Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Sure Sign of Fall

I love to see roadside stands with their displays of pumpkins. Stopping at Jones Orchard I bought two small ones and one that was medium- sized. With today's perfect weather this Tuesday was WONDERFUL!

Monday, September 28, 2009

In the Mood for Art

Envelopes store bits and pieces for artwork.

A box of old dried leaves

a collage

That quote is unforgettable. "Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."
- Zora Neale Hurston

A work in progress using an old schoolbook page

A newspaper copy of a Woodstock ticket made its way into this collage.

When you enjoy something, you keep at it... even when you know you don't possess great talent. Art is like that for me. I enjoy it so I keep creating.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

One Day At A Time

I was home today since yesterday was a full day of errands with my mom...her hairdresser, the grocery store, and her vision checkup. I miss my rambling Saturdays of the past, especially to a favorite antique shop or bookstore. Instead there was time to call a close friend, do the laundry and ironing, play with Scooter, make a few tags, watch TV football with hubby, and do a little blogging.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's On My Desk

Since I spend time at my desk, I like to surround myself with small cherished treasures. I look at them and remember pleasurable times. Sometimes a few desk accessories get buried under papers and assorted junk, but after a while I clear the clutter away. Two handy items are the clip for receipts and the letter opener. Here's
an antiquing story about the letter opener holder...actually a candle holder. I noticed it and told myself I really didn't need it. I passed on it. But on a followup trip I noticed it again. The price was reduced because the booth owner was closing down and moving to another state. Because this person was always so friendly and cordial, I decided I wanted a keepsake reminder of her. So I have it as well as the special memories connected to it. Have a lovely Thursday by crossing someone's path and making it better. Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn's Arrival

I join a whole bunch of others who love the season of autumn. Being a redhead all my life(with a little help from Clairol these days) probably has something to do with loving fall colors...brown, green, and rust are wardrobe favorites. Of course, the delightfully cooler weather goes without saying. I'm getting ready to enjoy this special time of the year when
nature puts on a spectacular show.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Charming with Nicks and Cracks

I am fond of this little pencil cup. Its flaws
it all
more charming
to me.

As with so many of the objects around the house I wonder who first owned it. How did they use it? How many hands have handled it through the years?

Hope your Monday has been a meaningful one. I am trying to make each day count. I no longer want to take any days for granted.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Scoops and spools

Ah, I remember this place well...Depot Antiques

Rolling pin was made by my father.

Sometimes I use the one in front as holder for a votive candle.

My husband's aunt had these spools inside an old sewing machine drawer.

Small green pottery bowl was a gift from my sister-in-law.

We received more rain. Actually downpours. Therefore, hair appointment and grocery store shopping with my mom were cancelled. Reading, writing, and puttering were today's rainy day activities. One of the very first collections I ever started was old scoops. Years ago in Obion, Tennessee, there was a two-story building that housed lots of wonderful old things and was named Depot Antiques. My favorite room was near the back where all sorts of kitchen items were hanging. I was captivated by the small scoops(and still am). Recently I decided to pull them out of the big cookie cutter jar and give them their own jar along with a few biscuit cutters. More puttering produced a new bedside table display with old wooden spools. And finally with autumn fast approaching I pulled out my two favorite frames with leaves and dates bringing back special memories.
Until next time...stay well...and enjoy your weekend. Hope you do some puttering.
Hugs, Sandy

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Our puppy Scooter is six months old and a bundle of energy. He is always moving and scampering about so a picture of him is hard to get. Cork patted him so I could snap a quick picture. This afternoon while we were outside with Scooter the sun made its appearance after days of clouds and rain. What a welcome sight! I emptied flowerpot saucers of standing water and noticed a cute group of mushrooms in one planter...also noted more and more leaves on the ground and a definite nip in the air. Earlier in the day I had made a quick trip by the store booth so I could dust and rearrange a few things. Old ice tongs, cornflower teapot, and train planter were no longer there...yeah!..feels good when items have new homes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I'm typing at the computer and putting off such tasks as folding clothes and ironing.Rain has made for lots of indoor time. For the past two days I have watched the specials on Patrick Swayze's life, made calls to the hospital about my friend who had surgery, and helped with mom's meals and needs. Yesterday we kept one grandson who stayed home from school due to a stomach virus. Rainy, moody days... but bright, crisp days are COMING!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Renewed Interest

After seeing the beautiful garden areas of some of yesterday's homes, I have a fresh interest in plants. There were lovely potted plants on front porches, along walkways, and in corners of patios. It made you want to rush out and try nurturing new plants for more blooms throughout autumn. The fall mums of gold, russet, yellow, and orange are starting to appear at stores. I'm thinking of changing out my pink impatiens and geraniums. Another gardening desire I have is to purchase tulip bulbs and have then ready for later planting. If only I had a few more planters...if only there wasn't the matter of expense.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Home Tour

Daughter Lauren and I enjoyed the six homes featured in the 33rd Annual Central Gardens Home and Garden Tour. They were representative of the Arts and Crafts architectural style. Central Gardens is located in Midtown Memphis and is known for its historic homes and gardens. Of course, I liked hearing about the history of each place and seeing how they were decorated.

Friday, September 11, 2009

ABC's - art, blessings, and blogging community

This date stirs memories of that awful day in 2001. It forces us to remember the many who died. It makes us grateful for our families and our daily routines. We are so blessed to be living in America.

I worked on some new art tags in the studio. Quiet time alone...for a couple of hours concerns melted away...
Before too long I will reach my 200th post...hard to believe. Blogging has proven to be very rewarding. A big THANK YOU to all those who drop by and a huge THANK YOU to those who take the time to leave comments. I hope there are enough visitors and interest for a first giveaway at Bits and Pieces. I'm gathering a few items and will be posting about them soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Random Roundup

collecting tray over in the studio

collection of cups, forks, and spoons

old chain around a limb

late afternoon sunshine

early fall leaf

metal garden basket creature

lazy vintage cat
Sometimes I grab the camera and have fun taking images. Hope you enjoy this random collection.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


That's my favorite math fact because it's the birth date of my daughter. Today she is twenty-eight, and I can hardly believe it. The years passed by quickly as did the stages of her life - infant, toddler, youngster, teenager, college kid, young businesswoman. She's a joy to know and such a blessing in my life. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAUREN!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wonderful Time

This Labor Day weekend was special. Son Les and wife Pennee were here from California. Of course, their Thursday-Tuesday visit went by quickly. Family and friends gathered yesterday for an outdoor picnic in our backyard. Such an array of delicious dishes! However, the perfectly cooked barbecue was the main fare of the celebration, a long tradition of the Clowes family.
Plans over the next few days
  1. Eat less.
  2. Exercise more.
  3. Enjoy cooler temperatures.
  4. End negative thoughts since positive ones are better.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September begins...

We have added some new furniture to our den area and have been rearranging pieces in other parts of the house. The den room could use some additional accents...maybe an area rug, pillows, throw, or coffee table.

It was such a pretty day I decided Mother and I needed an outing. We looked at the nature gift shop items and sale plants at Oaklawn Garden Center.

Since it was the first of the month I stopped by the antique store to work on my booth. I sold a pair of old world globe bookends to a customer before I had a chance to take a picture. He seemed really happy to get them. He shared that globes and baseball cards were his favorites. Another lady came by and informed me that she usually looked at the jewelry in the booth and chose a necklace today. Friendly antique browsers made a nice day nicer. For this first day of September the weather was wonderful, and my mood was, too. Blessings to each of you, Sandy


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