Monday, December 1, 2008

HoHOHOE

I'm having so much fun getting decorated for Christmas. I chuckle each time I think about putting up a tree this year. I have 6 monkeys in the house. Frank and Willie make up 5, and Mr. Bibbles is one monkey by himself...and that's only because he doesn't come upstairs much anymore.

So my family left, and Willie is mourning, because he fell in love with Nonnie, our 94 (today) year old grandmother. I never saw Willie give that much sincere affection to anything, other than his food.

Happy Birthday Nonnie!!

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Happy Holidays everyone! Drink lots of eggnog!

Monday, November 10, 2008

In the meadow we can build a SNOWmannnnn....

(If Willie will cooperate, that is)

I've been inspired to try something new, and something with a vintage charm.

So last week, before our girls' first "craft night", I started his head. Waited two days, then created his personality, or at least I think.

My aunt, mother, and three cousins, decided to get together once a week to do a project. After visiting me at my show, they wanted to learn how to make some of the things I offered there.

I'll be happy when we get to something I don't know...but until then, I have my teacher hat on.

So...here he is so far. I have to put buttons on him, and do something about his feet...but he has been a true joy to work on. Willie was such a good boy, until I left the room for few minutes...my husband said, "UH, ANNE ???" In his best, you're in trouble, voice. "I just pulled 3 feet of ribbon out of Willie's throat!" And the whole time he pulled, Willie tried to bat at the ribbon, as if this was the most fun he'd had in weeks...

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I love my spray painted hand in this picture...never noticed it til I was in the bath..lol



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Sunday, November 2, 2008

18, 19, 20...ready or not, here I come!

I have been in hiding lately. Part of it is giving most of my attention to my old friend, Ginger. She needs lots of me now, and I take the time to give her what she needs. She's the best old gal, I just love her to bits. Sometimes I put my hands on her, and close my eyes, and focus all of the love I have into her. I know she feels it deep down, and maybe for that tiny moment, her joints don't ache, and her muscles aren't tired...

So I made a phone call two weeks ago, and dove in feet first. I committed myself to two weeks of hard work, to take me away from my heartache for Ginger. And it paid off more than I could have imagined. It's nice to be reminded that people are inherently good.

It was nice to see some familiar faces, and to meet some new ones too. It set my week off straight, so now, as long as the Pats win tonite, the day will be perfect! And Ginger was smiling when I got home...

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And for those of you who think I keep an immaculate house, here is a picture of my studio along the way. Willie is taking a nap here...show prep is very tiring to putty tats.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring Thyme at Nestled Inn

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Okay, this post should be named, "Design on a Dime."

I'm such a cheepskate when it comes to me!

I took every single Joanne's coupon with me, and marched into the Daffodil Days sale at Joanne's Fabrics, with my Spring mantel in mind.

TaDA! Here she is! I spent 20.00!

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I used my 50% off coupon on these topiaries, and the clay pots were on sale. I just printed out some wording onto plain paper, and tore them out. Tea stained them up, and viola! I planned to white wash the terra cotta, but I thought they were fine the way they were. They contrast the white wall behind them.
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More clay pots, with inexpensive houses. I drilled holes into the bottoms, and stuck them into the pots too. I need to paint them, but don't know what color yet. Any suggestions?

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Here's my woodbox, all dolled up. I have my grandfather's carved birdie in front, and some naturals in back. Jean, from Bluejeanprimitives sent me this cute wax basket with flax and eggs. Sharon from Homespunheartprimitives
made it.

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This time of day, the sun shoots through the back of the house, and illuminates the rose window...I love it.

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Yooo Hoooooo...Frankieeeee

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Since I moved my sweet dollie from the woodbox, I had to find a place to put her. And since I moved my crock filled with lavender to the mantel, she had a place that suited her just fine.

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I took one of my husband's birthday cards and tacked it to the beam here. The picture looks almost identical to my little dog, and so I put this here for her. Frank is more amused with it than she is.

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And the moral of this story is: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."
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Happy Day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

knock knock knock

Howwwwwwwwwdee!

I'm back from the gloomies, and ready to get working!

It's frustrating to make your living with your heart in your hands, because sometimes big girl life gets in the way, and you just can't create!

Thankfully, I am inspired by the gals who surround me in my cyber world. I can feel my creativity blossoming every minute thanks to them! Thank you all for just being you!

I was gazing at Mr. Bibbles the other day, and decided to make a rendition of him...he's going to be a present for my husband...Whatcha think?


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Here is a picture of a project I did for myself. I had some scrap lumber from building the house, actually part of one of my interior doors, so I painted it up. This was 2 years ago. Well some of you know that I was able to purchase my grandparents' door to the home they first built to raise their family in. This is the hardware to that door. It was broken, and so I replaced it, but was adamant about saving it. My husband thinks I'm a pack rat. Well during my latest cleaning frenzy, I found it, and decided to apply it to something so that it would not get misplaced...I think it makes a neat assemblage piece.
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And here is my "oldie girl". Ginger was a little pup when we rescued her...now she's 14. She's my buddy.
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And Frankie with Nonnie (pretending to be a good boy)
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Have a wonderful week all...:)