Friday, September 14, 2012

Five Facts (sept14)

More stuff about me..................................
    1.  I cannot survive without my morning coffee
I like it black................................

     2.  I love to hear the eerie call of the Curlew in the night.................

     3.I am trying to learn to paint smaller canvases because I have about 10 leftover from a workshop and I want to be ready for "one world one art"2013 where I must offer up a work postable size.

charcoal,collage,acrylic paint and ink,approx 14"x10" without frame

charcoal,collage,acrylic paint and ink,approx 14"x10" without frame

charcoal,collage,acrylic paint and ink,approx 14"x10" without frame

     4.My office is very messy because I often create in front of my PC.

     5.I COLLECT everything, on my PC, I have 16,000 fonts, kids games and movies for the grandson for when he visits, scrapping stuff for the pages I will make one day, animations, ideas, art I like, artists I admire and tons of images..................

by me

linking up with "Reflections of you blog" for 5 fact Friday

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Got a partial diagnosis yesterday not certain yet, but its looking like John may have BONE CANCER.
Life can turn on a dime,everything is changed now.More results later in the week.
I hope this is a nightmare and I will wake up!

R.I.P previous life and round one begins................bring it on ,you are NOT getting my man!

Fingers crossed and prayers that it is all just a big mistake!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

5 fact Friday

Some things about me.............................................
I love flowers
I am very worried about my husband he has been in extreme pain since June and the doctors dont know whats wrong with him

Sculpture was my fist great passion,art wise,
I am just too old and unfit to persue it now.
Here is one of mine in our yard

I can always be suckered into a new cleaning product

I recycle my shredded paper as mulch


We call this room the taint because it aint the kitchen and it aint the bathroom.We made it into a small office.
we opened double sliders from here to the outdoor room

I added a linen cupboard just outside the bathroom

The toilet opens off here too................


Friday, September 7, 2012

Helpful Hints, Home Remedies

Sharing some good ideas

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair

2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish

3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes

4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair

5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads.

6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea

7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste

9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar On it!

10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too, remove glue from labels on plastic containers.

11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer

12. Chigger bite - Preparation H

13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H (but don't get it in your eyes)

14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures
at most hospitals)

15. Stinky feet - Jell-O!

16. Athletes feet - cornstarch

17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
17a. Infection in/around nails - White Vinegar
18. Kool aid To clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)

19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon Plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!

20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper.

21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray

22. Pam Will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby

23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on.

25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!

26. Body paint - Crisco Mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the micro wave, pour into an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!

27. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , Soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

29. A Slinky Will hold toast and CD's!

30 To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt And watch it
absorb into the salt.

32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!

34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce Towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it.
Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, Soak overnight!

35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate Toothpaste and brush it!

36. Dirty grout - Listerine

37. Stains on clothes - Colgate

38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup

39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, It will also remove grease stains from the drive way overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!

40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax - Sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a lit tle Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin, Or just use 7-up instead of water.

42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red, Friday =
White and Saturday = Yellow . So if today was Thursday, you would want red
twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy
to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday!
Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.









I finally remembered one I use. Vinegar instead of expensive Enzimes (Nature's Miracle) for accidents from dog or cats. I had an in-home inspection to get one of my puppies and the lady couldn't believe I had so many animals and no animal smell.It really works.PJ

Ten Alternative uses for Bananas By DIY Maven
People are using bananas to make some weird stuff, let me tell you. But, in the interest of spreading the knowledge, from the not-so-odd to the head scratchers, here goes:

10. Aphid deflector: Burying dried or cut-up bananas peels a few inches deep around the base of your rosebushes to detract aphids.

9. Fertilizer: Potassium rich, bananas are great for us as well as our gardens. Dry out leftover peels over the winter months. In the spring grind them up with a food processor or blender and use them as mulch when transplanting new plants or seedlings to give them a boost. Don't feel like drying out and processing the peels? No worries; just bury them in your compost pile.

8. Butterfly and bird charmer: Most people I know either throw away overripe bananas or make banana bread out of them. An alternative to these might be to place the blackened 'nanners on a raised platform out in your yard. It'll attract birds and butterflies–as well as bees and wasps, thus the raised platform.

7. Face mask: Mash up a medium-sized banana, OR combine 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 medium-sized banana, OR combine 1 egg yolk, 2 tsp. almond oil and 1 medium-sized banana. Apply one of these mixtures to your face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water and pat dry.

6. Leather polish: Use the inside of a de-stringed banana peel for a quick shoe shine. Finish up with a buff using a soft cloth or paper towel. The same technique is said to work for silver too.

5. Roast Tenderizer: Toss a peeled 'nanner into the pan the next time you think your roast might turn out a little tough.

4. Houseplant cleaner: Wipe your houseplant leaves down with the inside of a banana peel to remove dirt and leave a shine.

3. Ointment: Rubbing scrapped knees with the inside of a banana peel will help promote healing.

2. Wart Curative: Got a wart? Rub it with the inside of a banana peel. The potassium-rich peel is supposed to get rid of the wart.

1. Teeth whitener: Liam McGinlay says he's been using the inside of banana peels on a daily basis to whiten his teeth for the past two years. He rubs the peels in a circular motion across his teeth for about 2 minutes. He says the effects should be seen in as little as 2 weeks.


Here's another one: Moth balls in a sock under the hood of any vehicle parked outdoors will repel squirrels, rats and other rodents that get in there and chew the coating off wires and hoses. Cost me over $400 in repairs to Big Red and the guy told me that he'd seen a rash of similar damages to vehicles that were regularly parked outside.

DH doesn't like the smell either so he stays away from my truck too. Unexpected benefit!!

I also put a sock of mothballs in my potting shed to keep the rats out of there. So far this winter I haven't seen any sign of rats or mice so I guess it's working.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beyond Layers

It's week sixty something and I used the fab new texture by Kim Klassen called Jay on a photo of my Datura.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The kitchen renovation

This old kitchen was swollen from water in some places so had to be replaced. The linoleum on the floor was way past its use by date having been laid in 1975.We had the original floorboards limed and got a kit kitchen from an auction site on the web.I didn't come with bench tops we had to buy them separately but I got a good deal by just buying what they had on special without seeing it. That way avoiding the temptation to go over budget.Keeping  the cost as low as possible was our goal.


from almost the same angle as above
We painted everything white to make it look bigger and added an old couch and dining room suite from a thrift shop, I recovered the chairs in a word print.
kitchen /dining after


the light floors add to the feeling of space

Many weeks spent lying on my tummy pulling weeds went into this!

front garden after