Monday, April 20, 2015

The winner is …


Good morning Folks ~ I couldn’t sleep, so was up before 4 this morning. I’ll take a nap later.

I used for the drawing for this heart below.


And … the winner is ~ Jane, of Hope & Thrift.

Congratulations Jane.

Thank you all again for following me, for your moral support, love and encouragement.

You’ve been a blessing in my life, especially since losing my DH 28 months ago.


I think I’ve figured out what to do with the rest of iron, wood, etc. here on the property. One of the last things DH said to me before he left this planet was to “Get rid of the junk. I know it will make you feel better.” Well, with hard labor on the part of a female friend and myself, we loaded almost 3,000 lbs. of iron to be taken to the scrap yard, which netted around $288. I don’t feel like having to deal with this anymore, I just want the property cleared. The ‘artist in residence’ who used bits and pieces from our ‘junk collection’ through the years is no longer here to create with it. I’m not going to be using it either. I may keep out a few decorative pieces, but for the most part, I won’t miss any of it.

I looked up junk haulers who come in, give you an estimate, and if you accept it, they come in with their crew and in a day or so (depending on how much you have), it’s all gone, and things raked smoothly and looking good.  That’s what I want to see. I can see DH smiling at this.  We had started clearing out, but then he became ill and all projects, including this one were stopped.

So, I will take before and after pics to be posted at a later date.


Saturday at work, was hectic in the morning, then an antique dealer from down the street who I had not met before came in to speak to the girl who does pottery and painting restoration. She knew we were closing up shop and she asked me what I was going to be doing.  I told her I did not know. She asked for my name and number and said maybe she can use me a couple of days a week when she moves into a larger shop, which she should find about and sign contract soon. She was impressed that I’d been where I am for 17 years and that DH and I had had an antique shop ourselves, before my working here, for 8 years. (We met my boss in our shop, he bought a couple of pieces from us.) She said I would already know some of the interior designers who we all mostly deal with on Antique Row. She deals in Scandinavian antiques. Anyway, I’ll keep you all posted about this too.

The funny thing is a little while before she came in, a gentleman dealer from Atlanta, GA said to me that something good would come along for me.


Here are a couple of my latest pincushion/pillow creations. I had already created the beaded/embroidered flowers on the material, and had them stashed, just took them out while not feeling so hot and did the rest making them into what you see now. Both roughly 5 inches in circumference.



My sig on the back.


In this one I used three antique rhinestones from my stash of beads, etc.





Thank you for your comments on my bead edged shells. Now I’ve got to put on a backing, then do a beaded little edge to finish them off. You’ve inspired me to do some more.

I will post my Etsy link when I’ve got things listed in it, which I hope will be soon. I took a vacation from it after losing DH as I just didn’t want to have to deal with that for awhile.


I hope you all have a great week whatever you do, wherever you are.


Here’s a poem for today.


Whatever be the depth of woe
Along the path that I must go,
I'll sing my song—
My song of joy for all the love
That's lavished on us from above,
And count no loss of treasure-trove
When things go wrong.
I'll sing the sunlight, and the bright
Soft smiling stars that gem the night;
For gifts of good
That God hath spread along my way,
The lilt of birds in tuneful play,
The harvests full and flowers gay,
The whole day long
I'll sing my song
Of gratitude!

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922),

"My Song" (October Twenty-sixth),

The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Flowers, a sweet ‘win’, another beaded shell

Good morning Folks ~ Hope you are all doing well. I am feeling better with each new day.

Monday afternoon I received a wonderful give-away win, that I had forgotten about.  Terry, who had the give-away, got sick and waited until she was well to work on my gift.  I ‘love’ it. It makes me feel happy. It suits me to a T. She did a lovely job. I don’t know much about needle felting, but have admired lovely creations by so many out on the web.  You can read Terry’s post about creating my piece, here. She did a wonderful job!  Butterflies, flowers and birds, bring JOY to my heart.





Thank you Terry.


Next we have three glorious stems of the Dancing Lady orchids. I’ve been watching for a few weeks for these to open. This is at the back/east of caravan, between caravan and the ‘solar clothes dryer’, (clothesline).





I just love the ‘cat whiskers’ blooms.  These do look like Miss T’s whiskers.



This is ‘sweet almond’ and the scent is heavenly.


Here are another couple of pics of the first beaded shell I did. More of the detail.



Here is the second beaded shell.  I just love this design and it was relatively simple to do. Except that I bent my needle out of shape going through the somewhat hard backing to do this on, when getting started. Needle is very thin. The needle has a long eye which is great for threading. I did buy some of the .006 very fine beading thread and it works great.





You can see how to do this here.


I need to quit procrastinating and get some pieces listed in my little Etsy shop. Kathy B. gave me a huge plug in her comment, so I need to get busy.


Well, I guess that’s it from Plum Cottage.

( I need to do quite a bit of prep work, Sad smile before repainting the cottage plum, although, if I do it one section or two at a time, maybe it won’t be so bad. I had a ‘highly recommended’ painter out yesterday to get an estimate. He would charge me $60 an hour, he normally charges $75, said he’s fast. He understood if I wanted to do it myself ~ I told him I am on a limited budget ~ and gave me some pointers.  He also told me the paint brand I have picked out is a very good one. Behr Premium Plus Ultra. It has the primer and the paint all in one.  I had read about it online, decided it was what I wanted to use, and it was a joy to work with from the paint samples. Anyway, this is going to be an ongoing project, doing it when I can. He told me to not work in the sun, to take breaks and to drink lots of water. He sounded like my DH. (We were always conscious of these things, so as to not get dehydrated.) He/Jimmy the painter,  encouraged me and said he would walk me through the job and if I needed him for tips or any help to give him a call.  The encouragement alone was worth $60.)

Enjoy your days ~ FlowerLady


If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces,

never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.

Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker