I used to live right on the the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Loved it! Miss it! But this year.......Looks like there may be major flooding. The husband & I went for a walk in the old 'hood last night to take a look at the rising levels. They're predicting that Shepard Road (part of the Mississippi River Road that runs the entire lenghth of the River) will be closed & under water. Not good.
Stairway to duck bliss!
This is USUALLY a walking path.
And don't let anyone tell you the bridges in MN need any work. Not true. They're all just fine.
This guy support a railroad bridge that is used all the time.
So my choice may not have been the best seeing how life has turned recently. It seems all I blog about is cookies! And....here's another. These are the 'left overs' after I piped names on the best ones and brought them to my sisters for a cookie taste test. Her's vs. mine. Her flavor was better but my texture won.
This was my first attempt at gum paste. The flowers are super simple and i just kinda made up the bow. That will need more practice.
This is absolutely cracking me up! I follow the Knock Off Wood Blog. She makes up plans for furniture that looks like the stuff you buy at Pottery Barn & William Sonoma & stuff. She shows people how to build it for a fraction of the cost to buy. I built a sofa table for behind my love seat based on her plans. But now the Big Guys are not happy with her. Check out her post here.
And these may be horrible photos, but here is my Knock Off Wood sofa table.
The second one, I pulled the table away from the wall so you can see it. It looks horribly dusty! I still need to find a couple of cute lamps and something to hang on the wall above it.
Thanks, Anna, for making cute stuff do-able for the rest of us!
Wow. So I totally didn't ever post the final 'guess the event' cookies. A huge group of us had a turkey bowling party in Lindstrom at the house of our friends. Crazyness. A frozen turkey is thrown down an alley of ice at bowling pins. No, I'm not a redneck. We had a four hole golfcourse too.
Lately I have seen SO many cute frozen pop things. All these fun forms and recipies and books about and pics. I was really wanting to go buy a mold thingy and make some. I'm a little too cheap & lazy these days though, so this is my solution.
I've been obsesed with cookies lately. More the decorating than the eating. This is the most recent batch. I decided to make half the recipe since I wasn't so sure about it. It made the whoppin' 6 cookies (yeah, John & I ate 2 before I could take pics.) I'm giving my sister the recipe so she can mess with it. She is WAY more the baker than I am. She bakes, I decorate. It wasn't a bad cookie to start with, but I bet she can improve it 10-fold.
There is currently one left. Wish I hadn't promised to bring my boss one.
Wow. I'm not very good at consistancy with this whole blogging thing. But there is a good reason excuse. My sister and I are working on a business plan to open a store. Hopefully I'll have more to share soon.
I found this super cute wreath Here via One Pretty Thing. And since I'm attempting to do more seasonal decorating, I thought I'd give it a try.
So I went to Michael's to get the stuff, but, of course there were NO heart shaped wreath forms. I could have bought a grapevine one, but those smelled funny. So I figured I go to another store later this week. But, instead....
Using the back of an old desk calendar and an X-acto, I made a heart shaped form. Then taped some rolled up newspaper to the heart and covered it with red duct tape. Yep! Using what I have cuz I am NOT going out in all this snow!
Then I just hot glued the feather boa to my form and tied it up with a sheer ribbon.
Underneath is my Martha Stewart glitter painting. Mine is way fluffier and I'm debating whether or not to trim it. I'll ask the husband for his opinion when he gets home (Valentine's Day is his birthday, after all.)
Wow. The Saints won. I was hoping that would be the case since they beat my Vikings in the playoffs.
So... over a year ago, webought our house. It was built in 1937. It has some fun quirks. And some very old windows. I love the 'wiggly' glass. My husband hates the air leaks. We've done some updates. The kitchen being number one. Originally it was ketchup and mustard with dark eggplant purple. Not cute. I'll share pics when I get them off the old computer. Anyway, we scraped off the old paint (because it came off very easily at the beginning) then repainted it to go with the super cute vintage dishes I bought (Blue Heaven, I totally stole the picture of a plate from Retro Life http://retrolife.typepad.com/my_wegblot/2006/03/blue_heaven_dis.htmlpepad.com/my_wegblot/2006/03/blue_heaven_dis.html)
I then found out that the Pantone color of the year for spring 2010 was the same turquoise blue we painted the kitchen. Seems that I make design decisions that then become very popular. Too bad I don't have a way share my ideas before everyone knows that they are popular. OH....that's right! Now I have a blog!....yeah. So, now that I share ideas noone else will publish them......this could be fun!
Anyway......S...L...O...W...L...Y....... we are making our house a home. I see so many wonderful blogs, with such wonderful, low-cost, fabulous designs, that make me feel confident that I can accomplish the goal of a home. Unfortunately, I've been unemployed for over a year, so our improvements need to be VERY budget friendly. Let's see how this goes?