Category Archives: My Life

Throwback Thursday: From dress to (Christmas tree) skirt

Tree Skirt Collage 2 text smallI originally posted this on my old blog in 2008. I’m happy to say I’m still using this tree skirt. 

I sent a couple tweets about this awhile ago, but didn’t get around to posting the pictures until now (Sorry!)

I couldn’t find my usual Christmas tree skirt this year, and it was one I’ve been wanting to replace anyway (so I didn’t look too hard), so I decided to make a new one.treeskirt1Lil Girl had this dress which she wore for Christmas a couple years ago, and I hated to get rid of it because it’s such a pretty dress. The thing I really liked about it was the way the tulle underskirt peeked out from under the overskirt.

treeskirt2I decided one way to keep it out in the open & enjoy it would be to turn it into the tree skirt. I removed the bodice and hemmed the waist back up.

treeskirt3Then I slid it under the tree.



Note: I initially left the seam at the back intact, but after a couple of years of having to do some magic tricks to get the skirt on because I didn’t think of it when I was first setting up the tree, I opened the seam & hemmed the edges. Now it just slides around the base like any other tree skirt. 

Oooh, Shiny!

A few days ago I was bored with my usual walking route, so I decided to walk through the Healing Gardens next to the Lied Transplant Center. It’s a nice, calm garden area squeezed into the space between several buildings, with benches to sit on and enjoy the waterfall and the flowers. I hadn’t stopped in there in a long time despite the fact that I walk past the entrance quite often.

While there, my eye was drawn to a large copper bowl full of glass stones (Shiny Things!) and I discovered the whole thing was actually a kaleidoscope.



I love the originality of the piece. In such a beautiful and calming setting, it seems almost magical even before you look through the lens.



And then you do, and it’s even better:


(I’m kind of impressed that I was able to shoot a picture through the kaleidoscope’s lens.)

I have been thinking about how to DIY one for my own yard ever since. I think that could be a fun project.


Foodie weekend

I had a couple days off, which seems to have resulted in a long weekend full of food experiences.

Friday, a business near our house hosted La Casa‘s food truck. This is a pretty rare occurrence for us (or maybe it’s just rare that I’m both home and hear about it) but when it happens, a voice in my head paraphrases Ghostbusters: “Ray, when there’s a food truck in your neighborhood, you go eat!”

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The pizza was yummy!

Saturday, I decided to try these corn dog mini muffins I saw on Pinterest. (This is me getting credit for “cooking” when it was really baking.) They turned out okay, though I think I may tweak them if I try them again. They were a bit bland, but hubby suggested trying them with brats instead of hot dogs next time. I’ll let you know if we ever do that.

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Sunday I made pancakes with some of the buttermilk left over from the muffins (actual cooking!) It was National Ice Cream Day, so we headed to Dairy Chef, the local ice cream shop. Hubby ordered the large cone:


There’s a reason they also handed him a bowl. On a hot day like Sunday, that tower didn’t hold up long. I’ve recently rediscovered chocolate malts so I had one of those instead of ice cream. Mmmm….maaaaaltssss.

Sunday evening, hubby made salsa (he can’t eat peppers, so he’s started making his own with corn and beans). I’m addicted to it. I think it’s the best salsa I’ve ever eaten.

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Okay, so I might be a leeetle biased.

But not much.

Then he made steak for dinner. Of course that was awesome, too.


Basically, it was a pretty good weekend, food-wise (and otherwise, it wasn’t bad, either).

Hope you had a great weekend with some great food, too!