Tuesday, March 30, 2010

If I Were...

I found this over on Serena's blog tonight, and decided to play along. How about you?

If I were a month I would be

If I were a day I'd be

If I were a time of day I'd be

If I were a planet I'd be

If I were a sea animal I'd be an

If I were a direction I'd be

If I were a piece of furniture I'd be
a comfy rocker.

If I were a liquid I'd be nectar.

If I were a gem stone I'd be

If I were a tree I'd be a

If I were a tool I'd be
a sewing needle.

If I were a flower I'd be a
stargazer lily.

If I were an element of weather I'd be
a thunderstorm.

If I were a musical instrument I'd be a

If I were a colour I'd be

If I were an emotion I'd be

If I were a fruit I'd be
a raspberry.

If I were a sound I'd be

If I were an element I'd be

If I were a car I'd be just what I drive - a Murano

If I were a food I'd be
creme brulee.

If I were a place I'd be
the NC beach.

If I were a material I'd be

If I were a taste I'd be

If I were a scent I'd be
ocean rain.

If I were a body part I'd be
an eye.

If I were a song I'd be
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker.

If I were a bird I'd be
a meadowlark.

If I were a gift I'd be

If I were a city I'd be

If I were a door I'd be
double French.

If I were a pair of shoes I'd be
black suede boots.

If I were a poem I would be
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.

Monday Photo - Favorite Color

This week's theme is favorite color. Hands down, my "go to" color is aqua/turquoise/blue-green - whatever you want to call it. There are secondary colors, most of which go well with aqua, such as apple green, purple, and pink, but if I have to choose one...
I tend to avoid yellows and reds, especially in home decor, but I do love peachy shades - especially with a light aqua.
The photo above captures just about everything I love, and I feel my heart ease a little when I look at this, or the actual setting. The silk and gold thread runner (toss in a little glimmer and I'm there!), roses in pale and creamy shades, a vintage cream pitcher in my beloved pale aqua... life is good.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday Photo - Feet

Cosmo feet - all four, perched perfectly at the very corner of the countertop - hoping to reach out and pat me, when I get something from the refrigerator.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Monday Photo - Changing Seasons

This Monday's theme is Changing Seasons. I'm so glad I didn't get my photo posted on time Monday, because yesterday (Wednesday) we had a wonderful surprise seasonal change. The fish are back! They apparently got warm enough to move to and begin feeding at the shallow end of the pond.

We think it's just because Bekah and Olivia are here. Olivia and I first spotted them yesterday morning from the deck. We tried feeding them bread (we were out of fish food) but they didn't seem real interested. So, we made a trip for "pond pellets" yesterday afternoon, and had a wonderful time feeding what looks like a thousand fish! We bought some cracked corn, too, just in case the geese put in an appearance while she's here.

Cosmo and Molly feel that spring is a fine thing, too.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lucky #13

Nine years ago, my Oldtimer and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary by eating chocolate waffles in the restaurant on the Eiffel Tower. (Yes, that is Oldtimer near the real Eiffel Tower - I can't find the photo of me feeding part of my waffle to the pigeons.)

When we returned, we threw ourselves into the renovation of the store building that became Oldtimer & Lily. (We had closed the real estate deal the day before we left for Paris, and I had to promise my Oldtimer that I would not think of it while we were in Paris!)

Retailing being what it is, and the fact that four months after we opened the doors came the attack on the World Trade Center, and all the ensuing lousy economy, for our fifth anniversary we had fried chicken and wedge fries from the gas station in Norlina.

Frankly, I don't remember what we did last year. I wonder if I blogged about it. (Nope.)

But this year we are going to the Taj Indian Restaurant here in Cleveland. Kind of in-between gas station chicken and chocolate waffles, no? Life is good.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Surely You Jest!

I finished the challenge doll from Sherry Goshon's new group. This truly was a challenge - we received from Sherry one part per week - starting from the feet/legs and working up! It's tough to work in that direction - almost all of us agreed that we start with a face and develop the doll from there.

I'm calling her Surely You Jest (no other name suggests itself) because no matter what I did to build the flower-shaped hat, it turned out looking like a jester's hat to me. I didn't WANT to make a jester, but I seemed incapable of making a flower!

Here's a full length shot:
And here's her close-up:
At the meeting of Cloth Souls this last week, we each brought a small blank doll, and as much ephemera as we cared to haul along. We then had the timer set for 12 minutes, passed the dolls, and worked as much as we could on the doll. Then when the timer rang, we passed them again. Each doll went through five other hands. I brought a small mermaid blank, and you can see how she turned out in the right-hand doll, below:
Aren't the others terrific, too?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Monday Photo - What Am I?

This week's theme is What Am I? So I offer this...
I just love the texture of the center of Brown-eyed Susan flowers.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Monday Photo - Buttons

It's my month to choose the weekly theme, and I began the month with "buttons." There have been some great posts already, so I'm feeling a little simple about mine!

Even though I have a LOT of old buttons (see below), I still buy button lots on eBay on occasion. I especially love to run a search on button lots, including the words "vintage" or "rhinestone." I won the bid on a lot in December, and found a couple of old ones that are really intriguing to me. Such as:
The button above is an iridescent soft yellow, very textured, quite large. I keep looking at it, wondering how I can use it - and I don't even like yellow! There was only one in the lot, so I'll have to feature it on just the right item.
And look at the HUGE red one, above! This reminds me of something Lolo would have had on her spring coat when I was a child. See the penny next to it - you can see how large it is. This, too, was the only one in the lot.
And then there's this pearly white one (above). Not only is it quite large around (compare to the penny), it's quite thick. And yes, it was the only one in that lot of buttons. I keep wondering if the seller held out on me!
I store a lot of the older buttons in glass jars on the shelf, sorted by color family. I especially like that jar of white ones on the bottom.