Yet those who wait for the LORDGood-night, Mom.
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
-- Isaiah 40:31
Have clarity once again.
I know I have been AWOL lately - things got really hairy here last semester what with the effects of Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent power outages and the increased demands from my students. Having said that, I just needed to pop in here to say how proud I am of Neatnik's Girl Scout troop.
The girls received their cookie order forms this week (yes, it is cookie season already). Sometimes people want to support the scouts but don't like the cookies (or can't eat them - people with diabetes or gluten-intolerance). Those folks can donate a box of cookies to the troop. This year, the girls unanimously voted to send all donated boxes of cookies to a local food bank which is supporting the vicitms of Sandy. The food banks in the area are very depleted due to the increased demand of the past autumn and early winter.
Many kudos to Neatnik's troop!
I removed my acorn garland from the old front porch and installed it up above our new front door.
I loved my two mason jar lamps so much that I made a third one for the master bedroom. Got to get my money's worth out of the outrageously expensive diamond-tipped drill bit, after all!
I picked up a pretty ugly lamp from a garage sale a while back. Paid two dollars for it and it included the shade. Well, the shade was way too big to use on a quart-sized mason jar lamp so I decided that I would find an alternate shade solution. A bag of clear, white, and frosted glass decorating stones set me back about a buck and a half at goodwill but I still didn't have a shade. Today, I discovered a ReStore and while there I found a small, brown basket that had traces of the green of our bedroom paint on it. Can you say 50¢? I sure could! Thinking outside the box, erm, basket, baby!
I turned the basket over, marked out the center and drilled a ¼" hole to accommodate the finial's bolt. To be honest, I also needed to apply a wee bit of glue and pressure since the bottom of the basket was slightly separated in one corner.
Here is my completed lamp which cost me all of four dollars and a bit of my time and ingenuity.
I don't have any new pictures for you today. Will you forgive me? I'm pretty sure you will since you guys are all great that way. Since I don't have a picture, I don't have a theme....which leads me to a Wednesday Morning Bullet Post...
I noticed that even after the nickel tour, some visitors lost track of the location of the powder room on the first floor. We needed to make sure that nobody took an accidental trip down the basement stairs while seeking bladder relief.
Want to see my solution to both problems? Of course, you do!
A Wednesday Morning Bullet Post - The Daisy Edition...
I have lots of Scrabbleletters leftover from the first letter project. Last night I decided to use some of those letters. I pulled out my little power screwdriver/drill, some Fix-All,and a couple of wee, little eye hook screws.
It has been a crazy week here what with the beginning of school, the fall term at work, allergies, fevers, and injured backs. I haven't gotten a whole lot of nifty decorating stuff done unless you count touch up paint on the screws for a set of brackets and rehanging the curtain on Neatnik's bed but I was looking at the office door's origami wreath and thinking it needed a little something.
I've been trying to decorate outside the proverbial box here. One of my things lately is that artwork isn't just for walls. Who says you can't decorate your doors? People put wreaths on their front doors, why not on an interior door? The new office door décor: an origami wreath constructed from old papers.
You need eighteen squares of paper to make each wreath.