Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hourly Wage?

I like baseball. My husband loves baseball. True story - Tony once told me that when he died the thing he would miss the most would be baseball. I didn't take offense because he was drinking a martini at the time and his team - Oakland A's - were winning. Over the years I have made him all kinds of baseball notebooks and journals. Matter of fact, my best selling baseball journal, in my Etsy shop, was created because Tony wanted a way to record every game he attended.

Yesterday, the plumber came out to fix my shower. He's not only a nice guy but coincidentally has a  cousin who is a professional baseball player. It took the plumber less than an hour and the cost to fix my shower was around $100.00. It was worth it and I have no complaints.
I just listed a baseball journal and when I had to enter in the price I figured with the cost of the book ($$), Etsy fees + my time I was making less than $10 an hour. I know I have gone around in circles, but the ending of this story is that it really isn't about the money. My husband loves baseball and I love crafting. It's not about the dollars, but about the smiles...and when his team is losing, the tears. I hope you are doing something you love. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Dollar Tree and the Bum

I may be a frequent shopper at DT, but there are a few things I vowed never to purchase. Foremost is food. I have a phobia of purchasing expired or spoiled food that will make me sick - been there, done that way too many times. Another thing is TP. When I was working, just retired last year, I hated the one ply TP at work and promised myself and my bum that no matter what my financial situation when I retired, I deserved soft TP -  my favorite being Charmin. Side note - the husband loves Scott and we have separate bathrooms, that's why our marriage works.
Last month I was out of TP and on my way to Ralph's to stock up on paper goods, my car mysteriously ended up in the DT parking lot instead of Ralph's. Still trying to figure out how that happened? Obviously, had to stop in and ended up with some nonsense I didn't need but something I needed but didn't want... a 4 pack of their TP.

It's been a month and wanna guess whether it was awful or divine? It was neither. Better than work but definitely not as soft as Charmin. My official bum tested recommendation is, next time you 're shopping at DT put a pack in your basket. It's great to have on hand when you just don't have time to go shopping. No cute bears but seriously folks, have you ever seen a bear wipe their bum? Me neither!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blame it on Dollar Tree and Target's Dollar Spot!

The $6,000,000 question of the day is, just how many post-it notes do you need? Look, I'm as guilty as the next man woman, but gee whiz folks, what the heck am I going to do with all these "must have" pads? I am too embarrassed to tell you just how many I own. Let's just say, a lot!  
Perhaps I am being presumptuous by assuming you are like me, and have a hard time passing up a stinking cute pad? After all, you might be one of the few who has enough will power to pass them by as you wander the aisles at Dollar Tree/Target. If so, have to know what secret you possess? Gotta admit they are beyond adorable and one never knows when one might need another post-it note pad. I have stacks in the kitchen, bedroom, office and Beehive. Thankfully, I don't have any in the bathroom but who knows, when Dollar Tree/Target puts out one with a bathroom theme I just might have to buy it!

I am usually awake when my husband leaves for work, but this morning I was still sleeping and found this by our coffee machine. Yeah for Target post-it notes, and yeah for husbands who write love letters on them.

Monday, May 23, 2016

95% of Blogs Fail

Up until a few days ago I was in the popular crowd - kind of - since 95% of Blogs fail and The Womens Waiting Room was a card carrying member. Yesterday I was given Aunt Jean's big, yellow baking bowl.  Aunt Jean is my Aunt through marriage and is this wonderfully creative woman, who  never married and has lived her life with passion and flair.
At almost 93, she recently decided to sell her home and move into a nearby assisted living home. She has been culling her possessions and yesterday, at our monthly visit, she gave me her Memory Bowl. It was her Mother's baking bowl and she fondly shared stories about how her mother would both mix and bake cakes in the bowl. Her favorites being the chocolate and the Easter cake. She had held onto it because it held such wonderful memories. Food does that. I fell in love with the bowl the minute I saw it. Think perhaps I smelled the delicious cakes.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 I know it’s only September and probably a little early to talk about Christmas, but since I spent the weekend in the Beehive working on my December Daily aka Countdown to Christmas aka Christmas Daily aka Jingle Bell Journal, I am more than ready for some delicious gingerbread cookies and eggnog.

I don’t usually do a Show and Tell of a work in progress, but !ALERT! Christmas is just a tad over 15 weeks away (EEK!) and I couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peak.

 Looks like Santa  is going to be playing BINGO!
There are 2 pages for each of the 25 days of Christmas.   

I’m tossing in a few recipe cards, oodles of charms and hope to have this listed in my Etsy shop – Inside the Beehive -  by next week.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Better yet, have you been a good girl or boy?


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Do You Believe in Fairies?

Once upon a time I believed in the Tooth Fairy.  I didn’t know what she looked like, but I was certain she didn’t resemble any person I knew.

My story begins the morning after losing a tooth and placing it under my pillow. I know I must have had magical dreams all night, but when I awoke and looked under my pillow, there was nothing there except my tooth. I ran down the stairs in search of my mother, crying because I couldn’t understand why the Tooth Fairy hadn’t left me a shiny quarter. 

My mother tried to assure me that the Tooth Fairy hadn’t forgotten me and together we went into my bedroom to search for that special gift from the Fairy.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw my mother slip a quarter on my bed. I remember as if it was yesterday, the immense sadness I felt when I realized the Tooth Fairy did resemble a person I knew. It was my mother. From that moment on, I ceased believing in fairies.

Having just shared my tale of woe, I encourage all children to believe in Fairies. To honor that belief, let me present My Newest Etsy Creation -
 I love this little Fairy Box filled with two vials of Magic Fairy Dust.
 I even included a tiny Tea Dyed Journal!
Do you still believe in Fairies? If so, what would you wish for?


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Time to Renew My Passport

It was an ace British themed weekend. Which was a bit odd - or not - since July 4th is the celebration of our independence from England. It’s not that I’m cheeky, because it all started innocently enough when I purchased a new paper stack called Dear Jane by DCWV. I love Jane Austen so it was mandatory that I create a few smashing items using the pretty paper.

Because I needed to get in the mood, I held my own private movie marathon to honor dear Jane Austen. I started with my favorite, P&P, on Thursday. Friday was reserved for Persuasion and Saturday was S&S. I ended the long weekend with Lost in Austen.  By the end of the holiday I was knackered from watching so much TV.
My first project was a Jane Austen inspired Diary using a color I usually avoid – red. Even so, I do fancy the way it turned out.

Their are four addressed envelopes and they are my favorite part of the Diary. I went online and found the real addresses where Jane lived. I just sold the Diary and am thrilled that it will be going to another Jane Austen Lover.

On Saturday I started my bespoken order for a 16 year old who coincidentally just happens to love London. Since it isn’t bound yet I wanted to give you a peek at what is going into this truly one-of-a-kind Junk Smash Book. In case you're curious she also loves elephants, the Peace Corps and monkeys.

All this talk about Jane and London has rekindled my desire to go to England to take the Jane Austen Tour. After I finish this post I'm definitely going to add that to my Bucket List!

Have you added anything new to your Bucket List? If so, please share.