happy tuesday

by Patricia on April 6, 2010 · 4 comments

The view

Can you believe it is April already? I can’t. My brain is extra scattered lately, it must be spring fever or something. My often random ideas are even more diverse than usual. I’ve been thinking about everything from building furniture to spring cleaning and all sorts of stuff in between. This post was born of the same randomness. Consider yourself warned…

I’ve been laid up on the sofa with a mutated cold virus for the last couple of weeks, during which time I watched a lot of TV. Well, honestly, I normally watch a lot of TV, but being sick is like a free pass. You get to be a full-time coach potato and no one complains or looks at you funny. Heck, it’s kind of expected.


Anyway, I caught Martha Stewart’s Chicken Show. It was all about raising chickens and now I want to build a chicken coop and get a bunch of chicks. Too bad I don’t have a yard… Raven would love to help chase raise some chickens.

A few random inspirations for spring


how to build your own upside-down planter (via Apartment Therapy) – You know like those Seen On TV Topsy Turvy planters? But these are homemade and less cheesy looking. (imho. Just think if you made you’re own your color options are limitless….)


Colorful sneakers (via A Cup of Jo) – add a spring to your step with some colorful kicks. I want the pink ones…


A super-easy way to cover a composition notebook (via CrafyPod) – This is a picture of a composition book I covered myself. It took me less than 10 minutes. Granted, I had all of the supplies handy. If you can cut fabric and use an iron, you can do this. The only problem is I love my polka dot notebook so much I don’t know what to use it for…


Isn’t that a beautiful kitchen island? Can you imagine building one yourself? Yeah, me either. But how awesome would that be? Knock-Off Wood can show you how if you are brave enough. I’m not quite brave enough for a kitchen island, but might try my hand at a coffee table sometime soon.

Food for thought

  • I picked up an issue of Clean Eating magazine recently. It caught my eye because the cover dish looked delicious and in no way skimping. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but I like the idea behind clean eating (avoiding overly processed food / eating food in its natural state… though not necessarily “raw”. I can’t imagine converting to a raw diet).
  • Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? I started watching it out of curiosity but now I’m hooked. I find it fascinating on so many levels (human psychology, food trends, health, kids, etc).
  • And in case you’re in the mood for love, I mean, cheesecake, check out this beautiful, bodacious cheesecake (via smitten kitchen). I bet I could find a perfectly logical reason to make (and eat!) cheesecake (calcium, hello?)

So that’s my random brain dump. What’s on your mind?


1 Joanna April 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Oh I love this post…really inspirational! ?

2 Alison April 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

Speaking of cheesecake, did you see the Pesto Cheesecake on We Are Not Martha today? It’s fabulous! http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/04/pesto-cheesecake/

3 April April 7, 2010 at 6:10 am

Your post is like a happy splash of spring thoughts:) I love the picture of the tree and bench, is that Rancho? The hanging tomato plant looks like a pretty cool idea, that might be a simple enough project for me;) The kitchen island…..not quite up to that yet.

4 Sister Diane April 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I love how your notebook came out. (And I know what you mean- I had trouble making that first mark in mine, too!)

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