Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why Men Don't Want Monograms


The popularity of monograms is nothing short of a firestorm in my circle of friends.  We can't get enough of the stylized, versatile tagging of our possessions!  The bright colors and the unusual placement of the logo-like symbol are a big part of the appeal of monograms.  The possibilities are endless.

I found that when you want to monogram everything, you assume everyone must want to follow this trend...  not so fast.  Men don't want it.  They bristle at the thought of flashing a monogram as if you asked them to wear panties!  A few exceptions were noted in the 'research' for this article:  men are probably ok with monogram on their toolbox.


Interesting that the monogram fashion was embraced by men in the past.  Shirt cuffs and collars were often customized with initials as a practical way to get your dress shirts back from the cleaners.  A small embroidery of 2 or 3 letters in a simple yet distinctive design of the characters was typical.

Do men see this as snobby or pretentious? yes.  Would they monogram if it were subtle or in a hidden place? no, it defeats the purpose of screaming for attention. Even if the average man embraced the flourished, elaborate designs and bright colors, the flamboyant nature of monograms is it's downfall.


So when did men fall out of love with monograms? Probably about the same time that women fell in head first. Maybe we overdid it (we often do).  But, we are not done yet...

My latest acquisition is a large, silver vinyl 'grammie' for my SUV, provided by InitialIt4Me on etsy.  For less than $10 I go this beautiful, custom embellishment delivered.  Placement, is of course, everything (ha) so I elected to use the drivers side third window. Since my Edge of the Wildwood vinyl sticker is on the rear window/top in a shiny silver, I wanted to match it in color.


It's so nice to be able to spot my Mariner in a parking lot, and it makes me smile to have my lovely logo so proudly displayed.  Men may regard it as juvenile and over-the-top, but I adore it.

More to consider:  chevron or polka dots?  That's a whole other can of worms!





Saturday, August 09, 2014

Zumbaland

Like a massive zombie apocalypse, the zumba dancers are coming! Now that I've started zumbing, it's impossible to stop (unless I'm injured).  Other zumbers are zumbing and the soundtrack is so cool, just mindlessly follow the steps and zumbe along!



I can tell when we've all zumbed enough, because we sweat alot and breathe hard. Also, our feet are fully zumb and heavy.  And our water bottles are empty.



The dancing fitness program is actually called ZUMBA, and it means 'work hard' and we do.  The hot dance beats get stuck in your head for days.  Our instructors are peppy and adorabz.



After taking Zumba classes for a year, I'm fully hooked on it. Great dance moves and calorie-burning cardio workout.  Every size and shape can join in, and our group has a wide range of age, too.  Some Zumba classes are designed for younger dancers,  or mature dancers.  But most groups will accommodate anyone that wants to try.



Your 1st class might seem awkward and nearly impossible to finish, but take a back row place and watch the instructor as much as you can.  Practice your steps, and next time it will be much easier.


I was lucky enough to take Step Aerobics classes for years, and I took alot of Jazzercise, too.  So it didn't take as much brain power for me to learn new choreography and foot work.  Maybe you have some experience with cheerleading, dance or floor aerobics?  It will make Zumba a snap to catch on.  




I hope to share more of my fitness life with the good folks that visit my blog, it's a big part of my day-to-day and a positive message that I like to put out there:)












 

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pressing Wildflowers is Wonderful

Welcome to the sunny August days and the warm summer nights!  Are you a blogger, too? Join in the month long celebration of creation going on at 'August heART' (Click on the logo > > >



In case you didn't already know how simple and delightful dried flowers can be, let's share a quickie project!


1. Collect some flowers.
2. Spread flowers on a sheet of waxed paper
3. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper
4. Cover with paper towel
5. Iron them on a medium setting and take your time





How easy is that?



















I love sharing these hydrangea blooms in the August heART blog party!!!
















You just pressed some wildflowers.

Wonderful!



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Lace Window Project

Pretty lace pieces installed into each window pane for privacy!  So simple and so sweet, I will encourage you to give it a try.  You'll need 



  • LACE
  • SCISSORS
  • IRON
  • CORNSTARCH
  • PAINTBRUSH
  • HANDTOWELS TO CLEAN UP






Iron the lace material until flat and smooth.  
Pin down the lace after you iron it, so it won't slip while you're cutting.

  
Measure up those window panes (or use a cardboard cut to fit) and carefully cut lace into sheets.   




Mix 2 tsp of cornstarch with 2 tsp water, then slowly add 1 cup heated water to activate the cornstarch. Allow mixture to cool.  Spread a coat of mixture on window glass  with paint brush (be ready with towel to wipe away drips).  Install a sheet of lace and apply another coating of the cornstarch-water.




Best thing about this project: it removes with warm water!  

If you make a mistake, just start over.


Here are wildwood's tips for the Lace Window Project:

  • Keep the lace sheets pinned down so you can install them in the same sequence
(keeps the pattern of the lace consistent)

  • Use a drop-cloth or some towels and just let it drip and be messy





This window project gives us just enough privacy...



    ...and it's very appealing from the outside, too.  The lace still allows my cats to enjoy their sun-puddle naps, too.


Do you have some tips for this project? Leave a comment and let us know.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

recipe Banana Pudding

Creamy, Sweet and Mighty Delicious Banana Pudding recipe straight from my Mama's kitchen:

1/3 c. plain flour
dash salt 2 1/2 c. milk
1 - 14oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
3 extra large eggs
3 c. sliced bananas
45  Nilla Wafers
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven 325
  • Mix flour and salt in large saucepan
  • over MED/LOW stove top heat add milk and eggs yolks slowly, stir constantly until thick (6-7 minutes, max)
  • remove from heat and allow to cool, cover mixture with clear plastic wrap touching the surface to avoid clumps forming.
  • after cooling, stir in vanilla extract
  • cover the bottom and sides of a 2 qt casserole dish with wafers + layers of banana
  • pour 1/3 of pudding mixture into casserole dish, and create another wafer + banana and top with remaining pudding
  • whip egg whites and sugar until the topping holds small peaks and add to dish with choppy surface
  • bake pudding at 325 for 25 minutes
  • cool, chill, serve

From our "Family Favorites" recipe book


Friday, July 25, 2014

Storyteller Mallory Cemetery




Tucked away in a small, quiet spot in Cools Springs is Mallory Cemetery. Without the historical road marker, I would've missed it completely.  Behind the Academy Sports store and between the Science center is a shady spot and a double thick stone wall that protects several gravestones.





The historical marker tells of a Virginia family that served in the Revolutionary War and relocated to this land in Tennessee in 1812.  There is also a connection to the great Crockett clan of  local fame, as Sarah Crockett was married to John Mallory. 








If I were feeling especially adventurous (and with the proper footwear), I would scaled the massive stone armory and take rubbings on each headstone.  I would also pick up a lot of trash and debris.




 The picnic tables nearby and the parking spaces that are very close make it easy to enjoy.


(STORYTELLERS IS A SHORT SERIES OF HISTORICAL MARKERS.  FOLLOW THE TAG FOR MORE STORYTELLER ARTICLES AND TIDBITS. THANK YOU FOR READING STORYTELLERS!)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

clever rock thinks he's a snake

Mostly my crafts and creations are sent out into the far far lands of wildwood, and I never really know how they might be enjoyed.  Other times, my customer might share a story or give me some background on their selection.



This is one of those cases where I know exactly what my customer has in mind:







Two creek rocks handpainted to represent a poisonous coral snake and a harmless king snake are used for a VENOMOUS SNAKES OF THE REGION display in the Eaton Hill Nature Center.  The bright bands of color glimmer and shine like the scales of a snake, and visitors can use the rocks as a teaching tool in the Nature Centers exhibit.





As a simple crafter, with conventional talents, this fulfills my mission.  To bring about a wonderful connection to nature and express an outsider art form.  To have these snake rocks appreciated and utilized in such a direct way is the ultimate win for me.



I hope the visitors to Eaton Hill Nature Center will turn over a rock or two - because there's a message for them on the bottom of these fellows!

Someday I will make it to Sonora, Texas and spend some quality time with nature:)




Friday, March 21, 2014

BuhBuhBuhBowling

So, how does it happen that I'm working at a bowling alley?  After all, I have 20 years of experience in office work and I've earned certifications that demonsrtate my stealthly skills!

About four years ago, I was spending most of my time on this blog and on my workbench.  I was spinning alot of wheels, but still had alot of personal satisfaction from my crafting work.  The grass needed cutting and the groceries needed shopping.



Then I learned about a Control Counter position at Tusculum Lanes. Knew them well, had bowled there for a long time.  I could ease back into the workforce, and have a very enjoyable atmosphere.  I could contribute to our household and make new friends. 



I'm happy to tell you that all of that happened for me.  The thunderous sound of pins crashing is like sweet music:)  And how about those silly kids...?


Time for me to return to my most productive work:  Office Administration.  A place were I belong.  Of course I'll still go bowling with you! anytime!  Hey, I know a great place.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

hurry up and stop

It's only 11.6 miles from my house to work.  On the same road, no turns. Takes about 25 minutes...wait. what?  Yup, it takes more than 20 minutes because there are 6 different speed limits posted in that 11 mile stretch!
driving LIKE A SIR



If you count the school zone, it's actually 7











I can drive this route on auto-pilot, but must pay close attention to the speed signs.  Ranges from 55 to 15 - and the scenery is beautifully distracting


Then there's the traffic lights: 12 of them
So even if I was lucky enough to build up speed, I'd surely be caught by a light.

I would never complain. Just making an observation:)



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