I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends: The Love/Hate Challenge

My friend Mark (Oh what will he write about next?) tagged me in a writing exercise called the Love/Hate challenge.  Be sure and check out Mark’s Love Hate List! I am instantly attracted to the word “challenge” so despite my tardy response, I was determined to defeat my persistent writer’s block and accept. It was also a welcome break. My goal is to open a shop on Etsy selling small decoupage trinket boxes. (More details to come!)  It has been fun, but time-consuming and taking longer than I expected!

I initially struggled with my choices for this list.  Love and Hate are strong words, but instead of over thinking it too much as I tend to do,  I decided to keep it simple and go with what quickly came to my mind.

The Rules:

10 things I love, 10 things I hate, and my 10 nominees for their own Love/Hate list.


My daughter’s smile

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The work day is often long, but when I walk through that door and see my daughter’s smile, it makes all of the hard work worth it!  Having a child is truly a life changing event in many ways….



When I think of how amazing the world is, and all the beauty within it, it is hard not to believe in a higher power.  For me closeness to nature keeps all of the little things in perspective.  We are all a part of a much bigger picture..

Eggplant Parmesan


MMMM… Eggplant Parmesan! The one food that I could eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!  Not everyone’s taste, but that is fine. (more for me!)



For me, family past and present is important.  As someone who loves family history, nostalgia and genealogy, There is no way family could be left off this list.  I am after all the “Official Family Historian” for both sides of my family, and readily put my internet stalking skills to good use.

Game Of Thrones

It is rare for me to LOVE a TV show, but I have to admit I LOVE Game of Thrones.  A series that could manage to keep my interest after 5 seasons and remain as good as it was the first season is unusual.  It is one of the most beautifully shot shows on television, and the buzz created around this show is GENIUS.  The dialog is also done well and the actors are amazing (What is their not to love about Peter Dinklage?)  A breath of fresh air and superb writing, in a sea of reality shows, and reruns.  I tip my hat, I mean sword at you HBO (and don’t despair, Jon Snow will be back in one form or another, trust me on this one!)



Music has been an important escape for me through the years.  I still have my collection of mixed tapes, from a time long ago when it was still cool to record music off the radio.  Am I the only one that remembers what High Speed Dubbing is?  Rock N Roll is my favorite, but if you saw my collection you may be surprised.  I have a rather eclectic taste!

This Man


Of course the husband has to make this list!  He has put up with me for 14 years now and I couldn’t ask for a better partner to go through life with.  He is also an AMAZING Dad, which means the world to me.

Mod Podge

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How could any love list on this blog NOT have MOD PODGE on it!  Without it, this site would be for the most part BLANK.  My hats off to Jan Wetstone who created Mod Podge back in the 1960’s.  It truly is remarkable all the uses for such a simple substance.



Animals are always there when you need them.  For years, I worked in the animal healthcare field and loved every minute helping man’s best friend.  I still do all that I can to help abused, unwanted and injured animals whenever I can.

The Word Press Community


Their is no better community in the world of blogs better than WordPress.  I had to show the love because without all of you, this wouldn’t be possible!

Things I hate:

Intolerance Of Others

Nothing angers me more than others who think they know best at how to run your life. We should all learn to respect one another and instead of focusing on our differences, focus on what makes us the same.  It is all about the person inside this shell and to me the soul has no color.

Cruelty To People and Animals

To take advantage of those who are weaker than you is a reflection of someone’s true character.  I wish people would choose kindness over cruelty.  The world would be such a better place!

Aggressive Driving

An irritated young man driving a vehicle is expressing his road rage.

In the state that I live in, aggressive driving is the norm.  Have you ever had that moment when you thought to yourself “I so wish a cop could have been there to pull that person over?”  In my state, you have this thought at least once a day.

Lazy People

Those who would rather work at doing nothing instead of doing something constructive.

Lima Beans


Ew.  When I eat Lima beans I feel like a bug flew in my mouth and I am forced to chew it.  I can’t get over this mental block.  Yea…I know they are good for you!

My Morning Commute

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I can’t count how many times I almost had an express ticket to the afterlife.  My drive to work every day is treacherous!


The word pretty much speaks for itself.  More of this in the world than we would like to believe.

An Empty Coffee Pot


If you knew me you would understand.  I am not a morning person.

Mean Girls

Yup, we all know one or two.  I am all about building up the self-esteem of other women. As ladies,  we should empower each other instead of tearing each other down.  The world is a hard enough landscape to navigate.  Don’t you think?


I hate others who think that they are better than everyone else.  Money, social status, fame, and career do not make a person better or worse than you. Humans are so much more than meets the eye.  We all have something unique to contribute to the world.

So there it is, a quick exploration of what pops into ones head, and by no means a complete list one way or the other!

Here are some bloggy friends I would love to see take the challenge if they so choose. No pressure here!  I mostly want to share links to unique voices   and blogs that I would love for you to visit!

Watching The Paint Dry: 50 Questions With “On The Upcycle”

It has been hectic to say the least behind the scenes.  I have several projects to share, but this week, I have been working on a family table re-finish.  It has been extremely humid in my area, and it is taking forever and a day for the oil based paint to dry.  Not to mention, I added a little too much stain, which made the table a nice dark color, but only added to the length of time it took for the piece to dry!  In the meantime, I have been catching up in between projects,  and an increasingly busy schedule on my WordPress reading.   

Last year, I was invited by Elise at  Cheeky Geeks  to take part in her blog’s annual Geek month.

In the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, and for those who missed the original post you may want to check it out (especially if you are an “1980’s geek” like I am.)  I upcycled an old kid’s chair using an old Strawberry Shortcake record.

Upcycled Strawberry Shortcake Kids Record Chair

Be sure and stop by Elise’s blog for this year’s geek month.  If you are anything like me and have a “Geeky” side you will enjoy following Elise on her Geek Month journey.

Cheeky Geeks : Geek Month Celebration

Elise also had a challenge for me if I was willing to accept:  Answer 50 questions about myself.   It would seem that she is interested to know a bit more about the women behind the Upcycle.  Seemed like a great time to accept this challenge, while I quite literally wait for the paint to dry….

  1. What are you wearing?-Yoga pants and a rock tee. I am all about comfort!
  2. Ever been in love? Yes, and I love, love!
  3. Ever had a terrible breakup? I went through a divorce, what do you think?
  4. How tall are you? 5 feet 4 inches
  5. How much do you weigh? It’s never polite to ask a lady her weight!
  6. Any tattoos? Two black animal paw prints on the top of my foot
  7. Any piercings? 3 piercings in one ear, two on the other
  8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)? Kristoff and Anna from Frozen.  My daughter is into Disney at the moment!
  9. Favorite show? Game of Thrones
  10. Favorite bands? Too many to list, but Rock N Roll is my first love
  11. Something you miss?- My Grandfather Vincent
  12. Favorite song? Right now? “I Got A Name” Jim Croce
  13. How old are you? 39 and holding on for dear life!
  14. Zodiac sign? Aries
  15. Quality you look for in a partner? No question sense of humor!
  16. Favorite Quote? “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” John Lennon
  17. Favorite actor? Peter Dinklage I love, love him!
  18. Favorite color? Purple
  19. Loud music or soft? Loud
  20. Where do you go when you’re sad? Unfortunately, inside my head.
  21. How long does it take you to shower? 10 minutes I have to be quick I have a toddler!
  22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 30 minutes
  23. Ever been in a physical fight? yes, but I was forced
  24. Turn on? Kindness
  25. Turn off? Elitism
  26. The reason I started blogging? I wanted to share my thriftiness with others, and I love to write!
  27. Fears? Not being able to see my daughter grow up
  28. Last thing that made you cry? My daughter
  29. Last time you said you loved someone? Today
  30. Meaning behind the name of your blog?It popped in my head one day. I kept thinking of the song “Little Suzi’s on the Up” by the band PhD.
  31. Last book you read? OMG embarrassing, All my reading is on the computer!
  32. The book you’re currently reading? Ummm refer to # 31
  33. Last show you watched? Big Bang Theory
  34. Last person you talked to?-My husband
  35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? My sister
  36. Favorite food? Eggplant parm and Spaghetti
  37. Place you want to visit? Ireland
  38. Last place you were? At Work
  39. Do you have a crush? Do girl crushes count? Check out this awesome blog:
  40. Last time you kissed someone? Today
  41. Last time you were insulted? LOL probably every day, but most likely I don’t know about it!
  42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Sour Patch Kids
  43. What instruments do you play? I tried guitar, but could never catch on, I played the clarinet in elementary school
  44. Favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring
  45. Last song you sang? Heart “Magic Man”
  46. Favorite chat up line? I don’t have one! It’s whatever pops into my head at any given time.
  47. Have you ever used it? N/A
  48. Last time you hung out with anyone? Last weekend.
  49. Who should answer these questions next? I wanna know more about Daniela Joe If she’s willing to give it a go!
  50. LOL 50 Questions?  I think I am missing something here…

Happy To Be A Sunshine Blogger


I am always extremely flattered when a fellow blogger takes the time out of their day to nominate my humble little blog for an award.  It means a lot to know that others enjoy what I am doing, and helps me to keep going.  I would like to personally thank Kim from for nominating “On The Upcycle” for a Sunshine blogger award. According to Google consensus, this award is given to those bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others.  It is also a great way for bloggers to get to know one another.  Please be sure and visit Kim’s blog and say “hello”!  She has a site you can get lost on, so many amazing ideas!

Rules For this Award are:

1. Share 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Notify your nominees about this post.

Lets see 11 facts about myself…

1. I love animals and have a dog and two cats (and my daughter’s goldfish Dorothy)

2. My favorite food is Eggplant Parm

3. I have one tattoo, a set of paw prints on my foot

4. I have a Diet Soda addiction.  I know “not” good..

5. My husband and I have been “together” for almost 13 years.

6. We eloped and were married in Virgina.

7.  I went to college for art, but dropped out to pursue an animal health sciences career.

8.  I have  donated my hair 5 times to “Locks of Love”

9.  I have been to over 50 music concerts in my lifetime.  I lost count!

10.  I love vinyl, and I love to collect LP’s

11.  I prefer all things retro and I am a “throwback” at heart!

Now, I answer the 11 proposed questions about myself.

1) Let’s start with something important… White, Milk or Dark Chocolate?

Milk Chocolate is my favorite, but I have rarely met a “chocolate” I didn’t like.

2) Coffee or Tea (or something totally different?)

If I had to choose, I would say Coffee, but I also love hot chocolate!

3) Where do you find your inspiration?

The miracle that is my daughter inspires me and all the great bloggers and crafters all over the world.

4) Monday mornings… love em or loathe them?

I would love to meet the person who answers “love them”  I am a typical Monday “hater”

5) What is it that keeps you blogging?

I love inspiring others to craft, it is also a HUGE stress reliever for me!

6) Curl up on the couch or night on the town?

Right now, a night on the town!  Such a rare luxury with a 2 year-old!

7) Who would you say is your hero?

My husband.  He works so hard and is an amazing dad, and sometimes I wonder what he sees in me!

8) Best film of all time?

Goodfellas although I am a huge fan of movies and I only pick that one because, it is always the first one that comes to mind!

9) How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?

An Easy Going, Caring, Creative, Mom who loves life!

10) Do you have a job not associated with your blog?  If so, what is it?

Yes, I am a full-time working mom who works secretarial  in the health care industry.

11) Where else can we find and follow you?

On The Upcycle is on  Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The hardest part comes next, I must choose only 11 bogs.  This is the most difficult, because so many of you touch me in so many ways and I wish I could nominate everyone.  Please also know that if you decide not to forward the Sunshine award on that is OK too. I am simply glad I am able to visit each and every one of you and thanks for sharing a bit of who you are with the world.

And the Sunshine Blogger award nominees are:

A Hundred Years Ago

Story By Modcloth

Crochet Adventures

Crafty Staci

Alison Brickman Makes It Work

Confessions Of A Refashionista

Mod Flowers

Brave New Home

Source Of Inspiration

Making A Life

A Curious Gal

Want to pass along the award?  Here are 11 questions:

  1. Why and When did you decide to start a blog?
  2. Tell us something interesting about you.
  3. What is your favorite TV Show?
  4. Dog or Cat Person (or neither or both!)
  5. What is your favorite season?
  6. What inspires you the most?
  7. Do you have a nickname?  If so how did you acquire it?
  8. What is your favorite sport?
  9. What is your favorite Holiday and Why?
  10. Sports car or Pickup Truck?
  11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
  12. M&M’s or Reese Pieces?  Have a wonderful Week!

I Needed That! Pass the Cupcake!! “On The Upcycle” Nominated for a Super Sweet Blogging Award!

I want to thank Row from Row’s Pottery Shed for nominating “On The Upcycle” for a Super Sweet Blogging award.


It really meant a lot to me today! After a very stressful week, and receiving some negative comments on a project of mine on Pinterest, being nominated was one of the few bright spots in my day.  All the pieces I make,  the good, the bad and the ugly, I pour my heart into. I guess you could say they are like my children and I am a bit protective of them.  Don’t get me wrong I welcome constructive criticism and a difference of opinion, it’s the outright negativity that hurts most. Fear of trying and failing is what prevents us from achieving great things.  So, thanks again Row for reminding me there are good, positive  people in the world who choose to encourage, and build up instead of tear down!  Be sure and check out Row’s blog!

“Super Sweet” Question and answer!

1. Cookies or Cake?

Hands Down Cake

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Is it a crime to say I like them together : )

3. Favorite Sweet Treat?

Weird maybe but I LOVE Lemon Meringue Pie

4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?

When I am stressed!  I was craving it a lot this past week!

5. Sweet Nick Name?

Baby D a nickname given to me by the hubby : )

AMAZING BLOGS-A Super Sweet Bakers Dozen:

Be sure and check out these amazing blogs I enjoy following. I nominate these blogs in no particular order… they are all great!

1. Re: retro

2. GoodWill Hoarding

3. Redesigned by M

4. Hammer Like A Girl

5. Roof Top Creations

6. Pillows Al-A Mode

7. LoveLibrary

8. The Crafty Madre

9. Being Zhenya

10. Why Buy It DIY It

11. Pepper Box Couture

12. Space Lift

13. Beyond It’s Purpose 

Stay sweet my friends, and Congrats on your nominations!