Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Etsy Shoppe…….

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…..is up and running again!!!

What better way to spend a rainy day, than to take photos, write descriptions, and post all the “new” inventory!!

My purge is your gain – my cool, rusty, vintage discoveries can also be your gain!!

Spread the word, stop by for a visit- let me know what you think!!

More cool stuff on the way……………………….

 

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Lots of rusty stuff for your artsy assemblages and altered art projects. You never know what will pop up in the shop.

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The Skateboard

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Since  it is Tea on Tuesday, here is a scene that I would love to be inside of- since my thermometer reads 10 degrees (maybe even 9!) at 7:30 am!

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Today, I would like to share a childhood memory that came to me while sipping my tea………

When I was a kid, skateboards were becoming the “in” thing to have. I remember a neighbor, Pam- I would like to think she was a friend- but really I think, most of the time we were frenemies.

Seemed like Pam had everything. She had a St. Bernard named Bernie, some bunnies in a hutch out in the back yard. She was popular- having grown up in the neighborhood I had only recently moved in to.

She was the doted on baby of her family, got everything her heart desired- in my child eyes.

Her grandma made clothes for her dolls and trolls. I did get Pam’s grandma to make a nitegown and cap for my favorite stuffed bunny (I still have it somewhere!) She probably felt sorry for me- and I am sure I was a pest!

Pam even got boobs before I did – and probably a boyfriend- and to show off that blossoming figure, had a brown madras dress I so coveted!!!!

Pam and I would play together, walk the ” balance beam” on the white board fence that edged her yard, put secret notes to each other in a tiny cubby in the fence post, and rescue baby animals together. When her rabbit had babies, I got one – named Joey, and my grandfather built him a wonderful hutch.

But, I digress…….

When the neighborhood kids started to get skateboards, Pam, of course, got the best one ever!!

Her dad had a great wood shop in his garage. He made this beautiful polished wood aerodynamically shaped skateboard that was the envy of the neighborhood – and ME!

I know I must have begged her to ask her dad to make me one – but she did not. In my mind, she loved to lord it over all that she had the best dad AND the best skateboard.

My parents knew how much I wanted a skateboard, and set about making one for my brother and I.

Dad did not have a wood shop, and was not that proficient in that area, as far as I know. But, he and my mom were talented roller skaters- so they had that going for them.

My mom was artistic- and they put together these skateboards and painted them for my brother and I.

Of course we loved them, but I’m guessing I did not appreciate them as much as I should have – being a kid that had been bitten by the green eyed envy monster.

My skateboard was “merely” a rough plank of wood- probably slightly larger than a 2 x 4- with roller skate wheels and painted by my mother. I think the paints were from my father’s model airplane paints – one of the boards was painted silver with a black arrow. Dad attached a little eye hook at the end, so the skateboard could be hung in the attic storage when not in use.

I know I spent endless hours riding that board down my street- but it in no way compared to the aerodynamic wonder Pam’s dad had crafted. Kids are cruel, and I know I did not appreciate what my parents had created for me- as I do now!

I still see that skateboard in my mind’s eye, and wish I still had it – when I could have passed it down to my kids. But, my son had a store bought skateboard- very modern, aerodynamic, and expensive. I hope he appreciated it back then, I think he did.

It is still in the basement – he won’t part with it…..

Unseasonably Sunday…….

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Yesterday was the best Sunday in a long time!

It is January, but the temperature was a little above 70! Overcast, but that was fine- I can just imagine how much warmer it would have been, had the sun been allowed to shine!!!

While Mr. Green Jeans was finishing painting the guest room, I flitted around from one thing to another!!!

First a light Sunday brunch-my French style local organic scrambled eggs, with muffins and red grapefruit.

Then, barn duty, and taking the blankets off the big boys!!!

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Took the dogs out to play, and later they got a walk thru the woods, and down to the river.

I was going to give Mycon a bath, but, that needs two people, and Mr. Green Jeans was still painting.

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Cisco , wondering why John gets to free graze…..

John and I went for a ride-  at the end of every ride, his reward  is to be allowed out to “mow” the lawn. He was so eager to get to munching, he was fussy as we walked thru’ the fields- snorting and stopping and turning to look at me- mildly protesting about WALKING thru’ all this grass he could be EATING!!!!

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John got into the routine when we got to the old road, but as we neared the end of the ride, his pace picked up- enough of carrying me around – he wanted the after ride reward!!! The old guy can still move, when he has too!!!

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Went in for lunch, and then cleaned off the bird feeder “balcony”! A whole seasons worth of seed hulls needed to be shoveled off the porch. This little temporary deck was added on the 2nd floor back door when the house was built- ’til we got a real deck. Seven years later- still waiting for that REAL deck.  So, for now ( and into the unforseeable future), it is a bird feeding station!

Next, it was out to the front garden for some pruning- I cut down the dried hyacinth bean trellises, and culled 2 small bowls of seeds. We had Showtime free for the weekend- so spent some time with the seeds and free movies!!

 

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Some of the bean vines that wrapped around the twine trellises might make a nice weaving project! I will be back out there tomorrow for more pruning and weeding (after a trip to the local apple orchard to get one more bushel  before the season is really over!)

 

I also managed to get some camera time in (no big surprise there!) – trying to figure out all the settings on my new camera- and trying to find a perfect picture for a new Art House Co-op photo project I signed on for……..Reading the little booklet that comes along with the camera told me nothing!! Guess I will have to watch the dvd that came with it. But, I figured out a few things on my own, purely by accident.

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Another walk with the dogs- it was too nice a day to stay indoors for too long!

Then, it was time for dinner- pasta with a freshly made sauce made from my garden tomatoes, and basil, dill,tofu, and cheese.

Back to the barn, for the horses’ dinner, and putting the blankets back on- even tho’ it wasn’t supposed to get cold – the weather report seemed a bit iffy- and the “old man” needed to be kept warm and dry from the rain that might come during the night.

The evening ended with Downton Abbey – a new passion of mine- I missed the 1st 2 seasons, but have caught the “fever” and am watching as often as I can remember! Just love the fashions!!!

Today is another overcast day – rain in the forecast, but still unseasonably warm –  that won’t last! As the week progresses, we will ease back into true January weather.

It was fun while it lasted!!!

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Tea on Tuesday – The “Eyes” Have It…..

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Cold, cold, cold here in The Gap….

So, I am sipping some Lady Grey, in my thrift store Denby pottery mug.  This is my mug rug, one of several I made for an online swap last year. I am working on a few more for belated Christmas gifts – sssshhhh…..!!!

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At a loss for subject matter for this Tuesday’s tea – I thought I would just share some random donkey photos- totally unrelated to tea- but…….

I was trying to get a really good photo of Finnegan’s blue eyes- but donkeys can be notoriously UNcooperative- and as you can see by my attempts- the little trickster was true to form!!! And, always very curious about that clicking camera thing!!!!

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Soon, they got bored with the photo shoot, and went looking for trouble – the hose is always a good play toy!!!

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Welcome to a day in the life…………….my camera, my donkeys, and always with a cuppa TEA !!!

Drop by anytime for tea on Tuesdays, or any other time – leave a comment, let me know you were here, visit a while…

Shutterbug Tendencies………….

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If you get a chance – check out my latest photos!

These were all taken with my point and click. Editing is so much fun, and then some days, there is a capture that is so absolutely perfect, just the way it is………

Just got a new camera- what fun I will have now!!!!!!

 

Matted signed prints available upon request.

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Wyeth inspired……

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hagrid pole barn

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Rock Day

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It all started years ago, when I had angora rabbits, and got interested in spinning their fur. I took some lessons, had a big Ashford wheel, and as things go when you have small children, spinning fell by the wayside.

Fast forward 20 some odd years, and my interest was again piqued, when I had an old spinning wheel refurbished.

For years, my mom had been carrying around an old wheel she unearthed over 30 years ago in an antique shop. Thru’ all her travels with my dad in their RV, this wheel came along, but was definitely worse for wear, and literally in pieces.

I was put in contact with a wonderful woodworker named John Robson, who  brought this old wheel back to life!! It is a treasure- circa late 1700’s-early 1800’s.

There was a celebration in town today – a group of local spinners got together at Plan B in Broadway, Va, to celebrate Rock Day.

Rock Day (rock, roc, or rocke) , or,  St. Distaff’s Day, is a celebration on the Monday after Twelfth Night- the Festival of the Epiphany.

I guess, for convenience, today’s  gathering was held on Saturday, the 5th (and Plan B is not open on Monday!)

The term rock is no longer used – but in times past it referred to the distaff– the long piece of wood used to hold unspun fibers/wool while spinning. In olden days, the day after Twelfth Night, was when all the festivities of the holidays were over and done with, and it was back to the mundane chores of everyday living- which included spinning!

So, very similar to our present day quilting bees, it has become a tradition for spinners everywhere to come together in groups to celebrate the day, and just spin, chat, and share.

I brought my old wheel down for advise, and Sue Ober was kind enough to get it working – the general opinion was it is a very nice, very  old wheel – in great shape, and totally usable!!! Woohoo!! Money well spent in bringing it back to life!!

 

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Sue Ober working my wheel

 

The atmosphere was welcoming, there was live music perfectly attuned to spinning.

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Beautiful handcrafted items were for sale – felted bags, mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, in wool and fiber of every hue. Most all the items were made from scratch – literally in some cases, straight from the spinner’s shorn sheep, goat, or alpaca- carded, cleaned, dyed,and then spun, and knitted or felted into beautiful creations!

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Judy Post admiring Vicki Mongold’s beautiful wares

 

And, the wheels- oh, the wheels so many different kinds- not at all the “traditional”  looking wheel I remember. Their smaller size makes them very portable. And, there was one that was painted, giving it  its own unique character!

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That is Priscilla Blosser Rainey (hope I spelled her name correctly) on the right in the green vest- she made the beautiful hand dyed yarn pictured above.

 

All in all, a great day- creativity, camaraderie, food, fiber– what more could you ask for???

 

 

Life is But A Dream………..

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In today’s world, with bad news pummeling us from every news media source, retreating to an imaginary world seems oh, so appealing………

We creative types can lose ourselves in our art, in our quilting, in our writing, in our thoughts………..

To wake up unstressed by the world’s latest trauma, would be a blessing for all, wouldn’t it?

Not at all to lessen the trauma and the people involved in that particular upset, but a little less stress in my life would be welcomed.

And some would say, what kind of stress could you possibly have- I have a roof over my head, no natural disasters have destroyed my home, there is food on the table, home canned goods in the pantry, and relative good health all around.

I should sit back, shut up, and enjoy the serenity……….

But, within the confines of this seemingly bucolic living, stress seeps in. Whether from the outside world, or out of my own mind, it’s ever present!! LOL

Busy hands and mind keep the brain relaxed.

The sign off in every one of my emails says “Life keeps me crazed, art keeps me SANE(R)”

If it wasn’t SO true, I would use it as my tagline!!!LOL

Overactive imagination is my downfall, but it is also my salvation………

 

Take this picture (discovered on the internet, source unknown)

 

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I know my horses let out their wings every night after midnight, and pull them in before dawn……… just like I KNOW my teddy bears get up after I go to sleep, and have a party all night long ♥

I also “know” that those darn bears have invited the field mice in , to join their nightly parties- but the mice won’t leave!!!! LOL

No, I am NOT nuts (well, I am pretty sure I’m not) …….just finding a way to relieve the stress sailing in nonstop, from the outside world.

What are your methods, for alleviating stress? Art, meditation, yoga, long walks in the woods, or staring at the night sky pondering the universe?

Feel free to share, so I , and others, know we are NOT alone in the madness………….

 

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