Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Spirit of Gratitude: January 17

Beautiful January Weather
Salvaging a "bad hair" day
Another successful meatless meal
Listening to music through Alexa
Open windows in January
Getting shopping done early
Discovery new seasons of my favorite British quiz shows
Snacking on a decadent trail mix
Yogurt with blackberries
The cutest little gray bird hopping around on the porch
A cabinet decluttered and repurposed
Waking up too early and getting to go back to sleep
Laundry is caught up
Ice covered teas

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Life for Old Shoes

My feet can be very temperamental when it comes to shoes.  So when I find a cute pair that are comfortable - I want to hang on to them as long as possible.  

This pair of ballet flats are awesome.  They work with everything from pants to skirts.  And they have a nice cushy sole that my moody arches love!  Sadly, they were starting to look... well, sad.  See for yourselves.

The toes and heels were scuffed and worn.  But I just couldn't bear to part with them.  Never fear!  I came up with plans to give them a sparkly new outlook!  

Taking them from this:


For this project I needed:
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glitter glue for fabric
  • Glitter
  • Thin ribbon
  • Yarn needle

First, I brushed them with a stiff brush to clean them.  Then I clipped off the old bows.

Then, I taped off a section of the toes and the strip on the back of the heels.  This keeps the glue where I want it to be. 

I applied glue to the taped off areas... 

And covered them with glitter.

I repeated the glue and glitter process once more, for a nice coverage before allowing everything to dry overnight. 

The next morning, I used a yarn needle to thread the ribbon through the holes where the cording used to be and tied some pretty new bows. 

Voila!  My worn looking ballet flats are now shiny and beautiful.

They make me happy when I look down and see them, and I get SO many compliments when I wear them.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Enjoy a Cuppa

After a week of roller coaster weather here in western North Carolina (70 degrees one day, 39 the next), winter has again taken control.  It's cold, with an expected wintry mix of rain, ice and snow.  The perfect day to stay inside and sip a lovely cup of hot tea.  

The timing couldn't be better, since today is National Hot Tea Day!

Legend has it that Shennong, an ancient Chinese leader, was drinking a bowl of boiled water when a few leaves blew into his bowl.  This colored the water and gave it a flavor he greatly enjoyed.  Another legend is that while testing various herbs on himself for medicinal properties, he discovered that tea worked as an antidote when he consumed a poisonous plant.   

There is written evidence that emperor's of the Han Dynasty were drinking tea as early as 59 B.C.  At the time, tea was considered a luxury beverage - today it is the 2nd most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. 

Whether you prefer black, green, white or oolong tea (all which come from the same plant  Camellia Sinensis), there are many benefits to drinking tea:

  • Tea is high in antioxidants
  • It's an all natural, calorie free, sugar free drink (until you start adding embellishments to it)
  • Research shows it may reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases
  • It may aid in digestion and assist with weight loss 
  • A cup of black tea each day may reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease
  • Green tea may help increase bone density

Heart coasters available at Queen B's Busy Work

Just over a year ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the only working tea plantation in North America - the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island a few miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. I found the tour entertaining and educational.  Even the Man of the House enjoyed it!  If you are ever in the area - I encourage you to visit.

Until then, brew yourself a cup - or an entire pot - to enjoy today.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Spirit of Gratitude: January 10

I Am Thankful For:
A new year
French toast for brunch
Time to work on the blog
New laundry room flooring
The new living room furniture arrived
The coffee tables arrived sooner than expected
Sipping coffee
Listening to rain tap... tap... tap on the window
Assembling tables with the Man of the House
A sunny, but windy, morning
Finding some great deals at Lowe's
The Male Offspring making lunch
Portobello crust pizzas

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Strange Customs

This one might fall under the category of "too much information" (aka: TMI).  But here goes...

My family has a pair of Christmas underwear.  There's nothing about them that especially says "Christmas".  They aren't printed with candy canes, or snowflakes, or anything of the sort.  They're not even red.  It's just a rather large pair of mint green nylon briefs.  And there's just the one pair between all of us.

(Confused?  And a little concerned about where this is heading?  I get it.  Hang in there.)

It all started years ago when my husband saw these large sized underwear on clearance and thought it would funny to put them in with some one's Christmas present.  I didn't think it was a good idea.  But our then teenage daughter thought it was hilarious - and that was all the encouragement he needed.

Somehow, this became a thing - mostly between my sisters and I.  Almost every year, someone receives a present with those big ol' undies included.  And it is their job to hold onto them and find someway to pass them off to someone else the next year.

Pretty much every year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas there is at least one conversation that begins "Does you remember who has the panties?"

This year, my middle sister got me good.  When I opened my present to find the mug pictured above. Along with a lovely pair of mint green, nylon underpants tucked inside.

I laughed for about 5 minutes.  And as soon as I stopped giggling - I was already trying to decide who gets them next year and how to package them.

Do you have any bizarre family traditions?  (please... my family can't be the only one this weird)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

My One Word: JOY

If you're like me (and I have a feeling that many of you are)  - new year's resolutions just never seem to work out.  At the beginning of every year, I used to make a list of resolutions.  And every year, I would come to the end of December having succeeded in few - if any - of them.  It was quite frustrating.  And very discouraging.

Gone are the long lists of resolutions.  Now I have one word which becomes my focus for the year.  A word to study, to meditate on, to incorporate into my life and help me move closer to being the person I am meant to be.

This year's word is...  JOY

(noun)  a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  a thing that causes joy.
(verb)  rejoice.

I want to find joy in all things.  To have it soak through every aspect of my life.  My attitude.  My marriage.  My relationships.  My work.  To experience the joy that isn't felt only in the good times, when circumstances are good.  But the kind of joy that is present even when things are tough.  The type of joy that is found in the presence of the Lord.  And to share that joy with others.

Do you make new year's resolutions?  Or do you have one word for the year? 


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