Decoupage with Favorite Children’s Books...

Apr 13, 2011 by

We all have memories of our favorite children’s books… Winnie the Pooh, Strawberry Shortcake, Peanuts characters. A great way for us grown-ups to keep our childhood “friends” close is to use children’s book illustrations in craft projects. And did I mention how cool they look? You can use book pages and cutouts to make cards, wall art, or my favorite is to decoupage accessories.             The following are projects I crafted with craft paint or stain, thrift store acquired home accessories, children’s books (also found in thrift stores), and Mod Podge decoupage medium.                   Winnie the Pooh spice rack. I use it for tea accessories.             Detail of Winnie the Pooh spice rack.      ...

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Celebrating 100 Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Posts...

Apr 4, 2011 by

                  Sometimes when you color outside the lines magic happens! About 8 weeks ago a group of women joined together to launch a special social destination site, All The Single Girlfriends. We wanted to show the world that women 40+, who just  happened to be single (or who don’t take their total identify from their marriage, husband or kids) are living their lives with style and denial. Denial that .. we are not fabulous .. that we are not invisible . . that we are not all the same. It’s important to acknowledge the small successes along the way .. and 100 posts is cause for us to break out the bubbly.. even if it is virtual! Meet the Gf Authors! Each Gf author brings a unique idea...

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9 Steps On How To Produce A Video...

Mar 9, 2011 by

Have you always dreamed of producing a film or documentary? It’s not as easy as it looks! Here are some tips about the realities of making moving pictures that I’ve learned. 1. Creative brainstorming. This usually happens when you are procrastinating. Like when it’s time to clean the kitchen or break up with the guy you have been dating for 7 months. 2. Planning. The key part of this is to be realistic about what resources you actually have at hand as opposed to what, say, they have at Pixar Studios. Pixar Studios has access to a 3-D scanner. I don’t have a copy of After Effects at home, just PhotoShop Extended. 3. Then the stress of working out all the crap. Seeking the basics of what you need and getting teams together. Who...

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Ohhh … So THAT’S Why (I’m Not Married)...

Mar 2, 2011 by

If you are like me, you have some friends who you intangibly just sense will not get married, at least any decade soon. You can sit around a table at lunch and know that wherever they are in the dating cycle, be it flirting, passion or boredom, it’s almost mute to talk about because they will be back around again. And again. I’m also in this “mortally single” class of woman myself. From observation I have deduced that this plight is not founded on looks or physical type. It is not geographical location. It is not even a specific career or education, though most mortally single women I know are smarter than the average bear. I have never been able to really put it into words very well, but read two blog articles today...

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How to Grocery Shop Economically and Well – Part 2...

Feb 24, 2011 by

Go semi vegetarian or just cut way down on meat. I don’t care how great that butcher department sale is, Scarlett, it can’t compete with the price of beans or tofu or making a frittata. A wide assortment of nuts is available and they have become more competitively priced in relation to other groceries. Get worldly. Ethnic markets can have some of the best options for fresh and affordable, not to mention delectable. Some of the items I stock up on in ethnic markets or grocery sections are spices, noodles, seaweed, tostadas, tortillas, sauces, canned beans and the list goes on. At a fraction of the usual grocery price, and often better tasting. The last time I visited the Buford Asian Market they were out of my favorite Pad Thai Sauce that is sold...

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How to Grocery Shop Economically and Well -Part 1...

Feb 15, 2011 by

We all have main themes we gravitate toward in our lives. For some it’s family, for some its religion or the quest for World peace…Mine is food. And by that I don’t mean what delicious thing I can forage for next. Well, that too…but I also mean what I can cook or bake for other people, how I can contribute to food banks and research the issue of hunger in the US, and I’m always stretching my culinary skills by taking cooking classes and creating new recipes and menus. Besides, I’m a Southern Jewish woman. I was basically bred to cook and eat. Here are my basics of food shopping when on a budget. It’s not the cheapest food plan you can find because I also emphasize fresh produce and variety. But I think...

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Fat Is The New Thin

Feb 15, 2011 by

We’ve all heard the buzz. 50’s are the new 40’s. 40’s are the new 30’s. Cougars are the new wasted floozies …But if you really are keen you have seen … FAT is the NEW THIN! That’s right. Tides have rolled in for the rolley and the polley. Our basic human mating preference social structure has made a definite twist. To understand this new paradigm we need to break down the sexes into their respective categories as classified by their opposites. You see, we have three types of men: You have your Average Joes, your Chubby Chasers, and your 3-V men. Average Joes are just that, they follow the norm. Chubby Chasers, well, they have been ahead of the curve. And the much celebrated 3-V’s (that stands for vjay-jay is vjay-jay is vjay-jay )...

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Dating in the Middle Ages

Feb 12, 2011 by

So…Many of my girlfriends, too many, have been saying that men no longer approach them. The same is pretty much true for me. I have average looks, I get it. But half of these women are gorgeous, 2 are models in fact. They are from 30’s to 50’s. So it’s not a specific age, not a specific profession, and not all are in my geographic area. The conclusion is that men on the most part just do not bother dating much anymore, and these women agree. It’s a fact. Men think about it on occasion, they might start a dating profile, but they don’t make the effort to actually go on dates. OK, maybe once in a long while, but not often enough to really start a relationship. In fact, there is a new web series...

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