Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Duke here . . .

I sure had a good time at Christmas!

First of all, while Mommy was at work on Christmas Eve,
 I found my present from Aunt Mary, and ATE it!
 It was two big bones! It was sooo good, but it was sooo good
 that I ate the wrappers too! I also opened one of Mommy's presents,
 but it wasn't anything to eat, so I left the rest of them.
When we opened our presents, I had such fun
shredding all the paper and boxes!
I was tired after helping open all the gifts.
Happy New Year!
The Duke

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Finally ready to start blogging again. Duke and I moved on November 12th
into our new place here, and I hope to share some of my decorating efforts (when I get some time to do them). Duke has settled in very nicely. He very much likes this place all on one floor where he can get to me easily, and doesn't need to sit by the stairs and howl. This is the first time in many years that I have lived with just one dog, and we are planning to keep it that way for awhile. Duke turned 11 on December 4th - he is quite the senior white-faced gentleman, but can still steal goodies off the kitchen counter.
This ceramic tree (made by my late mother-in-law about 44 years ago) and a wreath on the door are the extent of my Christmas decorations this year. I have had cataract surgery since we moved, on both eyes, the second one was done 9 days ago. Still blurry, and still putting in tons of eyedrops, but coming along. My vision has improved greatly. The surgery was so easy - only took 10 minutes - but the eyedrops!! Don't get me started.
Anyway, my new craft closet is all organized and I want to share!

I took the tiny second bedroom and made a craft closet!
The brown bins hold all my finished etsy stuff.
All my fabric is color-sorted. I am just so organized!
I know exactly what I have and exactly where it is!
(for the first time in many years!)

More stuff in the pull-out drawers.
Paints, brushes, teddy bear stuff, stencils, glue guns, glitter, soap making supplies, sewing notions, buttons, scrap fabric, you know, Stuff!

Across from the shelves are . . . shelves!
More sewing stuff and patterns.
The white cabinet with narrow drawers holds all my scrapbooking stuff.
(How many times have I said "stuff"?)
Behind the door - all my ribbons and trims.
Even the beads are organized!
So I exhaustedly leave you with best wishes for a Merry Christmas
 and a Happy New Year.
Love, Linda and Duke

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Almost Moving Day

Goodbye to the summer
Goodbye to the sun
Goodbye to the leaves and the flowers

Goodbye to my house


Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Shabby Stars and Hearts

New Shabby Stars and Hearts
Now available in my Etsy Store
Gift Ideas for Christmas!

On the remodeling note:
The trailer is all painted white inside, photos coming!
Love, Linda

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My New House Is . . .

a Trailer! or Mobile Home!
(It's not mobile though)
Two bedrooms, one bath, living room, eat in kitchen.
The park is nice.
The yard is nice.
The trees/landscaping is nice.
The outside is well-kept.
The inside is EERRRRK!
Pretty awful!

So, I got a really good price for a fixer-upper.
You are invited on this journey as I
fix it up!

Before photos!
 Yow! Red floor! This jutting-out piece is called a "tip-out" in the living room.
(I'm learning trailer-ease)

 The plastic blinds are already gone - the walls are going to be "Swiss Coffee"
an off-white.
 Next is the kitchen - I'mmmm, going to need a microwave
mine is built-in.

 That cabinet at the end is coming out - my baker's rack is going there.
The tall cabinet is staying . . . for now.
 Yow! red walls in the dining end of the kitchen! I see many coats of paint
in my future.
 This floor is peel and stick . . . wood grained vinyl
Washer and dryer is in the bathroom . . . for now.
Duke is checking out the bathroom - the good thing:
somebody really cleaned!
The whole place smelled like Ajax!
Bedroom is an awful color with nasty carpet
Enough said
The best part of all . . .
NO mortgage!

Love, Linda