Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Memorable Time

I just had to share what a true craftin' fool mama I truly was in 'the day'. I could make do with nothing. This is a picture of the costumes I made for my daughters in the early 80's when the Smurfs were really popular.

I did not have a pattern and I never attempted anything like this before. I repeat...never. I was determined to come up with something spooktacular spectacular and no money invested. That's right...I was always cheap frugal.
I pulled out my glue gun, scissors, and scraps.

The heads were made with leftover carpet foam/padding. I cut it up and hot glued it together to form the heads. I used three old housecoats in red and blue to form the bodies and clothing. Some quick sewing involved.

Again...these costumes cost me zero dollars! Aren't my girls (now married women) cute? You don't have to have much in order to give to your children. Give them your time, love, and devotion.

Give them 'you' so they will have a memorable life!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Friday, October 30, 2009

State of Mind

It's all a state of mind. I must remember that as some possibilities are coming into my life. I did not say opportunities, I said possibilities. It is something that can be in the future; that may or may not happen. In this case, these possibilities could have a negative impact in my life. I'm not a whiner. I'm a person full of tenacity. As I look over the past, we've had our major problems to deal with just like everyone else. At the beginning of each year, we swear this year will be better than last.

So for now, I must concentrate on my state of mind. My last post contained my top ten to know when you are living it up. It helps to keep things in perspective. I will have to print it out and have it visible for my own inspirational reminder.

I will work on my state of mind. I will not whine. I will take one day at a time.

I will fill my state of mind with...

Family & Friends
Laughter & Joy
Passion & Purpose
God & His Word

Still living it up at Lakewood,


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You Know You Are Living It Up When...

You know you are living it up when...

1. You garden for fresh and healthy foods and discover restaurant food is no longer appealing.

2. Your relationship with nature makes you a better person as it brings you to a higher level of appreciation.

3. You prefer the hunt of thrifting versus store shopping with all its hassles and ridiculous pricing.

4. You would rather make it yourself than to buy it from a catalog.

5. You have a modest little home, yet it is your one-of-a-kind, special cottage (or castle).

6. Your beauty products come from basic ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator.

7. You buy oops paint because someone else's mistake becomes the perfect color for your needs.

8. You have unfinished projects which can only mean you are very blessed and so creative.

9. You have good friends you have never personally met (through blogland).

10. You live through God for your family, friends, and yourself.

There you have my top ten! Anyone else out there living it up?

Always living it up at Lakewood,


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hunter Green

Hunter green here! Hunter green there! Lots of green everywhere! 

Cindy shouts, "It is time to go! Why have I been much too slow?"

Out with the old, in with the new. How about the color blue?

Time for a makeover, let's make it a breeze! A palette of browns, blues, & neutrals, please! 

So hunter green, it must go away. And the color aqua will now make my day. 

A Seuss-ism day,


Monday, October 26, 2009


I enjoyed my Saturday at Bernheim Forest and thought I'd share my day in pictures.
I spent the day participating in my favorite activities - eating, hiking, and taking pictures.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blessed Autumn Day

And Beautiful!
An Autumn Day at Lakewood...

Friendly house guest relaxing on deck.

My juicy raspberries!

Chip and Dale

Kit Kat taking a break.

Thanks for sharing in my blessings!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mixing It Up

I began the weekend with moving my living room furniture to come up with a comforting and pleasing arrangement. Now I love my house, but my living room and I are not on the best terms. I've lived in this house 17 years. You think I would find the perfect arrangement by now. The issues that I am up against include no entryway (you open the door and you're smack dab in the living room), an open staircase to the basement, a open view of the kitchen and the sink from the living room's front door, and a long, narrow space that is broken up way too much.

So to my surprise I have found a layout I actually like. To arrive there...almost every piece of furniture in this house has been moved to a new room. I decided it was time to mix it up. I have pushed and shoved with a vengeance.

And I will admit that I have done everything backwards to what I normally would have done when it comes to a redo. So I have been really mixing it up. I mean you have to paint the walls before you decorate, right? You need to clean those carpets before you even begin to push furniture around, correct? Nope! I discovered that if I did things the 'right' way, they may never happen.

So let's mix it up! After taking the plunge and moving all this furniture around and liking it, my style is starting to surface. I'm seeing what colors would look nice on the walls. I'm discovering what color my furniture (including the above bookshelf) is begging for in paint. And now I'm loving the idea of putting together a home, not just a house.

Now that I am happy with the I want to tackle painting immediately or wait until after the holidays? Do you realize that there are only 36 days until Thanksgiving and 65 days until Christmas? Yikes! I think I will take my time and let life happen naturally. Now that's is a novel idea!

Mixing it up at Lakewood,


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten's the truth. All I really needed to know I learned in kindergarten. Why I continued my formal education, I'll never know. Throughout the years I studied, made the honor roll, and went to college. From there, I became a kindergarten teacher. That's when it hit me. Kindergarten is the heart and soul of the educational system.

Do you know of Robert Fulghum? He is a writer of uncommon thoughts on common things. He wrote one of my favorite books. It was a number one bestseller and yes, the title is 'All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten'.

Kindergarten provides education in the most simplistic form. Simplicity is what I seek. Let me share with you his philosophy on what we learn in kindergarten:

Share everything.
Play Fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life-learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.

These are wonderful rules to live by. These simplistic ideas are so powerful that we could have world peace if they were followed by all. I'm just saying...

Living it up at Lakewood,


Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Your Party & I'll Cry If I Want To

Danger, danger...I'm heading into overwhelm mode. Parties, parties, everywhere. Online get-togethers are the rage, are fun, and can be encouraging in blogland. But how many can one person physically participate in? I want to do them all...

I found two new parties this morning. They fit in with what I do and what I am trying to achieve. If I spend the day participating, how can I actually accomplish anything except being a party girl? You know how it was when you were younger. You had to have your homework done and your chores completed. Then, and only then, could you attend 'the' party. And no, you could not spend the whole weekend partying. What kind of girl are you anyway? Only bad girls party to the max.

So do you have your housework done? How about that neat little project that you would like to tackle that you found at one of these parties? How many hours have quickly disappeared because of your enjoyment of visiting others? This can suck you in and become addicting, can't it! And it all feels so good.

Information overload can paralyze a person. Trust me, I did it in the real world. I came back home to plant some roots here at Lakewood (my home) and to simplify my life. Now it is becoming a tad complex for me. See, when I join a party, I feel it is my responsibility to visit every participant possible and leave a comment. Those are the rules, the expectations, and common courtesy and etiquette in blogland. It is amazing how many do not do that. I can probably count on one hand how many people take the time to visit everyone. The sweeties, they know who they are. And yet it can be exhausting. I know. I decided to take a break last time and not visit everyone. Guess what? My numbers were down.

So what is my real goal? I would like to find balance in blogland just as I am striving for in the real world. What is the answer? I'm not sure. So I'm throwing it out there whether you host, participate, or visit others with/without comments. What is your future in blogland...friends, fame, and/or fortune? Your thoughts please!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Thursday, October 15, 2009

I've Been Busy

I took yesterday off from working on my ten tasks in ten days. The weather was dreary and I was tired. Part of my problem was that I was not feeling well and I hurt my foot. Piece of advice...when your foot is asleep, give it some time before walking on it or you will pay the price. Ouch!

My ten tasks:

1. Clean out the garden - done

2. Research and plant Russian Sage - done

3. Paint something aqua - done

Brown scuffed up, 25 cent bird transformed...

4. Open my Etsy Shop - Shop at Lakewood is open and will soon have listings

5. Box up some clutter and take to Goodwill - done

6. Do new slipcovers on wicker chairs - done

Took slipcovers won from an auction and redid two chairs.
Cost was less than $1.

7. Rearrange the living room furniture - scheduled this weekend since I hurt my foot

8. Give my lamp a new life - done

Yard sale lamp for $1 redid with materials on hand.

9. Redo my little stool - done

This little vintage stool was with a lot purchased at an auction. I used materials on hand and the total cost came under $1.00 including the price of the stool.

10. Make 15 wreaths for seasonal sales - done

Okay, I think I just might need another day off!

Please go, have some fun and check out what everyone else is up to...
Transformation Thursday
I love vintage, I love thrifty, and I love transformations!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's Raining

As the damp and dreary weather closes in on me, my thoughts turn to hiking through colorful and showy landscapes with blue skies. The sun provides warmth on my shoulders while the air is cool and crisp with the season. I delight in the creatures who busy themselves around me in preparation of the coming winter. I take my time and gather the season's decorations to fill my home with the wonders of nature. Ahhh...I love fall!

I will turn those thoughts into reality when it stops raining and dries out. Maybe this weekend. For now, I'm trying to stay snug and enjoy an otherwise miserable day. The house is filled with the aroma of my freshly baked banana bread. I've put on my special socks that keep me warm and I've pulled out a stack of seasonal magazines to enjoy. Will I get any work done today? Maybe, if it quits raining! :)

Living it up at Lakewood,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Power

I believe in DIY in all areas of my life. So here is a DIY beauty, pumpkin power recipe. Perfect for the fall season.

Pumpkin Mask
Combine 3 teaspoons canned pumpkin, 1/2 teaspoon honey, and 1/4 teaspoon milk. Apply mixture to face while avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes. Avoid the temptation to lick off face. LOL! Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.

And there you have it...Pumpkin Power!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Monday, October 12, 2009

I Needed Four Hands

Old Lamp:

Old Lamp Transformed:

It is not perfect, but better as I'm ridding the house of hunter green to replace it with my new color palette. The above photo is not showing the true color of the shade. It's actually a soft aqua.

This is my first time remaking a lamp. No difficulties until I went to recover the shade with material. I did not know that I would need four hands. Too late! So once I started, I had to finish.

Everything I used, I currently had except for the spray paint which is a hammered finish by rust-oleum. It was fun to see what I could create from my own stash. This was a very thrifty project as the lamp was only a dollar from a yard sale.

My 'new' little lamp for now has a home on the kitchen counter to brighten up a dark corner. This was a great way to bring my new love of the color aqua into my kitchen area.

Can I many times have you needed four hands?

Living it up at Lakewood,


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Decorating

I'm not into Halloween. There, I said it. Please don't stone me. I was wonderful when my girls were little. I always went all out. I made the best costumes and I mean the best. I remember one year when I made them Papa Smurf and Smurfette costumes. I started with foam, fur, and a hot glue gun. I even amazed myself and of course, it was all done for pennies. Everything was recycled from something else. I guess I was green years ago before it even became popular.

I love the month of October and the season of fall. It truly is my favorite even if it is followed by the dreaded cold of winter. I would be more than happy if the winter season only lasted through January 1. Then I think it would be perfect for spring to begin. Hey, it's my blog. I can plan the seasons anyway I want.

So I do not decorate for Halloween, but I do decorate for fall. I keep the scary stuff out. See, real life can sometimes be scary enough. I don't want or need to invite more of it in. I want my surroundings to be comforting and peaceful. Wouldn't it be wonderful to feel warm and fuzzy all the time because of the time and care put towards your home. Halloween decorations cannot do that for me.
I do not have fake spiders and webs strung out through the house. Why should I? Believe it or not, I have plenty of the real thing to deal with that putting up fake ones might encourage more of the same to take up residence. And let me tell you, I've had spider bites that are not fun. Bugs just like to bite me and my reaction is to swell up. Oh geez! As I'm writing this, a tiny little spider is on my kitchen floor. We live in the country and I'm surrounded by critters of all sizes and shapes. So who needs to decorate with them when you have the real thing.

Scary movies I do not watch. I have enough problems with anxiety, I don't need to add to it.

Bats and vultures? Um...not to scare you, but we have those in our backyard. Bats are okay as they keep our mosquito population down. That is a good thing since we live on a lake and I have nasty reactions to bites. Now the vultures...I could do without. Have you ever shooed a vulture out of your garden? Dang birds!

Black cats? I have one. Kit Kat came to us two years ago in October and she is a sweetie. She helps keep the mouse population down. This is the month when they find their way into our garage. We have to be proactive before they make it into the house if you know what I mean.

So there we have it. I prefer decorating with the fall's natural harvest as it brings me pleasure. I go into my yard to gather pine cones and acorns. I have a few sunflowers left to put in vases. I have ten pumpkins this year from my little patch. Nature's bounty provides this season's decorating design. What more can I ask for? Nothing. I am thankful for the connection and  appreciate what naturally surrounds me.

Happy Fall!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Friday, October 9, 2009

Ten Tasks in Ten Days Update

I thought I better address my progress with the challenge I so willingly (?) accepted.
It was presented by Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage.
Complete Ten Tasks in Ten Days.
This was good for me to just 'DO IT'. So here we go...

My tasks:
1. Clean out the garden - done 
I've cleaned out the vegetable beds, hoed, raked, and put newspaper down. When the leaves start to fall, I will mulch them and put them in the beds. I will be ready for spring! How does your garden look?

2. Research and plant Russian Sage
I have completed my research. This is such a beautiful and airy plant with lavender blooms. After my research, I have decided to place my four plants in the middle bed of the vegetable garden to add drama. If it stops raining... 

3. Paint something aqua :) - done

Since I love the color aqua, I've decided to add touches of it within my home. I'm really interested in using this color in my kitchen. I took my little scuffed up, brown bird, painted him aqua, and toned him down him down some. What do you think?

4. Open my Etsy Shop
I named my shop 'Shop at Lakewood'. So far, I have a banner, an introduction, and a short profile and picture. I kept thinking everything had to be perfect and if I wait, it will never be done. This will work for now. I've selected ten items, researched their worth, and took pictures. As some of you may know, opening an online shop takes a lot of work. Who out there has an Etsy Shop?  Any advice?

5. Box up some clutter and take to Goodwill - done
Enough said!

6. Do new slipcovers on wicker chairs - done
I'm almost embarrassed to admit this. I have white walls, white wicker chairs, and white cushions. The striped material I used for this task came from an auction. I paid $4 for a box with a very cool shelf, a pair of drapes, a fitted couch slipcover, and a throw couch slipcover. All were in excellent shape. I took the one slipcover and now have new cushions for my chairs. I really like them, but I'm not done yet. I will add some pillows with color for some punch.

7. Rearrange the living room furniture

8. Give my lamp a new life
I will be working on this the afternoon. What fun!

9. Redo my little stool
It is taken apart. I need to decide what look I want.

10. Put shelves in the new closet

Well, I do have some work to complete so I better get to it. I hope you find the time to complete all your tasks on your list! Have a wonderful weekend!

Living it up at Lakewood,

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