Thursday, August 25, 2011


These are my angels.

They have hung somewhere in my home since I was a kid.

When I lived with my parents, the angels hung in my parent's bedroom.

They've been blue, mauve, grey, white, gold and now brown.

They hung in my bedroom until we moved to our current home.

Now they grace either side of the window above my front door.

I realize the picture is really poor quality but when the light shines through that window, there's just no way to get a decent picture.

They'll hang in my house for as long as I live. Then I'll pass them along . Hopefully one of my kids will love them as much as I do.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Several years ago, I had an idea.

I know, they don't come often but when they do, look out!

I wanted to hang several pictures on one wall but I'm lousy at measuring and positioning them so that they have some resemblance of being even.

My slight OCD doesn't help in this respect.

So I came up with an idea for a shelf that would hold all of my pictures. The picture wouldn't need to be nailed to the wall, just leaned on the shelf.

This is where I'm extremely lucky. I shared my idea with my oh-so-crafty husband and shortly thereafter, I had the shelves.

He made me 3 in different sizes. It wasn't long after that I decided I needed more. I now have 4 and they're pretty much full.

We have a split level so they hang in the entry way. The first picture was taken from the top of the stairs. I apologize for the lousy lighting but we have 2 windows there that are impossible to block the light from.

This is another angle of the same shelves. As you can see, I have more than just pictures on my shelves.

A bonus of these shelves is that they don't stick out from the wall enough to get bumped as you walk down the stairs.

These shelves are on the wall going down the lower set of stairs to the downstairs.

My friend loved my shelves so much, she asked Tim to make some for her too. Since her walls have color, she wanted them in white.

I absolutely adore how she accented her shelves with word stencils. I think it turned out amazing. She's having him make more shelves too. He's going to make some that will go around a square pillar she has in her entry way. I can't wait to see them finished!

If you'd be interested in having some shelves made, let me know. I have just the fellow that can make them for you.

Saturday, August 06, 2011


Not only do I share a bed with my darling husband but I seem to also share it with my 2 furry sons.

Anytime I'm in the bedroom doing anything, whether it be cleaning, getting dressed, or sitting at the computer, the boys think my bed becomes theirs.

Dexter is more of a side sleeper. I don't think I've ever caught him sleeping on his back. He doesn't even like to have his tummy rubbed so maybe that's why.

Ranger is a total back sleeper. Anywhere he chooses to sleep, you'll find him belly up. He, unlike Dexter, absolutely LOVES to have his tummy rubbed.

I don't mind sharing the bed with them. There are few things better than curling up with my pups for an afternoon nap, even though they both hog the bed.

Thursday, August 04, 2011


Remember this:

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun?

When I was a kid, if you didn't know this line, you didn't know squat.

We used to have contests to see who could say it the fastest. Yes, we were nerds.

In case you don't know where that came from, I'll tell you. It was only one of the best advertising campaigns McDonald's ever had. It's what is on a Big Mac.

I have my own version of the special sauce. For all I know, this could be THE special sauce but since I don't know everything they put into theirs, I'm calling this one mine. Plus, I think mine is a tad bit spicier than theirs.

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup sauce. I keep it in a container in the fridge. I don't know just how long before it goes bad because it usually doesn't last long in my house.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
4 slices kosher dill pickle (or sweet if that's how you roll)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
a pinch of cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.

This is what it looks like at work: