Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Mini-earthquake

The other day I went out to The Playroom (aka studio) and looky what I found. Meg must have experienced a little earthquake of sorts! Actually, what happened is that her upper cabinets became unattached to the wall and knocked the sink around and made a mess. You see, I've never been too committed to the white card stock on the wall, so I just mounted the cabinets with putty. Add into the mix that The Little Pink House sits in a studio that's actually a sun room with no climate control and this is what happens. Not to mention, every wood floor in the house warped this winter also.
Looks like Meg might get that re-model that she's been wanting...
On the brighter side... her little bedroom looks still intact. What? What's that book on the nightstand?

It's Eclipse, of course! Meg's a big fan of the Twilight series-- she has all the books. She thought she might just read the book again before the movie opens. The movie is opening at midnight tomorrow. I'll be asleep in my bed then, but I'm planning on seeing it this weekend with my mom. (We won't make my dad go this time. It was understandably miserable for him last time!)
Are you going?


Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Sneak Peek For Laurie

Well, I've been working on that fabulous mystery gift that Laurie at Magpie Ethel has won. All those Where Women Create posts inspired me to tidy The Playroom and finish this project! This is a sneak peak of the trim that I've just sewn on to this little ol' vintage style dishtowel. I love the fun, cheery colors-- they remind me so much of Laurie!
Yes, yes, yes... I did embroider a vintage design on the towel-- but I want it to be a surprise for Laurie! I will post a picture of it (along with the other little goodies I send her) as soon as I know that she's received it-- because, you know-- it's a fabulous mystery gift.

Oh lookie here--Haggie's come by to see what's going on. Or is he just eyeing the things on the table?!
Oh Haggie, it's just some of my stitchin' essentials... pincushion, scissors, and Neccos. Yes, Neccos. It's a little sweet, without being sticky-- the perfect crafty snack!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Where Jill Likes to Chill...

This swing is my new favorite place to "hang out" and read. It's soooo comfortable-- and look-- it even has a handy-dandy cup holder!
I wasn't sure I was going to plant a garden this year, but I couldn't walk by a garden center without stopping. With so many things that need to be done in my yard, I could hardly justify starting a vegetable garden-- but there I was, looking over all those beautiful heirloom tomatoes-- so I broke down and bought some.

You know what happens next... I walked over to the veggies and lost all control. I just had to have that lemon cucumber, pattipan squash, and the french zucchini. I also threw some nasturtiums and zinnias into the mix. Those little red mushrooms in the lower right corner? Those are fake. Mr. Squirrel (or Mr. Cat--ugh) have decided to dig right there, so I thought the mushrooms might deter them. So far, it seems to be kind of working. Kind of.

Here, you can see just how much work needs to be done-- weeds to be pulled, path to be re-constructed, funky landscape plants to be dug up, new landscape to be designed and installed... the list goes on and on. There is potential though, don't you think? It's just going to be a lot of work.
Oh Haggie, how I wish I could get some manual labor out of you...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ahhh, How Sweet!

My bloggy friend, Lisa of the fabulous blog, A Cuppa Tea With Me bestowed this sweet award to me a little while back. I met Lisa through the Stitchalong group-- she's an incredibly talented blogger with great style, a great sense of humor, and a great love for her Vespa! Please tootle' on over to her blog to take a peek at her fabulousness!

As a recipient of this award, I am to share ten things you may not know about me. Well, here I go-- some of these may be repeats of the last award questionnaire, so hope I don't bore you!

1. I was born into a fairly large family-- I have 4 siblings-- three older brothers and one younger sister. When I was little I wanted to be an "only child". Really, I did. As an adult I am so thankful I'm not. My siblings were my first friends, and will always be my dearest.

2. I'm a native California girl. Born and raised in the Central Valley, just 40 minutes south of Sacramento. I've lived in other states, and even in another country (Japan, for about a year and a half) but my heart has always led me back home to the golden state. I love that both the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra's are just a couple hours away.

3. I bought my first home last summer... and I love it. It's always been a dream of mine to own "a little piece of the planet". It took me a long time to get to the point in my life where I felt secure with the big jump. I have to admit, as a single gal-- I'm pretty darn proud of myself. It's been quite the journey to reach this goal that was just a dream for so long. Just goes to show-- you've gotta' start with a dream.

4. I'm a Gleek. I love the television show, Glee. My favorite character, you ask? Kurt, of course. The kid is hilarious and he can sing. I jumped on the Glee Wagon a little late, so I became a fan when I heard him sing "Defying Gravity" (from "Wicked") with Lea Michele. Goose bumps. Total goosebumps. (Here's his solo version.) Did you know that he originally tried out for the part of Artie (the guy in the wheelchair)? The producers didn't think he fit any of the roles, but they loved him-- so they created a role just for him. Amazing.

My favorite episodes? It would have to be the episodes where they sing Lady Gaga (loooved their rendition of "Bad Romance") and when they sang Madonna songs. I sang along like a big nerdy Gleek. Loud.

Okay, now that I've written two paragraphs about my big love (oh, that's another fave) for Glee, let's move on...

5. I love all kinds of music. I don't like to pigeonhole myself into any one kind. I love everything from smooth jazz and classic rock to Lady Gaga and Vintage Madonna. Oops. I should say "early Madonna". Sorry Madge.

I know, to look at me (or my blog) you might not think Lady Gaga... not that I look like some school marm (OMG, do I?!) or little old church lady or anything. You'd probably think, "But Jill likes vintage Spode -- how could she like Gaga?" It's the dance beat, baby.

6. I love my dog. Oh, you knew that? I can't imagine why. My Hagrid Jack Patrick is going to be three in September. You may remember Haggie's birthday party last year.

I think we'll have a quiet celebration this year.

7. I love the airport. I get a rush as I drive into the airport. I think it's the anticipation of the adventure, the journey... and just gettin' outa' town. I love to people-watch. Where are they going... what's their story... oooh, he's kinda' good-lookin'...

8. I'm in my early 40's and I love it. I really like myself, and who I'm turning out to be. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a "comfortable in my own skin" kinda' way. I'm experiencing a contentment that I never achieved in my 20's (ugh) and my 30's (oh, the lessons learned). That's it-- the keyword is contentment. It's a great place to be. Oh, and please don't misunderstand me-- I know there's much more growth ahead... I hope to keep growing and evolving throughout the rest of my life. It's called living.

9. I don't cook much... and I'm okay with that. (Carrie Bradshaw doesn't cook much either.) I do like to bake--although when I bake, I eat. Therefore, no baking lately.

10. I love to read. I can easily close myself off from the world and read during my entire lunch break, after work, or all weekend. I've been that way since I was a little girl. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd tell them "a ballerina" or "a writer."

Now, when people ask me what I'd like to be (if I could be anything) I reply, "A princess." Complete with a Petit Trianon, thank you very much.

Well, I hope that you've learned something new about me-- and aren't overwhelmed by all my hyperlinks! I've had a lot of fun with this post, and I hope you enjoyed it. Now, I'm suppose to pass the torch to 10 bloggers out there. This is the difficult part for me-- You all have such beautiful blogs-- so I'm passing this award on to any of my bloggy friends out there who are fellow Gleeks. Have fun!


Friday, June 4, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Okay, when I said that Haggie and I would choose a winner, I really meant it... so here he goes!
And there I go-- before he eats it! What? You want to see who the winner is, Haggie-boo-boo?

Haggie wants to show you who won-- slobber and all. Note: Haggie always has a dirty face. That's just part of his charm.
Okay, back to the winner...

Congratulations Laurie, from the blog Magpie Ethel--- you are my sweet winner! (I'm so glad the dog-slobber didn't make the print run.) Laurie has a wonderful blog-- it's so fun, cheery, and whimsical. It's one of my all-time crafty/vintage/kitschy eye-candy blogs. She's a vintage hunter extraordinaire if there ever was one. She finds the most wonderful things!
A big thank you to all of you who took time to enter this giveaway-- I wish that I could send all of you a special little somethin'. You all made my day with all your sweet comments. I'm so thankful for my wonderful bloggy friends!
Laurie-- please email me with your mailing address. What? You want to know what the prize is? Well, it's still in the mystery phase, but I can tell you it's right up your alley!
I will be sure to post about Laurie's prize as soon as I have it completed! Stay tuned!