Monday, March 19, 2018

Lottie Scotty Update #001-2018

This was our second outing with a vintage camper group...
 We found out about this gathering 
[or rally, I've not quite got these terms straight in my head -] 
while we were in Georgia, so it was fun to see some familiar faces 
and also meet new friends as well...
It was over at Honeycomb, so close to the house that I can't believe we've never camped there before... But I imagine it's a whole different atmosphere once it's warm enough to recreate out on the water - ha.
This weekend it was nice and peaceful... I loved our little lake view...
And all the spring flowers in bloom!
Craig contacted the event host and volunteered to cook fish for everyone on Friday night - He always does such a great job and most everyone loves fish - The host set it at 4 in the afternoon - a little early for many people... Still we had a good group and an informal time to meet and talk with many!
And as it turned out, the event host didn't show up [many people cancelled because of the bit of rain forecast for one night - ] and he defaulted to Craig - which I found a little odd since this was our first time at the event... But y'all know he took it in stride and listened to what the group wanted to do, and I think it turned out well --
Here's a few things we did differently this trip - we did NOT take the large vintage lawn chairs for 'staging' [we did haul a lot of fish cooking stuff -] and, we forgot our rugs  
 - but that's just as well because of the rain....
We picked up this little camp kitchen at the Coleman Store when we were down at The Gulf - and I just didn't realize how much I'd enjoy having it - It gives us an extra cooking / food prep area for sure... but I loved how I could heat dish water up in the electric skillet and have rinse water in the dish pan on 'kitchen' and then the drain / rack on the wired surface so everything could dry easily... It was a great purchase!
The other thing[s] we added this trip that I especially loved was the table and mixed matched chairs that we set up close to our campsite -  It's a little fold up table that opens up to the perfect height to eat a meal [or work on a project, or read a book, or play some cards...] 
LOVE that we can have a table close to our stuff - and that I don't have to climb in / out of picnic tables where I'm always concerned about spiders or other bugs, not to mention the concrete rubbing my clothes and / or legs.... 
LOVE the mis-matched chairs that Craig found for a bargain and painted the same apple red gloss as the rest of Lottie's accessories. [We already had the two little stools that we use for everything: seats - tables - a step to put he awning in, etc.]
It was a nice weekend of relaxing at our campsite... seeing the sunrise...
and set over our little Alabama mountains... 
Organizing the fish fry... and enjoying a potluck dinner as
we visited and got to know new friends... celebrating St. Patrick's Day...
Finding that I still have the 4-Leaf Clover gene 
{{So glad you can't see my nails because - disaster...not sure if it's having gel nails two times in a row or the winter weather - but they have chipped and cracked down to the cuticle - OUCH.}}
And relaxing 'round our camp fire... 
[Which y'all know we love - ]
Except for a bit of rain early Saturday morning, 
the weather was perfect for camping...
I'm already looking forward to our next trip!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Right Here Right Now

... enjoying this bit of nature on the Tennessee River 
with my sweetheart -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Remember this

(not so) little oil can turned candle holder 
Craig picked up a few weeks back? 
I kind of love it...
And think it will be fun to have with Lottie,
 or on the patio out back...
So.... I cleaned it up a bit with some red and brown paint...
Well, not CLEANED it, as in, it's no longer oily and dirty...
After all that's what gives it its character...
After I let it dry overnight, I added
 some gold rub-on letters I picked up at Tuesday Morning...
Looking forward to using it soon!

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's been a few months since

I've done a step-by-step [kinda / sorta] for our faith journaling group 
that meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
If you're local, we'd love to have you join us! -
Second Saturday - 
8:30 a.m.
Atlanta Bread on University
So, like I say on the handout - 
I'm kinda late to the llama drama - and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm loving them just a little too much - ha. Thus, I needed to add one into my Bible journaling. LOL. 
I was inspired by a Bible Journal page I saw on line where a girl was peeking out from a door - and also from a search of 'llama clip art' on google images - 
So. Let's go -
I always start with a pencil and great big eraser. 
OF COURSE I had to add a scarf around the little neck.

Y'all know that water colors are my first choice for my Bible Journaling. 
I [attempted to] blend several shades of color to create a little depth - If you look closely, you can see several shades of blue on the door, and several shades of browns / oranges / yellows on the llama -
I also take the time to dry between coats of colors... 
Using a heat gun to speed it along when needed. 
[This prevents wet colors from bleeding together-]
Next I added in the shadow with some greys 
[black with a little white mixed on the lid of my water colors -] 
I also added color over the llama and scarf again --
 I'll admit -- I used acrylic paint on the letters because I wanted them to "pop." 
[You could use alpha stickers instead of hand-drawing them if you want - ]
Then I finished with a favorite micron pen [that I tried so hard to get in focus for this photo!]

Here's our hand-out - 
Feel free to print it and use it as inspiration - or trace it - 
and let me see what you create! 
Please use the #faithbasedpages so I can see t too!
You can go to Instagram @faithbasedpages to see more! 
[P.S. - I think it's kinda cute and I hope you do too.]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring has sprung as my mama

would say!
And Easter will be here before we know it!
So today I'm sharing a few scrapbook pages around that - 
I'm not shy about grabbing photos of my sweet family off the facebook, to print and use in my scrapbook. And I still think this one of MK in her toddler years is adorable. 
You can see that I have NO PROBLEM mixing up patterned papers - 
I love it, actually!
The color on this one is a little wonky - it's much more clear in real life - ha.
Again, a patterned paper background is used to 
document our favorite Easter Cake.
And this last one is actually a canvas that I painted then added lots of patterned papers! KittyLou's photo was printed black and white and trimmed out before adding to the page - the crown is a couple of pieces of lace...
[She really is the queen of our house - ha]
Scrapbook ideas can be used in lots of different ways y'all!

Monday, March 5, 2018

I'm sure you've all seen the letter boards that

are so popular right now -- 
Turns out I got one for Christmas...
- I finally opened it up and organized all the letters and words!
Turns out, I may NEED more letters
[Isn't that just the way it is? - ha.] 
And okay, I realize this is a big quote with lots of words / letters, 
but I wish it was all black on the white - 
Annnnddd - I may end up painting the frame black too ---
Right now it's on my desk at work, facing my window [in the hallway] so I see it as I walk in each day - But I can see it being used here at home as well.
Let me know how you use yours!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Who remembers these?

Saw this while walking through the mall recently and I was immediately taken back to high school with our low [low] waisted hip hugger bell bottoms. Anyone else?
I think my fashion conscious mama was right when she said things repeat themselves every 30 - 40 years or

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Here's a quick run-down

of the books I've read this month -
All summaries are from Amazon - 


The Things We Wish Were True by

In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations. From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them? 

My take: It was a little bit slow going to get to the plot of this book, but once there, I couldn't put it down! These neighbors reminded me of Wisteria Lane. Yep. That complex, and good.

Leaving Time by  

For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.
My take: If yo don't want to read things with psychic then this is not for you, but I loved the twists and turns [and surprises] of this book! Plus elephants! And the sanctuary in Tennessee. I kind of want to read it again...

The Lullaby Sky by

After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.
And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life.
 My take: Fun read that brings attention to the abuse many women face.

One Pink Line by  

Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver's tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is a warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them.

Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It's a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.
  My take: A good little beach read, easy to read, with good characters who showed what love truly can be... Although forgiveness is not specifically explored, it's underlying throughout the story... a little language in parts - but not on every page...

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by

Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan.When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager—and the lure of the diner’s beloved strawberry tarts—are enough to draw her in and plant her feet…but only temporarily.
Raised by parents who refused to settle anywhere for long, Jancy has never known what it is to have roots. Now that Jancy’s swept up by the warmth and character of this quirky little community—
  My take: A good book where I could easily predict the outcome; still, it was fun to get to know the characters along the way.

Enjoy reading!

Monday, February 26, 2018

I've probably over-saturated

you guys with our photos from the beach -
But I wanted to re-cap our little get-a-way here today - 
I'm involved with the Alabama Conference of Social Work
and so enjoy being able to attend the conference each year
[The Gulf to us - ]
We lived close to The Gulf when we were first married so we always try to get back to it at least once a year - sometimes more...
So during the conference we try to go down a day or two earlier - or stay a day or two afterwards - depending on what the weather might be - And we usually stay in the same room, on the same floor, so we can have this same view 
[-- and afternoon sun which we love.]
It was so nice to have sunny skies!
[and a beautiful sunrise  or two as well!]
But the clouds did come in a few days later 
and it was just as cool to wake up to a very foggy beach a few mornings - 
I love traveling with my sweetheart!
[Love that he can work while I'm in my meetings - ]
We tried a few new places to eat [BuzzCats, Brick and Spoon,] but also stayed true to our favorites: The Shrimp Basket and Doc's [so good!]. 
We took time to look at our plans / schedules/ calendars for the months ahead, as well time to just relax, walk on the beach, hike a little trail, read, or just do nothing. Ha.
The conference is always excellent - with wonderful sessions to increase knowledge, network, and of course, get those CEUs.
Check out ACSW at the link above or on facebook, here -
 We had WONDERFUL WARM WEATHER [in the 80*!!] much of the week, so it was no surprise to come home to all the early spring flowers bursting out in glorious colors!
Y'all know how much I love the spring in the south! 
After some sustained rainy cold days I am so ready for it!
And I know, I know... we still have blackberry winter, etc. etc. - 
but I'm enjoying the warm while it's here!
[And least you worry - we DO have people 
who check the house / pets/ etc. while we're gone -]