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Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?

RESTAIN

This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Spice Blends – It’s All About the Flavors!

spice blendsSpice Blends- It’s all about the Flavors!

Why do I need spice blends, you are asking. My dear diy home goddesses! Ethnic cuisines have a specific flair to them. It’s not always based on the foods being made, it’s more to deal with the spices that go with it.

Yeah, people say Greek, and this diy home goddess instantly thinks of lamb and feta cheese. But, it’s also prevalent in Middle Eastern, Aussie, some French and Italian dishes. And it’s an alternative in America to ham at Easter.

A stew can host a lot of ethnic varieties, such as American, Hungarian, French, Spanish, German, Caribbean, Italian… you get the point.

Sometimes, flavor depends on the ingredients used. But the best way to bring ethnic flair to a meal is through spice blends. And it’s easy peasy to do that with staple spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

Many recipes have a list of spice ingredients. But let’s say you are a true diy home goddess, and are just throwing ingredients together to make up your own dish. Or let’s say you want rice or chicken or steak, and you want a kick instead of the same old boring, plain dish. Here’s where you can make your own spice blends and put them to good use.

If you want, you can buy packets of the spice blend or jars of it, ready to use. Or you can be a true diy home goddess and throw the combinations together with what you have in your spice rack. That way you can make the spice blend as needed. And it saves money!  Read more

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HanK Phillippi Ryan’s ‘The Other Woman’

Do you like to read suspense novels? Thanks to my insomnia, I just finished ‘The Other Woman’, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. This is not my usual cozy mystery review, but it’s worth reviewing.

It’s an awesome novel with a Senate campaign race, an alleged secret mistress, and killing allegedly caused by what the news gang is calling a serial killer. Notice how I keep using the word allegedly? I don’t want to give anything away.

The stars of the novel include a disgraced television reporter now working for a newspaper, and a police detective who has to draw the lines between business, friendship and a personal relationship. I really liked this reporter. I felt for her. Imagine having to lower your standards, trying to get back into the big time when everyone is feeling sorry for you, but not wanting anything to do with you!

The way Hank keeps bouncing between the multiple plot lines keeps us turning the pages. Snappy dialogue, great characters that were fully developed, and a plot keeping me guessing at who the bad guy really was, made me not want to put it down. She really knows how to make you think. No wait! It can’t be! That’s not right! Oh yes it is! How did she do that? That is what you will be thinking when you read this.

Seduction, betrayal, murder. Who could ask for more?

Hank’s Bio

And before you ask, no this is not an amateur novelist I’m trying to plug. Hank is an investigative reporter in Boston with over 30 Emmys, and a dozen Edward R. Murrow awards. Her noveling efforts have netted her 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, 2 Macavitys, the Daphne, and the Mary Higgins Clark award, amongst others the last I heard.

This gal knows her stuff! And she’s a nice lady, having met her a couple of times at conventions.

You might wanna check out this book, or any of the other like 8 she’s written.

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Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?

RESTAIN

This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Spice Blends – It’s All About the Flavors!

spice blendsSpice Blends- It’s all about the Flavors!

Why do I need spice blends, you are asking. My dear diy home goddesses! Ethnic cuisines have a specific flair to them. It’s not always based on the foods being made, it’s more to deal with the spices that go with it.

Yeah, people say Greek, and this diy home goddess instantly thinks of lamb and feta cheese. But, it’s also prevalent in Middle Eastern, Aussie, some French and Italian dishes. And it’s an alternative in America to ham at Easter.

A stew can host a lot of ethnic varieties, such as American, Hungarian, French, Spanish, German, Caribbean, Italian… you get the point.

Sometimes, flavor depends on the ingredients used. But the best way to bring ethnic flair to a meal is through spice blends. And it’s easy peasy to do that with staple spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

Many recipes have a list of spice ingredients. But let’s say you are a true diy home goddess, and are just throwing ingredients together to make up your own dish. Or let’s say you want rice or chicken or steak, and you want a kick instead of the same old boring, plain dish. Here’s where you can make your own spice blends and put them to good use.

If you want, you can buy packets of the spice blend or jars of it, ready to use. Or you can be a true diy home goddess and throw the combinations together with what you have in your spice rack. That way you can make the spice blend as needed. And it saves money!  Read more

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HanK Phillippi Ryan’s ‘The Other Woman’

Do you like to read suspense novels? Thanks to my insomnia, I just finished ‘The Other Woman’, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. This is not my usual cozy mystery review, but it’s worth reviewing.

It’s an awesome novel with a Senate campaign race, an alleged secret mistress, and killing allegedly caused by what the news gang is calling a serial killer. Notice how I keep using the word allegedly? I don’t want to give anything away.

The stars of the novel include a disgraced television reporter now working for a newspaper, and a police detective who has to draw the lines between business, friendship and a personal relationship. I really liked this reporter. I felt for her. Imagine having to lower your standards, trying to get back into the big time when everyone is feeling sorry for you, but not wanting anything to do with you!

The way Hank keeps bouncing between the multiple plot lines keeps us turning the pages. Snappy dialogue, great characters that were fully developed, and a plot keeping me guessing at who the bad guy really was, made me not want to put it down. She really knows how to make you think. No wait! It can’t be! That’s not right! Oh yes it is! How did she do that? That is what you will be thinking when you read this.

Seduction, betrayal, murder. Who could ask for more?

Hank’s Bio

And before you ask, no this is not an amateur novelist I’m trying to plug. Hank is an investigative reporter in Boston with over 30 Emmys, and a dozen Edward R. Murrow awards. Her noveling efforts have netted her 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, 2 Macavitys, the Daphne, and the Mary Higgins Clark award, amongst others the last I heard.

This gal knows her stuff! And she’s a nice lady, having met her a couple of times at conventions.

You might wanna check out this book, or any of the other like 8 she’s written.

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