Saturday, October 31, 2009


Hubby and I are hunkered down in the dark tonight pretending not to be home so trick-or-treaters won't knock on the door.

We bought four bags of Snickers because Hubby said we should have them "just in case." Since they won't be given out I'll probably end up eating most of them.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Treasure Chest

Did more cleaning today: bath cabinets, clothes closet, dresser drawers. Not too bad overall. In the bathroom a few old tubes of stuff got trashed and the drawers and shelves got a good scrubbing. From the closet and dresser some old T-shirts, a turtleneck, a pair of slacks, and a bathrobe are going to Goodwill.

Then I got to the Treasure Chest. It's an old wooden box my mom used as a jewelry box. It's on my dresser mainly to hold one side of a tri-fold mirror in place. It's a catch-all for odds and ends and things I don't really have any other place for.

Today I dumped out of it some dead hair elastics, a baggie of safety pins, a smattering of bobby pins, extra buttons on tags from new clothing, as well as the stuff in the sketch above.

I think I'll sneak the blob of glass and the red door key chain into Hubby's pocket lint collection of junky stuff and see if he notices.

One of the cat barrettes was my sister's and she was throwing it out. I just happened to have one too and it was my favorite (and still is although I don't wear barrettes anymore.)

The lipstick holder belonged to my aunt who kept me during the day when I was little bitty. She spoiled me rotten. She died when I was 3 or 4 and this little lipstick holder reminds me of her. I always admired the little guitar playing cherub and the lacy filigree holder thingies. It's surprisingly heavy for its size.

I don't know where the broken worm has gotten off too. Now that I think about that a bit, the worm I'm thinking of is white ceramic, not red clay. Hummm....

Don't have a clue what the black rubber tip should go on, but I've kept it for years thinking one day the thing will present itself.

And, of course, every girl should have a tiara. Sometimes when I'm down in the dumps, looking like death warmed over, I put on my tiara and wear it around the house. Every now and then I could use a little princess magic to make the day a little brighter. Know what I mean?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pantry Clean Out

I have no idea why I have two bottles of soy sauce. We don't use soy sauce. Same goes for the apple cider vinegar. Sometimes I wonder if little pantry elves bring this stuff in at night.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

D-U-N-N Done!

I need to edit the statement above to read, "All her storage areas downstairs are clean and organized." There's a linen closet and a bedroom closet upstairs I haven't poked through yet.

Next trip maybe.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wolfe Street

This is the inside of a beautiful old house in downtown Little Rock. In previous lives it had been a mortuary and a residential school of nursing. It was vacant for many years and fell into disrepair. A group of guys bought it, refurbished it, and gave it a second life as a community center.

It has beautiful, high coffered ceilings and transom lights over the doors. Unfortunately the gorgous woodwork has all been painted an icky shade of green.

All the furnishings are donated so the seating is a wild variety of styles and colors. See the three little pinky balls on a nest of sticks in the lower right hand corner? Those are glass apples on some weird wooden stand. It's one of the ugliest pieces of tchotcke I've ever seen. Oy. I had to include it in the sketch so I would remember it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nana's Kitchen

Some of the doo-dads on Nana's kitchen counter. All the light reflections on the pottery caught my eye.

I like the way this one turned out.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nana's House

Went to Nana's house for a week-long visit to help her get her kitchen and dining room in good order before the holiday season. When I arrived she was running errands, so I plopped down on her front sidewalk and drew the front of her house.

I really meant to focus on the front door, steps, and lush hostas beside the steps, but somehow I got carried away with the turret. With that drawn first, the rest of the sketch ended up being lots and lots of brown shake roof. Oh well, at least there was a colorful tree peeking out from the back yard.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Storm Damage

This is not my house. We spotted this driving around looking at the aftermath of the storm.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009