Make Something Pretty

It’s Monday… must be time to beckon the lovely!

This week’s assignment was to make something pretty, and I decided to make a pretty Sunday – the day (not the dessert). Here’s the recipe.

1 pretty blue sky (pretty tree optional)

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1 pretty latte (this one is from Panama Red, the coffee shop on my 3/50 list)

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1 book (or newspaper) to read while sipping (outside of course, under that blue sky)

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1 walk around town (cute walking partner optional, but highly recommended)

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1 fountain (if this ingredient is unavailable, replace it with an organ grinder’s monkey – that’s what I was really hoping for)

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1 art project (I decided to change Lexi’s plain water dish into something pretty… the result is at the end of this post)

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2 cucumber martinis (and someone to toast with)

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Plus an awesome dinner with people you love.

Mix it all together, and enjoy.

Oh! And I’m really proud of Lexi’s bowl. Going into it, I had no idea what I’d do. I bought some permanent markers and just started drawing. You’ll see in the video how thrilled Lexi is. (Don’t let her seeming indifference fool you. It’s just canine cool. Inside, she’s ecstatic, barking, wagging, smiling. Really.)

Next Monday: Kiss and Make Up! (I’ve got big plans for this one.)


  1. karen from mentor on August 17, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I’m impressed with the pretty day AND the art project.
    I can draw stick figures, so art without a stencil?
    Many kudos!!!

    I think Lexi’s water will taste MUCH better now.

    Loved that you can see you and your “cute walking partner” in the reflection of the store window.

    Too bad he wasn’t flexing at the time……(like hans and franz)

    P.S. did you try on that dress?

    Happy monday.
    Come play hint fiction with me!

  2. Estrella Azul on August 17, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I like the pretty flowers in the vase 😉

    Love your post, you’re very good at making pretty things: Sunday, the post, the photos, the flowers, the drinks, the video and Lexi’s bowl… you’re a natural! 🙂

    (I’m so upset because my batteries weren’t charged for yesterday. I also made a pretty day yesterday and now I don’t have photos of it…)

  3. judy on August 17, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Karen, I didn’t try on the dress, but I was hooked on Brown Eyed Girl for the rest of the day.

    Estrella, That describes most of my life – no camera (or no batteries) to capture the pretty. Still, the important thing is that you made and enjoyed a pretty day, right? Maybe you can capture it in words on your blog. (Maybe you did! I better go find out.) 😉

  4. Linda on August 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Making a pretty day … what a great thought. I’ll bet you’re just a bubbling bit of joy to everyone around you. At least, you regularly brighten my day.

    And what a good dog mommy you are to pretty-up Lexi’s bowl.

  5. Tim on August 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Applause for your decision to take two things you already had and make them pretty. Nothing against new pretty things, but after a while, we start to run out of places to put them. There’s always room for pretty memories (and water dishes)!

  6. judy on August 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Linda, A bubbling bit of joy… I try! But the truth is, in here, I can think before I publish. In real life, stuff just comes dancing out of my mouth without benefit of editing. Someone recently called me “a handful.” I’m sure he meant “of flowers.”

    Tim, Exactly! Let me know if you want me to prettify anything for you. I think my pens will work on iPhones…

  7. BOBBY on August 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I was a tad nervous there would be an implementation of “crafts” in the beckoning of lovely list, item #3 — I must say that I love the plain dish transformed into Pretty Dish.

    By the by, what store did you find that spinning water dish in?? I love that it turns — so cool!!

  8. karen from mentor on August 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Judy, I’m SURE he meant of flowers.
    Or a handful of loveliness. :0)

    Laughing at (with) Bobby because I thought you were using some sort of motorized turn table until I saw your arm in the background.
    He obviously had no such misconceptions.

    You my, brown eyed girl…..

  9. chezhui on August 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Just had Lasik PRK surgery today – my eyes are scratchy and sore (a little) and I couldn’t really enjoy looking at the real blue sky today – but your post gave me something equally special, your blue sky in my imagination, a confirmation I have friends I can always count on, and tunes that always make me smile.
    Hopefully this brown eyed gals eyes will feel better tomorrow.,

  10. milliverstravels on August 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    After a very hard week last week, this really made me smile. :~D :~D

    Lexi’s bowl is LOVELY!

  11. judy on August 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Bobby, I’m glad you approve of the Lexi bowl. I know it borders on crafty. The spinny part is magic.

    Karen, Awww! Thank you! I almost made us re-film because of my arm, but then I decided it was part of the charm of the thing. (Amazing what you can get away with using that sort of j-logic.)

    Mari, I’m so glad I could make you smile! And soon your super eyes will be able to spot ninjas long before they get close enough to challenge your bad-ass black belt self! (Congratulations!)

    Milli, I wondered where you were. Sorry about your hard week. So glad you came here to share some “lovely.” Hugs!

  12. terrepruitt on August 17, 2009 at 11:36 pm


    I love your utter brilliance at making something pretty. Awesome.

    Your replies to your readers comments are awesome too.

    Again, you amazed me, J. Thank you.

  13. cmw on August 18, 2009 at 12:05 am

    a good day indeed.

  14. judy on August 18, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Thank you, Terre! Reading and replying to comments is my favorite part about blogging! And for the record, you amaze me too, Nia woman!

    cmw, It was the cucumber martinis that sealed the deal!

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