this is for katy who just loves to see my bad side....
i hoard magazines like they are going out of style. the top shelf is my martha's and martha kids. then i have country homes, and living, home companion and hallmark. the last long shelf is book binding and the "few" altered art books i kept. bottom little shelf is childrens art books and clip art.....
are you happy now katy??? my shame is out there for all to see! ok well, the 3 or 4 that read my blog....
i noticed yesterday on jills blog that she had some recipes her mom had written down for her. it was such a coincidence, since when i last went to visit my mom she gave me some recipes she had written down in 1946! i was just thrilled that she was able to keep them this long. i would love to honor these pages by displaying them somehow. any suggestions?
i have given up on gas prices friday. the last few weeks gas prices have just hovered around $4. it was getting boring, to say the least. i needed to come up with something new....so now i will be doing mosaic monday. i didnt think of this until today, and since mosaic tuesday doesnt sound as cute as mosaic monday, i decided that i just did it late this week, k?
i love reading barbara over at oodles and oodles because she always finds such lovely vintage bits and bobs. she recently found a tumble up (her words, not mine).i was so excited today, because i made my own! hows that for upcycling? hehe
not exactly the purdiest thing in the world, but it made me laugh, so i will use it. that book there....its anthony bourdain's a cooks tour. i happen to have a crush on the man. i have no idea why...he is so not my type. he drinks like a fish, he smokes, he has had quite the colorful past and hes skinny! i do so love his shows tho. pretty much monday nite is the only time i watch tv......and its him.
geez that was way more info than i had planned on sharing tonight..but eh. ok so now we come to the time in our show where you pat me on the back and say good girl. the reason? i have finally convinced myself to start purging magazines. this is a big deal for me. i once sold all my ms's only to buy them all back!!! this time i am starting small...getting rid of the odd mags, do it yourself, cottage living, etc. it will be harder to get rid of my country livings, and country homes, but i figure if i get some momentum going with the less cared about mags, it will be easier to get rid of the ones i love. dont even ask about the marthas
i got thru almost all of the go thru's here, just a few more, and i am going thru them tonight before i hit the sack. i should have about 25 to take to the home across the street. i am trying to talk myself into taking a pic of my mag cupboard, i figure the embarrassment will help me purge....
edited to note i didnt upload the mosaic properly, so if you want to see the pix bigger, go to my flickr. sorry.
i couldnt decide whether i liked the strawberries with the pearls or not, so i uploaded them into my flickr and everyone likes them with, so with it is!
i made a total of five this weekend, but i still have to add pearls to three. i am going to make a bunch more, but i think i will make them a wee bit smaller.......i have something in mind for them....but shhhh i cant tell
i have been spending my free time looking thru this book looking for inspiration for the sassy apron fall swap. this is my first time doing an apron swap, so i am excited yet nervous. i need to make my apron this week as the send by date is sept 1st!!
this afternoon i went to check and see if i could bring anything in from the garden.
this is what i picked, one really lovely "ugly" tomato, two yellow beauties and a small pile of grape tomatoes. its funny, but mr chickenfoot and i are trying to beat each other to see who gets to pick goodies. he really wanted that big tomato, but it was soooo ready for me!! petty? maybe, but i picked it!! i will even share it with him! see how sweet i am. i ate one of the yellows for lunch, just sliced and into the pie hole it went. ahh, one of the highlights of summer in my opinion.still never repainted those deck chairs either, but we wont look at them, ok?
i have a lot of swaps that i have received that i havent acknowledged here, so i wanted to do that tonight, but first, am i the only one NOT watching the olympics? mr chickenfoot turns the boob tube on the minute he gets home and has been staying up past 9 to watch them!!! now thats not normal (for him anyway). not to mention, whats with all the controversy and drama this year?? sheesh
ok back to our regularly scheduled programming...
this little bunch of lovelies is from erin koch for the russian doll swap that imagingermonkey hosted. i just love my little embroidered dollies. i have put it up in my sewing room. and look at that sweet little chubby doll. too cute. thanks so much erin
and geez i couldnt remember if i blogged about this or not, so i figure hey, if i do it twice, thats ok, right?? this beauty is from the oh so sweet megan. she knew i had to wait a long time for my dqs3, so she made a point of sending it super early. is that sweet or what??? she also sent some extra goodies too. thanks so much megan, i think this is just such a clever block, and perfect for a summer swap.
can you believe it?? lucinda sent me a goodie package just because, and included was my very own chair quiltie. lucinda has become known in our little quilting world for her chairs, and this one does not disappoint! gah! i am in love. thank you so much lucinda.she also sent me the most gorgeous button that i had been drooling over on her flickr acct. along with a whole bunch of other yummies
the last swap i received was for the cupcake and tea swap hosted by the indispensible rachael rabbit. this was such a fun swap to do, i would love to do it again in the future. amy williams was my partner, and she sent me the sweetest (get it, sweetest) little cupcake goodies
she appliqued little cupcakes on vintage linen napkins and made some cute little cupcakes that have magnets in them. altho i have put them on a little plate with my other "fake" sweets, instead of on my frig. she sent my favorite tea, english breakfast and a tea ball. i dont think i will be able to bring myself to use the napkins, maybe one day!. thanks so much!!
this is my scrappy quilt from tracy. she organized a scrappy doll quilt swap, and i got my quilt from her! isnt it awesome? i just adore 30's prints and we share a special affinity for log cabin blocks. smooches tracy, i will treasure my quiltie. oh, she also sent me my very own hitty doll. go check out her hitty blog for more info, im sure you will become addicted!!
ok last one, i swear!! boy this is making me look really bad!! i really dont think it has been that long of a time span that i got these all in. i guess i am just really lucky!! a little while ago jill asked me to take a peek at a tute she made on a felt strawberry needlebook, so she sent me one as a thank you.
its so funny she sent this the week i started my strawberry swap. she had no idea!! isnt it a sweet needlebook? and who doesnt love strawberry spinach salad??? yum. thanks so much jill, i use it almost every day. she has the tute up on her blog now, along with a bunch of other cute projects...go, scoot, check them out...
i have been paying attention the last few weeks and i have realized what my sister told me years ago is true. gas prices go up on fridays. all week the gas across the stree has hovered around $3.84ish. then friday rolls around and it jumps up to $3.99. so if i have learned nothing else from this little experiment, at least i am happy to have found that out. the moral: dont buy gas on friday!
i figured i would give a few linkies and ideas for strawberry goodies
this is a great website, it has all kinds of strawberry goodies: recipes, clip art, etc.
i hope this is enough to get your strawberry juices working in overdrive. please if you have any ideas or suggestions that you are willing to share, please leave a comment
oh, i dont know if anyone noticed or not, but i deleted all my blog links and put new ones up. a lot of my links were to what i would call "famous" bloggers. ones that everyone knows about, like allsorts. i decided to only put up links to the blogs of people that i have come to know in blogland. i figure those famous bloggers dont need one more person advertising them, but my friends do! so please take a moment and check some of them out, they are a sweet bunch
hey ladies!!! i have a request, one person got lost in the fray and doesnt have a partner. would someone be willing to do two swaps, or is there anyone else out there that would like to get in on the strawberry action??
just a quick update to say all the partners have been mailed out. if you havent gotten yours, email me, or check your spam folder, thats where all my mail seems to be going!! since i wasnt able to send partners out in time, i have extended the send by date to sept 20.
i have the partners matched up and will be sending them out in the next few hours. i just wanted to put a list of participants up, so in case you dont see your name, you can email me or leave a comment here.
me of course!!
please let me know if i dont have you on the list. if you havent already, i need you to send me your:
i just want to say i am sorry i have been missing since thursday and it was horrible timing, what with partners going out for both the 6-12" swap and the strawberry swap. i promise to get them out as soon as i can. it couldnt be helped. problems AGAIN with the internet, and my mom. this friday my sisters and i moved my mom from her home of the last 25 years, to a new place that my sister bought for her. my moms new home is just 6 blocks from my second oldest sisters house. over the last few years my mom has started to get dementia. we just couldnt put it a move any longer. she has been living with her boyfriend, but he is old too and is just not capable of looking after her anymore. hence, the new place. dementia is not something i would wish on anyone, it is a horrible way to live. my mom was always a sweet lady. now she bounces between yelling obscenities at us and crying, and being happy. i am lucky in that i have two sisters and a brother that are all doing their part, ok, my sister is doing more than her share, but she says she doesnt mind.....shes a giver, you know? so enough of the depressing talk. i will get my bum in gear and match everyone up tomorrow and post it here. im excited to get going too!!