musings, mutterings, and creative muddle. . .

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What Kind of Cat is That??? Comes Back!


 You've been introduced to my sister-brother pair of Russian Peterbald kitties, Fritzie & Frazer before. . . are you wondering what they've been up to since that post three years (has it honestly been *that* long?!?!?) ago?




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Upcycling a Vision to a Fancy Costume

It all started with an idea. . . Less than vague, abstract,  and definitely not concrete.   I would describe Halloween 2013's first glimmering of a costume as more of a vibe or a concept; a blurry illusion of hmmmmmm. . . .

Being a traditionalist, as well as a habitualistic, I stuck with my typical black. . . But this year, I added some red and stepped it up a notch from just wearing cat ears or a Mardi Gras mask.


My vision included lots of upcycling, destashing, and outright creative maneuvering of:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Embracing Autumn

As much as I *L♥VED* my summer decor - as the leaves change colors, the weather gets cooler, and the days get shorter - it's time for change.

Out of the four seasons we experience here in Southeast Kansas, Fall is #3 on my list. . . just not one of my favorites. And, as far as Halloween goes. . . it doesn't quite make it to my top 3. But, being that I like to decorate, and the last time I actually decorated was nearly half a year ago. . . change is good!


Start with a few books carefully selected from my bookshelves and add a small trinket. . . Then move on to a favorite ghost

Friday, July 26, 2013

Aloha Hawaiian Chicken!!

Two words: DELISH and YUM!!!!


The fact that you literally can dump in the ingredients and completely walk away to only return several hours later to a restaurant quality main dish makes this recipe additionally amazing!  Add a couple of jalepenos with the green pepper layer if you want to add some 'kick.'

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tooling Around with Toolboxes

Hello. I am Robin Z and I collect vintage, handmade, wooden toolboxes. But only the really-really cool ones. Ones that have personality - either in color, shape, or condition. Ones that speak to me. Ones that are not only super-awesome to look at - but also super-awesome to use for. . . well. . . whatever the heck I come up with.

Take this big ol' randomly painted, super-duper, extra-magnificent toolbox


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's All In The Egg Muffin Quiche

Simplest, most versatile, perfect-for-later recipe *ever*!!!

It starts in a standard muffin pan - and ends with YUM.

This recipe hooked me on Facebook when I first saw it. But, me being me, I tweaked it, modified it ever so slightly, and measured out the ingredients to make it easier for you. It's a great one to use up whatever you have on hand - the only ingredient *required* is eggs. And you can serve it for any meal - or even as snacks in between when you're on the go.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Upcycling, Recycling, & Buttoning Up a Spray Painting Project

I LOVE re-purposing found objects to make them not only useful - but beautiful and fun! And I *love*  containers with personality - it's a 'puzzle' to me to figure out how to fit 'stuff' into these interesting containers in unusual (and utilitarian) ways, then decorate with them.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Holiday Un-Decorating

Summer. . . Beach. . . Being outside. . . Tranquility. . .

I was thinking the other day, as I took down my Easter Decorations , why don't we decorate for summer? I mean. . . I guess by packing away all the holiday decorations it is a sort of decorating. Decorating by undecorating, I suppose.


Friday, February 15, 2013

We Lovingly Call it P-O-O Soup

It's name may be rather odd, but this soup is quick, easy, and delicious!

Another of Hubster's creations, this one is a throw-back to his Mama. And though my penchant for acronyms makes its name somewhat worrisome, there's no need for brow furrowing. Potato-Onion-Oyster (otherwise known as Poo) soup is positively tasty and I'm thankful Hubster loves it enough (despite our teasing) to make it for us at least once or twice a year:-)