Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happiness

My little brother and my new sister in law.(Sister) I had the joy of taking the pictures of their wedding. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cork boards no more.

I have a problem with space in my house. There is not enough. I am sure everyone has the same problem. I don't really like the look of a lot of picture frames or plain cork board. Plus cork boards are big. How could I fix it? Easy.

 At Wal-Mart there are these square pieces of cork board. So it got me thinking, how can I use these? Then it hit me.

These were my tools for the evening. Sometimes these are the best tools. 

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The best way to cover I found was to outline the cork with extra fabric. 


When I use Mod Podge, I like to to cover my entire work surface with it so the fabric gets a chance to go on smooth. 



See? Nice smooth fabric on the front. The only thing left was to tuck the edges around the back. Simple with a little Mod Podge holding down the fabric. 



Everything nice and tucked, ready to be hung after the string is attached to the back . 

This fat quarter was the perfect size. Only a little scrap left over. 


Simple little fix of lack of space to hang things. Or if you want to you use them as fabric art on your walls. When you get tired of them you can recover with new fabric. They are flexible enough to be placed in any pattern you like.  One of the drawbacks I found was the cork was a little thin. Next time I will be putting two together to give it a little more stability and thickness. 

Until we next meet.

A

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

"A Week In Winter" review

For years I have been a fan of Maeve Binchy. I accidentally found one of her books in a second hand book store. That "Circle of Friends" and I have been hooked ever since.

    Fast forward to 2012, I found out she had passed way but she already had one last book she finished. Her husband, Gordon, went ahead and had it published, (He is always thanked in the dedication of each book.) "A Week in Winter." I was excited to get to read her last novel.

  My favorite books by Maeve have been the one where each characters has their own story for each chapter that ties together by then. In this case each one ended with their week in winter special at the Stone House in Ireland. Before you think "not another dribble of "Ireland" story, she had a way to make to characters leap off the pages of her books with real problems that people are facing today. No idealist village we all want to be there if we visit. (I am not saying there are not.)  By the end of each book, you may have found you have cried, laughed, or shared the pain of the characters.

  Each one has a reason why they have come to the Stone house for their own week in winter. One came from a contest, another came for a trip with her boyfriend's mom, lover of music, a retired principal, a couple of doctors, a librarian, an actor running away, and  a misguide youth looking for a fresh start. Chicky is the owner of the hotel. She has returned home after misguided adventure in America, that her family has no clue about. Chicky has a way to get people see their problems and come up with a way to fix them.

   Do your self a favor and pick up any of her books. Maybe you will find your next favorite author.


Until we next meet,
A
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pinnacle State Park




Pinnacle State Park was just one of the last few parks we visited. This was on our way back home from camping. By this time, we were all a little cranky and tired. After two days of camping with a six year old (with rain on the last evening which meant being stuck in the tent.) you might have an idea how things were at this point.
At the point she said "I am done with pictures. Just want to go home."
Even though Glitter Bug was tired and ready to go home, she was excited to be here at this park. She loved the overlook. 
I have to agree this is an epic view!! 


There was also this great quarry pond. The water is very green. 
The sign does say "No swimming"
There are also a couple of picnic tables beside this pond. I think there will be family picnics here soon. Of course there are some pretty wicked trails here. Glitter Bug wanted to go on the one which goes up the mountain. (There is no way I could make it up there unless we could camp and do it in steps.) Working on getting into shape so we can take her up.

There are some easier trails which we will be doing next time we go up. They also have horse back riding and this awesome open park area where you could have a group luncheon, bring your dog, meet some new people, or just hang out. Hubby and I think we might have found our new favorite park. 
There is a hands on exhibit about footprints. 



You can go here to check out Arkansas State Parks to plan your own trip.

Until we next meet,

A


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Break Runaway pictures

Found some internet! Hubby noticed we needed gas and he needed some coffee which meant a run to the next town.  














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