Monthly Archives: June 2016

That’s So Pinteresting!


I have a Pinterest addiction.

I find myself wandering to the site without even thinking about it.  I can scroll and read and pin for hours.  I organize and reorganize my boards for fun.

I would be so excited if a button for “I did this!” was created!!!

pinterest newsfeed

I have 77 boards currently, and 8,561 pins as of 4:14 p.m. 6/20/2016.  This doesn’t include what I consider temporary boards such as planning for a specific upcoming party.

So I want to share my goodies and stuff with you!

Cruise vacation 2012 123

Are We There Yet?  Travel, destinations, tips for packing and sightseeing

Artsy Fartsy  Art inspiration and beautiful things

Be Mine, Valentine  Crafts, decorations, and fun ideas for Valentine’s Day

Beautiful Baths  Design and décor ideas for the bathroom


Bible Study

Board Games  Ideas for creating games and instructions for playing

Bread Basket  Recipes, tips and tricks for baking homemade breads

Breakfast Bonanza  Recipes for breakfast and brunch

Camp Allendale  All kinds of goodies for planning a week of church camp

Clean It Up  Recipes for making cleaning products, tips and tricks for cleaning almost anything

Clothes Closet  My dream wardrobe.  If only what I pinned would magically show up in my closet…


Coffee Shoppe  No recipes, just for fun

Craft Room  Craft ideas, tips and tutorials

Crockpot Cookery  Recipes for the slow-cooker

Delicious Drinks  Beverages, both alcoholic and non

Dining DIY  Recipes for making ingredients for other recipes

DIY Décor  Inspiration and instruction for making beautiful home décor and vignettes

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?  Cute snowman arts and crafts, duh.

Easter/Spring  Crafts and decorating ideas for the spring season

Family Camping  Recipes for cooking out, tips and tricks for camping

Festive Fall  Crafts and decorating ideas for the fall season

Fibro File  Research, motivation, and helpful hints and tips for living with chronic illness

Fire!!!  Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits

Fit For Life  Exercise and fitness that is friendly for me

Floor Plans 

Food Preservation  Canning, drying, freezing food

Genius!  Tips and tricks I wish I had thought of


Gift Ideas  Ideas for gifts to make, to compile, or to purchase

Good Eats  Recipes, recipes, recipes – usually for entrees and main courses

Grandkid Goodies  Games, toys, and activities to do with my littles

Happy New Year!  Décor, activities, and recipes for the holiday

Hooked On Crochet  Patterns for crochet, knitting, embroidery, and so on

Hospitality House  Creating an inviting and comfortable environment for guests

How Does Your Garden Grow?  Ideas for garden design, tips and tricks for growing vegetables, flowers, and greenery

I Feel Pretty…  Beauty hints

I Love You  Romantic reading

Interior Motives  Home décor and design

Jewelry Box  Jewelry design and instructions

Junk Drawer  When it doesn’t fit anywhere else

Kitchens and Dining Rooms

Koi Pondering  Koi pond design, care, and related topics

Lawn Games

Let Them Be Little  Early childhood learning and teaching

Mapquest  Design, crafts, and décor using maps and globes

Merry Christmas  Holiday décor and design

Mood Menders  Animal memes (they just make me smile!)


Music Makers  Instructions for making musical instruments

Nature Center Projects

No Small Kindness  Quotes about goodness and kindness, and ideas for making a difference

scarf organizer


Outdoor Décor  Design and decorating the outdoor space of my home

Outdoor Learning Space  Projects for early childhood education

Party Ideas

Peacock Palette  Mostly peacocks and peacock-inspired color schemes, just because I like them

Photo Ops  Ideas and inspiration for photography

Preach Your Passion  Public speaking pointers

Scrapbook, Cards, and More  Papercrafting

Sew Pretty  Ideas, tips and tricks for sewing, mostly non-clothing items


Simply Salads

Sleepover Suite  Ideas for multi-person bedrooms

Snack Attack!  Recipes for sweet and savory finger foods

So me…  Identification

Someone So Special  Research and ideas for people with very special needs

Soups and Sandwiches

Stars and Stripes  Décor, activities, and recipes for Independence Day

Stress Less  Recipes and tips for stress relief

Sweet Dreams  Bedrooms design and décor

Sweet Treats  Recipes for desserts and such

This Is For The Birds! (…and the bees and the butterflies…) 

bathroom cabinet transformation

Trash To Treasure  Upcycling junk into lovely stuff

Winter Wonderland  Crafts and décor for the winter season

Words  Quotes about everything

Writer’s Block  Inspiration for writing

Young Ladies Life Group  Leading teen girls in a Christian lifestyle

Feel free to wander on over yourself and explore my pages.  You may even get rewarded with a great idea or a hundred!


Tomato Talk


What did one tomato say to the other tomato?


Let’s catchup!


It has been 37 days since I last posted.  This was an unplanned hiatus that simply happened.  Each day as I woke up, I did not say to myself, “I am not going to write today.”  I just didn’t.  Oh, I had plenty of brainstorms and moments of inspiration (my notebook and my bathroom wall can attest).  Why the words were not written for the web, I do not know.  But…

Here I am!

the writing on the wall

the writing on the wall

Sometimes, a time of self-discovery is necessary.  Sometimes, debacles with family or with friends occur.  Sometimes, health or home issues must take the forefront to find a resolution.

Sometimes, the words must be written and anguished over and edited and rearranged, and after all the emotions and insights are put down on the paper or on the screen – the entire saga is deleted, stress is drained, and the world may be looked upon with fresh eyes.

Anne Lamott quote

Sometimes you need a break before you break.


Here are some hints, goodies, and sneak peaks that I look forward to sharing with you in upcoming posts!

Advisory Warning – Waxing philosophic usually creates philosophic ear wax.

Beauty in a Bottle? – Gratitude and graceful aging

Commitments and Commitment – The business of busyness

Importance Issues – Sometimes you find that you are not as important in someone’s life as you thought you were.  Is that their fault for not recognizing your importance, or yours for ascribing/believing/considering yourself important?

Planning and Priorities – If you don’t determine what matters most, then what matters most tends to fall by the wayside.

Someone So Special – Are we sometimes too “smart” to be satisfied?

What Were My Words? – Your words are the only thing in life over which you have absolute control.


[Well, of course they are in alphabetical order!  You know I have legitimately have OCD (meds and all), right?]


a touch of madness