Dragonfly Treasure: 2014-08-17
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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wishes Floating in the Breeze


When I decided to makeover my bedroom,
the first thing I did was to pull up the carpet.
Believe me, you would have done the same thing!
Don't have too many before photos,
you know me -  when I'm done I say,
 ''Oh shoot! I didn't take pics...again!!"
I had no idea what I wanted to do,
whatever it would be had to cost $0, yes, $0.
Here's the only before photos I could find.
Without gross carpet.....
just plain but CLEAN cement


Then when Ace was giving away quarts of their new paint line,
Clarks and Kensington Interior Paint every Sat.
last year for several months 
( I had gotten enough to already paint my room)
I just started getting white.
Then I had a light bulb idea about painting the floor!
Perennial Sweet Pea Walls 
with a white floor -
sounded good to me.
If you can look close you can see 
the floor is now white.
Excuse the mess, this is where all the magic happens - or it's suppose to.
 My bed combo craft room gets blurred lines sometimes a lot of the time
and my craft table becomes a drop zone :(

After I lived with the white for about a year,
 I started thinking it needed a design of some sort.

I've always had a thing for wings,
 (yes, I know I have a thing for a lot of things!),
Hence Dragonflies, Birds, Fairies,
yes, in that order ;)

I've seen a lot of dandelions lately with their
seeds floating along the breeze. I liked that.
In fact I even made a little sign to go into a ''photo holder'' I made from a green Depression sugar lid.


Then while searching Bing 
I came across an image where
the seeds turned into birds. 
How cool is that?

I printed it out and started to make a decal
with some clear Contact paper I had.
That came to a halt quickly.
The stems of the feather like seeds were so thin,
no way could I stencil it.
Now that I had fallen for this design,
 how the heck was I going to get it on the floor!?

Freehand? heck no,
I can't draw a straight line let alone paint!
It was put on the back burner for a few days
while I dealt with more medical issues with the kids.

It spun around for a bit in my head,
then I thought of my Dad's humongous
 folder of Carbon Paper!
Thanks Dad!
There's proof right there that if you hang
onto something long enough eventually you'll need it.  
I'm not suggesting to keep a 3 inch
stack of Carbon Paper from WWII, but hey!

So I printed out the image and covered it with the clear Contact Paper so I would be able to trace over it as many times as needed without tearing through the paper.

Sorry no in progress photos, yes again!

But here are the finished photos.
The carbon paper was sandwiched between the floor and the image. I then lightly traced the image which transferred to the floor.
I used a variety of mediums to ''color'' the image in.
They do not all have the same coloring.
Different shades purples and blues were used.
I had some Martha Stewart paint pens
 I picked up on clearance
quite a while ago which I used. 
I also used Sharpies and even nail polish to get a variety of purples and blues.
T kept saying the Sharpies would bleed when I put sealer on it. Needless to say, I kept thinking ''they are indelible markers and shouldn't, right?''
You'll also notice in this photo I finally got my old
 Door Knobs turned Drawer Knobs on!
I really had no rhyme or reason when it came to placing the images. But they turned out pretty good. The Dandelions range from all purple, 
to all blue to a mixture of blue and purple.
All the birds are blue, some light, some darker.
After I had the main images done,
I thought the blank spaces around them needed something.
So I free handed (yikes) floating Dandelion Seeds in the same assorted shades of purples and blues. 
When I was done I used the left over Cement Sealer
 that I used on my "Faux Brick Walkway".

And guess what?
The Sharpies and nail polish did NOT bleed as I brushed on the sealer, but the Paint Pins DID!!!
I thought I had just ruined all the time and
effort I had put in on this project.

I dabbed up where it had bled/smeared so you couldn't see it,
then ran and found a spray bottle in which
 I poured in some sealer.
I sprayed the entire floor 3 times letting each coat
dry for an hour like the label said.

I was worried it would leave bubbles or
who knows what but it turned out pretty good!

It's been mopped several times with no issues!
I'm pleased with the way it turned out,
especially since I winged it all the way.
I just may get this room together some time in this decade yet!

And the cost? $0!!
  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE BACK NINE HOLES

THE BACK NINE HOLES 
I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL and WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED
THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND
THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES  YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!
 

AND THEN IT IS WINTER 

You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

 Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
 
But, here it is... the back nine of my life and it catches me by
surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? 

 
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. 
 
But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting gray...they move
slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.

 
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for
the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!
Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit! 

 
And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know,
that though I’m on the back nine, and I'm not sure how long it will
last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's over. 

 
A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
 
So, if you're not on the back nine yet...let me remind you, that it
will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to
accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not! 

 
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your
life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your
loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!! 

 
"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to
those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY Remember "It is  health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY IN 2014! 

LASTLY, CONSIDER THIS:

~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like
golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in
anymore, but you really do care that you aren't as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will
never wear. 
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
 
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived. 
 
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

Norman Alexander



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