Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thrift Score!

Can you imagine Mum rolling her eyes?  She would PROLLY at this!  A video of what I got at a thrift shop. "Who would watch this?"  Hahahaha

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kyle Cease Wisdom

WOW.  Just had to share this from Kyle Cease, "transformational comic."  If you have any burning, life-changing, existentially-type questions, do this exercise!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Boudoir Re-do

Readers of this blog will recall my Bedroom Remodel of 2014. It was time for another one. After that one, I had switched the bed over to the opposite wall and Mum had made me a headboard. But I don't have any photos of that one!  I did capture it on my last Jammie Chat, tho. 

Here's the before-the-headboard on the other wall set-up:

Sheet-as-curtain hanging on left is my closet:

This is my dresser-as-baseboard:
Tabby Bobcat annoyed that Buddy has his catnip toy.
 I even had room for a little reading corner:

I was going for an Oasis-tent-along-the-Silk-Trail kinda vibe. But then I saw this photo on Pinterest of an opium party:

Oh, lookit!  A pile of people!

But what I really thought was, Oooh. Nice wall hangings.

What prompted the most recent re-do was watching Dave Asprey's Moldy Movie, which then prompted a ton of research on the effects of toxic mold. If you've not seen the movie, check it out. And if you've ever had even the tiniest water leak, beware. Toxic mold can be linked to neurological, chronic, and mysterious illnesses. You know; just like gluten and thyroid disease.

Back to the bedroom: there was a family that left their moldy home, but brought their mattresses with them because "but they're brand new!  We just bought them!" And that's why everyone was still having respiratory problems. So it got me to thinking about my mattress that I'd had for 12+ years and had been in another house where there was a flood in the basement. I gave it the sniff test and it really did have a musty smell to it. So when Lawnmower Ben was over, I got him to help me get the mattresses out. I also had to get rid of the headboard. Basically, the rule for anything that could have toxic mold is if it's more than an inch thick and can't be washed in a washing machine in HOT water and borax, get rid of it. Because I had the mattress topper encased in a waterproof cover, it was okay. Yay!

Here's the new set up:
New curtains covering the window. 
That's a "Tree of Life" tapestry behind the pillows. Thank you Opium party.

Buddy still uses the beagle/cat steps to get on the bed:


The old window curtains are at the closet. And really, they stay open except for photos.
One day my niece was visiting and tried to exit thru the curtains at the closet. She was a bit embarrassed and I said, "Yes!  Thank you. That's the look I was going for; that it would look like an entrance into the room. You just showed me that I did a good job!"

My nightstand was stacked high with books, so yesterday I switched it with a little bookcase. You can see it to the right of the bed, with the pashmina throw covering it. Or as John Morgan would call it, drapey-table-cloth-thingie. But do you see what's in the corner?
That's the stack I'm in the middle of reading.
I still have a bit of a secret . . . because it looks like a real bed, doesn't it? Well:

Bingo's spot, under the "bed."
I didn't want to rush into buying a whole new bed. As a temporary solution, I got out my unused massage table and fashioned a new bed with the mattress topper. Holy Heck was it comfortable! An added bonus was that for the first time in forever, I woke up without stuffy sinuses. Yay, me! So I wasn't really in too big of a hurry to get a new mattress. 

The only problem was that Buddy, the beagle-bed-hog, did not have enough room!  On the third day I woke up to him on top of me, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d across my torso. I opened my eyes to face his backside.  Ewwww!  Beagle backside!  I hate waking to beagle backside!

I was explaining my dilemma to Chiro-Sis and she graciously offered me one of her massage tables. And voila!  I have a queen-ish sized "bed." What's really great is that it's just a smidge shorter than a standard bed which means that I can fit it against a different wall. AND the tables are so lightweight that I just scooted them across the floor as I decided which wall they should go on.

This set up is working really well!  And I really don't see myself getting a "real" bed, anytime soon. Besides . . . 

Zzzzzz . . . . the beagle is happy.  :-)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

One Book July 2017

I wasn't going to do One Book July this year. I did it for the first time last year with my Tea Time Travlers Notebook, and it really helped me to define what I wanted in a planner and how to create a workable system. So I didn't really think there was anything new I could do!  However, the theme was "Go Big or Go Home" and is up for interpretation.

A coupla weeks ago, I got a Webster's ring bound planner that was damaged; the rings were detached at one end. So I got it for 75% off it's already sale price of $29.99.  WOO and HOO!   So I moved my work planner into the new Websters, after I removed the rings and converted it into a Travelers Notebook.  I really like the pockets in this new planner. It's a bit bulkier than my original TN, but that's OK. I'm really liking it.  So here's a flip thru:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HELLO Summer! Favourite Ice Tea

Here in the South, we like our ice tea. My very-British mother was appalled. "Ice in your tea?!"  Most Brits think this is barbaric. Here's Mum being appalled:
She was actually watching an episode of Hoarders. But that's the
LOOK. Also note that she stopped mid-sip of tea. (HOT tea)!
Southern tea is SWEET; so sweet that it hurts my teeth--much like 80's heavy metal hair music.  

For those who like a bit of a twang to their tea, here's a refreshing drink you can have anytime, anywhere with a *secret ingredient* that sets it apart and will have people begging you for the recipe! 

Hali's Summertime Tea Recipe
  • 4 family-size tea bags (I use Lipton decaf) or 8 regular sized teabags (P.G. Tips is the BEST, Jerry!  but also a little sacrilegious as it's very-proper-British-tea)!
  • 8 cups water, boiled
  • Gallon-sized container or pitcher
  • 1 can frozen lemonade (See? Has sugar enough to be sweet-ish but not TOO sweet)
  • ice
  • wooden spoon for stirring
Boil water in pan & take off burner. Add tea bags to water and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool to lukewarm. Fill pitcher with ice and add can of lemonade on top. Pour tea over ice and lemonade and stir. Kick back, relax and enJOY!     

For a "weekend" version, just add tequila. I'm KIDDING!  Tequila in your tea?! That's crazy talk.  HAPPY summer!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hello Kitty Junk Journal

I will have more photos and details later. In the meantime, here's a journal I made out of a cookie box.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The World of Junk Journals

It's such a cliche to apologize for a neglected blog; but apologies! I know that some of my MANY subscribers don't follow me on Twitter or YouTube.  And by "MANY"  I mean, essentially, Mari.  Hi Mari!  ;-)  So I thought I'd do a bit of an update-ish.

Originally for this blog post, I was going to slap up a video and call it a day. But it has gotten more and more involved as I started writing about my love of journals. For the past couple years, I've been into Travelers Notebooks and most recently, Junk Journals. I love the vintage vibe of old paper, photographs, letters, lace, doilies and other ephemera.  However, within the JJ community, there are different subcategories. Some journalers get very "cute" with their journals. They use scrapbook paper and stickers and bright colours.

There's also a segment of the population where it's called a "journal" with no space to actually journal; just lots of pictures and tuck spots and bobbles. And what's the deal with the obsession with Jane Austen?  I'm kidding, but it's a thing in the JJ world.

Rosemary Morris calls her journals, "Trashy Junk Journals."  She creates themes with different "trash,"  here's one she did with Tea. I've been saving all my dog-themed stuff (empty treat boxes, etc.).  Cheryl at DelyGirl1961  is another artist who creates beautiful journals. She also has some FABULOUS tutorials.

Digital downloads are a popular,  print-your-own JJ option. Here are a few:

Nik The Booksmith
Ephemera's Vintage Garden
Tsunami Rose.
Calico Cottage

So there are lots of different kinds of journals. You can do a search on YouTube for Junk Journals and fall down the rabbit hold with me. The ones I like have the vintagey look with tea (or coffee) stained pages, with room to write. The three artists I'm featuring here all have a few things in common; vintage vibe, often using real ephemera, a love of nature, sewing and collaging, and room for journaling. They are all very innovative in their creations and go beyond just making a journal.

First up, Nazy (short for Nazareth) at Amity Bloom.  She is one of the kindest, sweetest gals on YouTube. It has been such a JOY watching her work evolve. From her first try at sewing to seeing her BEAUTIFUL fabric collages, this is one gal to watch:

Nik The Booksmith  creates journals with themes. Go binge-watch her videos. She has a Carpetbagger series and all sorts of stories that go along with her journals. And she's hysterically funny!  Here's her latest:

My other favourite is Jibid in the U.K. This morning's video is what sparked this blog post. Her work is exquisite. That envelope collage and the poem and all the sewing and embroidery and the pressed flowers!  And-and-and!  All in one journal. 

Now, do you see why I haven't been blogging so much?  Too busy watching videos. Also, I am in the midst of  a HUGE re-organization. I've moved my art studio out of the kitchen and will spending the long weekend working on the new "Le Studio." Also, I'm excavating my sewing machine. And I've some new Magnolia May vids in the works. All fun stuff!  Til next time . . . .  :-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ricky Gervais: Healing With Humour

I adore Ricky Gervais. He is smart and funny and an animal lover. He's also a comedian, so I suppose some people don't take him seriously--or worse, they take him seriously when he's joking. I recently watched an interview of him on a show with Pamela Anderson. The judgey part of me was annoyed with the host's lack of sensory acuity as well as:

Follow-up question?  What's that? 

I'm sure this comes from working for a former talk-show host--who when he reads this, will point out that this is a Squirrel Moment. But I digress . . .

I was struck by the genuine interaction between Ricky and Pamela. She reveals that she had a stalker and Ricky shows her the absurd humour in it. She's describing the event and he asks her questions (pattern interrupt) and then says something funny (re-frame) and she laughs (anchor), which changes her association to the event. I'm guessing that after that interaction with him, she couldn't think of it without thinking of his hilarious observations. He's a master NLPer/hypnotist without knowing it!

I think it's the best thing that could have happened to her. Healing doesn't have to be difficult, traumatic, or take a long time.  In this case, laughter was the best medicine.

You can jump to segment HERE or watch the whole interview here:

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ophelia's Birthday Journal

I made this journal for my dear friend Ophelia for her 50th birthday:

The band-aid on my finger is covering a blister from all the painting I did at my brother's house. Also, another title for this video could be: Here's Another Picture You Can't See.  ;-)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mother Mary TN

I got a really sweet, 5-year journal that had awful paper; I even left a review.  No "Before" pictures, (I know!  Bad blogger!) so click on the link to see what it looked like before I gutted it. And here's the "After" :

I googled different photos & chose this for the cover.

This is for my friend Christen.

The book was that pretty teal blue, but I used a metallic gold around the edges. Kinda went a little crazy with it, here's the back of book:

Spine with a little heart charm:

Pocket on inside cover of Mother Mary, laminated. I did 5 inserts; the first with another Mother Mary image:

And then the next 4 inserts were each of the archangels:

Back of AA Michael & front of AA Raphael:

Back pocket is AA Raphael with some extra pictures:

These were extras that I had laminated. It was hard choosing which pictures to use for this project. There is so much beautiful art work through the centuries!

I didn't want to post this until after I'd given it to Christen, and then I forgot until I remembered. 
You can turn any book into a travelers notebook. So if you like a cover, but not the contents, give it a go!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sun & Moon & Snow

As a matter of fact, I did use my flash.

View out window:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Travelers Notebooks & My Journals

I forgot until I remembered to post these videos on the blog. First up is a video of a couple more TNs I made, followed by aaaaaaaaallllll the journals I'm using this year. Except I forgot to include my Gratitude Journal, the most important of all!  HINT: Click on the gear icon on the lower right to adjust the speed. I watch pretty much everything, except music,  at 1.5 speed. Anyway, here you go!

These are for Massage Friend Bess & Pioneer Sister:

My journals for this year:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Planner Set-up

This is a big deal in the Planner World; the beginning of a new year and what am I using?!

There's a Planner World?

The last time John Morgan watched one of my flip-thru videos, he said, "I have to fast forward thru it. It's like watching someone go thru their stamp collection."  Hahahaha

So, all right, here you go . . .