I'm a bookworm and a photographer. Pet mom, aunt, makeup and nail polish junkie. If I'm not in the middle of one crafty project I'm planning my next one. I can be snarky and sarcastic (I'm snarkastic) but it's usually just to guard myself. There's a distinct possibility that I am profoundly and irreversibly screwed up. And there is an excellent chance that I love too much...
I kept eyeing this little pot of purple roses at work last week and seriously considered getting it. But the last mini roses I had were attacked by spider mites so I am gunshy about it and ultimately decided that, for now at least, simply admiring them at work was enough. Not to mention it saved me a few dollars which is always a good thing.
My dear blogging friend E.C. recently posted a little tutorial/pictorial on how she made her own DIY soap dispenser from a mason jar. I’ve been in need of a couple nice soap dispensers since I moved but could never find anything I liked that was also within budget. Ok to be fair nobody truly NEEDS a soap dispenser. But they do look nicer than the “single use” type plastic bottles liquid hand soap tends to come in. I always refill mine from the big refill bottles to get the most use out of them even if they aren’t the prettiest things in the world to look at.
Her idea was so simple it made me wonder why I had not thought of it myself. Granted I still needed to buy some of the supplies. Ok, almost all of them. And I confess to buying new mason jars for the job too. 😶 In my defense I left all my mason jars behind when I moved and the couple I have since acquired in one way or another either still have food in them that I’m not ready to open yet or were much too large. So. It’s justified, right?
I chose the blue half pint jars as they were closest to the height I needed for the soap pumps I had at home and also they seemed the ideal size for how much counter space they would take up. And I like blue.
I simply followed E.C.’s instructions – the most tricky part being getting the pliers started with removing the punched out center of the lids – and a short while later I had two pretty new soap dispensers – one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen – ready to go, that I actually like! (Yes J I am aware of the built in soap dispenser my kitchen sink has. It is recently refilled and I do use it. But I still like having the pretties around.)
I did add some silver glitter tape to the rings of the jars, because it’s me and when do I not add glitter to something if it is even the slightest bit possible to do so? Unfortunately, through many attempted projects, I have learned this particular tape (Duck Glitter Crafting Tape) is NOT very adhesive. The only thing it seems to adhere to somewhat well is paper and I am honestly not sure it would even hold up well for that based on what I have seen in my experimenting with it. After less than 30 minutes it was coming off the rings already. I haven’t yet figured out what to do instead since the tape is clearly not going to hold. (I used this tape on my homemade makeup brush holders which can also be seen in this picture but on those I had glued the tape down and even then I had to keep fighting with it to get it to stay down while the glue dried. I don’t feel like dealing with such a battle on these!)
If you’d like to know how to make your own mason jar – or similar – soap/lotion dispenser just click here to see E.C.’s post about how she made hers.
My momma made a stand mixer cover for me for my birthday, and I love it! Between my somewhat dodgy measuring skills and her dislike of using patterns, it turned out a bit too big but that’s totally fine – too big is still functional whereas too small would not have been. She chose a fabric that honestly I would never have chosen myself, yet on the finished piece it works so well! She also put some pockets on the sides to put the attachments in, or spatulas or other tools commonly used when the mixer is being put to use.
It is my birthday week so I thought I would do something a little different for Tuesday Tunes.
This week, I am posting not just one song but a playlist of 8 songs that were on the Billboard Hot 100 (or Billboard’s Hot Country Songs list) in my birth year. These are all songs I grew up listening to that to this day I enjoy listening to.
Ricky Skaggs – I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could
Reba McEntire – Can’t Even Get The Blues
Alabama – The Closer You Get
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
I know most folks roll their peanut butter cookies in granulated sugar or sprinkle some granulated sugar on top after making the criss cross pattern with the fork. I always felt that was a bit pointless as the sugar just melts away as the cookies bake. What I prefer to do is just use a cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet, make the criss cross pattern with a fork dipped frequently in granulated sugar just so it doesn’t stick to the cookies, then I sprinkle the tops with a coarse sugar. Some of it will still melt into the cookies as they bake, but there will still be some granules left behind that have not melted. I think it makes them prettier than just using regular granulated sugar.
I got plenty of sleep according to my fitness tracker. Not much deep sleep but lots of light sleep. Yet I don’t feel rested at all this morning. I was exhausted yesterday and by 1700 I could barely keep my eyes open but of course that is much too early for bed so I had to fight to stay awake for a few hours. I need to be able to survive my shift at work tonight so didn’t want to mess up my sleep schedule in that regard.
Speaking of work I enjoy my new job probably about as much as one can enjoy a job, though it is not without its challenges and there are times I get frazzled and a little frustrated. I’m working in the bakery department of one of the area grocery stores. Everything has to be done just so, which means no room for creativity really. It requires doing a LOT in a single shift so my wrist is hurting quite a bit. I’m apparently allergic to the vinyl gloves that must be worn, so I need to talk to one of the managers to ask if I could bring my own gloves of another material, or wear some cotton liners underneath the provided vinyl gloves to offer a barrier between my skin and the material. That’s probably going to be the easiest route, since I’m not sure what other materials of gloves would be ok or of I’d have a reaction to them or not. It’s one thing to wear gloves occasionally for a few minutes to deal with something but quite another to wear them for several hours straight while working. It’s only a part time position, not enough to live off of honestly so I still need to figure things out and find something I CAN actually live off of. But for now it helps at least a little, and gives me experience for my resume.
I’ve desperately got to figure out how to pay for a fence around my back yard. It’s not even about the need for my dogs to be able to run and play, though that is true. It’s not about my desire for a little privacy though that is true as well. It is first and foremost about the fact that I fear without a fence it is only a matter of time before something awful happens. There are loose/stray dogs around here like you wouldn’t believe. One of the neighbors has a chihuahua with a death wish. That stupid little dog charges at me and my girls when we are out and it is a struggle to get mine hauled back inside. More recently a pit bull and another similarly sized (but slightly smaller) dog came along while I had my girls out – thankfully they kept their distance while my girls went bonkers and I used all my strength to pull them back across the yard and into the house. I get tense every time I take my girls out so they can potty, I do not at all trust putting them on their tie outs because then I can’t take immediate action to get them back inside if necessary, I feel badly that when they do go out I keep the trips as brief as possible. They NEED to be able to sniff and run and enjoy the outdoors a bit. But that can’t happen till I have a fence up to keep all these loose dogs OUT. Problem is fencing is freaking expensive and I just can’t afford it at all. 🙁 I’ve got to figure something out though for the safety of my girls and myself, and for my own peace of mind… Not to mention the fact that when my girls get fired up because of these other dogs, they pull so hard it’s hard on my wrists, elbows, and shoulders, trying to keep them from getting away from me. It’s no wonder my wrists hurt so much all the time anymore even though I rest them as much as possible and try to exercise them for some strength.
Anyway I finished another painting a couple days ago. I ended up changing my mind about just how I wanted to finish it up, but I like how I chose to do it instead. Originally there was going to be some lettering as well but I decided against it once I had the actual painting portion finished.
I drew inspiration for this one from the No Doubt song Spiderwebs. Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking into spiderwebs, so leave a message and I’ll call you back. Notone of their better songs I admit, but it always stood out to me as a favorite for the meaning behind the lyrics – or the meaning I always personally see in the lyrics anyway. One of the beautiful things about all forms of art, including music, is that each individual can interpret the same thing in different ways. Put a group of people in a room and have them listen to the same song then write down what they think the song is about, I guarantee there are going to be multiple meanings presented. That’s how music and art can touch so many people – there’s room for personal experience annd feelings to interpret what you see or hear, no one interpretation being “right” or “wrong”.
Well, my doggies are fussing wanting some snuggle time and I could use that myself so I’m off to have some down time with my girls before I have to get ready for work.
I’m just sitting here enjoying the peace and quiet trying to ignore the hood noise and waiting for a decent hour to go to bed to roll around. I know once that happens I’ll likely be unable to sleep, but at the moment I can barely keep my eyes open.
I had a much longer day yesterday than anticipated. Long story short: thought I had the day off so was up very early to do my grocery shopping then planned to just do relaxing things all day, my plumbing saga continues, turned out I did have to work, figured that out before being late but did have to rush in, once all was said and done it was 11pm by the time I got to bed last night.
I was able to do a little painting over the past couple days. I had been wanting to paint or draw but was just too tired, so it was nice to get a couple new things done even if they are very simple little things. Neither of them were planned at all, I just sat down and started and went where ever my thoughts took me at the time.
I have an idea for another painting stewing in my mind now but am too tired to even figure out where to begin so it will have to wait for another day. All I will say is lately I seem to like taking my favorite songs (particularly those from the 90s) and drawing inspiration from them for some simple artwork.
Rascal is fussing wanting out to potty. It hasn’t been that long since our last trip and it is not yet time for the bed time potty run but she seems insistent so she must have to go regardless of time, so I am off.
Of course, knitting and crochet are VERY much a part of my everyday life! If I don’t actually work on a project on a given day, it is guaranteed that I have at some point thought of one of the projects I have in the works or something I want to make in the future, or yarn I want to use up, yarn I want to buy, needles or hooks I would like to have… you get the idea!
This concludes my 7 Days 7 Photos challenge series of posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.