Your Tights Would Look Good on a Pumpkin.

My sister and I met in New Orleans during the most recent Mardi Gras (remember the portrait photos?). We had just finished doing some shopping and were sitting outside pondering where to go next when someone walked by and greeted her. It was her student, Courtney (my sister is a math instructor at our alma mater). Surprised to see Courtney there, she responded, “Hello, Courtney! Funny to see you here in New Orleans!”

My sister should have stopped there. But she was caught off guard by seeing one of her students while she was on vacation. So instead of saying something like, “Nice to see you,” she instead blurted out: “I love your tights. They would look great on a pumpkin!”

Um … what? I swear I heard a record screeching to a halt here.

What did she just say?

Did I hear that correctly?

A pumpkin??

Clearly, by the look on Courtney’s face, she heard what I heard. And she didn’t understand either. Or she was very offended.


My sister realized how it sounded and tried to explain: “You can wrap tights around a pumpkin for Halloween!”

pumpkin decorated with lace, from Better Homes and Gardens

(She was referring to something like this.) Pumpkin decorated with lace, from Better Homes and Gardens

Hmmm. That’s not much better. And it was currently February, which is obviously no where near Halloween.

Courtney gave her a bewildered, slightly hurt look, and walked on.

My sister was mortified. I was a little bit too.

So, as a good sister, I made fun of her as much as possible. And I remembered. I remembered and waited until the month of October rolled around.

And then, I mailed her one-half of a pair of ill-advised white tights that I bought but never wore.

I sent the one leg of tights with a poem too!

Here you are:

Tights for a pumpkin with a Boo card


And the poem:

Here is a leg for you. Now, mail me one too. I really hope you do. So our Halloween plans come true.

I told her the tights were on their way, so she was ready. (Her husband was not and was very confused when she pulled out a leg of tights from her envelope.)

Never to be outdone, my sister created her own poem and sent it along with some tights she dug up from our parent’s attic. (Ewww!!)

Here’s her response:

the halloween response poem

My sister’s Halloween response.

And here are my pumpkins, dressed and in honor of poor Courtney:

The pumpkins all dressed up in their tights.

Now you know to take it as a compliment the next time someone tells you your tights would look good on a pumpkin!

Happy Halloween!


Favorite Pin Friday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately, which hasn’t been a barrel of fun (hence the lack of blog posts). Thankfully, I finally got some medicine to cure my ills. And to go with the meds, I spent the majority of Labor Day weekend being laaaazzzzy and recuperating. And by being lazy, I mean spending an inordinate amount of time half-watching movies and surfing Pinterest. And what happens when we surf Pinterest? We get ideas of things we must do–now–even though we are sick and coughing and should not be doing anything other than surfing Pinterest and half-watching movies.

So what on Pinterest called me from my sickbed? This pin:

homemade laundry detergent by Swamp Hollow Designs

Homemade Laundry Detergent (pinned to my DIY Love board)
Yes, I felt compelled to stop resting in order to gather ingredients and make homemade laundry soap. (Oh, and organize my spice cabinet too.) I have no idea why. I guess I’m just not very good at sitting still! But, this homemade laundry soap made me immensely happy so I’m ok with that. It’s cheap and it’s eco-friendly, both things I love.

I made a smaller batch than the recipe listed here, so here are my smaller proportions:

  • 1 bar ivory soap, shaved. Equals about 2 cups.  (I used my food processor!)
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax

I mixed it all together in the super cute jar that I got as a housewarming gift and began using it immediately. It took me about 5 minutes total to put together. This is a winner for sure.

I then tried to determine the cost:

– 4 bars ivory soap: $2.37
– baking soda: I think it was about $2.99 (estimating 9 cups from 4 lb. box)
– washing soda: $2.40 (3 lb., 7 oz. box, estimating 7ish cups in the box)
– Borax: $3.39 (4 lb., 12 oz, box, estimating 10 cups)


– 1 bar ivory soap: $0.59
– 3/4 cup baking soda $0.33
– 1 cup washing soda $0.34
– 1 cup borax $0.34

= $1.60 for one batch, or about 4 1/2 cups of detergent.

7th Generation, my go-to eco-laundry detergent, costs $6.29 for 33 loads, and All costs $4.79 for 32 loads.

I use around half of an old laundry scoop per load (1/4 cup?), and I’m loosely estimating that I’d need to double mine to equal 30ish loads. So let’s go with $3.20 for my new eco-friendly laundry detergent! Deal!

You can find some better calculations here.

If you want a fun scent, add some essential oils if you’d like. Lavender would be nice. I have some geranium on hand too – those together would be lovely.

Next time maybe I’ll try a different bar of more eco-friendly soap, but first I’ll research and see if there are any you should/shouldn’t use. Anyone know?

One more Pin for you – homemade shaving cream. I didn’t try this one because it sounds complicated, but her story of making homemade shaving cream gives me giggles!

Second Chances is UGallery’s Daily Deal

My painting, Second Chances, is today’s Daily Deal at UGallery!

Second Chances, acrylic on canvas

Second Chances, the daily deal at UGallery: acrylic and other media on canvas, 2011, 24″ x 24″

In the market for a new painting, perhaps? 🙂

Also, I’ve kissed two paintings goodbye recently thanks to UGallery. I said goodbye to Dandelions at Dawn:

Dandelions at Dawn, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 20″

And, Untitled No. 6 found a new home as well. This one was extra special – my good friend Mona claimed it for her own!

Untitled No. 6, abstract on canvas

Untitled No. 6, 2011 abstract on canvas, 24″ x 20″

View all of my artwork on my website. And, take some time to view the great artists at UGallery. (My paintings at UGallery can be found here.)

A HUGE thanks to all who support my painting endeavors!