Monday, April 27


Greetings, dear reader!

I have been in "create" mode and have been working on some projects that have been put off for far too long. Here is a little something I hand stitched for the camper:

I just love these little french laundry hangers! I added the word "peace" to it and used it to display a fun button-laden peace sign. Isn't the paper sweet?

Remember this sweet little deer purchased from Ebay?

I finally found a lampshade that matches perfectly!

It's a vintage ivory moire silk found at a flea market. I love the sweet little olive, gold and orange embroidery flowers!

Just added a lamp kit and voila! Instant nostalgia!

Oh! And a picture of Webster frolicking through a flower strewn carpet at the park:

Just look at that face! Isn't he the sweetest? By the way, Happy Birthday, Webster! His birthday (9 years young) was on April 24th! We're so glad you're part of the family!

More soon!


Paula Clare

Saturday, April 25


Greetings Dear Reader!

I thought I would post some of the things made at this year's Lake Sallateeska Retreat Weekend...This was my first project. It's a Cosmo Cricket Class Project Kit from last year's CKC:

NEVER have I worked so long on a single project! It was fun tho...every chipboard shape had corresponding, punch-0ut paper so that made trimming and cutting minimal. And I LOVE how it turned out!

My second project was this mini album purchased from THIS year's CKC Vendor's Fair:

And just to be compliant (since it was a scrapbooking retreat) I completed ONE scrapbook page!

More soon!


Paula Clare

Thursday, April 23


Greetings, dear readers!

(*realizing only Rolling Stones fans will catch the title of this post...also realizing this reeeeeeeeeally dates me)

Progress in the land of "canned ham renos" The hitch has been installed on the van (WOOHOO! Go hubby!) and we are now on the prowl for (oh this is exciting, hold on to your seats) chemical toilet (for I will take this camping thing only so far) and a teeny tiny air conditioner. The propane tanks have been sanded and repainted, and the tongue of the camper shall be painted a lovely hammered black. Looking for a spare tire and aqua paint to complete the exterior makeover. Doesn't sound like a lot I realize, but with me working so much and dear hubby''s layoff shortly coming to an end (hallelujah) we will have to get done what we can in the evenings.

Meanwhile, he spends his after dark hours staked out on his computer relentlessly searching Craigslist for needed parts and various assorted sundries to make our maiden voyage a more pleasant one. What a guy...

I am going to watch the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" with Lucy and Desi. While our camper is not by any means a long trailer, I fear the hilarious scenarios will be all too familiar. Behold:

More soon!


Paula Clare

Wednesday, April 22


Eat/Cook Green today! Here's what I'm planning to have for lunch!

Mango & Roasted Cashew Salad

This rich spring recipe combines sweet, flavorful mango and its relative, the crunchy cashew. Combined with wine, ginger and maple crystals, the pair makes a light fruit salad that’s perfect for an Earth Day meal or an anytime side dish.

More great Earth Day recipes can be found here.

Monday, April 20


Greetings, dear readers!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I received this for Valentines Day:

Here is the "Canned Ham" all 10 feet of it! The hideous harvest gold stripe (so very "in" in the 70s) will soon be a lovely retro aqua. (Think 1950s) The interior (which is equally hideous) shall sport shiny white appliances, denim cushions, and red bandana window coverings. 1950s Cowgirl is the theme...



The interior:

The other side of the dining area. The lady made red and green cushion covers. The curtains are red, green, and blue. No thank you.

The "lovely" harvest gold stovetop. It's gas and it works so that's the important thing. The owners have all the grills and missing parts.

The ceiling has been recently renovated and the paneling is all new.

Here is one of the cabinet doors, before the handles and the "westernizing"

And doesn't look too impressive on the single door, but ALL of the cabinet doors having rope on them simply SCREAMS cowgirl!

Whaddya think? More soon!


Paula Clare