Friday, March 14, 2008

What does a Turkey, a Fraktur, and May Day have in common? (updated)

Absolutely nothing! LOL.... I'm sorry, that was a lame joke, well, not even a joke but it had you wondering, huh?

I've been keeping the chickens in the pen lately so they don't scratch up our recently planted onions, and Tweedle Dum is getting mighty lonely. He's been to the front door, pecking, no - make that banging, again!

I don't want to hurt him, but it has gotten so that I have to carry a stick with me when I'm out in the yard just to swing once in a while so he stays a few feet away. Do you remember that he roosts at night in a big tall pine tree right in front of our porch? Well, a few evenings ago my daughter had to work a little later than usual and she got home at dark, a little while after the turkey had gone to roost. When he saw her car pull in the driveway, he flew out of the tree and ran to her car! She ran to the porch and got in before he reached her, poor thing.... my daughter, not the turkey, lol! So now we fast forward a few days... to one day this week. My husband and I were in the front yard and I was telling him that something has got to be done about that silly turkey. I was outside earlier trying to clean out a flower bed and had to quit because I spent more time shooing the turkey away and watching my back than I spent working in the flower bed! As I was telling my husband this bit of news, the turkey spotted me from across the yard and came running... my husband stepped over beside me and Tweedle Dum slowed down. He kept his distance, but stayed along side us. He keeps his eye on my daughter and me, that's for sure.

A minute or two later we hear a car coming down the road and TD starts clucking and making turkey sounds, though he didn't gobble (he does gobble when the UPS truck goes by and the driver honks the horn). When the car gets near us, the silly turkey starts clucking and flapping his huge wings and runs down the edge of the road beside the car! He was just like a dog running a car... if it hadn't been such a funny site, it would have been embarrassing. Ok, it was embarrassing too! Today is a dreary, rainy day so there's probably not much.... hang on... something's banging at the door.... LoL! You won't believe this..... TD is knocking at the door again! I can't even get away from him in bad weather! Let me go shoo him off the porch and I'll be back to write about the Frakturs and May Day.

I'm back, and the turkey is around back eating cat food, don't ask, he just likes it! Now, let me finish this post before he comes knocking again...

Some awesome online markets are updating late tonight or early in the morning. Technically they update on the 1st and 15th, but the webmasters usually update the night before so that when you check in early on the 1st and 15th, everything is ready for viewing and ordering. I will have 18th and 19th century inspired fraktur watercolors at Simply Primitives and TDIPT Mercantile. TDIPT is having a HUGE GIVEAWAY so be sure to comment on their blog to be entered. Update: Several sets of Fraktur cards have been sold as well as the original Fraktur painting below ~ thank you!

I will have 19th century style May Baskets at The Primitive Gathering. Everyone seemed to like them last year so I thought I'd get a head start on them this year. Update: Only 1 basket remains at TPG ~ thank you!

Monday, I will have something different ~ quaint diminutive baskets filled with a little frivolity to help carry on an old May Day tradition. Check back Monday here or at Honeysuckle Lane to see what they look like.

Now let me go see what Tweedle Dum is up to...

Thanks for visiting!

Take Care & God Bless,



  1. What a deliciously funny story about your beloved turkey! What a hoot!

    I adore your little baskets, so delicate and devine!

  2. lana lana lana.... what I wouldn't give to spend one day in the work room with you. Heck, I'd even work as the "shoo-er for TD" just to watch over your shoulder for a few hours!
    I love everything you are creating but you paintings are just beautiful - such detail that I'm sure the camera doesn't even come close to picking up -
    Beautiful work LL !

  3. Lana, your stories about TD made me laugh...we have a lot of wild turkey that come to eat from our corn feeder and i know how silly they look when they run...thank goodness mine only run AWAY from me...i don't know what i would do if they were running AFTER me...yikes!!!
    your may day baskets look gorgeous!!!

  4. TD just needs a girlfriend. We've got lots of hens up here but I think it's illegal for them to cross state lines.He is cute though!
    I'll take a peak at your lovely offerings.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Susan

  5. Lana, your turkey tales (pun intended) are so funny! I love your new frakturs...they are just beautiful! Can't wait to peak at all of your new offerings tonight!

  6. Frivolity is always good!
    I like that last photo...intrigued!

  7. Thank you for the turkey story and the lovely watercolors...I enjoyed both! :)


  8. Lana, you need to find that turkey a mate!!!!

    Your May Baskets are the best and your frakturs are, too!


  9. Lana- you described it all perfectly! I could picture it- what a 'hoot'- (trying to keep the comments in the fowl genre!)

  10. Hello Lana. Your turkey is so funny..I hate to say it ..but I believe he thinks you and your daughter are his HENS... I would love to have a turkey with such character.......can you pack him up and ship him to me???

    I absolutely LOVE the new Fraktur art and the May basket.


  11. Always sweet and truly a reflection of the prettier things of the past, you are, dear Lana!


  12. I was just telling my husband the other day that maybe we should get some turkeys- we had chickens when I was a kid and I remember them being pretty easy to care for. But after reading your turkey story, I'm thinking maybe not! I already have a very demanding little dog to take care of!
    I love your Fraktur paintings. I was fortunate to see an exhibit at Winterthur museum in Delaware a year or 2 ago- Mr. Henry DuPont (the owner of the Winterthur estate) was an avid collector. Also, I have seen exhibits around Lancaster County PA and I just love them. Your work is lovely!

  13. Hi Lana-
    Thanks for your well-wishes regarding our storms. And, btw, I love your fun, Spring-like banner.

  14. as always, a treat to read and leave feeling in awe.
    Blessings to you

  15. OK...I must admit that I seriously LOVE your turkey updates! I am with everyone else...I think Mr. T needs a lady friend !!! Hmmm...I wonder what the UPS guy thinks of him!!! The cards look lovely(as always! toodles...Angie

  16. Lana, your May Day baskets & frakturs are truly delightful! You do such beautiful work!!

    And that Mr. T.D of yours sure does crack me up .. I can just picture you running around waving a big stick at him

    Hope you've been having a lovely week!


  17. That crazy turkey!! I see a sitcom in your future..LOL! As always, your offerings are fabulous:o)!
    BTW-I've tagged ya..this one is easy..all you have to do is blog about how you came up with your business name and tag a couple others!!

  18. TD is just a HOOT! I am sure you are tired of him...but to us, it is funny.

    Cat food, that is just so odd. Maybe he thinks he is a dog. Wants to greet your daughter and cars that drive by. LOL

    On another note, Lana...your work is just so beautiful. I love seeing all of your wonderful creations.


  19. I just adore your watercolors, they are beautiful! The turkey story was also a riot. I added a link to your blog from mine so that I can keep up with your future posts. :)

  20. What a glorious laugh I had reading about your turkey - thanks for that!

  21. I LOVE Tweedle DEEEEEEE Lana (NOT tweedle dumb!!!) ...he thinks your his woman you know! LOL
    He is just like my goose Charity was with me....except Charity wanted me for himself and NO other~ he HATED my husband~ would go chasing him and honking SOOOO loud it would hurt my ears! He was so big~ while walking his head would be at my elbows or higher~ and he would always be holding on to my pantleg or my shirt with his beak!! I posted some pics of our new little ones on my blog if you get a second go peek! xoxoxoxxo r