Being at Home with Cheryl (aka me) is a consortium of blog posts from my day to day since being laid-off due to COVID-19. Posts can be about whatever I’m making, decorating, reading, seeing, discovering, find inspiring, exciting, engaging or creative. Prior to COVID I was the front desk Receptionist at a prominent Advertising Agency in Detroit. I enjoy writing about and sharing my creativity with the world. -Cheryl
I did not see it see in a book. I did not find it in a magazine. I did not discover it in a craft store, nor on Television, the Internet or Online.
It came from my Imagination.
For years I saw what everyone else did; a piece of wood that could reach areas of your back that your arms could not. Anyone who has ever had their back itch can certainly appreciate a Back Scratcher.
This particular day I was looking to create something for the thousands of Tiger fans who passed by my vendor spot outside Comerica Park. I had been scouring the isles of a Dollar Store for inspiration when…
I saw them?!
But they didn’t look like back scratchers to me – they looked like PAWS!
From that moment on I never looked at a back scratcher the same way again. My newest brainchild was born! 🤗
Let’s celebrate Juneteenth by creating something special for Dad!
Join me on Zoom, tomorrow, Saturday, Juneteenth (6/19) at 10 AM to create your own Tiger Paw Scratcher.
The first (19) participants to respond will receive a free Tiger Paw Back Scratcher Kit (sorry, local pickup only).
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include in the subject line, I WANNA MAKE A TIGER PAW!
Missed out on the free kit?
No worries. Stop by your local craft or dollar store and grab the supplies listed below and join us on Zoom to make it.
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Black permanent marker
Hot Glue Gun (optional)
Sand paper (optional)
Once I receive your email, I will forward Zoom details. -Cheryl 🤗
May is almost over and I’ve yet to post for the month. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day and Anniversary. We celebrated twenty-eight years of blissful marriage on the 8th and followed-up with Mother’s Day on the 9th. Cliff bought me a “She Shed” aka pop-up screen house and a “pool for two.” Of course I suggested both of them. 😌
With no poles or screens to put together my She-Shed is a cinch to put up. It simply springs upright when removed from the included carrying bag.
It comes in (3) different sizes and is available on Amazon. The top is not waterproof but you can purchase one separately (which I did) along with side panels for shade and privacy. A great product for a “Calgon take me away” experience anytime and anyplace.
I can enjoy being a kid again with this spacious “adult” kiddie pool. It’s large enough to invite a gang of up to four, yet cozy enough for just one. It too is available on Amazon. Can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I dive in!
Well May 2021 is a wrap! Happy Memorial Day! Stay well. Stay safe. -Cheryl
A pair of old jeans; a flower pot that fits inside the jeans; a live or fake plant newspaper, bubble packaging or anything else to stuff the legs; a pair of boots or shoes. I just happened to have these flip flops on hand. 😌
Stuff jean legs with stuffing materials and sit flower pot (with plant inside) into jeans. Lastly put on your shoes of choice!
I used a faux plant and bubble packaging from my many Amazon deliveries!? Mine is sitting in my front lawn. I wonder what the toes on the flip flops would look like painted? 🧐
Want the Flip Flops? Purchase them here https://py.pl/2L5irP or comment to be entered to win a pair. Good Luck!
I had the honor of hosting an overnight visit for my eight-year-old niece and self-proclaimed Princess, Demi.
We decided early on that Maiah’s 2nd bedroom would be the easiest to tackle. So we adorned it with lots of greenery and curtain lights, and fashioned the headboard with a Unicorn Wall Sticker. Surprisingly, these handful of additions “magically” transformed the space into a room “fit for a Princess.” 🥰
The night before I created the Brand. Princess Demi clothing , pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, slippers, foot massager, and more!
Princess Demi was amazed! She said, “People can buy MY clothing? “Where did you buy these?!
I chuckled to myself. She actually believed Princess Demi clothing existed!? That’s exactly what I wanted her to think – mission accomplished!
I did however tell her that I had made them especially for her, but that she COULD have her own clothing just like her idols JOJO and Ryan!
In continuing with National Reading Month, Cheryl shares a book that allows kids to chop up a banana, toast bread, flip an egg, and more!
The press-out pieces within the pages inspire creativity, hand-eye coordination and imaginative play. Kids will want to Pop, Flip and Cook with this book over and over again! Makes a great gift for the young chef in your life. Grab a copy here:
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Penny is my Grand-Puppy. Well…she’s technically NOT a puppy anymore since she turned three this month, but she’ll always be a puppy to me.
It was a toss-up between a bronzed coin and a chicken nugget when it came to naming Penny. She was just a “wee” pup, only 10 weeks old when Cliff and Maiah drove an hour and a half to pick her up from a Breeder while I, in true Kardashian fashion, shopped excitedly for the best bed, crate, dish, food, toys, etc. that money could buy!
Ultimately Maiah bestowed the name “Penny” to the Royal Highness. Possibly because she could have her “own” money like Prince Akeem in Coming to America, but mainly because “Penny” was a cuter name than “Nugget.”
I didn’t start referring to Penny as The Royal Pup until this year. Not certain why. It just seemed to fit. After all her mom Maiah definitely has “Princess” tendencies and her 8-year old cousin Demi is a “self-proclaimed”Princess 😌
Could we be Royals?
Penny has (3) car seats, one for each vehicle. The thought of interchanging was never an option. Penny has more coats than all three of us put together thanks to her Uncle Darryl who keeps her fashionably attired.
I’ve lost count on the number of beds not to mention the mountains of toys?! Penny has a carriage (aka stroller) and her monthly food costs are just shy of a multi-line Verizon unlimited cell phone plan?!
She won First Place in PETCO’s Halloween Pet Contest (2018) and has appeared on the TODAY Show (2020). How many local pets do you know that have such a portfolio at age 3?
You would think Penny would be a snooty little something but she is the sweetest little pup! Shy and bashful yet full of energy and spunk. She loves to cuddle and be the center of attention. She likes to be picked up and carried around so she can see everything on high.
I made her this bed from boxes and duct tape. The crown light was purchased years back as a prop for when I sold light-up crowns outside Comerica Park in Detroit as a Vendor. Who knew it would end up being the perfect headboard for a Royal Pup?
Penny lives with her mom, Maiah. We’re Grammy and Grand-Paw to her (like she can say our names, right!). Since 2020 with the onset of COVID-19 we’ve spent more time together than we otherwise would have. Maiah and Penny come over for “Grill Day” and afterwards we walk to the neighborhood park and compete at hitting golf balls at a designated tree while Penny (literally) picks and chooses which one of us to throw her favorite toy. Penny loves Grill Day. It’s her favorite holiday.
Well enough about Penny. I’ve pretty much sized her up in a nutshell. Hope you enjoyed meeting her. 🤗
Disclaimer: I had no intention of writing a post about Penny. It just happened. I just sat down at the computer and started typing and these are the words that appeared on the screen. Who knows what my next post will be about. I never know. 🙃