You all know how much I LOVE Christmas decorating. It's like jewelry EVERYWHERE! Here are just a few pics for 2013. I now have a small sports tree of all my favorite teams.
Plus short videos of my new Shooting Star/Dripping icicles and water fountain
My favorite part of EVERY season is..........END OF YEAR CLEARANCE!!! Yup! If I do not NEED something I more than likely will not pay full price EVER. This beautiful garden statue is solid cement and 1 1/2 ft tall. I paid a measly $10. Yes......$10!!!!!!
For 2 years I have dreamed of making an outdoor room. When you have a small house and never go on vacation, you REALLY need a quiet place that you feel away from everything.
Since I am a woodsy kind of gal, I decided to clean a large, neglected and overgrown area out. I left all the outside trees surrounding it. I really feel I could pitch a tent out there and feel like I was at a wonderful campground......well, except for the sound of traffic flying down the road.
Below is my wonderful new addition to my getaway oasis. The frugal me got it for about 60% off. That is NOT the reason I purchased it, though. The style is 100% me! It also came with a grill insert. It burns wood or charcoal. For the harsh Michigan winter, it will have a place on the screened in porch with a tray of candles inside.
I have ALWAYS been conservative in my color choices. I love modern AND the country cottage look and feel. After painting my outdoor furniture the most beautiful red ever, I just had to paint the 50 year old front door the same color.
This is from my old dinette set. I saved 2 chairs and paired them with a stone topped wrought iron table outside.
The park bench had all new wood then a couple coats of paint. It will sit by the bistro set.
The bottom pic is a garden bench I grabbed for free down the road........I dry brushed it with the same paint and it looks like it was made from old barn wood. It won't be by the other pieces.......yet it will still tie in together nicely.
When all your outdoor furniture is a hodge podge.......just grab some paint! Paint can make anything make sense.......well, almost anything.
For 31 years I have worked at the same place. I have driven across the county every day.....no matter what the weather was like. In Michigan that is quite an accomplishment.
Friday will be my last day with my work family.........you see, my company has built down the road from me and they have accepted my transfer. It will be wonderful to start with new people and build some new friendships.......but it will be very hard walking out on my last day.
I finally understand what bittersweet is..................
OK......I absolutely LIVE for Christmas! The beautiful decorations, the smells and the music make me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Every year I add more and more, and I am already planning for next year!! Everyone laughs at me.....or just shake their heads.......at how nuts I go for after Christmas clearance. I am such a cheapskate!!! But nobody can deny that all my frugal shopping efforts really pay off.......
I included a video of my tree because........I really suck at photographing holiday lights.......and the video shows the true sparkle. You can never have too much glitter and sparkle at Christmas time!
Come look at life through the eye's of a middle-age woman as I try to work full time and start a tiny business. AKA expensive hobby!! :)AND deal with aging. Physically, of course, NOT mentally!
I'll be serious sometimes, but mostly I'll try to be humorous. Everyone should laugh everyday!
Once in awhile I'll ask strange questions to see, first, if anyone will answer them and second to make people think. But if nobody is reading this blog I'm sure they will just float around in cyberspace.
I am a HUGE cheapskate! I love dollar stores(yeah I said it), rummage sales and all that good stuff! My car is a 13 year old compact because I refuse to pay a car payment OR the insurance for a new one. It gets me where I have to go safely and securely with great gas mileage.
I'll also write about my furbabies, introductions below, because they are absolutely the funniest. They are also my family.
I will also post my favorite websites, cool items I find, interesting facts and things that make you say "Hmm".
And on a more serious note-PLEASE check out my other blog, Grassroots Campaign, or click on my profile.
I am trying to get inhumane animal traps banned in Michigan. NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!!
“If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” ~Betty Reese
OMG! T-O-O FUNNY!
GO AHEAD!! ACT LIKE A KID!! FEEL YOUNG AGAIN!
Play with sparklers
Go see a G rated movie~WITHOUT kids
Run through a sprinkler
Go rollerskating(not blading)
Play Cats Cradle! Remember that?
Play with bubbles
Go to the zoo
Go to a carnival
Go to a drive-in movie/diner
Really "POP" popcorn!
Buy a yo yo!
~~QUIET DOG ID TAGS-Use the round key identifiers. They come in fun colors. May have to work at it a little. But they will go on.
~~Zip tie an old insulated winter glove on your outdoor faucet to keep pipes from freezing
~~Use an over-the-door vinyl shoe organizer in the bathroom!
It holds hairspray, handtowels-anything you want in a hurry!
~~Use travel size plastic bottles to carry condiments for your lunch
~~Get a small document holder to carry maps in your car
~~Armour All works great for cleaning purses
~~TO HANG PICS ON WALLS-Put a nail half way through one end of a wood yardstick-hang picture on nail-hold up to wall where you want it-push gently so nail in yardstick makes a mark on the wall. Put a nail where the mark is and you have a perfectly placed pic-NO MEASURING-NO EXTRA NAIL HOLES!!
~~Now look what you can do with AlkaSeltzer........
Clean a toilet Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous
Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
~~To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet , simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to A boil on stove top.
~~IF YOU USE DRYER SHEETS First pull out your lint trap and run under faucet
and see if water runs through it!
If not-scrub with hot water and dishsoap with a brush. Now test it again! Quite a difference! This will reduce fire risk AND extend the life of your dryer!
~~COLD WEATHER TIPS~~
Do not go anywhere without those little air activated handwarmers sold for hunters in sporting goods stores!! Put them in coat pockets, pants pockets, gloves or even in a hat! They can last up to 8 hours. Make sure to keep some in your glovebox for emergencies!!
~~STORING JEWELRY~~ Use stackable ice cube trays. Store them in plastic boxes or a drawer. Easy to organize by style, color etc.