felt it was worth a try.

I have a pile of filling bags from garage sales.
I always pick them up when I see them
mainly because they are usually 10-50 cents.

I decided to start with an old blanket.
I shaped it to fit inside her shell and taped it in place.

Then I used the filling to fill in her legs, arms, and neck.

It was all secured with tape to hold in in place.

Once secured, I covered the back with tape.

Trimmed around the edges...

and decoupaged the whole thing with and old vintage sewing pattern I had.
I really like the different shades from where the pieces over lap,
makes it look older to me.

Now I can use it to display my latest jewelry....

or an old dress I Love....
(I know it needs to be ironed, I was in a hurry!)

Or both!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day of the Dead Images

Sharing from the latest Dover Publications Samples.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where does the time go?

'Remember yesterday and dream about tomorrow,
But you better live for today'
How quickly pass the years ...


Sunday, September 18, 2011

There are some truly wonderful people in the world!

This Story will tug on your heartstrings...

We don't know who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working
in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God


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