July 31

Love This – I Love Lucy



If I had to pick only one old-time favorite television show, it would have to be I Love Lucy.  The show ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957.  I’ve seen every episode many times, but I never grow tired of them.  Here are some I Love Lucy fun facts:

1.  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s characters’ names were originally supposed to be Lucy and Larry Lopez.

2.  Lucy Ricardo’s middle name was Esmeralda.  Ethel Mertz had three middle names during the show, Mae, Roberta and Louise.

3. Vivian Vance was only one year older than Lucille Ball. Part of her contract said that she had to stay at least twenty pounds over-weight so she would look much older than Lucy.

4. William Frawley and Vivian Vance had an adversarial relationship during the entire run of the show, but they remained professional in their performances and always had great on-air chemistry.

5.  “Little Ricky” was born on TV the same night that the real Desi Arnaz, Jr. was born (January 19, 1953).

What’s your favorite old-time show?

Daily Inspiration


I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.
Lucille Ball

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July 30

In My Studio – July 30


Here’s what’s happening in my studio…

My “Try This” posts for July have all been kits.  I didn’t finish my final kit last week, but I’ll have it ready for this Wednesday, August 1.  Above is a little peek.

Session 2 of Artful Gathering has begun.  I’m taking two classes.  I started working on one of the projects for Mixed Devotions with Cristina Zinnia Galliher.  This is my painted bottle.

Remember my crocheted potholder?  Be sure to check out all the Blogville Ladies Crochet Society members’ potholders over a Dip-Dip and The Bridge.  August’s project is an Amigurumi Beach Pebble.  Join us!

During August, I’m participating in The August Break 2012 that is sponsored by Susannah Conway.  Here’s what The August Break 2012 is all about:

How it works: you simply share one photo (or more!) each day on your blog – Monday to Friday, or every day. Or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera – DSLR, compact, Polaroid, Holga, iPhone (my choice), Instax, film or digital – with or without words – anything goes! – for the whole of August. No pressure – just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer. And to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging.

There are NO RULES, people! Just sunshine (hopefully) + a bit of fun. And lots of lovely photos to look at and new blogs to discover.

I use photos I’ve taken every day for my “Daily Inspiration” segment, but they are not always taken that day or that week.  To challenge myself for The August Break 2012, all my “Daily Inspiration” photos for August will be taken within a day or two of when they appear.  I’ll also include a line or two about the photograph.

Daily Inspiration


Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

Brendan Francis

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July 29

Closets – Linen Closet (After)


Last week, I commited to cleaning out my linen closet.  Here are the dramatic “befores” and “afters.”

Top (Before)


Top (After)

Bottom (Before)


Bottom (After) 

I never look forward to these clean-ups, but they sure feel good after I do them.

Daily Inspiration


Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin

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July 28

Shake It Up


I saw this list in the July 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine…”four ways to shake up your routine – and pocket greater happiness.”  Some nice ideas to consider if you find yourself settled in your ways.

1.  Make a new friend.  As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink.  Making new friends is a great way to break out of a rut.

2.  Upgrade your style.  Settling for the same look year after year can leave you looking and feeling tired.  Step outside your comfort zone by getting a fresh haircut or donning a colorful scarf.  It will give you a shot of confidence that brightens your entire outlook.

3.  Pursue a second career.  The profession you chose at 22 doesn’t have to last you through retirement.

4.  Adopt a tricky hobby.  Acquiring skills can soothe stress and sharpen thinking.

Daily Inspiration


Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?

Sun Tzu

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July 27

Mixed Devotions – Week 1


This week, I started Session 2 of Artful Gathering.  I’m taking two classes,  Mixed Devotions with Cristina Zinnia Galliher and Make Every Minute Count Art Doll with Cat Kerr.

I’m starting with Mixed Devotions.  We’re make three bottles…Celestial Choir, Far East Laughing Buddha and Interpretive.  The picture above is from the class website and shows what the finished bottles will look like.

I’m starting with the Far East Laughing Buddha Art Bottle. 

I began adding the base layers to my bottle…tissue paper, pieces of book paper and cheesecloth.

The next step is painting.

Daily Inspiration


Life happened because I turned the pages

Alberto Manguel

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July 26

What I Now Know – Part 4


This is the last week of my “heirloom investigation.”  The text in black is what I knew; the text in red is what I found out.  Sometimes, what you find out is a little anticlimactic.

Bunny Planter

I believe this was a planter (with a plant) that my mom received in the hospital when she was there having me.


My mom thought that sounded right.

Romper Room Mug

This was my Romper Room mug.  I loved watching Romper Room as a little girl, and this was my milk mug.

My mom’s comment when she saw this…”Boy, is that old.”  Thanks, mom.

Quilting Squares

I don’t have a clue what’s behind these.  Seems like I remember them always being around, but I’m not sure how I ended up with them.

My mom thought these were cute and kind of remembers them…but that’s it.  She was sure she did them for me.

Sometimes, what you know about your heirlooms is all there is.

Daily Inspiration


When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.

Winston Churchill

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July 25

Try This – It’s A Mystery


Try as I might to finish, I started this week’s “Try This” project too late.  So, I’ll give you a peek.  Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Daily Inspiration


One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.

Vincent T. Foss

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July 24

Love This – Favorite Notions


Here are a few of my favorite items from the Sewing Notions aisle of my local fabric store.


Rubber Brush – Our kitty, Twinkie, sleeps at the foot of our bed, so we always have a little hairy spot on an otherwise clean bed.  This rubber brush cleans up the hair and is easily washed with soap and water.

4 Pocket Wash Bag – I’ve mentioned before that laundry bags are one of my favorite things; this is a new variation.  I particularly like to use it if one or more of my “delicates” has something (like a bra closure) that can snag on another piece of clothing.  The separate compartments keep everything nice.

No-Slip Bra Strap Clips – These are clever little things.  Attach one to your bra strap and it won’t slip off your shoulder.

Daily Inspiration


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust 

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July 23

In My Studio – July 23


Here’s what I’ve been working on:

In July, my “Try This” posts are all about kits.  This past week, I stitched up a Stitch & Zip coin purse.

I did a little more finishing work on my Crazy Quilting 101 pouch.

I got together with one of my card clubs and we made these cute photo album inserts.


Photo from Stampin’ Up! website

They fit in these ingenious photo album pages from Stampin’ Up!

I also worked on my art journal.  I’m following prompts from Art Journal All Year E-Course from Red Velvet Shop.

Daily Inspiration


Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

Andre Gide

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July 22

Closets – Linen Closet (Before)


Time for another closet clean-up.  This time, I’m tackling the linen closet in my bathroom.  I couldn’t stand back far enough to get  one complete  picture of the closet, so I did “top” and “bottom.”





Next week, the dramatic “after” photos.

Daily Inspiration


Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Steve Jobs

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