Friday, November 23, 2012

Uppercase Living with Suzanne

As Christmas is quickly approaching and I know several are out or have been Black Friday shopping today, please remember to support your local handmade artists, small businesses and independent reps!  These are all the people in your community and friends that can use your support!

The big box stores can be nice for a quick one shop stop, but do you realize how much you can help a family if you shop in the small business sector?

You help your friends, family and community when you stay local!

I understand you can't get that huge flat screen TV with all the gadgets in most smaller towns or small shops but there are LOTS of other great gifts you can get.

Most people love to get something that they know you have put the thought into!  Even if it isn't handmade, supporting an Independent Representative from one of the many different businesses out there helps just as much!

I will try to be adding the ones I know over the next few days!  If you would like to be included please let me know and I will be happy to add your information over the next few days!

Our first small business is:

Uppercase Living with Suzanne!

Have you admired and wished for some of those "wordly sayings" on Pinterest or at your friends house?  
Now you can get it to!  TODAY only they do have Buy 2 Get 2 FREE going on.
Their special for November is Buy 2 get 1 Free, so if you miss today, you still can get a great deal!

Suzanne will be more than happy to help you customize your creation and she even offers services to make great signs ect!
Her Facebook Page is:   
 Please "like" her page as well!

Her website to order premade or custom items is:

Spend locally and with small businesses!

As Christmas is quickly approaching and I know several are out or have been Black Friday shopping today, please remember to support your local handmade artists, small businesses and independent reps!  These are all the people in your community and friends that can use your support!

The big box stores can be nice for a quick one shop stop, but do you realize how much you can help a family if you shop in the small business sector?

You help your friends, family and community when you stay local!

I understand you can't get that huge flat screen TV with all the gadgets in most smaller towns or small shops but there are LOTS of other great gifts you can get.

Most people love to get something that they know you have put the thought into!  Even if it isn't handmade, supporting an Independent Representative from one of the many different businesses out there helps just as much!

I will try to be adding the ones I know over the next few days!  If you would like to be included please let me know and I will be happy to add your information over the next few days!

Please be sure and share my blog with your friends and be sure to click to follow it as well!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jessica Ridgeway...hoping and praying.

My heart sinks with hearing of a little 10 year old girls abduction in Westminster, CO.

Jessica Ridgeway was abducted on her way to school on Friday.  Just so sad, it seems like all we hear about are kids disappearing lately.

Jessica has yet to be found, but they did announce tonight that a body has been found.  I have mixed emotions about this.  First, my heart just hurts for this family.  To know a body has been found, but to not know anything, I can't imagine the pain that this night will be.

Then to hear that ABC news has law enforcement investigators inside the investigation telling them this is her.  I don't understand why any news station would say anything in this range without having absolute conformation from the police department.  If its not her - they will just sweep it under the rug.

As a parent I think I would just want to find a hole and hide from everyone and any mention of Jessica unless to tell me she is home tonight.  I would think this is the worst thing to hear since they discovered she vanished.  A body, but no information.

It just gives me the chills thinking of it.

I had been trying to keep tabs on the two cousins who were abducted from Iowa almost 3 months ago and still no answers and no girls.  The last article I could find was from Sept 13th.

How do you go on after something like this?  I would be an emotional wreck.

It just makes me sad and sick that people abduct children.  There is also a young girl, I believe Avery is 16 from a town near by us in Elbert, CO that was taken from the 16th street Mall in Denver about a month ago.

She was performing with a group of kids from her town.  Thankfully they found her about 4 days later in Boulder.  She was heavily drugged and was not a runaway.  Sounds like this poor girl will have quite a recovery.  But the thing is you never heard about her on the news.

I wonder if it is the age that determines if you get on tv or how much airs about you.  Several people had thought she was a runaway and her family continued to state she would not run away.  The family was right, but its hard to hear they have to almost fight the system to get Avery's kidnapper put into custody.  I have never found anything in the media about what has happened with this guy.

All any of us can do is hug our children and hope and pray they are always kept safe and secure.  I think of these families and wonder what would I do?  How would I respond if something happening to one of my kids?  What else should I be telling or showing my kids to keep them safe?

Please keep all these families in your thoughts and prayers and I truly hope the body that was found is not little Jessica and that she will be found quickly, safe and sound.  If it isn't Jessica, I pray for and think of the family of this person.

Funny how I can easily say pray for this family and that one, and I know I do, but in ways I just wonder why a God would allow this.  I have been struggling lately with faith.  Is God real?  Does he exist?  Why does it seem like the same people get all the luck?  Do you just not like me?  So many questions and all I can find is "believe".  How do I believe when I am so skeptical and unsure?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dr. Lindsey Duncan on Modern Diet

Dr. Lindsey Duncan speaks on how today's modern diet affects you body.  Huge eye opener!

You can check out more on my website at or please comment here or email me at to get more information! 

Help your body today!  You will not regret it!!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded baked potato soup!  Sounds so good!  Can't wait to try this recipe from:

Plus its easy with ingredients you can actually get in the supermarket!!

Yummy...salted whiskey carmels!!

Salted Whiskey Caramels 

 Don't these look sinful!!  (and the worst part is my sugar cravings are gone since I have started on Genesis PURE products!)


Salted Whiskey Caramels

barely adapted from Baked Bree via Betty Crocker
makes 64 thin caramels in a 9-inch square pan
per caramel: 44 calories, 2g fat, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein


5 tbsp. butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 oz. (1/4 cup) whiskey (I used Jack Daniel's)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. kosher (coarse) salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. kosher (coarse) salt, for sprinkling


1. Line 9-inch square pan with parchment or wax paper, allowing the paper to drape over two sides; spray lightly with cooking spray.
2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter, heavy whipping cream, whiskey, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.
3. In 3-quart saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. DO NOT STIR. Boil until sugar turns a warm golden brown.
4. When the sugar mixture is done, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful -- it will bubble up violently. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 degrees F (firm ball) on a candy thermometer. Pour caramel into pan; cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt; cool completely.
5. Cut into squares; wrap individually in parchment paper.

This recipe is directly from  check out her blog lots of tasty goods!! 

Can't wait to make some for the holidays coming up and I love me a bit of Jack Daniels!! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ever Heard of A Shiba Inu?

Have you ever heard of a Shiba Inu dog?  If not and you are thinking of getting a new pet you need to check out this awesome breed!

They are very loyal and are (in my opinion) a more grown up dog.  I find young couples and newlyweds are most drawn to the Shibas for several reasons.

1.  Beauty - you can't beat the beautiful colors of a Shiba.  If you get a red one make sure to take pictures of him each month.  When he is one go back and see how bright his coat now is! 

2.  Cleanliness - Shibas and one of the best dogs for keeping themselves clean!  Seldom needing a bath (unless you come across the skunk!) these babies like to keep themselves clean and tidy.

3.  Low maintence - They do shed basically in the spring and fall, but it can be easily contained in a few good heavy brushings.  Their hair also falls out in "tufts" and can easliy be grabbed out by your hands.

4.  No grooming - Unless you really want to go see your groomer, Shibas really only need their toe nails clipped!  You can also make sure to take walks on concrete and this will also act as a nail file!

5.  Intelligence - Shibas are no stupid dog!  They are very intelligent and require owners who can stay one step ahead of them.

Shibas are know to "bolt" if off leash.  We recommend using the harness collars if you are out walking or hiking with your Shiba.  This gives you much more control of your dog and you also dont' have to worry about the "whip neck" if he starts to take off and you hold him back!

Check out some of our available puppies that are ready to go home:
Please contact Sally at 719-349-0651 or for more information!

They all come with our 1 year health guarantee,  registration papers from APRI and a complete medical record!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New opportunities??

Looking for something new, exciting full of great opportunities and getting in on a smaller business that is growing by the day?  Check out Jamberry Nails on my website here:  

Looking for new team members and clients!  Great products over 300 designs and tons of room for growth!  Please let me know how I can help you.  Make extra cash while having fun!  

You can do it full time, part time or just ordering for yourself and family. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I'm in Love!!

Whoo, Hoo!!  New Jamberrys are being delivered!  I can't wait to try the Holographic!!

One of my other favorites is the Turquoise solid and the Turquoise and Brown Floral.

These are just a few of the new Jamberry Shields available.  Excited for fall???  I am!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

What a wonderful week!

Wow is all I can say!  Super excited for this past week!

But first have to share this awesome photo of my nails I did last night:

This is our Multipile Chevron and Teal Sparkle Jamberrys!  I love mixing and matching.  Think this would look awesome if the nails were all Teal Sparkle and the ring finger Chevron!
(do you like my vintage green and yellow carpet in the back - LOL)

So back to my week...

I added two girls to my Jamberry team!!  And they both contacted me about it just from my posts!  Rebekah my first girl, I had sent a catalog and samples to her and her mom, and next thing I know she is wanting to be a consultant as well!  Horray!

Then my friend Consetta contacted me inquiring about them and decided to join as well.  

I am so excited for both of these ladies!!

 One of my projects I got finished...

I finally got my living room wall updated from Valentines Day decorations (I know a little late, but I've been busy...)

I had these old bottles and had my sister-in-law take some of my favorite photos and had them printed off into small squares and rectangles.  

Now I'm talking about 1 1/2" by 1 1/2"
Some are in color, some in black and white and I just LOVE them!

Now just to get her some more photos as I have more bottles I want to do!

I just cleaned the bottles real good and used Puzzle Modge Podge on the back of the pictures.
Simple and easy!

My right photo is hanging (big time) crooked, plus the nails to hang them on are a bit off, but the walls are solid 12" of concrete, so might be awhile till some new ones get put on.

I have since adjusted it, and love my mini photos!  They are on a vintage 7up crate, the three hearts I felted myself and the flower bouquet my daughter Tori did several years ago and took first place at our local county fair.  The two egg carton flowers she made me in school when she was in first grade, and will now be 16 in September!

We have just moved in this past year, and I tore out all the old wallpaper.  It amazingly only took 5 minutes to do the living room!  No scraping, just started pulling and down she came.

Hope you have a fun weekend!  Its only to be in the 80's so I'm headed back outside.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Rain, please!!

Yea!  Doing the rain dance in Colorado for actually getting some precipitation!

Its SO dry here, not much for crops and the weeds haven't even been growing (on the flip side, haven't spent money in fuel to run the mower!)

Thus today, being very thankful for the rain.  Hopefully it will stay nice and steady.  

Cooling off it makes me think of fall and all the great outfits I would love to have!  Check out the great nail shields Jamberry offers to compliment all different outfits!  Which one is your favorite?  I love the orange and white floral, but not sure how I would like them with my red (more orange and natural) hair.  Might have to try it...

I also am in LOVE with the Chevron styles!  We also have a blue/green/purple one.  The white and clear can be layered over any of the other shields.  Trying to decide which to do next!

Please leave me a comment and let me know which one you like!  Oh, and the chicken recipe from a few days a go was AWESOME!  Mr. Mechanic is getting it again tonight for our 7th Anniversary!  Love you honey!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pinterest week 2

Found this recipe and am going to pin it myself and make tonight!  Oh ya, GO BRONCOS!! :)

Found it here:

Baked Chicken

By Kim D. on February 21, 2005
Photo by gailanng
250 Reviews
  • timer
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Servings: 4

About This Recipe

"This chicken recipe is so easy, I hesitated in posting it. But I couldn't find it posted here, and it's so good, I thought I'd share it. It's my favorite way to bake chicken because it's moist and tender every time and the flavor is delicious!"


    • 4 chicken breasts, with bone and skin
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 -2 teaspoon Season-All salt ( I use McCormick's)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Rinse chicken breast under cool running water.
  4. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  5. Place chicken in dish.
  6. Brush the melted butter over the chicken, using all the butter.
  7. Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until cooked through.
  9. ~NOTE~Chicken takes only 50 minutes in my oven.
  10. Don't over cook, as they might turn out tough.

Peacock Jamberrys!

Check out my adorable nails right now!  They even lasted through 12 hours of playing horseshoes over the weekend!!  Just have to add I carried Mr. Mechanic in the first tournament, although we got beat out in after 3 rounds.

But in the blind draw, my partner Sean and I placed 5th!!  Not bad for only throwing a few times over the last year!  :)

You can purchase these and many more styles at:

You can also like my Facebook page at

52 weeks of Pinterest...might become 104 weeks!

Wow this past week (ok two weeks) have been really busy.  Nothing too major going on, but just seems like I haven't been able to get anything extra done.

My 52 weeks of Pinterest may turn into 104 weeks!  Didn't get my last week done, and honestly haven't got anything planned for this week as well.  

Need to get on the horse and get going! 

I have been watching the Olympics and am loving about all of it except water polo.  I just can't get into it.  They are very athletic and amazing swimmers, but I guess just not a sport for me.  Plus, all the crack shots don't get me too excited.  Think I get tired just watching it.

One of my favorite things has been Al Michaels.  I think he does an excellent job as a commentator and middle man.  (Although I am looking forward to football coming back.)

Check out the Jamberry Nail Shields that can coordinate in cheering for your favorite team!

You can order them here:

Tonight will for sure be a channel flipping night.  Olympics, Broncos preseason opener against the Bears AND Project Runway!  Why does everything always have to be on at the same times, and yet other nights there is absolutely nothing on!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jamberry Nails!

Woo Hoo!  I am now a Consultant with Jamberry Nails!

Jam up those nails and head back to school in style!

Check out my website at to purchase!
We are having a Buy 3 get 1 Free going on right now!

Mix and match and create your own style!

Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Pinterest

Unfortunally my last pin didn't work out.  My local little grocery store doesn't have candy corn!  Dislike!  So guess it will have to wait until around Halloween to try it!

I did find a tutorial for this great Maxi Dress from

Easy sewing - Maxi Dress

I did get this started, but found it didn't quite fit right.  Going to save it for once I lose some more baby weight, then think I will love it.  I did cut the arm holes a bit longer as well as the neck.  This girl must be around a size 6 (I'm not!).  I also cut slits up both sides on the legs as I felt like I couldn't walk properly.

She also dyed her fabric as it was white to begin with.  My fabric had a print on it.  Hopefully soon it will look lots better and I can post a photo!  (Still doing as much as I can of Insanity!)

Wait till you see what I do for next week!  Its my own original pin for Pinterest!! Yea me!

Plus I am now a Consultant for Jamberry Nails!!
You can check out my site at
I'll be posting more info soon!  But it is Buy 3 get 1 Free!!  
Over 150 nail shields available!  1 sheet will do approximately 2 hands and 2 feet worth of nails!  No chipping, and they even help make your nails stronger!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Goals...what can I say, I hate to set goals, but I'm really needing to and get them accomplished!

Its not that I don't like to set goals, it just seems they never get marked off the list.  I have the best intentions of getting them done, then they just never happen.

For instance, I had a new baby 2 months ago, and this excess weight I have carried for the last 3 years (as I have a 2 year old as well) is driving me nuts!!  No I have no ambition to be super skinny or anything, but some nice muscle tone and definition would be nice.  Before I got pregnant with my 2 year old, I was getting there, then my body just went nuts and I get huge when pregnant. 

I ordered Insanity and tried to work out after 3 weeks of having Elexx.  Not a good idea.  Kinda slipped my mind I have a few slipped disks in my lower back. Hurt for almost a month, and some days, I couldn't hardly walk!  Talk about awful, and there isn't much that you can do except rest and hot/cold compresses.

Finally started to feel better and decided to do one of the Zumba CD's that I have.
I got about 3/4 thru it before I had to quit, but decided it was kinda boring (when I had once really liked it).  So tried it again and let me tell you the first 10 minute warm up will have you dripping in sweat!

I have done the first video twice and the cardo once.  I know I am not in order that they say, but I just don't want to chance doing pylometrics yet.  When it comes up instead of jumping I just pull one leg up as high as I can get it.  Figure I'm still working out and something is better than nothing.

Haven't got all the way thru them without stopping, but don't feel too bad, as the other people in the videos have some great bodies, but they even have a heck of a time keeping up and take brakes!  (you can tell the cardio queens though!)

I have been doing them every other day until 4 days ago, and haven't done anything since, so today, back on the Insanity roller coaster!  But I do have to say I felt great and can tell the difference not doing it for a few days (crazy, as I NEVER thought I would say that!)

So today I am hoping to work on my goal poster that I had started.  Have a great and hopefully cool weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Project Runway...pushing to be creative.

Since tonight is the premier of Project Runway, I have challenged myself to do some kind of piece that is my take on the weeks challenge.  I love to work with all different types of mediums and am currently loving exploring polymer clay!  So bring it on Project Runway!  I can't wait to expand my range of skills and looking forward to what I can make!

Here are some of the bangle bracelets I have just recently made.  They are bright and vibrant and just plain fun!  Had several compliments on the trio I wore out today.  I wore the two bottom ones and in the first photo, the black one, second to the bottom on the right side.  Fun, Fun!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Week 2: 52 weeks of Pinterest

Its a keeper!  Wow, the summer salad from last week was awesome!  See post here:

My local store didn't have any black beans, so I used Black Eyed Peas instead and it was still wonderful.  (Sorry didn't get a photo, but it looked just like their photo just different beans!)

It did last several days and I ate it with Alfredo Tortillini, scrambled eggs, with chips, and with chicken.

The Mechanic has been working some late nights with the cooler weather, so he missed out on the awesome salad, which just left more for me!  It was kinda strange to eat just strait, but was good.

It will be a great summer salad to take for a get together or BBQ.  I would just make sure and take some chips to use it more as a "dip" (make sure to get pita chips or a thicker corn chip!).

Next going to try the Butterfingers recipe from Pinterest.

My friend, Honey tried it and said it was wonderful, and with only 3 ingreedents you can't go wrong!!

Candy Corn Butterfingers
Taste of Home forums
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb. candy corn
16oz jar peanut butter (I used Peter Pan Honey Roasted peanut butter)
16oz pkg. chocolate candy coating

Melt candy corn in microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking in 15-second intervals til melted, stirring after each interval. Stir in peanut butter. Spread mixture in an 8x8 pan lined with parchment. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Dip in melted chocolate candy coating. Lay on waxed paper to set.

Hope our little local store has all I need for these, or I may have to wait till candy corn comes out for Halloween!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Burnt Polymer and Pinterest (again)

Earlier today I had put a few pieces of Polymer clay into my little oven to harden.  I had everything set then walked away to get some other chores done.

About 20 minutes later I walk into my kitchen and my eyes go wide as I think, what is burning???

Look into the mud room and my Polymer clay oven has smoke coming out of it!  My first thought was so glad my husband isn't home, second thought was, what the heck happened?

I quickly got over to it and low and behold the temperature was set to 450!  I had set it at 250.  My adorable always active little 2 year old, Axle had to of turned it up! 

Thankfully I just had some practice/scrap pieces in there.

In the mean time I have moved the smoking oven outside on top of the air conditioner and have begun to try to air out the house (hopefully before The Mechanic comes home!)

So as I am sitting here shaking my head I check out Pinterest and lo and behold my friend Casey has pinned a photo of a DIY room air freshner.

Which more project done!

Its from The Burlap Bag

What you need:
A container
Baking soda
Essential oil
Foil (or a lid you want to ruin and poke holes in)

Put in Jar, add 8 or so drops of Essential Oil.

Easy as pie to get done!  I added Young Livings Abundance (as who doesn't need more of it, and Lemon Grass.)  

 Axle also decided to give one of the little puppies a bath as well! 


Paper eyelashes...hum...

How cool are these!?

 Definitely would have to have somewhere to go to put these on - as the ladies at the grocery store might think I went off my rocker if I had these on!  But, oh they would be so fun!

Would love to get a Sihoutte cutting machine and could possible just make some, but how to get them to curl??  (wrap around a pencil or pen perhaps??)

Their website says they were seen in the movie The Hunger Games.  I'm guessing Effie Trinket work them.


Paper Eyelashes - Deer and Butterfly (regular)

small peoniessmall peacockponies
         Peacock                                           Horse                                                  Peony

These come from out of the UK.
They cost around $12.50 for the small ones and $15.00 for the full eye.  Not including shipping.           

Friday, July 13, 2012

52 Weeks of Pinterest

New goal:
Do something, create something, make something from my Pinterest wall each week.

I have a ton of pins on my Pinterest wall and decided today that I need to start experimenting and trying some more of these.

I have made these Hot Buttered Pretzels from

We loved them, but found it was actually easier to make them into twists instead of the pretzel shape.

This recipe went into the "notebook".

I also gave a spin at trying the Sonic's Cherry Limeade by

This was awesome as well!  Just wish I had the ice machine for the little ice that they have!

1 can frozen limeade concentrate,
1- 2 liter bottle Sprite,
Juice from 1 10 oz jar cherries
Fresh limes (optional)
Simply put it all together.. tough huh?

Tonight I'm going back on the food wagon with attempting this yummy looking summer dish (which has all of my favorite things in it!!) from

Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette



  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots, from one medium shallot
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Colavita
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Hass avocados, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados. Garnish with a more chopped cilantro if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Now I'm off to the shower then loading Miss Elexx up and heading to our local store to load up!!  (Plus might hit up the bargain store while in town!)

Happy Friday the 13th!  Make it an exceptional day!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Window frame upcycle

So excited I finally took the time in this 100 degree heat to start a project I had been wanting to get done for a while now.

A couple months ago when I accompanied my husband to the dump, there was a dumpster full of old windows!  I was able to snag 3 out of the pile.  Even though the glass was broken they were gems in my eyes!  If I could have gotten my hubby to fetch all of them for me I would have really been happy, or if he would have let me get in and dig them out I would have been really happy, but being a full 8 months pregnant, he didn't want me in there and I figured 3 was better than none!

Yesterday I grabbed one out of the garage as well as the old cork board I had that was needing a new life.
The window had been painted white on one side and was still a varnished brown on the other.  I had hoped to use the white side as it was the old look I wanted, but the window panes actually went in on this side so I was going to need to use the brown side.

Out came the reliable off white paint gallon and in no time I had her painted.  I didn't do the best job, as I thought I might scuff it up a bit later.

I had some awesome heavier fabric that I wanted to use to cover the cork board, as it was looking pretty shabby.

My son Ax, and I got it out of the frame, measured it out and begin cutting away.

Unfortunately it wasn't quite the right length, but I did have an extra piece so we cut those to fill in the bottom gaps.

After laying out the material and hot gluing the fabric to the cork board we put the panels in place and tacked in some small nails on the back to hold everything in place.

I cut off the side ropes and put her on my old dresser on the back porch.  Ready for use!
I'm sure it won't take any time at all to fill it (and the dresser) up!