Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hey there!
Super quick update on the weekly mani. :) 

Brought to you by OPI  2 coats of My Vampire is Buff
2 coats of Who Needs a Prince (for a gasoline finish)
And then finally Sugar Rush by Milani on my ring finger.
Love that stuff! It's like fun-fetti!

I'm Staring to new summer reads.....

Yes.... I picked them both based on their cover! (oh, the shame)

From the back of the book:
Three women’s lives are about to change because of a few delicate pieces of china...When Jenny Davis comes across a beautiful vintage tea set at an outdoor market in the English countryside, she’s convinced it’s fate. A young bride on a budget, she has her heart set on a vintage tea-party theme for her wedding—and the gorgeous gold-rimmed china before her is perfect. There’s only one problem. Two other women have fallen in love with it, too. So they come up with a solution: They’ll share it.
They establish a sisterhood, sharing the ups and downs of their lives—from broken hearts and weddings, to family drama and career dreams. When a figure from Jenny’s past threatens to ruin her big day, Alison’s teenage daughter pushes her to the limit, and Maggie’s romantic life is thrown into turmoil, the members of the Vintage Teacup Club band together—proving their newfound friendship will last a lifetime.

From the back of the book:
Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since before World War II.
There, Charlotte confesses a shocking secret, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when Heidi was a child. As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor who seems to know all of their family skeletons, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, Heidi, Charlotte, and Abbot journey through love, loss, and healing amid the vineyards, warm winds and delicious food of Provence. Can the magic of the house heal Heidi’s heart, too?

Have you started your summer reading list? 
Do share!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tattoos on the Heart ....

The Power of Boundless Compassion
By Gregory Boyle

I JUST finished reading this book and I had to share it with you!
I would consider this a must read for anybody. Adult that is.
Caution: This is a compilation of real stories about gang members and their lives.
The language is real and rough. If you are easily offended, this book is not for 
you. But if you interested in hearing how one man is making a big difference
in a real way, this book is for you! 

Father Gregory will make you re-think and re-define your definitions of
 success, failure, forgiveness, compassion, and hope.  He reminds us that
these are all deep wells that God wants us to draw from when we are 
internally (as well as externally) judging the worth of another Soul on this planet. 
Further, Father Doyle reminds us that whether you are a nurse in an ER or a homie from the hood,
 He will use you right where you are and just as you are!

But don't think this is all heavy spiritual reading... It is not.
I laughed as much as I cried. Humor abounds in his skilled story telling. 

The same, but different: I would compare this to Ann Voskamp's 
Best Seller "One Thousand Gifts" , only much grittier. 

From the Back of the book:
“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” ( Los Angeles Times )— Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle—now in paperback.
For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room.
This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.
Winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction

 This was a GOOD book! 
You should read it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Barista's Blanket a.k.a. The Little Beige Afghan

my lovelies! 
It's almost the weekend. Are you so happy? 
I am. 

I've been working and working on my little beige afghan. 
Isn't that the worst name? 
I decided it should be called the Barista's Blanket.

Black Coffee
This was so obvious. Right?

Coffee with Cream
Are ya with me?
Are ya picking up what I'm laying down?

and finally the Latte' of course!
uh ....Duh!

Hopefully, Sunday I'll have more for you.
Enjoy your Friday!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Happy St. Patrick's day to you. 
Today's mani is by OPI. 
Gargantuan Green Grape. 

What can I say? It's OPI and goes on like 
a dream. 

I hope you are having a great week!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tulips in the Tool Box.......

Hey hey Friends! 
Love that you stopped by.

One of the things that I promised myself this year, was that I would 
buy more flowers for our home.  I usually get them at least once a month anyway, but 
they are such a mood changer for me that I thought I should invest
more often in them.

A $5 bouquet is such a small investment with such a big pay back. These little,
ruffely, purple numbers just called my name when I was at the grocery store. 

Aren't they happy?!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hey Friend! 
So glad you came by! :)

This week's mani is a quickie. 
Emerald by Joe Fresh
Loving it! 
Nice full coverage in 2 coats.
I actually painted these on Saturday. So, now 4 days later, on Tuesday,
you can see how well it is wearing.
So! I'm on pinterest looking for St. Patrick's Day ideas.
Hopefully I'll have a cute manicure for you next week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tea and a Chat...

Hello my lovelies!

Time for tea and a chat.... 

Join me?

I started a new afghan yesterday. It's a granny square with a little
puffy flower in the middle. The squares are small, so it's going to take
a while. 

I'm a afraid you are going to get tired of brown and beige before the 
thing is done. I might be too! :) But for now, I'm excited about it.

It is supposed to rain this weekend, so I'm hoping to get the house
cleaned up and all my chores done so that I work on this all weekend.
Maybe even put on old episodes of Downton Abbey or Mad Men.

Maybe have dinner in the crock pot? 
Doesn't that sound homey? 

What about you? 
What will you be doing this weekend?

I'm joining in for:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hey There!

Oh Gosh! 
Has it been more than a week since I posted anything? 
Yes... yes it has. Sigh.
I'm sorry.

Any way! 
Here is last week's mani. 
OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
One of my all time favorite colors... EVER! 
One of those great neutral browns that looks good with 

This week is two new Zoya colors.

The light green is called Sage and it is part of the new
line and has a "satin" finish. Not matte and not glossy. 
I'm not in love with it, to be honest. I have a hard time liking
the flat polish and I just love the gloss finishes. 

The dark color is called Remy 
And let me say this is one of the most beautiful polishes I
have ever seen. At one angle it's blue, then teal, then emerald.

I'm pretty sure that I'll be wearing it for St. Patties Day! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Little Bitty Girl Bear! (easy knit)

Hey there! 
I hope you are having a great week! 

Just thought I would share with you my little bitty
girl bear that I made. I made a little boy version
previously. You can see that here.

I took some along-the-way pictures so you can see how 
I figured it out. It is just a garter stitch with increases, 
decreases, cast on and cast off maneuvers.

I can't really read a knitting or a crochet pattern. 
So it has to be a pretty simple concept for me to get thru it.

As you can see, it is just one piece. 
I knit one side and then when I get to the top of the head, 
I just start the whole thing in reverse.

I'm so happy she turned out. My daughter
wants to give her to one of her friends for 
a shower gift.

Isn't she cute? 
I stood her up next to a coffee cup so you can
see how tall she is.

I mean, look at that face!

I'll be joining 
Cindy for Amaze me Monday
Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday
Brenda for Tweak it Tuesday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration