Monday, March 26, 2012

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its Way...

Pink Peep Centerpiece

Bunny Brownies
Every season I promise myself that I'm going to get a head start on the special projects and baking I want to do for my family and friends for the upcoming holiday.  I'm not going to wait until the last minute (this time).  

Bunny Bait
Some times I do start some of these projects.  I often will go shopping and look around at some of the things I need to purchase.  I may go as far as purchasing the necessary items...but that's usually where I stall.  I get a nice jump on it and then...that's it!  I have a lot of partially finished projects and bags of things waiting their turn to be completed. 

Decorated Peeps
Maybe it's my self-diagnosed Adult ADD...but I have so many ideas swirling around in my head that I can't focus on just one to follow through from beginning to end.  

This year, with the "help" of Pinterest, I struggle even more than usual to decide to work on just one project at a time.  There are just so many things I want to do!  

Shari's version of Candy Feeder
Shari's version of Easter Tree

However, I am proud to say that 
I did manage to complete 
these two projects - 
2 weeks before 
Easter Sunday! 

Feel free to check out these and other creative ideas from the websites and bloggers posted under each pic.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


As my alarm clock started beeping at 5:35 AM this morning, I reached for the snooze button, just like I do almost every morning. I continued this routine a few more times, until 6:02, came around and I could hear the coffee maker starting to grumble.  That's my cue to get up.  For someone who has trouble doing calculations in my head, it always amazes me how good I am at "alarm clock" math in the predawn hours.  But, I just have to ask - why 9 minutes? Why not an even 10 or a comfortable 15 minute interval?  Who came up with this number?  Did they do a study and determine that's how long it would take to snuggle back down under the covers and start to drift off to dreamland again? 

Over the past few years, I've have started a strange sleep pattern.  I will sleep restfully for a good 2-4 hours, then be wide awake for 2 or 3 hours (until it's time for my alarm clock to go off) and then be ready to sleep again.  Yep, just about the time when I'm supposed to be getting up, I'm ready to go back to sleep.  It's kinda like the opposite of a nap. I guess I'm in my own time zone. This morning at 2:37 AM, while I lay wide awake in bed, staring at the glowing blue numbers on that damn clock, I couldn't help but think (anxiously) of the upcoming 9 minute segments when I could get some of the most wonderful wonderful ZZZ's of the night...just 3 more hours!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Little Crafty!

I've always been a little crafty.  The earliest crafting I can remember is cutting out shapes from the big book of construction paper at my Grama's house.  Looking at all those beautiful colors, so bright and clean and they were all mine.  I could do whatever I wanted with all those soft, but slightly textured sheets.  I remember cutting out houses and trees and people and taping them to her front window.  Something I never would have been allowed to do at home.  Another crafting memory was my first summer at Church Camp (Camp Burton, Ohio).  They actually had arts & crafts classes, oh it was almost heaven (no pun intended)!

As an adult, I've tried my hand at sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting, jewelry making, candlemaking, deco podge, and numerous other things - all which eventually became just another clearly labeled box on the shelf in my basement.   As I mentioned in my first blog, I have found a new love...Pinterest.  After just a few short days of pinning, I reviewed my boards and discovered I have a glass addiction!  A majority of my craft pins include jars and bottles of various shapes and sizes.  There are mason jars (which are more difficult to find than I ever imagined), wine bottles, mayonnaise jars, relish jars and on and on.  You can paint them, salt them, cut them, burn them (really just a form of cutting), modge podge them, wrap them in burlap, add beaded wires, and use them to display something special.

The delicious looking picture above was a beautiful glass purchase that I made a couple years ago.  I love the look of these bell jars.  They make any dessert look special.  I found them at and they come in a set of 3 for $20.  Their website has so many beautiful glass items and creative ideas - a great resource for wedding ideas.

Some of my other glass pins are shown below.  I hope you each find something that you enjoy - even if no one else understands. - Epsom Salt Luminaries - Glowstick Nightlight

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Me, a Blogger? No way!

If someone had told me 5 years ago (or even a few months ago) that I would be starting a blog, I would have told them they were crazy.  I've always enjoyed creative writing, but only when the mood would strike...not on demand!  Not if I "had" to!   For the past 3 years I have enjoyed updating my status on Facebook.  I've learned it's a kind of a fun and creative way to say something.  Once I started posting funny comments or pictures, I was kinda surprised at the response I got from my "friends".  People started telling me I was "funny" or that they "loved to read my posts".   Wow!  This attention was making me feel kinda cool!  I've always known I was funny, I was just too quiet or not confident enough about my silly comments until I knew my audience well enough to just let the funny out! 

Then my daughter, Ashley Joy (whom I'm sure will be a subject of many of my future writings) got me started on Pinterest.  (As a side note - Ashley Joy is very funny!  We are a lot alike in the fact that we "get" the same things.  Sometimes when we think we are being quite humorus, and no one else gets it, we have to call each other to share just how hysterical we are!)  OK, back to Pinterest...

Personally, I've only known one person that has a blog.  Two, if you count my BIL who posts pictures of his beautiful golf course on occasion.  It wasn't until I starting "pinning" and was directed to all these different bloggers for recipes, crafts, how-to tutorials, etc. that I realized how many bloggers there might really be out there!  I was utterly amazed at all the stay-at-home moms, retired grandma's, and active photographers that all had something to say.  And, it must be interesting enough stuff for them to continue blogging.  I couldn't imagine doing this just for myself...but then again, who knows!  I started to read the profiles of the bloggers and saw that many of them didn't have any professional blogger training or strict study in bloggiology, they just had something that they wanted to share...and that got me thinking...I have a lot of things that I want to share!  I want to share more than what I can put in a FB status, more than I can put in an email or describe in a phone conversation.  I have a lot ideas and random thoughts that I want to share.  There are things I found or things I just know that might help someone else or maybe just give someone something to think about...or LAUGH about (because I'm so funny)! 

So today, I start my blog "So Very Shari" and we'll see where this road takes me!