Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Stop by the Booth

I'm back with a few pictures taken at the booth. I was there yesterday and noticed a jar of buttons, some earrings, and a stitched picture had gone away with new owners.


Finding some booth items for February is on my To Do list.  Wish me luck!  

This corner cabinet has had many homes. It was used in the dining room of my first home in Dyersburg, TN. Then it was moved to Quito, TN, and  became a display unit in my daughter's room.  Later Lauren used it  in the dining room of her Memphis home. For now it has been put to service in the booth.  All through the years it has been the same cream color and has added charm to each space.  I have pictures of this corner cabinet in all its different locations.  Certain furniture pieces and collectibles merit keeping if at all possible.  I like to think of this one as a keeper. 

Monday, January 28, 2013


I have missed being here.

I snapped this photo so you would know I'm here at home... inside my closet that houses more than clothes.

It has always been hard for me to accept what the camera captures. Now the telltale signs of aging make it truly difficult.   

Patiently I waited for Jo to check my computer. He had me buy some SDHC cards to store lots of photos. I marvel how those little things can hold so many pictures.

Come inside. The kitchen, den, and living room are close together. I'm using a table from my mother as a kitchen island. It was her study table as a young girl. I remember its very location in the living area at my grandparents' house. My mother used it in her guest bedroom to hold books and a collection of bird figurines.     



Our house is definitely a hodge-podge of styles.
There are changes I would like to make, but
at my age you just work with what you have. Not
to mention all the memories associated with the
furnishings one has acquired over the years.

I have three battery candles on the piano top. Olga and Jo gave me a birthday gift set that had six. These three are the small votive size. They look so pretty in the evening. See the middle's inside my latest Goodwill find. For one dollar I snagged the green house that says 

I hope you'll come again.

xo, Sandy 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I enjoy adding to the booth and seeing what goes away with new owners. I took some pictures to share, but a problem with posting photos has delayed that. Maybe son Jo can fix the error on this computer.

Meanwhile I'll just write and try not to bore you with my ramblings. On this gloomy, rainy day I plan to visit my mother in a little while. Masks are required of all visitors because of the seriousness of flu infections.

Our kids presented us with an iPad for Christmas, and learning to navigate around on it has been interesting. It amazes me how many changes have taken place since I was a youngster. We were thrilled to watch a black and white television. Most of our playtime was spent outside playing softball, shooting baskets, riding bikes, swinging, and exploring nature's surprises like tadpoles and birds' nests. No computers, no video games, no cell phones. Today's kids have grown up with so much technology. But are they any happier? 
Every generation sees enormous changes. I realize I am stuck in the middle...longing for parts of the past and yet excited about new advances. Just to sit at this computer and talk to you...perhaps several of this post is incredible. 

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Small Changes

Although loving Christmas decorating, I can honestly say I'm glad the house is returning to its normal state. One day of after Christmas shopping turned up these finds.

 This ornament was half price.
I hung it in the kitchen window for a daily inspiration.

According to the antique shop owner, a large lot of letters came from an old Memphis school that was torn down. I chose the "S" for Sandy and the "C" for Corkey or for our last name Clowes. Two for ten dollars seemed like a fair price. Anyway loving letters the way I do, they came home to a place of honor on the mantel.
I hope to work on my booth this week. I added a corner cabinet and another shelving unit to my space. These were two pieces my daughter didn't take to Austin. Now that the two sewing machines have sold I need to round up some furniture replacements . Maybe my next post will take you on a visit to the booth.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ready or Not

Ready or not the new year is here. Joys and trials await all of us on this journey of life. Thankfully my mother was with me one more Christmas. Even though weak, tired, and talking very little, she's still present for me to touch, hug, and love.

This Christmas with Corkey, the kids, and grandkids is one to store away and remember as special and precious. The biggest news is that another grandchild is on the way. Les and Pennee are expecting a baby around the first of August. 

Wishing you bright days filled with hope, kindness, and love,                                            


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