Sunday, February 22, 2009
Here are some shots I took today.
Poor mourning dove, hunkered down on the deck railing, ruffled by the constant wind...
A little altar of inspiration to put me in a New Mexico state of mind:
Cosmo thinks that when I do laundry that includes rugs, I fold them just for him. He also likes to "help' when I put fresh linens on the bed.
Tomorrow, I should be able to post some in-progress photos of the doll I'm making with Sherry Goshon's "Jelly Bean" pattern. Here are a couple of looks at the fabric auditioning, and the decision making process:
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday was my birthday, and though I admit that my family says I'm difficult to buy for (I have or make most everything I need!), there are so many things out there to love, I'm still certain I'm easy to please.
My Oldtimer is particularly adept at finding things that make me happy. One of the things I've come to truly appreciate are old, primitive furnishings. When I was younger, Lolo loved the primitive furnishings, and I just didn't get it then. Now, there's just something about an aged, handmade table or chest or cupboard that gives me great joy. Oldtimer was with me when I spotted a cupboard that I loved, but couldn't quite justify buying. Weeks later, when I announced that I thought I had figured out a place for the cupboard, and was going back to see if it was still there, he told me that he called the shop and they said it was no longer there. That was not a lie - it was no longer there, because it was hidden in our garage, awaiting my birthday.
Here's a photo of the cupboard from the outside:
And the interior:
The well-worn latch:
And one of the rusty hinges:
Don't you just love the fact that it shows evidence of not just handcrafting, but extensive use, AND even the wayward child who apparently thought it would be a good idea to write on it?
I'm no longer certain where it will go in the house, nor am I certain what I'll display. I'm toying with something that includes old linens and doilies, and some of my old bottle or blue canning jar collection. I do know that during the time it spends with us it will be well-loved.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
When I got into the space, I had an inspiration for the paperdolls I'm making for the CPS swap. I tried that - and it worked. Ultimately, before I put anything away or auditioned any fabrics, I finished all three paperdolls. Then I began the fabric thing. Normally, I love this part, and have too many choices, but things just didn't fall into place for me. I do have a set of fabrics by one designer, which happen to incorporate one of the very visible fabrics Sherry used on her version of the doll. I just don't want to copy that closely, but I had such a hard time putting that set back on the shelf.
I finally got it put together, but in the way of those things, I had any number of supplies to put away, plus, while looking for bits of stuff for the paperdolls, I found the tiny fake eggs I'd purchased last spring, and knew I needed them for the living room display under the cloche.
And again...one thing leads to another. I don't have pix of the paperdolls or the fabrics I chose, but here's the little cloche display from a couple different angles. Under the glass (which I bought with a Michael's gift certificate from my son and daughter-in-law) is an old occupied Japan cup with a nest that we've hauled around for years. A couple kinds of eggs in the nest, an egg ornament, a sparkly crystal that used to hang in the window, and Oldtimer's mother's butter spoon. Oh, I put on a tag I bought from Katie's Rose Cottage.
Here a a couple views of the cloche - light isn't very good at midnight, so watch for better photos soon.
Monday, February 09, 2009
When we lived down south, everyone loved it when it snowed. My across-the-street neighbor would stand on her front porch, jump up and down and cheer. Having been raised in a snowy region, I never understood the fascination.
I think this is the difference. There it snows, looks pretty, melts and you are done with it. Here it snows, gets plowed, gets splashed, sticks around till more is added on top, and then as it starts to melt it gets this dirty, cancered look.
So...for all my southern friends, here's some snow for you - what's left of about 25 inches that fell in about 10 days, pushed and plowed, shoved to the side and splashed. You should see what some of the shop parking lots look like! Some of those piles will last till April.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
And this on the heels of Country Home magazine going away. I just renewed that one in October - and the goofballs are still accepting subscriptions on their website! And of course the notice that Cottage Living was also folding. At least they wrote and said I’m getting the rest of my subscription as Southern Living. Why would I want Southern Living – I live in Cleveland, for crying out loud. I had all the Southern Living exposure I wanted when I lived in NC, and I just don’t feel there’s any comparison as to type of magazine.
So, out of all the magazines I get, that's three going away, thanks to this lousy economy. Those are my respites, my vacations, my inspiration and pick-me-ups, and now they are no more. Three left for me - Country Living, Romantic Homes, and Victoria. If those go away, particularly Romantic Homes...well, my mailman will be less burdened, but I'm going to be mighty unhappy.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Big deal, huh? This is one of the azaleas we planted on the landscaped hill we added to our house in NC.
I'm supposed to tag others, but I think most everyone I know has done this. But...if you read this... Betty, Phyllis, Earl, and Jude - you are the only ones left I can think of! If you feel up to it, I'm tagging you.