Monday, May 30, 2011

PORCH SITTIN' & REFLECTIN'

A Sittin' Spot On My Porch

I haven't logged on for a whole weekend and have found out it's darn near impossible to catch up on all the blogging action if you miss more than a day! LOL!  I was so touched to see everyone post in honor of Memorial Day - so important we remember our military, our Veterans and those who have given their lives in service to our country.  God bless them and their families.

Was able to spend time outside this weekend, hit & miss with the rain.  Everything is so lush and green but the mosquitos are THICK!  My husband was grilling on the porch and I asked him where the people who lost their homes in the tornadoes were at that moment...in shelters?  Never felt so blessed to have a hot dog off the grill on my porch. 

I was chatting with Patti from http://www.primitiveatheart.blogspot.com/ and we decided that we're just gonna drag our sewing machines outside on the porch this summer so we can enjoy the outdoors and sew too! LOL! So here is the table on my porch where I'll be sittin' & sewin' this summer...


I'll close with a reflection...literally!  I was taking pictures of the table above and ended up with a reflection in the window of myself.  This is about as close to a picture as you'll ever see as I'm kind of private, sorta shy, and downright scary lookin'! LOL! Have a great week!



Monday, May 23, 2011

WIPS & WINDCHIMES

Was up stitchen by moonlight...actually not stitchen but tracin' & cuttin' some Americana and summer items.  Tried my first batch of salt dough... it's fun! Made some stars (have to grunge them up still) and some little pumpkin heads that are waiting to be painted.  Going to turn the little raggedy into a Miss Liberty and try sewing up some strawberries and watermelons.

Was able to spend some time in the yard this weekend...


Still too early for blooms here, but have the windchimes out on the trees.  They make a magical sound when mixed with the wind blowing through the pines.

And the moss is extra colorful this spring with all the rain...


Counted 60 morals in the yard last night.  Hmmm...moral bowl fillers?


Friday, May 20, 2011

THE CHOSEN ONE

I wish I could post some creations, but I just haven't been sewing much...think about it night and day though!  So instead I will share an honor bestowed upon me this morning...

At 6:00 a.m. when your daughter's 14 pound cat jumps on your full bladder as you are just coming to life and then whips around and sits her fat cat-butt on your neck....it is so much more than just something a cat does.  It is a mystical communication between two beings that do not speak each other's language.  These actions I've described can be interpretted as: "YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE".  If the cat spoke human, she would say, in her Queen of Sheba style... "I have deemed thee The Chosen One.  Rise, then, from thy slumber to fetch my kibble, or I shall cry out as if I haven't been fed for days on end, oh ye with the full bladder."   To which the human replies: SMACK! "Ow! Get down stupid cat!"
Disclaimer: I don't "smack" anything...more like a gentle push...don't usually condone use of the word "stupid" either...except in instances of severe panic after a bladder-pounce.

LOL! Have a great Friday!

~ Lisa


(obviously I condone use of the word wench...LOL!
That's okay...it's a Pirate Cat...pirates....Johnny Depp...it's all good!  ;0]   )

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"THE DIME STORE"


Before "dollar stores", there was "the dime store": WOOLWORTH'S

This is a picture of the old Woolworth's building in my little town, the way it looked when I was a girl growing up.  I lived just a couple of blocks away and when I was old enough, my mom & dad would let me walk or ride my "banana seat" bicycle to "the dime store" to get some candy, or when I was older, to look through the 45's.....you remember what "45's" were, right?  Those small black records in paper sleeves you played on turntables?  ........you remember turntables, right? LOL!

Anyway...this picture doesn't show it, but there is a historical movie theater right across the street.  It is renovated now, but when I was growing up it was "vintage".  My dad was born in 1926.  He told me when he was a boy a band was always set up on the stage in front of the screen and played before the movie started.  Back to Woolworths...I used to stop at the dime store to buy candy...(and believe me, they had any kind of candy a kid could ever wish for and it was cheap)...before hopping across the street to the movies because the theater only sold popcorn at the time.  I remember those big, red Woolworth letters being all lit up at night above the teal blue canopies over the huge windows.  There was even a soda fountain in this store with a long bar and those cool old bar stools fastened to the floor.

They tore down that old Woolworths building in the picture this week.
All that is left is a big hole in the ground.  The building had been vacant for years and they say the basement was flooded and the interior was moldy.  I have to admit, it looks better already.  But I will forever cherish the memories of my old "dime store"  when it was the only department store in our small town.
Life was so simple back then! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

POCKET DOLL FROM PRIMITIVES N STITCHIN


Coming home from work today was such a treat!
I found a little package in my country mailbox and when I opened it there was this adoreable pocket dolly wrapped up in prim paper with a homespun bow!  When I unwrapped it, I was greeted with the yummy smell of the primitive brew Becky used to prim the dolly with.  This dolly was made by Becky at http://www.primitivesnstitchin.blogspot.com/ and I was lucky enough to win it in her giveaway.


The dolly is a lot bigger than I expected and is put together so well with lots of little details that I love! I must have opened & closed the dress flap a couple dozen times already...LOL! This is one piece that I will cherish forever.  Thanks Becky!

~ Lisa

Saturday, May 14, 2011

REC'D MY PINKEEP TODAY


Thanks so Wendy at http://www.ravenwoodwhimzies.blogspot.com/ for sponsoring this fun pinkeep swap!

My swap partner was Tamera from http://www.countyatheart.blogspot.com/ who sent me the great pinkeep pictured above!  It was all wrapped up in the cutest primitive paper and I was so thrilled to receive it!  It will set on my sewing desk and serve to remind me of all the wonderful creative blogging friends I have been blessed to meet!



Friday, May 13, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

A LIL RAGGEDY PACKAGE

Whoo Hoo! Received my package in the mail after work today from Angie over at http://www.lilraggedyangie.blogspot.com/.

Wow! This package was anything but little or raggedy! LOL!  And I apologize that this picture does not do it justice.  Angie really spoils her giveaway winners! I was supposed to get some of her wonderful "smell goodies"...which I did...a package each of orange spice and cinnamon, all wrapped up purdy with some "lil raggedy" tags, but Angie also included a runner made from red & tan ticking (love it!) and a wonderful pantry cake (score!), some CUTE watermelon salt dough ornies, a package of note pads to top it off...some sweet treats!

Thanks so much Angie for hosting your "are you paying attention" giveaway (and for getting it in the mail while you were so sick!).  You are a talented and generous blog buddy!

 

Friday, May 6, 2011

"OH BOTHER" said Pooh.

Oh bother.  Isn't that what Pooh used to say when he was upset?  Like when he couldn't find his honey jar or something serious like that?  I know usually we post pics of our victories but today I am posting a defeat pic.  I was working on my pinkeep swap creation and blew out the stitches in the old quilt piece I was using and then had to tear the base off my pedastal because the paint job didn't take like I wanted....oh bother.  I'm going down a different road now with the pinkeep - only a week left to get it to my swap partner -  and I think it will be okay.  Because I'm not afraid, Eminem. 

Driving into town this morning, the sky was real dark, but it hasn't started raining yet.  This is the kind of overcast I don't mind...when the sky is so dark that all of the spring colors POP against it and the birds are singing so hard for the rain like they are trying to coax it out of those dark clouds.  Here is a picture of the sky I see out of the back door of my work:

I love the twiggy sillouette of the trees against the dusty teal of the sky.

I wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  If you are not a mom, or if your mom has passed, or if your kids are gone, I hope you can celebrate everything you are as a woman because you are still very very special.

~ Lisa

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SALTBOX

Nehemiah Royce House, 538 North Main Street, Wallingford, Connecticut. Built 1672; the oldest house in Wallingford. George Washington addressed local citizens from this site in 1775. Picture taken Feb. 2006; used by permission.

Yeah...just wanted to post a picture of my new house...pffffftt!  I WISH! LOL!

I always wanted to live in an old farmhouse out in the country.  A couple of friends even wrote in my high school yearbook "hope you find your farmhouse" (and that was quite a while ago!)
I am sooo thankful for my little house in the woods.  It is far from "farmhouse" - just a manufactured home - but again, I am thankful for it!

But it is still fun to dream!  And in recent years I've taken a liking to Saltbox houses also.
I did a search on Saltbox houses and found some info on Wikipedia.org.
I learned that the Saltbox (generally two stories in the front and one story in the back...built in a "lean-to" fashion with a central fireplace) takes its name from a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept.

The Saltbox is American Colonial in style and originated in New England, becoming popular during Queen Anne's tax on two story homes.

I love the color of the house in the pic above! I would love to ramble through the rooms and sit in front of the huge fireplaces at night and plan roadtrips to find period pieces for it.  I know this probably won't happen, but that's okay because I love to dream!  It's ALWAYS good to dream!

Hope you are enjoying your dreams this week - take care!

~*~Lisa

Sunday, May 1, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINS AND A PINKEEP


GIVEAWAY WIN!
I just learned that I am one of the winners of Becky's giveaway at http://www.primitivesnstitchin.blogspot.com/ . Becky and her family lost her father-in-law suddenly on Easter Sunday - pls send up a prayer and good thoughts for them.  As a 2nd drawing, Becky gave away another "pocket doll" that is just so wonderful! I really fell in love with the one her her giveaway with the sweet quilt, so I am so thrilled. You can see a picture of her original giveaway post on my sidebar or visit Becky at the above link.

O LUCKY DAY!
This is too much...just finished reading my blogroll and Angie over at http://www.lilraggedyangie.blogspot.com/ was asking if anyone was paying attention...well I sure was and it turns out she was being a tricky chicky and was giving away some of her wonderful creations to the first three who commented!  Angie was offering her handmade sheep, ticking dolls or some smell-goods and I commented just in time! Thanks Becky and Angie for making my week!


PINKEEP:
I did make some good progress on my pinkeep for the swap that Wendy at http://www.ravenwoodwhimzies.blogspot.com/  is hosting (thanks Wendy!). That's a "sneak peak" of it in the pic above.  Hope everyone has a safe week and thanks to all who have been posting thoughts & prayers for the folks in the south/midwest who have been hit so hard by the storms, reminding me to keep them in my thoughts and prayers. The worst storms may be over, but their long journey to a normal life is just beginning.

~*~Lisa