Wednesday, July 30, 2014


How true is this?  Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.  Lovely!
beautiful throught provoking inspirational quote

Monday, July 28, 2014


Hi friends:

I really need a favor from any and everyone who stops by.  Please PLEASE pray for my mother.  Her name is Janet and this precious not quite 80-year-old woman is really weak and sick after surgery.  It has been 3 weeks and she is no better.

My dad was killed when I was 11.  She has been my only parent all these years and I love her so much.  I know that God can and at times does change His mind.  My prayer is that he will quickly restore her health and raise her up and give her more good years in this life.  Will you pray in agreement with me?  If not, then my -prayer is:  Heavenly Father, please take her home, quickly and peacefully. 

Thank you.

Friday, July 25, 2014


I borrowed the following information to share from  I hope they don't mind.

When our skin gets dry and dull, it is aging. That’s when our wrinkles begin to show. The best way to brighten up your face and make it soft and smooth is to use a gentle exfoliant. It gets rid of the dead skin cells that dull our skin. For years, I have been using baking soda as a natural facial exfoliant.  It is gentle and can be used daily. Every day, it feels like you have just had a micro-dermabrasion procedure!  There may be some who say that the pH is not right for our skin, but if you follow the exfoliation with a cleanser, it washes it away.  HERE is the recommendation by Arm & Hammer.

Just mix a bit of baking soda in the palm of your hand and with wet fingers, create a paste. Massage it onto your face (avoiding the eye area.) Rinse.

Following the gentle exfoliation with baking soda, I use  Johnson’s Baby Wash every day.

When I was in college, my roommate used baby shampoo as an eye makeup remover. I thought she was onto a great idea. The “No More Tears” formula made it good to use around the eye area. (Be aware that direct contact in the eyes could still be irritating.) So, I started using it myself. I have used it most of my adult life since I always had it around when my kids were little.

Later, after my kids were beyond the “baby” stage, they came out with what are known as Baby Washes. They are a thinner consistency and are used as a shampoo/body wash for babies. I now use THIS every day instead of baby shampoo. It is probably the most gentle cleanser out there. (It’s gentle enough for a newborn baby’s skin!) The funny thing is, my husband, who is a big 6’ 4” guy now uses baby wash on his face every day.  He used it once when he ran out of his “manly scented” body wash! Now, when our pump bottle in the shower is getting low, he says: “we need more baby scrub!”

Try this! (As always, with any new beauty product, test it out and discontinue use if you have any irritation.)

baking soda johnsons baby wash facial scrub


Eucalyptus Oil Kills Germs Enhances Breathing

Eucalyptus oil has been around for a long, long time. But how many of us know some of the wonderful uses for it?Well, I am going to introduce you to a few of the antibacterial use  for eucalyptus oil... Read more


I Support Israel

This mermaid supports the nation of Israel.  They have always been one of our most loyal and strongest allies.  We need to stand behind her and support her now.  I do not like war but if you do your homework, you will find that Israel always has been a peace loving nation.  They only retaliate when provoked and threatened. 

Monday, July 21, 2014


#easycake #germanchocolatecake #easypoundcake

Yum yum to my tum tum.  You will love this recipe  if you love chocolate.  It has never failed to get rave reviews whenever or wherever I served it.  Try it and please post your comment as to how you like it.

Melt in Your Mouth Delicious

Note: You can do many different things with this recipe. I have used different cake mixes for variety. It is even tastier if you use Devil's Food cake mix and I have also used Betty Crocker Pecan cake mix. However, I listed the original recipe here. Use your imagination. The key is the main ingredient: Betty Crocker Coconut Pecan Frosting.

1 Box Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Oil
3 Eggs
1 Container Betty Crocker Coconut Pecan Frosting
Mix cake mix, eggs, water, and oil. Stir in Coconut Pecan Frosting. Bake in a greased 9 x 13 pan or bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.


To blog today or not to blog.....

to blog or not to blog

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Glow Sticks

Okay, I am a 5 year old trapped in a 100-year-old mermaid body!  I love glow sticks.  They are the coolest things since ice cream.  Besides being pretty, they make survival lights for you when the power like goes off??? You know, in case SHTF and now we make survival lights the best way we know how??  Okay, load up on glow sticks. I buy mine from the Dollar Tree.  They work well.  Also, you can make pretties with them that your kids will love and let them help you make these.  Take several mason jars and some glow sticks. (You can recycle jars and use those.  Maybe pickle jars, peanut butter jars, etc.)  Don't forget the glitter.  Glitter makes everything better.  Cut off the ends of say 2 glow sticks per jar.  Dump into mason jars.  Add some glitter. Screw on lids.  Shake well.  PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes? Yes! We tell the kids they are fairy jars.  They are pretty on your deck in the summer at night.  I do not know how long the light will actually last removed from the glitter sticks but I am watching mine to find out.

I just thought I would share this with my blogger friends.  Enjoy and let me know how this works for you!


glitter sticks glow in the dark

fancy floral mermaid texti divider

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


 Html Course

Oh my.  This mermaid is just starting an html course.  Learning  html is like Greek to me.  It is really not that hard.  There are just so many things to remember. I started learning html a few years ago, although now I don't remember any of it.  Anyway, I was learning some at the time and built my first simple web page.  The instructor told me where to go online to find the code for the color I wanted my web page.  So I did and put it where I was supposed to.  Then I loaded the page.  I could not wait to see my pink web page - you know us mergirls like pink.  Well, it loaded and was pink NOT.  It was white as white could be.  It took me 20 minutes to see what I had done wrong.  I left out one little period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, learning html is like dealing with a mermaid with pms.  On top of all that, I am soooooooooooooooo tired.  I think I will retire to my ocean cave and rest.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.....  I just had to share.  Look how happy the sharks are.  You know with grins like that they MUST be enrolled in html classes! That is my new goal.  I wanna' be an html shark.

smiling sharks in water picture

pretty mermaid text line divider


We offer the sweetest merbaby fabric blocks for childrens' room decor and kids quilts.  See more of our merbaby fabric blocks printed from vintage mermaid pictures...

vintage merboy talking with fish illustration

Pretty FLower spray mermaid line divider


I will be posting vintage ephemera and vintage clipart as I find good vintage graphics to share with you.  So check our VINTAGE EPHEMERA - CLIPART page to see more

flowers green mermaid laying down divider

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I am a little partial to NCMERFEST.COM because I am a North Carolina mermaid myself.  Born and raised a pistol packin', southern talkin' southern belle mermaid.  Yes, indeed.  So, be sure and check out  Have a ball ya'll!


I have recently learned that bed bug infestations are on the rise.  There are several reasons for this.  One is because  so many different nationalities are coming into our country.  I am not picking on anyone but being factual.  Bed bugs are moving in big time to motels and hotels.

My stepson called me one day and as we were talking, he mentioned he had a major problem with bed bugs.  His landlord had told him to stay out of his house for 24 hours and turn the heat up full blast.  He said the high heat would kill them.  He did this on two different occasions and it did not work.  I told him what to do and in a few days they were gone.  He did have to repeat the treatment one more time in a week.  That was a year ago and he has had no problems since.  

More later. I will tell you how to permanently rid yourself of this problem unless someone visits you that has the same problem.  Bed bugs will be on their clothes and  you will get them again.  But, very treatable and I will tell you the non toxic way to get rid of them and NO I AM NOT SELLING ONE THING!

I will post the solution for your bedbug problem on my page DIY HOUSEHOLD CARE later today.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


#contest #freefabricblocks
Okay, I am feeling generous.  I am going to offer 5 fabric blocks free, starting RIGHT NOW, the sizes and designs of your choice.  You will find these at one of two places:  

What you have to do is:  join Dial M For Mermaid and secondly leave a comment describing why you like a particular fabric block.  I will pick a winner and post your name on August 1.

So, this contest starts officially today, July 13th and ends July 30th, 2014.  Get busy mermaids.  AND I have over 300 designs to choose from on etsy.  So, if you win, you do not have to pick any or all that you want from Dial M For Mermaid.

More later mers..........................

Friday, July 11, 2014


UPDATE ON ZAK HIGGINS:  For all of you who have taken the time to pray for Zak, thank you.  But, I must ask you  to please keep praying.  At this time, he is still in a coma but off life support!  Yeah and thank you Lord.  Let's keep on praying until he wakes up.  Thanks so much~~~~~~~

This request is for any of you who follow my blog or are even visiting my blog for the first time.  If you believe in prayer, please pray for my dear friend's son, Zak Higgins.  He was in a car crash on Monday.  Since, he has had swelling/bleeding on the brain, is in a coma, and hooked up to life support.  He is a very handsome and sweet young man.  I do believe  (and I respect everyones' opinions) God is still on His throne when these things happen.  Why do they happen?  If I could answer that, then I would  have already healed Zak.  I know that prayer is what moves God.  He tells us in His word to pray without ceasing and prayers can move Him to change His mind.  If you know mighty prayer warriors, we need them  now!!!!

So PLEASE pray for this precious young man - that God will heal him totally and soon.  Thank you for all who read and pray. 

Would you click share after reading?  Let's try to make this go viral!  


Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Oh my Vanessa.  You have been caught shaking a tail feather or is that flipping your tail fin?  You naughty little mermaid you.  AND WHERE IS THAT CUTE HUSBAND OF YOURS????HMMMMMMMM>>>>
Heard you made a big splash in Texas.  You go girl!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


#shellylapointe #mermaidshelly

Shelly LaPointe a/k/a Mermaid Shelly is GONE gone GoNe!  Rumor has it she dissipated into the sea.  Every time I see sea foam, I think of her.  I miss  her on face book.  Her delightful posts would always make my day.  Such a sad loss to me personally and the mermaid community.

Mermaid Shelly is so beautiful.  But, her beauty is not just on the outside but radiates from within and lights up the world around her.  She is such a kind and gentle spirt who would give one the shirt off her back.  So sad she was used by so many and taken advantage of because of her kindness and good heart.

Mermaid Shelly I wish you would come back or at least drop me a line and let me know you are okay. 


sea bride mermaid shelly

mermaid shelly as a sea bride


#mermaidpicture  #mermaidpainting

I was surfing while ago and found this very unique mermaid picture.  I think it is really cool and want to share it on Dial M.  I hope you enjoy.  I do not know who the artist is and I take no credit for ownership.

dead mermaid tangled in bedroom curtains

Sunday, July 6, 2014


TO THE WANNABE HACKER FROM APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA:  HA HA HA.  Gmail looks after my business very well.  You tried to sign in but did not make it did you? Don't bother to try again.  My password has been changed and will be changed very frequently.  You anger me, you creep.  Hope you had a lousy July 4th!

By the way, I have a pretty good idea who you are and I would say your first name starts with an L.  I have made gmail/google aware of you. My google accounts are being monitored very carefully.  Thank you google.  I love you google!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH DID I FORGET TO MENTION YOUR ISP?  I have seen this on my websites too.  Boy you are jealous.  Get a life, jerk!

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Notice our new blog grab button.  Just copy and paste the code in the box and our pretty Dial M For Mermaid banner will be on your blog.  That way, you can click on it and get to us in a flash.  We love it.  If you do not know how to do this, please let us know and we will tell you.  It is very easy.  Also, if you have a blog grab button, please email us and let us know.  We would like to share your blog or website grab button on our blog too!


It is that time again.  Time for me to curl up in my mermaid bed and dream of some far away exotic land where I am strolling with a handsome merman hand-in-hand. 

Goodnight - don't party too hard............................


Some years ago, I invited my sister and her husband over for dinner.  I bought 4 big sirloin steaks and prepared a large salad with baked potatoes.  She informed me on the sly not to be insulted but she told me her husband would be polite and eat some of the sirloin on his plate but not all.  She said the reason is that he found sirloin to be tough.  I said fine.  Not a problem.  So, we grilled and sat down to eat.  To make a long story short, you could cut the sirloin with a fork.  It was that tender and juicy.  He ate the last bite and she told me talked about those steaks I grilled to his relatives for years and told them they were the best steaks he had ever tasted and the most tender.  Well, as you know, if you read my blog, I no longer eat steak.  I am vegan but for those of you who do, I am going to give you my recipe.  If you don't like spicey, you will not like it.  I no longer buy sirloin for my husband.  I get ribeye.  


Steak of your choice
Olive oil (I use cold pressed)
Garlic Powder
Black Pepper
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicey

Lay steaks in a casserole.  Pour olive oil onto each and rub it in.  Then shake shake on the garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, and black pepper.  Rub that in.  Turn steaks over and repeat the process.  Then cover with foil and put in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before grilling.  YUM YUM.  Let me know how you like my best grilled steak recipe.

Friday, July 4, 2014


I want to wish everyone a special and happy July 4th!  I smell the steaks grilling and all the goodies cooking.  Yum.  What a wonderful day this is to be alive and well and to enjoy family and friends.  Let's remember all the brave men who have ever fought for our freedom.  Never forget:  ALL GAVE SOME - SOME GAVE ALL!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Well, I have heart disease - arteries.  Guess that is what years of smoking (quit 9 months ago) and eating bad food will do for you.  It will catch up with you and come back to bite you in the butt.  So, I will continue on my vegan quest.  I have done some research and some of the damage is reversible.  I will be riding my bike every morning and afternoon too.  Wow.  Sometimes, this is what it takes to shake us up and wake us up.  I am wiiiiiiide awake now.  I will be taking extra good care of me from now on.

I will still enjoy a daily cup of coffee.  I love gourmet coffee.  So good.  

I am going to run.  I need to turn the t.v.  ID channel is getting on my last nerve.  Depressing.

I feel a lazy attack coming on.  I want to find some humor on t.v. and laugh my butt off.  I do believe the old saying laughter is the best medicine.

Later mers.


Good morning mermaids.  I hope you all slept well.  I did not about 4 hours.  I feel like I have been kissed by a dump truck in high gear in reverse!!!!

I have to go this morning for a heart test - echo test to see if I have plaque in my arteries,.  NO FUN.  I am so thirsty and of course I can't have any water to drink.  I think to myself says who?  There are oceans of water out there.  I could take a dive and accidentally swallow some;)

Okay, have to run.  I leave you all with blessings and hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Okay mers.  I know (my time) it is only 8:14pm BUT I am going to lay down, get cozy and find something appetizing on t.v.  I am tired tonight.  Too much crafting/designing has strained my brain. (Click on SeXy MeRmAiD to see the pretty mermaid fabric block I just finished designing).  Let me leave you with some wisdom fruit OH I like that!  That is my new words. HA.  I just changed the title:

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do so. ~Author Unknown

Night splash.......................................................


I say yum to that.  Did you know they are now making vegan Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?  I didn't either but I just ate some.  Shame on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have become a total vegan and 5 minutes ago I blew it.  Well, that is the first time in a long time so I guess I am still a good mermaid.

I enjoy vegan food.  It is really delicious if you know how to use spices.  So yummy and healthy.  I guess it is better to learn later than never.  I will eat this way the rest of my life which I hope to be here to aggravate people until I am at least 150.  Well, I can dream.

I have to go now and cook for my not so vegan husband.  You know, he wants the red meat and delicious but so unhealthy food.  YUK.  I am going to rattle some pots and pans down under.  Later mers.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


This tired mermaid is about to lay her bod down in her beautiful sea shell bed.  But, I must leave you with a few words of wisdom:

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.


A very wise old mermaid once told me:


Did I ever mention that I am a southern mermaid?  Yes, there are mermaids here in the south.  They tend to love our wonderful beaches and occasionally they make trips to the picturesque mountains too.  Can you believe it?  It is lovely here this time of year.

Let's here it for some DIXIE MERMAIDS!!!!! YEAH~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~
Here are some pictures sent to me by  the very lovely 

emilie van der elst



I DID IT HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I fess up.  I screwed up my blogger html.  Yep.  I always have to play with something.  Can't ever leave well enough alone.  Does anyone know how to help me straighted it out???? I am all scales, fins and ears....................................................


Hello. It has been awhile.  I have been busy. Yep, up to my usual mischief but it is all good. Which of you mers have been naughty? Send me an email to I will feature you right here. I know mers. Some of you have been naughty or you know someone who has. Tell Dial M all about it and I guarantee I will make a big splash about it. I have some news to report about me. Yep, you are hearing it straight from me. There is this PeRsOn and she is NOT a real Mer but an impostor. She is accusing me of stealing a mermaid she designed. The funny thing is, this so called mermaid she designed and prints on fabric like I do, LOOKS JUST LIKE MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She has taken another artist's mermaids. I have the link if you want to *sea*;)

So check out the above link.  You know the deal - copy and past in your address bar.  PLEASE READ.  I am so tired of this woman trying to cause me problems.  

Gone for now.  Will return.