Thursday, July 10, 2014

Flowers and Candlesticks!


These are some shots of flowers growing in my father's back yard. They are beautiful! Today I brought home a very large bouquet of these large red lillies!


My father was cutting back the plants around this Astilbe because it was getting too crowded.


These double hollyhocks are gorgeous! I love this pale shade of pink. 


So much eye candy in this beautiful garden! I was a bit snap happy with my camera!


 Another feast for the eyes! His beautiful rose bush! Many blooms were already past their prime....I brought a couple stems of these roses home too!


Could not resist a close up of this.....


and this.......


and this.....


Last but not least, another hollyhock. This white bloom is exquisite! 

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After a visit with my parents, I went home and found a package waiting for me. It was from Diane at The Checkered Apple. See post:  click here! 

As you can see from her post, I won her 4th of July Patriotic Giveaway! This sweet little pair of candlesticks that she painted arrived at my home today! I was thrilled!


They are so cute! I put them in my kitchen so I could enjoy Diane's handiwork! She is so talented!


Sitting next to my patriotic angel (now my lucky angel), they look adorable! I just love the little cherries she added.

It was fun waiting for them to arrive. Diane and I exchanged several emails over the past 4 days while the package was in transit. She was a bit concerned that the candles would melt since it has been so hot. They took a trip across the country (she lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast) and despite the many miles between us they arrived in one solid piece! No wax oozing from the package!

Thank you so much Diane! I enjoyed participating in your Patriotic Linky Party and it was exciting to be the winner of your sweet patriotic painted candlesticks. I am looking forward to next year's party already! Hope everyone will join in!



Friday, July 4, 2014

Always on My Mind, Forever in My Heart


It's been a busy few days of making angels in 3 colors, sewing (mostly ironing) bags and cosmetic cases and bagging and tagging everything in anticipation of opening my Etsy Shop. I have been listing away and hope to have it open sometime next week. It is a lot of work taking photos and writing about each item!

Trying to keep my space organized is getting difficult so I thought if I could just get everything bagged, I could easily put similar items in marked bins. At the moment my dining room looks like an angel factory and a tote bag boutique, but I hope to do a little organizing before going to bed tonight.

I mentioned in my last post that these angels would make a lovely, heartfelt expression of sympathy and in recent days I have a couple of friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones. So I decided to make a couple of special angels especially for them.



I like the look of mixed media and I would love to delve into it more. Mixing various textures of papers, fabrics, fibers, stamping, painting and stitching is very intriguing to me for sure.  I would have preferred to use stamps and ink for the words on the wings but I don't have a large supply of stamps. (Add stamps and ink to my list of things to buy) So I printed the words out in script font on linen paper and cut them individually before attaching the words to the angels wings. I really like the way it turned out.

After I placed her in a bag of shredded white paper I sprinkled some kraft paper confetti stars around the angel. I used a paper punch to make the stars.



She looks rather angelic in her little white crinkled paper and star filled cellophane bag. In a couple of days, she and another little angel will be sent off with the important task of delivering our messages of sympathy to some special people and to let them know we share in their sadness.

I hope everyone is having a nice 4th of July weekend so far. Here in NH it has been raining and cloudy all day. My husband and daughter marched in a parade a couple of towns away in their Revolutionary War Era kits. (I dare not call them costumes as I get corrected by my husband and daughter every time I slip up) Tomorrow they have a reenactment in Vermont--a busy weekend for them and a peaceful, quiet (I'm smiling) weekend for me!

Today and always, we remember those who courageously fought for our freedoms and for those still serving and in harms way--Always on our minds, forever in our hearts.

I will leave you with one of my favorite Celtic Women songs: it is just beautiful--music, lyrics and all. Enjoy! 

                                                                       
                                                                         O America

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Perfect Weekend! A Little Sewing/A Little Crafting



Here is a peek at what I did this weekend (other than the 2 loads of towels I did, 3 loads of other laundry, cooking, cleaning and shopping!!


I finally tried my hand at sewing with burlap. This particular bag is made with a fuschia colored burlap that my daughter picked out. Once it was completed she wanted it. It was the bow! She is really into bows! I kinda wanted it too! 

However, making the bag was a little more difficult that I thought. It kept fraying. I zigzagged every piece of the bag that was made from burlap because I was getting really frustrated with the pieces that kept coming apart. I may have used some choice words while sewing this tote. 



Then I made another one. I mean, what was I to do? I had purchased enough burlap for two bags never imagining I would dislike sewing with it "SEW" much! I was developing a love/hate relationship with this fabric that I have loved for a long time.

I loved burlap before it was cool to love burlap. Way, way back in the late 70's I was in college (I know, I'm vintage) we were having a Halloween party and I needed a costume. So I went into town and got my hands on a large burlap bag and fashioned myself a cave woman costume. It was the perfect length for a tunic which I cut so that it only had one shoulder strap. I made some burlap shoe covers and laced them with leather shoelaces from my shit kickers. I took a baseball bat and wrapped it in a paper bag and laced that with leather laces as well. With some messed up hair and some blackened teeth, I think I really rocked that cave woman costume! AND I really had fun making it!



I wouldn't say that I really had fun making this bag. The second one went together a little easier because I zigzagged everything, sometimes twice!

My daughter saw some burlap (natural colored) but stamped with gold polka dots and now she wants a tote bag made from that. Ugh! 
We shall see if I have it in me to work with that fabric again!

Later in the weekend I had fun making some of my paper angels. I have posted these angels before. These are a little time consuming, and at times nit-pickey but they are so much fun to make. I love trying to make each one a little different or if I make one I really like I will make a couple more like it.



I used white, cream and natural paper, twine, bits of lace and bridal trim, some little pearl beads and glue. I discovered that the paper bodies can be sewn and the stitches on the sides add to the rustic, scrappy look that I was trying to create.



These angels are so cute and will be available in my Esty Shop once it is up and running. (Coming soon)



This one is really pretty. The lace is a wide piece of bridal lace with lily-of-the-valley on it. She really turned out sweet. These make cute little package tie-ons and gifts. It would also be a nice gesture of expressing sympathy or encouragement when a card just doesn't seem like enough. Tucked into a little box of shredded paper or tissue and some gold foil confetti stars makes a really nice presentation.



This is a box of bald angels. They have wings but they are not yet attached. If you hear the bells ringing  tomorrow, you will know that a bunch of angel got their wings!



These Angels are waiting for their lace at the tops of their gowns and hair and halos......



This is a stash of precut bodies and wings....I've got my work cut out for me (no pun intended) for tomorrow.



I sure had fun making these heavenly ladies today and I am looking forward to making many more tomorrow! Oh my gosh, it is already tomorrow so I need to go to bed!  Good night! 


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Thankful

I Was Featured!

Today I was surprised to learn that my Patriotic Angel (my original post is here) was featured on Stephanie's blog over at   
The Enchanting Rose--Click here to visit!

I met Stephanie last year when I joined her Teacup Exchange which was such a nice experience. You can read about that here and  here. Picking out a teacup and a few special treasures for Stephanie was a whole heapin' pile of fun! Waiting to receive my package in the mail made me feel like a little kid at Christmas! I use my beautiful mug almost every day and each time that I do I am reminded of the lovely lady-- Sandra, who sent it to me from Canada!

Anyhow back to the topic of conversation, (and I apologize for the digression) Stephanie recently posted some patriotic ideas that she collected from some of her blogging friends. So if you need a last minute craft idea for the holiday (it's going to be here before you know it!) or a yummy recipe for your July 4th barbecue, hop on over to Stephanie's post for a huge dose of red, white and blue!

Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing my chubby little patriotic angel:


I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful new friends since I began blogging 2 years ago. In this world we blog in, even though it is a virtual world, we meet and greet one another and share creative ideas, as well as give and receive constant love, support and encouragement. This is real. I am grateful!

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people  who rekindle the inner spirit."
Albert Schwietzer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Angel of Liberty



Here is my Angel of Liberty I created her especially for Diane's Patriotic Link Party and may link her up with other linky parties as well. This angel is very sweet and chubby--emphasis on chubby and she stands about 8" tall. Incidentally, she is not overweight--she is undertall!

Click on the link above and stop by The Checkered Apple to join the party.

I have been working on a simple pattern for a stuffed angel and thought I would try it out in a patriotic version. It was fairly quick and easy to construct. I used this very same red ticking fabric to make patriotic pillows last year. 


I am actually going to place her in a wreath for my door. I found this perfect long roll of antique looking red, white and blue paper ribbon with wire in it so I think I will wind it around the wreath very loosely and make a bow.


As you can see, she looks pretty sweet in the middle of this grapevine wreath,


or this grapevine wreath with stars and berries.


She even looks sweet just standing alone.


I am looking forward to seeing other patriotic creations! See you at the party!

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A Sunrise, A Sunset-- Among Other Things


Sunset--Plymouth, MA


Last weekend we had a whirlwind weekend (actually we left NH at 9:15 Sunday morning and returned to NH Monday evening around 5:45 pm.) We first made a stop Sunday morning in Boston to join our daughter Jenn and her fiance James for a Father's Day lunch in Boston. I had a Reuben that was to die for! We stayed to visit for a bit and left Boston at around 2:30 pm.

Next we headed to Plymouth, MA (one of my favorite places in the whole wide world) and arrived at our Motel (Pilgrim Sands) at about 3:30pm. We stepped out onto the deck of the hotel. The weather was picture perfect and it was high tide.

We walked down the stairs to the water (stairs are pictured above) and my husband bravely stepped into the water which was about knee high. (but he has short legs!) The surf was a bit rough and I wasn't sure I wanted to step in as I had a sundress on and it was a bit breezy. Just as I started to brave it, a wave hit the rocks, soaked the bottom of my dress and everything underneath! I turned around and headed back up to the deck. (dress clinging to my legs) I opted to sit in a chair on the deck and allowed myself to relax and become very drowsy from the warmth of the sun! The humming of distant boats at sea, the sound of water crashing into the the rocks, the waves coming in and going out and of course the seagulls lulled me into a state of total relaxation. Heaven!

We stayed here for a couple of hours and later went out for a quick bite to eat. We returned to this view:


To know me is to tolerate my obsession for photographing sunsets! There is just nothing more beautiful and if you watch long enough, the colors change before your very eyes. Just when you think it cannot get more beautiful--it does. I took 58 photos of this very sunset! I promise I will not make you look at every single one of them.


Panning to the right a bit, the sunset reflects in the wet sand. 


This purpley cloud was directly in front of the deck as we faced the sea!


The sunset is starting to get even more vibrant now....I was not the only one admiring it!




See the fisherman out there! 




We got up very early the next morning and headed out onto the deck. We were the only ones up at this point! It was another glorious day and the sun and glare on the water was blinding. 
We had to catch a 9:30 ferry at Wood's Hole to Martha's Vineyard and it is about a 50 minute drive. So we were able to enjoy the deck for a couple of hours.


Coffee, the ocean and the sun, all at the same time! Yes I'm in heaven! My husband and I enjoyed peaceful, private deck time. We ate our breakfast here! Why isn't anyone else up?


It's low tide. I can remember all the years my husband would get up early and take the kids for their walks down this very beach looking for shell, crabs, sea glass.....this is the first time we have stayed here alone, without 1, 2, or 3 kids! Bittersweet!


Beautiful!


Did not want to leave....but we had a boat to catch.


Made it to the ferry in plenty of time. Now for our 45 minute trip to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard.



Absolutely perfect weather to be out on the ocean. Even though it was only 9:30, it was so warm with a lovely breeze! There have been days when the weather was not so cooperative. During one past trip,  it was so cloudy with heavy fog that we could not see directly in front of the boat. The boat whistle blew every few minutes and it was loud! I wanted to jump off that boat! 


We arrive at Oak Bluffs. I love this little "gingerbread village".


These Victorian homes surround a beautiful green common.



This gazebo is in the common. 


To our left (as we are driving to pick up my youngest daughter)....


 ....and to our right.....


Also to our right, further down the road....if you love water, this is definitely the place to be! 

From here, we picked up our youngest and headed to visit my middle daughter at her new little cottage that she is renting. It is so cute and homey! She made us a delicious lunch and we enjoyed a quick visit before heading back to Wood's Hole on a 1:15 ferry. We made that boat too!

Then we drove three hours, picked up our dog at the kennel and we got home and unloaded the car. I pulled myself together as best as I could (we were all exhausted) but I was attending an art party at 7:00. A friend of mine has a beautiful barn and a bunch of really fun ladies and I all gathered around a large table and learned how to paint a landscape. (mountains and a meadow with poppies)   Did I mention there was also wine? A friend and neighbor of mine had made some lavender lemonade and we mixed it with Prosecco. Very delicious! My painting was not worthy of being shared here. Maybe once I fix some of the things I did not like about it I will allow you a peak! We spent about 3 hours painting and it was so much fun!

Anyways, that was an exhausting, but very fun filled, swift moving weekend! I am still recovering!