Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shabby Bracelets-Project 50

I finished two more of my shabby leather bracelets.  These are the first 2 that count for my Project 50 since I can only count things I've completed since starting the blog...although I will share things made prior.  I love the bead on the red one and the silver button on the green looks ok.  The red bracelet is made from an old leather coat and the green is from a purse I recycled.  Love them and I'm wearing the green one as I type! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mother Days Mulch

I'm a little slow in beginning this blog, my reservations about it still exist but I'm forging ahead regardless.  One of my co-workers has the following Will Rogers quote on her e-mail signature and I love it, “Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.” 

So this is me...pursuing the fruit!

Mothers Day, as with most holiday's for me doesn't hold much magic.  I know I curmudgeonly of me.  I never know what to buy my Mom, the woman with everything so I just don't.  Don't judge me...  I buy her a card every year though...usually a few weeks before the day so I'll have plenty of time to write a heart-felt note inside and send it off in the mail to her. 

Somewhere between my intention and Mothers Day I drop the proverbial ball  Every year...for years now.  It's not that I don't think my Mom is awesome or deserving, it's me...I feel like such a failure because I can't give her beautiful things she deserves.  During my daughter's visit to Virginia this Spring, my lack of card sending for special occasions was a topic of conversation and although it wasn't said to me, I'm sure I've made the commitment to actually SEND the cards I buy even if I can't send the most fantastic/perfect/awesome gift as well. 

When my own daughter asked me what I would like for Mother Day I was at a loss as well...I have what I need, and hate when people spend money on a 'present' just so they aren't empty handed.  Although...the people who make the "Chia" products would be out of business if everyone thought like I did!  I let the question pass, more then once until she bugged me enough and I blurted out "MULCH!  You can get me a load of mulch."  The look on her face was priceless but she knew I meant it.  She knows her quirky mom well she was happy I actually gave her an idea.

Last week she was able to get her friends truck and grab a load of mulch for me.  Not only did she get the mulch, she papered and mulched all my flower beds too!  I am one lucky Momma!

The picture shows our hard work this spring as we do battle against the thistles another year.  My flowers are all in pots except the hibiscus my Mom sent home with my daughter, new landscaping timbers we got at a yard sale and my recycled chairs.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Project 50

This year my birthday came and went pretty quietly...on the outside.  On the inside?  I won't lie, it was a great struggle.  I mean really?  I was 49 already?  How could this happen before everything I had hoped to accomplish happened? 

I am not where I thought I would be at this point in my life.  When I was 17 and I imagined my life in 10 years, it involved me, my horse and my big yellow dog.  We would  travel around in my yellow Jeep and horse trailer doing whatever I imagined 27 year old women did and I was happy.  Along the way I did have my horse for a while...and the yellow dog.  Kids, divorce and second chances have me right where I am now.

You see, I am my own worst critic.  Sad but true...and although I may not be where I thought I'd be at this point in my life...I kinda like where I am.  I need to celebrate "Me" so I'm starting Project 50

In the next year, till my 50th Birthday on May 1st, 2013 I will be sharing 50 things.  I'm still tweeking the idea but I'm thinking 50 things in different categories, 50 pictures, 50 craft projects, 50 things i did for myself, 50 Random Acts of Kindness (RAK), etc...

Stay tuned for more