Thursday, May 31, 2012

KARMA.......................................




I actually strongly believe in Karma.....you know the old American saying "what goes around....comes around."  Unfortunately, even though I strongly believe in this concept...often I fail in controlling my actions in a positive way.  Fear shown as anger is my downfall....as well as anger shown as an uncontrolled reaction.  I've know this about myself forever and to this day am still working on this part of my behavior.  Not proud of it...but it just is....perhaps before I meet my Maker.... I will get this figured out......I hope so.

What is your concept of Karma and what is your behavior that stands in your way of right thought and right action?

Just curious.

from me to you,
Jo

Monday, May 28, 2012

FINISHING FIRST.........................




Do you often leave things undone?  I know I have.  For most of my life I had a hard time finishing projects.  I don't know if it was because I had to have it perfect or if I was just procrastinating or if I had a slight case of ADD.  Probably the latter if I had to guess.  Anyway....when I reached my late 40's  and early 50's I made a pact with myself to not leave one unfinished project after another.

One way I managed to do this was by NOT starting a project unless I was absolutely passionate about doing it.  I find I have many interests and my thoughts can often be blown about like the wind...but if I commit to finishing just ONE THING I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT.....it makes it that much easier to finish the other projects I want to tackle.

Do any of you have ideas about keeping yourself on track and finishing......unfinished projects?  Please let us know here.

Hugs,

Jo

Photo:  Flikr 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

THE GARDEN OF EDEN.........................



Many, many years ago I purchased this painted floor cloth......I think all of you remember when they were all the rage.

At that time I decided to turn it into a work of art.....as it was much too beautiful to put on the floor and it would be destroyed if I did so.  Each time I look at it....it still gives me the same thrill as the first day it came to us....and I am so glad I decided to use it as I did.

You know.....you really can make anything into a piece of art.....if it thrills you to the core....and you spend just a little time thinking about how you can use the piece....the solution will come to you and the piece will become one of your most prized treasurers.

I know this one has become one of ours.
~~~~~
On this Memorial Day....please remember....





Hugs,

Jo
Plaque:  Pininterest....Gypsy Rose

Friday, May 25, 2012

USING WHAT IS ON HAND....SUMMER PIE........


I really don't make many pies....and I am not so sure you could really classify this as one...but here is something I whipped up from items in my fridge that I wanted to use up.


Fat free cool whip
Reduced fat sour cream
Peaches or strawberries if you have them on hand
and crumbs from the bottom of the cookie jar


Smash crumbs in a baggie......
Mis sour cream and cool whip together....to taste....as sweet....or not so sweet as you desire




Spread crumbs in the bottom of your pie plate
cover with whatever fruit you have chosen
(I had to use peaches because ...... I had them on hand.....and my soul mate cannot eat strawberries)
Cover the whole thing with cool whip/sour cream mixture......

Then top with some of the remaining cookie crumb mixture.


I might sprinkle some nuts on top before I serve this.....and I'm not sure if it will be more like a pudding rather than an actual piece of pie....but I think it will be yummy....and made completely from things in my fridge that I needed to use...and it should not be very high in calories since I used "skinny" everything except for the cookie crumbs.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jo

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PINK ELEPHANTS AND MORE...................





I am absolutely in love with all the Moroccan and Indian influences we are seeing in decorating as of late.  Since it was 108 degrees in Phoenix yesterday....I think that anyone living HERE would feel right at home with the current trend.  Since trends are short lived....I really don't spend any money changing out my decor....but I will alter some of my existing things to make them feel a little more like we are in Marrakesh (sp?)......besides anyone who knows me knows of my fondness for color and accessories.


Got out the spray paint and painted an old, old elephant plant stand that used to be an off white color.....sewed a bead square on a existing pillow........brought another pillow from another room and put it with a wonderful Indian quilt that I found while traveling.....


Used my hot glue gun and glued on an old cross to a seltzer bottle.....don't know if that has an Indian feel....but I liked the look...


Wrapped an iron lantern with great lines in lace to give it a soft diffused light....and I like how it is so unstructured.....


and last but not least hung an old gate I purchased at a flea market in Montana a few years ago......


I have a very large window in my home and it needed a little something.....the gate is distressed the softest of blue color and it reminds me that I have a gate to my wonderful world and my gardens......

Didn't spend a dime on any of these things....simply used them in a new way....
You know my motto:  "Use it up....wear it out....make it do.....or do without."   Besides it was to darn hot to do ANYTHING outside....so I fiddled around inside.

Have a wonderful day,

Jo



Sunday, May 20, 2012

HANDIWORK WHILE ON THE MOTORHOME.................




As most of you know...my beautiful soulmate and I travel in a motor home during these hot summer months.  In fact.....we will be leaving fairly soon when some unfinished repair work is completed.  Anyway.....traveling in a motor home is often hours on the road and often the roads are pretty winding and bumpy...so it is impossible to do much artwork while underway.  I read a lot but sometimes I tire of that.....so last summer I found some great lampshade forms and decided to hand stitch shades for them.


I tea stained the lace before working with it and simply stitched it together while traveling down the road.

It puts out the softest of light....and is delightful in the evening when all is quiet and we have turned in for the day.

Hugs to all,

Jo

Monday, May 14, 2012

WINNER OF MY SWEET SUMMERTIME GIVE-AWAY.......


Hi dear friends.....hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's day....I know I did.

O.K.  time to post the name of my recent give-away....unfortunately....Blogger says I have reached my photo limit...so no pics today.  I have got to figure out how to get more storage...anyway.....the winner is....
Christel
from
She is a longtime follower and does some pretty unique and wonderful creations.  Please stop in to see her if you get the chance.


I wish I could give each of you a little gift because I so much appreciate each and everyone of you who follow my little spot on the internet.


have a beautiful day,


Jo


Saturday, May 12, 2012

FROM MY GRAMA'S SOUL TO EVERY MOTHER..........



Sending all of you a beautiful Mother's Day bouquet and inviting you to join me in a little taste of something "Sweet".


Happy Mother's Day

Jo
Photo:  Mckenzie Childs

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

THE SOUL OF A DOG............................


Our Miss Sophie

Those of you who follow me know we have just adopted a new puppy......Skyler.
He's a little male Cavalier with the same color markings as our beautiful girl above.
Sophie will soon be 10 years old...so she is getting up in years for her breed.  She also has some health issues which have been addressed with surgery...but her ability to romp and run around is no longer there.

So you can only imagine how it is with this little guy's appearance in our home....


He is now 4 months old and full of it as only a puppy can be.  He chews, barks, digs, rolls over endlessly and runs around like a crazy man while playing during his day.  He so much wants to play with our older girl...but alas....it is not to be.  So like the bright girl she is Sophie has devised her own method of playing.  She simply stands still wagging her tail and barking occasionally as he runs around her in circles barking and jumping back and forth to play....it is such fun to watch both of them interacting.


Our sweet Sophie is an "old soul" I'm sure....she is so patient with this new pup it never ceases to amaze us.  While I'm pretty sure this new pup is a "new soul" as it does appear he is full of spunk and has very little  wisdom as far as I can tell.  He devours bunny "poop" by the shovel full and endlessly chews on ANYTHING HE CAN PUT IN HIS MOUTH.  I know this is typical puppy...but you must understand...Sophie did NONE OF THIS.....she didn't even bark until she was 4 years old....and we were so shocked when she did.. we couldn't believe it.
LOL


Everyday is a new and wonderful day with these guys....here is a book I'm reading...just found it in my library....I've probably had it forever...but just came across it..so appropriate for this time.




hugs,


Jo

Sunday, May 6, 2012

THE SCENTS OF SUMMER......................




We all know how fragrant Gardenias and Roses are......I have both of these in my front and back gardens.....however......this post today is about other scents in a summer garden.


This is scented rose geranium....it smells heavenly when touched or incorporated in a bouquet.....I almost lost all of it a few years ago due to a heavy, heavy freeze...but somehow it managed to survive and now has come back full force in my beds.  I always give cuttings to fellow gardeners when they stop buy as it is difficult to find here.

Rosemary


I have rosemary bushes in my yard that are at least 4 to 5 feet high......sweet Sophie and wonderful Skyler like to poke around in them looking for bunnies.  You can imagine how my beautiful dogs smell when they come in the house....yep.....just like Rosemary....my whole house is filled with the scent.

Lavender

Lavender grows really well here.  I have it in with my rose bushes and get loads and loads of blooms each year.  When the breeze kicks up in the evening....the sweet smell of lavender fills the air.....along with

Thyme

The little white flowers are thyme...it seems to thrive here along with the lavender and the 
Chives...which are in the background in the above picture.

Sitting outside when it is cool in the evening all these scents mingle and the fragrance is heavenly. 

 I usually incorporate these herbs in bouquets when bringing flowers in the house....gives them that special touch of summer......
What's growing in your summer garden?

Hugs,

Jo

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ON WISDOM............................................

"THE ART OF WISDOM IS KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND....AND WHEN TO MIND YOUR SPEECH." Don't know where I found t...