Thursday, July 18, 2024

Out back

I have a spot in the back corner of my yard where the shed used to sit. It's not the most attractive but it's the spot where I end up dumping all yard clippings. Weeds, branches from the forsythia, all get dumped here. The guys who mow avoid that spot I'm guessing because they have no idea what's actually there. I took the push mower out the other day and worked on cutting down some of the overgrown weeds that are growing there. 
But first...

...I took some pictures.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024


 Having a dog in the house, and me not always being very diligent about making sure he has clean paws, can make for a mess on the furniture. My couch in the cave didn't look that bad but I found some slip covers that were very inexpensive and they even had one that would fit the lounge cushion. I didn't bother getting slip covers for the back cushions. Mostly because I didn't want the added expense but also because they are actually attached to the sofa and I didn't know how well the covers would fit on them.

I was happy with how these looked and I think even Gibbs approved. The color is a perfect match to the actual couch.

The best part is that if he gets these too dirty I can pull them off and throw them in the wash. Now I don't need to put the blanket on the end of the one cushion anymore either. I don't know why I ever bothered, because he rarely confined his muddy paws to that part of the couch any way.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Red white and blue

 I had a cake order to do on the 4th of July. What other colors can you put on a 4th of July cake besides red, white and blue.

In other news:

Yesterday Grace left the following comment: I love the bird one - it has a 'style' to it - like your trolls and the ladies. And I'm admiring your technique - is that all instinct or have you been taking lessons, so to be speak, like instructional videos - I was particularly struck by the eyes on the zebra and the shading on the the ice pops...

No, I haven't been taking any lessons or watching videos. I go through Pinterest and find pictures that I like and try and copy them. Some are almost identical to the picture I'm working from and some I just go with the concept or take parts and work from there. I have a board on Pinterest with the label "Artsy Fun" When I find something I think I might want to try and draw I pin it to that board. 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Week 4 drawings

 Here is another weeks worth of drawings.

This next one starts by tracing around your hand.

It is ok to not be perfect. Sometimes you copy another picture and yours isn't perfect because the word perfect was supposed to be spelled wrong. However when i was copying, I couldn't manage to spell it wrong. Therefor, even though the word is spelled right, I got it wrong. The original picture had perfect spelled "perfeckt". 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

It must be a sign

 While I was out one day, I happened to see this on a shelf.

Something told me I should take a picture of it. 

Then I got home and was scrolling through Facebook and I came across this.

So I'm taking this as a sign that I am to continue to be my weird little self.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Work doodles.

It's been a while since I've posted my Work doodles. I'm still doing them every week though.

Friday, July 12, 2024

A day out.

The holiday week for the 4th, I had two days off in a row. I had my usual Monday and I also had Tuesday off. I had to work on the holiday but it was time and a half and it wasn't a full day so it was no big deal. Plus I didn't have any plans any way.

Any way, since I had two days off in a row, I decided that I would go out and do something on one of them. I headed to the Millcreek mall since that's always good for a walk. Besides, on a Monday it wouldn't be very busy. It looks empty in this picture but there were plenty of people walking around and shopping.

I even saw a llama. The picture is horrible because I tried to get it real quick while I was walking by. He had a sign on him that said "do not hug me"

I stopped to admire all the wind spinners that were in this window.

I also stopped at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I didn't buy much of anything. It was more a day just to get out of the house and do some walking.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Window clings.

 I recently got an email from Jennifer Maker. It was a tutorial for making window clings with a free cut file. I already had window cling material so I thought I would give it a try.

Here they are on the backing paper

And here they are on the window with my amazing hydrangeas behind them.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

For the birds.

 There must be a bird nest in the tree in my front yard. I hear the birds chirping away all the time. Recently it was raining pretty hard. I happened to look out the window and saw a robin sitting on a branch like it was waiting for the rain to let up before it flew off. I had to zoom in so the picture is horrible but it has a rather artsy look to it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024


 I have a bunch of posts schedules in advance. When I was writing them, I accidentally skipped over July 9. I thought I fixed it but apparently I didn't. So, no post for today. I'll be back tomorrow.

Monday, July 8, 2024


 Just a quick post today with another cake I made at work

The order said pink and blue. I had done a cake a few days before that was pink and yellow and without thinking I just went ahead and did the yellow instead of blue. Thankfully the customer was very understanding and said it was perfectly fine.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Another purchase

 I recently ordered an inexpensive rag rug for the basement. When it came, I unrolled it in the living room and  got the bright idea to see what it would look like there. I've also been wanting to replace the living room rugs for a long time. Well once I got the old rug out of the way and the new one down, I decided that i really liked the look. 

Here is what the old rug looked like

The new rug is smaller but I love the look of it. Of course then I had to also replace the runner and small area rug that were in the living room.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Have I said I hate full sheet cakes.

 I'm almost certain I've mentioned multiple times on here, how much I truly hate to do full sheet cakes. A couple weeks ago I had not one but two of them to do by 11:00 on a Sunday morning. I lucked out and the deli manager who works my days off in the bakery frosted both of them for me the day before. All I had to do was pull them out and decorate them. I still procrastinated on getting to them but it did make it easier.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Week 3 drawings.

Are you ready for another weeks worth of my drawings? 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy 4th of July

 Today across the U.S. we celebrate our independence. There will be picnics and fireworks. I'm scheduling this ahead of time so right now I don't know if I'll be working or not. I have no plans that I know of any way so either way it's fine.

Today I'm also going to show you the July happy mail card that I sent out.

 Have a safe and happy holiday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Play ball

 At one of Presley's t-ball games, Amanda took a short video of her when she was up to bat.

Not only did she hit the ball without using the t but that girl can run.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Flower power

 The hydrangea aren't the only flowers blooming in my yard right now. The day lilies are also doing their thing.

They look the same every year but I always have to take new pictures of them. They are starting to get a little crowded out by the forsythia. I might have to see if I can move them without killing them.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Hydrangea update.

 I posted earlier about my hydrangea and how full of blossoms it was. This post is to show where they were on Monday 6/24. These just make me happy. 

I can still picture the day my dad planted this for me. It was originally just the one bush on the left. When the guy who mows for me did some work on my front yard for me, they had somehow moved a second plant next to it.  That second one has come a long way this year. The smaller of the two is pretty much all pink but the larger one has pink and blue

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