Category Archives: My Old Life

My Life before my Husband Ed passed away.

Wow! Its been forever!

Well, sorry about that!

Remember how I said that 2012 was going really well?  About a week later that all went to hell in a hand basket.  I can’t really talk about why because the other parties involved have asked me not to but I have quit driving for now and I am staying home for the foreseeable future.  The silver lining in all of this is that I am able to take care of the house, try all kinds of new recipes and once the house is super cleaned, I will have tons of time for Pinterest projects!!!!!

But I wanted to let you in on the big secret!!

I got my motorcycle permit!!  AND a motorcycle… or 2!!   I want to show you my bikes!

First here is Ed’s Bike  “Brutus”


It is a Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic.

And here is my “practice bike”


It is a Honda Shadow 600  And he needs a name… This bike is so fun to ride, I think he will become a permanent  part of the family!

But here is my little sweet heart!  Her name is Penelope Mae


and with her sidecar…


And with her trailer


We have gone on several rides and today we took our second 100+ mile ride.  On one of our short rides we went mountain climbing!!


And the ride today,

Well that is what I have been up to, what’s been keeping me busy and I have got to tell you, that 100 miles today really kicked my butt today so I am off to bed… I have so much to share with you so I will be back soon!!

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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in My Old Life


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When I started this blog Ed said “Just don’t talk about me!”  I said “OK”

He said something funny.  I wrote it down (Ok so I typed it into my iPhone while laughing)

He said something else funny.  I typed it in again and he caught me.

He said “What are you doing?”  I said “I am going to use that on my blog”.  He said nothing, just shook his head.

I took his picture, turned it into an icon and showed it to him with several others.

I said “Which one do you like best?”  He said “Why”

“Because I am going to use it on my blog in a section I am going to call Quotes From Ed.  OK?”

He said “That one is ok.” while shaking his head.




Every once in a while, when I haven’t come up with, or, don’t have another post ready, you will hear wisdom from my husband.

Today’s quote is:

The man of my dreams

“You can’t fix stupid, but, you can numb it with a 2×4!”

Because we are working on a project with 2×4’s (Yes, I am taking Pictures!  LOL) and, we have  run into some pretty stupid people lately.
I hope you are all,
Laughing, Learning, Loving and Creating!!

Quotes from Ed

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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in My Old Life


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OK… I know that a lot of you have probably already seen this Pin on Pinterest but a friend of Ed’s just posted this and he pointed it out to me. Let me tell you its a good thing I was sitting down!  This is the perfect example of something that I would have noticed and asked in my ever irreverent way, with as much sarcasm as I could manage!  So, of course, I just had to share it with all 3 of you that read this!


Made Me LOL

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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in My Old Life


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Silver Box to Jewelry Display

Silver Box to Jewelry Display

At the beginning of March, we were home for about 10 days. We took an over night trip to Texas and then spent 3 days in Little Rock. Both of these trips are very directly related to that little bit of I can’t tell you yet from the last post. I am waiting to complete a really big personal step before I tell some very important people what I have been up to, and then I will tell the rest of the world. It is nothing earth shattering and most people won’t give a flip but it is important to me to finish this before I make a big deal out of it. So If you know what we were up to… Shhhhhh! LOL

On our way home from Little Rock, I convinced Ed to stop and the Habitat for Humanity Restore! Now, I am not lucky enough to have come across this store on a day when a contractor went out of business or a big old house was being renovated, or anything cool like that, but I did come across a couple of things that I thought had potential. The best of those items was this old sliver box. It was in rough shape, but hey, for $3 I could fix that!

I started out by ripping out the red lining. Someone had already started this for me.

As far as cleaning this puppy, I used vinegar to start out with. Then I saw what I thought was mold and just to be on the safe side I wiped it down with some bleach water. Wellllll… I’m not completely chem free… yet…

Of course as I was working and turning the box this way and that and scrubbing and scouring…the bottom fell out. Well crap…. sigh… oh well… I can fix that!

As it was sitting there drying and I am thinking about how to replace the bottom, a pin from Pinterest came to mind, and I thought “What if I…” I love those moments don’t you?

So I spray painted the poor old box.  I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of that part of this whole thing. It may have something to do with my really truly amazingly poor spray painting ability. I really am lousy at it, but I think it turned out OK.  There are runs and bits where I didn”t exactly sand enough, and the paint beaded up on me, but I was going to distress it anyway. Come to find out if you suck at spray painting you don’t have much work to do when it comes to distressing! Who knew?

But anyway!

Off to the Big Blue hardware store I went, found what I was looking for right off the bat (it tunes out if you ask one of those people in the blue vests for what you are looking for, they usually take you right to it!! Who knew?) and home I came with my “radiator” cover sheet.

Lay the sheet down, place the box on top to measure, mark, cut, (Ed found me some old garden sheers) staple and there ya go.

OK. Here I must apologize. The floor in my craft room is hideous. Absolutely the most disgusting Indoor/outdoor “carpet” you could ever imagine. There is a long story as to why it is still here and maybe someday I will tell you but lets just say that soon this carpet is going to be gone and I am just going to have the bare concrete slab that is underneath. Why you might ask? Because soon we are going to start on the great Studio Re-Do Project. And when I say soon that means some time in the next 2 years or so. I still have a lot of thinking and designing to do, but I just don’t know how much longer I can stand this grossness in my space!

But back to the Box…

I picked up some material and picked out my combination and using some spray adhesive (Have you heard of this stuff? Its glue in a hair spray can!! Its amazing! Who knew? 😀 ) I attached the material to some foam board and inserted it into the top of the silver box.

Hummm now comes the part that had me scratching my head. Then my Mum comes along to check on my progress and sees me sitting there with a dumb look on my face. I told her I was trying to figure out how to make hooks to hang my necklaces from.  She just looked at me and said…



Gawd my Mum is so smart!! I pulled out some of the “T” pins I had and voila!

In this Photo you can really see how bad I am at spray painting! but like I said… it gives it that aged look… LOL

And here you have it! My reclaimed, Up-cycled, New Old Jewelry Display Case!


$4.83 for Material

$1.97 for foam board

$26.98 for sheet metal

Total $8.45 for About 1/4 of all materials used for this project

$3.00 for box

$4.89 for spray paint

Grand Total:

$16.34 and 1 afternoon!!

I kinda like it!  It isn’t big enough for all of my jewelry, but that just gives me more chances to try new things! Also, the foam board isn’t attached so I can pull it out and change out the colors any time! So what do you think?  Do you have any spray painting tips for me? How about the post it self? It is my first “Look what I did” post. How did I do? To many photos? Not enough?  (is my insecurity showing again?) Drop me a comment and let me know what you think!


Posted by on April 20, 2012 in My Old Life


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I love my bartender!

Oh no!!! Honey!  I havent had a drink all day long and it’s almost 10pm!

I say in Faux amazement, in the hopes that hubby will mix me a drink.

5 minutes later…

Now thats a glass of champagne

Is that what I think that is?

I say in amazement

Its Asti

Says the most amazing bartender in the world!

Just in cause you missed how wonderful my hubby is…  Today we went shopping.  4 Hours of shopping!  We had a blast!!  We went to the Health Food Store and found all kinds of fun stuff, We went to the Dream Shop or Honda of Russellville as most people call it then off to the Dollar General!

When we got home I realized How amazingly out of control my studio is.  I knew it was bad but My God!  You are not going to believe it when you see the before and after pictures in the next few days.  I am still working on getting the 2011 year in review post out of ever note.  I have tried putting it into Word then onto the blog… Still no luck… I have a few things I am going to try tonight but I just wanted to shout from the roof tops that…

I love my bartender!!

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in My Old Life



Ok… I am sorry about all of the Facebook notifications but I am still learning here and something weird just happened that could really suck. I started using Evernote to write my posts thinking I could sync them up with my lap top when we are home and just cut and paste them over to WordPress but it didn’t post right. Took that one down then tried to paste the html code that I had copied and here is a shock… that didn’t work either. Now if this post works and displays correctly I may cry. Trying to find a way to post either from my phone or from my laptop is becoming more of a pain in the ass than I expected!!!



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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in My Old Life


I haven’t Blog Faded so soon!

Hey All!!

We are back home again and I just wanted to pop in and say Hi!  I haven’t forgotten about the blog!  I have actually been working on several posts and planning some new projects!  I am in the middle of this project now but I need to try it again to see if I can get my oven to work with me instead of against me.  Sigh…. Oh well I am having a blast making things and planning projects and even… dum dum dum….. cleaning out my studio in preparation for a massive make over!!! (O.K. … and because it became so dang stuffed with stuff that I couldn’t move or hear myself think in that room!!!)  I even dug out my big camera!!

The first post that I am going to get to you is all about my life in 2011 and I think the Photo I am adding tells the worst of it but not the whole thing… Once my phone finishes syncing with Evernote I will get that post to you… O.K. … maybe it will be tomorrow or the next day but It is on the way… really!!!

It sure do!


Posted by on April 12, 2012 in My Old Life

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