Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26th is National Dog Day

You can be sure these best friends will be celebrating National Dog Day today, August 26th, doing what they love best. Have you walked your dog today?

This is one of my favorite pictures. I see it every day, in person, when "Dad and Dog" take their evening walk. These two best friends can't get enough of each other. You can be sure they'll be celebrating National Dog Day today, August 26th, doing what they love best.

Have you walked your dog today?


Photo © Susan Deppner/ All Rights Reserved

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Nail Polish for Fall

To celebrate the change of season, I've selected a new nail polish for Fall. It's a dark red shade called "Haze of Love." Here's my review.
There's a different feeling in the air today and I like it. Despite the calendar still pointing to August, it feels much less like summer outside and far more like autumn. To celebrate, I decided to pick up a new bottle of nail polish for fall. In honor of the change of seasons, I removed the bright pink color from my toes and selected this gorgeous dark red for my fingernails. I love it!

The color is called "Haze of Love" and the brand is wet n wild's MegaLast®. It set me back a whole two dollars at Dollar General. Reason I got it, the bright pink polish that has adorned my toes for the last several weeks is the same brand, from the same place and I couldn't be happier with it.

Who says you have to spend a ton of money to get nice nail polish?

The pink polish ("My Little Peony" - cute, huh?) went on easily and stayed on my toenails really well, no chipping or peeling. I'm hoping the same will be true with the dark red. So far I've applied it to the fingernails of my left hand, and shortly I'll do the other hand and complete the look by painting my toenails, too.

Even when the weather warms up and feels like summer has returned (and it will; it always does) I'll probably stick with this shade for awhile. Or, if I get bored with it or simply decide to try something different around Halloween, or even Labor Day, I won't feel guilty at all about choosing an additional shade. At two bucks a pop, I can afford to change nail color frequently.

I'm no expert on nail polish or other beauty products, but I do know what I like. My friend Bonnie, aka Queen of the Girl Geeks, knows what she likes, too. In fact, she's been writing reviews of beauty products recently and, if you enjoy the topic, you really must check out her blog. It's fun to read and, even if you're not into nail polish, lip color, and bath bombs (I had no idea what that was until recently), you'll get a kick out of reading her beauty product reviews. If you're a geek, too, and especially if you're over 40, you'll probably end up reading every post.

Ready to invest in a new nail polish for fall? Let me know if you like "Haze of Love," too, or what other color you might choose.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's New to Me: Chicken Sweaters

Is a chicken sweater a novelty item for pet chickens or something savvy chicken owners crow about? Read on to find out!

I was perusing Etsy this morning and found the craziest product that I'll probably never need. Chicken sweaters!

Mind you, just because I'll probably never need a sweater for my chicken (because I don't own a chicken) doesn't make chicken sweaters weird. I mean, this could be the absolute best, most perfect, cutest, totally practical invention for chickens ever, something that any well-dressed clucker would rather go to the soup kettle than live without. It's just new to me because "dressing a chicken" is a phrase I thought belonged exclusively in the kitchen. Now I know better.

So, is this a novelty item for pet chickens or is it something that savvy chicken owners crow about? (Sorry.) I didn't really know, so I did some research.

Made to Order Crocheted Chicken Sweaters from CrochetItQuickAndSew on Etsy.
Jessica, one the artisans who crochets the chicken sweaters featured here (they're available in three sizes and your choice of a whole bunch of colors) says in her product description, "I love pictures of my chickens in their sweaters, it's fun!" I love the pictures, too, and had a lot of fun browsing through them again and again. (I think I'm getting addicted.) Based on the positive feedback from her customers, she sells a lot of these and people truly love them.

But, again, are they practical? Are they necessary? Do chickens really need sweaters? To find out for sure, I googled it (of course I did) and you know what I found? Dozens of pictures of chickens in sweaters! It was a virtual peep show! (Sorry again.) I also found Mother Nature Network and her answer to the burning question, "Does your chicken need a sweater?"

The answer in an eggshell nutshell: Yes! Well, maybe. Mother Nature says that many chicken owners claim that chicken sweaters actually do help keep their fowl warm during molting season, especially those chickens who lose most of their feathers at one time. The sweaters also help protect those chickens who are being severely pecked and injured by their barnyard bully companions. I was happy to learn that sweaters are often used for rescued battery hens, those birds that no longer lay enough eggs to earn their keep, often have scant feathers, and so are destined for slaughter. That was a very interesting fact that was also new to me.

Of course, the "just say no to chicken sweaters" crowd (they make some good points) declare that chickens have survived for centuries without sweaters and that most do just fine by ruffling what feathers they have and snuggling up in bunches to keep warm.

Chicken Sweater Crochet Pattern to download instantly from JasmineArtWorks on Etsy.
If you're a chicken owner then it will be up to you to decide whether any of your birds actually need a sweater. But if you're into fads, and taking pictures of chickens wearing sweaters certainly is one, then click this link for a huge selection of the most adorable crocheted and knitted chicken sweaters you'll ever see. Prefer to make your own? Here's an easy crocheted chicken sweater pattern with an instant download so you can get busy right away making sweaters yourself to properly dress your own flock.

So tell me, are chicken sweaters new to you? Does your chicken wear a sweater? Would it if you had a chicken? I'd really like to know!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Patriotic Printables for the 4th of July

4th of July Banner from thelovelyapple on Etsy, from
4th of July Banner from Thelovelyapple on Etsy
I've become enamored with printable greeting cards from Etsy. I love these, especially when I need a card at the last minute (I tend to procrastinate). Well, there's more than just greeting cards available to help when a holiday or special occasion sneaks up on you. For instance, check out these patriotic printables and cute decor, instant downloads, perfect DIY for the 4th of July!

If you're in need of party decor, consider this gorgeous red, white, and blue printable banner, pictured above. It's easy to print, cut, and display using card stock (pick up a pack at Walmart) and twine or ribbon. What drew me to this banner were the stripes, plaids, and dots that make up the designs for each letter and the stars that go in between the words. This will go together quickly and make a beautiful way to greet your guests no matter where you hang it.

4th of July Photo Booth Props Printable by TheQuirkyQuail on Etsy, from
4th of July Photo Booth Props Printable
 by TheQuirkyQuail on Etsy
Having a photo booth at your party? Everyone loves photo booths, especially when the host provides fun props. Take a look at these 4th of July Photo Booth Props, printables designed by TheQuirkyQuail on Etsy. With this very inexpensive set of printable files, a few sheets of card stock, a pair of scissors, tape, and straws or skewers, you'll have the perfect activity for your Independence Day party guests. So, who wants to be Uncle Sam? How about the Statue of Liberty (my personal favorite)? These red, white, and blue designs are fabulous!

4th of July Cupcake Toppers by PaperPlaceRD on Etsy |
4th of July Cupcake Toppers
by PaperPlaceRD on Etsy
Cupcakes, anyone? Turn a simple white on white cupcake into a special occasion dessert with these cute, printable, patriotic cupcake toppers. Last minute? No problem! Print out this set of six different designs as many times as you need to, cut out each topper, tape or hot glue them to sucker sticks, and let everyone choose their favorite designer cupcake for dessert. (I like the gold cupcake liners used in this picture; remember to pick those up, too, when you buy your cake mix.)

"I'm on a budget. How much do these printable files cost?"

Another thing I like is that the downloadable, printable files that I've shown you here won't break your holiday party budget. They range in price from about $3 to less than $7 so they're very affordable. What you actually buy on Etsy is the downloadable file (usually PDF or JPG) which you can re-use (for personal use only) as often as you like. Save them on your computer to use again next year or whenever the next patriotic occasion sneaks up on you!

"I love these patriotic printables! Give me more!"

Happy to oblige! There are hundreds more patriotic printables to choose for your party or special holiday event, including party invitations for those of you who are organized enough to plan ahead, (I hope you don't procrastinate like I do.) Use this link to browse, and have fun!  

P.S. Like what you've learned? Please pin it! 

Patriotic Printables for the 4th of July from

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's National Kazoo Day

Today, January 28, 2016, is National Kazoo Day.

Proof that there's a holiday for every occasion. Or an occasion for every holiday.

Seems to me that the world would be a much happier place if each of us was issued our very own kazoo, and taught how to use it.

I mean really, how can you not smile (okay, sometimes cringe-smile) when you hear a song played on a kazoo?

So, without any further kazoo ado, watch, listen to, and enjoy the following video. Then grab yourself a new kazoo, or a whole package of them, enough for your closest friends and every member of your family, hum along, and spread some love and good cheer!

You're smiling now, aren't you. Aren't you? 

Read more about National Kazoo Day here, laugh a little, hum a lot, and have fun!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Reason for the Season: Do You Believe?

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19

However you celebrate Christmas, and even if you don't celebrate, I pray that you believe in your heart that the Reason for the season was born, died, and rose again to save each of us from our sins. Wishing you joy and peace today and throughout the coming year.

~ Susan

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I Got A Hippopotamus for Christmas!

If you read this recent post, you'll know that one of my favorite family stories is about the year, a very long time ago when I was just a toddler, that I didn't get a hippopotamus for Christmas. Eventually, years later when I was all grown up, my mom did buy me a hippopotamus, a ceramic mama hippo with a baby on its back (the picture is in that other post). It took a lot of years, but I finally had my precious hippopotamus. The story is still a special one between Mom and me.

This year, now that my mom is in her 80s, I decided it was high time to return the favor. So this year I got her a hippopotamus for Christmas.

Crocheted Hippopotamus for Mom for Christmas 2015 -
Mom's Hippopotamus for Christmas 2015

TOP SECRET: Important! If you know my mom, please don't tell her about this! It's top secret until Christmas day! 

Back to the story.

After I wrote about the no-hippo Christmas a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I'd look online to see if I could find the same little ceramic "Mom and Me" hippo, one I could get for Mom for this Christmas. I didn't have any luck finding the same thing, but I found a lot of other cute hippos including the one you see in the picture above. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make a perfect gift.

The new hippo is purple and yellow and has a headband with a flower and a full skirt. It's actually made (crocheted in cotton yarn) to be a lovey or security blanket for a child. While this would look adorable in a child's room, I think it's going to look great on Mom's bed, her coffee table, or wherever she decides to display it.

I think she's going to love it. And now we'll each have our own hippopotamus.

If you don't get a hippopotamus for Christmas this year, Kelly at CrochetedOwl on Etsy should be able to fix you up with a lovey blanket hippo like Mom's.

If you'd rather have another type of hippopotamus for Christmas, or for any other day of the year, then check here to see what else is available on Etsy. There are tons of them, any of which could play a role in your next family story.