Auld Lang Syne My Friends

Can this year have gone by any faster?  When time is dragging by slowly, I wish it to speed up- and now the opposite.  Goodbye 2012 and Welcome the fresh New Year 2013!

My bloggy friends, 
"Thank you for bringing laughter, wisdom, and heartfelt tears."  
Let's renew and continue to meet again in the New Year... 
Wishing a Happy, Healthy, New Year 2013 to you all.

Daniel Cartier's, "Auld Lang Syne."

Dan Fogelberg's, "Same Old Lang Syne."

My Post Op Technicolor World

My technicolor world has returned.  This world is a beautiful place.  

♥ Thank you for the support, healing thoughts, and prayers. 
You touched my heart and helped me so very much! 

There were a few hiccups pre, during, and after surgery.  but the vision is now like night and day.  It was triple image, now it's down to double vision, and I hope it will soon be good old normal single vision.  

I return for another post op visit later this week, and am hoping that my eye will heal nicely.  The dr was pleased the day after surgery, but I still couldn't see very much then, so as time passes, there should be more improvement.  If the eye improves I won't need the second surgery, at least not right now.

Uveitis is a wild one, sneaks in, wreaks havoc, is not law abiding, and doesn't care who it hurts.   There is a very good website about uveitis, it was started by parents whose daughter has the disease.  Olivia's Vision  is a UK based group and it has a lot of helpful info.

I haven't found an active group for uveitis in the US, it's probably out there, I just haven't come across it while searching the web.    Driving back to the hospital on the day after surgery, I thought  it would be great to start up such a group for the US.  Need to come up with a good slogan/name.  Suggestions?  
Soon I will be visiting your blogs and replying to comments and emails. In the meantime I hope you all have a fabulous holiday this week.  We have snow on the ground, it's mighty cold, in the teens, with more snow on the way.    Enjoy this song, it tells you how I'm feeling right now...

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I don't want much for Christmas, I only want the person reading this to be happy.

Friends are the fruitcake of life; some nutty, some sweet, some tough as nails, some dry, some heavy, and there are a few flakey ones,  some are soppy with alcohol, some are like boomerangs, and some are unexpected surprises - but mix them together and they are my friends. 


My eye surgery is today, I hope to be able to make a little post-op blog post as soon as I can.  
Thank You for all the good thoughts, prayers, positive energies, white lights, happy vibes, and warm healing messages.  They have meant so very much to me.  
Take good care, God Bless, and see you soon.  


Happy Christmas, Mr. Dickens

Mr. Dickens delivered the sentiment and priorities, but I have only this collage.  
Not a goose or a turkey in sight, yet lots of happy wishes from me to you.  
♥ Keep Christmas in your heart all the year round.     

The chocolate dipped pretzels are in the "Recipes" link, along with Chocolate Jumble, Chocolate Peppermint Bark, and a few more recipes such as rolls, stews and cakes.   The other images are from around my home and yard in years past.  My wreath on the door is in this post and in this post. 

Would you please read this post if you haven't already, and send a positive thought my way?  I want you to have the best eyesight possible, so there is also a little helpful info in there to pass along to you.

Finally, allow me to interrupt the Christmas Greeting to preach a tiny bit, with good intention,

  • Make a wonderful holiday with those you love and care about.
  • Put a gentle heart at ease, including the awkward, the lost, and frightened furry ones.  
  • Offer peace and make forgiveness a priority, it enriches your life and takes away stress.  
  • In the midst of the loud and busy preparations, consider your blessings a gift, perhaps to share.  
  • Give a thought to the goals you are hoping to achieve and how you might extend a hand to help someone else achieve their dreams.
  • You can love on a budget.  Christmas gift debt is a New Year burden.   
  • Some people aren't celebrating with joy, they are grieving losses of all kinds- jobs, relationships, health, ... and the Christmas season may be extra difficult for them.
  • With heavy hearts in Newtown, CT, we feel their shock and pain and mourn with and for them. 
  • Our troops are celebrating far from home, we honor their commitment, want their safe return.
  • Survivors of Superstorm Sandy are a long way from having their homes, businesses, schools, etc. back to normal and they need everything we all probably take for granted in our normal routines.      

There is more to add, but it would go on too long, so I step down from the soapbox to say to you,     

Now, Go and Make Your
Best Christmas Ever!!! 
Thanks Very Much 

Was it a dark and stormy night?

Oh, no, it was not a dark and stormy night.  It was a perpetual fog that descended while I slept.  Physically, the fog hasn't budged for several days.

8am, 10am, Noon, 2pm, the sky and the long skirt that hangs down are a deliberate blend of gray and white.  You can barely see what is 20 feet in front of you.  It's like trying to push aside layers of gauze that tangle around your fingers and wrists, getting heavier with each twist and turn.

The sun is shrouded and useless to burn through the cloying cover.  There are no serenades by the birds these mornings.  Squirrels are scarce; they don't zig zag through the yard or dodge traffic to cross the street.  It looks like October and not the middle of December.

If you put your hand out there's a nearly transparent double that follows you.  Wherever you reach, the twin is a hair's breath away.  Try wiping it off, go ahead, it won't stay gone.  Before you finish the gesture, the twin has laid down upon the surface once again.  Like a hamster in its wheel, you wipe, again and again, yet the foggy molecules are fingerprints that you cannot erase.

I think it's time for a good mystery movie and a bowl of popcorn or settling in a chair with a captivating book, making sure to leave the lights on and the doors double locked.

If this was less eerie it would almost feel like being a character in one of Corbin Bernsen's collection of snowglobes.  The man is a snowglobe fan(atic).  Do you have collections? Maybe a hoard of buttons or gemstones, beads, peace signs, ...?

I do like snowglobes and find it hard to resist (usually I don't resist) picking them up and giving them a swirl or a shake.  Here we are trapped inside, the fog lingers, the air is heavy and wet and we can't break free. I just don't want to live inside one.  

Good news, a couple of days after I wrote this, we have been fog-less, fog-free, no longer fog bound!

Both images are edited and from the free image site, Morgue File. 

Do You See What I See?

I've tried to edit an image of one of my favorite bowls to give you an idea of what I currently see.  I didn't do a very good job with the limitations of my eyes and the software.  No photoshop, at least not right now.

This explains part of the reason why I've been taking longer breaks from the blog.  From time to time the eyes get bad.  Back in 2010 I had eye surgery in my right eye and knock wood, my vision has been good in that eye.

However, the disease jumped from my right eye to my left, a week after surgery, the stinker, and now for the past two plus years I have it in my left eye and mildly in my right eye.  The drs call it a disease, and for over ten years I would just call it my condition.  I thought if I diminished it's stature, it would not be so bad to me.  Didn't work.

For me there is no known cause, I've had every possible test to determine the cause and to eliminate it from my body.  No go.  Some people get it for a brief period, weeks or months, and others, such as me, can have it for many years.  I first got it in 2002, so I am in my eleventh year, and never thought it would take over as it has.

The eye disease is called, "Uveitis."  You can search online and find lots of info.  There are many kinds of uveitis.  There are very few doctors trained or specialized in the disease.  I've been seen by some who never saw it first hand.  What a treat it feels to be an oddity and asked if others can come and look, too.  If I had stayed in NJ, I would have been a patient at Wills Eye in Philly.  They are one of the top eye hospitals in the country.

Uveitis can be mild or it can blind you, which I've come this .. close to several times.  The treatment causes cataracts and glaucoma.  You can have surgery for those, but glaucoma can blind you.  Uveitis is sometimes painful, but I'm tough, usually.  It often feels like someone has punched you in the face- hard and often.  Sometimes it doesn't hurt like that, but lamp light, computer light, sun light, etc. can hurt.

I am at the end of the list of eyedrops and oral meds for the glaucoma part.  I've had an implant in my right eye.  The debris and scarring inside the eyes can happen quickly.  I can go to the dr one day, have a "flare" a day or so later and be scarred.  The scarring does not go away with treatment.  I've lost bits of my iris and both pupils.

Why am I finally revealing this?  I'm weary of trying to avoid talking about it.  I rarely talk about issues with health  but I wanted to ask you guys, you know, my blog friends to keep some positive thoughts for me.  I am scheduled for surgery on my left eye on Dec. 20, next Thursday.    Plus, if anyone can be helped by me talking about it, all the better.

Slowly I slacked off on doing lots of projects, chores, errands, etc.  My get up and go just left on its own.  I hope the surgery will give me back some clarity in both eye and overall wellness.  I'm not proud to say that my energy and zest are waning due to my eyes and other things.  But, I'm not giving up.

I have lots of stuff on my desk, images on the camera card, and more to do.  Hope to be up and at 'em very soon.  I have written a couple of posts and will schedule them, but what I really want to do is some of the art and jewelry projects banging around in my brain.

If you got this far, Thanks Very Much for reading.  I hope you will say a prayer or keep a good thought for me for Dec. 20 and for healing well.  I really appreciate it.       Surgery can only take place when the eye is "quiet" so I am keeping my fingers crossed that there won't be a flare between now and the 20th.

If I don't reply to emails, this is why.  I've had to limit my computer time and everything takes much longer than it did before the uveitis got bad.  

If anyone has any kind of eye inflammation, pain, redness, sensitivity to light, or something doesn't feel just right- get to an eye dr pronto, your eyes are precious, take good care of them.

Guest Post: Antiquity Travelers

Antiquity TravelersHello and Welcome to Cynthia, the first Guest Poster here on New End Studio.  I'm happy to share her art infused post with you.   

Visit Cynthia's blog to see more beautiful jewelry inspired by her love of gemstones, history, and travel and to read the colorful, funny, and realistic stories.   Thanks, Cynthia! 

Vincent Van Gogh is an artist who had periods of visionary creativity juxtaposed with times of deep despair. Such a complex story, but then that is what this series is about. Taking certain aspects of his life and using that as creative juices.

You might recall that I mentioned having a bowl of earring 'singles.' I have this bad habit of creating only one earring because I love the creative process, and then I grow tired of duplicating my efforts. As inspiration, I've chosen Van Gogh and his rich use of color to motivate me.

Van Gogh moved to Arles, France in 1888 where he was enchanted by the local landscape and light. His works from this period are deeply influence by intensity of color and light on his subject. Yellow is a prominent color in his paintings of the wheat field series and sunflowers.  He also painted the nearby old mill and haystacks. A letter home from Vincent to his brother Theo noted of painting bunches of sunflowers on multiple panels "the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow." He worked on it from early sunrise to afternoon when he lost the light on the flowers. You can see the richness of color throughout his many paintings of flowers and landscape. 

I picked up my unfinished pair of lemon quartz dangle earrings. I love this color, but wanted to add a rich color with them as the quartz can be a little timid. I don't normally mix and match colors like this, but I was going with it, from Vincent's influence. The deep richness of the center of the sunflowers play off the yellow. That is influence for this pair that you'll find finally posted to my Etsy site!

Thanksgiving Greeting

My Thanksgiving Wish and Prayer for You 
is That You Are 
Abundantly Blessed and Enriched with 
Good Health, Peace, and Prosperity 
at Home, at Work, and Everywhere You Go.  

Thanks for making your visit here 
a bright spot in my day.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

I used vintage clip art from the Graphics Fairy to make the Thanksgiving greeting, and it's available here.  

Keep Calm and Count Your Binary Codes

Hello and happy day before Thanksgiving to all of us celebrating in the USA.  My computer has been giving me grief for the past week, intermittent usage, black screen, blue screen, freezing, you name it.  I apologize for not answering emails and visiting.  Fingers crossed that the money to fix it was well spent and that I will be using the computer on a more regular basis and also catch up with emails.  

I wonder if a person can be too old to take computer classes or do it yourself lessons on fixing their own computer.  I don't like to read the appliance and/or electronics instruction books, what about you?   Do you read the book or see what sticks?                  

Yarn Wreath with Burlap, No Glue Needed RHONYC Made Me Do It

Take one Styrofoam wreath form, start wrapping yarn around it until you are dizzy, or your hands give out, whichever comes first.  Then you keep unwinding and rewinding it to get it all nice and lined up perfectly, but realize you look like a hunched down Rumpelstiltskin working endlessly at the spinning wheel and decide to take a break.

You turn on the tv and start watching the spectacle called, "The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion"  and that's where the yarn winding starts to go really astray. There's something about yelling and threats of bodily harm that is so uncomfortable to watch.  No, wait, that's RHONJ,  Theresa and company. Anyway, you put your wreath down and walk away, but you don't change the channel because you hope they will make nice with each other and have some sense, hope springs eternal, doesn't it?

yarn wreath with burlap flower no glue needed new end studioSo you just tie the various colors of yarn together and make big lengths and wind, wind, wind around the wreath form.  That little part where it went haywire is where Ramonja and Aviva were going at it.  Can you feel sorry for any of them? Back to winding the yarn and since this is a NYC production, the colorful and the avant garde creep in to the color choices.

In the end, I used these colors because that's what I had on hand.  Down in the basement, in a big box of craft supplies where I have embroidery hoops, projects started and some waiting to commence or be framed, there is a stash of balls of yarn and crochet hooks.  I found a neck warmer/scarf in two shades of blue that I'd crocheted  long ago.  I was mildly impressed, it was nice, neat, and pretty.  If I made that scarf back then, I can learn to do it again, or as I said, "hope springs eternal."

To finish off the wreath, I cut some petal shapes from burlap, painted the edges with gold metallic paint and a little glow in the dark to see if it would actually glow at night, stacked them and placed a button in the center with a florist pin through the button holes to secure them.  The other accent is several fabric leaves, a little burlap, then a button in the center which is held in place by opening up a paper clip, cutting it in half, and pushing it through the button holes.

There was no glue used on the wreath or loop, nor would I; watching RHONYC and a hot glue gun- bad combination.  Then I made a burlap loop and tied a ribbon to hang it on the door.

Do you ever watch any tv train wrecks to distract you from the normal day to day? When I need a distraction I've usually got a cd on, and sing which makes Lucy a little on edge.  I wouldn't call my voice a train wreck, but...


Two Ingredient Angel Food and Pineapple Cake Sweet and Easy

I first mentioned this cake way back at the time of a giveaway, so this is not a new idea but it's so easy to make and yummy that I make it several times a year.   Back in that post I didn't show images, it was eaten before I realized that even with easy recipes, pictures are appreciated.  So here you go:

angel food and pineapple easy cake to make New End Studio

First Ingredient:  
1 Box of Angel Food Cake Mix- the one with the single bag inside, not the fancy two bag mix.                  
Second Ingredient:   
1 can of Crushed Pineapple, it's usually around 20 ounces and I use the one that is packed only with pineapple juice.  I don't know if other liquids such as fruit syrups would affect the baking.

  • Get Ready:  
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Spray your sheet cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  • Work It:     
  • Empty the cake mix into a deep mixing bowl and pour all of the can of pineapple on top.
  • Stir until blended, the batter will start to rise in the bowl, don't be scared lol.
  • Pour the batter into the Pammed Pan- say that 10 times fast ♥
  • Bake for around 30 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a rack.  I leave my cake in the pan and after it has completely cooled,  cover it with the lid that came with the pan or you can use whatever handy foil, etc. or just eat the whole cake right now!   No, don't do that. 

  • Optional:    
  • I brush the top of my hot cake with Confectioner's Sugar (10X Powdered), it melts and adds a nice little glaze.
  • Add chopped up drained maraschino cherries to the wet batter or flaked coconut to the dry mix.     
He's pretty excited about it!

I've never tried the cherries and don't eat coconut but they sound good and if you try, please let me know how it turned out.

So there you go, a low cholesterol, low sugar, low skill, quick, thrifty, and delicious cake ♥  
Are you going to make it? 


If you liked this recipe, check out some others by clicking the Recipe link in the sidebar or typing into the Search Bar.

Tutorials for a Mixed Media Soft Cuff Bracelet and Earrings

From paper earrings to biker style wrap bracelet, I'm interested in pearls, gemstones, and metals, too.  So why not combine the hard and the soft and make something to satisfy both sides of my mood.

Here is my take on a beautiful button inspiration from  Incomparable Buttons the company behind Button Mad, the blog.  The company offered my choice of button in exchange for making something using the buttons and writing a tutorial to share the creation.  No money was exchanged.

The buttons are handmade in South Africa, I thought how beautiful the texture and glaze was to look at as well as shiny and smooth to the touch.   These buttons are blue and brown which called out for my copper tone chain and findings.

Keep reading for directions on how to make the bracelet and earrings.

Bracelet Supply List:
Lace Trim
Grosgrain Ribbon
Incomparable Buttons
Small Fabric Scissors
Diagonal Wire Cutters
Bent Nose Pliers with Smooth Jaws
Long Nose Pliers with Smooth Jaws
Ribbon Clamps
Jump Rings
Lobster Claw Clasp
Embroidery Floss
Sewing Thread

Measure and cut the length of Lace you want to use.  I used approximately 5 inches in length.

Measure the same amount in Grosgrain ribbon.

Weave the ribbon through the Lace.  If the Lace has a repeating pattern that you like, you can use that as your guide to count the openings to weave through.

When you are done weaving the ribbon, even off the ends of both the lace and the ribbon, fold under and Insert the folded end into a Ribbon Clamp making sure it is tucked all the way in.

Click on the collage for a bigger view of the tutorial.
Use your Long Nose Pliers to squeeze the clamp down tightly, securing the lace and ribbon inside.  Do this for the other end of the Lace.  Now you have attached the ribbon clamps you can attach the chains next or sew on the buttons and beads if you prefer.

To attach the chains, measure how long you want your bracelet to be, consider do you want to make an extender or is that not necessary.  It is easy to attach an extender at a later date.  Use the Wire Cutters to cut the length of chain.  Use safety glasses or cover the chain when you are cutting it in case bits fly off, keep the furbabies eyes well away from this step.

Open a Jump Ring with the Bent Nose Pliers in one hand and the Long Nose Pliers in the other hand, or if you have 2 Bent Nose Pliers, use both.  Twist the Jump Ring Open by pulling one end towards you and one end away from you, do this gently.  Do not pull the ends directly away from each other, widely, this may distort the Jump Ring and make it not close well and tight.

Insert one Jump Ring to the loop of each Ribbon Clamp.  Place the chain link into the jump ring and close the jump ring by twisting the ends back together.  Put another Jump Ring on the end of the chain.  To the other chain, add a Jump Ring and a Lobster Claw Clasp.  Sometimes adding an additional Jump Ring of a smaller size makes managing the Clasp easier to grasp and turn.

If you haven't yet sewn the buttons and beads on the lace, do this now.  I used embroidery floss to sew the Incomparable Button on and regular sewing thread to sew on the smaller buttons and beads.  The beads could only take 3 passes of the needle and thread, but that was enough to secure and finish off with the Tailor's Knot.

I like the vintage look and keeping the underside open with chains and not lace, makes it comfortable when resting on a desk or table, driving, etc.
It's a very soft and lightweight bracelet.  

Click on the collage for a larger view.
Now for the Earrings Tutorial:

Earrings Supply List:
Two Incomparable Buttons
Two smaller buttons to coordinate
Two earring Post Back and Clutch sets
Two pieces of Chain measured to fit
Diagonal Wire Cutters
Long Nose Pliers with Smooth Jaws
Surface to work on
Additional as needed:  Paper Plate/Foil/Scrap Paper, Toothpick, Paper Towel

Measure the length of chain necessary to wrap around the outside of the earring and to dangle down as far as you want it to reach;   Cut it carefully so there are no flying bits to get in your eyes or anyone nearby.

Put an appropriate amount (small) of Glue on the back of the button and press the Post Back into the glue.

Give the glue the specified amount of time to dry as stated on your glue's packaging.  I rested my buttons in the plastic lid to dry.

Once the posts are secure, put some glue on a paper plate or other disposable paper if you don't think you can squirt directly on the button.  Take the glue/toothpick or glue tube and put an adequate, but not generous amount of glue on the outside edge of the button.

mixed media soft cuff bracelet and earrings new end studio tutorialsWorking quickly, fold one chain in half and pick it up, put the center of the chain at the top of the button and work your way around the button, pushing gently and firmly set the chain in the glue.  The bottom of the button should have two fairly even dangles of chain, if you want one chain length longer than the other, you should not fold the chain in half, make it more uneven to begin with.  Watch how you set the chain, as the links can turn at angles and not be the same all the way around the button.

Set the buttons on the edge of the lid or some other ridge to dry.  When the chain is set and dry, usually the next day, glue the smaller accent button to the front of the Incomparable button and allow to dry.

That's the end of the tutorials, I hope you enjoyed them, please let me know if you make them,  too.  Since there were 5 buttons on the card and I've used 3, I have in mind a brooch to work the other buttons into, or maybe a ring and a brooch, what do you think?

Thanks very much to Incomparable Buttons for the gift of button inspiration and to Totally Tutorials for telling its readers about the opportunities to participate in exchanges like this one.  It was great designing these pieces.    
Thanks for stopping by!

Rosy Outlook for Winter

I was on a kick using these bright acrylic paints and some paper napkins in this aceo.  The smaller strips remind me of candy wrappers and the rose is a rose, well- it's a rose.

Once I scanned the aceo I could see the texture in the napkin much clearer, so I may add something to it to embellish the rose; something lightweight as the coldpress paper will need backing if too much is laid upon it.  Maybe add a little aging to it overall?

It's a little cheery to look at with the dark and dreary winter out here in the midwest.  Last year we were fortunate to not have the usual omnipresent snow and ice for months on end.  We had some weeks with less snow and for that, I am very thankful.  Hope we get an encore this winter, no guarantees, of course..

I started this aceo last winter, and put it aside, maybe I'll finish it
before Spring, lol.

Are you looking forward to the winter or would you like a long autumn?

Banner Roundup

When I started writing the blog, I kept changing the blog banner, as I was learning new ways to make adjustments to the template and bringing in gadgets and things like that.  What a long strange road it's been!  A few years ago I had never seen a blog and now this blog is still going for a couple of years after trying three others wherein I just had no real interest in the subjects.  So, I've since stayed on course and very glad I did.

This post is just a roundup of the banners that were on the blog in the past.  I see posts regarding the old banners show up in the nRelate widget and if you were to click on those, they would say something like, "Here's a new banner I just made and I'm trying it out to see if I like it."  Except if you read that post now, you wouldn't see the banner in the header.  So, I'm going to delete most of those old posts and you can see how far I've come forward with the old banners, compared to the current banner.  And, guess what, I'm going to put the current one in the post, just in case I change it again.  lol

I do want to mention the nRelate widget, (under the post) as I had problems with the Linkwithin widget and very glad I switched to nRelate.  They have all kinds of options and choices, when I had a question, they emailed me almost immediately and everything was satisfactory.  I decided to add the widget since I saw many bloggers using the Linkwithin and nRelate serves the same purpose.

Don't laugh at my basic banners from days of old (2010)  I never said I was a technowizard and have learned a lot since then.  Although that skill would come in handy.   These are in no particular order until you see the last one which is the current one (June 2012.)  I lost photos off the hard drive, so these are the only ones I could find. They're not full size, okay you know that

Last one is the current banner header, June 2012.    I think I will keep the current one for a while.  It covers  the gamut without having to spell things out.  Thanks for bearing with me on this post.  I want to give a "Thanks" to "BannerFans" where I made most of the early banners.  I used Picnik for the others.

Edited:  Here is another banner which is about to be replaced.  I enjoyed this one for its beautiful black and white images.  The photographer is  Scott Liddell and his free photos are at the Morgue File.   
New End Studio

This was the first banner where I used free images supplied by the photographer.  It's now March 2013 and time for a change.

If you'd like a hand with your banner, send me an email, "newendstudio@gmail.com"
Also, see my Badges and Buttons post for a look at some of the buttons I've made.  Both banners and blogs can be an inexpensive but dynamic way to update your site.

ETA:  It's only October and I have changed the banner, badge, and color scheme again.  I guess it's cheaper than buying new shoes or redoing the house.  I used PicMonkey for the current set.
Since I'm transferring the button link post to a regular post link, I am bringing the comments with it:


Magic Love Crow said...
Gloria, I love seeing all of these banners! Wow, you have made a lot! I have the original one I started with. I have to admit, I love the one you have now and I love the look of your blog now too ;o)
New End Studio said...
Thanks, Stacy.I liked experimenting, but the one I have June '12 I hope to keep for a bit, anyway lol.

I did lose some when the computer crashed.

That's my blog QR Code under the circle, you can make your code too, try 
the QR Code Generator.

Random Photos

Record snow that year.
Sky from the backyard.
Sometimes we want to see who is behind the blog, their home, town, etc.  I've some random photos of present and past homes.  I will have to make time to scan more pre-digital photos into the computer to show more.  Until then:

$30.00 find on craigslist!
Torture Machine
The original toy box for #1Sweetie.
I took a sturdy cardboard box
and kept cutting the lid back
until he felt comfortable
sticking his nose in w/out the
lid coming down on his head.
Voila, covered with sticky Contac
Paper and used for many years.
Just wipe the surface clean when
gets hairy and dusty.  

This craft area has been
totally reorganized since
taking this photo.

Pretty ironing board cover.

I planted all of those shrubs!
A previous home.

Christmas 2010
Part of the kitchen window overlooking
the backyard, stove on the right.
For some reason, this photo is fuzzy.
Current home.

Moved this post and comments over when I made the button post link into a regular post link:


Magic Love Crow said...
You made me laugh with your AbLounge! LOL! Love all these pictures! Except the place where you fell and split your knees open! Ouch!!! Not fun! Have a great day ;o)
Magic Love Crow said...
Oh, your 30.00 find on craigslist, amazing! Love the toy box and good for you planting all of those shrubs! That's a lot of work!
New End Studio said...
Thanks so much, Stacy that ablounge is like a gargoyle just sitting there, daring me... I just can't throw that toybox out.