Friday, February 21, 2014

Sock Monkey in Distress

Really, this is the most ridiculous outfit for a Sock Monkey. 

I found this monkey at the G'will and just had to rescue her. She is missing an ear, but otherwise a fine monkey. Took the outfit off and she looked so relieved. Tossed the dress and hat into the 'redonate' bag, but then thought I really needed a pic.


 Maybe for blackmail.  In case she gets out of line.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One Wild and Precious Life

This weekend, my brother is riding his bike 57 miles to celebrate his 57th birthday.  He's also using his ride as a fundraiser for Living Water International, which works to provide clean water.

I am so proud of him.

Each morning, I go out to water our garden.  This fellow greeted me today. 

He brings to mind the Mary Oliver poem, 'The Summer Day', which ends "Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?"

I'm sending the poem to my brother.  I love what he is doing with his precious life.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Garden Observed

Saturday morning these little mushrooms appeared.
Delicate, silver-gray on thin stems.

They disappeared only hours later.

It makes me wonder what happens in the garden when I'm not there?
How many times have hummingbirds visited?
When does the toad come out from
under the hosta leaves?
Are the goldfinches
feeding on the salvia seeds right now?

This place at this time.
It is fleeting.

Friday, June 29, 2012

This morning in the garden . . .

delicate pink hydrangea

another view of the (growing) fairy garden

old urn with ajuga

castor bean

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Fairy Garden

Would you like to see my new garden?

A miniature garden in an old wheelbarrow.

A boxwood tree, bonsai begonias, little sedums and ajuga, a tiny fuchsia . . .

and a gazing ball in a miniature pot and a bench for the fairies to sit on.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

Here's a few of the goodies from last week's thrifting:

Cute Coke glasses -- juice-sized, for those who like to begin their day with toast and Coke. And four funky daisy mugs + sugar and creamer. These must be from the 70s? when gold and avocado were the 'in' colors. For some reason, I could not overlook their cheerfulness.

Here are my favorite finds of the day. Vintage fruit crate labels, all framed up. And at a fantastic price. (More colorful than shown here. Hard to capture.)

I heart 'Chickie'. That one may end up in my kitchen. But first I'm offering all three to Z, for his new apartment. He thinks he'll like 'Buckingham' but he might want all three -- certainly has more empty wall space than I do.

Oh, and see the vintage tablecloth above? It's next on the Flea Market Bag worktable, perhaps.

Thank you, Salvation Army!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Flea Market Bag

I'm just so excited about this bag! It's made from pillow ticking (from an old feather pillow), an old embroidered doily, and some polka dot fabric -- love me some polka dots, especially white on red.

The ticking fabric had limitations -- size: slightly too small for the pattern; condition: a couple of stains. So I made the bag slightly smaller than the first flea market bag I did and used the exterior pocket and a little button heart to cover the stains.

I also had to use some canvas for the interior of the top placket and had to piece the handles just a bit to get the right length. (So pleased about the change of stripe-direction piecing on the handles.) And I lined the handles with the red/white dots.