Monday, July 16, 2012

A White Hot Mess

It was a red hot mess...

~No Way In~

Perhaps a white hot one... Whatever it was, it was an embarrassment. You may think that you are the only one who ever has a mess. Nope. One of the drawbacks to an upstairs room that no one ever sees is that THIS can happen.

~A Tidy Southeast Corner...fabrics stored on a drying rack and a peek into the far room.~

As a result of watching Dawn at The Feathered Nest and Sandy at Quill Cottage show their tidy studios for Where Bloggers Create 2012, I felt inspired to get things straightened and sorted. I started by moving some furniture around, which always seems to get me motivated. I managed to get the fabrics sorted and my sewing table cleaned and that's where I ran into trouble.

I got sidetracked by the view...

And my little ideas...

If you have vintage pillowcases, you know that they do not fit standard pillows of today. I like to use them to make caddies as I've shown before. This one came in perfect for the end of my sewing table. Did you know that an old makeup brush works very well at cleaning little bits of fluff from your sewing machine? Yup.

I thought about the little things I'd like to share such as my mother's baby shoes hanging in the window along with her little coat upon the wall. I wrote in careful print on the bottom of her shoe...My Mother's Baby Shoes with her name, her date of birth, and her place of birth. I thought it would be good lest someone someday might wish to know. 

 ~a new placemat binding~

Then I began finding projects that had been tossed aside and it seemed that, now that I could get through the room, I ought to work on them. (I note that Dawn is working on projects in her newly cleaned studio as well. Thing is, she waited until it was clean first. I've sort of just taken off sideways.)

Oh dear! What's to become of my poor little sewing room? Stay tuned for further details.

Hope to see you tomorrow evening between 8 and 8:30 where you can sign up early for this month's Note Card Party, if you'd like. I am so looking forward to your posts this time out! Mine may feature ice cold drinks. Just sayin'...

Love Vee

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flowers~Mosaic Monday

Almost anything you do in the garden, for example weeding, is an effort to create some sort of order out of nature's tendency to run wild. There has to be a certain degree of domestication in a garden. The danger is that you can so tame your garden that it becomes a thing. It becomes landscaping. ~ Stanley Kunitz (The Wild Braid)

My garden may be a little too tame, though the plant I allowed to grow and grow and grow has turned out to be a weed after all (to the left of the ditch lilies and right beside the front steps).

The morning glory is just beginning to bloom. Yay! (For all those who are concerned about the invasive nature of morning glories, they do not overwinter in my corner and so are considered annuals not invasive perennials.)

Please join Mary at Little Red House for many more delightful mosaics.

Love Vee

II Timothy 1:7

Sound: from the Greek sophronos meaning discipline and self-control, according to Strong's Concordance. Ohhhhh...and I always thought it meant "sanity." Does discipline and self-control lead to sanity? Hmmm...that's a lot of pondering for today.

A peaceful and blessed Sunday and may you have interesting things to ponder...

Love Vee

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saturday Snack

So glad that you could pop by today. You just never know being Saturday and all. Sit down, have a glass of rootbeer or do you prefer iced tea? Have a cookie. dare ya!

These are some of my favorite store-bought cookies in all the world. We don't always find them in my corner. They are very familiar in Canada. You should have seen me do the happy dance when I did find them last week.


So I want to show you the difference between the planter this week above and below ten days ago. (Sorry about that hose.)

It has been suggested that I didn't bury the plants deep enough. I buried them up to the first set of branches and hilled them as well. Not as much of a hill as perhaps it should've been because I didn't have a whole lot of dirt by that time. 

And here's a tomato. We actually have two others and a wee new one as well. At this rate, they cost somewhere between $25 and $35 apiece.

Leaving you with a glimpse between the deck spindles. Hope that you enjoyed your cookie!

Love Vee

Friday, July 13, 2012


And I usually have no reason to say that being a stay-at-home gal. However, this has been a challenging week.

We've got ourselves a sick poodle and a sick poodle is like a sick child requiring lots and lots of attention. Yes, she's been to the Vet and we have meds and all manner of treatments. The Vet thinks, and we agree, that Molly made a leap from furniture that she couldn't handle and fell hurting herself. She's been very lame and she wails terribly about it. It's enough to wrench my heart out. The last three nights we've been up several times tending to her. Mercifully, this morning, she seems to be more perky. Poor thing. If she doesn't rebound, we certainly won't allow this to continue.

So, yes, I'm glad that we've made it thus far. Where did I last leave you? Oh, right, I was looking for a tutorial on a double oven mitt. You'll not be surprised to learn that I found one right *here.* Anything can be found on the web these days. I'll pop in a picture when the sun gets a little higher.

Last night, I made supper for the first time in over a week. Really. How do I get away with this laxity? Anyway, I made the salad that Cheryl mentioned *here.* It was yummy and we both said we'd have it again tonight. (We won't, but it was that good.) Cheryl is doing a series on summer salads each week so check for more great selections.

I also made Kim's Krispy Lemon Cookies (or whatever they are named). They are very summery and tasty. If you visit Kim, she'll probably share.

I remember my telling you once that I am highly suggestible. My father always asked me, "If everyone else is jumping off the bridge, would you, too?" Plug my nose and call me a cannon ball; in a word, y.e.s. That's why I make the recipes you make and why I listen when you tell me that things last longer in canning jars.

Thanks, Janette! I'm hoping that my salad will stay fresh longer than usual.

Let's see...anything else rolling around in this old noggin of mine? Nope, I think I've shared all I have for today. You have a good one!

Love Vee
Edited to Add:

Thank you for the good thoughts for Molly. As you can see, she is resting comfortably all tucked up against the piano bench right behind me. She prefers to be where I am.

Sorry about the light blowing in the windows... This is what we are calling Molly's Staircase as it shows our current sofa situation. One cushion has been placed on the floor to create the first step, the second is Molly's bed, the third, and *gasp* the fourth up there on the covered arm rests. The fifth is off-limits, but probably the point from which she made her leap. I hope that we don't have to live like this for long. (We do have purchased doggy stairs that are not safe in my opinion.)

And the double mitt made from scraps since it was the first time out. I don't know about these. Do any of you use them? I'm not sure how safe they are either.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Armchair Caddy or How to Tease the Girls

~My Armchair Caddy~

It happened again! I was seated on the sofa comfortably sewing buttons on John's shirt when I dropped the needle and panic ensued. I have dropped needles many times in my life and seldom do I ever find the little bugger. I decided right then and there that I would be making the sweet sewing caddy I had seen earlier at Susan's
Homespun Quilts: That About Covers It (is that not the cutest title?) [About the lost needle...John says, "Don't Move! I'll get the flashlight." every time.]

So this is how not how you use it.  It was not designed to work with Volkswagens.

Here is the Flying Nun version on John's chair. Hmmm...trouble is, I rarely get to sit in John's chair. As you can see it has two pockets for snips, glasses, seam ripper...definitely the seam ripper, and it has a pincushion.

So my daughter came in and I proudly showed her my newly made caddy, created from all manner of scrap material, and she asked, with a certain level of disdain, "What is it?" And I picked it up by its little pincushion there and let the two sides flop down and replied, "It's a wee little pocketbook." I was rewarded for my cleverness with eye rolls and the general sense that she thought that mother was losing it. Gosh, that was fun. =D

When she found out what it really was, she perked up some and asked if I'd be making one for my daughter-in-law who was celebrating a birthday.

~For My Daughter-in-Law~

That's where this one comes in. Can you see that I used an old linen napkin of my great-grandmother's? I also used an old tea towel in addition to the regular fabrics.

Now this is how daughters and daughters-in-law differ. When I delivered this to my daughter-in-law, she immediately said with a bit of delight in her voice, "Oh, it's an oven mitt." "No," I said demonstrating, "It's a wee little pocketbook." Daughter-in-law looked nonplussed and with a little bit more delight in her voice nodded and smiled and said, "Ohhh, right, of course." No look of disdain. No look of mother-in-law might be losing it. (John thinks she may deserve an Oscar.)

We said our goodbyes and just before I hopped into the car, I told John that she had fallen for it. When we left, Dear Daughter-in-law was grinning. I do love to tease the girls. 

Now I'm off to find an oven mitt tutorial. If you know of a good one, let me know...

Love Vee

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

An Odd Assortment of Topics

Another chatty little post where I pretend that I have something to say, but actually don't. Nothing. Zip.

Wait! I do want to thank you for the sweet comments yesterday. John rarely reads here anymore so he has no idea all the sweet things we said about him, but if he did, he'd be touched and surprised.

No, he doesn't read the blog much anymore. He says that I write funny. (I talk funny, too.) It's all the incomplete sentences and one word thoughts...and my penchant for using the ellipsis...and whatever else that annoys a reader. Pardon me while I sniff a little. *sniff* There. All done with that.

Did you notice the Note Card Party announcement is back at the top of the sidebar? That's because months whirl away on us so quickly and next week, next week, will be the 18th  (third Wednesday of July). Hope that this gives you time to ponder what you'd like your note card set "theme" to be. I have. A little. Maybe.

(Edited to Add: Michele asked a good question: Do we have to have a theme? Answer: No, as long as you select only 4 photos, you can mix apples and oranges with abandon. ☺)

Some of you have been dealing with my entreaties to release the word verifications. I'm not naming any names, though there are quite a few. When it was a mere suggestion sitting in the sidebar, nothing happened. When I made it personal and asked those favorite bloggers if they could please do something about it, they responded in the affirmative across the board. It has really made me happy and I want to thank you again. Now this is a new concept for me to be direct and just ask.

For those who don't know, you can find your settings following this path if you're using the new interface:

Design at top of home page
Settings at left of page
Post and Comments-listed second
Show Word Verification- yes or no option (Please choose no. I'm not ashamed to beg.)

To manage your comments (and to report as spam)

Design at top of home page
Comments at left of page (you'll see a menu and button options)

It's very easy to handle unwelcome comments these days.

Have a wonderful day...

Love Vee

Monday, July 9, 2012

♫ Why Worry ♫

Sung by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris 

Here we find ourselves four years later. We, John and I, chatted a bit about these past four years and I asked him if they had been the four roughest years of his life. He grinned without responding. Right. Just as I suspected.

~the Grin~

Personally, I don't know how I would have made it through the past four years without him. God sent him just when I needed someone most, just when my grandmother and mother needed someone most. God was so good to us in sending a kind man like John. My grandmother once said to his sisters, whom she had just met, "John is such a kind man." They responded in unison, "We know!"

Soon after my mother died, I was talking with a family friend who told me that my mother had shared this with her: I can leave this world in peace knowing that my girls are happy. 

So, in the words of the song,

...There should be laughter after pain

There should be sunshine after rain

These things have always been the same

So why worry now

Why worry now

Love Vee

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Home and Garden My Way~Mosaic Monday

This has been the sweetest day where we turned off the air conditioning, opened up the windows and doors and let the birdsong, fresh air, sunshine, and cooler breezes waft through.

We watched the Federer-Murray game at Wimbledon (I'll not spoil) and Princess Kate smiled right at me. Oh, yes, she did!

Told ya!

To join in or to view more mosaics, please visit Mary at Little Red House.

Stay cool and have a great week...

Love Vee

Path to the Water

~Path to the Water~

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither... Psalm 1:1 – 3a NIV

Love Vee

Saturday, July 7, 2012

4th of July Leftovers

~A Wild Daisy, Red Calibrachoa , and Spiderwort~

Have a beautiful weekend...

Love Vee

Friday, July 6, 2012

From Oxford to London

Hope that no one arrives here today thinking I actually know anything about that journey. I only know a little of this piece's journey and, until a few days ago, I didn't even know that it included Oxford to London.

~Nan's Night Light~

As my regular readers know, I inherited many things when two of our family's dearest passed away within weeks of each other. Much as I tried to foist treasures off on other family members, they declined with few exceptions. We took a large load of things to an animal shelter thrift shop a year ago and have taken a few loads to Goodwill as recently as last month, yet I am still sitting here in a pile of things. As FlyLady says, "Clutter cannot be organized." She's right!

This is the provenance of my grandmother's night light. She received it as a wedding gift in 1931 so it is now 81 years old. It is a heavy, bronze piece representing a mail wagon with a driver and "two horses." The small light is housed behind the carriage wheels and shines out through those isinglass windows. (Yes, they truly are isinglass.)

The full body of the horse on the driver's right doesn't exist...don't let that spook you. Just the head shows. Apparently, all the legs are running in tandem. ☺ There is no footman (and never has been) — I don't know of anyone who'd enjoy that seat.

Here's a bit of a close-up...the something and an R to the left, the Oxford to London on the door along with Mail and the emblem of a crown. On the right the year 1773, which isn't shown.

Now I have tried to gift this one. It was a childhood favorite, but not an adult one and has been tucked in every corner of my home for over a year. I finally decided to polish it a bit...something my grandmother never did that I recall. It would have taken forever so I gave up rather quickly and I also didn't want to destroy anything. So I polished only a few highlights and called it fine. I've decided to embrace it — for now.

That's the story. If you know anything about such pieces or have one of your own, please share. Thanks so much.

A happy Friday to you...

Love Vee
The frames are all courtesy of PicMonkey.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our 4th of July

Just popping in some photos of the day and allowing the photos and captions to speak for themselves for the most part. It was a photo dense day...

~The Destination: Casco Bay (Atlantic Ocean ☺)~

~Via Freeport and a Parade on Main Street~

~A Comparison of the idyllic Jacquie Lawson Seaside Picnic (thank you, Sandi!) and the Reality~Lots of the Same Colors!~


~Horseshoe Crab Find~

~Lots of Picture Taking~

~Of these: Osprey~

~And these: Chicks of a Different Sort~

~And these:kayaks, sailboats, and water~

~Lots of Hiking-Say, whose dog is that?~ 

~Resulting in general exhaustion and the need for nourishment~

~One of my favorite photos of the day~

~And Another Fav~

If we had listened to our weather forecasters, we would have remained at home. Good thing we don't always listen as the day was perfect. We ended our day back at home with some hotdogs on the grill and leftovers of the day and ice cream. It was one of those happy days proving that fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and good company can't be beat!

Love Vee