When Your Shoe Breaks in Public or You Tear a Hole in Your Fishnets

Have you ever been out in public and your shoe broke?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

A couple of days ago, I had just entered Macy’s to look for high heels to go with a new dress. Right there in the shoe department, the platform sole of my shoe came loose. I took another step and it completely fell off!

I limped through the store until I found a bench to sit on. Then I pulled off the sole of the other shoe (see short video below).

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks In Public

Goodbye broken soles!

My youngest sister gave me these platform sandals a couple of years ago, and this was the first time I’d worn them.

Once the platform soles were gone, the shoes were way more comfortable as flats, but they were barely holding together. I was able to wear them home before more parts fell off.

As soon as I got home, it was time to pitch what remained of those platform sandals. They did not deserve a poem (not a nice poem, at least) like my trusty old slippers, which had served me well for many years.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

My daughter Amy helped me look for heels at Macy’s to go with my $18 navy and white dress from Ross.

These comfortable Alfani shoes will work well for the dance moves (just a couple) for my upcoming speech competition. Wish me luck!

Good thing I wasn’t planning on wearing my black fishnet stockings for the contest because I accidentally put a hole in them just before leaving for my Toastmasters meeting the other night.

I came up with a bright idea to camouflage the hole. A dab of black permanent marker and no one would be the wiser. The run was barely noticeable, so I wasn’t worried about it.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks in Public

Then I moved and so did the hole. Drat! Oh well, fashion faux pas. Tsk! Tsk! I wore them to the meeting anyway, where I got to practice my speech. Again.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, When Your Shoe Breaks Out in Public

No one seemed to notice the black marker spot on my leg, the hole in my tights or the runner. It’s a shame I’ll have to toss those fishnets. They held up way better than regular pantyhose.

Screen shot of practicing my speech.
You can’t even tell the tights were damaged.

Here’s a short clip showing how easily the other shoe was to break apart:

Related post:

When Your Pants Don’t Fit Right- Fashion Faux Pas

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had your shoe break out in public? What did you do? Any other outfit malfunctions? I’d love to hear from you.

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A Place to Dream – Awakening Photo Challenge

A Place to Dream is my entry for this week’s Daily Post “Awakening” photo challenge.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, A Place to Dream

Isn’t this charming? It’s at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California. I love the textured pebble stone pathway, the furniture art used for a backyard setting, and the overall feel. Peaceful, tranquil, sweet.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, A Place to Dream

A real magical place! Imagine that!

Here’s a three-minute video in case you’d like to see more of this lovely garden:

Go here to see more “Awakening” photo challenge posts.

Other photo challenge posts:

Child Skipping to the Music at the Park – Smile Photo Challenge

Yosemite Valley – My Favorite Place Photo Challenge

What are your thoughts? Do you have a special place you like to dream? Do you like furniture art for the outdoors? I’d love to hear from you!

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Altered Art Scrapbook For a Little Girl

Altered art scrapbook for a little girl. Mixed media.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Front cover.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Scrapbooking paper, sticker embellishments, text printed on parchment paper with torn edges, scraps from magazines, doll shirt from dollar store. A triangle-shaped pocket in the corner holds special photos.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Remove the photos to see the entire page.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

A quote on white parchment paper and a note for the little girl to add a photo of her choosing in the small pocket at the bottom of the page.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

This spread focuses on her mom, an important person in a little girl’s life. Buttons are inexpensive, easy, and make cute embellishments for a scrapbook.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

A bookmark and a photo of her mom holding little brother were tucked in the corner pocket.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Ribbon is another inexpensive embellishment that can be tied into bows, braided to use for borders or ties to hold the book together.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

The theme for this spread is Valentine’s Day.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Get It, altered art book for a little girl

Photo of her mom and dad’s wedding and an envelope to stash secrets in, which fits in the pockets.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Holidays make fun themes for various spreads. In these pages, Easter and spring are featured.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

I didn’t have a lot of embellishments for the 4th of July spread, but I found some cool pictures in a magazine and used glitter glue applied with a toothpick to give a fireworks effect.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Summer is a great theme and offers all kinds of fun ideas to add to the pages. For the border, dots of acrylic paint are applied by dipping the the non-brush tip of a small paintbrush into the paint and dotting along the edge of the pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Dotted paint borders are an inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to any altered art project.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

What else is important to a little girl? School days, of course!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Another fun holiday theme is Halloween. I had a blast designing this spread.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Autumn and Thanksgiving made a nice theme for these pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Altered Art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Christmas is always bright and cheerful. I enjoyed working on this spread.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

What else is important in a child’s life? You guessed it, their birthday!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Friends, especially best friends, are important in a little girl’s life.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

More fun stuff for these next pages. Cute scrapbook quotes are great to use for embellishments.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

An adorable photo from when she was a toddler was the perfect focal point for these pages.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

More quotes and a pocket cut from an old pair of blue jeans made a cute spread. The border is made out of braided ribbon yarn.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

The back cover is embellished with macramae. It fits with the Hawaiian theme.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, altered art book for a little girl

To view other altered art projects, so here:

Altered Art Book Wedding Gift 2017

Altered Art Book Wedding Gift 2012

More Altered Art Photo Boxes

What are your thoughts? If you were going to make an altered art book, what them would you choose? What kind of arts or crafts do you enjoy doing, if any? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Ragged Old Slippers – A Poem

At first glance, my old slippers don’t look too shabby.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Ragged Old Slippers

Turn them over. Whoa! If they could talk, imagine the stories they could tell. They were good to me for years, so they deserved a poem at the very least.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Ragged Old Slippers

Ragged Old Slippers

Once soft and perky
Fuzzy warm pups
Cushioned my toes
Padded each step
Snug and comfy

Pattering through time
Like whispering dreams
Measured miles
Take a toll

Tired and scruffy
Loyal old dogs
Worn, grimy soles
Cracked and gritty
Tattered edges
Insides spilling out

Sleep well, faithful friends

More poems:

Lightning Bug Poem

Time Tested Beauty – a Poem

The Dance

What are your thoughts? Do you find it hard to say goodbye to favorite slippers, shoes, or clothes? I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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Defeat and Hope – A Poem

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, poem about Defeat and Hope

Hope

Dark crows of worries
nest in my soul
Their jagged beaks
peck at my thoughts
Their heavy wings
overshadow my imagination
The worms they feed upon
burrow deeper and deeper
into the soil of angst and fear
and fill me with the fatigue of defeat

Then I remember the Lord’s promise:
His gift of hope shall never abandon me.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - A Poem

I see promise in the bright leaves of autumn,
in the fine, crisp lines of mountains
set against a fresh blue sky,
robins splashing in puddles after a rainfall,
in a baby’s chatter,
the curious eyes of a toddler,
and the smile of a stranger

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - a poem

Fresh winds of hope
blow through my spirit,
scattering the black crows
to faraway lands.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Defeat and Hope - a poem

Peace fills my cup with inspiration
I can taste the sweetness of life once more.

~Lynn Kelley

The Daily Post one-word prompt is “inchoate.” Are you familiar with this word? It’s an adjective and it means “not yet complete” or “not perfected.”

Do you think this poem describes an inchoate spirit or being?

April is National Poetry Month. To read some of my other poems, go here:

Lightning Bug Poem

The Dance

What are your thoughts? Can you relate to these feelings? Do the dark times in your life make you appreciate brighter days? Would you like to share a time you felt this way and how you dealt with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Images: Courtesy of Pixabay – Alexas Fotos,  Myriams Fotos, jplenio, DanielReche

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Retro Jewelry Haul From an Estate Sale – Part 3 – Long Chain Necklaces

Do you like retro jewelry? Here are some pieces I bought at an estate sale. This is Part 3 of my Retro Jewelry Haul.

Haul” happens to be the Word Press one-word prompt for today! How cool is that?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. The main reason I bought these pieces is to use them for craft projects, like altered art. I like to decorate photo boxes, so chains, beads, and other pieces of jewelry make nice borders and embellishments.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

This first piece has two very long chains. The problem I have with long chain necklaces is the way they get tangled so easy. Have you ever had a necklace chain tie itself in knots? Did it take forever to untangle it? Does it drive you crazy?

The medallion has a bamboo look to it. It’s a heavy piece, so I would never wear it. How about you, do you like heavy jewelry? Would you wear this?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

The next necklace looks heavy, but it’s pretty lightweight. It might look good with the right outfit.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

What do you say? Yea or nay?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I’ll use it for an altered art craft. The back is flat, so it will be easy to glue it onto something.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

I would decoupage some photos or artwork on the box first and then add jewelry pieces.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

Here’s a YouTube video of Part 3. It’s nine and a half minutes long, so it’s rather lengthy. I bump my head on the shelf in the background at about 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the video. Just a flesh wound and I was only unconscious for a minute. Just kidding. It was a minor bump and not funny enough for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

This next necklace is very lightweight. The metal pieces jingle. Would you wear this, or do you think it’s ugly?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

It will be a nice piece to use this piece for an art project.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

This next necklace looks kind of Boho to me. I love the colors of the beads and sequins. Is this your style or no way?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

Bummer that the middle part of the medallion is loose. I think I’ll use some glue to keep it from falling apart and then add it to my crafts stash for a special project.

I’m up in the air about this next piece. Wear it or use it for altered art? The gold tassels are pretty, and so is the chain.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

It’s lightweight and easy to put on. Just tie one end over the other. Voila! A nice accessory to dress up any outfit.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

The beautiful tassels would look impressive as part of a craft project, and the chains would make a nice border.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry Haul

That’s it for Part 3 of the Retro Jewelry Haul. You can find Part 1 – Cute or Ugly? Bangles and Beads here.

Part 2 features Carved Animals and Wood Pieces.

What are your thoughts? Do you like long necklaces? Boho jewelry? Have you used jewelry pieces for craft projects? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Cake Disaster for Daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday – Parenting Plights & Delights

Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter, April. Twenty-one years ago we celebrated her Sweet 16 birthday.

We wanted to make her 16th birthday an occasion to remember. In order to hire a DJ, we had to cut back on other costs, so I decided I could bake and decorate the cake myself. No sweat.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, disaster cake, sweet 16th birthday

April – Age 16

We expected over 50 guests, so I baked four yellow cake mixes, which required two roasting pans. I transferred the first layer onto a large tray, but the middle of the cake stuck to the bottom of the pan. Okay, no big deal. I scraped out the middle and fit the pieces back into place like a puzzle. There were huge fissures, but extra whipped cream took care of that, and no one would be the wiser.

The whipped cream covered all the cracks perfectly. Mm-mmm! The tricky part was getting the top layer out of the other pan in one piece. April grabbed one side as I grabbed the other. We flopped it out onto the bottom layer. Dang! The top had split down the middle. No worries, though. Lots of whipped cream would easily hide that.

Camouflaging the cracks used up all the whipped topping. I still had to cover the sides, so I sent my 17-year-old son, Mike, to the store for some frozen whipped cream in the tubs.

He returned in a jiff with two cans of whipped cream and told me he couldn’t find it in the tubs. “Besides, the cans were cheaper anyway,” he added. I wondered how he knew they were cheaper if he never found the tubs to compare them.

I sprayed a fancy ripple of cream all the way around the sides of the cake. “Beautiful!”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16th birthday

Bru-nO – Pixabay

Within 30 seconds, the canned whipped cream liquefied and ran down the sides. I rushed the monstrous cake into the fridge as it was too big for the freezer. Then I wiped up the trail that had dripped across the floor.

Ten minutes later I checked on the cake, only to find whipped cream running down the shelf and into the veggie drawer. I started to remove the sticky mess, but the shelf gave way from the weight and collapsed into the drawer below. “Oh, man!”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16 birthday, disaster cake

Creozavr – Pixabay

Somehow I retrieved the cake in one piece, set it aside, and cleaned up the fridge, but first I sent Mike back to the store. This time he returned with frozen whipped cream in the tubs.

After spreading the tub whipped cream on all four sides of the cake, I topped it with strawberries. Now all I had to do was write “Happy Birthday April” with a tube of decorator frosting.

Copyright – Dreamstime

Darn it! The tube didn’t come with a tip, so I dug out the decorating kit I’d bought two years prior but had never used and squeezed the frosting from the tube into the cylinder.

I soon discovered why that kit was such a bargain. It required muscle man strength to press on it to get the frosting out. My face was red after writing “Happy.” I shook the numbness from my hands and decided to replace “Birthday” with “16th.” By the time I wrote “April,” I was thankful I hadn’t named her Elizabeth.

That night I pulled the cake out of the fridge. Voila! It was gobbled up in no time. The guests were clueless as to the comical scene that had played out just before they arrived, and that was my last attempt at a monster-sized cake.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, sweet 16 birthday, disaster cake

Geralt – Pixabay

All in all, the party was amazeballs.

I apparently didn’t take any pictures at the party, so I’m bummed there’s no photo of that memorable cake. No photos of April or her siblings and friends at the party either. I did find a home video, but the quality is pathetic. That’s putting it mildly.

That’s what I get for letting kids do the recording, plus it was dark with the lights turned down so the DJ’s disco  and strobe lights could cast party-hearty vibes. Good times and great memories!

Flash forward 21 years and the circle of life continues. April is married with two children.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, disaster cake, sweet 16 birthday

“I used to believe my father about everything, but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.” ~ Brian Andreas

Related posts:

Poem for my Daughter

Welcome, Baby Punkin

What are your thoughts? Have you ever decorated a cake? How’d it turn out? Do you love parties? Love to celebrate birthdays? Do you have a funny story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Child Skipping to the Music at the Park- Smile Photo Challenge

A child skipping is my choice for The Daily Post WordPress “Smile” photo challenge. Our assignment is to share a photo which may “elicit some measure of joy.”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, child skipping, Smile photo challenge

This photo from last summer at a concert in the park puts a smile on my face and elicits joy and peace as I recall that evening:

Live music in harmony with gentle breezes, tree branches swaying, dragonflies flitting, and children dancing, skipping, and squealing with laughter.

Photography challenges me immensely, so I was pleased to capture my granddaughter skipping to the beat of the song. Her little sis running to catch up was a sweet bonus. Action shots are my favorites.

I’m looking forward to more concerts in the parks this coming summer, more precious moments drenched in the sublime.

To view other “Smile” photo challenge posts, go here.

Related posts:

Yosemite Valley – My Favorite Place.

I’d Rather Be . . . In a Jacuzzi While It’s Snowing

Sidewalk Chalk – “Story” Photo Challenge

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Lightning Bug Poem – It’s National Poetry Month

Do you enjoy poetry?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Lightning Bug Poem, poetry

Practicing for poetry reading – 1999

This is a short poem about when I was a child in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and how I had no regard for the life of lightning bugs flittering through summer nights.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Lightning Bug Poem, poetry

I found a home video from 1999 when I was practicing for a poetry reading at the Frugal Frigate children’s bookstore in Redlands, California:

My grandmother appreciated this poem when I wrote it as an adult. She thought it was terrible that we treated lightning bugs the way we did when we were children, but Grandma seldom gave advice, unless we asked for it. She never said a word until I wrote the poem.

Lightning Bug

Lightning bug, Lightning bug

Can you ever forgive

the child years ago

for the cruel things she did?

 

She plucked from you

Your glow so bright

And made a ring

For her delight

 

All her friends,

they did the same

No love for you

They had no shame

 

The sad part is,

the light soon died

And so did you

with silent sigh

 

You flew no more

nor lit the skies

on summer nights

filled with your cries

 

Lightning bug, Lightning bug

Can you ever forgive

the child years ago

for the cruel things she did?

~Lynn Kelley

It’s wonderful for children to explore our world, but it’s important to develop a healthy sense of wonder and respect for fellow creatures and the beauty of nature.

This post is an entry in the WordPress daily one-word prompt. The chosen word is “explore.” To read other entries, go here.

Related post: The Dance

What are your thoughts? Do you have regrets from your childhood? Do you like poetry? Have you ever seen lightning bugs/fire flies? 

I’d love to hear from you!

Image: Courtesy of ArtsyBee – Pixabay

 

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World’s Best Candy!

In this 25 second video, I share a big secret by revealing the world’s best candy.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, World's Best Candy

I hope the description is so real, you can almost taste it through the screen!

Short and sweet! Are we off to a good start this week?

What are your thoughts? Would you buy that candy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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