Vintage Postage Giveaway Winner

And the winner is....

Dolly Madison!

Congratulations on winning the stamps.  I'm glad to hear that they are going to such a stamp lover!

Here's how the winner was picked.  I made a list in spreadsheet (each vote got a line so that it had its own unique number.  Then I used a random number generator to pick the winner.

Congratulations again and thank you to all that participated.  And don't forget, this order and many more are available at TreasureFox's Etsy page.  You can even work with them to make your own custom order!


January Recap

Wow.  I feel like nothing that I planned at the beginning of the month got put up, but I got some really great recipes up and I finally finish Life of Pi!  Hopefully, I will do better this coming month.  And I took my first steps toward promoting this blog with our second Vintage Stamp Giveaway sponsored by TreasureFox.


Crushed Berry Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a great substitute for sugar sodas and a great way to get some much needed fruit into your kids...or husband.  I like to be creative with my lemonade by adding some crushed fruit at the bottom.


10 Things to do without Internet

Some of you might have noticed that I was gone for quite a few days.  This was because of the Uverse outage fiasco.  Who knows what happened, but either way I was without Internet and TV for a number of days.  That's fun.  Here are a few things you can do when you find yourself without Angry Birds, Email, and Pinterest.


Hello, Vintage

I recently got to go through seven boxes of vintage fabrics, and was able to pull out my favorites.  Most of them deserve their own post and there will be some alterations and DIY projects focusing on them, but here is a teaser.


Valentine's Day Frame

Don't throw away that old, boring frame...refurbish it!  I took an ugly, cream colored frame that was worn down to the wood in places and with a little paint made it into a fun Valentine to my favorite nephew. 


Life of Pi Review

Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  Set in the 1970s, this book follows a young Indian boy named Pi Patel.  A boy who survived 227 days in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat...with a Bengal tiger.


Paula Deen's Old-Time Beef Stew Adaptation

I'm still not sure what the difference between stew and pot roast is exactly, but I like anything that involves slow cooked meat and vegetables.

Here is my adaptation of Paula Deen's recipe.


Buy Local (and Organic)

Most towns have a Farmer's Market.  And if not, then there is one within driving distance.  I'm a big fan of the Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmer's Market, because not only is it a great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, it has great food, homemade soaps, crafts, and artwork, and even plants for sale.


DIY--Kitchen Faucet Installation

My mom picked up a new faucet set for the kitchen sink and gave me to opportunity to see if I had the skills need to be a plumber!  Not knowing anything about taking out and installing a faucet I looked to google and found a great youtube video that made it almost easy.  I say almost, because I still had to hunt for the right tools in the garage and do the manual labor part.


Don't Sweat It

So I did something this week that I never thought I would do...I joined a gym!  One day of exercising down and it hasn't scared me away yet.

Planet Fitness might not have been my first choice for gym (sadly it has no yoga, tai chi, or similar classes), but the deal was just too good to pass up:  $99 for 15 months.  This deal can be found at some Sam's Clubs (I found it in Vero Beach, FL).

I expect good things from this "no judgement" gym.  And I got a free T-shirt!


Anything Can Happen Thursday

When I started planning my blog, I went through each day of the week to give it a theme in hopes that it would focus my content and help me with planning each day.  

I came up with this these themes:
  • Monday:  Style/Organization
  • Tuesday:  Travel
  • Wednesday:  Recipe
  • Thursday:  Anything Can Happen
  • Friday:  Craft/DIY
Not every week sticks to this plan.  If there is a holiday or it is the beginning or ending of the month, then I tend to deviate.  But Thursday are always my favorite, because I gave myself permission to do whatever I wanted...a free ticket to do something different and challenge myself.

So if you're in a rut, then make an Anything Can Happen Day (Sheldon will not yell at you if it is not the 3rd Thursday of the month) and do something fun.

And please notice my shameless pug of The Big Bang Theory.  This show is sitcom gold.


Don't Throw Those Away!

Thanks to one of my sister's link list, we are looking at citrus peels in a whole new way.  Instead of throwing lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit peels away, you can boil and sweeten them into a tasty treat that is almost better than eating the fruit itself!


Stamp and Coin Show

This week (in honor of our second vintage stamp giveaway by Treasurefox), I made a visit to the nearest stamp show that I could find:  the Second Sunday Stamp and Coin Show located at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, FL.


CLOSED--Valentine's Day Postage Giveaway

Here is another chance to win some free vintage postage from our sponsor, Treasurefox! The theme for this set is Valentine's Day.


Snack Time

One of my favorite late night snacks is monkey bread, but not the cinnamon-sugar kind.  Nothing except butter and garlic is going near this bread dough.


Hello, BBQ

The thing I missed most when I was in California was some good BBQ.  It just doesn't seem to exist there.  But in Florida it's hard to find any bad BBQ.  One of my favorite restaurants is Sonny's.


Expand Your Space

I like movies and I have a growing collection of DVDs, CDs, and video games that recently have been taking over my closet.  However, with my trusty box of cardboard, I've solved that problem.  Here is a quick, cheap, and easy way to make a double shelf for lightweight objects such as DVDs, CDs, or paperbacks...and it's still easy to pull something off of the bottom shelf!


Journal Making

I have always been interested in book making, but never found the time to try it.  This week I made the time.  Here is my first project--a personal journal--that I made from scratch using old sketchbooks, a shoebox, some old scrapbooking paper, and embroidery thread.


Magazines by the Volume

Some magazines you read and then recycle; some magazine you keep for reference.  However, keeping your magazines can become an unorganized mess if you are not careful.  One way that I have found to keep my magazines in check is to combine them into year long volumes.  This means binding 5-12 magazines into one easy to read book.  This only works with magazines that have been stapled in the middle with no flat spin.


Good Luck Meal

There are many New Year traditions out there, but my favorite is the New Year dinner.  Every year we make pork, black eyed peas, and collard greens...and cornbread, because its delicious.  This meal goes back a ways and I don't see it changing anytime soon.


January Overview

It's the start of a whole new year!  This month you can expect to see some DIY projects such as crochet scarves, the double DVD shelf, and maybe a play laptop for a certain nephew of mine, as well as several new recipes, travel spots (this time on the east coast), and introducing television and movie reviews.

I have decided to remove the language study and other learning materials section to its own blog which I will be working on this months.  I will also be designing drag and drop and other computer programs for more interactive learning.

Also this year I will be working on a 365 Project.  I've decided to do a sketch a day.  These sketches will appear on my artist's blog

Happy New Years!



Welcome to 2013!  I wanted to get some firework pictures for my cover image, but apparently no one in my neighborhood wants to perform for me and the only fireworks we have are at least 6 years old...and I don't want to burn down the house.