Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
although the plastic bins above with drawers DO hold lots of larger sized glass beads! And tin charms. And little clay art doll faces.
Check out the neat shallow shelving unit hubby made for my rubber stamps! And I need another one it seems; other stamps are all over the stamping table surface. Lots of bags/boxes, etc. for shipping underneath. And the carousel of scissors that all make different decorative cuts/designs for paper edges! The corner of the stamping room is filled with magazines like Quilting Arts; Belle Armoire; Stampington; Cloth, Paper, and Scissors........above the table-top cabinet, and below on the floor. The beautiful angel arrived with a broken wing! DH has since fixed it with epoxy glue, and she has the word "Peace" carved on the front of her base. Plastic bins full of vintage papers and old broken costume jewelry for beading and embellished wall quilts!
Can you tell another fetish I have is RIBBON?!! And I didn't even take a photo of the "ribbon shelves" behind the door! Sheesh! And oodles of nice plain note cards to watercolor on, or glue photographs. They are ivory with red or blue or green deckle edges. The shoe boxes are filled with old photos taken and printed from film; before we got "digital".
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The market basket underneath is full of hand-dyed wool rovings for machine embellishing/felting; and the shelving on the left holds felt sheets and fabrics from muslin to satins and silks and hand-dyed batiks.
And up on the shelf are some jars of my vintage button collection; another batch in a drawer. The plastic drawer/bins are wonderful for seeing through, so I can find stuff in a hurry! And you see the beading side of the sewing table with tubes of tiny beads that I recently bought on a half-price sale and they are too tiny for me to work with, even with my MagEyes! So thankfully, a beading friend online is buying them from me, or we are doing a swap of some kind.........her eyes are younger than mine! Thank you, Jo Anne! Way up top is quilt batting and my hoop for rug-hooking.
........more great see-through bins full of sheer things to play with, like netting/tulle; soft old silk scarves; vintage lace from old dresses, etc. And in the ugly wooden tower (DH donated it to me when he replaced his computer furniture)........I keep some skeins of yarns and the wonderful, colorful flat ribbon to knit and crochet with. Inside drawers are needles, threads, a collection of clothing labels cut out of various things that "died" over the years. I hope this furniture can "go away" after Christmas and I'll get more bins that I can see through. The machine to the right is my wonderful babylock Embellisher! And on top of the black/clear drawers is a box of rolled fat quarters of beautiful quilting cottons; and a box of sewing threads to the left.
This stack of fabric is mostly fat quarters.........you can see I now LOVE bright colors! Just can't get enough color and glitter and glitz.......the older I get, the more I love my sequins, Maggie! And this is a better view of the jars of vintage buttons........ I love to use them on so many projects!
Isn't this a great old wooden table?!! Still has its original red paint and a drawer. This is where I sit to read at night, and the bins underneath of course are full of ...........hmmmmm............I can't really tell. (I went to look......) I found ribbons, fibers and yarns; embroidery flosses, a gorgeous piece of antique white wedding gown w/clear sequins and pearls! (From the thrift shop). Also silk ribbon flowers and tiny thingies! (I also love to do silk ribbon embroidery), but am too busy this year beading art dolls and brooches!)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Can you see the six big, black vultures in this dead tree? Way up high; almost every cold day they come to sit/nap and spread their wings to get warmth from the sun. They're ugly rascals, but a necessary evil; they are scavengers and clean up roadkill on the highways and byways. And now that we have deer hunting season going on, I'm sure they find wounded poor deer here and there out in the country. There's nothing "sporting" about sending a pack of dogs into the woods to flush out deer, and when they run straight towards you, kill them with a rifle. Duh. Hunters nowadays should have to hunt like the American Indians used to hunt.....on foot, with bow and arrow. Without dogs. And hunters now should also be made to use and eat every part of the deer, and then tan its hide for later use. Such waste. Time for me to go tack up some more "NO HUNTING" signs around our farm.................
Friday, November 16, 2007
We actually had a cold front to go through here and got about a half-inch of rain; also the balmy 70 degree days have switched to windy and below 50-degree days. Looking for 29 tonight, so all the outdoor kitties have their beds on the porch with heating pads set on "low"........they like the beds so much, they are spending most of the daytime in them as well as night-time! And the birdbath has its heating element going so they will have water; and DH now is putting heating elements into the three goldfish ponds.........I'd say we're all set for winter!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
This little library building is very old, and I loved going as a child and sitting at the little oval wooden tables with kid-sized chairs to pick out my books for the week in the "children's room". Of course now the library is out of private hands and receiving state monies, which is both good and bad. We got "computerized" and have more workers, and money to buy new books every month. But the quiet, peaceful days of sitting to read the newspapers or book reviews are gone forever. And the thing I miss most of all is the little signature card that stayed in the paper pockets on the books' last page and showed everyone's signature who had read it before I did...........this was a great help, because if I saw the names of friends who love the same types of books that I do, I knew I should get it!
And just two blocks away, ground was recently broken to build a new and larger library. Of course it's been needed for years, but we are a poor county and have high taxes. The new building will offer lots more stuff that we've never had: audio books; movies; a genealogy room to do research in; larger bathrooms; offices; meeting rooms; computers for the general public and for school kids who might not have them at home.............and God knows what else. I'm sure I will use the new library, but I will miss this pretty old building and the quiet days spent there seeking out new and old favorites, and whispering with our friends we'd happen to run into and get caught up on each other's "favorite book list".
Notice in the photo above all the wonderful old trees and shade; this library is on the courthouse square in the middle of town. The trees are very old and in the summer children check out their books and sit on the grass and learn to read, while the adults visit and good-naturedly fuss at each other for "beating" them to the newest of the "best sellers".
The new building will be built where our old A&P grocery store once stood.......in the middle of a naked, hot cement parking lot. We'll have lots more convenient parking spaces for sure, but I sure will miss the shade and autumn colors of the huge old maple trees that will be left behind.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
*I will send a small handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this "Pass It Forward" exchange. The only thing you have to do in return is to Pass It Forward yourself, by making a similar agreement on your blog!
*You will find that participating in these random acts of kindness to be very rewarding!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The back side of the beaded dolly is showing an awful lot of bare "skin" to be covered! But her "mom" told me to "do my thing" with textured freeform beading, (that means no rules!), so I'm looking forward to sewing on her with some larger glass beads, maybe a vintage small button or two, and some crystals or a rhinestone or two! And filling in also with a few hundred other tiny glass beads.......it just happens that I received a new little order of gorgeous small beads last week!! Can't resist those half-price bead sales! Stay tuned to see how she looks in the coming weeks.........
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
When we got home late this afternoon, in the mailbox was my next Round Robin doll to bead on in the Beaded Art Doll yahoo group! She's from Australia; she's already traveled to Germany and Pennsylvania, and now to me in North Carolina! I'll try to remember to post a photo of her tomorrow here so you can see the beautiful beading that's already been done by three of the ladies; then I'll show her to you again when I finish my part of the "free-form" beading and work in her pretty travel journal and mail her off to the next beader in Oregon! This child needs a suitcase, doesn't she?!! And a passport! Her "mom" in Australia will be so happy to get her back home in January..........and to exclaim over the untold hours of intricate beading done on her. It's such a fun RR, and all the ladies in this group are super nice.......they're master beaders, and still let "newbies" like me join their group to learn to bead! I"m so blessed.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
We now have THREE fish ponds at the porch, but that's a story for another day! But it's wonderful to sit in my rocking chair out there and read or hand-sew and listen to the gently bubbling water.