Thursday, December 31, 2009


Another year has gotten behind me.  I’m trying to get a grip on the idea of 'TEN', yes-10, double digits…

2009 brought a tattoo, boxes of non permanent hair color, many a wonderful Anusara yoga class....ballroom dance classes a team match, and a rumba showcase at the Rusty Pelican....insufficient time for my paper-craft hobby or garden.  I  took in the annual Ice Racing show and a Greek dinner in Ybor.  A year can never be full enough of family visits, birthdays, informal college reunions, and time spent with friends far and near that neither time nor distance can diminish. I've become a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant in the Sensational Superstars Car Driving Unit.  Rented a Prius Hybrid, rode a mule, bottle fed not only several small goats but also the fierce 100+ pound farm guard dog, Bubba that the delivery men are scared of. Recently joined a group called the “Questers”, interested in collectibles.  Sold the RV....had 2 large house parties, closets redone and needed a new HVAC system. Celebrated an 11th wedding anniversary alone. Spent a week in NY at Thanksgiving , seeing the play “Wicked’.

Now it's time to consider what to do with myself in the coming 365 days, besides wishing you a blessed year ahead, full of abundance and adventures.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Send a card to our Troops

If you go to this  web site,   you can pick  out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be  sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You  can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the  armed services.
It  is FREE and it only takes a  second...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Gifts from the beyond

In preparation for the upcoming holidays I had taken the stockings down from storage in the attic and when I removed them from the bag they were in I felt something deep in the toe of my stocking...

Wait, what is this?  Can it be that I missed a present from years gone by?  Hard to believe I would do that!

I reached inside and sure enough out comes a little silver drawstring organza  bag covered with sparkling silver stars.  Inside is a lovely silver necklace with a brilliant pink petaled flower with a rhinestone studded center.


I was certain this had to have come from my mother.  Excitedly I sent her an email and then the photo.  She tells me this was a gift from my grandmother...who passed away 5/28/07.  I love that Grama found a way to celebrate with me now in spirit!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Boogie Woogie Bugle Bash - Safety Harbor Museum

The Safety Harbor Museum will be having a Boogie Woogie Bugle Bash,  Friday, November 13th. 6:00 – 10:00 pm.   It is also our grand opening of the New WWII Exhibit with Authentic Vargas pinups of the 40's.

Free Admission and entertainment.  
Art Design doing the 1940 pinup Art
Fred Astaire doing the swing dancing of the 40's
Lace doing the live pin up fashion show
and Local restaurant Vendors! 

The event will be outdoors and the museum will be open to the public to view our WWII exhibit.   Please call 727-726-1668 for more information.  We hope that you and your friends will take the advantage of this unique opportunity to see this special event!

Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History

329 Bayshore Blvd. S.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695

(727) 726-1668

FAX: (727) 725-9938

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Toy for sale - 95 Suzuki DR-650


This was to take with on the RV, which has sold!  It's a nimble ride and can off-road.

New tank, tires and grips - $1600 ask for serious riders only.  Selling this week or storing for another 4 months and will put up on Cycle trader then.

From My Favorite Scrap Shop: Cool Projects! And a BIG FAT SALE!


We've kept our October Calendar pretty clean to prepare for our 3rd Annual Holiday Workshop coming up in November. Our product is pouring in and we are getting ready to be busy little scrapping elves to create those samples you'll spend all day making. Both workshops for both weekends are completely full and we have started the waiting list. Call us at the store if you are interested in having your name put on the waiting list for Holiday workshop openings.
Here are the Classes and Events we do have coming up:

Haunted House Frame - $30
Saturday, October 17th 11-3pm
Show off your favorite Halloween photos in this Whimsy Haunted house frame/mini album! Learn how to make this project from scratch with Theresa using the Spook Alley line from Making Memories. There are very limited spaces available so call us or stop by to register before they're all full! You can see more details of the interactive project on our blog.
Scrapbooking 101 - $20
We've had many new scrapbookers visit us and so came the demand for our Scrapbooking 101 classes. We scheduled two Beginner's classes this month to make it easier to fit them into your schedule and allow for more beginners to participate. The dates are Wednesday, October 21st from 6-9pm and Saturday October 24th from 11-2pm. The class fee is $20 and includes two 12x12 layouts, 2 cards and a tag. You are not required to bring anything with you but if you'd prefer to use your own tools, you are more than welcome to bring them along!
Happy Hour - $5
Yes, Happy hour is back! Tomorrow, Happy hour will be making its debut with a layout designed by Kelly Noel. If you have no idea what Happy Hour means, we will not be serving two for one drinks at the store...Happy Hour is a fun little way to add pages to your albums quick and easy! A member of the design team creates a 12x12 layout and you drop by, make your page (with or without photos) and go on your way. We have another 12x12 layout to go with the one you just made, what we call "homework" for you to purchase everything you need to recreate the page if you so choose.  It is a ton of fun and SO very rewarding to have a 2 page layout made a week with little effort. You can see a whole gallery full of examples from the years past in this gallery.
You will need to register with your $5 ahead of time in order to secure your spot. You are also welcome to drop on by that night if your schedule clears up but call ahead just in case, to make sure we have room. 
Friday Crop Nights - $10
We'll have regular Crop nights for the remaining Fridays in October, however for the first two weeks of November we will not be hosting a crop and the store will be closing at 8pm so that we can set up for the Holiday Workshop the next day. If you'd like to join us for a crop night at the store this month, please call or stop by to sign up and pay to reserve your spot. Your $10 includes Dinner, dessert, drinks, snacks and 10% off in the store!

There are still plenty of Quickutz dies left for grabs at a huge 75% off! We also have filled the 60% clearance room to the brim, its packed full of Rubons, embellishments and albums. Come in and take a peek!

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If you have never seen these guys do there thing live and in person put it on your list of things to do before you die.  Then call and order tickets, see and enjoy the show, cross it off your list and feel an awesome sense of accomplishment.

Jeff Thatcher is the EIGHTH wonder of the world.

If you are looking for something to do with someone - this is IT:


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009 ~ 8:00 PM

ADULTS ~ $31.00/CHILDREN 0-12 ~ $22.00* 



"Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice - if you've seen Rockapella you know that's the truth," says USA TODAY. This five-man  powerhouse of vocal talent sweeps through sold-out venues across the country year-round. With an ever-expanding fan base, they're known as the Kings of Contemporary A Cappella.

Individually, Rockapella is: Scott Leonard (high  tenor), Kevin Wright (tenor), Jeff Thacher (vocal percussionist), George Baldi (bass) and John K. Brown (tenor).

The group was formed for the sheer love of performing; singing on New York City street corners with a hat out at their feet. They caught the eye of a producer putting together a  television special titled "Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella", hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee. This in turn led to a daily appearance on "Where In The  World Is Carmen Sandiego?", a wildly popular kid's game show on public  television. Television & radio commercials and international recording contracts followed. Rockapella has released 20 albums over the last 18 years.

Back by popular demand, Rockapella's holiday show is returning to Tampa Theatre this year. Rockapella will celebrate with its completely original take on the holidays, adding its smooth edge to the season's warm heart.



1. In person at the Tampa Theatre box office, Monday - Friday from 10am to  5pm, excluding holidays. You may call the box office at 813-274-8286 during  these hours FOR INFORMATION ONLY

2. <

Tampa Theatre General Public Print and Fax Order Form 

The deadline has passed for Tampa Theatre member orders.

3. Ticketmaster outlet sales, phone sales or > *SERVICE & CONVENIENCE FEES MAY APPLY

Monday, October 12, 2009

'Tis the Season....

If you are on the lookout for some adorable retrocentric or Florida-riffic holiday cards you must check these out! Made by WhatsBuzzin'  

The have posters, t-shirts, keychains and more available on their zazzle store - just check by sidebar 'GIFTS' section for all sorts of one of a kind and awesome things!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bromeliad Bash starts Oct 9 - $1 (Lutz)

Love your landscape? Come out and see over 500 bromeliads on display, in an all natural 7-acre setting of palms, bamboo, flowering trees, roses and butterfly attracting specimens.                                

Bromeliads are easy to plant, to grow and require little trimming or managing. Showy blooms and colorful leaves make this air-plant a winner in sun or shade. What size are you seeking? Mini's - small - super large or just a medium one? We've got that. Prices start at $1. Bring plastic bags or boxes for carrying your treasures back home.

The Bromeliad Bash continues each weekend in October thru November 1. No charge to park. No admission fee. Bring the kids. Wear your sneakers and take a hike! Be sure to stop and see our 200' garden plot. We sell vegetable plants too $1 and $2.

Going to the USF Plant Show? We are just 5 miles north of USF off Livingston Avenue.
Hudson Landscape Nursery
1918 Green Meadow Drive
Lutz 33549

We are open FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY from 9am to 5pm. Rain or shine.
Reply by email or give us a call @ 813-949-8239

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Old Fashioned 1929 Picnic - Dunedin Garden Club

The Dunedin Garden Club celebrating its 80. birthday!!

Save the date (Oct. 24) -- everyone is invited!

The Dunedin Garden Club is one of the oldest, continuously active, garden clubs on the west coast of Florida, and we are celebrating our 80th anniversary this year.  We are celebrating with an "Old Fashioned 1929 Picnic at Edgewater Park", in Dunedin.

Everyone is invited to bring their families and friends, to help us celebrate.  Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic basket, or enjoy hot dogs and snacks from vendors.  We will have musical entertainment, including the Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires barbershop chorus. We are planning a variety of music, games, exhibits, activities for the kids, and a plant display.  We will also have some members doing a bit of historical re-enactment -- we hope we can find costumes! -- representing some of our founding members from 1929, and some of the important townspeople of the day.  We've also invited members of the local Model-A car club, (although we are still waiting to hear from them.) 

The detailed information is summarized below: 

Old Fashioned 1929 Picnic at Edgewater Park,

Dunedin, Edgewater Dr. (Alt. 19) at Main St. (on the water).

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 11:00 - 3:00pm

Hosted by Dunedin Garden Club, celebrating their 80th Anniversary.

* Bring family and friends;

* Bring a picnic basket or enjoy hot dogs and snacks from vendors.

* Music, games, entertainment, historic re-enactors, exhibits,

plant display, kids activities and more.

* Free public parking is available at several sites nearby.

(In case of an all-day rain, we'll hold an indoor picnic, at Noon at

Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.)

For information, 727-789-4880.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Lovingly maintained 1999 Winnebago Brave 35C (never smoked in)with just under 40K miles. We are the second owners of this coach and purchased it in June 2005. New Onan 5.5 KW generator(currently with 300 hours) and new tires installed summer 2005. Ford 4R100 transmission professionally rebuilt at 33K miles. Serpentine belt replaced on engine last month. Immaculate and stylish interior. Center queen bed and full wardrobe. Rear emergency escape window. Kitchen with microwave, three burner stove, oven, and slide out pantry. Double sink. Dinette seating. Bathroom with shower/tub. Two Coleman roof mounted AC units and two powered roof vents (fantastic fan). CB radio, upgraded sound system (CD and MP3 input), 2 TV's, and VHS player. Exterior in very good condition. Mid-entry door. HWH hydraulic leveling system. New mirrors. External sound system. Storage galore both inside and basement. Spacious floorplan with functional layout. All service records and owners manuals included along with two sets of keys. Good handling and reliable coach that we have enjoyed touring with from coast to coast. This coach is ready for your next adventure. Fuel tank: 75 gallons. Fresh water tank: 63 gallons. Grey water tank: 50 gallons. Black water tank: 40 gallons. Propane tank: 23 gallons. Water heater: 6 gallons. GVWR: 20,500 lbs. Additional photos available upon request. Any questions please call Drew at 727-421-0050. $26,300, 7274210050

for fotos and more: RV FOR SALE! 

Thursday, September 3, 2009

AVEDA - FREE Product!!!

Thanks Jeanie for sharing this tip!

Click here to get a free, full-size product on your birthday! 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

$29 tickets to all shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

August 29th, available only at the box office, all shows for the 2009-2010 season will have $29.00 tickets!  Box office opens at $10 am. 

(Speaking from past experience, arrive by 8 am with a full belly, SPF, a hat, sunglasses, water, a bathroom break buddy, and folding chairs.)

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carole's Garden Plant Nursery

Fellow Garden Club member Carole Eakin has a certified nursery (license 48007481) where she sells more than just plants.  If you need anything for your landscape call her for a tour.  She is a great source of knowledge!

Carole Eakin, Owner

Carole's Garden Plant Nursery

4591 78 Ave.

Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Monday, August 17, 2009

The Dash...

An inspiration!



Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I'm both a vagabond and a home body, feeling content roaming afar and equally so enjoying my familiar surroundings.  Each time I leave home I yearn for more travel, and each time I return home I am loathe to leave my creature comforts!  Such a conundrum.

Some of my recent ventures have been:
















In a PRIUS - we have driven across 3 states and back, combo if highway and local and have averaged 46 mph.  Pretty awesome.


To eat at the famous (for hamburgers) REDAMAK'S.


Visiting Crane's Pie Pantry for the worlds best raspberry pie.

spa day

Enjoying a Spa Day at Bella Vita after Yoga class.


Staying at a B&B with the most hearty home cooked breakfasts.

clearbrook country club

Enjoying a meal and the atmosphere at Clearbook Country Club.


Attending a wedding...


On the bluffs of Lake Michigan...


Visiting family and making new friends.
















Taking Gramps (handsome devil) to Jarrsma's Bakery in Pella for a Dutch Letter!


And a puff, pillow, and a cream horn!

baked goods

Pretty perfect!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dance Scholarship - West Coast Swing

A free "under 21" program...check out the St. Pete Times article about it.  If you know anyone under 21, please tell them about the program.  We'll take them as young as 12.  Lessons will begin in mid-August.  The details are below, please help us spread the word!

Link to St. Petersburg Times article:




See current Young Adult Champions on youtube by typing in

2008 Young Adult Champions Brennar Goree & Torri Smith


This free program will run from August through October. Participants will receive a free weekend pass to the Tampa Bay Classic.

Dance America Dance Studio



For more information contact:



We've had a great response, but we still need more leaders (aka boys). The participants of the class will receive a Junior scholarship to attend the Tampa Bay Classic for free. Please see the attached flyer and contact Renee or Tommy for more information. Thank you to Phil for donating the studio time for the class.

Monday, July 27, 2009


for the 3rd Annual Hospice Art & Craft Show, Saturday 10-3 at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater 10a-4p

Hand Crafted Items Only!  No retail or flea market items.

Interested vendors should contact Bridget Hartwick,RN at 727.771.4512 before 9-18-09.

No booth fees, but donations to the Suncoast Hospice - Work Life Wellness Program are appreciated!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Neighborhood Family Center

The Third Annual Back to School Fundraiser for the FNC, “supporting students in need (Safety Harbor, Oldsmar & Eastern Clearwater) with all donations go to their children’s programs:

Please join us Saturday, August 1 2009, 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Grand Opening of our new facility, the Angela DeVito Building (next door)

“Help us provide backpacks to kids in our area”. More info on web site

Donations are tax deductible. (1003 Dr. MLK Jr. St. NO, SH, Fl 34695)

RSVP: Claudia at 727-791-8255. Attire: business casual.

As you know, this is the very worthwhile organization we are helping to support around holidays and with non-perishable food items during the year. The SHNFC supplies a lot more than food and backpacks to needy families! (see web site)

My 7 Kids Italian Restaurant, Live Music, Free Drink!

This Sunday July 26th only come see the best oldies group in town.
Ron and the Classics will be performing live at My 7 Kids Italian Restaurant from 6 to 9 pm.

Print this coupon and bring it with you to receive one free drink with every entree ordered. Any drink. Try one of our great frozen drinks!

Ron and the Classics will be playing all of your favorites from the 50's through the 80's.  End your weekend on a great note - no pun intended. 
Don't forget all our other summer specials:
sign up for emails for more upcoming specials.
My 7 Kids Italian Restaurant
35631 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, 727-216-6375
Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons

Saturday, July 18, 2009

DuPont Registry - Coffee & Cars

Some of the wonderful autos available for viewing at the Coffee & Cars today!
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Friday, July 17, 2009


Now that I have gotten my act together and created a fan page on Facebook and added a gadget here for my Mary Kay business I feel free to reclaim the blog for it's true intention: the rants and raves of a 40 something desperate housewife in the sunshine state. I'll be back to sharing my gift to the world with you: snippets from my life experiences where I give unsolicited advice to others and we see what happens and you follow my life and times - as (un)exciting as they might be.

I cannot believe it is already the middle of July 2009. I've yet to make a plan for my YEAR OF 41, which is humming along. It's time to reclaim my life and get back to spending the time I have doing the things I love with the people I love. I rejoined my Garden Club - now I need to make the next step to GO to the meetings:). Shopping for and reselling vintage clothing and jewels with the ladies at Antique Addict, and the youngsters at Lace lingere. Ballroom dancing, as much as I can, whenever I can, with whomever I can, as affordably as I can. Looking out for new opportunities - they always abound, but sometimes knock softly. Time to paint my dreams on a large canvas and let the univers fulfill my every wish!

Dash out the Door with Mary Kay!



Pocket 1 TimeWise Miracle Set $114

3-in-1 Cleanser, Age-Fighting Moisturizer, Day and Night Solutions and Foundation, (add $14 for Mineral Powder Foundation and Brush)



Pocket 2- TimeWise Anti-Aging Set $85

Microdermabrasion Steps 1 and 2: Refine and Replenish, Firming Eye Cream

Pocket 3 Dash out the Door! $94

2 Mineral Bronzing Powders with Compact and Brush,

Eyesicles Cream-to-Powder Eye Shadow in Vanilla and Island Bronze, Ultimate Mascara, and NouriShine Lip Gloss





Color 101 Collection $113.50

Filled Compact with 3 Mineral Eye Colors, Mineral Cheek Color, Lipstick and Applicators,

Eyeliner, Lip Liner. Ultimate Mascara and NouriShine Lip Gloss

Your custom color look may be selected at your follow-up Color 101 glamour appointment!





Pocket 4 Satin Set $48



Satin Hands Pampering Set (including Extra Emollient Night Cream, Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub and Satin Hand Cream)

Satin Lips Mask & Balm

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