Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tag Time

I seem to concentrate on birds when the notion to make tags hits me. I repeat some themes but try to add a few that are new.

  the simplicity of a single button, torn paper, and a rubber stamp

This final set of tags was inspired by Debra at Common Ground. After seeing her L-O-V-E tags using postage stamps and buttons I had to be a copycat.

I hope you are having a great day wherever you are. Thanks for stopping by.
Here's a special thought to take with you.

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!   -Anne Frank

Thursday, January 26, 2012

et cetera

I have been working at the booth. You never know what someone is looking to buy. While I was adding and rearranging items, one lady told me my booth was the only reason she ventured upstairs. Now that made me feel good!

Visiting my mom is another part of my schedule. Yesterday was a good day.
She was content looking through her Christmas cards. Conversation doesn't flow between us like it used to, and sometimes she makes strange comments. But I'm so thankful I can still wrap my arms around her and feel her squeeze me back.

Sometimes after a nursing home visit that leaves me sad or depressed I come home and do just what this sign says. I owe thanks to another generous blog for the offer of a free print. Check it out at http://www.theprettyblog.com/2011/09/let's-do-brunch/ 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Smalls Have Significance

Sometimes I like to share tidbits about what is in each picture. Starting at the top:

  1. These little books once belonged to my paternal grandmother who lived in Sellersburg, Indiana.
  2. This little scoop was purchased in the 70's at Depot Antiques in Obion, Tennessee. This shop had a room in the back that featured kitchen items. Lots of tiny scoops were hanging in a wall display, and I had to have the two I picked. 
  3. This cup and saucer set was part of my mother's collection. The rust and brown colors make it a favorite in my collection. 
  4. The green bowl was a gift from my sister-in-law. For a long time it held tiny pinecones.
  5. The JOY key ornament was found at Christmastime. I bought a supply of them and enjoyed giving them away. Recently I read that the J is for Jesus who should be first, the O is for Others who are second, and the Y is for Yourself...last.
  6. The rock with the cross was given out at church a few weeks ago. Our pastor had one for everyone in the congregation. He asked us to come forward. After dipping the stone in water and placing it in our cupped hands, he said, "Remember your baptism."      

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Kind of Day

Such fun to connect with an old friend for shopping, eating out, and of course, discussing kids and grandkids and remembering people and episodes from our past. This time we tried out a new eating spot and discovered an old bank building that's now an upscale resale store. This was a unique shopping experience because of the many offices that now house consignment treasures. There were quality pieces throughout the spacious display areas. I was drawn to the clocks, wall art, fine rugs, and furniture. There was even an elevator ride to take you to the second floor that was full of more temptations. Here's something I hated to leave behind. This mirror has the leaves and acorns motif that I like so much.    


Looking forward to our next meeting on the square...maybe the mirror will still be there...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

From Paintings to Playgrounds

Yesterday I had a tough time deciding what to do about a Goodwill find. There was a painting that I liked but didn't love. Six dollars was so reasonable for this piece of art. I will live with it for awhile...may decide later to take it to the antique store.

Today I finished a set of tags for a young girl named Kaitlyn. Last month I mailed a set to Ericka. Making tags is still one of my favorite things to do.

I remember when I first started teaching that jumping rope was a favorite activity at recess. Sometimes I would even jump with them. Of course, I was in my twenties back then. Sweet memories of a different time when dodge ball, kickball, jungle gym climbing, and jumping rope to rhymes were popular.    

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Three Word Thursday

little bottle beauties

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Booth Visit

Will there be bargain hunters in January? Hope so. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Carving out time for ...



decorating (actually rearranging) 

a coffee break 

The coffeemaker, storage unit, and all sorts of coffees was a Christmas gift from the kids. It's wonderful!

There's reading, organizing, cleaning, exercising...visits with Mom, booth to rework, bargain hunting, blog time, etc. I'm just glad I feel well enough to tackle it all. Hope you're rested and well and finding that precious extra time to do what you love.  I'm searching for more of that extra time so I can dabble with paints in the studio.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Fresh Beginning

Seek inspiration, but see also if you
can inspire others along the way.


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