Last Look at Summer

September is here
With Autumn so near
I wanted a
Last Look at Summer

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 Very trendy this year … Orange and Pink

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Coleus are pretty too, don’t you think?

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 Is it red or orange … who can be sure

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 This lily is striking … in no way demure!

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 So much texture and interest in thistles like this

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But a simple petunia’s beauty is hard to miss

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 Though a common flower, geraniums have such power

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 Obedient Plant … elegant simplicity

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 Attractive, plump seedum blooms

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 Are special favorites of the bee

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 Even a weed among blooms seems just right

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 Don’t know what, but it just looked fun

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 A final shot of a prairie plant … and I’m on the run.

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Meantime, remember … Don’t stress about it, just start that project.

Later – Cheryl

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A MUST for Every Bedroom

You may not have something that I consider an essential . . .
a MUST for every bedroom.
In the master, a child’s space or especially in a guest room,
it is an item you should seriously consider.

Any bedroom is a special retreat. . .
a little get-away right within your home.

Furnishings include a bed . . .
of course and hopefully . . . it’s extremely comfortable :)

A storage piece of some sort . . .  
is needed to hold all your stuff or your guests’ things.

All my bedrooms include one other necessity. . . 
another required piece . . .

A Comfortable Chair.
And most of you know that
one of my FEW but VERY IMPORTANT RULES is
anywhere you have a chair, you also must provide a surface and good lighting.

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You remember my newest addition in our master bedroom, FEATURED HERE. I enjoy it so much that I wanted to post an article on why I feel this is an essential piece for any/all bedrooms. I used one of my many HOUZZ BOARDS to help me demonstrate.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW.  THEN  CLICK THE BOX FARTHEST RIGHT of the two little boxes in the upper right corner, for the easier to view, article version of that board..

Hope it’s fun and informative.  And until next time remember . . .

Don’t stress about that project, just get it started!

Later – Cheryl

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Fabulous Fozzy Has Left The Room

        

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Goodbye, My Love

Yesterday began quite gray
Later the clouds had gone away
But my smile has gone too
And won’t return soon . . . because,
Our “Fabulous FOZZY” has Left The Room

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When Fozzy left any room . . . you always felt a void

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Because as you can see . . . he was a Very Big Boy.

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But lately he was easily tired,

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losing much of his pep and fire.

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Little Sister Gracie didn’t care.

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She snuggled and went with him everywhere.

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Most days he would wake me with a big paw thud on my head

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As if to say “Wake up and make the bed!”

Now that our fuzzy black knight is gone,
Gracie is with us to carry on.

So goodbye my love
our wonderful boy.

Thank you for filling our lives
with such joy.

I’ll miss you always . . . Love, Mom

Our gratitude and appreciation go to the
Princeton Veterinary clinic, Princeton, Minnesota
and all the wonderful. caring people there.
Thank you so very much.

Guilt Ridden

Craigslist had a beautiful chair yesterday, just posted and also just what I wanted for my bedroom reading corner.  AND, it was very close to home . . .

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So, I went, I saw, I conquered!  (Well, I went, saw and melted!)

It’s beautiful, it rocks, it glides, it twirls.  Made by Flexsteel and for once it was true . . . when the ad said “nearly new”!

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It even “sort of” had two nice sized toss pillows in the deal, the huge arm covers.

Backing each one with a coordinate, they are a nice tie-in on my bed.

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Sitting in my room last evening . . . relaxing and reading, I was so content, smug even. Very happy.

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But then . . .

today, this HOUZZ article arrived in my email..

Suddenly I was a bit uncomfortable.  This very stylish (but entire) home in only 140 sq. ft. of space, made me feel very selfish having a 12 X 12, 144 sq. ft. master bedroom.

I was totally guilt ridden . . . for a longgggggggggggg  while.

But after an  entire . . .  40 seconds, I recovered, read the piece and knew,

I just had to share it with you!

 

For all my HOUZZ fun, you can follow me there . . . just click the button to the right on my home page!

I treasure all my finds.  This one has made my bedroom complete!  Love it.

Happy bargain hunting to you!

Later – Cheryl

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Picasso, Warhol & Picasa?

Of course you’re familiar with Picasso.

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Source:  in fashion chicago.com

Though not among my favorite painters, I enjoy many of his sculptures.  I did learn to value Picasso’s paintings through my college art courses. (At least I came to appreciate the work involved.)

And Warhol . . . you know.  The Campbell’s Soup Can poster.  Warhol’s experiments with color and printing techniques always intrigue me.

Pieces like his  MARILYN SERIES  Source: Art Observed

Poster and illustration are among my favorite art categories, so my strong attraction to Picasa is understandable.

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Don’t know Picasa?  That’s not odd, because Picasa is a WHAT not a WHO.  It’s a computer photo software editing program..

Included with the package on my laptop at purchase, I really never explored it until last winter. Remember last winter?  The never ending cold and snow provided plenty of inside time, to attempt something new.  The piece above was created from the original shot, below, using Picasa.

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Picasa brought an idea to mind right away. I wanted to make posters for my granddaughters, using photos of them at various ages. Well, the project slid to the back burner until this summer for the girls’ birthdays.

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The dates are barely two weeks apart and there is usually a combined party of some sort. Both are teenagers now, but no big celebration this time, as the family was in the middle of moving to a new house.  Always looking for out-of-the-ordinary gifts, I thought this might do the trick.

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The poster idea was given up for three shots in a horizontal frame. I had a set of prints in pewter colored frames and I chose mat and image colors to coordinate with the girls’ rooms.   They got new bedding sets from the parent figures.  Carm’s is black, white, gray and hot pink.  Ash chose teal, brown and beige.  So I worked in those ranges.

NOTE:  I saved the cardboard prints for a later fun DIY project!

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I was very happy with the final pieces, and so were the girls.  They really liked them and the fact that no one else has anything like it.  When their rooms are newly painted and the art is hung, I’ll pass along better pictures!

Picasa 3 is the version I have.  It includes five menus to play with.  The first two are basic editing options. There are three more menus with lots of fun toys to try out.

Whatever photo edit software you have, play with it to discover all of it’s toys!

And Remember Now . . . don’t stress about a project, just start one!

Later – Cheryl

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On Little Money & Little Time

Remember the great “hunting trips” I’ve gone on lately?

Bargain and Treasure hunting that is.

Here’s what I’ve done with some of my fabulous finds.

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CHROME WINE RACK  =  GUEST TOWEL HOLDER
Cost:  $2 @ Local Family Pathways
Time:  5 minutes to fasten it to the wall, and roll my towels.

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SET OF MUGS  =  WASHCLOTH & NOTIONS HOLDERS
Cost:  $3.00 for two matching mugs @ Family Pathways
Time:  Zip . . . just filled em’ up!

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The fun washcloths included, are from a bundle that was a hostess gift from my recent visitors. THANKS AGAIN LADIES.

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TIP:  I purposely don’t buy the matching cloths when I purchase towel sets.  The bath and hand towels are hung for use and decoration.  Matched washcloths are VERY expensive, and you go through them more quickly.   So what I do is buy bundles of good quality cloths in neutral colors.  That way I get quality AND quantities and stay within my budget (and some extra décor too)!

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You’ve seen my wall collage here.

The little cup & saucer below, were found at a color tag sale.

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CUP & SAUCER
Cost:  $1.75/set @ Family Pathways

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A quick, new arrangement of the collage shows them off.  Don’t worry, the saucer is NOT going to fall and break this time!

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On my birthday shopping trip with Hubs, I bought the pretty vinyl for a laundry room project.

VINYL SHELF COVER
Cost: $5.99/yd @ JoAnn’s Fabrics
Time:  15 minutes.  I just measured, cut and glued.

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  • This heavy Vinyl can just be trimmed to size. It will wear without raveling.
  • I folded my front bottom edge back and made a slot for the weight.
  • Then just hot glued to my shelf unit.
  • A pretty way, to cover laundry necessities AND make the top surface waterproof.

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I can set my wet watering can and $0.99 Goodwill bucket with gardening items on top without worry!

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Today, I’ll end on another “orange” note.

My studio has a south-facing window I love to accent with colored glass.

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I recently switched from blues to oranges with this beautiful glass vase @ $1.75 found at Discovery Thrift.

I can hear my regular followers groaning at the artificial flowers.  Yes, I still don’t care for fakes as a rule BUT . . .

  • These are convincingly realistic looking
  • Cost only $1 per stem @ Crafts Direct, and . . .
  • They were my mom’s favorite flowers and remind me of her every day when I go in there

More color and fun soon.

Meanwhile . . . don’t stress about it, just start it!

Later – Cheryl

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Sunday Scenes

Sunday has provided time . . . to consider thoughts of many kinds.

A mid- summer Sunday
Trees swing and sway
Clouds intermittent, white to gray

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My living room has creams and browns
and lots of straight lines can be found.

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Seeing below, I want some rounds
And need to add more color!

BHG August PublicationSource:  Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, August Issue

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Saw my girls yesterday
Realized how time slips away
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From little ones to keep in tow
See how quickly they did grow.

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Here’s one more pretty for you today
Then I must be on my way :)

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Glad you stopped by again.
Remember now, don’t stress too much, just go ahead with something.

Later – Cheryl

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Killer Pain . . . but Man, Was It Fun!

Last week was almost MY last week!  After three straight days of shopping, the walking nearly killed me.  Two of my cool and crazy cousins came to visit, and Thursday noon through Saturday evening, all we did was shop!

Well, not all . . there was the talking . . . and the eating . . . and all the laughing.  Not much sleeping though & all that walking . . . yikes.  Hubs said it didn’t kill me, it did me good.  Okay, yes, I’m still alive (barely) but my new best friend is ALEVE!

We ladies are three of a kind, so we set out to visit as many thrift and 2nd Hand stores as we could find.  My area is chock full of em’ so no problem.  And we got some deals!  Can’t remember theirs (or even all of mine) but here are some of the things I found. ARTZZLE.COM Milaca Discovery Thrift was having their “Third Thursday Sale”, where each month on that day, everything is 30% off EXCEPT furniture which 15% discount.  Last month, I purchased a beautiful wooden  bureau (for $63) so I didn’t buy big this time.  The cute strawberry themed items @ $2.50 were all I left with.

Our local Family Pathways in Princeton, was where I found the vase, cup & saucer and these fun foam stamps..  Plus a glass casserole w/lid, a chrome wine rack, and a couple of miscellaneous things.  FP has “color tag sales”.  On our visit, green tags were 20% off; 40% off on yellow, and 60% discount on lavendar tags.  I spent around $9 for all my items. ARTZZLE.COM

Princeton Used Clothing Center  also has toys and household items.  And I recently started volunteering for them, so we had to stop in.  They were having 50% off on hardware items, and any clothing or fabrics, etc. was $3 a bag for all you could get in one. ARTZZLE.COM

No kidding, I got everything pictured for $3 . . . the clothes and the beautiful table cloth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything.  No spots, tears, nothing.  It’s all washable.  The slacks also have a casual accompanying blazer, and the pieces are inter-changeable.  Love it!  It’ll be great for the wedding I’m attending in November.  The table cover will work for several different holidays and occasions.

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At the Elk River Goodwill  it was twenty minutes to closing when I discovered a 10 books for $2, green tag sale.  I used my time wisely!   Picture books, funny quotes and sayings, decorating books . . . wow!  All hard-cover except one.

ARTZZLE.COM At a local “Thrift with a Twist”,  my cousin Robin pointed out a sandwich cooking gizmo.  Brand new with a little spatula and instruction booklet, she said it was perfect for me . . . easy, fast and step by step directions.  (She knows I hate to cook).  I bought that and a set of 4 glass mugs for $5.

My final great find was at “Savers”,  the pitcher below.  At $5.99, this was my biggest expenditure, but hey . . . it matches those $2 glasses from a recent garage sale! ARTZZLE.COM The ladies come up every summer and we always have a blast.  But in planning for next year, we decided to

  • Day one – shop
  • Day two – relax, gossip, talk design and decorating
  • Day three – shop, eat out

That way I won’t have to take so much ALEVE.

Hey, what fun finds have you come across lately?  Share with me.  You can email any pictures.  My address is on the About Page.

As always, try not to stress out, just get going!

Later – Cheryl

The First Alarm Clocks

Cheryl @ Artzzle:

Company’s a comin’. Busy . . . busy . . . busy! Cleaning, painting, yard and garden work and . . . oh, those mosquito bites! Aahhhck!

So sharing a FUNNY from one of my favorite London sites. Hope you like.

Later – Cheryl

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boffin moment

first alram clocks

History rawks don’t it??!!! :)

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