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Dreams Can Be Painted Anywhere

A couple of football seasons ago, I happened to have in my Big Life Purse a most entertaining item.


Two carloads of our family had arrived at my grandson’s football game excruciatingly early.  Not that we don’t enjoy simply sitting around and visiting with each other, but when you have in tow several grandchildren (including a 1-year old), and no place for them to play except on the bleachers (enclosed underneath thank goodness), one hour can feel a little warped.

What to do . . . What to do . . . Wait a minute!  Granny has an idea!  With a wave of her Behr paint sample card . . . we played Find the Color!

How to Play: The “It” person gets to read one paint color name from the backside of the card (example: Big Purse Rouge).  Everyone else has to guess which color sample on the front side belongs to the name.  (Younger children need help but can still play.)

We all had so much fun! (Okay the guys weren’t too excited.  I think they were secretly envious.)  We were laughing and enjoying ourselves so much that one of the young girls from a family nearby came over and played with us.

If you play long enough you’ll eventually run out of paint names.  At this point, simply start making up your own names, which could be even more fun (the “It” person just needs to remember the real paint name it belongs to).

Sadly, I must note that not all paint sample cards are structured with paint names on one side and the paint colors on the other.  Please contact your favorite paint manufactures and ask them to consider reformatting their cards.  Afterall, it could be a very clever way to market paint: Dreams can be painted anywhere.

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I have a big life. I need a big purse. –poetgranny

I love a good purse.  Over the years, I’ve learned that shopping for a purse is really not as stressful as we sometimes make it.  The trick is knowing the features you absolutely insist upon.  My list:

  • Big & roomy.
  • Sturdy–no floppy walls!
  • Classy.
  • Strong straps-not too long or short.  Even better if adjustable.
  • Good sturdy lining in a dark color.
  • No cutsie features that add weight and/or take up valuable real estate(although the cute doll does come in handy for blog pics).
  • A top zipper to keep everything completely secure.
  • Of course, these demands can go out the window for a special ccasion.

I don’t have the time or patience to change my purse often so my strategy has always been to buy one good purse–not really pricey but reasonable quality.  I use it faithfully for a few months, sometimes for only weeks if the quality ends up being a disappointment, but always without emotional attachment.  This is a helpful attitude when it promptly goes bye-bye to Goodwill while I go shop for another one.

That said . . . big red purse, I love you!

I’m sure you have your own list.  Go forth and find your purse!  You might just find it at Artsy-Crafty Babe.  She makes beautiful purses, often using vintage fabrics.  Very chic and reasonably priced too.   I do get a bit envious every time she scores yet another stack of vintage sheets . . .  You’ll enjoy visiting with her even if you’re not after a purse at the moment.

Oh, did you like my big purse quote?  It’s my piggyback quote from Aretha Franklin: “I am a big woman.  I need big hair.”  (I can relate Aretha!  Although I’m a total loser at the big hair thing.  My hair just does what it wants.)  Do you have any piggyback quotes you’d like to share?  No?  I bet you could make one up.  Would love to hear from you!

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