Sunday, March 7, 2021


Friday I came home from work and there were three boys riding four wheelers in the empty lot next to my house. They were riding through that lot and into the back lot of the doctor's office that is behind me. They had already created a nice muddy track. Now I hate to be a spoilsport but I couldn't help myself. I called the doctor's office to let them know. Shortly after a couple of the women from the doctor's office came out and asked the boys not to ride there anymore. You can see the track they created about the middle of the picture below.

 For the next hour or so they rode straight up and down in the empty lot.The father knew they were riding their as a matter of fact I even saw him talking to them at one point through the from the door. I honestly don't understand why he let them do this on property that wasn't his own. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021


I decided to try a new mask pattern. I can't remember the name of the website that I got the pattern from otherwise I would share it here. Anyway I started to make this according to the directions but it got to a point where the fabric was too thick to go through my machine. I had to make a few adjustments and do this my way and it came out pretty good. This of course is the mask folded in half . pay no attention to the bad hair. I am way overdue for a haircut and it's always in a ponytail now because it looks so horrible.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

 So yesterday I said that the building with the decorated window was empty. Years ago there used to be a little store there. It closed shortly after I moved here and there was never anything else in there. It looks like there may be apartments above it but I'm not positive. I assumed that the building has been empty all this time but I found out that someone is actually living there. 

Aside from that I have nothing to blog about today. I might have some pictures on my phone that I could use but it's nearly dead and charging. So for today I will just make this short and sweet.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Window dressing

Before I get in to todays post I just want to say that the fox in yesterdays post was totally unrelated. The radio station I was listening to was BOB FM. 

Now on with the post of the day.

There is this building down the street from me that's been empty for quite some time. Recently somebody started doing window displays for different holidays. I meant to get pictures of their Christmas one and never got to it but I did get pictures the other day of their Saint Patrick's Day window 

I love the little leprechaun gnome is this last one

Tuesday, March 2, 2021


  • Yesterday was my day off. I always enjoy those no matter what I do
  • Yesterday it was cold, gloomy and there were a few stray snowflakes. I still enjoyed the day.
  • Yesterday my post published late. Even though I scheduled it the night before and it said in my blogger app that it was published it didn't show up on the blog. I hope that doesn't happen again today.
  • Yesterday I decided to go to Hobby Lobby. I didn't find much that I wanted to buy.
  • Yesterday in the car, I turned on the radio and the first thing I heard was and R.E.M. song. The only words that mattered to me were "This one goes out to the one I love. This one goes out to the one I left behind" I took that as a message from Wade since I was listening to his favorite radio station.

Monday, March 1, 2021

The dog walker

You may recall a recent post of mine about the man who walks his dog up my street and lets his dog go in people's yards and doesn't clean up after it. After discovering that the man was actually a Borough council member, I posted it on Facebook. His wife left several comments stating that she knows for a fact that her husband always cleans up after the dog. Blog pal  Lin jumped to my defense and said that maybe if she were to talk to her husband about cleaning up then problem solved. The wife continued to defend her husband and said that she would like to see a video of him not cleaning up after the dog. Well after that post on Facebook the man stopped walking his dog on my street. I heard from a friend who works at the Borough office that they had a complaint about him again. Apparently he changed his route but he didn't change his habits. He's still not cleaning up after the dog.
As long as we're on the subject of dog walking, since yesterday was such a beautiful day I took Gibbs out for a walk when I got home from work. And yes, I had my little blue poop bags and I cleaned up after him every time he did his business.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

This annoys me


Ok so there's a lot that annoys me lately but this is one thing. While scrolling through Facebook I see the above item. 45 immature Home Décor Mistakes. Out of sheer boredom I clicked on it to see what they though were the mistakes. 

Just who does the writer of this article think they are that they can tell someone their décor choices are immature. Decorating should be done to suit your own personal taste. Sometimes decorating has to be done on the cheap. If all you can afford is plastic drawers then so be it.

  • They said chevron was so overdone that it's an unacceptable pattern
  • Don't use the phrase "live, laugh, love" because it's been over used far too much
  • Posters are a big no unless you are high school or college age. After that they just show how immature you are
  • If you're over 20 plastic drawers should be donated or used in the garage because a house should be plastic free
  • Apparently anything from Ikea should only be bought if you are furnishing and decorating a first apartment and can't afford anything else.
  • Choosing too many colors was out too because you might cause yourself or your guests anxiety from all that color. 
After that I just couldn't go on. If you like a ton of different colors splashed around a room then go for it. If you love a chevron pattern then use it. What all these so called experts fail to see is that not everyone shares their sense of style. We all like what we like and shouldn't be shamed for liking it.                                            

Saturday, February 27, 2021

another version

I recently showed you a sign that I had made and I also posted it on Facebook. This was the sign.
After seeing it on Facebook my niece sent me a text message asking if I would make one for her mom. She asked if I could do it without the flowers because she didn't think the flowers were really her mom's Style. Not a problem.
I ended up not being able to find the same wood piece so instead I used a small bamboo cutting board that I bought at Dollar Tree. Instead of the flowers I added a cardinal 
I mailed this out to her on Monday and believe it or not she actually got it on Tuesday

Friday, February 26, 2021

a unicorn donut

I was frying donuts at work the other morning and noticed a very special one right there in the middle of them.

It made me think of a unicorn

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Simply amazing

This was on the front page of the Erie Times News on Tuesday.

This cardinal is half male and half female. Simply amazing.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Temporarily closed for napping.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Monday morning

Normally I get paid on Thursday. Last week however, our checks didn't arrive. When the boss tracked the package he discovered they were in Tennessee. They never arrived until Friday late afternoon and I never got my check until Sunday morning. I suppose I could have waited until I got my next check to go to the bank but I decided to go deposit it on Monday morning. Imagine my surprise when there was already three other cars there ahead of me.
Since it was a rainy and gloomy kind of day I spent the rest of it napping and lounging

Monday, February 22, 2021

Just peachy

A rather simple cake order. Peach flowers and peach border. Peachy keen.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Another week begins

Time flies so quickly. One week rolls into the next in a blink of an eye. I have nothing to talk about so I made a black and white collage of Gibbs 

I hope everyone is starting their week off with a smile.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

multi-purpose employee

My official title at work is bakery manager but my duties go way beyond the bakery department. One of my jobs is to interview prospective new employees. Earlier this week I interviewed a woman and her son. The first interview was the mother. She informed me that her son was special needs and the only reason she was applying was to help get him in the door. She went on to tell me that she was willing to work for free just to get him a job. We ended up hiring both of them and while she doesn't start until tomorrow he started on Tuesday. I have never seen anyone so excited to be working. Telling him that he got the job gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. His enthusiasm and determination are heart warming. I'm rooting for him to succeed.

Friday, February 19, 2021

a gift to myself

Call me crazy but coffee just tastes better when it's in a pretty mug. My favorite mugs are The Pioneer Woman ones. When I was at Walmart on Valentine's Day I happened to spot one that I thought was extra pretty so I bought myself a little gift

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sitting pretty

In the evenings when I sit and watch TV this is how Gibbs will sit and stare at me

Some of you asked yesterday what Gibbs thinks of the snow. He doesn't mind it so much but when it's this cold he doesn't stay out too long. He prefers to be curled up in a warm blanket just like I do.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

cold and snow

There certainly is no shortage of snow or cold temperatures these days. We have our share of it here in Northwestern Pennsylvania. It started snowing on Monday on and off all day long. When I woke up Tuesday morning we had several inches on the ground and it was wet and heavy and crunchy. It's snowed on and off again all day on Tuesday and who knows how much we'll end up with by the time this is all over 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Selling what you make

 A lot of people have asked me when I'm going to open an Etsy store. The answer is probably never. First of all I think that crafting for profit takes the fun out of it for me. It makes it more of a job. Second, there are just too many things to concern myself with to make sure I'm not breaking any laws.

That brings me to something that I'm finding very disgusting. The amount of people who sell things using copywrite material is just unbelievable. Why do so many people think that it's acceptable to sell an item using an image that belongs to someone else? Go to Etsy and search for Disney, Starbucks, or any other big name you can think of and you will find tons of items being sold. This is called copywrite infringement and it's not OK but it's being done all over the place. I see it on Etsy and I see it on Facebook.

When I was making cards or other items for craft shows, I would check to make sure that any images being used were not labeled as personal use only. Apparently that isn't necessary in todays world. Should any of these companies decide to crack down on the illegal use of their logos and images, a lot of people would be in big trouble.

Monday, February 15, 2021

another simple and easy cake

I'm wondering if a trend is starting where people only want a border and writing on their cakes. This is the second one in a row that I've gotten 
Sorry about the sideways picture. I uploaded it and realized I hadn't rotated it beforehand. I was simply too lazy to go back and do it

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day

I was thinking to myself that perhaps I should go out and buy myself a Valentine's gift. After all if I don't buy myself one who will? Then on Thursday one of our regular customers came in and handed me and the girl in the deli a box of chocolates. Problem solved wishing each and everyone of you a very Happy Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Before and after

Gibbs hasn't been on the blog too much lately because I'm kind of embarrassed about how bad he was looking. We went for so long without groomers being opened and then once they did open I had a really hard time getting a hold of one. I would make calls leave messages and no one ever got back to me. Well, the vet here started doing grooming. I decided that that was going to be the best possible way to get him looking good again. He went Tuesday morning and now he is handsome once again. Of course it cost me a fortune because he also needed a couple of shots to go with it but at least now he's all caught up. Here he is before 
And here's my handsome boy after

Friday, February 12, 2021

sign number 2

Today I have the second sign that I made on Monday. I found this saying a long time ago and really liked it. This one I decided to add a few little silk flowers to

Thursday, February 11, 2021

playing in the craft room

Monday morning I did some playing in the craft room. I had no particular ideas in mind, I just sat down and started playing. Using materials I already had I made two small wood signs with vinyl lettering. Today I'll show you sign one of two

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Another version

I made another one of those coffee bars only this time it's a hot cocoa version. This one is for my daughter Amanda since she's not much of a coffee drinker. 
I put jars in the bottom section of this one too hold marshmallows

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

For Samo

Quick and easy cake. They just wanted a black and red border and no flowers. I tried something different with the writing. I wondered how it would look mixing printing with cursive. Not sure I like it.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Recycling project

I suppose this is probably more of a repurposing project and it is a recycling. The point is though, I used things that were destined for the trash can. First I took a bunch of plastic grocery bags.

I flattened them out, folded them and then rolled them all up together

Then I took an empty wipe container 
I covered it with some vinyl 
 then I dropped the role of grocery bags into the container and now I have a handy dandy dispenser 
I got this idea from Purple Hues and me. I don't know if it was because I didn't roll the bags right or what, but when pulling the bags out from the center of the roll they don't pull out real easy.

Sunday, February 7, 2021


Hello today I want to talk about Halo oranges. The other day I peeled a Halo Orange and the peel was sitting there all in one piece. I thought to myself, I should take a picture of that and use it as a blog post. Well, I never ended up doing that and then yesterday, lo and behold, on Sandra's blog is a picture of her Halo orange peels. So then I had to go back and peel another orange for my very own Halo Orange Peel blog post 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Another gnome

I made another gnome Valentine card. This was a free cut file from Craft Room Time

The inside

To dress the gnome up just a bit I smeared some white glitter glue on his hat, I used a pink glitter pen to highlight his nose, a silver sharpie to add some lines to his beard and some red glitter glue to fill in his heart.

I went to put the gnome on the front of the card and it kind of got lost on the plain red heart. Then I got the bright idea of doing some dry brushing with white paint. Let me just say that it's not a technique that I'm real good at. It did help the gnome stand out a little more though

Friday, February 5, 2021

The big reveal

Today is the day you've been waiting for.

 I'm going to show you what I did with those wood trays and arrows

The idea is not mine, I saw this on Facebook. I made a couple changes from the one I saw to suit my taste. 

So are you ready for this?

First I'll show you the picture that I saw on Facebook that I copied for my project

Now here is my version
I absolutely love the way this turned out and it looks really cute sitting next to my coffee maker

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Teaser post

Sorry about this but I'm going to tease you just a little bit before I show you the finished craft project. Here are my little wood trays and my arrows painted and ready for the next step 
I used an ivory colored chalk paint on the trays and an antique wax on the arrows
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