Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day

Officially a day early, but never too early for remembering our loved ones.
Fellow bloggers are welcome to use this image for a memorial photo.
Take Care & God Bless,

Friday, May 23, 2008

Vintage Textiles Anyone?

In the midst of moving into my new workroom and trying to make everything fit in neatly (an impossible job!), I am beginning to list a few things once in a while on ebay that I think I can live without. Maybe, lol! There are lots of things I bought over the years that were just too cheap to pass up, things that were given to me by people who know I love to use old and vintage items in my creations, and things that I really, really had every intention of making something out of, but never found the time. Sound familiar? When you look at my auctions, some will make mention that particular items were my Mom's and Dad's. I am finally getting around to listing some things from their home. Even though we (their children) kept all the family pieces and then some, it is still hard to be getting rid of the rest, no matter how small. Most of it is of no value to most, but might be interesting or collected by someone. After all ~ one man's junk is another man's treasure. The things from my parents' home will be listed over the course of several weeks. Just mark me as a favorite seller on ebay or check back here once in a while to see what I have in the side bar. Here's the link to view all my auctions: There's chenille pieces to use as is, or repurpose and make some wonderful crafty things; there's antique quilts, vintage quilt tops, very sweet shabby ruffled bedspreads; there's at least 50 neck ties (mostly silk) that would be perfect for a crazy quilt or doll clothing; and there are many more items to be added in the days to come.

I hope all of you have a safe and blessed Memorial weekend.

Take Care & God Bless,


Monday, May 19, 2008

Suggestions for an INSPIRATIONS board???

So many of you here in blogland have shared the most wonderful ideas in decorating. I can remember seeing several bliss / bulletin / inspiration boards and for the life of me, can't remember where I saw them. If someone has posted about decorative bulletin boards or if you know of a blog or site with examples, I'l love to see them!

Here's the basic idea of what I'm making for my workroom. I have an antique frame that I will paint. It will be attached to a hinged frame and placed on the wall to cover the breaker box. When we need in the breaker box, all we do is swing the frame open! As you can see in the photo, I started to paint the breaker box and then remembered the large old frame I had and it is a perfect fit! I am probably going to cover a thin board with a bit of batting and fabric, with criss-crossed ribbon to insert in the frame; but before I do that, I thought I'd like to see my other options. So... if anyone has a suggestion instead of my batting and fabric idea, feel free to comment or email me the links or photos. Thank you!
Update: Look what I found! Though I am still going with my antique frame idea, I thought some of you might want to use something more colonial / primitive looking to hide your breaker box. Just visit this blog to see: Farmhouse Primitives.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I'm Still Here...

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun. I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay~

Just wanted to let everyone know I am still around ~ just very busy!
My youngest son graduated high school last night ~ with honors. We are so proud of him!
I am busy painting the trim in my new workroom today ~ I took a break and thought I'd do a quick blog post and then get back to work. I'll share photos next week...
Have a lovely weekend!
Take Care & God Bless,

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Simple Joys ~ they just keep comin'

I have been so busy ~ does life ever slow down? I did happen to take a little time to walk around outdoors yesterday afternoon and thought I'd share a couple photos of my irises. I'll share more flowers in a few more days. I wish you could smell the one in the top photo. The sweet scent is so strong! The iris was my Mom's favorite flower. I can't help but think of her every time I see one.

We are ready to hang the sheetrock in my workroom (previously the garage) and next will come the paint! I am so excited about finally getting all my "stuff" out of everyone's way and in a room specifically for me to work in.
There's also been gardening to do. So far we have:
  1. sweet corn
  2. pole beans (forgot the name)
  3. black beans
  4. carrots
  5. green bell pepper
  6. red bell pepper
  7. crimson sweet watermelon
  8. charleston gray watermelon
  9. cantaloupe
  10. tomatoes (2 or 3 kinds)
  11. cabbage
  12. red cabbage
  13. head lettuce
  14. cucumbers (3 kinds ~ I couldn't decide)
  15. cayenne pepper
  16. hot banana pepper
  17. jalapeno pepper
  18. potatoes
  19. onions
  20. yellow squash
  21. butternut squash
  22. okra (not planted yet ~ have to go pick up the seeds at the local produce market)

I think that's all ~ we are running out of room!

I am also working on handmade items for the Lavender Festival that is in Oak Ridge, TN on June 21st. I'll post more information later, or you may email me for more information.

I have a couple scherenschnitte papercuttings on ebay (one now and one will list at 8pm tonight). The ROSEBUD papercutting (below) is available now for $35. Email me if you're interested. If it's still available at 8pm, it will list on ebay as a BUY IT NOW. A friend of mine, Cheri, got me interested in scherenschnitte a few years ago and I did a few silhouettes but got busy with other things and set the papercuttings aside. I have decided to try it again, this time doing other designs besides portrait silhouettes and am thoroughly enjoying it!

(Rosebud is SOLD ~ thanks!)